PM is for Paul Marie

A few months ago a long time friend of mine came to me with the need of some photography. He and his business partner are launching a new clothing company to be out in the first quarter of 2011 titled "Paul Marie". Below are some of my favorites from the shoot. Tomorrow, we will be doing another shoot for Paul Marie and my videographer Chris Wojcik, will be there to capture the story behind the scenes. We have some pretty wild shots planned involving roller skates so you won't want to miss it. I will also be doing a live Facebook/Twitter video update in the morning, shot, edited and uploaded all via my iPhone. If you aren't stalking me already I recommend it. Go here: www.facebook.com/mikefolden and www.twitter.com/mikefolden.

5 Flat and Brown

Last week I had the pleasure of working with local hip hop duo 5 Flat & Brown. 5 Flat and I met at the Dice photo shoot I did last winter. He's a friend of Dice and helped shoot the behind the scenes video from the Dice shoot.

He came to me with the name of the album being "Tuition: The Mixtape". He had some great ideas and in the end we ended up with some great plans for the project. I'm doing the whole shabang for these guys from the photos to the design for the album. Part of our deal was I agreed to throw in some promo shots from the day since these fellas don't have any professional pics. I bring you those today.

We ended up having a really good time at the shoot and things went so well we ended up with a lot more photos than we planned for. My thoughts are, I would rather have them being used than sit on my computer, so I did some extras for these dudes.

I really dig the music these guys are making and look forward to hearing the final product. Check out a few tracks from their upcoming mixtape here. I will also be posting a behind the scenes video from the shoot in near future along with the final shots for the album.

For now, here are my favorite shots from the day. Let me know what you think about the feel of these.

Jay Inslee Campaign Kickoff

I had the pleasure of photographing Jay Inslee's Kickoff Campaign last Saturday at Shoreline Community College. I also had the pleasure of shooting with a borrowed Nikon D3 equipped with a 70-200 2.8 and a 24-70 2.8, courtesy of Jetta Productions. I have to be honest and say that the camera made things pretty easy. I was shooting at 2200 ISO and there wasn't a grain of noise showing up anywhere in the photo. This made shooting in the low lit room a breeze.

I was able to pull Jay outside for about a minute and a half and take a couple of head shots. I really like how the one above turned out. Jay's a pretty photogenic dude.

It was great to see all the different walks of life who support his ideas and aspirations. Below are some of my favorite shots from the event.

Also, I just added some event photography to my portfolio. If you get a chance, click on portfolio and check out the "Events" link. I'm curious to see what y'all think. I've been getting work in this field lately and have a good time shooting it so I figured it's time to start marketing myself in that area. That being said, if you need a photographer to cover any type of event, drop me a line!

April 2009 "Photo of the Month"

maxfinals-003 This past month has been crazy! Business really picked up for me this month which has kept me super busy. One of the projects I have been working on is hanging my photography in Greenlake Bar & Grill. I have never done a project where I have a checklist of things to shoot all planned out ahead of time. I am more used to just going out and letting the creative juices flow.

We were struggling with what to put over the baby changing station in the women's bathroom. We finally decided on a picture of a baby in a diaper. Well, my boss John Schmidt is always up for using his kids for marketing against their will, so to the Schmidt house I went! It was quite entertaining shooting his kids (that sounds bad...) The star of this shot "Max", really loved this orange soccer ball! So, using my 50mm 1.4 manual lens I was able to capture a soft look of him running after his ball. This lens continues to impress me. It's really hard to use because it's completely manual and the camera doesn't recognize it at all. However, I always learn a lot while using this lens and it continues to hold the title for the best $50 I have ever spent on Craigslist.

Lens - Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Shutter Speed - 1/160 ISO - 800 Edited in Photoshop CS3