Recent Faces

I’ve taken a ton of portraits this last year and I try to keep experimenting with different styles. Sometimes the location inspires the feel of the shot, other times I use my own light and try to create a mood. I enjoy the challenges with each shoot and I am always left wishing I had more time or equipment at my disposal. This is a very broad set and there might be a re-post or two here.

 

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International student move in day 2014

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Lizard Legacy

Although he has been in my sister’s and then my parents’ care for the last five years, my leopard gecko Ardie died today. He lost sight in both eyes years ago and hasn’t been able to feed himself for a long time. In the last month he went downhill quickly and lost about half his body weight. When my mother took him to the vet recently, his charts indicated DOB as 1994. 18 years. I thought he was only 14. Which means he lived a longer life than I even realized. RIP little guy.

This photo is from probably one of my earliest “studio” shoots ever, from 2002, for which I used a lamp, some leaves and a big white piece of cardboard. I’d guess it was taken in the fall…

Glamor Cat

I know it’s a bit frivolous but I’ve had fun with our Pet of the Month portraits. For one, it’s liberating to say “Hey, stupid, stop walking away from me!” to a subject without any repercussions. For another, they never complain later that they weren’t accurately portrayed. Lastly, the animals are all from local Humane Society shelters and we have been told that the adoption rate for featured animals is almost 100%. Making a difference, saving lives. That’s what I do.

And thank you, Sarah, for the infinite inspiration in this vein.

  • Shane the cat shows off his blue eyes, hoping to woo a prospective adoptive family.