Recently, a young talented photographer that is on his way to a very promising career asked me about how I handled traveling so much. You see he was about to accept some projects that would take him away from home for an extended period of time and he was concerned about how he would take it. His question got me thinking… This way of life has become so familiar to me, that I forgot how my life has changed and developed because of it and thus, I’m inspired to create this post that lists the pros and cons of being a photographer that travels for work and how I’ve handled it.
I love the original Robocop film and my friends and I have obsessed about it for years. I’ve been extremely busy (thankfully) with photoshoots, but I always make sure to clear some time in my schedule to add to my “Unicorn Project” (a personal project dedicated to capturing movie and tv cars). This time I had the opportunity to photograph a Robocop suit molded from the one used in the original film along with a replica OCP Ford Taurus police car, but I had to fly to Phoenix first…
Stay tuned to my facebook page, I will be giving away free posters, computer wallpapers, and even offering a Robocop retouching contest with prizes.
If you want to see an extensive blog post that explains how this shoot came together, how it was captures, and even see more edited images, go here: http://fstoppers.com/the-robocop-ph…
Few months ago, I did this fun portrait series of luchador fighters from the Chikara Pro Wrestling League. I brought a red fabric backdrop to their gym and spent the afternoon taking photos. Lighting was accomplished with a beauty dish overhead, an Alien Bees ring flash I laid on the ground for fill light (you can see in the specular highlights in the eyes of the portrait above. I used two strip lights / narrow softboxes to use as edge lights on the subjects to separate them from the background. You can also see a behind the scenes photo at the bottom of this post.
Over the weekend, I turned another year older. Hard to imagine, but despite my antics, I have survived to live another year. Coincidentally, the Phase One worldwide team was in town here in Washington DC as well as the US distributor and retailer of digital format systems, Digital Transitions (they sold me my Phase One digital camera system) for the Phase One World Tour. After the event last Friday, the Phase One team joined my friends for some drinks at my favorite local Irish Pub. To my surprise, they presented me with a really nice custom birthday card (see above)!
It’s been about a year since I started my relationship with Phase One and it has been really fantastic. Not only do I have the pleasure of shooting with the world’s best camera system, but they’ve helped share my work with the world. What a brilliant, friendly, and awesome group of people. They are truly leading the way in medium format digital photography.
To those familiar with my portfolio website, my new site design may look similar but it has been greatly improved under the hood. It will load MUCH faster, its easier to view on mobile devices, the design is streamlined, and I’ve added some fun new content. For example:
Check out my new Not A Bully portrait series dedicated to telling the stories of Pitbull and Pitbull mix rescue dogs. It’s a work in progress, but excited to get some of the first dog portraits on there! : CLICK HERE
There are new additions to my TV and Movie Car series section: CLICK HERE
I will be tweaking the design and adding more content and fixing the last few bugs over the coming days. Let me know if you catch any errors!
If you direct msg me your address, I promise Emma (my pitbull rescue) and I will mail you 1 of these valentines & my business card. I normally rebel against Valentines Day, but I mean come on, puppies and kittens? I couldn’t help it. Doesn’t matter if you’re a dude or a dudette, this is all in fun to brighten your day on this pressure-filled hallmark holiday. Honestly, I hate the darn day, but if I must face it…
What do you think? Marketing genius or insanity? Muahaha
A few months ago, I hit up my buddy Paul Miller, who is a movie director out of Southern California. Regular readers of my site may recognize Paul from my previous Mad Max Interceptor shoot. Paul told me that he is part of a group of folks that essentially constructs clothing, weapons, and even vehicles to re-enact the Mad Max post apocalypse in the Mojave desert, much like some re-enact the US Civil War. They are often referred to as “Wastelanders” after their annual gathering entitled “Wasteland Weekend”.
First of all, this sounded like one of the most incredible things I have ever heard in my entire life. Secondly, for years I have been photographing portraits of cars that from popular films and the people that own them under a personal series of mine called the “Unicorn Project”. This seemed like a perfectly appropriate and awesome opportunity to add to my personal series and add amazing content to my portfolio.
A personal photoshoot like this may cost me a chunk of change out of pocket (travel, supplies, time, opportunity cost, gear rental), but the unique pieces I would create for my portfolio are priceless.
After setting a date with Paul and his “Wastelanders”, I began to reach out to my friends (aka: people I could convince to work for cheap/free on this personal project) to assemble a team that included a clothing stylist to arrange clothing and additional props (Chanon Finley), hair and makeup artist (Maeve Kate Broadhurst), and people to help with various duties such as general photo assisting, and behind the scenes photo and video. I am very thankful that my friends volunteered to help because I couldn’t have done it without them, especially without spending a fortune out of pocket.