Friday, December 2, 2011

Yoga on my mind...

My dear friend Heidi is a yoga instructor...she's MY yoga instructor. A few years ago she built a beautiful studio in her home where she teaches the most awesome classes. I'm probably one of the least flexible people in the world (no, I'm not kidding) and when you're tight like a 70-year-old guy, yoga can be a bit intimidating. To spend an hour and a half doing the very thing that I'm worst at...flexing and stretching has taken a lot of accepting, breathing and just...being ok with where I am at.

Heidi has helped me do that. Her calm voice, her gentle poses and simple suggestions have nudged me toward that acceptance and I now revel in the time I can spend in her class.

A while back she asked me to take a few pictures of her studio, and after class two weeks ago we were able to do just that. We still have plans for some more stuff showing classes and poses but I just wanted to share the first batch. I love how the two portraits show different sides of Heidi. Happy, sweet, gentle,  strong, thoughtful and beautiful. She is all of those and more. For more info on her classes and workshops, check out (and like) her Facebook page and look for her new website to come.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Autumn Portraits

The fall colors in Salt Lake City are just about over. Snow is on it's way and you can smell winter in the air. I was lucky enough to photograph Brad and Amy and their awesome dog Bandit a few weeks back in a local park at the height of color. Love the rich colors and Amy's red hair only adds to all that awesome color.
They are getting married in New Orleans in December and wanted some photos of them hanging out with their sweet pup. An awesome session with a sweet couple up for anything and I was covered in dog kisses trying to shoot the pic of Bandit in the foreground and them out of focus in the back. Finally got it, but Bandit made sure lick my face thoroughly a few times first:).

Photographing pets with their owners can be a challenge but I really love it. It's a little more time consuming and you certainly get lots of photos with just a ball of blur passing through the frame, but being a dog lover surely helps. Look forward to photographing more doggies and their owners in the future. Bring on the slobber!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Product shots

A few days ago I photographed product shots for Aseda Raw honey. The owner Anthony Baron Kirk, who also happens to be my brother-in-law, wanted photographs of various foods that Aseda can be served with, for his website and marketing materials. I've photographed the Aseda products before but this was a chance to capture some of the ways "I Aseda".
Since I've become addicted to this yummy honey, I chose some simple but favorite things Aseda tastes wonderful with; tea, brie and crackers, ice cream and yogurt.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Hey Jude!

Photographed the gorgeous and talented Jude this past week up in Park City. Loved working with her. Nothing better than when someone is GAME and open to playing with lots of ideas, outfits and settings.
We hung out at her home and of course I had to use the airstream she had parked in her driveway in some of the pics. Just too cool to pass up. Here are some of my favorite photos of the session.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It's been a while...

...since I last posted. Lots of traveling on my part and my girls being out of school have left little time to post. Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.
Here's some of my favorite images from a portrait session recently.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Spring has sprung!

Combined a little weeding with some photos in my yard. Nice to take advantage of the thousands of dandelions I'm about to eradicate:)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Educate a child-Educate a Nation

As some of you may know, I'm going to Ethiopia in May. I'm traveling with an organization called COEEF- The Children of Ethiopia Education Fund.
The fund exists to "empower young girls in Ethiopia from impoverished circumstances with quality, private  education through generous sponsors and donors". 
You too can sponsor a student's education for a mere $25/month, which enables a girl to make a difference for herself, her family, community and country.  This sponsorship provides tuition, uniform, and supplies for one student in school for a full year.

In a recent Time Magazine article, Nancy Gibbs wrote:"In sub-Saharan Africa, fewer than 1 in 5 girls make it to secondary school. Nearly half are married by the time they are 18. 1 in 7 across the developing world marries before she is 15. Then she gets pregnant. The leading cause for death for girls 15 to 19 worldwide is not accident or violence or disease; it is complications from pregnancy. Girls under 15 are up to five times as likely to die while having children than are women in the 20s, and their babies are more likely to die as well".

Here's a video by my friend, photographer Rick Egan from a previous sponsor trip.

Can't wait to share my experience with you guys when I return. I'm hoping to do a gallery show if possible of my images with proceeds going towards the girls in Ethiopia. 
If you have an opportunity to lend your support, please click on the link above. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pulitzer Prizes in Photography

In photojournalism, a profession where men outnumber women tenfold,  this year's Pulitzer Prizes are dominated by women photographers.  This year, three out of the four prize winning photographers are women.
The Washington Post photographers Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and (male) Ricky Carioti were awarded the 2011 Pulitzer in Breaking News Photography for their "up-close portrait of grief and desperation after a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti".

Barbara Davidson of the Los Angeles Times, won the Feature Photography category for her "intimate story of innocent victims trapped in the city's crossfire of deadly gang violence".

Here are some of their images:

Feature Photography, Barbara Davidson

Breaking News Photography, Carol Guzy and Nikki Kahn

To view all the photos on the website, click on the following links:
Feature photos
breaking news photos

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Photographer Helen Levitt

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is exhibiting Helen Levitt Photographs, February 24 through June 12, 2011.
The photographs on display features her work form the late 1930s, early 40s when she emerged as New York photographer as well as her later works in 70s and 80s.
NPR refers to Levitt as a "photographer's photographer---little known by the public, but revered by fellow photographers". She photographed New Your City street scenes, mostly in Spanish Harlem, in a time before television where the streets were full of life, from kids playing in the streets to adults sitting on the stoops to avoid the inside heat.
The museum is open everyday except Mondays and Holidays.
For more info on the exhibit and museum click here.