Catching up.  Blog, Project 52, Weddings, Work, Life.. and Art shows oh my!

Catching up. Blog, Project 52, Weddings, Work, Life.. and Art shows oh my!

Wednesday October 22, 2014


So easy for something like a blog to fall to the way side when life gets in the way. Keeping up with the current work load has been tremendously fun and intense at the same time.

Life has been so full of new discoveries and rekindled fires lately. As my family and I travel down this path of life we are finding new adventures and more love than ever before. I can not wait to see what is next!

The wonderful folks @ Po[]D[]D=d Art. Allowing us to host a show of new roller derby images for Black and Bluegrass Roller Girls. We made some really killer circus images this year! Full blog on this very soon with all the images!

I wanted to share some of my favorite images from the passed few weeks, both assignment related and client work.

- Justin


Project 52 - Assignment 5 Completed - Local Business Entrepreneur

Project 52 - Assignment 5 Completed - Local Business Entrepreneur

Tuesday September 02, 2014


This assignment came in via a well known magazine requesting 2 images for a spread or possible cover image for a local entrepreneur.

I knew right away I wanted to make a picture of Richard Brown. He is one of the managing partners at Emerge Technologies. Emerge is a local IT company that specializes in various technology solutions for small to enterprise sized businesses. They have been in business for 10 years now and are still growing. They keep a relatively small staff to ensure that all support provided to the customers is the highest quality, which in turn also allows them to have a very fun and enjoyable culture.

It was a pleasure to work with Richard and he had a great time showing me some of the new technology. As with all executive level clients, time is typically critical and we only had 1 hour to really push out at least 6 different editorial setups and some head shots for Richard to use when requested by publications or for online services such as LinkedIn.

Almost everything was shot f/2.8 with a 2 light setup of a 28' soft-box Key (1/4) and separation light gridded hot shoe (@1/16) two stops lower than the key.

Here are some of the images and the Lead image along the top is the template that was required to turn in for the class.

More images coming soon..

Project 52 - Assignment 4 Completed - Sports Poster

Project 52 - Assignment 4 Completed - Sports Poster

Tuesday September 02, 2014


Last week we shot assignment 4 and really wanted to redo a shoot we created a long time ago but fix the mistakes from before and light it even better.

Also with Sinobite playing Roller Derby and I having the opportunity to shoot the posters for the team for three years, I didn’t want to turn in anything that felt stale.

We started with boxing and quickly moved the concept to Fitness after the boxing was complete. In the end the images we choose for the fitness really fit into the theme better.

Here are some of my favorite posters from the last couple years with BBRG and the completed work we turned in for the class.

Cheers

- Justin

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Project 52 - Assignment 3 Completed - Chef/Recipe

Project 52 - Assignment 3 Completed - Chef/Recipe

Thursday August 21, 2014


Last week the assignment was to photograph a chef or recipe. We wanted to create the feel of a @home TV show promo for this image and I think we nailed it. We had the opportunity to create either a portrait of a chef or still life / food shot. We wanted to do both and see what came out better.

My team was instrumental in creating the balanced food styling and this really worked to setup the shot before the chef even stepped on set. They rocked this setup!

Hope you enjoy the images, let me know what you think!

Cheers
- Justin

Food
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The completed meal, Chicken with fresh veggies and a very tasty sauce.
I liked it on the counter
Submission 1
Submission 2
BTS Setup : Softbox lighting the food from above and feathering the light on the chef for the portrait. We have a hair-light in the back bouncing off the ceiling to create a realistic light as if from a light fixture and give some highlight to the cabinets.

Project 52 - Assignment 2 Completed - Flower

Project 52 - Assignment 2 Completed - Flower

Sunday August 17, 2014


Assignment 2 was to shoot a single flower for a flower shop with some very specific details to be added. The image must be vertical, and could run in a magazine. It had to be a color shot, with 5 items in the still life.

We created three different setups and the one we ended up liking the most was this image. I am new to this “everything has its place style” as well as still life in general and I got some very helpful tips in the critique that I will use moving forward when I do compose another image like this.

The next assignment which I will submit tonight or tomorrow is a Chef or Recipe, or both.

Cheers,
- Justin

Project 52 - Assignment 1 Completed - Stranger Portrait

Project 52 - Assignment 1 Completed - Stranger Portrait

Thursday August 14, 2014


Our first assignment for project 52 was to photograph a stranger. Someone completely unknown to us, and I saw this as more of an assignment to push our comfort as a human more than creating a piece of work as a photographer.

I was once told by a friend of mine and a fantastic photographer Jonathan Willis, about how the forceful use of restraints and limitations can help empower you and force you to work outside of your box.

Having just had to send off my comfort zone lens for repair, and being restricted to using natural light as I move around the streets quickly made me very nervous. I forced myself to shoot with my Fujifilm x100s, this forced me to use a wide fixed lens @ 23mm taking away some of my creative comfort. Also deciding not to bring a single softbox and light with me was a big change and really forced me to work on seeing the light before I even approached the subject I was hoping to make a portrait of.

In the end after I built enough courage to go out, I had a great time, got to meet some really cool new people and created some great pieces. I got to offer a free family session to a nice guy who was in need and hopefully I can help give them something they couldn’t have otherwise afforded. I also had a car show to shoot that night, so while I was meeting these pin up models for the photobooth, I snapped off a couple images of two of the ladies and lit them with the Orbis Ring Flash. The ring flash is my guilty pleasure, and I wish I could use it all the time.

The next assignment – Flower still life image.

Cheers everyone
-Justin

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Shaking off the cobwebs

Shaking off the cobwebs

Friday August 01, 2014


I haven’t used this since the first post.. Now that’s sad, but now I am making some changes and going to push my life forward in the most positive ways.

I have recently joined a workshop called project 52, which is a year long workshop with weekly classes and assignments. I am going to use the blog to keep me motivated. I will be posting images and the process behind each assignment.

Assignment one is : Photographing a stranger.

I have been sitting in this restaurant for two hours drinking coffee and can’t stop this nervousness filling me up before I go and start to find people to make an image of. I sit here nervous but my wife told me two days ago, you meet complete strangers all the time at your other job and when clients contact our studio.

This is probably the hardest thing for me to do and overcome.

The idea of who I make an image of? What am I looking for? Should I make it more than just random people? Should I light it? Natural light just on the street?

These are all decisions to be made to make an image in my style. My next post will be with some successful portraits I created and the setups if I end up lighting them.

Tomorrow’s my birthday. Now is the time to make change!

Cheers everyone
-Justin

Yet Another Blog

Yet Another Blog

Tuesday January 24, 2012


I’m sure you have read many life changing photography blogs. Here is yet another blog. I can’t promise mine will be the most insightful, life changing, or inspirational blog you have ever read. I can however promise to take you along this crazy journey I have chosen for my life.

I will teach you what I know, share my ideas, my vision, my inspirations, and also my frustrations and failures along the way. Whether you are a photographer or just a lover of art, creativity, and crazy rants about technique and technology — hopefully you can find some value in my ramblings.

Over the last year, I have had the opportunity to work with some pretty amazing people doing some pretty amazing projects. From the standards of weddings, children's photography, senior portraits, and editorial work to projects that pushed my creative limits with lighting, posing, and design — such as “Everyday Derby” — a 9 month adventure with the Black and Bluegrass Roller Girls for their 2012 marketing campaign.

Over the next few blog entries, I’ll talk more about some of the things I have been able to do over the past year, and dive into how I have grown from them as a photographer. I have also included a few of my favorite shots from the past year.

Until my next blog post, take a look around my new site and leave me some feedback on what you think!