I did this beautiful engagement session with Michael & Daniel yesterday at the Arboretum Park here in Seattle. SUCH a beautiful day and surprisingly NOT busy! With the beautiful trees, bushes and flowers in blossom, how could you NOT feel the love. 🙂
Here are a couple photos from the session.
For those interested in the technical details of how I created these images, they are compositions of 46 and 52 images respectively, assembled in what’s referred to as the “Brenizer Method”. You can likely appreciate the WOW factor that this method lends to any portrait shoot.
I’m excited to share the fruits on this long-term labor. I’ve been working with the owners of Le Faux (http://www.lefauxshow.com) to get this promo launched. I hope you like it, AND I hope you will take a look at their website and attend the show. It REALLY is a fantastic show!! ENJOY! Check it out at Julia’s on Broadway on Capital Hill!
I grew up in very Eastern Maine, in Machiasport, Maine to be exact. I usually go home once a year to visit and spend time with family. But since I’m officially a “city boy” I can get a little stir crazy out in the middle of nowhere. I mean, I LOVE MY FAMILY, but it gets kinda slow. 🙂
So, anyway, while I’m there my sister, Brenda Lee, goes above and BEYOND to line up portrait sessions for families far and wide around most of Eastern Maine. This past August and September I there for three full weeks, one of my “maine” purposes for going to was photograph TJ + Penny’s amazing wedding in Lubec, Maine, but I also had a wonderful time meeting and re-meeting some families in the area for portrait sessions.
Yes, Jon + Alex get hitched at Dairyland… as in, Dairyland the spectacular event space in Snohomish, WA! It was wonderful to see such an historic venue operating in such a “repurposed” fashion. August 15, 2015 – A lovely bride, fantastic weather, and a nervous groom: the perfect wedding day.
TJ Sprague and I went to school together. Technically he was one year behind me, but we were really close friends from a very young age. Of course I went away to live in France for a year in high school, then off to college in Upstate New York, and then moved entirely across the country in Seattle, WA, but the time and distance apart never seems to break a long-time bond.
It’s because of this bond that I was so honored and flattered when Penny, TJ’s fiancee, contacted me in February of 2015 asking if I would consider flying to Maine to photograph their wedding last August!! I didn’t know Penny growing up, but if she had taste good enough to choose TJ and then to choose me as her photographer, well then… she must be an amazing woman!! 🙂
Welcome to Lubec, Maine, very close to my hometown.
The setting was spectacular, the venue stunning, the bride… RELAXED? Yes, Casey was the most relaxed bride I’ve ever worked with. What a beautiful day! Georgetown Ballroom did an amazing job with the event.
Last Spring I had the great pleasure of working with the amazing drag queen, Kristie Champagne. Kris Zillo reached out to me asking if I’d even done video projects, and although I had VERY limited experience with it, I was so excited to try! So, over a three week period we filmed all the material, compiled the video, laid in sound, added effects and all… It was a really fun project which has encouraged me to take several videography courses via Lynda.com and have been hired for a few more upcoming projects!!
So, without further adieu, the Season 8 Audition Tape for Rupaul’s Drag Race with Kristie Champagne.
I had the great opportunity to meet and photograph the lovely Alex Sprague while in Maine visiting my family. Alex is a great young lady with a very bright future ahead. Good luck this year in school Alex!
So excited that Fortune Magazine wrote a wonderful article, “Sears’ big-data strategy? Just a service call away” about my client, Sears Home Services, and featured one of my images in the article! I’ve been doing shoots for Sears Home Services for a few months in Seattle to “kapchur” the spirit of their amazing, kind and talented repair technicians. Dominique, featured in the image, was a jem! What a great guy and such a pleasure to watch him interact with his clients.
Picture this, you’re hosting an AMAZING event! Everyone who’s anyone will be there! You’ve created the event #HASHTAG and still NO ONE is posting to the WORLD telling them how amazing it is! Live posting your event photos might be the best marketing tool yet!
Remedy? You have to give them a reason to want to post and want to follow the #HASHTAG, so upload photos and use that #HASHTAG, show people on your phone what you’ve posted. They will immediately login and start following to see what other photos are there and what other attendees are saying. Lots of people these days are expecting to see lots of photos from events documenting their every move and they love it! As a matter of fact, if they DON’T see a photo of themselves they can get a little cranky!
For me, I take the photos with my dSLR (Canon 5D Mark III with EyeFi Card or Sony A7r with native Wifi), stream the photos to my phone, select a handful to closer review and edit, add my watermark and immediately post to twitter (and sometimes Facebook) with the #HASHTAG. These are event photos, not portraits, so they won’t require much editing at all! And even better alternative would be to have a photographer’s assistant wandering with the photographer with a tablet having the photos streamed to the tablet! This would enable event more photos be posted. I make this process sound sort of easy because I’ve been doing it for years, but the ordeal of getting all your devices connected, streaming properly and then learning how to do mobile editing…. not to mention having catchy and fun mots (fancy french for “words”) to describe the posting… well those are skills that require a little time to build and sometimes would be called “having a knack for it”.
So, what’s left for after if I’m posting photos during the event? Rest assured there’s NO way for me to post ALL of the photos I take an any event. I will generally take 100 photos per hour at most events. Because of that I’m just very selective to post only the ones I think represent something amazing about that moment in time and try not to be too repetitive with posting the same people or the same theme, trying to keep variety, energy and simplicity at top of mind. Then, after the event I’ll upload ALL of the full resolution images to my computer, do mass editing for a few hours and will then post or upload them where ever my clients and I have agreed… all within 48 hours of the event finishing (sometimes even faster).
Twitter stream from social media photographer @RL_Wood during the #GoGreenSEA conference
Here are a few events where I’ve live posted event photos:
Well, today I get to share an exciting project! I had the chance to photograph the Album Cover Artwork for recording artist Chase Silva for his upcoming single release, “Free to Be Me”! Look for updates soon with the actual album artwork as well as links to download the single! (I’ve heard it and LOVE IT! So much fun!) Check it out on iTunes! Releases on June 1, 2015, but you can pre-order now! Free to Be Me (feat. Chase Silva)
Hello! It’s not often I get a chance to show off the post-editing work I perform on my portraits. However, I had an amazing opportunity today and a client that was VERY easy to convince that this would be a good idea… well, it was me! Every time I try to justify showing off the editing I do, I think to myself, “Does my client even know the type of work I did to their photo? Do they REALLY want that public?” Well, now I don’t have to worry about that. This is me and the edits I decided to do on my own portrait from today. Hope you like it this Before and After Portrait.
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