Category Archives: Photography

Headshot With A Splash Of Color

This is Erin.  I met her via The Arcanum as she is one of the apprentices I’m mentoring.

I had the pleasure of meeting Erin in person during a headshot photography meetup I organized.

During our time making photos and sharing headshot photography tips and trips, my friend Joe decided to set up a backlight with a purple gel.  This was the result of the light. It added a really nice purple tint to the black background.

Erin

I decided to share this photograph because it is one of my favorites from the day, and Erin’s smile is extremely natural.

I have nominated myself for the smile challenge. The deal is that for 5 days you must post a photograph with one or more smiles and nominate another photographer to do the same. Today is day 4 of 5 for me. Today I will nominate Jeremy Cowart for the challenge. With so much negativity in the world, sharing smiles for the next two days will lift my spirits and hopefully yours too.

I had the fortune of meeting Jeremy recently at PhotoPlus Expo after years of interacting through social media. So Jeremy, I’m calling you out. Bring on the smiles!

Thanks,
Scott

Learn more about the 5 day smile challenge.

One Is More Than A Number

The number one means so many different things depending on what its referring to.  For a one year work anniversary it is a pretty neat deal, but not one often celebrated.

I rarely hear of anyone celebrating one year of retirement.

But a first birthday is huge.  It is a giant milestone for the parents and the child.  One that needs to be celebrated, and admired.  One is a beautiful thing, but it is much more than a number.

A one year old with a smile is even better.

One Is More Than A Number

I have nominated myself for the smile challenge. The deal is that for 5 days you must post a photograph with one or more smiles and nominate another photographer to do the same. Today is day 3 of 5 for me. Today I will nominate Alan Shapiro for the challenge. With so much negativity in the world, sharing smiles for the next few days will lift my spirits and hopefully yours too.

Thank you,

Scott

Learn more about the 5 day smile challenge.

The Look Back

The couple here had their baby a few weeks later.

I have photographed many couples, their children and even maternity photos in the past.

But now that Melissa is having our first baby I see maternity photos differently.  To me this photograph speaks more about what I would like to do for my clients maternity photos from now on.

It says more about the couple and their love for each other.

And it brings out more smiles.

Look-Back-Couple

I have nominated myself for the smile challenge. The deal is that for 5 days you must post a photograph with one or more smiles and nominate another photographer to do the same. Today is day 2 of 5 for me. Today I will nominate Karen Hutton for the challenge. With so much negativity in the world, sharing smiles for the next few days will lift my spirits and hopefully yours too.

Thank you,

Scott

Learn more about the 5 day smile challenge.

Smiles & The Start Of Something Amazing

Today I am happy to share a new challenge among the photography community.

You see, two weeks ago I was challenged by my friend Matt to participate in the 5 day Black and White challenge. It was a fun challenge, but I also felt there could be more things like that with strong purposes.

Smiles & The Start Of Something Amazing

So I excited to introdude to you the 5 Day Smile Challenge.

There is so much negativity in the world. You see it in local, national and international news on a daily basis. So why not brighten the Internet up with smiles. For the next 5 days I will be sharing photographs that include one or more smiles.

Each day I will also nominate another photographer to keep the challenge going. With a little luck and the love of smiles and the feelings you get when seeing someone smile, I hope to lift the spirits for people. I also hope to take your mind off of all the negativity going on around you, even if for a moment.

I have nominated myself for the smile challenge. The deal is that for 5 days you must post a photograph with one or more smiles and nominate another photographer to do the same. Today is day 1 of 5 for me. Today I will nominate Jeff Revell for the challenge. With so much negativity in the world, sharing smiles for the next 5 days will lift my spirits and hopefully yours too.

