Sometimes I have to market my own company instead of primarily helping others to market their products and services. I had a bit of fun filming the footage used in this video ad. Following all the rules and regulations of an unmanned aircraft, I properly filed my flight plan with the Boise Tower at Gowen field to alert them to the fact that I would be flying my drone around the Capitol building. I envisioned the swat team showing while I was filming - on a Sunday morning. NOT! I decided on an early shoot on a Sunday purposefully to avoid any undue attention. The footage came out great so I decided I would utilize it for a video ad of my new service.
I had the pleasure of putting my drone piloting skills to the test this past week for a local tree service company, Done Rite Tree Co. Gary Butcher, the owner called and asked for a video to be produced to document the removal of a 100+ year old silver maple that had been growing right between two homes in the historical North End of Boise. Close quarters does not begin to describe the situation. This was a very technical removal that was performed by a bucket truck and a HUGE CRANE. I was a bit intimidated, to say the least. The final video combined time-lapse, hand held and drone video and is about 3 minutes long. The video used for social media is an abbreviated version which I have posted below.
Every winter I always set out to learn something new and to up my game. So this year I ordered a bunch of new equipment, upgraded my computer and put my head into some new software. It felt like Christmas all over again! When my drone arrived, I was elated. I took video of my dog, my house, my son... pretty much every where I went I was filming. Hand held or from the air, I was documenting my every move just to learn the new equipment.
But I had to start booking payed gigs.. and as uncomforatable as it was to put myself out there and trust in my newfound skillset, I finally faced my fear and got 'er done. Here is my first video for a $1.2M equestrian estate near Hidden Springs, Idaho.
While there is huge room for improvement, I did learn so much from my first video shoot. There are so many things I would do differently and I need to practice my flying skills, but overall, I am super pleased with the outcome. Adobe Premiere is really a force to be reckoned with! Simply an amazing and most powerful tool!
I had a lot of fun shooting this awesome condo on the 15th floor of the Aspen Lofts building in downtown Boise. The views were amazing!!
Traveled to the beautiful Snake River on the day after Thanksgiving. It's literally out in the middle of no where - but was surprised to find that I was not the only one taking in the beauty of southwestern Idaho. I absolutely loved how the colors changed as the sun began to set as we approached the winter solstice.
What a whirlwind trip! One of my besties texted me on halloween that she was turning 50 on Friday and was going to throw a birthday bash at her place on the north shore of Maui. "Do you want to come?" she asked. NO BRAINER. How lucky am I? So 4 days later I was on my way to paradise with a pit stop to see my darling daughter at school. PERFECT STORM!
I stayed at my friends house in Kula for a few nights which was delightful! Went to the farmers market, ate fabulous food - it was heaven.
Then it was on to Honolulu with fresh banana creme pie in tow for best daughter ever! I was able to stay in the best AirBnb ever! And was able to drive all over the Island and see the most beautiful of places.
The Owyhees are known for being rugged, stark and dramatically beautiful, which makes the Jump Creek Falls Trail all the more unusual and spectacular. I was on a mission to work on some long exposure methods and a waterfall is the perfect subject to practice on. Ironically, there was another team of photographers on site, just outside the trail head. It felt as though I was in very good company and clearly great minds do think alike!
I decided to take a little trip to the South Fork of the Boise River via Prairie, Idaho. A delicious lunch was enjoyed the the Prairie cafe and then I continued northeast to Pine and Featherville. The hidden history in these hills is remarkable. Most notably is all the remnants from the gold mining operations along the Feather river in 1863. Needless to say, it was a beautiful, crisp fall day and I was fortunate to be able to enjoy it all!
Easter Sunday seemed like a perfect time to enjoy the spring weather (after a seriously horrendous winter!) and take in Zoo Boise. When I was a child, my family would frequent the Brookfield zoo, Lincoln Park zoo and the Milwaukee County zoo. While I do understand that zoo's can be a controversial topic, I find them to be a delight and look at them like assisted living for our animal families.
So off I went, with my ridiculously obtrusive lens - shoving little kids out of the way (JUST KIDDING!) to get that fabulous shot.
