Making Plans: Brainstorm Session #1

In the past six or so years that I have been a practicing photographer (can I actually call myself that), I have been working on and off to hone my skill. As I’ve stated before, this year I want to take time to reestablish my love of photography and really grow in the art. I’ve taken steps toward doing this by purchasing The Photographer’s Playbook which has certainly gotten me excited and thinking about new things to try, and I’ve converted an old sketchbook from my puppetry class into an idea book for my photography. And then a few days ago I had this brilliant idea (well brilliant for me and my skill level anyway). And I’ve decided that with the interest many of my friends have shown in the idea, I want to share my brainstorming process and give them the opportunity to provide feedback, pose questions and solutions, and be as involved creatively as I am in making this year’s worth of photography a great one. So let’s get started! More

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Photography Mission 2015

I am sitting here in the dark in my bedroom because I always feel awkward turning the light on when my roommate is here. Never mind that our windows face east and that the sun starts setting around 5:30 making our room pretty dark by 6 pm. But she doesn’t seem all that concerned with the inability to see, so I leave the light off even though I’m sitting right next to the switch. You might be wondering what any of that has to do with photography, and I can assure you that it has everything to do with the subject. How? Well, I recently invested in a wonderful book: More

Something New: Felicita’s Beach Shoot

There comes a time in an artist’s life where they enter a sort of metamorphosis, if you will. Just as great musicians alter their sound or a painter embraces a new technique over time, photographers often experiment with new locations, new models, new equipment, and new styles. In nearly six years as a practicing photographer, I have come a long way. Though many things have stayed the same (like my equipment and my love of portraits), lots has changed. The quality of my images, the number of images I take and have to weed through, my intentions…and that’s exactly what my most recent photo shoot showcases. But it wasn’t an easy photo session, and I want to provide some insight as to the what, how, and why behind this slight “MPS makeover.” Take a look: More

Shattered Comfort Zones (Sneak Peek)

This won’t take long; it’s time for bed. But I wanted to go on and throw it out to the universe/blogosphere that earlier this afternoon, my entire world as a photographer was completely shattered. I don’t typically do anything risqué (more like never) and, honestly, I haven’t really thought much about it given that the bulk of my photography has just naturally been things like senior pictures and quirky themes my friends and I come up with when we’re bored. But this time around, I was asked to try something that was not only new to me, but new to my model (now a seasoned pro as far as McClish Photography Studios goes) as well. I want to discuss it in-depth once I have the time to really sit and write about it, but until then I figured I would pretty much just drop the bomb, let it fester, and see what happens. Today, I conducted my first ever swimsuit photo shoot: More

Photographic Progression

I really want to use the word “smorgasbord” in a sentence, but I can’t find a suitable reason to use it save for my desire to say it. And I guess I technically just said it, but I wanted to make it cooler than just telling you that I wanted to use “smorgasbord” in a sentence. But changing up my vocabulary is not why I came here this evening. I came here to talk about photography seeing as this is, in fact, a photography blog. Because it is such, it would thus make sense for me to discuss, you know, photos and stuff (I’m rambling. I’m tired). Let’s just cut to the chase, shall we: More

Third Time’s the Charm (Anniversary Special)

My oh my, look how far we’ve come. Normally a Monochrome Monday would be here, but today is a special day. As has been the tradition, and really it’s just my personality in general to celebrate things, I like to do a special post for special days. And today is the third (yes 3rd) anniversary of this here photography blog! (By Hawaiian standards, it is still the 24th, so we’re rolling with that. This would have been posted sooner, but I was still doing rehearsal related activities even 3 hours after rehearsal ended.)

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Summertime Sadness: More Photos from Makapu’u

I’m not really sad, I’m just listening to Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” (which is such a perfect soundtrack when reading this post).

But anyway.

I’ve finally regained normal feeling in my body. It took almost a week, but it’s nice to be able to move without wincing in pain. As you probably recall from this week’s Monochrome Monday, I went on a crazy adventure to the Makapu’u tide pools. While there, I got the chance to take some incredibly fun photos with my new waterproof Nikon. And as usual with me, some of the best photos I take are accidents. Check it out below: More

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