This afternoon I met with Kyle and Kelsey, cousins from Priest River to shoot some portraits of them. The sky was dramatic which I really liked, but unfortunately it did not hold on to it’s payload for very long. We were able to get a few shots and then the wind blew over one of my light stands, right into the dirt of the baseball infield. As we were cleaning it up the snow began to fall and in the distance it was clear it was only going to get worse. So, once again this week I have another photo shoot that had to conclude only shortly after it began! I am looking forward to getting together with these guys again soon to finish up what we started, here is a look at a few of the shots we were able to get before getting snowed out!
This afternoon I published a little teaser on my facebook page for today’s blog post, if you did not see it here it is for your viewing pleasure:
That is right, today’s blog post is about Jim Low, Web Slinger.
There is a story involved here and of course stories, to be rightly understood, require context. If you want to properly interpret the following photos you have to read the story, otherwise you might come up with some very wrong ideas about Jim. . . . . . trust me, that is not a good thing!
We saw in the first blog post, “The Many Faces of Jim“, that Jim is a young man with exactly that, many faces, some might even say many different personalities. We found out in the second blog post about Jim, “The Jim Low Band“, that he has a musical side. Here is another peek at that side of Mr. Low, caught almost in the act of carving “The Jim Low Band” into the wall of an abandoned building:
He looks so innocent, but we know the truth!
Yet another personality of Jim is the one that I came to know him by. I have spend the last few months photographing many of the North Idaho basketball games, including those of the Priest River Spartans. While capturing a Priest River game there was one thing I could always count on, if Jim was there I would always see “The Jim Low Point”. It just was not the same if Jim was not there to point his finger in my direction during a game, something kind of like this:
So what about this other personality of Jim? What is this Web Slinger thing I began the post with? You did not know it but Jim is also your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! Oh but wait, before the proof of this claim I must continue the story. Just as the Spider-Man you have grown to know and love has an alter ego, that of Peter Parker, so too Jim Low is the alter ego of Priest River’s own Spidey! Here is an example of the fairly reserved, slightly dorky, Jim Low that we all know and love. Yes, I know he is not really reserved and slightly dorky, but work with me here, after all this is fiction!
Ahhh, now isn’t that cute! You look at Jim here and you know that this guy could never be North Idaho’s famed crime fighter, he has cheeks that you just want to reach out and pinch, gently of course because you don’t want to hurt him! Oh, but there is so much more to Jim! Inside of this mild mannered high school student there is a stoic and brave superhero, courageously defending the poor and helpless and standing up for Truth, Justice and the American Way! (Oh no, I think I just stole Superman’s line, oh well on with the photograph)
Pretty intimidating isn’t he? Who would have known Jim was this cool!
You might have thought that the “Jim Low Point” was only for basketball games, but sure enough there is so much more to that index finger, it is actually the part of Jim’s body that is responsible for those famed Spidey senses! You thought all those points were just a pose for his photo, but all along he was using it as a disguise to employ his super hero senses to find out if any one was in trouble and in need of help. Wow, ingenious if you ask me, almost as brilliant as Clark Kent’s glasses!
Not only is Jim a fearless warrior, there is a softer side to this champion. He has a warm and compassionate side too, one that reaches out to those in need. Always willing to lend a hand to the helpless and downtrodden!
And now, the evidence that you have been waiting for. The photographic proof that Jim Low is indeed “The Amazing Spider-Man”, here he is caught red . . . . I mean web-handed!
Well folks, that is today’s story. But that does not mean that there are not more photos to view. Here are a couple more that I simply did not take the time to work into the story line:
Here is the second installment of photos from my session with Jim. Did you know that Jim is a musician? No, he does not actually play little kid’s instruments like in the last blog post ! Here are a couple of photos with Jim’s prop of choice, his recording microphone.
Now, how about a future album cover?
And of course we need a few promo shots of the band’s front man . . . .
That’s enough for tonight, tomorrow I will work on editing and publishing Jim’s favorite shots of the day for the grand finale!
