Monday, February 17, 2014
Took a mid-winter, mini vacation out to the Desert on a camping trip over President's weekend. I went out one night and played with some long exposures around the campsite. We had a full moon which made for some interesting light except not as many stars. The exposures, for any photo buffs out there, were 30 seconds at ASA 400 at f/8. It was a good time with temps in the 90's and dry. Did lots of hiking, running, eating, sittin in Jacuzzi, playing way to much Flappy Birds, and relaxing with the fam.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Spent a few days documenting different departments for the San Diego County Sheriff's Office for their recruitment division. We basically covered all departments, from bailiffs to deputies working at a women's Prison, the County Jail, the screeners at the courthouse and some other divisions.
There were many challenges trying to do corporate-style photos in real life situations, especially with unruly prisoners and camera shy judges who reluctantly let me in to take photos while in session. I had to somehow show the Sheriff's enjoying their jobs while not getting the convicts faces in the shots and make it look somewhat appealing to folks who might want to join the department. If you've ever been in or visited a county jail, this is no easy task. It was dark and dank with lots of graffiti and that terrible Green florescent lighting. The smells were quite pleasant as well, especially near the drunk tank. In any event, I couldn't have been more happy and absolutely love the challenge. Some people thrive in the studio, some shooting portraits on the beach, some on the Red Carpet, I love unpredictable situations where you have to make sense and beauty out of dirty, treacherous, unhospitable situations. I also dig doing it for corporations.
Monday, January 13, 2014
In any event, everyone put on a brave face and seemed to know the drill. It's always hard to see the kids deal though. They have such an honest, impulsive reaction Dad or Mom leaving and you just feel their pain.
I have a tremendous amount of respect for these folks and hope to be celebrating(in photos) their homecoming next year.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
One story that especially stands out was when I was about to photograph Chargers Center Nick Hardwick. He walked up and told me a beautiful story that almost had me in tears. He was at a charity function a few months back and a young man came up and said "Nick, do you remember me" Hardwick looked him over and said "sorry man I'm not sure we've met". The young man went on to tell him that he was featured on the calendar a few years back with him and that because of the calendar, he was adopted by a wonderful, loving family and was about to graduate High School and go onto college and was just so thankful he(Hardwick)had played a role him in getting adopted. I looked over, about to lose it, and Hardwick was just frozen with that Deer in the Headlights look and was just just speechless. It was a pretty touching moment and I'm psyched to be a part of this.
Merry Christmas all!! Hit me up if you want me to send you a calendar. For local San Diegan's, you can get a free copy at any Public Library.