Father | Son

FatherSon

Quick little lighting set up I threw together the other day. I love photographing my dad. He is the best model, tolerates the things and poses I make him do over and over, and more than anything he is my biggest inspiration.

Submerge

My Cover for Submerge of DJ Shaun Slaughter

My Cover for Submerge of DJ Shaun Slaughter

If you’re from Sacramento and have not checked out Submerge you’re missing out. Really now, it’s free you’ve got nothing to loose. I’ve had the pleasure of working with them on a few occasions. I shot for them the first time a year and a half ago, it was the above cover story about DJ Shaun Slaughter. After I sent a few portfolios and resumes to them over about a year they decided to give this young [naive] no name photographer a chance. Not only that, they were giving me a cover story. Sweating bullets from nerves and setting up my lighting in my parents garage in the middle of summer, I had no idea what to expect.  Then Jonathan and  Melissa arrived sat down on the work out bench and started talking about ideas for shots, paying no attention to the punching bag hanging from the ceiling or the freezer in the corner. After   Shaun showed up we got rolling, my nerves started to calm down as I started to realize these are just really cool and nice people. The shoot consisted of three wardrobe changes, the grey shirt as seen above a rat costume and a huge green M&M costume. It was a good time in my parents 105 degree garage. Aside from the cover shoot, I’ve shot a fashion show at District  30 as well as a restaurant review (see below). The only thing is I feel bad because when ever I start shooting for them I end up skipping town, first is was Massachusetts and now it’s Nevada. But, as soon as I’m back in good old Sacramento I’m looking forward to working with the amazing people the put Submerge together. So the main point of this blog post is go check out Submerge.

Juno's

Juno's

The Dusel’s 2011 Christmas Card

Front

Front

This is the christmas card I shot and put together for my long time neighbors and friends the Dusels.  To give you a sense of what I mean by long time during the viewing session Angela brought up the time I came over to their house offering to mow their lawn because I was saving up money for my valentine, I of course denied all knowledge of such an event occurring but that’s beside the point. For the shoot we went down to Ansel Hoffman park right on the American River. It was a beautiful autumn evening and the lighting and scenery could not have been more perfect [I’d like to thank my diligent location scout for that – myself]. Besides a little trouble with Branson getting distracted by other dogs the shoot could not have gone more smoothly. A very photogenic family two animated and playful kids, and a cute dog what else could a photographer ask for. Aside from a few formally posed shots I just let them play and captured it. All in all it was a very fun shoot I’d I’m looking forward to trying to one up it next year.

Inside

Inside

My Favorite of the Shoot

My Favorite of the Shoot

Fin

Fin

Back To The Drawing Board

So the 365 project was kind of a bust, but it’s alright I’m onto bigger and better things now. In the past week and a half my life did a complete 180. Ever since I graduated from Hallmark I’ve been like a hawk on craigslist, checking and responding to every photography related job post. Unfortunately, the leads I did happen to get from my craigslist correspondents were not very promising to say the least. But, right around the time all hope was lost I responded to a job offer to be a ski photographer. I got a call the next day and interview the next week and a job which I started this past Sunday at Diamond Peak in Incline Village Nevada. Now, I’m working as an on mountain photographer full time living in a cabin with an awesome roommate and a deck with a view of Lake Tahoe and on top of all that a free season pass to Diamond Peak. I feel the motivation, drive, and excitement [which seemed to be on hiatus right after graduation] pouring back into me. I’m excited for the next few months. Life is good.

Season Pass

My Season Pass

Zippo

Zippo

Day 2

I bought this a few months back for a still life but never ended up using it and forgot about it. Then a few days back another one of my cheap lighters broke after three days of use so I decided to buy a Zippo. Went up to Walgreens saw that it was 20 bucks and opted for yet another cheap lighter. Then, in the same day I came across this one which I bought at a thrift store for 3 bucks. So, being the thrifty person I am, I weighed the pros and cons of either investing in the lighter fluid for it or sticking with the cheap lighters. I came to the conclusion that in the long run going with the Zippo would be more economically viable. I believe my investment was a sound one and should pay for itself in about a month. Plus I get to strut around with this classy lighter and do tricks and stuff [Win|Win]. So anyways, 363 pictures left to go. Until next time [tomorrow].

Adventures In The Corn Labyrinth

corn maze

tea peaIn case you are wondering why I used the word labyrinth instead of maze, I have two valid reasons. First off, I have an affinity towards the movie Labyrinth, and secondly I find the term corn maze a little redundant [Ba Dumb Chu]. Anyways, bad humor aside, labyrinth just sounds cooler. This past Saturday my friend Mickie and I decided to tackel the worlds largest corn maze [labyrinth] in Dixon, CA. Despite the numerous challenges that awaited us we boldly dove into the maze of corn. With out any clue as to where we were or where we were going [except for the map we had] we trekked onward and faced adversity head on. With each fork in the road we took decisive action using only our keen sense of direction [oh ya and the trail markers] . After a long and arduous journey we made it out unscathed [we may have made a few of our own paths a long the way but that’s beside the point]. Although I was disappointed when we made it to the end and David Bowie was no where to be found. So that is the tale of Matt, Mickie, and the Labyrinth of Corn. A tale that history shall one day compare to the Iliad and the Odyssey. Until next time, you stay classy Sacramento.

Do You Like Apples?

Apples

"Well I got her number, how bout them apples?"

I was watching Good Will Hunting last night which inspired this shot. So, I’ve decided to take on a 365 project. This is like my third attempt, but I really think this times the one [Third times the charm, right?]. Anyways, this will be my day one, 364 of these bad boys left. The number seems a tad bit stifling, but I’m not too worried about it. It’s kinda what I do. [by the way don’t you just hate over confident people who use big words like stifling just for the sake of using big words…drives me crazy] Anyways, until next time, good night and good luck.