Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wireless Lighting Workshop

OK, just a couple more shots from the Wireless Lighting Workshop.  These are from my good friend and fellow Nikon Aficionado, Ron Montgomery, of Cane Bay Photo.  Thanks for sharing Ron!

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Wireless Lighting Workshop

My good friend and fellow photographer, Matt Daniel, shared these scenes from the Wireless Lighting Workshop earlier this week. Yes, the nice policeman really did ask us to move the vintage limo off the historic brick street. J

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Panoramic Stitching

From time to time I get asked how in the world I create my panoramic images.  Our home is full of these pano’s, stretching as big as 6-feet wide…the rolling green hills of western Ireland…the Grand Canyon at sunrise!  To get the resolution needed for such enlargements, I simply take several images and then use a software program to merge them together.  There are many ways to do this.  I find Panorama Maker by Arcsoft is strait forward, easy to use, and gives great results.  Give it a try sometime!


Here’s my Sunrise in St. Thomas


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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wireless Lighting Workshop

My heart was beating, my head was spinning, everything was happening so fast! Before I knew it, Virgil was introducing me and I was ON!

I’m scared to death of public speaking. But I LOVE what I do and love sharing my passion with others! So after the initial jitters wore off, everything went great. My Wireless Lighting Workshop was held at Virgil’s gorgeous studio at CVI Photography. It was hosted by the Professional Photographer of South Carolina. And it was sponsored by folks like Nikon, RadioPopper, Zenfolio, MPIX, and Canvas On Demand. We had a fantastic turnout with about 40 photographers from around the state, some as far away as Greenville! I did a short presentation about the principles of wireless lighting. Then we went out into the historic alley behind the studio and did a LIVE photo shoot…no pressure there!!! J That was followed by dinner, fellowship, and networking. Finally we reconvened to review the images and have more discussion on tools and techniques. It really was a BLAST!

We couldn’t have pulled it off without the generous contributions of many talented folks. I have to thank Virgil, Eddie of ProWedding Entertainment, Frankie of Flowers by Frankie, Juliet of Juliet Elizabeth Photography, Molly of D’Lish Desserts, Dwight of Royal Limousine, Pamela of Makeup Artist Charleston, and my lovely model and favorite client, Brittany McDougal. The best part about the workshop is we raised a ton of donations, including lots of dog food, to donate to the Charleston Animal Society. Many thanks to everyone who participated and everyone who attended!!!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sanders Law Firm

The Sanders Law Firm just revamped their website and are using one of my scenic photographs of the lowcountry as the cover image. I’m SO EXCITED! I shoot a good bit of landscape and wildlife in my personal work. Yup, on my days off my hobby is…you guest it…photography. J It’s wonderful to see others appreciate these images too. Check out their website at I’ve gotten to know T.O. Sanders over the years. He is an amazing and truly giving human being. I would highly recommend their firm to anyone!

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Wireless Lighting Workshop!

I’ll be teaching a Creative Lighting Workshop on January 25th at my buddy Virgil’s CVI Photography Studio in Summerville. There are a lot of us out there that could use some sort of hands on training to creatively light our subjects with simple off-camera strobes. Adding a simple technique like this to your skill set can separate your work and help you stand out from the competition!

I am collaborating with Virgil, Tammy Bevins, the Professional Photographers of South Carolina and a couple of other vendors that we will recognize very soon.

Please RSVP now. Seats are limited. Email to RSVP.

The workshop is free HOWEVER we are asking all attendees to bring a bag of dog food to donate to the Charleston Animal Society.

Hope to see some familiar faces there.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Imaging USA Day Three

WE SURVIVED! Imaging USA was fantastic as usual. Cami & I are so pumped up and inspired by all the great speakers and beautiful images and ideas we've seen and heard. Here are a few fun shots from the final day with some of our FAVORITE photographers in the whole world. :-)

Cami cuts the rug with Rick Dean at the closing party.

Cami with the always sweet and lovely Kay Eskridge.

Ed Pierce shares his knowledge.

Mike Corrado gives me the universal symbol for Rock-n-Roll during his presentation.

Jose Villa answers questions with Liz & Kip Bulwinkle in the background.

Cami & I with the generous Garrett Nudd after his exceptional presentation.

