We’ve spent the summer taking the mud pit we inherited with our hundred-year-old house, and transforming it into an oasis. Now we have grass to lie in, and we spend the summer evenings staring up into the Giant Sequoia towering above us. When the sun is about to set, saturated and golden, we feel as if we are gazing up into a giant Georgia O’Keefe painting.
Several times a year I teach a Studio Lighting workshop at Pacific NW College of Art. This 7-week class introduces the photography student to the world of artificial lighting. It’s great for anyone interested in pushing their photography skills. Here’s the class description:
When existing light is not sufficient for proper exposure or desired effect, we turn to artificiallighting. Using the PNCA lighting studio and equipment, we will cover artificial lighting for portraiture, lifestyle, still life, 2D and 3D copy work, fill flash, and on-location lighting. This seven week course utilizes professional lighting equipment, professional models, in-class instruction and oversight, and outside of class access to the studio, to help the student become more confident in creating powerful images using studio lighting. The techniques learned in class provide students with the confidence to use an artificial light source in low light or to add emotion and interest to images in order to further express their vision with both digital and traditional equipment.
This class often fills up, so if you’re interested, I’d encourage you to sign up soon. Do so here: PNCA Continuing Education Studio Lighting Class
This past weekend I had the privilege of photographing the wedding of Drew Carney and Mia Stevens. You may know Drew as the roving reporter on KPTV’s Good Day Oregon, and now with KGW’s Out and About. He and his beautiful bride Mia held their wedding in downtown Portland, Oregon, where we photographed them at the Old Church, and the Benson Hotel‘s ballroom. A fun couple! Here are a few favorites.
This first candid shot I find hilarious. I didn’t even remember shooting a frame with the older gentleman peering at them:
You can also view images from their wedding featured in the wedding photography section of my website.
Last week we were camping/hiking/photographing in Central Oregon. Everywhere we went we were breathing smoke from the Black Crater fire. We had plans to visit with friends in Sisters, Oregon. (I love Sisters. I had an artist residency there a couple years ago, and made a lot of friends while shooting my Shadows series, which can be seen on my fine art site, www.fritzphoto.com/art.) But our friend had to cancel our dinner plans, as she was on evacuation alert. Burning embers were cascading down from the sky onto her house and property. So instead we went to Tumalo, camping among the rocks and chipmunks. That evening, I took this photo of the Black Crater Fire at sunset:
This past weekend we photographed Jack and Allison’s wedding at the Riverplace Hotel in Portland, on the waterfront. Lovely day, and the bride and groom were great. Jack’s easygoing and sweet, Allison is fun and super expressive.
Some favorites wedding photographs:
A little trouble opening the champagne….
Some portraits on the Willamette River beach, in spite of 3-inch heels:
Some ceremony fun:
I didn’t know this at the time, but one of Allison’s cousins is Katee Sackhoff, who plays Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica. She was a bridesmaid, in fact. A couple photos of her having fun:
And some of the nicer detail shots ever:
Wedding photography can be a lot of fun, especially when the destination is as beautiful as this, the people are fun to work with, and the light is beautiful. Portland and the surrounding area is a great place for weddings, and wedding photographers. I’m blessed.
I enjoy teaching photography workshops at Pacific NW College of Art. I teach a variety of in-depth photography classes, from Location Portrait Photography and Environmental Portrait Photography, to Studio Lighting.
Here are a few samples of some new work this past week, shot as demonstrations during my Studio Lighting workshop at Pacific NW College of Art, portraits of our model Chelsea, using the Fritzaroid method.
A photographer’s life, they say, is summed up in about two seconds. You take a lot of photographs–thousands, millions, perhaps. Some make the final cut. A few are good. A handful are great. Say you make 250 great images in your lifetime, if you’re a master. On average, it took you 1/125 of one second to take each image. Add up those 250 images, and you have…2 seconds.
I begin this blog for a simple reason: no one but me sees all the images I take. I like an awful lot of them, for various reasons. They are edited, catalogued, filed. My wife sees a few of them. Even fewer make it to the print stage, which others see. Then the prints sit in boxes in the basement, in cabinets specially built for them, in albums on someone’s bookshelf.
Here I have a home for some of these images, and a few of those that won’t even make it to print. Here I have a home for the Beloved Left Over Graphics. A few more than two seconds’ worth. For all to see.