07 Mar A Couple February Studio Shoots
February was a happenin’ month here at Matty Photography, like every month I guess. Aside from the usual photographic operations, February was the “month of knowledge,” for both workshop students and myself. Two weekends out of the month went to a pair of Matty Workshops, one beginner and one advanced. More new photographers were released into the wild with a newfound understanding of how to capture light, and a couple experienced photographers left with a larger skill set in off-camera lighting. I’ll get around to writing another detailed post about those here soon. The other two weekends were for my own enlightenment, with workshops focused more on the business side of operations, yuck! A lot of good things came out of though, and I’ll have a lot of big news for you coming soon on all of that stuff.
I thought I’d also share a couple photos that came out of February as well. Pictured above is baby Bruno with his proud parents. A fun little family, we shot a set of photos in the surrounding caverns in which my current studio resides (hint towards future news…), and then we did another quick round inside the studio. The kid shoots always have to go fast, they are a blur of entertaining clients, kids, and shuffling lighting gear. In the end, you hope you managed to capture a couple frames where the kids are looking in your general direction sans the all-too-popular confused face, and the parents are managing to be smiling and not blinking. The second subject you see here is Kayla, a senior in high school. I did roughly the same thing with this shoot – a few in the studio, a few outside the studio. I like to give my clients some variety.
I’m headed up to Bellingham tonight, as I’m working on a collaborative new project for Western Washington University. I don’t have a lot of details for you on this one yet, but it will be involving me capturing some of the best and brightest attending the college who are working on some pretty amazing projects themselves. They are working and researching in fields that clearly need some proper exposure to enlighten the surrounding community (and let’s face it, bragging rights). Lots of steps, planning, and time will be getting dumped into this project as it slowly evolves over the coming months. Step one on the first project will have me dangling my toes out of a helicopter (again) while I shoot some low-flying aerials tomorrow. My first helicopter gig was for BP a few months back, shooting some aerial stills and video for their huge refinery plant up in the Bellingham area. It was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to getting back up.
I’ve really enjoyed the increase of commercial work over the past two years. Great clients, they pay for the whole operation, and we get some great photos, but… sometimes that means I never get to release the photos to the public. If I do it usually translates to releasing them 4+ months down the road, ya know… about the time I forget about them.