For the third year in a row, I’ve had the pleasure of doing the event photography for a local youth project here in Cache Valley, where kids build and program Lego robots and compete to have them accomplish various tasks. The competition also involves an educational component. This year, the theme was “Animal Allies”, and the 18 teams we had learned about conservation problems in the animal world, and attempted to come up with novel solutions. As usual, there was plenty to photograph, both with the robot competition, the interviews with judges, and all of the fun everyone was having! This was all held at USU’s Edith Bowen School in Logan, Utah this past weekend. The full set of images from the event is available on Facebook or in my online gallery.

I had so much fun making these images this weekend with a few local cosplayers as we frightened unprepared hikers passing by.

Okay, so there wasn’t much frightening going on. And we only saw one person. And he wasn’t scared. At all. But I did have fun!

I guess we’ll need to try harder next time, as we continue to mete out our own form of photographic vigilante justice upon the denizens of Cache Valley, Utah.

Jesse Walker, photographer

Yup, this is me.

Well, it’s done. I’ve changed my business name from Natural Designs Photography (which I’ve been using since 2010) to Jesse Walker Photography. Why? Well… because it’s me. As a photographer, what I can offer is my expertise and experience with my camera. And that’s a personal thing for me. I care a lot about the images that I create, and don’t mind my name being associated with them. I think that’s the way it should be. Using ‘Natural Designs Photography’ was a layer of abstraction that distanced me from the people I wanted to connect with. I don’t want to be a faceless brand. So here I am… Jesse Walker, at your service.

Julian is 13. He likes skateboarding, and playing the drums. And he doesn’t like having his picture taken. That’s pretty normal, at any age. Most of us aren’t huge fans of sitting for photos. But his mom brought him in for pictures, and I had a great time getting to know him, and snapping a few images along the way. Like in so many families, he hadn’t had portraits made in years, and his mom wanted something documenting him at this age.  I think we got it.

A few days back, a friend of mine came to me for headshots, which I love photographing. Rayanne is the creative genius behind Bridal Hair by Ray, and specializes in hair styling for weddings. Trained at Paul Mitchell, she has years of experience doing a fantastic job for her clients. Well, it was my turn to do a fantastic job getting her some great portraits of herself. These headshots were for her, for her business, and potentially for a talent agency in Salt Lake (she’s also an aspiring actress!). I love how they turned out. And rarely have I had such an easy time retouching photos… her hair and skin really are perfect!  =)