I have two goals when shooting something as fun and dynamic as a Drag show; the first is to photograph the energy and joy of the performance (of course), and the second is photograph what happens backstage…the prep that almost no one sees. There is a different joy and energy here…intimate and quiet.
Window light in the old studio. The FIRST studio actually. I’ve been having fun re-editing some old work that I never published. Its funny to see how my editing has changed over the years. Makes me wonder into the future…
Jyo and I had a whirlwind week which involved driving down to San Francisco for a quick portrait session with The Carrum Group, a small startup company. Our HQ was the 19th floor of the Le Meridien and we set up our studio on the outdoor patio…hoping for cooperative light for the afternoon. We were rewarded. You’ll see us…waaaaaaaaay down there in that 2nd photo.On the drive back, we couldn’t resist a section just off 101 through Humboldt County…Avenue of the Giants. How can you not stop…even for just a moment…to touch these magnificent things. Oooph…Thanks again folks…and to my much loved BFFJill (you know who you are).
Jyo and I both had some old film roles we wanted to finish up, and with summer drawing to a close, we took one last quick road trip, crawling the coast between Astoria and Willapa Bay for a couple of days. I love old film…the texture and the funkyness. My Minolta has some kind of light leak…my Nikon FA is full of dust and schmutz. I keep telling myself I’ll get them serviced and cleaned up…buuuuuuut….I probably won’t.
Sometimes you get to photograph dear friends. And sometimes, you get to photograph dear friends to help their small businesses. Both of these things make me very, very happy. My last official photoshoot before I move to Oregon next week, and I’m so thrilled to go out with love and wonderful photographs of Naomi Beck and Anne Marie Vincent on a perfect spring morning.