This image was part of the secondary images created for the August 2014 cover of the World of Westchase. It featured Westchase residents from Alonso High School. I photographed the athletes individually, dropped the background in Photoshop, then combined the individual images into a composite for the cover. What you see here is one of the athletes alone with a background added in Photoshop.
Two strip lights on each side of the subject, slightly behind the subject. A large octobox is used as a primary light.
This was a secondary image shot for the 2014 World of Westchase scholars, not a cover image. I liked it better with the horizontal composition. It’s tighter and features the faces of the kids much more.
This was taken at the Westchase Golf Club right before the awards dinner for the scholars.
I did some different post processing on this image. I generally darken the outsides of images to help draw the viewer’s eye to the subject. But since the human eye is naturally attracted to areas of high contrast, I instead decided to lighten the outside as well as desaturate it. This leaves the subjects as the higher contrast part of the photograph. I really liked how this edit came out.
The World of Westchase needed a cover photograph to accompany an article about kids graduating from Westchase Elementary School and choosing to forgo other options and instead staying in the neighborhood to attend Davidsen Middle School.
Lighting a group this large at a time of day like this (near sunset) proved impossible, so I did the best I could using available light. I brought along a ladder for just such a photograph, and I’m glad I did. The only real Photoshop work involved the addition of the flag and flag shadow.
This month’s World of Westchase cover image needed to feature both an adult women’s tennis team and a youth girls softball team. I arranged the two teams and photographed them at the Ed Radice Sports Complex, but wasn’t very happy with the sky as photographed. I was able to use a previously photographed sky and add it, along with some additional Photoshop work (I needed to add a red sock), to the original photograph to create the final image used on the cover of the magazine.
This was one of those special occasions when you are able to get a vacation out of a job. During my visit to the Keys, I was able to photograph a wedding as well as create this great family portrait. The location is the family’s condo in Tavernier, and it was just what they were looking for.
I used a large scrim to cut the super bright July sun and help create more even shadows as well as a large octobox to even out the lighting and create catchlights.
This may have been my 4th year photographing the World of Westchase scholars. This year’s festivities moved to the Westchase Golf Club, so that meant the photographs would be taken there as well. Since I don’t have the luxury of determining the location or time of day, I have to arrive fully prepared for everything. This setup included one octobox as a main light and a honeycombed light as a rim. Balancing them with the available daylight was the fun part.
The May cover for World of Westchase required a photograph illustrating a major home improvement project. To accomplish this, local residents involved in adding an in-ground swimming pool to their back yard were featured inside the unfinished pool.
Thanks to the Duffys for helping us with this photograph.
Keeping things basic as far as lighting goes, I again made use of my large octobox.
It’s incredibly rewarding to be a part of something brand new. In this case, the arrival of a Westchase lacrosse team. The Westchase Stampede is beginning its inaugural season this year, and I was very happy to be their team photographer.
Good luck Stampede!
The January 2013 cover story for the World of Westchase focused on improvements being made to the West Park Village Swim & Tennis Center. To illustrate the story, the cover photograph I created involved two of the board members at the location going over the blueprints for the proposed changes.
Photographed using a single large octobox camera left.