Asked to create my parents' New Year Card, I really wanted to test my skills and see if I could pull off a massive composite with a cheesy faux illustration finish. Being a huge fan of the art in Borderlands (Borderlands is a video game, in case you don't know), I wanted to try and pull off something that used a similar cel shading technique. I have never seen photos turned into this before, so it took a ton of trial and error, but in the end I pulled off something that at least partially resembles the image in my head.Read More
I love getting mail. Sadly, I don't get a lot of it unless it's in the forms of bills, updates to insurance, someone wanting me to join their religion, or someone thinking I need a brand new car, and none of that counts. So, in an effort to coerce my family & friends to send me more mail I made a holiday card starring my own little family.Read More
Last Winter I took a compositing class with Brooke Shaden, a phenomenal fine art portrait artist who creates incredible worlds through photographs, compositing, and editing techniques that all have an ethereal aspect to them. In her class she explained how she edits her famous red cloths, and while I didn't finalize this image the way I originally intended (with the red fabric becoming the ground), I was very pleased with how this turned out.
Here's a quick explanation of how I did this:Read More
Three years ago this September, my fiance and I opened our home to our second dog, a little Border Collie - Australian Shepherd mix named "Charlie." We found her by recommendation of a volunteer at an animal shelter in Texas (where we lived at the time), and wouldn't have given her a second glance without that recommendation. We renamed her Luna because we didn't want any connection with her previous life, and we wanted a name that matched both how incredible we thought she was and how crazy.
The first thing we learned about Luna was that at some point in her life a man had beat her. We assumed this was her previous owner, who also never walked her on a leash, never played with her with a ball, never allowed her to trust anyone. They gave "chases livestock" as the reason for surrendering her.
Capturing the connection between these two old souls was an absolute pleasure. It's not every day that you get to work with a horse whisperer and her best friend. Emily Thompson is a 3-star Parelli Professional & Horse Development Specialist currently based in the Ocala, Florida area, but she travels the country often teaching at workshops & Parelli shows. Porsche is her 19-year-old RBI Arabian mare who Emily started 13 years ago. The two have grown up together and taught each other how to be...Read More
Having used Proshow, their slideshow software, I have to say it's pretty stinking awesome. They have a royalty free music library, HD video output (but you can output in low-res too), incredible themes to choose from, and an extraordinarily intelligent software system that will change the speed of photos to fit the music, group similar photos together and change the transitions to best match the music and photos. They have both web-based & separate software for purchase. LOVE IT! Highly recommend checking them out.
A couple months back I came up with a concept for a final image: a glass jar releasing (or capturing) magic. I have a nostalgic memory of capturing fireflies as a kid and I wanted to show how that felt. To a child, fireflies are so much more than just little bugs trying to mate, they are these magical creatures, maybe even magic itself...Read More
The most convincing lies are surrounded by truths. Can you tell me what's a lie in this photo?
A few weeks ago I posted this question on my facebook page. One of the most rewarding aspects of being a photographer is turning reality into fantasy, making a feeling visible, making an image that's only possible in the realm of the imaginary. I love being able to turn things that I wish were real into images. The secret behind editing images...Read More