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Overpowering Sunlight Workshop - August 16 to 18

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be offering my Overpowering Sunlight class again this summer. This time it will be over three days in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada just north of Yosemite at the Bear Valley resort. You’ll learn about lighting, work with models and be pushed creatively to break out of the old mold and do your best work ever. This isn’t a workshop where you’ll be shooting over my shoulder. Instead, I’ll be coaching you over youra as you’re creating killer work that you can call your own.

Here’s the link to the website: Overpowering Sunlight Workshop. If you have any questions, you can email me. Hopefully, I’ll see you there!

John

Miss California - No Miss USA!

Monday, June 20th, 2011

In April, I did a fun swimwear shoot with the then Miss California in Pacific Beach for Pacific Magazine. Well, I just got word that Alyssa was just awarded the Miss USA title last night. First, congratulations to her! Alyssa is beautiful girl, a hard worker and a lot of fun to work with. So, in celebration of her victory, here’s my blog post of the photos.


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And the actual cover. We like covers!

Here’s a link to the actual magazine if you want to see the layout and the shots that ran:¬†http://issuu.com/pacificsandiegomagazine/docs/low_res_may

John

Intervention - Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego

Monday, June 13th, 2011

My cell phone buzzed as it does whenever a text comes through. It was my friend and client Samantha from a local magazine. “Did I want to go to intervention?” was the text. So I’m thinking that either we were going to try and intervene with a friend or that maybe she thought my bad habits had reached the point of requiring outside help.

Fortunately, it was neither. Instead, it was an invite to an outdoor pool party that the Hard Rock Hotel in the Gaslamp throws most Sundays throughout the summer. Far be it from me to say no to a party so off I went.
















Now, it’s been brought to my attention that some people think that my images are “upskirt” shots. In the broadest sense maybe they are, but the people in my photos are generally aware that I’m taking their photo. They know what they’re doing and often play it up as willing participants in the making of the photograph. Some of my photos may be extreme, but this is an extreme environment. I’m just documenting it (which I thoroughly enjoy by the way).



I’d also like to add that creating these types of images is not easy. The second most people see a camera, they immediately turn to it, stick out their tongue or make a peace sign, grab a friend and pose for the camera. Ugh. It’s thoroughly uninteresting to me. Yes, I take the picture because that’s the routine, yet I’m always looking for more. One reason why I resorted to taking shots from the ground or close to it is because a) it’s an interesting angle and b) they can’t smile at the camera once it’s on the ground.

My goal is to capture the energy and feeling of what’s like to be there so I do what it takes.

John