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Snow Fun
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The day after our snowstorm, Marc and I went out to enjoy our impromptu day off of work.  We took Nadezda out for a drive through the neighborhood, and went for a walk, including playing on a local playground.  As usual, I couldn’t enjoy myself without taking some photos of the day.  Enjoy!

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Originally published at Big Little Life. You can comment here or there.


Sneak Peeks: Alexa & Clayton at Battle of the Hook
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So, when I was at the Battle of the Hook back in October, I had two sets of couples sign up for portrait sessions.  I really love doing these reenactor portraits, as it’s a really unusual take on the typical “engagement” or “couple” photos that you see floating around everywhere these days.  They’re fun because they combine two people’s passion for their hobby with their love of one another, and I find that to be a beautiful thing.

Without further ado, here are some of my shots of one of the couples, Alexa and Clayton:

Originally published at Behind the Glass. You can comment here or there.


The Germans are coming to New Oxford
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A couple weeks ago I attended “The Liberation of New Oxford” in New Oxford, PA.  For this WWII event, the small town dresses itself up as a wartime French village.  Locals and visitors alike gather in the town square as an invading force of Germans eventually arrives and takes over the town.  Almost immediately they start getting pushback from local resistance groups, and eventually a large force of Americans arrives and helps overthrow the German occupation of the town.  This was my first time attending the event and I was impressed by how well it was done.  Huge numbers of reenactors, multiple fly-bys of a C-47 that was “dropping paratroopers”, well over a dozen vehicles, and the whole thing was generally well-orchestrated.  I would highly recommend the event.

Next year I will take a different, less centralized position for my photos (perhaps even joining in with the French Resistance unit I belong to that attended the event), but I am still really happy with what I got this year.  I hope that you enjoy them!  As always, just click the image to see a larger version.

Originally published at Behind the Glass. You can comment here or there.


Sneak Peeks: Amalgamated Classic Clothing & Dry Goods
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A week ago today I had the opportunity to be part of something I’ve never done before:  a large scale fashion shoot, complete with stylists, makeup and wardrobe specialists, even a second shooter.  There were almost a dozen models, with multiple looks each, so I have a lot of editing on my plate.  For now I’ve been testing out a few processing “looks” for the client (i.e. just simple exposure/color/etc editing, no photoshopping) so that she can decide on what style she wants for the final product.  Even though I’m far from finished with these images, I’m still really pleased with how they have come out thus far, and so I figured I’d show some of them to you all as well.

Enjoy.

Originally published at Behind the Glass. You can comment here or there.


Single Shot: Passion for Equality
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Protesters at the Supreme Court hearings about DOMA and Proposition 8

Originally published at Behind the Glass. You can comment here or there.


Single Shot: McGee
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A reenactor friend of mine, Mateo, posing as “McGee”, a soldier in the British army during the American Revolution

Originally published at Behind the Glass. You can comment here or there.


Have Camera, Will Travel
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In a few short weeks here, I will be flying to Texas to pick up the car that my parents are giving me.  In order to get the car back to Virginia, I have to drive it back, and since I’ve done the “southern route” many, many times and am generally focused on getting where I’m going as fast as I can, I’ve decided instead to take a few extra days and take a more leisurely trip this time around, with my friend Rose as my driving companion.

The map above is *roughly* our driving route.  Since I don’t make it out to the midwest all that often, and I know that I have fans all over the country, I am posting my route so that folks can know if I’m going to be in their area.

My route is very flexible, and I’d love to book a session or two to cut down on costs as we drive through.  If you’re interested in booking a session with me, please let me know ASAP.  I will be offering a special rate to those who book a session to be held during this trip, and will offer a free 30 minute session to anyone who is able to put me and my friend up for the night.

So, if you’re a family, a couple, a reenactor, a pet owner, or just someone who wants some good photos taken of them, and you live somewhere within a couple hours of that route…let me know!

Originally published at Behind the Glass. You can comment here or there.


Playing with the Tokina 11-16mm F2.8
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For my shoot this weekend, I decided to test out a “super wide” lens, so I’ve rented a Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 lens.  It’s one I’ve looked at before, but I had never gotten to shoot with it.  Rentals are actually a great way to test out a lens you’re thinking about buying, though the flip side is that it can lead to an awful lot of temptation!

The lens arrived later this evening, after most of the light in the neighborhood was gone, but I took a couple test shots inside our ill-lit apartment and pestered my favorite test subjects: our cats River and Simon.

I am astounded at how wide this lens is, and how much light it’s able to take in.  I’m seriously impressed for right now, but I’ll be sure to post a fuller review later.  For now, witness how utterly nonplussed our cats are:

 

Though I am mostly going to use the lens to capture Fort Ticonderoga’s architectural beauty, I may also use it to take some unique portraits, or heck, just to take some super wide landscape shots!  Just to give you an idea of how wide the lens is, here’s some “selfies” taken at the fully wide 11mm length:

 

Originally published at Behind the Glass. You can comment here or there.


Sully Plantation’s WWII Weekend
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I originally thought that I wasn’t going to be able to attend the WWII living history event at Sully Plantation this past weekend, but a coworker of mine decided that he wanted more hours and offered to take my shift for me on Sunday, so that I could attend the event.  Marc and I were only there for four hours, and we were actively participating for most of the time, so I was only able to shoot for a few minutes, but I do like some of the shots I got.

Once again, I shot using my “free-lensing” technique that simulates a tilt-shift lens.  I really, really love what tilt-shift does for portraits, and I honestly think that a legitimate tilt-shift lens is probably in my future somewhere.  I really enjoy portraiture, and this technique has developed into something of a “look” for me, and having a real lens would make it just that much easier.

So, though I don’t have all that many shots, most of which are of my own French Resistance unit, I hope you enjoy them.

While I’m generally the one doing the shooting, Marc does occasionally pick up the camera for me.  He was generous enough to take a couple shots of me in our friend Hooper’s WWII vintage Jeep:

Originally published at Behind the Glass. You can comment here or there.


Mini-Session with the 43rd Regiment
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One of the things I’ve been trying to focus on more with my work is booking sessions with specific units.  During Under The Redcoat, an event I attended a couple weeks ago, the 43rd Regiment of Foot had asked for some coverage of them at the event.  Unfortunately, due to a few things out of my control, I was only able to shoot them for about half an hour (and I will be making up the difference to them at this fall’s Battle of the Hook), but I’m very pleased with what I was able to get in such a short period of time.

I’d love to do more work like this in the future, so if you or anyone you know is looking to have some good PR shots taken for their unit, whether for personal use or for the unit website for recruitment purposes, please let me know.  It’s fun to do, and it can really help boost a unit’s image.

But enough about that, here are a few of the shots I got:

Originally published at Behind the Glass. You can comment here or there.