Thursday, April 29, 2010

Choose Your Ride

We have teamed up with some of the local car dealerships to allow our high school seniors to be photographed with their favorite car. Can't afford a Mustang or Challenger? No problem, we'll photograph you with one to keep your dream alive. Sorry, you can't drive them.
There is no extra fee for your car session, however we do recommend choosing a session which will allow enough time to get your studio shots done before going to the dealership, such as our Freedom Session or Model for a Day Session.
We did yesterday's shoot over at Canandaigua Chrysler Dodge Jeep with a few of their Dodge Challengers. Thanks Scott for letting us use such a sweet ride as our backdrop.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cars 2

It finally stopped raining long enough to get a sunset shot of my car. Sarah helped me with this photo of my car at in Outhouse Park. We almost froze doing it with a stiff wind coming down the hills from the west. So far lighting the car has been fairly basic, mxing ambient light and strobes. Next week I'm going to push the skills a bit further and try to get shots of the car in motion and getting the lighting right. To most of you it's just a car, or just a picture. To me it's an assignment of passion, to get the type of photo worthy of a car magazine.

Sessions for Survivors

On June 12-13, the annual Relay for Life will be taking place at Canandaigua Academy to fight back against cancer. In honor of those who lost their battle and to support those still fighting, we are decorating our studio window in purple for the month of May. In addition to that, we will be offering free sessions to cancer survivors for the entire month. We will also donate 15% of any prints ordered from those sessions to the Relay for Life.
For more information on the Relay, visit their website at

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ashley and Courtney

Senior portrait season has begun, and what better way to kick it off than with a really cool set of twins. Ashley and Courtney came in to the studio last week to take advantage of our free April sessions and to help us spread the word in their school. We had a lot of fun with their sessions and got some great shots for our Class of 2011 portfolio.
We're still looking for a few more reps from each of the area schools from the Class of 2011. Any takers?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Anna-Marie and Peter

I was at Belhurst Castle today with Ellen for Anna-Marie and Peter's wedding. It was a soggy one but that didn't dampen their spirits. I love emotional weddings and this one didn't disappoint. There wasn't a dry eye as they tearfully said their vows to each other. Congrats Anna-Marie and Peter.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


It doesn't seem possible that my Dad would have been 71 today. It also seems equally impossible that he has been gone for almost 9 years now. To me he is frozen in time at 61 years old. He died when he was 62, but the last year is kind of a blur. He changed so much in the last year that the memory of it didn't stick too well. I'm not complaining. I would much rather have the memories of him as a strong, healthy, fun loving person than to be stuck in the last year of his life.

I try to imagine him as a 71 year old and it's hard. He would probably be the same with a touch more grey hair and another line or two of wisdom etched in his face. It's hard to imagine how everyone else viewed him, because my perspective, as his son, is a bit skewed. In my eyes he was the center of the world. He may not have always been politcally correct, but he had a presence and confidence that made me strive to be just like him. Even though he would support me in my choices, I still felt an intense need to have his approval on my life's decisions. When he died, I felt lost for a while, wondering who I would seek out to approve my life. I realized that I didn't have to search any further than my mirror. His death, as devestating as it was for me, also set me free to grow up and step out from his shadow. I still miss him with every ounce of being and can still feel his warmth and presence, but I am a stronger man in his absence. Now I look at my son and see those big eyes looking up at me with the same awe I had for my Dad. It's then that I realize my Dad isn't gone at all. Happy Birthday Dad. I love you.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Liquid Silver

This evening, with the help of my son, I photographed my new Mazdaspeed 3 in the driveway with a few wireless flashes. I just wanted to experiment with the light skimming off the sheet metal which lives up to it's name, Liquid Silver. This was my first self-assignment to photograph my car in as many different ways as I can to teach myself car photography. Each week I will be posting more photos as I learn how to do the images I see in car magazines, advertisements and dealer brochures. Here is assignment number one.

Monday, April 19, 2010


After picking up my new toy this week, I've had the bug to do more car photography. I'm going to give myself assignments to do each week with my car to push my creativity both artistically and technically. I haven't started shooting yet, so I browsed the archives of some of the car photos I've done to get inspired. You may have seen some of these in past blog posts. I may even set up a car gallery on my website. Who knows where it will lead?

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