When I was in Hawaii back in February, I was taking photos primarily for stock, and for demonstration in the stock photography course. One of the less productive activities was a visit to the Dole Pineapple plantation. Granted, it was trip for my one year old to ride a train, but I did feel rather defeated in accomplishing any stock photos at the location. While looking back the photos I did discover a couple pretty good backgrounds that I could use to make a successful photo. I made up a story of about the pineapple moguls daughter coming back home for a visit and turned it into a photoshoot. I found the perfect model to play the role of “pineapple moguls daughter” and photographed her in my studio, mimicking the sunshine from the day and incorporating Dole pineapples and this is what I turned the plantation visit into:
One of the things I miss about living in NYC is the photo community, I was always around other photographers, editors, and creatives. Having someone look at your work and inspire you was easy, it was just a part of life in the city. Since I’ve been away from it for a little while I decided to attend the Palm Springs Photo Festival. A fellow photographer and best friend had been attending the festival for a few years and thought it would be worthwhile for me to attend. She was attending again this year so we decided to rent a house for a week and bring both our families down for a little work, play and lot of inspiration. Thanks PSPF, I’ll be back again.
In what has kind of become a tradition, I spent a winter/spring week in Hawaii. For 3 of the last 4 years there has always been a reason to venture to the islands. This year there were several reasons. I needed to get some stock photos for the class I am teaching in a month, so I brought a friend/model with me...I also needed some sun with my family. We went to Oahu to visit friends who have a 2 year old so we could meet her and introduce her to our 1 year old. My son fell in love with her and more importantly, I was able to grab some incredible shots while hiking, beaching and enjoying island time.
My wife had a conference in Las Vegas so we decided to pack up the kid and the nanny and make it a trip. I will be teaching a course on stock photography in April and needed to get some new photos for the class. It worked out great, I took the nanny and the kiddo, both great models, to red rock for the day and got the images I needed. On top of getting some great photos, with the nanny, my wife and I were able to get a night out and enjoy a show.
For my birthday, I travelled up to Whistler with my family and some close friends to spend a few days riding. As usual, everything was so much fun, but the real highlight this year was getting to watch my 16 month old shred it up on his christmas gift. Burton makes a snowboard for toddler, and just had to. He liked it, but I think mom and dad liked it even more.
For my birthday, I travelled up to Whistler with my family and close friends to spend a few days riding. As usual, everything was fun, but the real highlight this year was getting to watch my 16 month old shred it up on his Christmas gift. Burton makes a snowboard for toddler, and I knew I had to try to get him on it. He liked it, but I think mom and dad enjoyed it even more.