Below is an image from a couple shoots I've done for Iron Rebel in Ohio. These are some big, buff, tan, strong dudes that lift weights for a living. After sitting down with a few and talking to them about the training that is put in, I have way more respect for them.
I was recently commissioned to shoot Garret and Lauren Fisher for an advertising gig in downtown SD. We needed to capture five key shots. This was such a fun shoot with multiple setups. When we arrived we setup a white backdrop in the corner of the gym for the product shots. I used Savage pure white paper, with four Paul C Buff Einstien's. I had two in the back facing the white to blow out the background and two in the front. One octobox as the key light and one soft box as a fill. I had my MacBook Pro tethered to my Canon 1DX with an Ipad mini that the client could hold to view the images. I had 3 Broncolor Siros L 800 strobes as my main lights for the shots around the location. I had my MacBook Pro on my Film Tools cart so when we changed locations I could simply roll the cart over to the next location as my assistants carried the lights. I used the Rotalux Octo for my key light with a Chimera beauty dish as a kicker/fill light. My third Siros I would use to fill in other spots or bounce off other areas of the gym.
Here are a few baby pics that I did with a newborn girl that was only a day or two old. Shot these in the hospital. I used my Canon 1dx with my sigma 50mm 1.4 art lens. I shot mostly natural light. I also used a Broncolor Siros L 800 strobe.
Here are a few different edits from a recent series I was commissioned to cover. Baseball is actually one of the few sports that is fun to shoot. You wouldn't think it but you have to be focused the whole time to get the shot. Believe it or not but there isn't a whole lot that goes on so when something happens you better be ready! Gear: canon 1dx, canon 7d mii, canon 70-200 2.8ii, canon 400 2.8, thinktank photo airport security v2.
I've never been to a Jujitsu tournament so I decided to check one out. It happened to be the Pans at the UCI Bren Event Center. I knew a few guys competing so decided to go snap some photos of this dude Zach. He crushed his first two matches but fell a little short on his third. I believe he got caught in some sort of ankle lock. Below are a few images of him competing. These were shot on a Canon 1dx with a Canon 70-200mm 2.8ii or Canon 400mm 2.8 lens.
I love creating content that helps others make a profit! Below are a few images I shot for a gym that has an online fitness program. Below are a few outtakes from the shoot. These were shot on a Canon 1dx with either a Sigma 50 1.4 ART or Canon 70-200 2.8 ii. I used two Broncolor Siros L 800 strobes to light the subject.
I recently worked on a project for an upcoming feature with Guess Model Slesh. She was super easy and fun to work with and photographs really well. (side note, we actually went to the same High School but I was many years ahead...small world) The first two outtakes were taking with a Canon 1DX body and Canon 70-200 2.8ii lens with natural light. Images 3,4 were taken with the same setup but I added the Broncolor Siros L 800 strobe with the Chimera Octa Beauty Dish (24) to give it a more dramatic effect. After the shoot I imported them into LightRoom and exported the selects to Photoshop for a quick edit. Exported them directly into a zip folder and uploaded to DropBox to deliver to the client within 1 hr of the shoots end time.
I was at RVCA Sport this am shooting some sparring for the fighters. It's such a great environment inside this gym. Jason "Coach" is the man and has the best one liners I've ever heard. I love watching these guys spar as I feel I learn a lot from simply listening to Jason teach.
Canon 1DX, Canon 85mm 1.8
I've been really busy lately and all the credit goes to God. I'm grateful how he provides for my family. I love this journey that we are all on together. Below are some images from a recent marketing shoot with UCI's Athletic Department. I shot, Men's Volleyball, Baseball, Tennis, Golf, Track and Women's Golf, Water Polo and Track. I shot this on location at UCI in the Bren's Event Center. I used my Canon 1DX with the Canon 70-200 2.8ii tethered to my MacBook Pro using the teethertools cable. I had a BenQ 27 inch monitor set up in portrait mode for my client to see what's coming out of my camera. Below are some outtakes from the shoot.
Here are a few shots from another food shoot I recently did. This was a low budget shoot done on location. I shot this on a busy night at the Restaurant. I had limited time and space for this shoot. I setup in the corner by the kitchen to block off the area I was working in. I used two Paul C Buff Einstein's to light this product. My camera was the Canon 1dx with a 100m macro 2.8 lens and it was tethered to my Mac Book Pro.
Here are a few portraits I took for an assignment in South Africa. I can tell you that I truly loved capturing these portraits. I'll be posting more in a few weeks. I used my Canon 1DX with my 100mm 2.8 Marco and Canon 70-200 2.8ii to capture these images. These were shot with natural light and one Broncolor Siros L strobe with a Chimera octa beauty 24" collapsible beauty dish. I can't wait to share more!
