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top tips no. 1
top tips no. 1
As a supplement to the longer tutorials I post on here, I am starting a series of quick tips to help the followers of this blog make the most of their photography. A lot of these will be aimed at DSLR users, but not all! I hope you find them useful: Top tip 1 - Don't touch that dial! One of the great things about a DSLR is that when it goes into standby mode, the battery does not use any power AT ALL. I found this out in one of the earlier books I read (I think it was Digital Photography for Dummies - which is a very apt title for people like me). We all talk about capturing "the moment", but what if that moment passes while you're ... READ MORE
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The weather over the last few weekends has played total havoc with my schedule with a load of shoots having to be postponed. So I was convinced that my shoot with Raegan and her boys Eli and Ben, was going to be another casualty given the storm that lasted all Friday night/Saturday morning. I got up early, saw the waterlogged lawn in front of our flat and dropped Raegan a line expecting her to want to push the shoot back a few hours at least. As it turned out, I was pleasantly surprised when Raegan told me her boys were keen to run around in the wet grass and get dirty. And that we certainly did. Boys will be boys I suppose! Anyway, we ha ... READ MORE
justin and meredith’s rehearsal dinner
justin and meredith’s rehearsal dinner
My friends Justin and Meredith's rehearsal took place on Friday last week. I was honoured and privileged enough to be asked to document the event for them. Rehearsal dinners are fun as the bride and groom's closest family and friends are all there and everyone is relaxed and having fun. Justin and Meredith's was no different and it was touching to see such love, affection and happiness on show. Enjoy! Geek's corner - Canon 5D Mark II with 17-40 f/4, 24-70 f/2.8 (church) and 50 f/1.2 (dinner). READ MORE
justin and meredith get hitched
justin and meredith get hitched
A few weeks back, I mentioned meeting some very close friends of ours, Brad and Jennie, at a monthly gathering of friends who consume lots of raw fish, rice sake and plum wine. On Saturday, Cristel, Charlotte and I attended the wedding of two more "Sushi Club" friends, Justin and Meredith, who tied the knot up the road in Fishers. The official photographer for the day was the marvelously talented Angela Talley, but, as you can guess, I couldn't get through the day without taking some pictures of my own, especially given that is was the first time in ages the original Sushi Club members got together AND Charlotte was wearing a pretty cute froc ... READ MORE
introducing… zach!
introducing… zach!
Hi everyone, It's been a fun few days since we got back from vacation, but I have been itching to get out and shoot again. The crazy weather has forced a number of postponements, so I was really pleased that Wednesday's forecasted storms held off in order to be able to go and meet up with Zach and his fantastic Mum and Dad, Yvonne and Scott. We got some really nice shots outside in their lovely big garden as well as in and around the home. Zach was really chilled out the whole time and only resorted to hinting politely when he needed his nappy changed or another feed. I am on a roll with my newborns! Anyway, one of the things that struc ... READ MORE
panamanian portraiture
panamanian portraiture
As a lot of you may know, I have the fortune of being married to the gorgeous Cristel and dad to the fabbytastic Charlotte. Cristel is originally from Panama and so we get to go down there and hang out with the family quite a lot (though not as much as we would like). Cristel's cousin, Chela, runs a very successful business and took advantage of my stay in Panama to commission a shoot in order to get some pictures of her business for use on corporate literature, some professional headshots, as well as some more traditional family pics. During the shoot, I managed to rope Chela's beautiful daughter Stephanie into posing for some shots while ... READ MORE
tutorial two – composition basics
tutorial two – composition basics
One of the things that will help your pictures stand out from the crowd is to have a knowledge of the basics of setting up an interesting image. This is easier said than done, but the main areas I would recommend focusing on are as follows: ~ Identifying your subject ~ Using "The Rule of Thirds" ~ Making the most of "leading lines" Identifying your subject When I started out taking pictures, I didn't really spend too much time working out what it was I actually wanted to photograph. I would see something I thought looked pretty and fire away. Obviously, when you're taking portraits, it's easy to work out what you're shooting. When ... READ MORE
After receiving a lot of positive feedback and reviews from my clients, I have realised that it's perhaps time to increase my rates in line with the majority of photographers on the market. As such, if you would like to schedule a session, please do so as soon as possible to lock in the current pricing. Such perks as getting a full DVD of hi-res images as part of the package will no longer be standard past this coming weekend. On a related note, I have put some more definition to my wedding packages and am happy to share those with engaged couples upon request. Anyone sending me a reference will qualify for a special prize (tailored to eac ... READ MORE
A few people have asked me about the recipe for getting good family pics, so I thought I would put down a quick tutorial for all you guys out there with a DSLR. Here's what you need: 1 - A DSLR set to "Aperture Priority" mode 2 - A fast lens (i.e. with a wide aperture - say f/2.8 or higher - f/2.5, f/2, f/1.8, f/1.4, etc) OR 3 - A lens with a long focal length (say 100mm or higher) OR 4 - A combination of 2 and 3 - a lens with a long focal length and wide aperture - THE IS THE IDEAL SCENARIO BUT IT IS ALSO THE MOST EXPENSIVE! 5 - Good lighting! 6 - A non-distracting background Taking each of the above a step at a time (without ge ... READ MORE