Kellie McCann, Rick Dean, Cami & I, Kate McKinley, Kip Bulwinkle inside the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

Kellie, Rick, Kate, and Kip all demonstrate Flow Posing. :-)

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Second Day at Imaging USA

Day two was even more fun than day ONE!!! :-) Here's a couple odd shots from today...including Bill Fortney at the Nikon Booth, Nathan Holritz after his excellent Lightroom Workflow presentation, Clay Blackmore talking to some fans, Cami & Kate hangin' with Yervant Zanazanian, and Cami & Kate having a nice dinner together.

Catch everyone tomorrow. Chow...

See and download the full gallery on posterous

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

First Day at Imaging USA

The first day at Imaging USA has tipping the clock at 14 hours...I'm exhausted but rejuvenated at the same time.  We're having a BLAST!  Here are a few pics from day one. 

Cami snapped me with the big poster with my image on it.  I got her with Brian Killian, senior portrait photographer extraordinaire, and fellow graduate of the Ohio Institute of Photography.  Kate grabbed one of us in front of the giant Christmas tree inside the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  A whole bunch of us from Charleston gathered for a group shot.  I ran into Jamie, a buddy from Texas I met at the very first Imaging USA Conference I went to maaaany years comment on exactly HOW many.  And the big news of the show...our friends Kip and Liz are engaged!  :-)

Blessings to all.  I'll post more from day two tomorrow....

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Welcome to Nashville!

Cami & I, along with our good friend and fellow photographer, Kate McKinley, finally arrived at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville. We're attending "Imaging USA", the PPA's big national photography convention we go to every year for ideas and inspiration.

After we got settled, I went down to get the lay of the land so I know where we're going for our seminars in the morning. I get down there and staring me in the face is this HUGE, larger-than-life display with one of my images on it! :-) It's a photo of Rugby USA's Team Captain breaking through the masses that I shot last year. A few months ago I got a call saying they'd like to use a couple of my images for some "displays" at the conference this year...I had NO IDEA it was going to be something like this! I'm SUPER STOKED!!! I'll get Cami or Kate to take one of me standing next to it tomorrow...hehehe!

Welcome to Nashville!

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Back from Bolongo Bay

Every night, Cami and I fell asleep to the sound of Caribbean waves gently lapping on the shore outside our window. The wonderful folks at Bolongo Bay put us up in a fantastic room, literally a dozen steps from the beach! We had an AMAZING time shooting in St. Thomas. We worked hard…and played hard on our days off. J It was sad to leave the balmy 80-degree weather to come back to chilly Charleston. But we’re finally back in town…just in time to turn around and head to Nashville for the big ImagingUSA photography conference we go to every year…

Friday, January 1, 2010


Welcome to 2010!!! The last twelve months of the first decade of the new millennium were a wild ride for Cami & I. We are SO BLESSED to be able to do what we truly love for a living, expressing our passion for life, laughter, and photography in so many creative ways. We owe a HUGE THANK YOU to all our wonderful clients, colleagues, friends, and family. We are honored to be counted among your acquaintances. And we look forward to continuing this Beautiful Journey throughout the New Year!!!

Back to Bolongo Bay

Cami & I are heading back to Bolongo Bay Resort in St. Thomas, USVI. After photographing Julia & Erik’s FABULOUS Destination Wedding there, we were hired by the resort to fly back and photograph images for their new website and marketing material. How cold we say no?!? We’ll have access to email and cell phone. But we’ll be working hard…and PLAYING hard when not working. So please forgive us if it takes a little longer than usual to get back to you this week.

cell: 843-324-8900

Last Shoot of the Year

I’ve been photographing Jean & Gerry’s extended family over the last six years. (Many thanks to their wonderful daughter, Andrea…she originally contacted me and began this longtime friendship.) It was only fitting that they were my last shoot of 2009! J I met up with them at their beach house on Folly Beach. Even though it was really cold that night, they all braved the uncomfortable temperatures and we all had a BLAST! The lighting was fantastic…everything from a really cool sunset to a really dramatic moonrise. I LOVE IT!!!

Jody & Gerald are Engaged!

I truly enjoyed hanging out with Jody & Gerald during their Engagement Shoot. I photographed Jody’s sister’s wedding a few years ago. So it’s been a real treat reuniting ties with her family and getting to know her better, and see what a beautiful young lady she’s become. I knew Gerald & I were going to hit it off as soon as I met him with his famous baseball cap. If he could wear that thing at the wedding, he probably would. J He’s so laid back, easy going, and fun to be around. I’m SO EXCITED about being their wedding photographer!!!