Exciting things are happening on the photography front, and I am happy to report some progress on my portraiture book in the making. The overall structure of it is complete, and I am well into writing the first draft.
The book aims to help you get more out of your portraits and to tell a story. Whether you’re new to photography or a seasoned professional, there will be things in there for you to enjoy, get inspired by and apply to your own pictures.
The content includes a mix of tips on everything from lighting to interacting with subjects, and it will have stories and examples from myself and others, all about what makes a portrait great.
Many have already helped the writing along by taking the survey associated with this book, sharing what they care about and struggle with in their own photos. I’m using this research to make sure I address the most frequently asked questions and major concerns.
On a related note, I am organizing a set of photography workshops!
If you’re in the Seattle area in mid August, September or October, you have a chance to join me on a small and exclusive photo walk, during which I will offer tips on how to shoot on the fly and on location. There will also be a Q&A after the walk, and a surprise or two thrown in along the way.
There are limited spots available for these walks, so sign up now if you want to be a part of the walking workshop.
The images presented with this post are from a recent photo shoot, featuring local improv comedy group – NERDprov. As you might guess, these guys focus their material around topics like Harry Potter, Superheroes and video games. They needed shots for their new site and promo material, and I was honored to come take them.
The photos were shot on location at The Market Theater, home of Unexpected Productions, right behind the gum wall by Seattle’s Pike Place Market. We used the main stage for group shots, and a smaller stage out front for solo portraits. I had a ton of fun. A bunch of comedians is not what you’d call a boring client, plus it’s not every day I get to take pictures of people in costume.
If you get the chance, you should go see NERDprov do their thing (check their site for upcoming shows). Also, if you’re the organizer of a con or other such nerdy event, NERDprov may be just the entertainment you’re looking for. Find more NERDprov on Facebook and Twitter.
More and more, I find myself photographing performers and artists. I have three more shoots lined up this week, and I couldn’t be happier for it. Not only is it fun, it’s also immensely inspiring to be around and watch other artists do their thing. The only downside, if you can call it that, is that they always leave me wanting to try what they’re doing at least once. Though I don’t know if I have the balls to do improv!
If you like my work, I am available for hire.