Bad to the Bone


Some of my favorite photo shoots are those done simply for the sake of creative effort and fun. Most often those kind of shoots are done with others interested in collaborating for the same reasons, whether other photographers or models.

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A Cold Mount Timpanogos Temple

I keep forgetting to post here on the blog various photos I’ve been making. Recently I got up early at the prompting of a fellow photographer to try and capture the Mount Timpanogos temple after a fresh snowfall. I learned early on a Monday morning the gates are in fact locked, and the lights turn off a bit too early to capture the morning light changing. Still, if we get another good storm this winter I plan to come back again and try to catch a this scene with some better clouds in the sky.

Every time I get out to make a specific photo situation, I’m reminded it’s often the experience I find just as rewarding as the end results. There’s probably some life lesson on there if you look hard enough.

Salt Lake City Temple Square Lights 2013

I made my way up on the chilly Friday after Thanksgiving up to Temple Square for my annual trek to capture the first lighting of the lights, this time with an express purpose in mind to get fresh photos to submit to the Create LDS Media program. I’m currently serving as a Church Service Missionary (CSM) as a photographer for the Publishing Services division. It’s been a fun experience, giving a purpose to creating some themed photos on a regular basis.

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Halloween Photos

For the past several years I’ve thought about doing a photo booth type set up for Halloween, taking photos of those kids in their costumes and providing an easy way for parents to download those photos. Every year I think about it, have good intentions, and procrastinate to the point that it doesn’t happen. This year, thanks to my good wife taking on creating a backdrop we could use other than black fabric, the photos actually happened.

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The Ever Awesome Carters

I love when I get to make photos for awesome families. And I love even more when I get to make photos AGAIN for awesome families. Repeat customers are my absolute favorite.

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Alpine Loop Drive Pano

Took a drive through Alpine Loop with some friends this week. Enjoyed the view, despite it being the colors being a bit muted this year due to an early cold storm coming through. The Fuji X-E1 (18-55 lens) had some lens flair and streaking when pointed into the sun, but I still liked the result.

This is part of my ongoing effort to always keep a decent camera with me and make use of it more frequently. View the image larger here.

Stringham Family “Create” Shoot

I have been working lately to create stock photo like photos for the LDS Create program on various themes. Those involved in the program have been encouraged to not only fill specific requested needs, but to also come up with our own ideas and produce quality photos. Sarah Stringham was kind enough to volunteer her home and family to participate, and we had a lot of fun creating some fun photos.

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Look Around

I realized the other day that I’m still not posting to this blog nearly as often as I like. I can think of a variety of reasons, chief of which would likely be simply not making the time, aka laziness.

Also a major reason for not blogging was I felt like I’ve only been making photos when doing professional shoots, and less of the everyday stuff that I often find more interesting. So, recently I made an addition to hopefully help get back to making more photos of just the everday things I see, and to try see more things around me every day. I selected the Fuji X-E1 for a variety of reasons, but primarily the size and capabilities packed within the small form factor. I’ll try to write something up about this in the near future.

Today’s photo is an example of hopefully me looking more around me for opportunities to see those photo opportunities. I was taking a few moments to try and catch a sunset that eventually proved to not develop all that well. Looking north instead, I liked how the light was cutting across the valley and just touching the top of the mountains and some of the clouds butted up against them.

Amy Whitcomb, New Electric Sound, Ryan Innes at the Rooftop Concert Series

Back at the local music scene, I was at this last month’s Rooftop Concert Series to do a portrait before the show of a couple of the artists for a publication (watch for more info when published). I figured I’d stick around and enjoy the show, and of course snap some photos where I could. Justin Hackworth, one of the founding organizers of this great event, was kind enough to let me roam the backstage because the crowd was packed up to the stage to enjoy the performances. For me there really is no better way to enjoy a show than to look for those great moments with a camera in hand.

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Up Next – Bronco Mendenhall About To Speak

At the Big Blue Bash last night in Salt Lake City, Bronco Mendenhall gathers his thoughts right before taking the stage to speak to the nearly 1,000 fans at the Cougar Club event.

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