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asher // baby

Asher is such a cute, handsome little boy!  I was honored to photograph his family portraits just a few weeks back.  Ever since I knew my wife was expecting our first child, photographing these little kids has made me even more excited.  Can’t wait for my own now!

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cade // abc

It’s been almost 2 years since I first photographed my first ABC book for Landon. I’ve done a few more since then, and now, Landon’s little brother Cade makes his debut. He’s a very independent little guy and doesn’t sit still for long. But, for the most part, I think he likes being in front of the camera. Each day that I would return to create more photographs, he seemed excited about it. Which photo is your favorite?

gomez family // family documentary

A while back I took a venture into a different approach for my family portraits.  The style, as I and others may call it, is called “family documentary”.  Normally photojournalism is completely undirected, unaided “life as it happens” moments where NO intervention or planning has been made to create a photographic opportunity.  It is raw, it is real, it is exactly what the story tells.  Now this isn’t always what we want to see with family portraits, we always want to look our best, and of course, like we like each other :)  If you missed this first post I made, go see it now, it’s worth a look (besides the fact it was also shot on film).  This to me is showcasing what life is like in an average, everyday normal family’s life.  For the most part I try and stay completely out of the way with little to no “direction”.  We will plan out a schedule per se, but then it’s up to the family to just be themselves.  For the many many families that have seen this first session above, it connects with people on a different level because it’s very easy for most families to just “be themselves”.  A lot of families will come to me for family portraits feeling a little shy, unsure or uneasy about what the actual “photographic creation” will be like.  My number one goal is to make sure that EVERYONE is having a great time and is comfortable, and when I’m not directing you, posing you, or telling you to do something, most people feel like “themselves” and end up completely enjoying the entire time working with me.  So, while I still enjoy doing family or couple’s portrait sessions where there is definitely some directed portraiture, being able to relax and “be yourself” definitely makes the entire experience a little bit more fun :)

Clearly this was the case with the Gomez family!  I was delighted to find out that they LOVED this concept and approach and I was even more excited after getting to know them as a family and what they might like to include in their own personal “documentary”.  After maybe 3 minutes, their son was an absolute ham for the camera for the entire day and everything was just a blast.  It was a little work on my end just trying to keep up with them :)  With careful planning, a creative mind and just having fun, these are moments that will be cherished forever . . . I love being able to be a part of something that will be handed down through the family.

If you know the family, are friends or even complete strangers, share a comment for the Gomez clan . . . I’m sure they’ll love it!

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tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

The more and more he went through the slides and tubes, the more the static made his hair stand up

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

Digging for treasure, they just found something

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

The rest of the evening was spent with family and friends preparing for dinner

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

They both wanted to show off the tomatoes that they found

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

Such hams, this might have been their first ‘wet-willie’

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

While dinner was cooking, they found out that the “water main” was leaking and it was now their job to find it and fix it :)  such an amazing imagination

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Making sure their fix was working

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A new leak sprung, time to fix

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

Post-dinner DQ run

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

tucson family portraits photo documentary lifestyle arizona photography

film + family

When I first got involved with photography, like most people, I learned on a digital camera.  While I love the benefits and advantages that the digital realm can offer in terms of quality, workflow and many other things, I have always had a passion for the look and feel of film.  Now, when I look at old film photographs from the early century and how it has evolved as film formats have changed, the colors, contrast and depth of field has always enamored me.  I’ve shot some film over the past 4 years in my career and have loved the approach and look of the images, but the workflow and technical side of taking that image from an analog source to digital has been a struggle.

Not too long ago the opportunity arose to purchase the film camera of my dreams and I jumped on it.  Ever since I became acquainted with the many different medium and large format cameras, the Contax stood out to me above all others.  Since the acquisition of the 645 camera, I have fallen in love with how fun photography has become!  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE photographing people, families and real moments on digital.  But, the approach I take for photographing on film has really different, REALLY fun, and with a look that cannot be duplicated with digital.  So, like any boy with a new toy, I wanted to go out and play and have some fun with the new camera and get to know its characteristics . . . as well as the many challenges I’ve run into with bringing the analog images into digital format to create the many awesome products that I offer.

My good friends Lashley & Tania (I’ve known Lash since I was literally 4 years old) were due for some new family portraits and it was the perfect opportunity for a day with the new system.  My approach was to document their family, as they are, with no real direction, so that in 10 years they could look back on these photographs and remember what it was like as a young family.  A lot of most portrait photographers work (and I’ll admit that some of mine as well) is very contrived, “fake” in the sense that the photographer is trying to create something that isn’t necessarily true.  Accompanied with this style is a LOT of digital manipulation (not my style!!) to tweak, alter and create something that wasn’t there before (adding textures, altering the focus, changing skies or scenery).  I don’t have a problem with that, it just has never been my style.  Occasionally I’ll have done some extreme edits, but  99% of all the photographs that you see on my blog have not been doctored, altered or really tweaked in any way.  I have always tried to capture my portraits as raw, real and full of emotion.  While I do add some oomph to contrast and colors, or correct for crooked horizons, most of the photography you see isn’t very far from what the reality was.

Enter my approach with film, reality is pushed even further.  Everything is real, no doctoring, no contrived smiles or poses, just pure life as it happens.  A lot of this style and influence comes from my good friend Evan Baines (who primarily is a wedding photojournalist), but it has pushed me towards a passion about photography that I have somewhat divorced for the “rockstar” type images.  Since the beginning of the year, I’ve attended many national and worldwide conventions and have seen a LOT of some of the VERY BEST photography being created today, it really is quite phenomenal.  Since these conventions, I walked away doing a lot of self inflection on my own style, and what I want to accomplish as a portrait photographer.  Had my scans been better, I would love to include the actual border of the film, just so you can see that the composition and everything else about the photograph was straight out of the camera.  Below are scans I did myself, and boy was that time consuming.  But, to me, the portraits and documentation is very real, almost tangible in that you can almost feel like you were there watching.  I hope this is something you’ll all enjoy, and expect to see more of it in the future!

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