Photographs from the Newport Beach Wooden Boat Show

Hi Friends, Had an opportunity (courtesy of my good friend, Royce, and his friend, Jack) to photograph this year’s Wooden Boat Show at the American Legion Yacht Club in Newport Beach.  It was an overcast, drizzly morning – PERFECT for photography! Lots of classic wooden powerboats, sailboats, a couple canoes, and even a combo Packard Read more about Photographs from the Newport Beach Wooden Boat Show[…]

A New Style of Portraiture…for Me: Pinup! (G-rated)

Hi Friends, So one of my Photoshop students invited me to a photography meetup he’d arranged. Other than the occasional photowalk, and out-of-class specialty discussions, I’ve never really participated in a photography meetup.  So, I was intrigued.  He then indicated that the style of the day would be pinup.  Of course, I was familiar with Read more about A New Style of Portraiture…for Me: Pinup! (G-rated)[…]

The “Faces of Freedom” Project – Navy Chaplain Captain Craig Wesley Rench

Hi Friends, Another portrait in the “Faces of Freedom” project – my pastor and dear brother, Craig Rench – a 30-year veteran of the US Navy. Please thank a veteran today… Thanks for dropping by! J

“The Faces of Freedom Project” – Honoring our Veterans

Hi Friends, I’ve had this project on my heart for some time: a series of simple black and white portraits to honor our nation’s veterans.  Just a small token of thanks for their service and sacrifice. I approached our local VFW / American Legion post last week, and the commander is happy to let me Read more about “The Faces of Freedom Project” – Honoring our Veterans[…]

Channeling Walker, Texas Ranger: Indiana-Style

Hi Friends, Probably couldn’t pull this off in California with all the police helicopters circling overhead.  But out here in the farm country of Northern Indiana – well, let’s just say I’ve not seen anything circling overhead larger than a purple martin… Dad used to raise horses – Rocky Mountains, to be precise.  And while Read more about Channeling Walker, Texas Ranger: Indiana-Style[…]

Ana and Brian: Pre-Wedding Portraits on Horseback

Hi Friends, I had the privilege of meeting Ana and Brian at the UC Irvine “Battle for the Ring” medieval combat / tournament event back in January.  (Images from that event here.  Video here). I’ll be photographing their wedding in August: a medieval-themed affair complete with “combat, firebreathing, belly dancing, and more” per Ana and Read more about Ana and Brian: Pre-Wedding Portraits on Horseback[…]

Strobe One…Sun Zip! Portraits in full sunlight with the DIY “Stro-Bar”

Hi Friends, Had the day off today, and took advantage of it to build something I’d been meaning to do for a long time: a multi-flash lightbar (which I’ve taken to calling my “Stro-Bar”-clever, huh?). The purpose is to be able to mount multiple hotshoe flashes (in my case, Nikon SB-800s) to combine output for situations Read more about Strobe One…Sun Zip! Portraits in full sunlight with the DIY “Stro-Bar”[…]

Portraits: USAF Airman First Class – David Haas

Hi Friends, My niece and her fiance, David, were out to visit last weekend to shoot a series of engagement portraits.  I’d asked David to bring his USAF dress blues for a portrait to add to my gallery of military / emergency services personnel.  My favorites: Though not from this specific portrait session, the lighting Read more about Portraits: USAF Airman First Class – David Haas[…]

Hollie and Shaun – The Wedding

Hi Friends, I recently had the privilege of photographing Hollie and Shaun’s wedding.  (Hollie is one of my worship team vocalists. No pressure – shooting for one of my team…at my home church… Yeah, no pressure). Well, now that Hollie and Shaun have seen a few of the images, I have permission to share some Read more about Hollie and Shaun – The Wedding[…]

Low Key Edgy Portrait

Hi Friends, My son’s getting in the spirit for an airsoft overnighter next weekend, and while I had the lighting setup, thought we’d do a new portrait. He was going for the “Medal of Honor” video game look… Here’s the setup: Key light: SB-800 in a Bowens beauty dish with diffuser and grid, high and Read more about Low Key Edgy Portrait[…]