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Thompson Family Christmas Session

I just finished shooting a good friend Chuck’s family Holiday pictures.  We had a great time taking the pictures at there house – what a nice family Chuck has present was Talisha his lovely wife and two handsome son’s C.J. and Dominic.  Here are a couple shots more can viewed at


Equipment used:  Nikon D700, SB900 in Softbox, SB800 background fill, Alienbee B800 in Octobox


December 20, 2010 Posted by | Family Pictures | 1 Comment

Tech Coast Angels – Christmas Charity Event 12-8-2010

I recently had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot with print on demand for Tech Coast Angels  Tech Coast Angels is a local group of Investor’s who help new business start ups.  This event was a fund raiser for local charities like shoes that fit charities and was a very warm spirited event with some awesome people with a common goal to invest in dreams of others to build a business, they also provide hands on mentoring and help raise additional venture capital.  The on-site portraits were a real success – being the first photo shoot requiring  print on demand was a challenge and we worked out all the bugs as we worked through the event, nonetheless the pictures came out awesome and were a real hit.  I want to thank my assistant Rebecca of for her help.  Here are some of the pictures I captured.




Equipment used: Nikon D80, D700, Alien Bee B800, Nikon SB900 & SB800, Apollo Softbox, Alien Bee Octobox, Canon IP 4820 printer, Hand Painted Canvas backdrop

December 11, 2010 Posted by | Corporate Events | Leave a comment

Portraits for Humanity – Guardian Foundation “Fulfill A Child’s Wish”

Just finished a shoot for the Guardian Foundation who was hosting a charity event Fulfill A Child’s Wish.  It was a wonderful event hosted at the Historic Burrage Mansion in Redlands, CA.  This event was to help local under privileged children and was hosted by Darnelle Mason the head of the Guardian Foundation  There were plenty of Christmas Goodies for everyone to enjoy and there was live music, Irish Dancers, and some Circus acts to round up the entertainiment.  At the end of the events the kids got Christmas Presents.  Thank you to everyone for allowing me to photograph the event.  The rest of the pictures here

December 5, 2010 Posted by | Portraits / Headshots | Leave a comment

Haley & Ryan Maternity Shoot Nov. 2010

I just got through doing my first Maternity shoot with Haley and Ryan, and all I can say is they are a great couple and will definitely be great parents.  When we first met Haley was quite nervous and said she didn’t know what to do – all I said is be yourself and enjoy the moment with Ryan during the shoot.  Wow, is all I can say, she did great and is a beautiful mother to be.  The photoshoot was a gift from the groom’s friend Mike Beruman as a Christmas gift.  I hope you all enjoy the pictures as much as I did taking them…

Equipment used:  Nikon D700, SB900, Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8, Nikon 17-35mm f/3.5, Lumodi Beauty Dish, Pocket Wizards

November 18, 2010 Posted by | Engagement | 1 Comment

Mountain Shoot with Sylvia Curtis

My dear friend Sylvia Curtis from work asked me to take her pictures today.  Today’s shoot was at one location and we managed to capture a few nice pictures.  I must say some of our local scenery is breathtaking and I enjoyed shooting her at this location of Hwy 138.  I enjoyed her warm friendly personality and would love to do more pictures, maybe more outdoors and some studio shots.   Sylvia, just wanted some nice pictures to give to her kids – I hope they enjoy them.

Equipment Used:  Nikon D700,  Nikon 80-200 f2.8, Nikon SB900, Nikon SB800 (hairlight), Lumodi Beauty Dish, Pocket Wizards

November 14, 2010 Posted by | Portraits / Headshots | Leave a comment

Gorilla Lighting workshop 11-8-2010

It was a great day working with Ben and his gorilla workshop, we had two great models Alexandra and Victoria – and 7 eager students wanting to learn Gorilla lighting.  The first part of the day Ben held his lecture, followed by some in classroom studio shooting with portable strobes  followed by some group discussion.  Later in the afternoon we moved to a nice area off Barranca in Azusa to capture some awesome sunset shots using two portable strobes and teaching the class how to use proper exposing techniques to capture dramatic lighting.  The indoor shots we used standard 3 light setup followed by some split lighting techniques.  The outdoor shots we needed to bring our the Alienbee portable storbe with the Alien Bee 22″ Beauty Dish.  I hope you enjoy the shots.

Alexandra McDougall:

Victoria Vives:

Equipment used:  Nikon D700, Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8, Nikon 80-200 f/2.8, Alien Bee B1600, 1 Quantum, 2 SB-26 strobes, Sekonic L-358 meter

November 9, 2010 Posted by | Model Shoot | Leave a comment

Senior Portraits

I had the recent pleasure to take some senior pictures for a friend of mine Vicky’s daughter’s senior portraits.  This was an indoor shoot and we even captured a few shots of her daughters boyfriend solo and with her daughter.  We had some fun and lot’s of laughs.














All images in the post are ©2010

Equipment List:  Nikon D700, Nikon D80, (2) Nikon SB 800’s, Alienbee B800, Octagon Soft Box, Backdrop







October 31, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Office Halloween Party 2010

Well it is that time of year again and we had our annual Halloween Party at work.  There was plenty of food, dessert and music to make this a great event shared by everyone at work.  We had a several costume contests ranging from funniest, scariest to sexiest.   Here are some pictures from todays events I hope you enjoy them.

Can you guess what category these fine contestants were entered?

Local revelers and costume contestants

Wooow cowboy, gitty up…… Hooo Silver!

Here we have some lovely ladies who were costume contestants.

Ok, who invited Beetle Juice to the party….. just kidding our fine leader Everett.

Forgive me Father for I have sinned….. wait is that candy in your hand?  Run Forest Run…….

Some of the good looking crowd at todays event.

Our resident Viking Swain – One of our costume winners

Zev is our local Rock and Roller.

My friends Rhoda and Cristina

Any early appearance of Mr. & Mrs. Santa Clause


A visit from the King of Pop himself Michael Jackson


There is always one reveler who comes to terrorize everyone….. body part cleanup isle #10

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikon D80, (2) SB800’s

October 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Anthony’s 2nd Birthday & Halloween Party

I had the pleasure to photograph one of my dear co-workers son’s second birthday party as well as one of their neighbors son’s.  It was cool they combined both a birthday and holloween party.  The event was held a their condo associations club house.  I must say it was a very nice place located in Moreno Valley.  When I arrived I was surprised at the number of people who attended the party.  Here are a few shots from the party.   To see the whole lot of images visit my website at

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikon D80, (2) SB 800’s strobes, Demb bounce flash.

October 24, 2010 Posted by | Random Pictures | Leave a comment

Day at the dog park

My poor Mandi has been cooped up in the house for two weeks and finally I took her to her favorite dog park to socialize with her K-9 cousins.  It was a great day and I snapped a few shots of her and other dogs along with some wonderful snapshots of their owners kids as well (my family is photo shy) .  I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed shooting them.


Equipment: Nikon D700, SB800, Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 lens

October 17, 2010 Posted by | Random Pictures | Leave a comment