Today Jim and I set out to do some testing of some new lighting equipment that I had not yet tried in the field. We set out to get our testing done quickly and then just have some fun playing around. Well, we ended up with some really cool images that I can hardly wait to share, but for tonight I am going to share some of the goofy ones. Here are the many faces of Jim, starting with his band!
Now with a little more psychedelic flair added to it.
Good thing Jim had plenty of friends to hang out with while he waits for the bus.
“Oh Jim”, calls out mom
“Yes mommy dearest”, replies Jim
“Time to take out the garbage.”
“Now worries ma, Jim, Jim, Jim, Jim and Jim already took care of it!”
This last one makes me think of the classic song, “Stop in the name of Jim”.
Here are a few more photo from Sunday’s Engagement Session with Phil and Britt. I know you cannot see anything but their feet in the first one, but I just wonder. . . . what were they doing while they were hiding behind that train car?
Now they are going to look all innocent, but WE know what you were just doing!
Wow, how did my watermark end up in the puddle . . . . hmm, now that is literally a watermark now isn’t it!
Over the Christmas and New Years break break my family and I have been near the coast in Northern California visiting family. On the last day of our visit we had a bright ad sunny day to go and visit the beach together. Of course I brought my camera! After a short time at the beach I decided to give myself an assignment, that assignment was to use the harsh direct sun light to create some dramatic lighting for some black and white photos. Here are a few of my favorites from the day.
Here is the favorite of grandma Juju and great grandma Pat. I was seeing spots for a while and had difficulty focusing (my eyes) after shooting a few into the sun, but it created a fun effect and some interesting lens flare.
Originally I was planning on focusing my black and white venture on landscapes, as you can see my focus shifted quickly to my kids! But, none the less, here is one landscape photo to round out the post.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to capture the wonderful Becker Family and the following is a sneak peak of the photos that have been prepared for them.
Let’s start off with the youngest member of the family:
Prior to this shoot this little gal had not figured out how to sit up on her own, what perfect timing for her to figure it out while I was there ready to capture the memory forever! You might have already noticed this, but I love how the sun is poking through the trees in the top right corner of the barn.
This young man was not camera shy at all, so photogenic and so comfortable in front of the camera, I ended up taking way too many photos of him, but how could I resist!
Of course being a model is hard work for the kiddos and sometimes they just need to take a break and play with dad. That does not mean it was break time for me, I would never want to miss an opportunity to capture fun photos like this one!
Thanks guys, it was sure fun to work with you and I look forward to showing you all the rest of your photos from our time together!
Today was so much fun! My friend Shea and I joined attended the World Wide Photo Walk in Coeur d’Alene today and we had a great time! The photo walk was held in over 1,100 cities around the world and had over 33,000 people registered to participate. The idea is to get together with a group of people and walk around, take photos for a couple of hours and then hang out for a while and talk photography. Today I took photos of many different things, but my favorite thing to photograph was people. I enjoyed meeting a number of folks in my walk and many of them agreed to let me take their photos, if you are one of those folks thanks again I appreciate it and had a wonderful time capturing a little bit of your world today! For tonight I am going to post my favorite people photos from the day.
I know that Dog’s are not people, but here is bonus photo go add to the mix.
I went outside and found my son had gotten into my truck and had buckled himself in, he was convinced that it was time for Dad to take him on an adventure . . . how could I say no.
When we pulled out of the driveway I suggested that we find a place where I could take his photo and try to capture the beauty of the eyes that he inherited from his mother (who has stunningly beautiful eyes!). His response, no that sounds boring. So we went to Arnie’s, the local convenience store. As we arrived I was informed that the store was not much fun, but we proceeded inside anyway. I found myself a cold coffee drink and as I it on the counter I whispered to the clerk that I also wanted a small ice cream cone.
As we walked out of the store my son had no idea that in one hand I possessed that greatly coveted treat and he told me he was sad that I did not get him anything, when I presented him with the cone his eyes lit up, I then proceeded to bribe him . . . . . . an ice cream cone in trade for a photo session in the park while he eats it. Funny how much he wanted me to take his picture after that! Well, here are my favorites from our little ice cream session in the park! I hope you enjoy them half as much as I did.