This handsome little lad is Quinn, born 11-23-11. He must have some sort of camera radar, because this little fella tried his best to be upset. In the end, the poor guy was just to tuckered out to strut his stuff. One look, and you’ll fall in love with him.
The other night I took this image, while standing on Disney property, just before security came by and said that they were called over to investigate what was going on. I told them I was out just taking some pictures, and offered to take theirs and would send them the shot if she provided an email.
This seemed to soften her up at bit, and she said that I can use my camera to take images of the Music Hall while standing on the property yada, yada, yada, but I cannot use my tripod, unless I was on the sidewalk. Oh, ok, it’s a good thing I’ve got a long lens to make up the 20 foot gap, I thought.
I have to say, she was the most courteous security guard I have ever encountered, professional, polite, and willing to offer an alternative other than the “no pictures, no trespassing, or empty your memory card” types. I don’t know if this was due to training, her personality type, or my own positive nature, but I have to hand it to the security company at the Disney Music Hall for having her on the team. If all security guards, no, most, no, even half of the security people out there had the people skills this young woman had, they would not have such a bad rap among the general populace. Anyway, that’s my two cents.
I had an incredible photo shoot with three incredible models last Wednesday. We had the shoot at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles, so I figured I would tease you with an image featuring these three beautiful girls. The day, and evening was filled with a lot of shooting, and some shenanigans to boot. Tune in soon for the full story.
Last night I had the opportunity to drive out someplace and shoot. I had it all planned out in my mind. I would find the perfect Joshua Tree, place the moon behind it, and shoot it. Simple right? No.
There is no perfect Joshua Tree to be found at 1AM by moonlight, while blazing down the highway at 65mph. Just not going to happen. What you gotta do once you are in the middle of nowhere, is find a dirt road, and slow down. Granted, scouting during the day is optimal, but when the only time you have to shoot is at night, you do what you can when you can.
Getting these shots were easy enough, trying to find another location, another subject, and racing a cloud bank was quite another story. Somewhere in all the twists and turns of the night, I lost my bearings, it seemed like a maze of dead ends, endless dirt roads, out of cell range, and I was loving every minute of it. I was lost, and I didn’t care. Eventually, I found a paved highway, and satisfied with the images I got, and the time alone, headed home.
When I approached Frduah “Fred” Boateng to do a photoshoot, it was a quick, “Sure, lets do it.” He said what he wanted was some dramatic shadows, eyes obscured, moody, and an attitude to shine through. I was definitely up for that.
Frduah is an actor, neighbor, and friend who was open to just about anything, and working with him was a delightful experience. He knows how to more, and get what he wants out of an image. You can check out his credits over at IMDB. You can also check out his work on Set Apart too.
Now, on with the pictures…