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October 10, 2011

Seattle newborn photography//Slater

Every now and then, I get the pleasure of photographing people near and dear to my heart. This was one of those occasions. In August Jonathan and I flew to photograph Tom and Kristina’s wedding. I met Kristina via my college roommate Kalina. Kalina has always been a very special person to me. She has always accepted me just as I am, supported me in everything I do and is never a high maintenance friend.

I am blessed she is in my life. I also feel blessed to have been able to do photos of her sweet baby while I was in Seattle. I didn’t want to put him down the entire time I was there. With Jade and Lulu being 7 and 8 and thinking they are 21, I miss the gentleness of babies:)

The weather was not the best (being Seattle we have no idea when it would start raining) so we moved pretty fast to take photos of Slater. He slept through most of it and even let me move him into funny positions.

Nothing is more rewarding than being able to share what I love to do with my friends and family. I can’t wait to see this little guy grow up as I take more and more photos of him!

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October 4, 2011

San Antonio Singer/Songwriter: MATT ADLER

I had the pleasure of meeting up with Matt months ago to do a shoot for his album artwork. We spent the day shopping and chatting and then finally took some photos. It was a great time. Not only do I respect him as an artist, but I also admire him as a person.

I introduce to you:

Ever since the tender age of 14, singer/songwriter Matt Adler has had a knack for writing songs with catchy melodies, lush instrumental arrangements and memorable harmonies. With influences ranging from brit pop and indie/acoustic artists to classical and eastern sounds, his music always remains interesting and energetic while staying firmly rooted in the indie/folk/pop genre.

Matt is a renowned guitar player in the city of San Antonio. His intricate instrumental lines coupled with his versatile voice (which can be soft and delicate as a whisper to powerful and commanding), his live experience is truly special.

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Who do you look up to/inspires you?

I look up to independent artists that make a name for themselves. It inspires me to think that even without bajillions of dollars in record label backing, good music can still get you noticed.

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What three adjectives describe you?

Nerdy – I am the self-proclaimed “world’s biggest music nerd”. I demand that a sharp 4 be added to that 4 chord to make it more tasty! Music has this amazing power to affect people emotionally, even without words. I like to use unique elements within my chords and song orders to touch people, even before a single lyric is sung.

Committed – This is a recent development. I used to be scared of pursuing music as a career. A 9 to 5 is a more reliable income stream. But if I don’t take the risk, how will I ever jump to the next level? I had an opportunity to tour with a national indie/punk group but I opted to work for a software company instead. Biggest mistake of my life. But rest assured I won’t make it again!

Annoying – I am annoying in a GOOD way! I network. I’m not afraid to poke people with a pointy stick and deliver a message or request an action. But I also feel like I make friends easily. I love people.

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What type of artist are you? (Musician, photog, painter, etc)

Musician. Period. I have zero other artistic ability! Interpretive dance maybe?

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What is your biggest source of inspiration?

God, life and love.

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How would you describe your style?

From a “sounds-like” perspective, I feel like I sort of sound like The Afters, Jon McLaughlin, Parachute and Melee. From a “style” perspective, I guess I’m indie-pop/singer-songwriter. I feel like my music is catchy and has a lot of energy. It sounds very large.

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What is your daily routine?

Well I’d like to say first that my goal is for my daily routine to change VERY quickly! I have a 9 to 5 right now but I have a goal of being self-employed and pursuing a career as a musician within the next 6-8 months. Currently, I work from 8-ish to 5-ish. Most days I immediately drive straight home to produce other artists’ records until 10:30. Then I collapse in a heap and start the whole process over again. Nights where I’m not producing, I’m practicing and gigging. Sometimes I watch Disney movies…

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What drives your passion for your work?

More and more every day, I feel like pursuit of any other career path than music is a waste of my life. Life is way too short and you should not spend what little time you have in pursuit of something that you don’t love or aren’t passionate about.

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What would people be shocked to know about you?

I’m a post-implementation manager/client services-product liaison for a billion dollar education software company.

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What is some of your favorite icons?

The Beatles are undoubtedly my favorite “iconic” group. They changed the face of the entire music industry. Not only did they write some killer tunes, they invented the music video, including lyrics in liner notes, incorporating audio loops into their music (except in those days, they actually had to cut physical tape and re-attach it)… the list goes on and on. Plus they had great hair.

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What is important to you?

There are really just a few things – I really want to exude love and joy to everyone I meet in hopes that I can be a blessing in their lives. I also strongly belive that you should pursue your passion – more now than ever before in my life. Life’s too short (pretty sure I mentioned that earlier in this interview!).

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What technique/style do you tend to use most?

My best songs are the ones that just “pop” out of me, almost in real time. Out of Reach is the lead single off of my upcoming album and I wrote it in maybe 10 minutes. It’s almost as if the song already existed and I just had to commit it to tape (okay, not tape… hard disk. I need to get with the times). Any time I sit down and attempt to write music, it never works. It has to “just happen”. And I can’t normally start writing a song and finish it later. 9 times out of 10, if I don’t finish it in one sitting then it either A) doesn’t get done, or B) is so bad that I’d rather gouge my eye out with a spoon than be subjected to such crapulent audio.

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Who is your favorite artist?

These types of questions are nearly impossible to answer. I have favorites in various genres. Muse melts my face. The Beatles are The Beatles. I love acoustic artists like The Swell Season, Sufjan Stevens, Sarah Jarosz and Jon Foreman. I love Mae, Copeland, Waking Ashland, Anberlin… The list goes on.

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What is your latest work/upcoming events? What inspired your latest work?

