Category Archives: Style


Original? Relevant?

I used to get caught up and stuck with the thought "there isn't anything new I can do[with photography], it's all been done before!" Which, is true. Just about everything you think of you can google and see someone else is or already has done it. But, this ought not to bring us down from doing what we love. It's utmost important to realize that it's far more important to be relevant than original. If we are following our hearts and shooting what we truly feel is something that is our own, then that is as original as one can get. From there, what about your work is relevant? Does it talk? What does it say? Is it anything of value? Nothing of value? Then, what is its purpose? To sell something? Does it do that? Yes? Then it is original to you, and relevant for it fulfills its purpose; to sell that thing. See what I'm saying? Don't allow ideals and originality to crush your photographic soul. Allow your soul to push past originality and become something relevant in your world.
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Palette Gear or Loupdeck…?

A funny thing happened in the past 24 hours! I was tagged in a Facebook post by my photographer friend Derrick concerning a new product to make photo work much easier in Lightroom. This product is called Loupedeck. It's basically a keyboard designed with knobs and sliders...
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Burlesque Hall of Fame (BHOF)

BHOF (Burlesque Hall of Fame) is a burlesque festival held in Las Vegas each year to present the best of talent. I had an incredible opportunity to photograph one of these talents, Mercury Stardust! I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph Mercury's promo images for his upcoming performance in this years BHOF! The best part of all of this is that each year only FIVE male performers are accepted to perform at the festival to which Mercury was accepted! One thing to expect from a burlesque photo session is...
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Gotta Go!

Recently I had some fun with a photoshoot meetup at a local Casino/Hotel. While others were playing with their new photo-toys, Tetra and I went on a walk around the casino to find good spaces to shoot. Okay, so we ended up in the men's bathroom. This was my idea for when I went to use the bathroom I realized it was one of the coolest spaces to shoot in...and risky! The only way in and out of this men's restroom was a 20' long hallway! Hey, adventure! After I fumbled my settings to get exposure correct, we started shooting. Not even 10 shots in a man starts to walk down the men's restroom hallway. There was nowhere for us to go! Tetra, being a step ahead of me jumped into a stall. She closed and locked the door, sat on the toilet, held her feet up for her legs/shoes wouldn't show. Genious! Now, WTF do *I* do?! That's right, texting. I set my camera and bag on the sink and acted like I'm texting. The man starts to use the urinal. Besides the obvious sounds, a lady starts talking from the walkie-talkie attached to the man's belt.... *pssssh*  "Hey Terry, did you take care of that....." Of COURSE, it was an employee!!! He finished his business and walk back out. HOLY *WHEW*! We didn't get caught! Yay!   We ventured a few other areas. A stairwell... ...and a killer hallway... Thank you, Tetra, for a fun second shoot! (Our first shoot together is here, if you missed it--->"Infinite Ribbons")
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Detroit wished me a happy birthday

img_6366-edit-edit-copy This past weekend was my birthday weekend. Me and the lady set out to visit the city Ann Arbor in Michigan. We drove about 5 or 6 hours before we arrived to Ann Arbor and unbeknownst to us there was football game about to start. There was no where to park for under $30. People dressed in football stamped clothing were covering the sunlight from touching any ground.. Painted faces and all. Since we are not into sports, in the slightest bit, we decided to not stop in this city. Since neither of us have been to Detroit, and it was so close by, that is where we headed.
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Queens and Kings

IMG_3734_2 Hello readers! I had a great shoot with Shayra and Tristan this February and I'm excited to share it here today! I will have some BTS (Behind The Scenes) shots mixed in along with lighting diagrams to help you understand what was going on with the on-set lighting. Come on in and let see what's going on!

Here are the lighting essentials for this image...

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  • These table lights are not very bright; so we will have a slow shutter speed. Break out the tripod for the sharpest image! (see me in the BTS image below!)
  • Meter the camera to the table lights. This ended up being 1/15th of a second shutter speed.
  • Place and turn on the strobe light; meter this light against the table lamps. (ask in the comments more about this step!)
  • And most importantly, we must be setup with a rear-shutter sync for the sharpest image!
  • SHOOT! 😀

"Our eyes and mind see different things. To bridge the gap between the two one can use cameras and lights."

 -Joshua Berardi
  This BTS image captures the above quote completely. Did I just quote myself? Well, yes. Yes I did! That makes referencing a whole lot easier! 🙂
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I titled this post "Queens and Kings"  due to this image. I felt like I was shooting royalty! (It's the hair piece really!)

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This image has the exact same setup as the first image at the top with the lighting diagram.

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Here are the lighting essentials for this image...

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  • This setup was done exactly like the first diagram except for one difference...
  • I used a 3409 CTO (change-to-orange) gel in front of the flash tube for my strobe light color would closely match that of the background.
  • Without the CTO gel we would run into a warm background while our clients would come off looking blue/green in comparison.
Here is a BTS of what I was seeing during this portion of the shoot. Again, bridging that gap between what I want to see and what actually is. A HUGE shout out to my lady Michelle for being a really awesome grip during our shoots! She rocks with posing, working with clients, lighting, and juggling equipment around me. You may have seen her on my blog here, here, or even here. :)sA
That's all for this shoot! I have several others I'm writing up for you. Be on the look out for them, or better yet, throw you e-mail into the box below and you will get an e-mail every time post. Since I take time with my posts, you won't be e-mail very often. Thank you as always for visiting my site!
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