Posts tagged ‘portrait’

I know that this is completely unprecedented for me, but I decided to post another one of my “assisted self portraits” from my trip to Canada last year. Using the same technique as my previously posted photo…I got all my settings and framing worked out and then stuck my camera in the hands of my buddy Jeff, who had hiked up to the waterfalls with me. As you can see from the photo, I was ill-prepared wardrobe-wise for hiking. This year, I plan to be better equipped. At least I was fashionable, which makes for all-around better artsy self-portraits like this.


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I did a project last year with a friend where we took weekly self portraits and posted them every Friday. Sadly, it tapered off and I was unable to post a few of my favorites that I took for the project while on a trip to Canada. I’m gearing up for another trip up north again this year and was reminded of those shots. This is my favorite of them. I actually made my friend Jeff pull off the highway to explore this little area for some photos. I’m glad I did, because I walked away beaming that I’d gotten my shot. Since I was without a tripod or remote, I chose all my settings and got my framing all worked out and then set the camera in the hands of Jeff to act as a human tripod and he shot off a few rounds before I decided he’d probably gotten something usable.

I can’t wait to see snow again. My soul is ready for some real winter.


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This photo is from a batch I took while vacationing with a bunch of my old college friends last year in Florida. One of our friends rented a convertible for the week (best decision ever) and it made me absolutely snap-happy every time we got in the car. This is one of my favorite shots of my friend Don while we were riding around one night.

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Whenever I go through my archives of photos I inevitably find a few here and there that I never edited and shared for some reason or another. This is a shot from last August when I took my camera surfing with me. I’ve been craving some surf action lately and have been waiting anxiously for the water to get a little warmer so that I can tolerate it. This photo definitely made me want to get back out there and catch some waves.


I was lucky enough to go down to Tijuana for Thanksgiving and work with and photograph Spectrum Ministries.

Even more wonderful was that I was able to write an article and post a photo gallery from the day via my new job at The Patch.

Here’s the article:

And here’s the photo gallery:

I couldn’t be more excited to be following my dream and finally working as a photojournalist again. The best part about it is that The Patch not only assigns me stories to write and photograph, but allows me to seek out my own. That’s why I got to combine all of my loves yesterday. Ministry and photojournalism. I couldn’t have asked for a better Thanksgiving.

Along with taking photos of the events of the day, I shot dozens of portraits of the neighborhood residents where we were working. By the end of the day, I had groups coming up to me tugging at my sleeve and camera strap, asking for their photos to be taken.

This is one of my favorite portraits of the day.


Last Monday, I made a spontaneous trip up to Malibu to see my old friend Amber, who just moved to the area to begin attending Pepperdine in the fall. She’s got a quaint little studio in a large house that sits on the side of a hill overlooking the ocean, which meant we could literally stepp out of her doorway and begin hiking from there. The morning fog was still covering a lot of the area, but it created a beautiful contrast between the grey fog and the blue skies that covered the other half of the sky. I snapped this of Amber and just fell in love with her expression paired with the chilly grey look of the landscape surrounding her. It’s even more interesting to me knowing that there were bright blue skies with wispy clouds at my back. Just goes to show that shooting from a different angle can change the whole feel of a photo.

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On Wednesday, I went down to Tijuana with my roommate and a great old friend I knew from my days in Greece to hear an incredible missionary/photographer speak at the ministry my landlord runs. After we picked the brain of the speaker for a while, we headed down the dirt road to one of the tianguis set up nearby. Tianguis are a temporary open air market with vendors selling things ranging from pizza and tacos to second-hand tools and clothing. We opted to go to one of my roommate’s favorite taco stands on the way out of Tijuana, so we didn’t end up getting anything there, but luckily, I ran into this fantastic older man. He was asking for money (I think), so I got my friend Amber to translate for me and ask permission for me to take his photo. He stared at me blankly without showing even a hint of having understood what she asked. I finally just pointed to the camera and then at him and he nodded, but kept his soulful eyes fixed on me expectantly. I wish he’d responded in order for me to get his name, but Old Man Mexico will just have to suffice.

*(Side note…I usually try and avoid reflections of myself in my photos of others, but the one that contained less of a reflection just didn’t strike me as much as this shot…and for the first time, I actually don’t mind my reflection because it kind of shows how personal the photo is to me since I’m in there too.)

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