Archive for August, 2010

New Model Studio Shoot

August 30, 2010

Last week new aspiring model contacted me to do a shoot.  I always love to see new people getting in to the industry.  It was really fun to work with her.  We shot this in studio and just had great times.

If you are interested in starting your portfolio for a modeling career or just want some fun pics contact me for a quote.


Senior Photos Special

August 16, 2010

Its that time again, Senior Photos time.  School is about to start, are you anxious to meet up with your friends again and have so good times. Maybe you are just ready for your High School Career to end, or you don’t want it to ever end.  Senior pics are a great way to save the memories forever.  Take some pics to celebrate your accomplishments.  Feel free to bring a few friends and we can squeze  in a few shots and it makes it more fun.

If you book before the end of September it’s only $50

  • one 8×10 print
  • 2 hours of on location shooting
  • or 1 hour in the studio
  • a low res cd for posting to the web
  • an online gallery

Here are some Examples


Winner of the Giveaway

August 15, 2010

The winner of the giveaway is Brittney Charley

Here is her winning heart felt story.

To some, a picture is just an image. To me, a picture tells a story. How can a person describe the vibrant colors of a sunset, the soft gentle skin of a newborn, or the tears of a father giving his daughter away as a bride? That is what a picture has the potential of capturing in a simple press of a button. Click. I hope that as I describe my family’s unique circumstances, I might persuade you to choose me as the winner for this giveaway.

My uncle, Steven Riggs, was born with a congenital heart defect. His heart was turned around backwards and flipped upside down. When he was fourteen years old he had open heart surgery. The doctors placed an artificial valve into his heart. After sewing him back up they were dismayed to find that his heart rate had dropped and was dangerously too low. A day or two later, the doctors went under his ribs and put a pacemaker in. In December 2009 he spent Christmas at Primary Children’s Hospital. (His condition being so rare, the equipment and technology needed to replace his pacemaker could only be found there. As people with this condition, don’t live very long.) This is only the beginning of his extensive poor medical history.

No matter what the doctors say, I know his heart is strong. His ability to love and care for others cannot be denied. My uncle is by far, one of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Through all of his health problems, he has remained happy, full of hope, and lives life to the fullest. Steve continues to amaze doctors, family, and friends with his positive attitude of life and what is to come.

We are about to celebrate Steve’s 40th birthday, which in itself is a major accomplishment! His wife, Heidi, is throwing him a surprise birthday party on August 28th. It would be a great honor to have a photographer there to capture this wonderful celebration of his life surrounded by family and friends. I know that the lens that captures the vibrant colors of a sunset, the soft gentle skin of a newborn, and the tear of a father giving his daughter away as a bride, has the potential of letting my uncle’s smiles last a lifetime, come what may. Click.

Fans of zombies

August 9, 2010

You can order prints for half off of the SLC zombie walk, just enter the code zombie at check out.
Happy Zombieness to you.


Zombies Attack SLC

August 9, 2010

Yesterday I went to a zombie walk in downtown salt lake city.  People dress up as zombies and just walk around and attack each other it is awesome.  They are also doing a zombie prom next week I might have to check that out.

If you would like to purchase a print visit the gallery,, enter the code zombie to get 50% off prints at checkout.

Here is a video I made.

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Mark Sports Shoot

August 8, 2010

Last week I did a sports type shoot in the studio.  My model and I had a lot of fun.  He wanted to update his portfolio.
If you are interested in taking some pic to update your portfolio give me a buzz.


Capturing Lightning

August 5, 2010

Shooting lightning can seem very daunting at times, but with the right equipment and technique it easy.

DSLR with a bulb setting  this is somethings its own setting, like on my 5d, on its in the manual setting like my xt rebel.
Sturdy Tripiod
Remote Shutter Release .  You don’t have to use the name brand one, I bought mine of ebay for like $8
When Raining
A Rain Sleeve for the camera
Rain gear for your self


First off understand bulb mode.
Bulb mode is where the shutter is open as long as you are holding the shutter release and you choose the aperture.
When selecting an aperture pay attention to how close the lightning is.  The further way the lightning the bigger the aperture you wan, the closer it is a smaller aperture you want.  I usually just start at f/4 then adjust from there.  After you set the aperture press in the shutter release and lock it until you see lightning, after lightning is finished release it.  Now this is where you are going to have to be patient it may take some time but you will capture a good one.  If you don’t see any lightning for like a minute or so just release it and try again.

If you dont have a remote it’s possible to do it with out but defiantly harder .  Just set in on manual. But on a long shutter speed like 15″ or 30″ and close down that aperture. Just keep shooting until you capture something.

Make sure to pay attention to your surroundings, the lightning is not the whole pic.
Which one is more interesting the one by the house or the one with reflection in the water? 

Hope you have fun trying this out and be safe.