At long last (a frikking year and a half to be exact), my new CD “Rearranged” is finally being released on October 7th. I’m having a CD relase party that evening from 7 to 10 (doors at 6:30). The event is being held at TriPoint (N. St. Mary’s and 281) and I’m super excited. Wes Harllee and Ryan Proudfoot are opening and Mario Rodriguez is DJ-ing it up when the doors open. It should be lots of fun!

CLICK HERE FOR THE CD RELEASE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE!

My new record is about transition. Fairly recently I went through a very long period of… well, crap. It was the most difficult time of my life. The album sort of outlines my state of mind – there are hopeful songs, songs about making mistakes, songs about “rearranging” your life, lies, love… yet the underlying theme throughout it all is transition. Out with the old, in with the new. I hope that in some way, others that are experiencing similar struggles can find hope in the music.

Find Matt here:

Web Site 1: http://www.mattadlermusic.com/
Web Site 2: http://www.facebook.com/mattadlermusic

Watch our behind the scenes footage:

September 30, 2011

Tony & Heather///San Antonio Engagement Photographer

Meet Tony and Heather. They are such a beautiful couple that I think it would have been impossible to take a bad photo of them! I’m so excited to be shooting their wedding in November as well!

I do my best to use my engagement sessions to tell a story of each couple’s connection. It’s my job to take what I see and help it come across visually in a photo. It wasn’t hard with these two. As you will see, they are very sweet together.

I’ve also started providing a monochromatic copy of all photos to my couples. This is for several reasons:

I love b&w prints, they look great in a cluster on a wall and I love giving a little extra to my clients.

While I love the color versions of these photos as shown in the first two, I just felt that the bw copies told the story better. So that’s what I’m sharing today:)

Tony and Heather, thank you so much for letting me be a part of this special experience!




September 7, 2011

On the other side of the camera: Epiphanie Camera bags

Once in a while, I get a break from standing behind the camera and get to be on the other side. Yesterday, I had the complete pleasure of modeling for Maile Wilson, a local photographer who owns her own designer camera bag line called Epiphanie.

I have been a fan of Maile’s work for years now so when she asked me to model for her, of course I said yes. I think I said yes more than a few times to myself.

After months of trying to get our schedules together, we finally met and I shamelessly acted like a fan-girl. I love meeting fellow photogs and especially love meeting those whom share similar experience and passions. I had a great time and the best part was getting to know more about Maile (she is even more amazing and fun in person than what you see online). It felt great knowing that we all go through the same struggles as people/artists.

I don’t take these kind of experiences for granted and I am excited I was able to meet her, pick her brain for a little bit and hopefully help her by modeling.

Before I left, she gave me some of her designs. It felt like I was on the Oprah show walking out with presents!

Below are the bags I am blessed to call my own. I absolutely love the detail she puts into her bags. The colors, the little tags, the braided straps (with interchangeable shoulder straps) make these bags easy to use and lovely to look at. Fashion+Function makes me happy. Who says all professional photographers have to use black and grey bags?

I love that there is a bag for all purposes… laptop, handbag, courier. I can’t wait to be able to use them all!

Thank you Maile for your time and all of your encouragement! And of course the gorgeous bags:)

You can find better photos and Maile’s whole line at www.haveanepiphanie.com

September 5, 2011

Matt Adler (Behind the Scenes) + 5 easy tips for last minute photoshoots

I am blessed to be fortunate enough to work with musicians. Back in my earlier twenties, I was involved with music and never was able to fully chase that dream. Doing photographs for musicians allows me to live close to that dream.

Sometimes, an artist gives me a concept but sometimes they just give me a color scheme. It’s my job to closely match what they need in the photographs for the graphic designer to be able to do their album art.

When local singer/songwriter, Matt Adler asked me to do his photos, he gave me some color swatches and left the rest to me.

It’s no secret that I am from the self taught photographer generation and have always worked with what’s available to me rather than going out and spending a fortune on equipment. I appreciate more tools=more options. But what happens when we don’t have as many tools due to finances or availability? We improvise and still give our clients the best product. Sometimes having complete creative control can be intimidating but there are a few things I do when handling last minute sessions.

5 tips for last minute photo shoots
1. Choose a location with multiple backgrounds- By doing this, I am able to give my client many options. This is especially helpful for musicians who want to get the most life out of their photos. They are able to choose what’s best for their album artwork, their press kits, websites and profile photos; and all can be different.

2. Make the client comfortable first- By letting the client give your their perspective, they will be more comfortable in having their photo taken. Listen to them and they will be able to loosen up so you don’t waste time on the empty shots.
Tip: I ask my clients a lot of questions and take photos “while” they are talking so they get used to the camera.

3. Pay close attention to detail- Straightening hair, adjusting clothing, paying attention to the full composition of the shot will ensure that you don’t have to take the shot over and over or miss the “look” just because something was off in the photo.
Tip: Take your time in reviewing the photo’s composition and once you get the golden shot, move on so you’ll have time on your next location.

4. Engage your client- Just because you are the photographer and they are your subject, doesn’t mean you have to create a distance. By suggesting poses and helping explain how they can give a certain look, you will help them give the best in them. Remember photography is a recipe of the subject, your artistic and technical ability and how they mesh.
Tip: Encourage them; show them what each look shows up like on the camera. I always show my client the good and bad photo so they can adjust.

5. Have fun- I know from experience on being the subject on the other side of the camera, nothing is worse than a photographer who is not fun and engaging. You want your client to have a good “experience” not just a good photoshoot.
Tip: Ask them about their hobbies and likes and find some area to relate to. Keep your energy up and let them enjoy themselves.

Below is the “behind the scenes” of my photoshoot with Matt. All tips can be seen here: