More dancers – more movement

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Early this week we brought back a hip hop dancer that we have photographed in the past.  Staying in the outdoor studio and keeping the huge silks for our lighting, we moved around to get a more natural blue sky background.  A little less studio feel, a little more natural – while still using beautiful big light sources.

Bob and I got to talking yesterday about this work – why dancers, why flying?  It seems like he is drawn to this as a more pure form of the motion portraits he sees us doing in our fitness work.  The dance images are still about photographing people, still a portrait, and the motion is still fitness.  But working with these dancers, the project feels more like a study of form and movement.

This Oakland based dance teacher is great to work with and we hope to collaborate with her more.  Using the blue sky felt more authentic and true to her as a performer.  Here are a few from the shoot.  We will keep putting these on Instagram and Twitter, so please check our feeds.

Enjoy.  – Kala

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Days in the snow

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I flew in from Minneapolis this week after photographing another MPS-IV patient for BioMarin. In addition to testing my snow driving skills (reminding me of my days Boston days) I had the opportunity to meet another inspiring dude and make great pictures. I even had time to stop in at Preston Kelly and have a quick lunch with the folks there. One thing that I noticed about being in such a northern state is the days are so much shorter than I’m used to and the light fades much more quickly once the sun starts going down. Here are a few pics to share with you guys from my short trip. Enjoy!

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Homeward Bound

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We are wrapping up the year here at the studio. In the midst of cleaning hard drives, fixing gear, and tying up all the loose ends before I head home I can’t help but be overwhelmed with thankfulness for these past few months. I feel lucky to work with talented and inspiring people on a day to day basis.  Since moving back out to California I have learned and experienced so much. Im excited to see what the new year holds for me personally and for the Studio, there are great things on the horizon. Im equally excited to spend the holidays with my family and be back in the peach state.

Wishing everyone a safe and joy filled Holiday Season.

I’ll leave ya’ll with a few behind the scenes pictures from shoots this year. Cheers!image2

Cambridge Biomarketing

Cambridge Biomarketing

Fun in the Midwest

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We are back in the studio this week after traveling quite a bit of traveling for BioMarin. At the beginning of this month we took off to the Midwest to photograph a couple of amazing people with the rare disease called MPS-IV. The warm welcome into these people’s homes and spending time getting to know them is something that will stick with us for a while. It was incredibly rewarding to see into their lives and capture them as people, not as patients. Our First stop was Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Upon stepping into the airport we quickly realized that we had arrived at the peak of quail hunting season. We were greeted with a huge sign that read, “Welcome Hunters.” Being immersed in hunting culture from childhood, I had to get a selfie with some orange. blogThe “shoot”went well. We had an amazing crew and walked away with some great images.BioMarin - MPS VI patient - Kendra TITLE

Next Stop: Fort Scott, Kansas. We got to explore acres of farmland and lose a few games of CLUE to our host and his siblings. The Farm was beautiful, we found a rad barn to photograph. It was so inspiring we had to go antiquing after the shoot and picked up a few things for The Ranch. Houser_141106_0116


Rad Barn: To see more pictures check out the Instagram.Houser_141106_0259

BioMarin - MPS VI patient - HoldenAll in all the Midwest treated us very well. We can’t wait to share from Bob’s recent trip to New York with this project. More to come.


Studio Dance Portraits

Phase One IQ250

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I recently did a dance shoot on the farm where we used the new IQ250 from Phase One.  The new CMOS sensor made this possible as we were shooting outdoors using available light through numerous silks.  We had the ASA up to 800 and 1600 for the shoot, firing off between 1/2500 and 1/3200 of a second around f5.6.  The files were great, though focus was a challenge given our subject matter.  Some behind the scenes shots with the camera.

Still diving into more of the files, but here’s a preview.

Studio Dance Portraits


Studio Dance Portraits

My First Week On The Farm

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My first week of work has been a whirlwind of production details, location scouting, and we even squeezed in a few shoots in there somehow. The ranch in Oakland has been welcoming with it’ s friendly goats and cloud drenched sunsets. I got to work on last week’s shoot from start to finish, it’s an addition to the Bodies project Bob is doing on dancers. Flying 12 foot silks in the wind was a bit challenging. We had to tie down the C- stands with ratchet straps and climbing rope. The last thing I secured with ratchet straps was a canoe in a pickup truck and lets just say that didn’t go well. Luckily, the silks faired the wind better than my canoe. Here are a few behind images from our shoot.Aerial shots of Dancers

Aerial shots of Dancers

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention we got to shoot with the new Phase One 645DF+ thanks to our friends at Samy’s Camera. Ray, we love you and have been drooling over this camera since the shoot.