iPhone, not Nikon

AshWednesdayI really enjoy Instagram.

It gives me a reason to shoot quick photos when it doesn’t seem like my main camera is necessary. For fun, I’ve limited 100% of my Instagram photography to the iPhone; none of them are shot with a DSLR.

But often, I get done shooting one of those “quick photos” and realize that I should have pulled out the D4 after looking at the iPhone results. This Ash Wednesday photograph of my daughter is one of those examples; it would have made a really cool stock shot.

But the moment is gone. Next time, I’ll be ready with the Nikon.

Have boots, will travel

TSCmudIt was a really fun shoot in Ocala, Florida this week.

I was down there for Tractor Supply Company, photographing “farm fashion” for their summer pieces. We go south in the middle of winter to shoot summer clothing, and then we go north in the middle of summer to shoot winter clothing. We can’t shoot in-season since the schedule for clothing buyers doesn’t match up.

Anyway, as we wrapped the last day, my art director lost her iPhone in the swamp. We didn’t know if it had fallen in the water or on land, and so we searched into the evening, calling it repeatedly and having no luck. As we finished up, some of our models headed out to find us in the spongy pasture and before we could stop them (by yelling and waving our arms in the dark, like that was going to work), they got stuck.

Being the kind-hearted folks we are, we put our shoulders into the back end and pushed. In a mucky Florida cow pasture, that results in mud–and other stuff–getting all over our persons. In the picture above, it’s me, stylist Kylie, model Dallas and art director Tracie.

We were so tired that we just headed for a fine Italian restaurant, not bothering to clean up. To the wait staff’s credit, they just laughed it off and didn’t seem to mind. We told them it was just mud…

White Season

WinterCoupleIf I had my say, all of my assignments would take place in the months of May, June, September and October.

The majority of my shooting is indeed done during these nice months, and July/August run a close second, but in a distant third place are the remaining six months: November through April.

Of course, if I want myself and my family to eat, I take all the assignments I can get during winter. There are some years when I have twice as much work in January than I do in July. Weird. You just never know.

To deal with the weather, I have taken it upon myself to work extra hard to make outdoor winter assignments work smoothly. I’m known for coming back with photos from each and every assignment, no matter how harsh, and I take delight in clients being surprised I got anything at all if the weather is particularly bad. That’s a badge of honor for me.

The couple above were photographed for AgStar, which needed to fill an annual report hole really, really fast. Winter be damned. So we did the best we could on the couple’s Minnesota farm, shooting for a few minutes at a time and then shuttling them back indoors for “skin breaks” so they wouldn’t completely turn red in the subzero cold. I think it worked out fine, and heck, they even look a little tan! Go figure.

On Campus

usd1 I worked for the University of South Dakota the other day.

It almost pains me to say it, being a diehard South Dakota State fan and alum of that fine school, but both of my sisters attended USD, along with many friends. I’ve probably softened over the years, too.

In any event, they were good hosts and we scurried around the campus, making photos as we went. University shoots are often a varied mix of situations, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get an hour to shoot each setting, classroom or batch of science experiments.  usd2 usd3 usd4 usd5All in all, it was a nice day and they were very happy with the results. It was just a little odd being on the red team, if only for a day.