It’s a hard life…

You may look at the current issue of Quick and think, “Jason sure has it easy, getting to shoot bikini models for newspaper and magazine covers.” Well, it may look like an easy and fun shoot, but looks can be deceptive!

Jessie, the model was awesome! She was very easy to work with and she made a tough shoot much easier. The location – Hotel Zaza – was amazing, with so many beautiful and exciting spots to shoot at. However, one key ingredient wasn’t on our side… the weather! Yup, it was pouring down rain, so all these sexy, fun spots to shoot at were now off limits.
We thought about setting up under a large umbrella near the pool, but then it started to lightning and thunder. Giant metal poles and lightning don’t mix, so that was out of the question. We had to come up with a summery spot to shoot, regardless of what mother nature was trying to do, so we finally found a covered area that looked out on a lush, green, ivy wall. With a little lighting magic, it was a hot summer day again!
We contrasted the outdoor cover and contents page photos by doing a nightclub style image inside on the story page. We found a room inside Zaza that had colored lights and flowing drapes. Using the red in the room to complement Jessie’s red bikini top, we completed the shoot. I went for a single, hard light source on her, trying to mimic the feel of spotlights at a dance club. It’s kind of like Miami meets McKinney Ave…
Yes, it was a hard shoot, thanks to all the pouring rain, thunder and lightning. However, I think I overcame all the obstacles and came out with some nice, summertime shots that look easy and carefree.

Speedlight Beauty Dish?!?

If I hadn’t just bought a bunch of stuff – hard drives, printing paper, etc – I’d probably buy and try this light modifier:

It’s like a tiny beauty dish for your canon Speedlight! Cute, isn’t it? I wonder if it does much. I used to use a small softbox rig when I was shooting with my Canon EOS-1V and a speedlight. It worked well, even though it was a bit bulky… it was 16×20″ in size. This thing is more compact, which is a big plus!

Life as the VP keeps me busy…

Besides being a full-time photographer here in North Texas, I am also the vice president of the ASMP Dallas chapter. This keeps me busy. This morning I got up, fed the boys, then went up to the studio and handled a few client emails. Then I started working on some upcoming ASMP projects. Later today, I’ll be dropping some image discs off to clients, making more phone calls, following up on more ASMP business, heading to the gym with the wife for a work-out (we are getting in shape and training for a 5K) and then finally… some relaxation in front of the television!

Oh, so one of the upcoming ASMP events that I’m trying to put together… a big seminar on photographers who have transitioned to (or added) video production services! It should be a great event! I just called Christopher Robbins out of New York to find out his level of interest in speaking at the event. I saw his blurb in the most recent PDN, so I checked out his work. I like the stock video clips he’s producing. Hopefully, he sounds like a good fit when I talk to him on the phone.
We have some other great speakers lined up for that event, and I’ll keep you posted when we have a firm date set. Otherwise, it’s back to work for now. Life as a pro photog and a VP seems to be never ending!

Bottle Rockets!!!

One of my clients is a children’s museum, filled with learning and exploring opportunities for children of all ages. The PR and marketing photography that we do is all real – no professional models and stylists, just real kids. It can be hard to get those “perfect” pictures while working with real kids as they play, build, construct and learn. However, it can also provide photos that seem much more “real” than any posed model shot could!
Below are a few images from a discovery camp, as the kids learn how to build rockets from plastic soda bottles. They even got a chance to launch them outside, using compressed air as the rocket’s propellant.


Is it weird that a photographer would plug his competition? Not really, because we all have different shooting styles. Anyone who is looking for Misty’s style isn’t going to hire me, and anyone looking for my style would never hire her. It’s not really competition… which brings me to the plug for Misty Keasler:

If you aren’t familiar with her work, you should be. I first met Misty late at night while I was scanning some negatives up at The News. I think it was 2002 or 2003. She was visiting with a friend, and we talked for a bit. She has come a long way since then, but it doesn’t surprise me much. Even then, she had quite a drive, and a lot of passion for photography. I’m glad to see that she’s done so well since then. Heck, now she even has a few clients that I wouldn’t mind adding to my resume!
Anyway, I thought you’d like to check out her work, as it is pretty nice. Definitely some good stuff being shot over there! Keep up the good work, Misty…


Not much you can do about mother nature. She will ruin even the best laid plans. We had a pool side photo shoot planned last Friday for an upcoming cover story in Quick, but the rain just wouldn’t let up. We moved the shoot, scheduling it for today. The weather is iffy at the moment, but I think it will hold out this time. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!