“Creative” is my catch-all for photography that either is a concerted artistic endeavor on my part, OR it might just be work that doesn’t fit anywhere else.
I suppose it’s to be expected that I would be asked by my sister Shannon to shoot engagement photos for her wedding website! It’s not the first time, nor the second, that I’ve been her personal photographer-slash-lackey. What else is a big brother supposed to do?
(Oh yeah: Code the back-end of the wedding site and get it up and running; Be a groomsman and give a brotherly roast/toast; Shoot event photos the night before the wedding; Help set things up before wedding and break things down afterwards; Take the newlyweds to the airport; Feed the cat while they’re on their honeymoon; Pick them up at the airport…. Anything else?)
For those of you who follow Shannon, she has the most keen and creative eye, and each and every detail is important. I think that’s why she knew she could come to me with her concept of cutout engagement photos overlaid with colorful shapes, which you can see in several of the images below. We shot her and Hal against a green screen for most of the photos, in a variety of outfits and actions, and later did a second shoot outdoors, at our old elementary school.
In the end, the final images can be seen here. I’ll probably get in trouble with Shannon for including a few others here on my site that didn’t make the cut, but annoying little sisters is another thing older brothers do, right?
Tonight is the friends-and-family party celebrating the opening of my brother-in-law’s new restaurant, U:Don Fresh Japanese Noodle Station. Yes, there’s an emoticon in the restaurant name. Don’t fret! It’s called clever branding!
The anticipation has been building for a while, and everyone is quite excited for U:Don to finally open. Outside of handling the website and the rest of the online presence, I also took part in some of their photography artwork, collaborating with Scott Pitts, food photographer extraordinaire, to create a pair of large-scale photomontages.
The original plan was to try to use all of these images and more in the large 8-foot-by-3-foot spaces (and thank you so much to Hal, Jaelithe, Doug and Yuko for their time and patience!), but in the end we distilled the idea down to using just two of the images, paired with some of the food photography. Whatever the outcome, it’s still pretty marvelous to see one’s work upon the wall of a new Seattle restaurant. It makes dining all the more pleasurable!
Japanese lesson: To give thanks and begin a meal in Japan, you say “itadakimasu” [phonetically, say: “ee-tah-dah-kee-mahss”]. I think I’ll be saying that quite a bit at U:Don.
My good friend Jackie is a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor, and we often shoot a couple times a year for her website, or for fun. This time we were focused on yoga and working in a weight room, but at the end of our shoot at the Seattle Bouldering Project, we ran out into the boulders to get some photos of her climbing.
It’s probably obvious, but Jackie is both strong and talented. In between popping off my flash and trying to stay out of everyone’s way, I was watching many of the young guys bouldering struggling to lift themselves up or to maintain grips. But Jackie was like Spider-Woman as she wove her way quickly up each color-coded path, and there were times I had to ask her to move more slowly or to hold a position so I could photograph it.
These images are all in black and white, because I liked a bit of that gritty dramatic feel, especially on the photo where she’s posing like an Amazon warrior.