09-15-13 Captain Jenna

There are many good things that I could say about Un Cruise Adventures, the company whose boat we cruised on in Alaska recently. But one of the great features was their “open bridge” policy. Passengers were encouraged to come on to the bridge to see boat operations from the pilot’s point of view. On watch…

An Angel Dances the Charleston

Gladys, born in 1912, passed away yesterday at the age of 97. She was my father’s sister and when I was growing up, we would make the trek out to Olympia, Washington, every other year to visit her. Like my aunt Betty in California, Gladys moved to the west coast from South Dakota looking for…

12-07-09 Look At Me: Friends

Getting a decent portrait of one person is hard enough. Photographing two people increases the challenge. Not only do you have to hope that they both look good/happy/whatever when you snap the picture but there are technical considerations. The two biggest are lighting and focus. In the studio I generally use two light sources to…

12-01-09 Look At Me: Pastels

This photo is largely “un-photoshoped.” When I process a photo, I try not to take away the actual person, which is a temptation given all the things you can do with software. This is one of my favorite portraits. I like the relaxed and natural look of my subject, Noel, but I also like the…