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.
I had the pleasure of photographing a small, intimate beach wedding today. The weather held up and I was able to create some gorgeous photographs for the bride and groom. This one was just after the ceremony on their way to the reception, which was also right on the beach. Thanks to Stacy and Erik for trusting me with your very important day.
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!
As part of a cover story about famous Westchase residents, I was assigned to photograph Rays baseball television personality Todd Kalas. Mr. Kalas was extremely easy to work with and even suggested some things to help improve the overall shoot. He never made me feel rushed and went along with everything like a true professional. My thanks to Mr. Kalas for his time.
I was sent to the Westchase YMCA by the editor of the World of Westchase to create a ‘new year’s resolution’ style of image depicting the health and wellness options available to local residents. The staff at the Linebaugh YMCA location were extremely easy to work with and participated graciously.
Two-light setup including a large octobox as a main light and a honeycombed light camera right to add rim lighting and depth.
Last night was the first opportunity I’ve had to make it out to a Sickles varsity football game. I showed up early and saw TV cameras everywhere as Bright House Networks was televising the game as well. Sadly, it wasn’t Sickles’ night. Jefferson came in fast, strong, and decidedly hungrier than the Gryphons.
I packed light for the game. My Canon 1D Mark IV and my Canon 300 f/2.8 L IS lens. Nothing else. That way, it’s harder for me to accidentally leave something behind!
Having not photographed swimming since I was still in high school, this was a shoot I was really looking forward to. I wanted to capture the swimmers in their environment, without squinty eyes and hard sunlight falling on them. I brought a large scrim and set it up near one end of the pool. I had the swimmers come over, one by one and step on a stool that brought them out of the water a bit more, and shot with a single beauty dish camera right providing the main light.
I stayed as low as possible (I was lying on the edge of the pool), but would have liked to spend more time cleaning up the background. The chairs make the image a bit more ‘vacation-y’ than I’d like. Next time, I guess.
Nice day of football in Lutz today as the Colts took on the Dolphins. The sky changed all day, so I was constantly adjusting my exposure and color balance, but I got lucky with great light and peak action for this shot.
This is a slightly more cropped image that will be used for the cover of the September World of Westchase magazine. The article highlights a local boy battling cystic fibrosis and was meant to feature him, but show the supporting family members as well. I received a lot of positive feedback from this image and I’m very proud of it.
Single beauty dish to camera right. The rest of the light is indirect sunlight.
The image above is from the most exciting finish of any game from any sport I’ve ever witnessed. This was the Boca Blast lacrosse tournament in South Florida. When the game is tied after regulation, the game goes into sudden death overtime. If the game is still tied after two overtime periods, lacrosse gets one of the coolest tie-breakers ever – the braveheart. In a braveheart, each team gets a goalie plus one player. The goalies take their places in front of their nets and the two other players face-off against each other for control of the ball. They battle, leaving everything on the field. The first player to score, wins the game.
In this game, our player lost the face-off, but our goalie stopped the shot. When the goalie went to pass the ball, our main player was dead tired, so the goalie took off with the ball, rand down the field, and scored to crazy jubilation. Greatest finish ever.