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Product Photography – Rubber Stamp Sets

My wife is trying something new on her blog at I regularly do product photography of sample cards for her blog posts, but in this case, we got to shoot both the card and the stamp set from which it was created.   Setup was pretty simple: Nikon SB-800 in 3′ octabox for keylight, […]

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Smiles Across the Miles does Mission San Juan Capistrano

Hi Friends, Last weekend our Smiles Across the Miles team joined with the good folks at the Orange County Rescue Mission to host a couple families for a day of photography education and portraiture at the “Jewel of the Missions”: Mission San Juan Capistrano. A lovely time was had by all, and hopefully, our families […]

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Heritage Portrait- Terry M: Potter / Ceramicist

My good friend, Booker — gourd artist extraordinaire — introduced me to a new friend and fellow artist: Terry M. Terry is a supremely talented ceramicist / potter, and graciously allowed us monopolize the better part of his morning making portraits in his Orange, California studio. A few images from today’s shoot… Here, the kiln behind […]

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Heritage Portraits Project – Marilyn

Another portrait sitting in the Heritage Portrait project.  This is Marilyn: mother of my dear friend, Randy.  She was photographed with the capable assistance of my good friend (and voice-activated lightstand), Royce.   We tried a couple lighting setups, but settled on the SB-800 Speedlight in the 3′ octabox. In the above image, we used […]

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One-Light Portrait-Keiko

Hi Friends, As a proof-of-concept for a portrait project I’m noodling, I coerced my mother-in-love, Keiko, to sit for a portrait. It’s very difficult to get her NOT to smile, but I was looking for serious expression here.  I’d asked her to pose with a favorite portrait of my father-in-law, Larry, a career US Marine. […]

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Cat Portraits – Red Wall

Cat got a new vest today at a little hole-in-the-wall Japanese clothing store, so I figured it was time to take some more portraits.  I mean, it’s been at least a week since I’ve taken portraits of Cat! We returned to a local favorite portrait spot (great red wall) and made a few… Before we […]

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Photographing High School Track and Field

[youtube=] Yesterday was my son’s first high school track meet.  Didn’t get to run, but had a blast hanging with his friends all day.  Weather threatened rain, but never materialized.  Great clouds make for dramatic photos, though. I was joined by my good friend, Royce Rumsey, who never ceases to impress me with his photographic […]

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