Canon 35mm - Will it stand the test?

Thanks to Rob at Pro Photo Supply, I have a Canon EF f/1.4L USM 35mm lens to try out for the weekend. Primarily, I would like it for food shots and maybe an interior or two but I could justify it much easier if I could also use it for portraits.
I took some shots at the pool ISO 100, f1.4 @ 1/500th second. I love the natural window light. It's one of my favorite pools to shoot at.
The wide shot is lovely as is the medium one.

 The close-up is a little distorted but could be kind of cool.

Off to do some more testing!

Fellow Photographers Make the Best Subjects

You get an idea for lighting but who are you going to try it out on. My experience is that most people do not have the patience to sit whilst you fuss with this light or that reflector so I was very pleased that fellow photographer, Bruce MacGregor agreed to sit for me. (oh and if you check out his website, you might recognize me under portraits!).

 Here is the relatively simple lighting setup except the strip lights were vertical and the reflector laying flat on Bruce's lap but you get the idea!

Although it was relatively easy to take, this image was much more of a challenge to print. 

I tried several labs who were unable to get the tones I needed or enough definition in the shadows. I finally went back to WHCC who did a pretty nice job. 

You can see the final print in reality as it is on display at Newspace Gallery as part of the ASMP show until the end of the month.

Kids Jump...Children's Portraits

This project was a lot of fun. 4th and 5th Graders at Willamette all jump for their school Auction project. You will have to go to the auction to see the final product.

High School Senior Packages

There is still time to get your senior portraits taken....or book for next year and beat the rush! The fall colors will be beautiful and make a terrific backdrop for portraits. I am booking for the end of October and early November right now.

Charity Photo Session for Children's Cancer - Lovely Riley and her Family

This July, I had the pleasure of photographing young Riley and her family on behalf of the Children's Cancer Assocation. Riley has terminal cancer and was granted her wish of spending the weekend in Portland where she got to have her nails painted and ride in a limousine amongst other wonderful adventures.

Unfortunately, the family have just learned of some bad news and they are now officially signed up with hospice.
I could not begin to imagine the pain the family are suffering right now. 
Apparently, her mom has been crying so much that Riley told her she needed to put band aids on her eyes!

FYI: If you would like to support CCA, they are raffling a Honda Fit. You can purchase tickets here.
The drawing is September 12th, 2010.

Newborn Portraits - Baby Wake Arrives

Baby Wake is the greatly anticipated newborn of Oregon City Swim Team Head Coach, Matt Crum and his wife, Macy. It was wonderful to share in the couple's first week with their new baby. During the shoot, Baby Wake had lots of "surprises" for us all but we were able to capture some precious moments with him awake and asleep and all the laundry and mopping was worth it in the end!
And of course, being the coach's son, we had to get the goggle shot!

3 month old Girl Portrait - Baby Doll

Maybe it's because I never had a doll of my own that I just love to dress up little girls! Miss Kate was fun to work with. Although she is not sitting as yet, we improvised. The expressions that she makes put a huge smile on my face. What a pleasure.