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Matt | Commercial Head Shots | July 1, 2016

We updated Matt’s head shots for some new business he’ll be getting in to.  I’m still laughing that he was wearing shorts with that jacket.  It makes me really wonder what the news casters wear behind the desk. . .  because you’d never know.

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Real Estate One | Commercial Head Shots | June 28, 2016

I had the pleasure of spending the day at the downtown Traverse City Real Estate One office for the day for headshots in the office.

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New For You | Coupon Book | 2016

New for 2016!  I have created a coupon book for this season that contains various discounts, upgrades, and ad-ons to all sorts of packages.  I’ll be shipping this book with every finished package.  I’ll also be posting these offers on and off over the summer, so keep an eye out for some special deals!

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Northern Michigan Ministers | New Rack Card | 2016

I had the pleasure of helping Judy and Ken with their new custom business brochure for The Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo in Detroit that happened a few weeks ago.  As wedding ministers and wonderful humans, they both support marriage equality for all.  It was a treat to put this together and I was very pleased with how this card came out.

If you find yourself needing any new sales material, give me a call and let me put something together for you!

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Business Road Trip | Little Rock | February 20, 2016

It’s rare that I get the opportunity to and learn and talk shop with other photographers.  This past weekend I took my assistant, Morgen, loaded up the Jeep, and headed to Little Rock, Arkansas.  We went to a hands-on flash seminar.  It was a really great experience.  We learned new things, met some really amazing people, and drove 2000 miles in a 4 day weekend.  I am so excited to use our new knowledge and make some great art!

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We started the day with some lecture in a classroom situation.  If you know me, you know that sitting still is not much in my wheelhouse.  From there, our room of 30 broke off into 3 smaller groups to go off with the instructors.  The first stop was a display of how find the right ratio of background light to artificial light while still making the image look nicely even.  The second stop was a headshot clinic that covered the basics of on-location headshot shooting.

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From there all of the groups came together for a study on how to change the sky color in-camera, in combination with a gelled flash, to make a dramatic change from just plain old grey skies.  It was great to see how easy it actually was.
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After the break, things started to get interesting.  We went to the parking garage to play with some back-lighting and other directional light.  This is the kind of stuff I love playing with!  This is where things start becoming art and not just images.

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I’ve really never played much with gels to change the color of a situation but that’s about to change!  The blue background above is actually a red brick wall outside of the hotel!

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Now for the fun stuff!  Urban street photography has never been my strength and after this I am having quite a palm-to-face moment.  Too easy.  Why was I afraid of trying these things?  All my years of insomnia – – and I could have been doing this!  Now I have so many ideas and things I want to try!

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By the time 9pm rolled around people were heading off, but a handful of us die-hards weren’t done yet!  So we threw Morgen in as the model.  Of course, as part of the selfie-snapping generation, she was all over being the model.  And good at it, too!  We played some more with our blue gels and just had fun with it.

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I was very pleased with the seminar.  I was impressed how everyone worked together.  Everyone shared.  Everyone helped.  Everyone was just happy.  It certainly sparked my inspiration to go out and create.  I needed that.

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Garfield Auto – Exterior Photos – New Building Photos to Come in the Spring

My favorite automotive repair center in Traverse City is re-vamping their facility to have classic resto shop out back.  This is good news since my ’64 Chevy truck always needs a loving touch.  These guys save my butt every time I roll in last minute with a clank or rumble!

 

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Christopher | Portraits | February 10, 2016

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Christopher is another addition to the Amazing Day Weddings group of wedding officiants for Traverse City and the surrounding area.

We had a special treat in the studio today.  Christopher brought his lovely ladies along with him.  Olive-puppy made a new small-person friend, we played with the props in the studio, and had a family photo – why not, right?  🙂

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Randy | Portraits | February 4, 2016

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Tom | Portraits | February 2, 2016

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Tom is another addition to the Amazing Day Weddings group of wedding officiants for Traverse City and the surrounding area.