Photography

I'm no Ansel Adams, but over the course of my life I've shot tens of thousands of frames. I operated one of the first major digital photography sites, and did a lot of shooting to demonstrate the capabilities of various cameras. For clients, I've taken pictures of houses for sale, products, and staff portraits.

Because my wife Larkin needed images of her quilting, I dove into the details of capturing accurate and compelling images of art quilts. A spouse can be a demanding client, so I was pushed to learn the differences that make a successful jury slide. Mark Frey of Yelm, one of the most experienced photographers serving artists in the Pacific Northwest, not only provided much insight into the process but now shares a studio with me at the spring and fall Best of the Northwest shows where we shoot the latest pieces for artists exhibiting there. As a result, I am specializing in jury slides and other photography for artists working in smaller sizes, up to roughly three by five feet.

3D Artwork

Some elegant, some fun. Some straightforward, some really hard to light. On rare occasions, tasty.

Jeff Thompson's Totem
Jeffrey Thompson
BoNW Fall 2008
Vicki Fish - Untitled
Vicki Fish - Untitled
BoNW Fall 2008
Dragonfly Stitches - Handbag
Dragonfly Stitches - Handbag
BoNW Spring 2008
Dragonfly Stitches - Handbag
Chocolates by George - Golf Ball Truffles
Studio, May 2008

2D Artwork

I actually haven't been asked to shot much flat art. Yukie Adams of Studio Ravens Nest brought these three pieces to the studio recently. The challenge was to capture the deep blacks and rich colors of the oils while retaining the detail in the pencil work.

Yukie Adams - Happy
Yukie Adams - Happy
Studio, March 2009
Yukie Adams - Glory
Yukie Adams - Glory
Studio, March 2009
Yukie Adams - Joy
Yukie Adams - Joy
Studio, March 2009

2.5D Artwork

This may be my real claim to fame: Art that is basically two-dimensional but has texture that is destroyed by normal "copy stand" lighting.

Larkin Van Horn
Larkin Van Horn
Resting from her Labors
Studio, March 2008
Larkin Van Horn
Larkin Van Horn
Helen's Heart
Studio, September 2008
Larkin Van Horn
Larkin Van Horn
Earth II
Studio, December 2007

Jewelry

I love shooting jewelry. I have several razor-sharp lenses that go down to one-to-one (fill the frame with one small piece). Lighting can be a challenge, maintaining enough reflections to reveal the depth without showing a reflection of the photographer in the polished surfaces, but revealing the detail and the various materials is exciting.

Elentari Handverk - Debra Carus
LNK Arts - Ellen Kay
BoNW Fall 2008

Booth Shots

At the Best of the North West shows, I bring several portable flash units for taking booth shots. The fire marshall won't allow tripods and light stands in the aisles while a show is open to the public, but i can normally take one or two shots both before and after the public hours.

Angel Anthony's Booth
Anthony Angel Jewelry Design
BoNW Spring 2007
Arendt Graphics' Booth
Arendt Graphics
BoNW Fall 2008
Dragonfly Stitches' Booth
Dragonfly Stitches
BoNW Spring 2008
Lisa Kattenbraker's Booth
Lisa Kattenbraker
BoNW Fall 2008
Oregon Weaver's Booth
The Oregon Weaver
Anacortes Arts and Crafts Show Spring 2007

Portraits

Portraits for marketing purposes don't need to be dramatic, but they should be sharp, clear, and present a positive image. The portrait of Suzanne Sinclair was taken when she was running for Congress, it's probably my most widely-reproduced image as it appeared in several voters' guides and is still her official photo.

Holly Hilton-Jones
Holly Hilton-Jones
Edwards Associates
Suzanne Sinclair
Suzanne Sinclair
County Manager,
Seneca County New York

Fine Print

Items that can easily be shipped can be shot in my studio at any time, and the images will be available immediately on the web for approval. Larger shoots can be arranged at your location.

Images are saved in several different formats for convenience, including the ZAPPlication format for artists' jury entries. All images are available permanently on the web, and a CD can be burned and mailed for a nominal fee. All images are archived permanently, so if you lose the CD you can either download from the web or request another disk.

Digital images are currently created with a Kodak DCS-760, a high-end 6MP camera built on a Nikon F5 body, most commonly using the razor-sharp flat-field MicroNikkor 60mm f:/2.8 lens. All macro lenses are capable of 1:1 reproduction for details.

Lighting is provided by several Photogenic power packs, as many light heads as it takes, and a wide and growing variety of diffusors, reflectors, umbrellas, softboxes, and other occasional pieces to capture the best image of your work.