Thank you for reading,

Scott

If you are a photographer and want to take on the challenge, simply follow the instructions I just shared and then include a blurb like this in your blog article or social share:

I have been nominated for the smile challenge by _____. The deal is that for 5 days you must post a photograph with one or more smiles and nominate another photographer to do the same. Today is day __ of 5 for me. Today I will nominate ____ for the challenge. With so much negativity in the world, sharing smiles for the next 5 days will lift my spirits and hopefully yours too.

5 Day Smile Challenge

Smooth & Foggy Days

On our way up to Acadia National Park we stopped at two lighthouses and a cove.  We were hoping for the rain to break, but it didn’t.  So we sucked it up, put on our rain gear and made some magic.

foggy-days

The photograph you see here is actually one of two lighthouses in this area.  We didn’t realize that the first lighthouse had another in the distance, but apparently it did.

When photographing such a foggy day it’s hard to break through that grey tone.  It takes a lot of post processing.  From what I have seen, Adobe is working on new algorithms to make processing scenes like this even easier.  I know I’m excited for when that’s available.

But for now, after spending a good amount of time transforming a very flat, barely visible scene, into this – I can surely say I’m happy.

Now to soak in the experience and embed it into the memory banks.

Scott

Rick Louie

For the past few years I have seen Rick’s website many times.  He and I have many of the same photographer friends, and he happens to also be a Photocrati customer.

But my recent trip to Maine was the first time I got to meet him, and turns out he’s an awesome person to know.

rick-louie

Rick is super talented, smart and fun to hang out with.  He uses the Fuji mirrorless camera system, and more specifically the XT-1 currently.

In addition to his photography services, Rick also hosts workshops and tours and partners with The Photo Frontier for big photo jamborees.

His website is definitely worth a look.

Scott

Hoboken Pose

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Stepping away from my Acadia trip for this photo…

My younger brother got engaged recently, and Melissa and I went to Hoboken, New Jersey (home of Frank Sinatra) where they live, to make their engagement photos.

The photo here is one I made on our way back from one location headed back to their apartment.

Making this photograph black and white brings a sense of nostalgia to the image, whereas the original is actually quite colorful and modern.

I have been nominated for the black and white challenge by Matt Suess. The deal is that for 5 days you must post a black and white image and each day nominate another photographer to do the same. Today is day 5 of 5 for me. Today I will nominate Daryl Meek for the challenge.

Rocks At Portland Headlight

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The first stop on our way up to Acadia National Park was Portland Headlight. What a gross day, weather wise. It was hard enough to see a few feet in front of you let alone try to get something with your camera.

I spent some time doing long exposures as a way to break away from the norm of photographing the light house.

So I set up to photograph these rocks, and managed to get some really cool photos where the water just breaks right through the cracks between each rock.

I have been nominated for the black and white challenge by Matt Suess. The deal is that for 5 days you must post a black and white image and each day nominate another photographer to do the same. Today is day 4 of 5 for me. Today I will nominate Joe Hoetzl for the challenge.

Cut Rope

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One of the stops on the way up to Acadia National Park from Massachusetts was Perkins Cove.

The day we were there was very misty and foggy, so I was feeling uninspired. However, I did manage to get a bunch of photographs that I’m happy with.

Including this one which is going into my new “knots” project.

I have been nominated for the black and white challenge by Matt Suess. The deal is that for 5 days you must post a black and white image and each day nominate another photographer to do the same. Today is day 3 of 5 for me. Today I will nominate Gevon Servo for the challenge.

Two Of A Kind

two-chairs

While up in Lawrence, Massachusetts we spent a few hours in the mills.

My first subject to photograph at the mills were these two chairs.

My friend Bob photographed me photographing the chairs, which of course looks funny since I’m crouching down to photograph chairs.

Sometimes we look silly in photographs.

But these photographs definitely needed to be photographed. They were modern chairs in a super old building.

I have been nominated for the black and white challenge by Matt Suess. The deal is that for 5 days you must post a black and white image and each day nominate another photographer to do the same. Today is day 2 of 5 for me. Today I will nominate Colby Brown for the challenge.