Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Farmington NM Photographer | Tiny Prints Partnership

We're very excited to feature our new Tiny Prints partner storefront. Of all the places to by greeting cards, holiday cards, announcements, and all kinds of cool print products, Tiny Prints by far out performs other competitors in terms of price, quality, and artistic creativity.

Because purchasing through this storefront is the same as purchasing through the main Tiny Prints site, people are wondering what the difference is. What we're hoping to accomplish is a working relationship where we're willing to help anyone trying to purchase cards through Tiny Prints with image formatting, touch-ups, custom design, and project management if they're willing to go through us to purchase their cards. Make sense?

Click on the image below and have a peak! If you haven't seen Tiny Prints before...you're going to LOVE IT!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Farmington NM Photographer | Four Corners Family Portrait Session | featuring the Savage Family

What a great opportunity we had to go out to this beautiful ranch in Colorado with the Savage Family. Not only was the location picturesque but the Savage's were extremely photogenic and combined....made for an amazing experience. The more we try to shoot portraits in the Farmington NM area, the more we're realizing, our best portrait sessions really have happened "outside" of Farmington.

We learned so much this fall season. We learned a ton about lighting in the late evening. How to avoid harsh sun flares. Using a cooler white balance with vibrant fall colors to get natural skin tones. Appropriate times and ways to implement off camera flash. More creativity with depth of field. The number of clients that can realistically be photographed in a month. And much, much more. Ultimately, this was an amazing fall and we consider this shoot probably one of our top showcase shoots of the season.

With family portrait sessions, kids like this make photography simple. It was honestly hard to miss with these little cuties. Nice work Ryan and Monica!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Farmington NM Photographer | New Born Photography | featuring Baby Kayl Ray

What a crazy, unpredictable, emotional, adventure this child birthing stuff is. We arrived at the hospital at 4am this morning for a scheduled c-section. Of course we were filming the entire event. Was even able to get complete footage of Kayl exiting the womb....blood, guts, and all. I guess we're a bit conflicted whether or not it was a "good" thing to role HD through it all. No sooner than Kayl hit the baby table to be cleaned, there were apparent complications with his breathing. He wasn't getting oxygen and you could tell his poor little lungs were full of fluid. One of the many possible complications that can occur via a c-section. It was clear that perhaps it just wasn't his time to come out. I don't think we've ever prayed more, and harder in our lives. From there, and after failing a few oxygen tests, it was determined that Kayl would have to spend time under an oxygen hood. This went on for several hours. More prayers offered, (from all directions I'm sure), and sure enough he was eventually able to stabilize and breath normal.

It is so true what everyone has been saying. The statement that goes a little something like, "It doesn't seem possible that you could love someone as much as you love your first child, until you meet your second child." This is SO TRUE! This is the coolest little kid I've ever met. (sorry, biased) Can't wait to get to know him. He's a miracle, a blessing, a contributor to the mcpherson legacy, filled with nobility from all related family, he's our super dude...we're so pleased to introduce....Baby Kayl.

Katie's very last maternity shot. Isn't she one sexy mama!

Special thanks to our Heavenly Father, all our family, friends, Dr. Fisher, hospital staff. There is no possible way we could've made it through today with you.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Farmington NM Photographer | Film Trip Extravaganza | Ireland | featuring Kalai

Farmington NM photographer goes to Ireland! My genius brother Benjamin and Vessolar Studios invited Shutterfreek to go to Ireland to help film for a possible upcoming TV series. Though I can't disclose anything about the series yet, I will say if you're a fan of music and travel, this will be an absolutely "must see" series.

The series features as its host, the brilliant artist / musician Kalai. Our travels took us into some extremely obscure Irish nooks and cranny's. Every inch of the landscape was everything one would expect. Rolling green fields, castles, ornate architecture, gorgeous rocky coasts, and all kinds of interesting, fascinating people filled this land. Every turn seemed to reveal something fresh, exciting, exhilarating, inspired, and most definitely worth capturing with the camera.

With Kalai as the primary focus we tried to incorporate a mini portrait session into the trip. To be honest it was a dream come true to have such amazing subject matter to work with. In a place like Ireland, it was literally impossible to take a bad shot. Everywhere you turn there we're interesting old buildings, structures, landscapes, etc.

Kalai happens to be one of my personal "most listened to" artists in my library. If you have not heard his music, he's released 5 albums over the last 12 years, played with the best artists on the planet, featured on Jimmy Kimmel, and is respected and admired by some of the worlds top musicians.

When I tell people about Kalai I typically describe him as "Ben Harper on Steroids". Our first introduction to Kalai was when our uncle Sam Cardon produced one of his earlier albums and was instrumental in professionally launching his music career. Kalai has since then become a mastermind with production, and has self produced his newest albums.

Kalai is one of these rare musicians that has had every opportunity to sign with major labels and has refused to do so in order to maintain his freedoms as an individual and as an artist. He's married, has a beautiful family and has found a way to make that his #1 priority while simultaneously making living as a musician. When we were on the plane he made the comment to me that there are two types of songs he will write today, those about his wife and kids and those about God. In an industry that has lost all contact with morals and integrity, on his level...Kalai stands alone as a shining example. He's proven that it is possible to have a career as a musician without having to compromise moral standards to do so.

