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Monday
May092011

Katie's Steamy Portrait Session

I recently was given the opportunity to make portraits for the gorgeous Katie.  She gave me complete artistic license, so I took this session a little darker and a little more sultry than usual.  My friend Carrie came out to help with clothing and makeup and brought a very nice black corset for Katie to wear.  I did the entire session with a 17-35 and 70-200 2.8  along with two 300w/s studio heads in 2'x3' softboxes.  Also, special thanks to my friends over at Big Head's, one of the coolest new neighborhood bars in Baton Rouge, for letting us shoot there.  Here's a few of my favorites from that afternoon.

 

Friday
Apr222011

William David. Nine days old, and already an LSU Tiger

Last Saturday it was my honor to meet Baby Will.  At nine days old, some of the newborn-ness has gone, and he's sleeping, well, like a baby.  Here's some of my favorite photographs of him.  The whole portrait session lasted about an hour.

Friday
Apr152011

Baton Rouge's First Ever Beard and Moustache Contest! 4-14-2011

How cool is that?  On April 14, it was my distinct honor to photograph the Bayou Beard Association's first ever Beard and Moustache Contest at the Bulldog in Baton Rouge.  The Bulldog is an English style pub which happens to be dog friendly, so along with the BBA's siter organization, the Whiskerina's Bayou Whisker Sisters collected donations for Yelp, a no-kill dog rescue/shelter in town.  The contest was emceed by Mike of MonkeyBR.com fame.

The event was also held in honor of James deBrueys, a facial hair enthusiast and all arounnd great guy from New Orleans who went missing while at sea a few months ago.  His family was in attendance wearing t-shirts emblazoned with a graphical representation of his moustache and beard.  That logo made it's appearance on the Best in Show trophy.

Now that the links are out of the way...

Participants competed in five categories: Full Beard, Moustache, Freestyle, Fake Beard (the girls), and Sh*ttiest Beard.  The winner of that last category was awarded with a new razor.  And now, on with the photos!  I also have a Facebook Gallery posted, and the full gallery with over 600 images HERE.

The judges confer.

 

The four category winners line up to compete for Best in Show.

 

Thursday
Apr072011

Woodlawn High School, Class of 91 Reunion, 4-2-2011

Saturday night was my 20 year high school reunion.  Woodlawn High School, Baton Rouge.  That didn't make me feel old at all...  Several of us are small business owners now, and were able to keep the cost down to a minimum by providing some of our own services.  Kriste has a flowershop in town, so she handled most of the decorations.  Joan distributes seafood to the restaurants in town, so she got us the HOOKUP on some catfish and on the location, the Capital City Grill on S. Sherwood.  I provided the photography in the form of a party photobooth, then also had an aspiring photographer-friend shoot the party with my gear (Marja totally rocked it, and that freed me up to socalize).  It was great seeing some of my old friends, and connecting to classmates who I admittedly didn't know very well when I was in school.  It was also very nice to see people all grown up, especially to see friendships form between some of the people who had never been fond of one another back in the day.  The whole night was great all around. 

Facebook Galleries: Walkaround Party Pics and PHOTOBOOTH!

If you've never had a photo booth at a party, and your friends like being silly, I highly recommend it.  It's pretty much just a camera with a flash or two and a cable release so photo subjects can click their own.

Some of my favorite shots...

Friday
Apr012011

Up 'Til Dawn, LSU, Benefit Concert for St. Jude Children's Hospital

Last night it was my honor to photograph a charity event held to raise money for the St. Jude Children's Hospital.  St. Jude's is a research hospital in Memphis dedicated to the fight against cancer in young people, Louisiana sends more patients to St.Jude's than any other state.  It is supported almost entirely by donations.

