Stone’s Portrait


Stone needed a few portraits for a magazine article. This final image was shot in my studio on a black background, with a single Elinchrom BXRi 500 and Elinchrom 53″ Midi Octa Bank. I positioned the light high camera right. It was almost to the side of Stone. I had Stone turn slightly to the light in order to illuminate more of his face, but I wanted to make sure that the other side of his face was in complete darkness.

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Costa Rica 2013



My wife and I had the incredible opportunity to spend a week in Costa Rica.  Costa Rica has been at the top of my travel list for years, and it exceeded my wildest expectations!

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Busy Summer!

This summer is turning out to be the busiest summer of my photography career. I’m doing a lot of band promo/press kit shoots. I haven’t been shooting as much fashion, but I’m shooting more events and portraits. I’m horrible about updating this blog, but I should have more time when I have an assistant. Thanks for all of the support!


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The Stanley Hotel

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Personal Passion Projects

As professional photographers, we are often asked to shoot certain subjects that we may not be too excited to shoot. That’s just part of the photography business. There are very few photographers who have the luxury of cherry picking all of his/her shoots. Quite frankly, I’m happy to be busy in this anemic economy. It’s still important to continually shoot personal projects when you’re not shooting paid gigs.

Personal projects often lead to paid gigs because those passion projects convey your style and aesthetic more than your other shoots. I started shooting bands and musicians simply due to the fact that I love music and enjoy shooting shows. I started posting some of my music photos on my sites, and clients found me.

When you’re able to take the time to shoot personal projects, there’s no pressure to rush the results. Although I think you should give yourself deadlines to finish those projects, don’t stress too hard about it. Personal passion projects are meant to keep the creative juices from stagnating. You’re not trying hard enough if you can’t come up with some interesting personal projects.

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Zack Arias is Tumblin’

Zack Arias has a tumblr blog that is LOADED with a lot of great information for photographers. It’s straight up photography Q&A, with an Arias twist. Zack has never been afraid to speak his mind, and he doesn’t give a shit about political correctness. It’s refreshing. If your little feelers get hurt easily, you might want to stay away from it. There’s a lot of wonderful advice from one of the industry leaders. Dig it.

Zack Arias Tumblr Link

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New Studio

We’re moving into our new house in about a month, and I can’t freaking wait! It’s going to be incredible to have my studio at home. When we decided to build a house, we knew that we wanted to have a studio at home for many reasons. It’ll make watching my sweet boy so much easier by having the studio right there. It’s not a large space, but it’s bigger than my previous studio. It will be ideal for headshots, band promos, product photography, and anything else I can shoot in a 19×14 space. I’ll post some pics of the new digs when we move.

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Captive Aquatic Ecosystems 285 Gallon Reef Filmed by Nathan Hall

This beautiful 285 gallon reef aquarium is maintained by Ben Johnson of Captive Aquatic Ecosystems. It is lit with 4 EcoTech Radion LED systems. For more information, please visit For Nathan Hall Photography, please visit I filmed this with my Canon 5D Mark II, and I also used a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM and a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM.

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