If you could take your photography in any direction, without fearing rejection or failure, what new thing would you want to try?
I have been doing some landscape and astrophotography lately and really love it. Specifically, in the last couple of years I have made an effort when I travel, either for shoots or for meetings, to get out and explore and photograph some notable locations.
During one trip to LA, I spent a day at El Matador State Beach in Malibu which was a pretty awesome location. On another trip out west, I spent a night photographing the Milky Way at Joshua Tree National Park which seemed like another planet! Last year I had some meetings in Portland, OR and while I was there I took two days to explore the coast, the Columbia River Gorge, and the Mount Hood area. All beautiful. Glacier National Park is next on my list. Hopefully that will happen soon!
What are you focusing on right now in your work and photography?
Right now I’m focusing on adding a touch of motion to my work. I’ve been shooting a lot of cinemagraphs. I’m trying to add an element of motion while still keeping true to my style of shooting.
I’ve been shooting more cinemagraphs lately which add a small touch of motion to a static image. I’m able to keep the kind of dynamic lighting that I use in my portrait work but add in the motion to create something a little different. They are all shot as 4k video clips and I take a still frame from there and process it like I would any of my still portraits and then I layer in the parts where I want the motion. There’s definitely a learning curve because the motion has to be subtle and I have to be able to loop it continuously.
In addition to the cinemagraphs, I’m trying to add small motion projects when I can as well. I recently directed a motion piece for Olympic medalist Kristi Castlin to use as a promo on her social media and website. It was my first directing experience and I was really happy with what we were able to create.