Jeanna's Portrait Session

Experimenting with a crop sensor. 

Camera Settings : Canon 80d 70-200@ 120mm 1/200@f/2.8 ISO 160

Camera Settings : Canon 80d 70-200@ 120mm 1/200@f/2.8 ISO 160

A few weeks back my friend, Jeanna came down from Sacramento. She had mentioned wanting to do a little photo shoot but didn't really know what she wanted, we kicked a few ideas around and landed on a swimwear shoot. Not just any swimwear though, do you remember a while back when Sunny Co Clothing™ all but broke Instagram with their giveaway of thousands of "Pamela" suits? Well, Jeanna got hers in black.  

Camera Settings : Canon 80d 50mm Prime  1/1600 @1.8 ISO 100

Camera Settings : Canon 80d 50mm Prime  1/1600 @1.8 ISO 100

Jeanna and I have shot 100's of photos together and just to spice thing up a little I decided to shoot this session on a crop sensor. I used the Canon 80D with a few lenses.

At first, I felt clumsy and unsure of everything. After working with full frame cameras for so long it was difficult to predict how light would be read by the camera, how close or far I needed to be to compose the shot, everything was a struggle.

Camera Settings : Canon 80d 50mm Prime 1/2500 @f/1.8 ISO 100

Camera Settings : Canon 80d 50mm Prime 1/2500 @f/1.8 ISO 100

For both of these shots, I used a Neewer 47x71 oval diffuser in the top image you can see it wasn't quite big enough and I couldn't cover her legs creating a blown out highlight. I can fix it in Photoshop but honestly, it's more work than it's worth.  the same goes for masking or cloning out the the shadow in the sand in the bottom image.

Camera Settings : Canon 80d 70-200@ 112mm 1/400 @5.6 ISO 200

Camera Settings : Canon 80d 70-200@ 112mm 1/400 @5.6 ISO 200

After 15 minutes or so I started finding my rhythm and things started to flow. It was mid day when we got to the beach, mostly because I have no sense of direction and got us totally lost.  The sun being directly over head always makes finding nice light a challenge so we found shade where we could.

Camera Settings : Canon 80d 50mm Prime 1/250 @ f/5.6 ISO 100

Camera Settings : Canon 80d 50mm Prime 1/250 @ f/5.6 ISO 100

I played around with putting Jeanna in the shade and exposing for the shadows hoping for some really cool light leaks from the blown out background. over all, I'm about 70% satisfied with the effect. I think had I spent another 10 minutes or so I could have gotten that up to about 90% but the cave i was hiding in was seeping water onto my camera and lens and neithr are weather sealed so i felt it was time to move on.

Camera Settings : Canon 80d 50mm Prime 1/125 @ f/1.8 ISO 125

Camera Settings : Canon 80d 50mm Prime 1/125 @ f/1.8 ISO 125

Ashton Boudoir

I always enjoy stepping out my norm and shooting something different. These shots of Ashton were compiled as a digital slideshow as a gift for her boyfriend. I really like the idea of boudoir photos in this format. Sometimes people feel awkward about displaying these sorts of photos, so a slideshow on your phone or tablet can work great.

When I shoot portraits I find it vital to know what the client wants the end result to be, since these photos were actually for her boyfriend and not her it was also important to know what he would like the end result to be.

The windows in this space were beautiful and worked great to create a soft feel.



ne of my personal favorite images was her looking into this mirror the bright light out side and the color from the mirror details created stunning color in the eyes. It's unique for brown eyes to reflest these hues so I was very happy about it.



we then moved to the outdoor shower and patio area. The light was harsh so I set up a 40"x60" diffuser panel to keep a soft even light.

Some of the final images.

For rates and availability or for information on booking your own boudoir session send me a message from the contact page of this site.

Its been a minute.

 Behind the shot with @TayTayBoxing

I've been so busy lately that I have completely dropped the ball on maintaining and updating my website, so this weekend I am putting in some serious work! I want to start things off with a quick look back at some recent portrait work with someone I actually met at The IARA bikini meet up back in May (...come to think of it I never posted anything about that either...  well, I will.) Her name is Taylor Stone or @taytayboxing if you're looking for her on Instagram. We've shot four times now and each time is something pretty unique.

Taylor Stone  @taytayboxing

When we first met she told me about another account she follows on Instagram, @christopher.james, he has blown up lately doing amazing Levitation photos.  Now you may not know this but I actually got started in photography through rock climbing. these "Levation" photos are like a throwback to the photos I would take of people after they finished the route they were on, only you remove the rope in photoshop.


The Process

on location

I used a static rope attached to two trees about 10 feet back from the cliff edge and built my anchor about 15 feet off the ground, The reason for putting it up high was to make sure Taylor could feel secure and really lean back off the edge, the harness she wore is specifically designed for rock climbing and naturally puts the body into as seated position, had the rope come to the harness at a lower angle she would need to be pressing hard with her feet to lean back and stay balanced which would result in a tense body position rather than these soft and relaxed poses.

Once she was comfortable I shot from left to right as Taylor's boyfriend and my Assistant for the day, Dylan provided fill light with the help of a Nissin Di700A / 24" softbox, the combo was mounted to a 24" pole with a ball head.


I used Photoshop to remove the rope and carabiner doing my best to match the areas of sand as accurately as possible. The better way to ensure the correct background is to mount the camera to a tripod and shoot the model and background separately and composite them together, but for this shoot, I wanted to be able to adjust constantly and I knew that matching the areas around the rope would be easy. 

I made a selection from another image and used it to fill in the void left from the rope. After that came color toning, I added cyans, greens, and blues to the midtones and masked out all but the water. Next came a custom 7% gradient map and curves/levels adjustments.

before and after


BEFORE                      AFTER

Did I mention we shot these just before the 4th of July?

These sorts of images aren't necessarily difficult to create but they do require a good deal planning and some help, particularly with rigging and lighting. We were lucky to have Dylan on hand to make sure everything went smoothly.

Dylan in deep thought

Dylan in deep thought


For pricing and availability or information on setting up your own photoshoot use the contact page to send me message

Geeky notes,

Camera- Canon 5D mark iii

Lens- 24-70mm  2.8

Speed Light- Nissin Di700A

Softbox-  Profoto

Nov. 10th at the Lane and It's

following a pumping WNW swell over the past few days conditions turned down a little today but that didn't stop the locals from tearing into some solid 10 footers.

Feel free to snag these web-res images or shoot me a message if you would like to purchase a high-res version. 

The Lane

It's Boogie Time

A few extras

Download New iPhone wall Papers

Hey you guys, I had a few people interested in using my photos as backgrounds on their phones so I figured I'd throw a few up here and make them easy to download.