A Passionate Journey

I can’t remember a more passionate journey, with Master Classes, destination shoots, studio work, and big conventions! First I was in Phoenix doing my master class (Thanks Michael Jordan!) which got a lot of wonderful support. Several people reviewed it online leaving me some great feedback and I just wanted to share a really nice review with you all!

“We had numerous of models to use with reflectors, lights and backdrops with Clay giving individual attention to each student. The class was small for that reason. Clay would comment on your images if you wanted and show the detail in your images and told you how he would do it different or praised your work for the quality in it.”

You can read more about it here!  I really had a great time and got some GREAT images.

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Bradford Jones took some AWESOME video. Keep a look out for some great footage.


You can see the making of this image below, I shot her sitting in a roll of white seamless!



The designer made this dress the NIGHT BEFORE! Worked great for us.


Next came Cabo, Mexico for the Cameracraftsmen meeting. I’m fortunate to be a part of this prestigious group of 40 of the world’s leading photographers.  It was a lot of fun with a beautiful backdrop which we took full advantage of! The strip of images I entered into their contest, check out all the entries on Pinterest here.


I came back home for a few shoots and then I was off to Vegas for WPPI! I was at Canon, Tiffen, and Quantum Instruments. Very busy and VERY fun!

Skip Cohen has a full head of steam with his new baby SCU.  We were thrilled to be at the inaugural launch, and I was the first speaker! His approach is really something amazing. Skip Cohen’s Summer Session is just around the corner and is the ideal place for education. I will definitely be there! It’s a great place to get your fill of webinars, podcasts, and hands on learning education. He’s really done his best to create a place where you can find every resource as a professional photographer. Keep an eye on Skip and Scott Bourne, they’re two individuals who mean business and I mean BUSINESS. 05-TA1_8654 06-TA1_8640 08-AD6K4811

I’m one of the first guys to try out the brand new Tiffen GL-1 Light and I highly recommend checking it out! As you can see, it gave some pretty cool results that remind me of that ‘Old Hollywood’ look that’s coming back! This light is great for stills and video and I’m going to get a holster to carry two! 🙂Untitled-2a

Now it’s time for the Wild, Wild, West with a desert shoot for the New York Institute of Photography.  We went out to a ranch and shot some amazing new footage using all available light complimented with flash, scrims, and reflectors. Stay tuned, this will be some stellar new education! Enjoy a few of my faves below!

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If you visited WPPI, it was hard to miss me as I was running from booth to booth creating portraits and sharing new ideas. I am fortunate to be one of Canon’s few Explorers of Light. This year we made five appearances using all of Canon’s latest new products; some of my favorites are the 1-DX Camera and the 600 ETR flash unit. Enjoy some of the images we made below!

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Thank you, thank you very much! 🙂

PP of A Revisited



Collection of imagesPilot Imaging

I want to thank my friends over at Pilot Imaging for all their support while I was at PP of A.  Pilot has really helped me by providing services that are convenient, affordable, and easy to use.  Jeff Pilot has over two decades of experience in the industry and has been a crucial part of my success by providing expert printing super fast so my clients always have what they want in a timely manner. The best part of Pilot is they function as a “one-stop shop” for all things photographic, without losing that awesome customer service experience that you’re looking for. The personal relationship we’ve developed with the staff at Pilot has been so important to us as we order prints, album designs, and almost every product Pilot offers.  The staff has come to know our personal tastes and calls us when they see something different selected.  What large printing company do you know that remembers your name and preferences like that? They’re also expanding with even more finishes and services so we can’t wait to be the first in line to try those out.  I can’t say enough about these guys!

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I was at PP of A. Time goes by so fast and we’ve been super busy here at the studio. I really wanted to share some images so here’s one of my favorites from the day.


The Build

When I love the sky, as I did in this image, I expose for it.  I usually know the exposure without a meter…1/250th @ f 11.   This image shows the exposure is perfect for the sky, however Simone has no light added to her face and is in total shadow.  Using my Q flash, I have memorized the output to gain any given exposure.  1/2 power at 10 feet for f 11 will be the number, every time.  We learned this in a dark room with a sekonic meter and this comes in super handy, knowing your output for any given situation.  Once everything came together, I lifted Simone on top of the the trash receptacle and isolated her against the gorgeous sky.  We moved the light to profile position giving me the perfect loop shadow under her nose.  You can see the reflector in the foreground to not only open the details on the shadow side of her face, it also acts as a GOBO ( go-between,) to shade my lens from the burst of light.  I used my Canon EOS Mark 4 with a 24-70 lens, working with a Manfrotto tripod and my trusty Quantum Q Flash.

I was at the Canon booth teaching and we had over 100 people come for my class and with such a great turn out I just wanted to say a big thank you! I will be going to WPPI in Phoenix next week, stop on by the Canon booth and say hi!