Photo Tips, Tutorials, Product Reviews

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This was one of those 'up before the sun' shoots prepping and scouting and staging areas with officials to get everything just right.  Working with big rigs is much different than your typical automotive work.  Wider glass or long glass from a distance, combined with sunrise hard backlight glow, curvy tight two lane roads through the mountains, working with the drivers to coordinate when, where, and how to drive to get the video and still sequences we need can all prove to be challenging. This set was shot in collaboration with the video production team from Southwest Post.  Special thanks...

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Model Spotlight: Lindsey Renee

Lindsey and I have worked on numerous shoots together both on freelance collaborations and with the Avalon Makeup Class students.  She always brings an unrivaled intensity to the set that always shows in the images.  She is constantly moving and making small adjustments while maintaining poses to match overall styling.  She maintains that balance between youthful appeal and edgy avante garde with her angular full body posing. For booking and availability, contact us and we’ll put you in touch with Lindsey’s Agency. Checkout some of the work we’ve created together…

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Model Spotlight: Abby McAlear

I've been working with Abby from the very start of the first Avalon Makeup Class photoshoots at the start of her modeling career.  Its been my pleasure to watch her progress and be muse to many makeup artists over the last 3 years and her increased versatility as a model.  So many beauty models have 1 or 2 looks but Abby completely takes on the styling of each look she wears and makes it her own. She can pull off fashion catalog-print styles, sultry smokey retro beauty looks, youthful lifestyles, and dramatic stage looks. For booking and availability, contact us and we'll put you in touch...

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Model Spotlight: Kristan Glover

Kristan and I have been working together on the Avalon student photo shoots for over 3 years. I've watched her progress and discover her looks and develop into a versatile model capable of soft youthful catalog looks to gritty high fashion sophisticated styles perfect for editorial. For booking and availability, contact us and we’ll put you in touch with Kristan’s Agency. Checkout some of the work we’ve created together…

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Product Photography Makeover

We recently finished a project for specialty southwest gifts website ArizonaGifts.com in a complete product line refresh including label design, landing page layout, search optimization, and of course product photos.  One of their biggest struggles in the past has been product differentiation for their gift baskets - filled with similar products and matching labels it was sometimes hard to tell the difference between each product.  We shot their original photos on bright white some 4 years ago while trying to standardize and create consistency across their platform.   However, with a recent...

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Feature Article: Beauty Link Magazine, Vol.5 Issue 3

Stop by your local cosmetology school or salon and pickup the latest issue of Beauty Link magazine!  We wrote an exclusive article for beauty school owners and educators with tips on coordinating portfolio photo shoots for your school and students. Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 3 - "Help Your Students Shine!" Working with professional photographers to create striking images helps provide real world editorial experience while developing confidence in their abilities and creating content for shared publicity opportunities for both the school and students.  However, coordinating photo shoots...

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Product Shoot with Savage Seamless, Bike Photos

For those of you who don't know me, I'm an avid road cyclist and involved with local group rides for fixed gear enthusiasts and roadies.   I recent acquired a Trek Madone 4 Series road race bike and have been having tons of fun both riding and shooting it. With the matte black and blue frame I thought I would aim for a bold catalog look using the Savage Universal "Deep Yellow" seamless paper.  I thought the color was the perfect compliment to the bike and to achieve that active race-ready look in studio.  See for yourself: Next up, I thought I would use the same style lighting and pose...

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Titles, Careful Not to Dilute Yourself

In today's working environment we have to be diverse in the services that we offer in order to stay competitive.  Creative colleges and trade schools are driving this home by offering supplemental courses to expand students' skill set beyond their original core focus.  Experienced industry pros are even moving into new areas in order to fill their schedules. Our younger generations are forced into learning multiple trades to stay employed in a flooded market.  However, in doing so we must be extremely mindful not to dilute ourselves away from what we do best.   And that is key... focus on what...

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WPPI Huge Success! Thanks for stopping by!

We just wrapped up 3 very full days of travel, setup, and shooting session workshops at WPPI 2013 at MGM Las Vegas in the Savage Universal booth #1635!  Thank you all who stopped by and joined us for the sessions. If you missed us, here is what we covered... Green Screen Shooting Product demo using the Savage Universal 9ft wide Chroma Green vinyl + collapsible 5x6ft backdrop + Green Screen Wizard Software. Lighting techniques - avoiding shadow while maintaining flattering and relevant light patterns for the intended "scene" that is being placed into the background in post editing. Vintage...

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Beauty Lifestyle with SN Makeup Artist

These are some of my favorite shots from a recent creative collaboration with makeup artist Stephanie Neiheisel at her trendy ultra-modern loft in downtown Phoenix with model Lindsay Daniels.  

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WPPI 2013, Sessions with Savage Booth #1635

Hi Friends, I am excited to invite you to the workshop sessions I have coordinated with Savage Universal Corporation to demonstrate some awesome new products in their booth at the WPPI 2013 Tradeshow!  Stop by booth #1635 and we'll be working with the floor drops and creative lighting to create ambiance along with lighting tips for green screen chromakey shooting and finally a bridal fashion editorial shoot with bridal gown by my talented wife Amelia Walsh with workflow tips for tethered shooting.

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Savage Floor Drops Review

Studio photography has always been one of those hit or miss things for me in terms of creative outlets.  I have always preferred on-location, where the whole team can feed off of the energy of the environment and combining natural ambient light with monolight fill and reflectors... it can be just perfect.  Sure, in a studio you have a blank canvas but unless everything comes together perfectly the end result is usually less appealing to me then location work.  Of course the challenge with location shoots is the logistics headaches, trying to find new areas that match your vision, getting things...

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Savage Air Flow Tech Tables Review

I recently got my hands on the new Tech Tables product line for tethered shooting from Savage Paper.  In the past, I always avoided tethered shooting especially on-location because of the hassle of bringing excess gear and worrying about having a secure place to setup and it usually just ended up being a lot of extra work.  The Savage Tech Table kit really minimizes a lot of those concerns with minimal investment and setup and makes a very practical addition to many kinds of shooting. Tethered Shooting in Practice... In the past, my most common reason for shooting tethered was to see details...

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Fashion Investment on Indiegogo

Hello Friends,Colleagues & Newcomers, For those who aren't already aware, my wife Amelia Walsh and I have been striving to grow her fashion brand since 2008 by participating in numerous runway shows, retail boutiques, charity events, contests, and artistic projects in Arizona and California since 2008.  To say that its been a blessing to have her in my life and for our careers to co-mingle in such a harmonious way would be an understatement. Although its been a fun journey within our local communities, it is time to take the business to next level by making her clothing lines more accessible...

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Sal’s Challenger RT Shoot for Sinister Extremes & Verde Wheels

We've been discussing this photoshoot for almost 6 months now with car owner Sal Danley who has been building up his Challenger RT for SEMA 2012.  This customized Challenger was on display at the K&N Air Filter booth but also features custom rocker panels, carbon fiber engine bay and intake by Sinister Extremes, custom drilled brake calipers by R1 Concepts, rolling on Verde Wheels. View the full photo set here:  Sal's Challenger RT and the rest of my automotive portfolio. A few of my favorite shots...   Are you interested in hiring me to shoot your car?  Don't hesitate...

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