dynamic duo
dynamic duo
They say there's a first time for everything, and last week I had the pleasure of working with twins for the first time ever. Talk about a challenge! These two-year-old sisters were a total handful. Getting them to look at the camera at all was difficult - getting them to look at the same time was nigh on impossible! Having said that, with the help of a very patient mum and dad, we got some great images. We also took some professional headshots for mum who is opening a dentistry practice soon. Have a great week! READ MORE
an afternoon at katie’s…
an afternoon at katie’s…
OK, so this past weekend was a bit of a bust weather-wise. Luckily for me, I got a concentrated blast of sunshine on Saturday afternoon in the form of Katie and her family. Remind me to take my shades next time I go to visit with Olivia and Mayson. What a couple of little characters! As you can see below, the pics turned out great. I have to say a big thanks to Katie and BJ for helping out with the candy and bribery. Believe it or not, Olivia would not sit still for long, so I needed all the help I could get! Thanks too to Mayson for putting up with my lame jokes and humouring me when she was well past her "done" stage. Have a great wee ... READ MORE
butterflies and hurricanes
butterflies and hurricanes
In order to make this title make sense, I am currently sipping a Hurricane whilst I upload these pics from the zoo the other day. This is obviously a fib, given that it is 9am on a Thursday, but go with me on this one. Anyway, this particular title is from one of my favourite Muse songs which concerns itself with chaos theory, with specific emphasis on the Butterfly Effect. As far as I am concerned, far too many musicians have overlooked this area of physics when looking for inspiration for a quick ditty. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, here is a link to the song being played live at Wembley in 2007: Butterflies ... READ MORE
day in/day out
day in/day out
It's been a while since I just went out just shooting random stuff, so after spending the morning working at home, I got to go out and spend some time at the Indianapolis Zoo. My main goal originally was to go and hang out with the butterflies. They have a great selection there, and they are always pretty keen to sit around and pose. Plus the fact they are indoors means there is no wind to deal with, which can be a nightmare if you are trying to shoot macro images. Anyhow, I ventured outside to the gardens (which I had completely forgotten about) and it was a riot of colour. These are some of my fave shots from the day from the gardens. Butte ... READ MORE
one sunday in spring…
one sunday in spring…
Last Sunday, I took a trip over to my old stamping grounds in Cincinnati to hang out with some old friends in Ault Park. It was a perfect evening with some gorgeous light from the setting sun catching the blossom. All in all, great lighting, lovely scenery and cool subjects = a recipe for success.     PS - Happy Birthday Drew! 4 today! READ MORE
spring special
spring special
Hi guys, In order to help finalise my schedule for the next few weeks, all April/May sessions booked between now and 9pm Sunday will receive a $30 credit towards prints. Drop me a line for more details or to schedule your shoot. Cheers, Joe READ MORE
isabella
isabella
Brad and Jennie are two of my best friends here in Indy. I met them about three years ago (wow, time flies!), on a night out with some of Lilly's Latino contingent on one of their monthly sushi club outings. Since then, not only have we consumed an ungodly amount of raw fish, beer and plum wine, we have also become great mates. Brad even let me come over and swear loudly at his telly a couple of years ago as I watched England pummeled into defeat by South Africa in the rugby World Cup final. That shows what a top bloke he is. Jennie, on the other hand, is one of those rare ladies that is really gorgeous to look at (Colts cheerleader material ... READ MORE
quality time
quality time
Spending a few days with my wife Cristel's family. We get to share very little time with our loved ones, so we appreciate every minute we get. I miss my family and friends a lot. Hope to see you all soon... The Panama City Sound Machine greets its guest percussionist. Charlotte and her proud abuelita. Here's lookin' at you kid. The power of ice cream should not be misunderestimated. Weee!! Deconstruction time again. READ MORE
cuteness overload
cuteness overload
Yesterday, I had the immense pleasure of sharing my morning with little Abigail and her mum. Abbey was in a great mood, so we got some really nice shots. The only problem was cutting the number of photos down to a manageable number to edit! READ MORE
spring at the ima
spring at the ima
I went for a walk around the grounds of IMA this morning to scout out for a shoot this weekend. There was no one else around except the groundsmen (and a few robins). The sun shone for about 20 minutes before the clouds drew in. It was great to see the spring flowers out in full force. Finally, looks like the winter is on its way out after what seems like years. READ MORE
a star is born…
a star is born…
This past weekend, I got the chance to go and hang out with this little stunner. She was certainly a natural in front of the camera, which certainly made my life a lot easier. In fact, the only problem I really had was to get her to stop posing! A career in show business beckons I feel! READ MORE
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