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Sedona Family Portrait Session

In Portraits/Concepts by getdrea / December 31, 2015 / 0 Comments

Happy Holidays!  Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah!  Happy Kwanzaa! from SEDONA, ARIZONA

I don’t know what you guys did for your holiday break (if you had one), but I went to go see my sister and her family in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a great time!  I hadn’t visited her out there in years.  I was definitely overdue for a desert adventure out in the old wild west.  After a lovely Christmas with plenty of food and laughs, my sister and I decided that we would take everyone to Sedona, which was only 2 hours away from Phoenix.  We wanted to take a family portrait with an epic desert background.  Sedona fit the bill.

We made it just in time for sunset for that perfect golden light.  The scenery in Sedona and all of it’s beautiful energy was definitely a perfect backdrop.  It’s been cold out in the west and Sedona was extra blustery.  It was a wind chill of 18.  Although, I think the wind chill had to be lower than that!  Brrrrrr!!!

We arrived as the sun was setting over bell rock.  We drove past a bit and found a park.  I got out a did a quick location scout.  I had my extra thick jacket (Thank you to my designer friend, Nordic Beach for the warmth), gloves, and a scarf.  We didn’t have much time so I tried to find a location quickly.  Thankfully, I found a location within 5 minutes.  I climbed off the path up a small hill and boom… the perfect sunset with the red rocks right behind.  I got the lights set up and we did a couple of shots.

I brought in my medium octagon with a strobe light.  My old handy 5d Mark III and the versatile, 24-70mm.  Although, I wish I had brought my 50mm for some of shots.  Either way the results came out pretty well!

They don’t look cold, but it was freezing!  My family are a bunch of troopers!  Off the jackets went and their epic poses!

Check out the results.

The Jones' Family in Sedona, AZ

The Jones' Family in Sedona, AZ

The Jones’ Family in Sedona, AZ

Lighting Technique:  I used the same Medium Octobox for these photographs.  The first photograph I lit them from the front with the sunlight coming from behind them creating that poster look.  There are several versions of this photo but I loved the sunlight coming from behind Shannon’s (my brother in law) left arm.  The strobe was on the left side.

The 2nd photo – I moved them to where I had placed the light before – to my left because I wanted a different background and I also wanted a different lighting effect.  Since the sunlight was now to my right, my subjects would be lit perfect already, but I wanted to add a little more pop to them, so I had my strobe light come from behind my subjects on MY right but behind them, which created more of a rim light.  This time my key light was the sun and my “pretty sprinkle” light was my strobe.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!  Woah!  Today is New Years!  2015 went too fast!  Bring on 2016!!!!

Oh I have to say the obligatory line “See you next year!”,_Arizona



Shooting a Television Series Poster with actors, Casey Washington & Jake Head

In Posters/Advertisements by getdrea / December 18, 2015 / 0 Comments

I had the pleasure of shooting the poster /promotional photographs for a new project. Casey Washington and Jake Head are two comedic actors with an upcoming comedic crime series coming very soon.

One of my favorite spots to shoot is a mountain in Burbank, CA.  A lot of my photography uses a lot of rim light/background from natural sources of light.  I particularly love sunsets and using that to my advantage.  There’s nothing like that infamous golden hour that every visual artist dreams of capturing.

Poor Casey and Jake had to lug up to my favorite hike to get to this particular location with my assistant Julie Benard, an amazing photographer herself!  She moved back to France for a bit!  I sure do miss her!

Since we have a limited amount of sunset sunlight, here a couple previews of what we were able to do in a matter of 30 minutes.

The key to shooting this type of photo is all about timing.  We started our shoot at around 4PM because we were fully aware that the light would begin to go down around 5:30PM.  That gave us enough time to prep the actors with their wardrobe, props and actually getting to the location for the actual shoot.  It was a 10 minute drive from our meeting point.  Once we arrived, the sunset was perfect.  Weather is unpredicatable at times.  It’s rare but sometimes even Los Angeles sunsets can be blocked by clouds or fog, or whatever mother nature decides to throw at us.  In those cases, you work with what you got.  That’s what makes a good photographer.  The ability to be flexible.  In this case, I was lucky!  Thank God!

My equipment:

Canon 5D Mark III
24-70MM 2.8 L
50mm 1.4
White Lightning

Jake Head Check out Jake Head and his upcoming projects.

2B6A1387_1  Check out Casey Washington and more of his upcoming work!


Anthony & Joseph – The Engagement Session

In Weddings/Engagements by getdrea / February 23, 2014 / 0 Comments

There are times when I meet my couples and they juyst inspire me.  When I first received Anthony’s email with his interest in my work, I immediately knew we spoke the same language.  I am shooting their day this upcoming April!!!  I am so glad that California passed the same sex marriage law because everyone deserves to show their love to whoever they choose!  🙂

The sky turned into fire!!! We were so lucky to have been able to capture such a beautiful sunset.  The colors were not at all altered here.  These are the true colors of the sky 2 weeks ago!  AMAZING!!

Thank you Anthony and Joseph for giving me the privilege of shooting your day!  Here is their engagement session.


Location:  San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary- Irvine, CA

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