Stories from the Shoots

When a shoot turns magic

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There is a small turn off of Highway 89 in Fruit Heights, it doesn't lead to anything but a non-descript meadow with patches of trees. I parked my car on the dirt road and wandered less than 100 yards. That is where all of these photos were taken, in one spot, in one afternoon. At some point in the middle of the shoot the weather decided to reign. We scattered, off towards the car, but along the way I stopped and turned my camera on Julie. That is when the already fantabulous shoot turned magical.

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Fate and Bones

When I stumbled across an old skeleton of a cow, whitened by age, I felt lucky.  Especially when I realized it would make a great top.  Like an ancient exoskeleton, it was perfect.  Caitlyn tried it on for a little test shot of sorts and I put the bone in the back of my car... knowing it could still be used for something useful. Weeks passed and it was still in the back of my car, until this past Saturday when I was trying to fit a bike in the back I had to take the bone out (temporarily) and set it on the sidewalk in front of Decades, a vintage clothing store in Salt Lake. Hours later...

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Pants on the Ground

Years ago Katherine and I used to shoot in downtown Salt Lake City almost weekly and last week we decided to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and do it again.  All natural light, just me, my camera and Katherine. I usually don't shoot on-location in Salt Lake City anymore, just too many people around... This time we went almost 6 full minutes without some guy yelling something moronic out the window of his truck.  Three dudes, the guy in the back seat yells, "Nice ass!" as they drive by. Sure, I was flattered, especially since I don't even work out, but seriously, why is it that the majority...

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Katherine: My first muse.

What is your Secret? (EDIT 4/2/11 - I updated this with a new HD video, much better than before) The secret is this.  Fall in love often and recklessly.  Fall in love with your camera, fall in love with natural light, fall in love with the Elinchrom Octa, fall in love with your film but most of all... fall in love with your muse. Rinse and repeat for years, maybe even a decade. I've been thinking a lot about muses lately. Muse is defined as "the source of an artist's inspiration" which means it could be just about anything. I think models have always been a huge source of inspiration,...

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She Saved the Note!

Anyone following my work lately knows this story, but for those that don't here's a quick recap. I was going to lunch with my good friend Ryan Muirhead (find his photos on facebook) when we both spotted Brynlee at nearly the same instant. To be frank, we were stunned.  Brynlee had one of those perfectly exotic faces that photographers dream about.  Ryan and I rounded the corner and both just stopped, he said these exact words, "You're going to take care of that right?" I just nodded... Approaching random girls is a delicate art, one that requires tact and class... it's best if you have a business...

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Indecision 2010

This is a rare event. I can't decide on which image I like best - in fact I love each of them for completely different reasons... so I'm going to leave it up to you, my blog readers.  ONE of these images will make it into my portfolio.  I love the idea just too much for it not to end up there, but the question is which one is best? Black & White Antique Green Vivid Color Leave a comment and tell me your vote.  If you have a good reason for your choice feel free to let me know because I'd love to hear it! All of the post processing was done in Adobe Lightroom using custom...

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Behind the Scenes for Marker Bindings

As Promised... Here is the official "Behind the Scenes" video of the Steezy Marie campaign photoshoot. Courtesy of Marker! Video & Editing: John Paul Studios Creative Director: Jim Whitney of Whitney Advertising Starring (in no particular order) Hair: Steven Robertson Makeup: Paula Dahlberg Wardrobe: Michelle Boucher Models: Shelby Boven, Madeline Villano, Ryan Muirhead, Steven Wood, Lauren Johnson Photographer: Jake Garn Photo Assistants: Ryan Muirhead, Steven Wood, Dave Brewer Photo Intern: Alyssa Vincent Mr. Muirhead's Assistan: Braxton Duncan Creative Directors: Jim Whitney...

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Trolley Square | Lighting Diagrams & Video

Behind the Scenes at Trolley Square Mall As part of The Hive gallery's fashion month we did a live shoot at the mall (during open hours) for the public to come watch!  It was tons  of work, tons of fun and we had a great turn out of spectators!  Here is a behind the scenes look with lighting diagrams (click them for a full size view) and video which will give you some real life peeks at how everything was set up!  Enjoy!

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Trolley Square | Lighting Diagrams & Video

Behind the Scenes at Trolley Square Mall As part of The Hive gallery's fashion month we did a live shoot at the mall (during open hours) for the public to come watch!  It was tons  of work, tons of fun and we had a great turn out of spectators!  Here is a behind the scenes look with lighting diagrams (click them for a full size view) and video which will give you some real life peeks at how everything was set up!  Enjoy!

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Enlightened Collection – The Story

Enlightened Collection - The Story Part 1 The Story behind the scenes of the Enlightened Collection We shot these in November, and for those of you that aren't familiar with the Salt Lake City area in November I'll spell it out for you, it's not warm.  Which meant we needed a heated pool or a plane ride out of Utah. The heated pool sounded cheaper. We planned to travel south to St. George, Utah; an hour-and-a-half north of Vegas, which is close enough to taste yet far enough that you don't get that Vegas after-taste, in other words a perfect place for this photoshoot. Coordinating...

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