Archive for September, 2013
September 29, 2013

Meet Carson, an Indianapolis area high school senior, who didn’t want traditional senior photos, instead she wanted a Headshot Session.  Carson is an aspiring actor and wanted some nice headshots to use when applying to theater school this fall.  We met up at my studio in downtown Indianapolis and had a great time shooting several looks.

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Indianapolis Headshot Session

September 17, 2013

Sam and Luke were married on August 31st and Ann and I had the pleasure of being their wedding photographers.   Our morning started out with Sam and her bridesmaids getting their hair and make-up done at a friend of the family’s salon.  The guys got ready out at the church, Bellville Bible Church to be exact, which holds a special place in Luke’s family.  The church had a great garden in the back for some portraits of the bridal party’s  that we took advantage of.  After the wedding we headed back to this area again for some photos of just Sam and Luke, and luckily got them done just before the rain fell!  The reception was held at Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield.  The speeches were funny and touching, the cake was tasty (or so I heard) and the dance floor was full all night long!  Congrats Sam and Luke, and thanks for having us there to photograph your wedding!

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Plainfield Wedding Photography

September 09, 2013

Thought I would take a break and share a little about my crazy Australian Shepherd, Oscar, and a photo that I shot of him in the spring.  Several months ago I rented some photo equipment to play around with hypersync, a way to trigger a studio flash at a much faster shutter speed than normal.  I am a big fan of action sports photography and lighting, so I figured I could give this technique a shot and see what I could come up with.  I didn’t have any action sports athletes to work with, but I did have my Aussie Oscar.  He is always willing to chase a ball or Frisbee so I set up a studio light in the middle of my yard (yea, the neighbors might of thought I was odd, but oh well) and had my wife throw the ball towards where the light was aiming.   All this was alot harder than it looked, it was tricky to get the action to happen in just the right spot, time and compose my shot, and get Oscar to do something photo worthy.  Over the course of a few days we set up the light several times playing with several toys trying to get a photo that would look right.  What I ended up with is 1 image out of several hundred that I am pleased with, and even then there are things I would do differently if I were to re-shoot this image.

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This was the best I came up with.  I shared the image originally on my personal Facebook page, and my instagram account, and thought nothing more about it.  A few months passed and the organization that we adopted Oscar from several years ago were holding a photo contest for the annual calendar.  I had always meant to submit a photo to this contest, but never got around to it,  well this year I had a photo ready to go, so I submitted the image for their calendar, and was thrilled when I learned that Oscar will be the cover photo for October.  Here is the link to purchase the calendar in a few weeks when they go on sale, all the profits go towards rescuing and finding homes for Australian shepherds, plus you get to look at my photo all month of October in 2014.

I also entered the photo into a contest sponsored by Pocketwizard, the maker of the triggers that allow hypersyncing your studio strobes.  Again, I didn’t think anything of this, there were hundreds of photos entered into the contest.  While I did not win, I was thrilled that my image was selected as one of the 11 semi-finalist photos of the hundreds that were entered!  Here is the link to see all the Winners and Semi-Finalist photos.

All from a photo where I was just playing around with my dog in the yard.

Excuse me, I have to end this, as Oscar is sitting next to me impatiently waiting to go out and play ball!