The concert was put on by student group Up Til Dawn LSU partly as a celebration of the letter writing campaign, and partly to raise money on it's own.  Serrano's Salsa Company hosted the event on their parking lot, and generously pledged 50% of sales for the evening to St. Jude's.  Music was by local bands The Botanist and The AutoPilots.  Several patient families were on hand, including a few kids who had been successfully treated for leukemia at St. Jude's.  By the end of the night, these college students had raised over $3000 not including any direct donations as a result of the letter writing campaign.

I wanted my photos to have a different look from anyone else's who might have been there, so I set up several small flashes around the parking lot and used my Pixel Soldier radio triggers to make them fire.  Shot the entire event with a 35mm lens on a full-frame camera, and a 50mm lens on a cropped sensor body (wide and telephoto).  With this setup, both cameras were able to utilize all 4 of my flashes in the area.  Yep, I lit it like a wedding reception.  Wireless range was not an issue at all, but I did get quite a lot of phantom triggering.  Maybe the band or PA company's equipment was operating on the same frequency?  I'd never seen it before, but firing the flashes at 1/4 power or lower,  it wasn't really a problem.

Anyhow, here's some of my favorites from the night.  More can be seen in my Facebook gallery HERE.

Wait, there's only one dude involved in this charity group?  That guy is a genius, kudos Sir.

Friday
Apr012011

Road Trip Days 10-12, Guadalupe Mts to Baton Rouge

There was another spectacular sunrise from my campsite inside Guadalupe Mountains National Park.  I had planned to hike the trail up to the top of Guadalupe peak, but found my energy level so low from the previous day's hike that I decided I just couldn't do it.  Instead, I set up my camp office and started making prints from my vacation to that point.

Mostly, I rested that day.  Clouds began rolling in, along with a HUGE influx of people looking for campsites since Spring Break had just begun for many in the vicinity.  The next morning I started packing up at 6am, and there was another photographer waiting to take my campsite.  He generously helped me carry my bin to the back of the truck, and I showed him some of my prints from the day before. 

I hit the road and headed for San Antonio.  My parents had brought my nephews over there for Spring Break, so after a much-needed shower we went downtown to see the Alamo and get some dinner.  It was a nice, but brief visit.

Got up early Monday morning and concentrated on getting back home to Baton Rouge.  I did take the back roads between San Antonio and Houston for one big reason.  Shiner.  Had to stop by the brewery, which has mid-day tours (and free beer!) every day.

From there I boogied back to Baton Rouge along very familliar stretches of I-10 and under white overcast skies.  So there you have it, 4000 miles and 3 National Parks in my longest solo road trip to date.  I had a blast, and kept expenses low by tent camping and only eating in restaurants about 5 times out of 36 meals.  Oh, and by only buying 5 gallons of gasoline in the 4 days I was in California. :)

Tuesday
Mar292011

Road Trip, Day 9, Guadalupe Mountains National Park

I woke up just before dawn really needing to relieve some bladder pressure.  Looked down the hill toward the outhouse to the east and saw some red clouds forming.  Of course I grabbed my camera and 90mm macro lens.  Got one of my favorite images from the whole trip, too, with almost zero processing needed.

Made some bacon, then fried eggs in the bacon fat, my most favorite breakfast made better by the view.

Cleaned up a bit, got dressed, and made for the trailhead to McKittrick Canyon.  Much of the canyon was bought in the 1920's by geologist, naturalist and oil baron Wallace Pratt.  He had a cabin built there in 1931 as a summer home in which he and his family lived part-time for about 30 years.  In 1957 he donated his land there to the NPS, which would become a large section of Guadalupe Mts National Park.  The "easy" part of the trail about a mile past his house is approximately 7 miles round trip.  Over golfball-sized river gravel much of the way.  Wear sturdy hiking shoes if you go, you do not want a sprained ankle out there.  I also recommend hiking staff if you're not particularly sure-footed.

Too bad I was out of hiking shape, that 7 miles round trip was pretty rough.  Washed my hair in the sink at the trailhead and went back to camp.  Decided to try again for some star trails, so I pointed my camera to the north... this is roughly a 45 minute exposure.