Here we're chillin in an extremely old, renown Church of Christ in downtown Dublin. I can only hope that the world will get an opportunity to hear the music that was performed that evening by Kalai. We were the only ones in the chapel...and it was absolutely breath taking.

Thanks Kalai, for indulging me every time I said..."Hey man, can you just post up right her for a quick second.....POP POP POP!"

So it turns that the Irish men in kilts don't wear underwear! That was a very startling moment behind the camera. All in all, this trip was everything and more than I had ever anticipated. We started filming from the second we hit the airport in SLC, and didn't stop until Chicago on the way home. Be sure to take an opportunity to check Kalai and his music at www.kalai.cc. You can also find all of his albums on iTunes and of course....YouTube.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Farmington NM Photographer | Wedding Session at The Wines of San Juan | featuring Raven & Kade Payne

This was an amazing wedding photography experience with Raven and Kade. They're so photogenic, and have a beautiful friendship that shines through in the photos. At Shutterfreek, we make an extra effort to not limit the number of photos we provide with each shoot. If there's a good photo in the batch, we're most likely going to add it to the final disk. Hope you enjoy this small little slideshow experiment created with Aperture 3.

Side Note: In this little wedding video promo, we're featuring new tunes from the amazing artist Colton Avery. Check out the music video we did for him a few months ago. He's definitely the kind of artist the world needs right now.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Farmington NM Photographer | Homecoming Dance Portrait Session | featuring Morgan and Brycen

Had the sweet opportunity to do a FHS Homecoming Dance "pre-game" portrait session. It was awesome! Shutterfreek welomes all dance shoots cuz these sessions are a blast! Doesn't hurt when both subjects are strikingly beautiful human beings either. We shot the "getting ready" stuff too which we'll be releasing in an upcoming promo video....so stay tuned for that.

Thank you guys shakin things up for Shutterfreek. You're both super cool and it made for a sweet blog portfolio post! Hopefully you "ripped & gripped" on the dance floor. :)

Lovin the Vans!

Go Scorps! (no offence pv....but as former fhs graduates...u gotta know we "bleed green")

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Farmington NM Photographer | Family Portrait Session | La Plata Barn | featuring The Stansel Family

All the way from Katie Texas the Stansel's drove...to come to little ole Farmington, NM for a family portrait session with Shutterfreek. NOT! :) They actually just happen to be a friend of the family and it worked out that we were able to make this shoot happen for them while they were here on business. (maybe well pretend that it was partly for the photos too.)

What a great family! So we've shot at this amazing barn off the La Plata highway before, but it was when it was cold and nothing was green. So decided to give it another try and the shoot turned out quite unique. There were literally "THOUSANDS" of crickets hopping around everywhere and an interesting side note about the Stansel's....not a fan of getting dirty or CRICKETS! Every shot that came with a smile followed 20 other disgusted looks with a hint of panic. ;) Just kidding....that actually all did a fantastic job with our layed back direction...and they're as beautiful on the inside and they are on the out, which made the whole thing a blast.

This kid is MONEY!

It was such a pleasure to you meet you all. It's obvious that you have a solid family built on great values and morals. We hope to get a chance to see you again in the future. Until then....YOUR DISK IN THE MAIL! ;)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Farmington NM Photographer | Family Portrait Session | Shot in Flora Vista | featuring the Askew Family

This was an amazing family portrait shoot with the Askew family. We found this crazy location right outside of Farmington, just off the Aztec Highway, that consisted of a couple of abandoned, super scary trailers that....(who knows how long they've been there)...were way old.

Families we photograph tend have this slightly scetched out look on their face when we pull up to locations. I can only imaging what was going through the Askew's heads. Anyway, we really appreciated how open they were to experiment with this interesting setting. They were very photogenic which always makes portaits shoot more fun than work, despited the "scetchines" of the location. ;)


One of the many pleasures we've enjoyed being a Farmington, NM photography company is the opportunity to meet and get to know new amazing people. We love the memories that come with each session. So thank you Askew Family for trusting us with something we deem so special and important....strengthening the family.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Farmington NM Photographer | Maternity & Family Portrait Session | featuring The Corrales Family

This shoot was "A First" on many levels. Technically, this was Shutterfreek's first Maternity Shoot ever. A group of Krystal's friends from work called us up and purchased a maternity portrait session for her (which we thought was a super cool idea....hint, hint :).

We scouted out this location the day of the shoot (as usual). It was this old farm that was blocked by a gate. Called a number from a sign that said "Goats For Sale", got a return call and the rest was history. It's so cool how these things work out.

Krystal and her family were super cool, and super easy to shoot (Beautiful Family!!!!). They were willing to let us experiment a bit. The 3 shots of Krystal (above) from an over head perspective, were taken just after Krystal got multiple wasp stings! We felt so bad. The place we were trying to shoot that shot ended up being right on top of a very temperamental wasps nest. We always tell clients, the more bites, stings, stickers, dirt, and grime you get in to, the better the photos will turn out. We surely didn't mean "Wasp Stings"! Geeesh!

In the end, we felt the photos did turn out amazing. We really tried to experiment with different texture/action combos to create new looks. Love the way the black and white against the green (below) turned out. And the kids....totally rocked!

So thank you very much you guys for making our very first Maternity shoot an amazing contribution to our portfolio site! There really is something so special about shooting a an infant in the womb. We felt a certain reverence as we edited this shoot. Perhaps we'll be lucky enough to shoot the newborn session as well. ;)