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Key to the Cure

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Last week, I was invited to photograph a charity event held at Saks Fifth Ave in San Diego. About a hundred women came out to support cancer awareness and the Vaughn Parker Charitable Foundation which funds mammogram screening for people who are uninsured or unable to afford it. The idea was to eat, drink and shop with a percentage of everything purchased going to the charity.

My thought was that it would be fun to create portraits of the socialites trying on clothes and having fun. It didn’t work out exactly as I expected, still, I think I got some fun shots. Everyone was in a good mood and enjoyed working it for the camera. The sweet vodka drinks they were serving didn’t hurt my cause.

To achieve the look of these shots, I set up a canvas backdrop (that I had painted at home) and three lights. One in front of the subject and the other two off to the side, slightly over-exposed to give the shots more of a sophisticated, glam look.

John

I’ll Be Talking and Showing Photos on October 14 in San Diego

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Hey Everyone:

I’m doing a one-night only talk in San Diego on Tuesday Oct 14. I’ll be showing my work from the past several years and talking about my process for creating my wedding, portrait and commercial images. I’ll be talking about the creative and technical process behind my shots, from lighting to post-production. I’ve been really busy these past few months. There’s a lot of work that I’ve been doing that I’ve been keeping under wraps and not posting on the blog. I’ll be showing a lot of that as well as work going back to my years as a rock climber. It’s gonna be cool. (I promise!)

It’s a two hour gig that starts at 7:00 pm and it costs $10. The Professional Photographers of San Diego are hosting it. The address is:

Holiday Inn
3805 Murphy Canyon Road
San Diego, CA 92123

I realize that it’s short notice, but I’d love to see some of you from blogoland!

John