About me


I think the most rewarding part about being a photographer is when after a photoshoot, the model looks at their photos and squee's "That's me!"

My journey started in 2001 when my parents gave me a  Minolta SLR. I forget which brand it was, but it was grey and awesome. I took it everywhere, did a ton of shoots with my friends and quickly realized how expensive it was get the pictures developed.

In 2005 I made the switch to digital with the Canon 20D. I was still very much an enthusiast, but my work was getting better as I could quickly see what the finished product was and I could take more images without having to run to the store to get them developed.

I was always taking my friends out for mini photoshoots, and pestering them to pose.

It wasn't till 2011 that I found my niche. I rented some mono lights from the local camera shop and loved the lighting control they provided. Soon afterwards I built my first studio, invested in my own lights and modifiers and have slowly been growing my collection since then.

While randomly at the Hyatt Regency, I stumbled across A-Kon and discovered cosplay. The cosplayers there put so much work into their craft and the costumes were so unique that I couldn't help but wanting to get more involved. Plus, I'd get to do shoots of some of my favorite fandoms. (Final Fantasy, Doctor Who, Disney mashups)

While working with cosplayers both at conventions and in the studio, I focused more on posing and lighting. Honing my skill set in order to best capture the character. A cosplayer may know how their character looks and practice in a mirror to get everything right, but there still might need to be minor adjustments made for the camera. I also worked on being able to give posing direction and to this day it is still one of main areas of continuous study.

I've had some pretty amazing adventures over the years, and have the pictures to prove it. Through it all, it is the pictures of mine that you share, that makes me love photography.

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A couple weeks ago we did a DIY project to enhance shoots using fog and haze. Brian Kaylor, The Elusive Panda, did a fantastic job of not only converting an old cooler into a fog chiller, but also of filming and editing this video.

My original goal was to do a shoot using low lying fog. As you can see in the video, when you are using just haze, it tends to dissipate quickly and spread around the studio. I wanted the fog to stay closer to the ground to give the photos a more mysterious and darker feel.

We found a lot of videos on YouTube about building a fog chiller, but most of them were centered around using them for Halloween or concerts. Or they spent most of their time talking about the build and not about practical applications. We reversed that. This video only spends a little bit of time on the build, while giving priority to how the fog can be used, what works and what doesn’t.

This was the first time we used this, so what you are seeing is raw footage of us working through the creative process, trying different techniques  and ways to use the fog. 

Leave a message in the comments on ideas you have for ways to use this in your next shoot.

Be sure to check out  The Elusive Panda to see more great videos and techniques. 

You can view the models on Instagram: @aliceivesofficial @violentlavenderburlesque @daria_of_dallas


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