Awana Fun Fair Photo Booth (Sandpoint Photographer)

This last Friday night was the Kootenai Community Church Awana Fun fair.  This annual event it a lot of fun as area kids fill the old church building playing carnival style games, getting their faces painted and of course getting wild and crazy from all the sugar in the cotton candy!  This year I had opportunity to participate by bringing some of our props and setting up the photo booth.    The booth was a lot of fun and we took a lot of really fun photos, here is a sampling of the over 600 photos taken over the course of the evening.

And finally, what will probably end up being one of the favorite photos among the members of Kootenai Community Church, Pastor Jim visited the booth and he sported one of our finest wigs!

KCC Class of 2012 (Sandpoint Photographer)

The class of 2012 from my church, Kootenai Community Church, will be having a special graduation ceremony in June and they needed a photo of the group for the invitations.  Being spring in North Idaho scheduling a photo shoot with just one person can be hard, add in the often conflicting schedules of 5 busy seniors and you can imagine how hard it might be.  We ended up rescheduling our shoot due to weather or illness at least half a dozen times, but then by what some people would call luck and others providence we had a short break in the rain on a Sunday afternoon and we were able to finally get our photographs.  Here are a few from the afternoon.

Ginger Knits Fiber Studio (Sandpoint Photographer)

Ginger Knits Fiber Studio is working toward launching their website and today I had an opportunity to work with some adorable models as we did a few product shots.  If these don’t put a smile on your face I think you should seriously think about talking to a medical professional!

Ginger Knits Purple Alpaca Cowl

Ginger Knits Aviator Hat

Ginger Knits Pirate Beard

Ginger Knits Sock Monkey Slippers

Bribing Teenagers (Sandpoint Photographer)

Yesterday I worked with Tim on his senior photos, the second location that we went to was almost perfect, the only problem was that we were not there first.  As you can see in these two test shots a few Teens had claim to the spot that I wanted to use as a backdrop.

As you can see having them in the background does distract a bit from Tim so I thought maybe I might be able to bribe them into vacating their location for a few minutes while I captured some images.   Of course they all have Facebook accounts so I offered to take their portrait for them to use on Facebook.  Here is the payment of my debt to these five teens that were so gracious.

Kelsey Bradbury – Class of 2013 (Priest River Photographer)

This last Saturday I spent a good part of the day with Kelsey taking the first round of her Senior Photos at her grandparents’ home near Priest River.  Kelsey’s Grandfather graciously set up some hay bales for us to use and they worked out great!  You would not have even known it was 40 degrees out as Kelsey braved the cold in a sun dress, cowboy boots and for a few photos her dad’s hat.

Since it was a bit chilly still we are reserving most of our outdoor portraits for the warmer, greener months and spent the majority of our time on some studio style portraits.

The last part of our session we broke out the uniforms and did some sports themed portraits.

I had a great time spending the day with Kelsey, her Mom Sandy and Grandmother Jeanie.  We had a lot of laughs and a lot of fun, I can hardly wait for the weather to get nicer so we can schedule round number two!

Alex & Natalie – Portland Engagement Shoot

In June I will have the privilege of capturing the memories of the day my Friend Alex joins his life to his very special fiance Natalie.  Alex and Natalie both live in Salem, Oregon so originally it did not look like we were going to be able to have an engagement session but it happened to work out that I found myself in Oregon on a previously unplanned vacation and were able to work out an afternoon where we could spend a few hours together.

Alex plans to attend Western Seminary after graduating from Corban University this spring and since this is also the location of their wedding and where they attend church it was a very fitting place to start out our session.

We finished our shoot at the park near the seminary, after a short hike we found a place with some interesting buildings and a spot that overlooks the city.

Congratulations to both Alex and Natalie, I had such a great time with you for our shoot and am very excited to be a part of your wedding day!


Sandpoint Volleyball Club Magazine

It takes a substantial commitment of time and money to be a part of club sports.  The Sandpoint Volleyball Club works hard to come up with ways to raise funds to help offset the financial burden that club volleyball requires.  This year they are putting together a magazine featuring the teams with funds being raised through the sale of advertising to local businesses.  I had the opportunity to be the feature photographer in the production of the magazine which is scheduled to be finished the first week of February and should be available all over Sandpoint.

The first thing we needed was a cover shot, something that would be signature Sandpoint and also catch the eye.  Volleyball uniforms are not exactly insulated but nonetheless Beth Lewis braved the cold Winter day to work with us for a cover photo.  Here is the cover shot along with a couple more shots from the afternoon.

For the rest of the photography we moved indoors. We took some team photos and then moved on to some individual photos.  I wanted to be able to do some composite work with the shots so we took head shots and full body shots using a seamless paper backdrop like this one below.

Shooting this way made it a bit easier to do some composites.  Here is a single player version:

Now a single player along with a team photo.

The composite that I really wanted to put together was a team photo made up of each individual portrait.  I created one for each of the three teams that we created full body shots for.

To finish off the day four of the ladies stuck around to do some action portraits.  We set these up using five different lights, two high powered strobes were the main lights and then for some of the photos I used as many as three speedlights to ad some interest in the otherwise black background.

If you are interested in seeing all of the finished results from this project you can find them on my website at this link:


Shooting the Moon with Shea (Sandpoint Photographer)

 This afternoon I was going through some photos and came across some shots that I took this summer and had totally forgotten about.  My assistant Shea and I were on the drive home after covering a vow renewal ceremony and came across a scene we could not resist.  It was right around sunset and the moon was low in they sky we did not have much time so we threw together a very quick one light set up and started shooting.  I think we came away with a few fun shots in our very quick, impromptu portrait session.

We also were blessed with a few minutes of some great color in they sky, so we stopped shooting the moon and captured some images with the last traces of sunset.

Lastly, I let Shea snap a shot or two as well, here is one of them.

Nikki’s Senior Photos (Sandpoint Photographer)

Just before the cold and snow found it’s way to North Idaho Nikki and I spend a couple of hours at her home taking her Senior Photos.  Here is a peek at some of the final images.

While Nikki was changing outfits for the photos in the barn her brother Shayne stood in to model for me so I could get the lights in position, here is one of the test shots of him.


The Osman Family (Sandpoint Photographer)

The day was chilly, but other than that it could not have been much nicer for capturing some photos for the Osman family.

By request, the Osman family Tree . . . . . .