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Colorado Day Four

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

It’s been a busy past week so it’s going to take me a while to catch up. Tomorrow, I jump on a plane to Texas so I’ll be out of it for another couple days.

Day three was mostly a scouting trip with myself and the crew so I didn’t do a lot of photography. I did shoot a couple of portraits of the ranch hand, Dave. Here’s my favorite:


Odyssey Golf Ad

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Well, I’m back from Colorado. What a long week it’s been. I shot almost 10,000 images over the course of six days. I wasn’t able to post any updates because a) the days were so long and b) I had no internet access. I’ll be posting updates hopefully tomorrow - today I have a wedding. It never ends!

Anyhow, in the meantime, here’s the final ad for that golf shoot I did a couple of weeks ago.


Colorado: Day 3

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Well, it’s the end of day four, but I’m lagging so here’s day three. Long days. Tired. Very happy. Beer. Good.

Here’s Dave, the ranch manager.

Shot this one at the end of the day. It was dark and rainy all day. But at the last ten minutes, the sun dropped underneath the clouds and I got my shot.


Colorado: Day 2

Monday, September 17th, 2007

It’s actually the morning of day three as i write this. I got up early - before sunrise - to get shots of the early morning light against the red standstone rock formations here. But the clouds rolled in and there was no sunlight. Bummer.

Yesterday was fun. I cruised around the ranch on a Suzuki quad. Nothing like bouncing over hill and dale through flowers and fields. Later I did some rock scrambling and bushwacking through oak-choked gullies. My legs were all cut and bloody last night. Doing that reminded me of my college days in Santa Barbara when we’d go out bushwacking in search of rocks to climb. Here it is 20 years later and I’m doing the same thing.

Here’s a few more shots:

Today, I’ll be shooting more ranch oriented stuff cowboy stuff.


On Location in Colorado

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

A couple of days ago, I was awarded a job to shoot an ad campaign for a luxury development in Colorado south of Denver. I was really looking forward to this job since it’s a great subject and really combines much of what I love to do photographically.

The location is an 1,800 acre cattle ranch that will be divided into 10 acre plots. They’re going to keep it a ranch so the photographs will combine landscape, working ranch shots and lifestyle shots with models. It’s gonna be fun.

I flew into Denver this morning. I got up at 4:45 this am so it’s been a long day - which wasn’t helped by the fact that Frontier Airlines lost my luggage. (Ugh.) Fortunately, I did get it back a few hours later. I spent the afternoon touring the ranch with David the ranch manager. It’s such an awesome location. I’m staying in a guest house all by myself - the ranch manager’s house is a half mile away. The solitude, fresh air, mountain skies and scenery are just incredible. This is truly a dream job.

I’ll be shooting landscapes and more photojournalistic images for the next couple of days. On Wednesday, my full crew will show up. I’ll be shooting models for the more posed shots. It’s especially fun since I’ll get to mix things up a bit for this shoot.

Here’s a couple of photos from this afternoon:

I realize that I’m working, but really this is a terrific vacation. It’s days like today when I really like my job. :-)


Jessica & Frank - Save the Date

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

I’ll be shooting Jessica & Frank’s wedding next spring at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe. They needed an image for their save the date card so I invited them into the studio for a quick, but fun little shoot. We’ll be doing an engagement session later on - this was just to hold them over for the time being.


Men’s Fashion Spread in Exquisite Weddings Magazine

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

A few months ago, I was contacted by a new wedding magazine being started up by the folks at San Diego Magazine. Usually, I’m not too excited by startups, but I felt a lot better knowing that Exquisite Weddings (EW) had the backing of a major magazine. Anyhow, they hired me to do their men’s fashion editorial. (My wife Jennifer got the bridesmaid’s dresses and the cover. Yeah!)

Here’s what appeared in print. The idea for the shoot was to tell the story of the groom and his best man on the wedding day. We started with them getting ready. I figured it would be fun to have one of them in the shower. Make it a little interesting…


I loved these shoes. Instead of paying the small fortune for these (Gucci), I found something similar. Still Italian though and not cheap. My wife jokes that I have more shoes than her. (It’s actually no joke. Come to think of it, she’s not joking when she says it.)







Advertising Shoot for Odyssey Golf

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

I got a call from the agency for Odyssey golf putters last week to shoot an ad for a new line of putters. They were looking for something kind of fashion-ish to target women golfers. I showed them some recent work and they ended up hiring me. We did the shot at the Balboa Park golf course in the middle of the day.

The agency “comp” (short for composite - which is the drawing or dummy layout of the proposed ad) called for a shot of a woman looking strong and kind of heroic. They wanted all sky in the background and she needed to be looking to the right since the ad will run over two pages. I gave them a variety of shots to choose from. Here’s three different looks that I came up with:

golfer 3

golfer 2

This one is my favorite. They won’t be able to use it though since it’s not a vertical. Still, I’ll use it in my portfolio.


Advertising work is so much different from shooting weddings. We took all afternoon to get one shot. I think I took over a thousand images for just the one ad. With weddings, I’m lucky to get five minutes for one shot. You really have to think on your feet. That’s part of what makes them fun too.


Welcome to My New Blog

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

For those of you who may have followed my old, intermittent blog, thanks for your patience and welcome to my new blog. My old blog was hosted by blogger and, unfortunately, was very slow when it came to posting photos. Since photography is what I do, that was a major problem and hinderance to me posting. Also, I hated the fact that my photos were all so small. Between the slowness and the smallness of the images, I really wasn’t motivated to post and it showed.

With my new, improved blog, I hope to be able to keep this current and show lots of cool stuff. So, please come on back to check out what I have going on!


John Mireles & Joe Photo Bridal Shoot - The Video

Monday, September 10th, 2007

This is my first blog post in my new blog. I’m so happy now that I can post big photos and not have to deal with blogger. You’ll be seeing a lot more in the days to come!