Saturday, March 28, 2009
This evening the Napa Fire Department and Napa Police Department organized a charity Basketball game to raise funds to stop youth violence in Napa. I had a great time shooting for these guys. The police department came out on top this year, however it was a very close and exciting game throughout. The kids from the local Jr. High delivered speeches about what they have learned through the DARE program, the Chaplain delievered a touching speech honoring Sgts. Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans, Daniel Sakai and Officer John Hege from Oakland PD. This was a great family event and I hope to photograph more of these community events in the future.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Natascha was kind enough to let me photograph her tuesday night after one of our classes. A special thanks goes out to Penny Copeland of Twin Spring Photo for holding my lights and making everyone laugh, Andrew Bowser from Andrew Bowser Photography for also assisting in lighting, and to Craig Heidemann from Apple Studios for lending me his lighting gear.
I have been looking forward to the opportunity to learn from Bambi Cantrell for quite some time. The opportunity came up and I had to jump on it. The workshop was held at the Beautiful Elfindale Mansion in Springfield Missouri. It was hosted by Dawn Shields of Dawn Shields Photography and she and her staff did a great job of making us feel welcome. I can't even begin to tell you how much I learned from Bambi in these short 3 days. She opened my eyes to a lot of concepts and techniques that has helped me as a professional photographer. I highly recommend professionals take courses like this one to improve their skills. Not only do you learn from the instructor but you also gain even more knowledge from the other professionals in your class. It is an invaluable experience that I will not forget. The photographers there in Missouri were not only extremely talented but wonderful people as well, I can not say enough good things about my new friends from the Midwest. (Colorado and Florida too Dory and Cindy!)