A large-scale art piece by The Pier Group for Burningman 2014.  Once again these people brought out a breathtaking piece to the playa.

To shoot this image I used a technique I use in real estate photography.  To get close up details I stood fairly close to the sculpture then photographed it in 12 pieces.  I then used photoshop to stitch the images together.  Once they were stitched I was able to bend the photo back into a proper perspective.


Construction management

Sometimes I get odd requests that require a fairly good memory and a funny schedule.   In this case I photographed construction at a BestBuy over a 6 week period.  A store was getting remodeled and they needed somebody to come in and take pictures to monitor the construction progress for the investors out of state.   Strangely enough, this is not the fist time this has been requested.  I think the idea behind hiring a 3rd party photographer is a bias view of the construction site.  Whereas an employee for the contractor may only take pictures of what the boss wants people to see, I shot everything that looked like “progress”.  The good, bad and everything in between!


The Casual Headshot

There are many, many reasons to invest in headshots.  Obviously the main one is the basic need to show people what you look like.  How you represent yourself in that photo (and of course how the photographer captures you) depends on who you plan on showing the photo too.  I know I have blogged about this before but it’s really important!

When Xareni came to me for her headshots I had her describe to me what they were for.   She is about to graduate college with a degree in music.  I was excited because the headshot for an artist or musician can be much more casual.   Unlike a corporate portrait where the person needs to be in a cookie cutter professional pose with cookie cutter lighting, business clothes, traditional backdrop, blah blah blah… An artist can be relaxed, artistic and smiley.  Not in a “trust me to run your company” or “sell your house” kind of way but really, really, bottom of the belly laughing smiling.

How do you get that look?  Simple.  Make friends with your photographer and bring a bottle of wine to the shoot!  LOL!  (No but really… bring wine!  hahah)

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Second City Comedy Club

Who has been there?  A friend told me the other day that Chicago used to actually be Hollywood before Hollywood was moved to California.  That explains why there is like, a theater and comedy club on every corner.

I am a little behind on my blog posts.  I am going to try to catch up before I leave for Burningman in a month.  So last March I was hired to shoot James’ graduation show.   Sadly, the show was over way too quickly.  I really enjoyed myself though!  Here are a few of my favorite shots from the event.

James is the cute one in the black shirt and grey pants!

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Incidentally, for newbie photographers who want some great shots of events and such, this is an easy place to shoot.  The light is fairly consistent across the stage and the actors don’t move so quickly that blurring is an issue.  It’s also cheap to get in, they don’t mind cameras and you can sit right up front if you get there early!


Adamari Lopez

I helped a friend by snapping some photos of her interviewing a famous actress from the Hispanic networks.

Adamari Lopez is a Puerto Rican actress famous for participating in several Puerto Rican and Mexican soap operas. She is currently a host on the Telemundo morning show “Un Nuevo Día”