See Photos from Our Election Day Event and ACLU Fundraiser!

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On election day I held a special photo event at the studio, offering anyone who donated $15 or more to the ACLU or ACLU of Missouri an “I Voted” portrait in a custom patriotic photo set I built just for the occasion! I believe really strongly that election day should be a national holiday, and […]

Anatomy of a Fitness Shoot

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Oh my gosh, do I love shooting fitness! Working on a fitness shoot is some of the most fun I get to have with lighting—sculpting bodies and creating/shaping shadow. Also, people who come in for fitness shoots really love to be in front of the camera, generally. Rather than trying to hide or cover anything […]

Seven Tips for a Great Pet Portrait Shoot

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Pet portrait shoots are a form of controlled chaos, and the best way to have success is just to relax and enjoy the process! Here are some top tips to prepare for a great pet portrait session. 1. Don’t Have Performance Anxiety! Many of the pet owners who bring their animals in for sessions worry […]

Natural Light Headshots in the New Studio

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Who me, do natural light headshots? So you guys know me, I am a strobe shooter all the way. I love my studio lighting, my studio setups and the clean, crisp look of headshots shot under those conditions. BUT! After moving to my new, sun-drenched studio space (yes, I am still in love with it) […]

Impolite Company: Breakfast Quest

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My good friend and local comic Chris Cyr has a daily 6 a.m. radio show on WGNU920AM. It’s called “Impolite Company” after his live comedy show of the same name (monthly at The Crack Fox.) Last weekend he decided (for some reason) to road trip to Shoney’s Henderson with another local comic, Jamie Krock, in order to partake of their famed breakfast […]

Headshots for Doctors

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How did you choose your last doctor? If you’re anything like me, you went first to your insurance company’s website, and checked out the in-plan doctors available in your area. Then you may have followed a link to a practice’s website, and had a look at the “about me” for the doctor you were considering. […]

Photography On Set: Business is War

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A few weeks ago I produced character portrait photography on set at the Samet Media/Gullberg Productions short “The Interview (Business is War).” Recorded at Fat Chimp Studios in Overland, this short tells the story of an American military veteran and his attempts at assimilation into modern work culture upon his return from active duty. I was […]

How to Win at Shutterfest

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2018 was my second year at Shutterfest, which is a large photography convention held yearly at Union Station here in St. Louis. Last year I was really concerned with doing Shutterfest “right.” I wanted to extract maximum value, do everything perfectly, and make the absolute best use of my two days on site with access […]

What You See Isn’t Reality (Retouching Walk-Through)

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Like any good educated human and staunch feminist I have mixed feelings about retouching. I totally understand why the abuse of retouching can create problems on both a personal and a societal level. But as an artist and professional photographer, I love how I can use Photoshop and similar tools to create an image that […]