In preparation for an upcoming photoshoot I have scheduled in collaboration with a few local wedding-related vendors (a jewelry store, dress shop, makeup artist, etc), I wanted to practice photographing jewelry. But not by itself. That’s no fun. On people. So I contacted a few friends, had them bring over what they had, and we made a few images. Styling assistance was provided by Asia Kay Beauty. Here are a few of the shots we got…

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Cael, a wolfdog pupYou like wolves, right? Aren’t they just about everyone’s favorite totem animal?

A friend of mine, Kimmi Kraus, is the manager of Project Wildsong, an educational group that teaches people about wolves. She has two high-content wolfdogs, Damu and Cael (they’re about 85% wolf, basically), and does a great job going around and helping people understand the important role predators play in ecosystems, as well as helping dispel myths and educate people about wolves in general.

I had a chance to photograph both Damu and Cael while they were living in Logan a year or so ago. They’ve since moved to California, and are finding great success there, but I realized I hadn’t posted anything about them here. And I like wolves.

With Damu (who was fully grown at the time), I set up a shoot at a fantastic location with Alison W, a local model, and had a great time photographing them together. Our chosen theme: post-apocalyptic survival.

I had a chance to watch Cael for a day (he was just a pup), and took some great photos of him in my backyard. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to have my very own wolf[dog] for a day!

Oh, and just in case you’d like to support Kimmi, Damu, and Cael in their quest for educating people about wolves, Project Wildsong has a fundraiser going on right now to help them get to Canada and teach a few people about wolves there. If you might be interested in purchasing a shirt or hoodie to help her cause, check out her fundraising page. If you can’t do that, I’m sure they’d appreciateĀ a ‘Like’ on Facebook.

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Paula Poundstone

If you don’t know Paula Poundstone, she’s hilarious. A comedian and regular on NPR’s news quiz ‘Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!’,Ā she was here in Logan for a performance at the Ellen Eccles Theater last Saturday, which was fantastic (sorry if you missed it!). Sponsored by Utah Public RadioĀ and the Cache Valley Center for the ArtsĀ (among other groups), there was a private reception for a few UPR donors following the performance, and I managed to take a few photos there.

Here they are!

(click the link to view the full gallery, high resolution images are free to download)

Images have also already been uploaded to Facebook. If you’d like to share them there, it may be easier to start with those.

10003747_10152019742412405_5433154315200868667_oWell, Salt Lake Comic-Con emerged from round two victorious. Not only was FanX bigger than September’s first con, but everything seemed to be running just a little more smoothly as well. Including the media team, which I was a part of. My main ALBUM IS ONLINE HERE.

Some of my favorite moments? Well, there were a bunch.

1909273_10152025467562405_1382401045955767436_oTaking photos of the excellent costumes people came up with, of course. Eric Hall, a local cosplayer, was there with several of his amazing costumes, including the best Borg cosplay I think I’m ever likely to see.

 

 

893438_10152025470467405_5207725396535417577_oFamilies often cosplayed together, like this family portraying my favorite hero (and villains) from the Marvel universe.

 

 

10296484_10152025470282405_4234977631262233097_o Seeing old friends, like James Morris, modeling here for Sketch Cabaret, an amazing local arts group that seems to be involved with just about anything interesting happening in the greater Salt Lake area.

 

 

10256968_10152027359532405_5629653166709201724_o Speaking of Sketch Cabaret, they didn’t just have sketching stations (which I thought were an excellent idea, by the way; I need to spend some time sketching at the next con, it’s a skill I’d like to work on). I also managed to catch some of the amazing aerial acrobatics performed by their talented performers. Amazing stuff!

 

1973530_10152025469082405_5773920896142154619_o There were also a number of animal and conservation groups present. I’m an ecologist, and those things are important to me. The newly rebuilt aquarium in Salt Lake had a booth, as did Creature Encounters (two booths, actually, in different parts of the con) and my new friends from Earthwings, a conservation group educating people about raptors and other wildlife. Here they are with one of their star avian models.

10295391_10152028513397405_4505146359597337245_o This guy was fun to listen to. You’ve seen Serenity and the Firefly series, right? I’m with the browncoats.

 

1941583_10152028517947405_2781666321669400687_o Oh, and there was Captain Picard too. Yeah, he showed up. He’s awesome like that.

 

 

 

 

858687_10152028529962405_3210224520212375478_o Finally, there was the volunteer community itself, of which I was a (very) small part. Here’s an image I shot Saturday night after the con ended. Yes, this is quite a few volunteers, but it’s certainly not all of them (and perhaps not even most! A lot had gone home by then!). While it does take a few paid staff to pull off an event like this, it’s really the volunteers that make the event. Without them, there wouldn’t be a Salt Lake Comic-Con.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to doing it all again in September. =)

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I’ve once again been chosen as a photographer for the Salt Lake Comic-Con, and will be headed back to the Salt Palace next weekend to document that greatest of Utah events, FanX!

I’m sure you heard about the comic convention last September, which was the largest geek (or other) such gathering in the state’s history, and the largest inaugural comic convention ever. Maybe you were there. Maybe you’re in some of my photos. Anyway, to recap: it was amazing! And this event is shaping up to out-do that one in every way imaginable.

Be prepared. FanX is coming.