• 23
    Oct

    Green Screen, Lines, and Model Moments

    Yesterday, a client called about an event I have coming up in December.  It’s the coolest event!  We go to two different retirement communities (these are VERY high end properties), and do holiday card photos.  Last year, we offered actual holiday cards printed from Vista Print, in addition, participants could upload the photos to social […]

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  • 23
    Oct

    The World's Suckiest Hotel (Part 2)

    Let’s recap from part I, like the “previously on Dexter” series episodes: Our hero (me) checks into the swanky 5 star hotel, the Ritz Carlton LA Live!, a monolith of a building reaching into the LA sky like a hustler on five doses of Viagra.  Our hero (me) asked for a room on an upper […]

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  • 18
    Oct

    Airplane Etiquette

    As regular readers of this blog know, I travel a lot.   I consider a short trip a flight less than 2 hours. I consider anything In driving distance not a trip, even if I’m staying in a hotel.  If it’s more than a 4 hour drive, I fly.  Unless I can’t because it’s in […]

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  • 18
    Oct

    The end of the Season

    Today and tomorrow mark the last race of the Indycar season, and I write this from in back of the Honda tent while Matthew shoots. For me, the end of the season is a mixed bag of emotions.  On one hand, we’ve done 14 races, roughly 40 days of shooting, and the feeling of accomplishment […]

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  • 16
    Oct

    Not all clients are a good fit.

    **** (Blog note:  I try to make this blog a realistic depiction of what it’s like to be a working, travelling,  international event photographer.  In most cases, my clients, my team, and I form bonds that last for years. We look forward to seeing each other, and life is good.  But that’s not always the […]

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  • 15
    Oct

    Photos from the job: tonight, fake news

    Sometimes you get a call that says: “Um, I’m not sure exactly what we want…” And that job evolves and changes, morphing from one concept to the next until inspiration strikes.  Here is a mockup sent to the client last night for a shoot this evening at Washington’s Newseum.  It is one of several backgrounds, […]

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  • 15
    Oct

    The World's Suckiest Hotel (Part 1)

    Everyone knows a bad hotel when they see one: bugs of one variety or another, a bathroom that hasn’t been scrubbed since Hechtor was a pup.  A front desk with bullet proof plexiglass separating you from the bookie/ pimp/ front desk agent.  A bed with blood stains not quite bleached out. But what about the […]

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  • 13
    Oct

    Mexico, Part 2 The Statue and Spooky Ju-Ju

    It’s always hard joining a team that has already gelled, but on this assignment, that was not the case.   It started with Lisa.  Lisa reminded me instantly of Ashley, my Honda contact — she even looks like her — and I had to stop myself from yelling “OMG!  IT’S ASHLEY.” When I finally arrived […]

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  • 11
    Oct

    Photos from the shoot: Progressive Insurance. Or, when I exposed myselfto the entire McDonald's drive thru.

    Greenscreen photography is all abut images that just push the boundaries of reality.  A great image should make you stop and wonder: is it real? How’d they do that? In my view, participants should have a blast while engaging creatively with your brand.  For us, meaning US Event Photos, one of the best examples of […]

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  • 10
    Oct

    Mexico, Part 1 EL HOMBRE

    The United Airlines flight landed in Veracruz at 10:30 pm, and shortly after customs I was ensconced in my luxurious airport hotel. Well, perhaps luxurious isn’t exactly the case.  Think Mexican Red Roof Inn:  one foam bed, one towel, and two pillows.  A thin teal blanket.  That’s it.  Oh, and a view of the train […]

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