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Still trying …

It’s been a long time since I posted an article about a shoot. Why? The combination of two elements: Wondering what the value is of doing so as few bother to read or even look at the pretty pictures ( I have defaulted to a way for me to store for, if nothing else, some […]

The Yellow Brick Wall

  For several years now, just like Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz”, I have been joyfully following a clear yellow brick road in pursuit of a goal – in my case, creating meaningful art through photography, of life in general, but with a focus on highlighting the beauty of women.  There have been many […]

Spontaneity as a cure for mental blocks

Janelle and I have shot together for many years. Indeed I was the photographer who persuaded her to give modeling a try.  Over the years she has developed great modeling skills, and has also ventured into doing people photography herself, with excellent results  In her photography work Janelle shows a good, perceptive eye, and […]

A session that almost didn’t happen …

Coordinating shoots, and especially first shoots, is a game of chance.  Maybe it’s a function of working in two laidback areas of the world.  Maybe it’s a function of the age of most models, at a time in their lives where plans are more flexible and commitments less firm than with an older generation.  Whatever […]

Return to Kye Bay

Lana and I have known each other for a few years now, and periodically, when the timing is right, we have got together to have a session.  I am a believer in not shooting unless both parties are excited about the opportunity and feel creative.  Mediocre motivation often leads to technically good, but lifeless photos.  […]

Mystery in the gloom, and the reality of ephemeral connections

Spring on Vancouver Island is always a game of chance.  You might get relaxing warm sunshine.  But more likely than not you will enjoy grey days with a hint of moisture and a wind that whispers of storms past, and, if you listen with an open heart, maybe of better days to come. It was […]

Gold in the Cold

When we arrive back in Canada in April, the weather on Vancouver Island is, to say the least, unpredictable.  You might get some comfortable, warm days, but you can also experience rain and even strong storms.  That makes it rather difficult to plan outdoor shoots that rely on good weather.  However, the creative urge requires […]

Farewell to Mexico.. for now!

The end of the winter season in Mexico is always a very busy time.  It is surprising just how much work is involved in setting up to transition to another home in a different country.  While we have the process pretty tuned by now, with a set of checklists, it always seems rushed.  Add to […]

Evening Dress – In a Desert Cave

For our last shoot of the season, Niza suggested shooting at a landmark on the outskirts of La Paz called “La Calavera”.  The name means “skull” and there are a number of ancient legends about the rock outcropping to the east side of La Paz.  The name might simply be though from the look of […]

Once more, dear friend

For the past 4 or 5 years, Yazmin and I have had a day long photoshoot when I am down in Baja.  Our first session nearly didn’t happen, as my Spanish was poor, and the person she had helping her communicate around setting up the session was a little flaky.  But the first sessions that […]