I photographed Jon Tuck a UFC Featherweight contender. We shot him on location at RVCA Sport for Virus rolling with an AOJ brown belt student. Shooting in RVCA is really hard to freeze the action as I have to be at ISO6400 so I can get a shutter speed of over 500. I used my Canon 1DX with the Canon 24-70 2.8. This was a fast paced shoot with limited lighting. I used Lightroom to process this photo below!
I recently did a photoshoot at La Salle HQ and it was extremely fun! I shot 9 different models in 8 hours. It was a busy and exciting day! The looks were very easy and simple to photograph. I had wonderful makeup artist (Hayley Burchell) and hair stylist (Crown Jewels) on my side. I also had the amazing (Emily Wheatley) doing BTS video footage. This was a top notch crew we had!
When I got the call to cover the LA Rams training camp...That was easy to say yes to. Below are a few photos to give you an idea of what the training camp was like. I shot this camp mostly on my Canon 1dx with the canon 400mm 2.8 I might of used my 70-200mm 2.8 for a few closer shots and my canon 16-35 2.8ii for wide shots.
I was blessed with the opportunity to photography Kim Vanderburge an Olympic Medalist in Swimming. She was the most down to earth person on the shoot and loved my Son Kai man! I shot this in a studio in Costa Mesa with a few other models in the same day. I used the Canon 1dx with the 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8ii tethered (with tether tools cord) to my MacBook Pro connected the 27inch Apple thunderbolt. I love shooting tethered!!
This shoot was super fun, easy and quick! We shot this at 7am in the morning and had minimal time. We had to take head shots of the whole team M/F and Team photos. Here are a couple outtakes from this shoot. Equipment I used: Canon 1DX, Canon 70-200 2.8ii, Two Paul C Buff Einstein's, Two umbrellas, Macbook Pro, Tethertools cable, Filmtools senior cart, battery pack to power the two strobes, assistant to help fix details and a great attitude for the athletes.
We had limited space to shoot the group photos so we put them on the grass in the middle of the track. This is the silly photo we took at the end.
Below are some head shots from the shoot. These athletes were so much fun and easy to work with.
I shot a really talented dancer today and this shoot was focused on ballet. She was so much fun to work with and very photogenic. I shot her at three locations with four different outfits so we captured a bunch of great looks. This was shot for Lido Living Magazine.
I've been shooting for Lido Living Magazine for quite some time and wanted to share some photos from few shoots. These are very low budget shoots. I have to create a portrait and a action shot with the athlete with very limited time. I personally always want to try something a little different to separate myself from others.
The shot below I used a panning technic, this technic takes lots of practice to be consistent. I shot this with my Canon 1DX 70-200 2.8ii. You have to focus on the face and pan with the subject while capturing the image. I converted this to black and white in Lightroom.
This photo below was taken at the NAC next to the Concept 2 rowers. I like the dramatic effect of this shot. I used my Canon 1Dx with the 70-200 2.8ii. I set up one Paul C Buff Strobe with a umbrella on it.
This is a portrait of the same athlete used in the Magazine. I really like the dramatic portrait that was chosen from this shoot. This was shot in perfect day light. I accomplished this look with my camera settings. I love this kind of look, one of my favs.
My favorite set up is the Canon 1Dx with the Canon 70-200 2.8ii. It's so versatile and can be used on almost every shoot I have.
This is Alison and Alain with an A. They brought there dog Penny with them to this shoot so we included her in the fun! This is such an amazing couple that go so well together! Below are a couple outtakes from the shoot!
I don't really market weddings but I shoot about six a year and second shoot a bunch. I believe it is really important to be versatile as a photographer. You must learn all aspects of photography and never stop learning. I have noticed that most "wedding photographers" don't know how to track a subject and usually only shoot in Manual Mode.
I have a question for Manual Mode shooters: What happens when your subject, "bride and groom", go from inside the church to outside, but they happen to kiss really quickly in the doorway outside and continue moving? I can tell you... you overexpose the photo. I shoot portraits and posed shots in Manual but the rest of the wedding in Aperture Priority mode with back button focus in Al Servo. This allows me to track the moving subjects while at the same time creating amazing portraits. You must have the shutter speed at over 250 to freeze the action while the bride and groom are walking down the aisle. I personally think for tac sharp photos it must be above 500 for this type of photography. For sports I believe it is 1000, call me crazy but this is from my personal experience.