Head shots: Eva Wilson

Last month I went to a little business expo down in Renton. I met Eva after parking along my way in. We chatted a bit and she actually followed up with me a few days later. We met up and chatted about what I do/she does and set up a little head shot session. Eva's working on a website and once it's up, I will send out a link in case you're looking for a book keeper extraordinaire! Here are a few of my faves from the session. Also, if you need any professional head shots or some goofy pics for social networking, drop me a line.

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.

Spring Fest at Stevens Pass

Well, today brought the year to an end up at Stevens Pass. The season always seems to sneak up and leave before I get enough riding in. Opening weekend was epic with several feet of fresh powder. Closing weekend was equally epic with 60+ degree weather and lots of festivities to throw a couple beers back to.

My friend Mike had never been to any ski resort so I felt like today would be a great day to break him in. He swooped me up early this morning to ensure a parking spot and we spent the day shooting photos and... drinking now that I think about it. Here's a shot of Mike with his fresh new shades and hat that he scored from the shop at over half off!

I took a few groomers and then locked up the board for the day. The first stop was the dummy run. We trekked up Big Chief a bit to snag a good spot for some photos of the creations being sent off the big kicker. Here is Marvin the Martian before his flight.

Here is Marvin in mid flight soaring off the jump and landing on both skis finishing the run!

There were all sorts of characters out today. Babes in bikinis, dudes in jeans and shirtless and of course there was good ol' Uncle Sam getting his final runs in for the year.

Stevens Pass was running a photo contest for the month of April. The rules are you have to take a picture of someone jumping over something at Stevens Pass. I had planned to go up and shoot my buddy Nick but he was kept up all night by a bachelor party. Plan B entailed shooting my friend Taylor and his posse but he never called me back. So, I was left with my buddy Mike (who if you remember has never been to a resort let alone stepped foot on a board) and no ideas. We finished up our beers and headed back to his truck to brainstorm. I came up with the idea of Mike jumping over a snowman doing some spring time chillin'. I ended up naming the shot "Hopping into Spring". It definitely stands out from the rest of the contestants but I'm not sure if the lack of ski device will get me DQ'd. Here's the shot.

We checked the time and decided it was time to hit the road.

We had the windows down almost the whole way home! It was like 72 degrees. It was sad to leave all the snow behind but it's sure nice to feel some of that bright sun on the grill.

I've had this hat for as long as I can remember. Until next season my friend.

Don't Let Chance Get Away.

A couple of weeks ago my girlfriend Priya and I we're out celebrating our anniversary with a little dinner and a movie. When we left the theater we drove by the closed down Comp USA and noticed all the lights in the sign had blown out except for the P. Not only that but the P sat directly in the middle of the sign with three letters on each side of it. How cool for me to grab a shot of "P"riya under the sign right? Right. Well a couple days went by and I still didn't get out there with her for the shot. I came home late three days later to find my lovely lady cooking us up a delicious dinner. Should I interrupt this great moment and drag her out of her comfy clothes and force her in to the cold for a photo? YES!!! Let's just say she wasn't thrilled but she was game and we made it happen.

Now this shot isn't some amazing photo because the lighting or costume. In fact it only took about 10 minutes to capture. However, it is amazing because chances are this opportunity will never happen again. That means we were able to capture something once in a lifetime. We could have easily drove by the sign and said that would make a great photo and had it end there. But the fact is, we didn't let the chance get away. Neither should you! So next time you see something out of the ordinary, capture it! Even if it takes a little extra time out of your normal routine, do it! You will be glad you did. I know I am.