Cinematic Influences

Laura was taking pictures of our clients when I noticed their delightful little boy wandering towards us through the trees in the misty dawn light. It triggered a memory, although I couldn’t recall what, so I took a few shots with my Fujifilm X100F, a camera some dismiss as semi-professional, but which the illuminati recognize as one of the most sophisticated devices on the market.

Days later I was in Photoshop doing the post processing on my wife’s work when I decided to look at the images I had captured and the sense of déjà vu  came back. I still couldn’t put my finger on the source but something guided me. Here is the first edit:


It was cute but something was missing. There needed to be a stronger sense of mystery. The white light of the early sun should glow in a fiery way. I hooked in Alien Skin, added the glow and tweaked a lot. I won’t get technical, but the curves and look up tables were involved. I then got to the final image:

The final image

The final image


It was only then that I realized what I had been thinking about all along. Of all things, it was Steven Spielberg’s 1977 film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind!

I won’t say that this is exactly a homage to the director - in fact, casting vanity aside, I think my image is rather better than the film sequence. However, it does show how an exposure to popular culture can help the photographer.


Senior Shoot

Recently we have been honored to capture lovely images of this beautiful, young ballerina. We took both in studio and outdoor images to show her character and talent, but also to remind her of the beautiful Coastside when she would have spread her wings.



One gloomy Saturday evening we decided to get creative and have some fun with my daughter in the studio. She has been telling me that soon her fancy dress won’t fit her so we went to work. We found some holiday props left around the house, we got out the lights, some makeup on and started shooting! Thanks to Mark’s beautiful editing, this is the result. I was so happy I took this image of her!



I have just finished editing a set of images for the absolutely stunning Aida, a young Bay Area lady of Ethiopian extraction. Laura took the images a couple of weeks ago and they looked fantastic. So how was I to do them justice? I decided on some rich color grading to emphasize the subject’s exotic beauty. It seems to have worked.