Client Session: Perfect Light

When shooting with clients on the beach, I try and get a good sunset whenever possible. I’ll reschedule the shoot for the client if the sky is overcast—it’s California after all, so why not get that ‘California Look’ whenever possible? But the light has really outdone itself on this shoot. It was a wonderful mix…

L & J

Here’s a wedding I shot a few months ago. I’ve known these two for…15 years? I met the groom in the mid nineties back in my music-business days, and met his girlfriend shortly thereafter. He runs a music label, makes electronic dance music and plays the drums (hence the drum-shaped wedding cake below). She runs…

Big Family, Big Sunset

I love shooting big family groups! There’s usually a party atmosphere, and everyone has lots of fun. As you can guess from the lead image, this family was indeed ready to have a good time. Eleven people, including grandma, two sets of parents and two sets of kids were having a family reunion here in…

Family Beach Portraits

“Hurry, there’s a sailboat!” I yelled. I’m not sure if the kids could hear me, because it was so windy. REALLY windy. Batten-down-the-hatches windy. You can see it in the surf above. This portrait session was taken a month or so ago, and it was cold too. One of those sessions where you walk out…

My New Site: VenturaModels.com

Just a quick post to mention my new website, venturamodels.com. Now that my fashion/commercial side is taking off, it seemed appropriate to create a new website aimed at a different set of clients. The new site has a similar look—note the similarlity of the two logos, and layouts. But venturamodels.com is aimed at models, actors,…

Hot White and Super Fast

One of the ways I market my photography is by using ‘photobooks’. I make arrangements with local coffee houses, doctor’s offices etc to host my book. It’s a very ‘ambient’ style of marketing (and not the only thing I use), but people stumble across it and it’s been a very effective way to show people…