I was challenged to focus past whatever obstruction was in the way, be it chain link fence or foggy window pane. Much to my surprise, the impediment literally dissolved rendering rather decent shots. Maybe matter really is an illusion?
During the winter months when the weather is bad, I always try to work on refreshing my business plan for the upcoming year. Well 2017 is looking to be quite promising as I will be adding new services to my list of offerings.
I purchased some new equipment and began learning the world of virtual reality programming. Ironically, this bridges my previous skill set of web development with my current skill set of professional photography. Once I got the basics down and charted out my work flow - I recognized that I needed a really good example to showcase the value of VR Tours. My living room just wasn't gonna cut the mustard - so I packed up my gear and headed to the best house in Boise, The Idaho State Capitol Building.
Needless to say, I was super pleased with the results and hope you like them too. Be sure to pan to the ceiling on both the 1st and 2nd floors - the details are AMAZING!
While the largest winter storm in 35 years was pounding the Pacific Northwest, I was comfortably nestled into the Southern Arizona desert living like a boss! Several of my adventures included hiking in Saguaro National Park, Catalina State Park and Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. The weather was spectacular, hovering around the mid 70's during the day. Only got stopped by Border Patrol once because, let's face it, I can look rather suspect at times.
I was able to try out my new panoramic tripod head - the Nodal Ninja. Tell you what, I was bustin' the moves like a photographic warrior. The idea is to shoot several photos across a fabulous vista and then stitch them together to create a masterpiece of fine art.
There's nothing like waking up to find that the out of doors has been transformed into a magical wonderland. The weather has been super cold here in Idaho and when that happens, we have to endure a foggy inversion. But when it's this cold, the fog transforms the trees into fabulous opportunities for snapping a few shots.
During my work trip to Maui, I was able to go on several adventures! The vibe there was so relaxed and really beyond anything I could have imagined. SO LUCKY! Here are a few shots taken during my excursions around the island.
I recently traveled to Maui to do a photoshoot for a friend of mine that owns a high end jewelry company. She hand crafts each piece individually, inspired by the beach but with an unexpected urban flair. Her work is stunning.
The company, J Jewelry Maui, is expanding and in the process of developing a full fledged e-commerce site as well as a more progressive marketing strategy. 600+ photos later, here is a sampling of some of the shots. I learned a lot and wished I had some more equipment with me... but lessons were learned!
My daughter is graduating this year and is keen on getting her senior portraits taken. She has taken several photography classes and is an aspiring photographer herself. HOWEVER, taking direction from her mum, the photographer, whether she is behind or in front of the camera, is challenging to say the least! So we had a bit of a go at it, taking turns on either side of the camera - and these were the results. I may still hire another photographer.. Crikey!
The fall colors are in full swing here in Idaho. Had a fabulous weekend documenting the colors and enjoying the crisp autumn air!
This was a custom new build on 5 acres in Eagle Foothills. When I arrived for the shoot, the builders were just finishing the last touches. The interior was very nicely staged and everything looked fresh and new. I think this shoot turned out spectacular and could be yours for a cool 1M!!
I recently decided to expand my offerings and have some fun with developing a photobooth service. After a bit of research, I was determined to build my own as purchasing a turn key solution was too expensive and would have taken too much time to reap any return on that investment. So I got to work, ordered all the parts and very much enjoyed what felt like an over the top craft project. As fate would have it, I launched my new selphy station at an event that was hosted by one of my favorite clients just a few weeks after I was finished building and testing my new creation. The venue was as Bardeney in downtown Boise. As you will see, the resulting shots were everything I had hoped they would be.
I decided to put myself out there.. and entered a photo competition. The rules were portraiture so I entered something near and dear to my heart.
UPDATE: 3rd place! WOOT!!
Simply stunning! This is a Trey Hoff designed home, built by Tradewinds Construction. Clean lines, excellent lighting and minimal decor. And to top it all off, this house sits right next to the Boise river. It was all I could do to not jump in that pool at the end of the shoot!