Shooting with Canming

I had a lot of fun on Saturday shooting with Canming, another friend of my wife’s  – she was a bit nervous about the session and didn’t really know what to expect. She had three different outfits, and we ended up with three looks that she liked – a classy one, a more upbeat business one and a casual one.  Overall I am pleased with the results, and she was really happy.  We even printed these three images 5×7 in. and she took them home to show to her husband.   We photographers have an important job  – to increase the level of self-confidence and happiness that people have!  Here is one of the images from the shoot – the others are here.


Worked hard this weekend!

I was busy shooting this weekend! On Saturday I friend of my wife’s came over for some pictures; later in the same evening Stella and I worked on my final project for Portrait Photography that I am taking at the community college.  It was exhausting but I am satisfied with the results.  You can see the results from the first session here, and my project on Stella here.

I am considering buying a large printer like the Epson 3800.   I love the prints that my Epson R800 produces, but they are small.   Local photo labs don’t do a good quality job, and using a pro lab like WHCC gets expensive for non-profit prints.  The 3800 is not cheap, but it’s a great printer – I will wait for my birthday 🙂


Spent time on Wed April 25th with Tanya S., a delightiful, charming woman.  I met Tanya and her husband Jody through Eugenio and Judy – a few weeks ago we went to a relatively new Spanish restaurant in Dallas named Sangria Tapas y Bar in the Knox/Henderson area.   I really enjoyed their company.   Last Wed I went to  their house to photograph Tanya at home.  Tanya’s hospitality was wonderful, and her home and the decor were outstanding.  The pictures are very nice – Tanya’s smile really lights up the images! Here is a sample below.   From a technical point of view this was my first “on location”  shoot with strobes – I made some mistakes and I learned a lot.   I am looking forward to doing a second session with Tanya and Jody in the future.

Portrait of Stella

On Wednesday this week Stella posed for me and we spend an hour taking simple portraits of her.  She did a great job with the makeup, eliminating shiny spots and making her skin look young and beautiful.    We started with some classic seated poses, after Mattise, and then we did the same nude.  We are both pleased with the results.  The lighting consisted of a softbox to model’s right, with a fill strobe bouncing on the ceiling, and a third light serving as hairlight.


On Sunday April 8th Holly, a friend of my wife’s, came over to have some portraits made. She was very excited about this photo session and brought a suitcase full of clothes, had nice makeup on and a great attitude! We worked together for a couple of hours and we really enjoyed our time together. Holly is very natural in front of the camera – we tried a few styles and outfits, including a bit of old Hollywood glamour. I really like this image of her below, she looks beautiful. You can see more images from this session here.

Hot headed Phil and funny pictures

Hot headed guy with hair on fire!On Thursday April 11th I got together with a local aspiring model, Phil, to shoot some unusual portraits.  I wanted to do something humorous and off the wall.   We ended up with three ideas, a hot-headed guy with his hair on fire, which looks pretty real, a redux of Rodin’s The Thinker (no  humor on this one, but we have a version with a tv remote control!) and a third one of Phil lounging and even falling asleep in front of the couch… We had fun working on these off-the-wall ideas and came up with some interesting images.   The ones I am including here are on the funny side.