Friday, May 28, 2010

2010 St. Paul K-9 Graduation

First of all, let me explain that this image is not being posted to provide a forum for the relative safety or value of police dogs. This is one of the events I shoot annually for one of my clients.
Regardless of the subject - if it's legal, I'll shoot it. I don't make judgements much farther than whether or not I'm the right photographer for the job.

Pictured: St. Paul Canine Officer, Amanda Heu holds back her police dog, "Bosco".

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Keeping Studio Sessions Brief

First, let me say that I am on the watch list of photographers who take way too much time with clients in the studio. One idea tends to lead to another and another and I fear I sometimes simply wear out my subjects. Although I am aware of this "overdo everything" style of shooting I can't seem to choreograph a simple 15-20 shot, two outfit session without trying to pump it up a notch. This is a good news/bad news deal. Yes, sometimes the best shot is the one I make deep into the studio session, but more often than not I begin to see the spirit and personality of my subject begin to wither after 30-45 minutes. Even though New Year's Eve is a long way off I'm already thinking about making a resolution to improve my sense of time.

Photo: Recent "quick" photo session with the lovely, Christine.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Destination Event Coverage

It is always exciting to get a chance to do "destination" photo projects. This week I had the opportunity to fly on a private jet with a client to photograph a special family celebration in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Although everything went very well, assignments like this never unfold as imagined. Like a slalom skier, I try to imagine the course in front of me, with all it's twists and turns. I prepare by assembling all the lenses, accessories and backups that I think I might need.

The moment of truth - it's time to make "the magic" your client expects. That's when the reality of time allotments and logistics comes in to play and you realize you have over thought and over prepared, not to mention over packed. Ultimately, that 80-200 mm lens never comes out of the bag. The reflector you crammed into the outer pocket of your rolling camera case never sees the light of day and you realize it may have been better to have packed one more shirt.

Don't get me wrong, I was glad to have all the security and piece of mind by knowing the tools were in the toolbox. It is better to have too much equipment than not enough. It's just that when you "hit the ground, running" the basics may be all you need to get the job done well.

Photo: A tree on the campus of Louisiana State University
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Raina Hein from America's Next Top Model

Last night I had a great time photographing Raina at the "Drink" in Uptown. It was so much fun to see all the excitement when she made Cycle 14 top two. Everyone cheered and we all hoped she would be America's Next Top Model. She came as close as one could by being the runner-up. She was so gracious as she signed autographs and posed for grin and grabs. I really hope I can get a chance to photograph her before she leaves town to pursue her modelling career.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Editorial Product Photography

Sometimes I forget to mention that J&K Creative! also occassionally produces product photography for magazines and catalogs. We have everything neccessary to create the settings and lighting arrangements to show off your products. Even if your project involves selling Ebay items we can help. Recently, we photographed hydraulic manifolds for a local manufacturer.

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Devon Worley At Medina

Last night I had fun helping Jenny Phillips with a photo shoot at Medina. She and I put together a location studio to make portraits as part of the Shriner's Children's Hospital of the Twin Cities fundraiser. Jenny has a great ability to create environments full of fun western props and accessories. Everyone had a great time and the proceeds from her portraits raised a considerable amount for this great cause.
Devon Worley and the band, Jug put on a great show. I don't think you will ever see an eleven year old with more stage presence. Her voice is powerful and her musical skills are amazing.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Facebook "Like" Button - Opt In/Opt Out?

Lately there has been lots of conversation about the privacy issues involved with allowing Facebook to integrate across the broad internet through the use of "user profiles" and the use of the "like" button. I happen to be pretty much of an open book when it comes to my info, in fact I want to be found because I get many of my client referrals by being highly visible. This is not true for everyone. The FTC is currently taking a very close look at these Facebook issues and I wouldn't be suprised to see some changes in the near future. One bone of contention is whether users have the option to opt in, rather than opt out and further how easily one can opt out. If you would like to change your "like" privacy settings visit your account tab and follow the drop-down to privacy settings. I've included a screen shot for further information.

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Oh, and please press the "like" button! ; )

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A PSA For Copyright Protection

Here is an interesting You Tube clip concerning illegal image and music useage.

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