Giving Thanks

I had the wonderful (and emotionally necessary) opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with family in San Diego, California. This last year has seen endless news cycles of anger, hostility and cynicism... so it was nice to spend a week unplugged from the world, laughing with family and focused on making photographs in one of the most beautiful areas in the world.

  Wandered around Black Mountain park with a couple packs of new Polaroid Originals instant film.

Wandered around Black Mountain park with a couple packs of new Polaroid Originals instant film.

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Most of the landscape photos are still out with Indie Film Lab in Alabama.  I'm looking forward to getting those scans back.

In addition, my amazing wife (who orchestrated the ballet of feeding 10 family members on Thanksgiving) also requested a family photo to commemorate the occasion. On the flight over, she and I discussed what the photo might look like - she envisioned a "Vanity Fair" style group setup, rather than a traditional setup. As usual, her idea was fantastic.  

  Our serious expressions led to a few jokes about us starring in an upcoming Netflix drama, but I'll take that as a compliment about the quality of the final image.

Our serious expressions led to a few jokes about us starring in an upcoming Netflix drama, but I'll take that as a compliment about the quality of the final image.

Conveniently, Photo District News had posted an article by Chris Patey on how he lights and composes group shots very similar to what Sarah and I were envisioning. The article was great for helping me nail down a couple ideas for lighting. It's well worth a read.

I'll have another couple posts coming up about some of the individual portraits I was fortunate enough to make on Thanksgiving (for a sneak peek - head over to the Portraits section)

Hope your Turkey Day was great, too!

-B