Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

I wanna talk to Sampson!

Nothing says 'Happy Friday' like photos of an adorable/ornery little pup.  Sampson is a bulldog from San Diego who was kind enough to share his home, his couch, and his toys with us last month during our visit to The Golden State.  He has an enormous amount of personality and style.  We created the video below as a tribute to a day in the life of a SoCal pup -- complete with a trip to the dog beach and the very necessary post-beach-bath-time.  

Thanks for visiting, and enjoy!!!

Keep livin' large, Sampson!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Back-lit California

Backlighting in the last hour before sunset softens tones, makes edges glow, and enhances texture.  Some of my favorite images of plants and flowers were created with these unique lighting conditions.  Here are a few photographs I took on our recent trip to California featuring late-afternoon backlight.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Maquoketa State Park

   Last week in Iowa, I visited a Maquoketa Caves State Park to explore and photograph the fall leaves.  Being used to the wide open, flat landscape of Illinois, the hills, valleys, and rocky cliffs were a great change of scenery and subject.  Maquoketa features a number of huge caves, a natural land bridge, flowing springs, and beautiful rock formations. 
   For a while I was the only visitor in the park, wandering along trails, photographing the light through the trees.  I was half-way up a staircase along a cliff when I heard a crunching and rustling in the woods.  Soon three beautiful horses came down the trail past me.  I took the lucky opportunity to photograph them in the woods, without signs of human existence as a distraction in the frame.  The horses were alone, living off the woods just long enough to have manes filled with cockle burrs.  They seemed used to humans and came to me when I whistled.  I spent about half an hour with them, walking the trail, taking pictures, and petting them while they peacefully dined on acorns from the forest floor.  Eventually a couple of hikers came along the trail and found me with the horses.  "Are these your horses?", one of them asked.  As a city girl, who is often intimidated by the largeness of horses without a fence between us, I couldn't help but smile that someone could mistake these horses as my own.  "No, I found them here and we've just been hanging out," I replied.  Shortly after that the horses wandered back along the way they had come, to find more acorns deeper in the woods.    

 As always, thanks for visiting!  Check back for the many more photos and journeys to come!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Another Glimpse of California

We've been amazingly busy with local shoots, project planning, studio renovations, and a trip to Iowa, but there are still many more photographs from our trip to California last month to share!  Here are a few more of our favorites -- all taken  during the same gorgeous sunset in the mountains east of San Diego.  Click any of the images to view it in our  archives!  

We've also uploaded our full collection of California images to the archive/online store.  Visit: and explore The West in our Fine Art Gallery!

Thanks for visiting!  Look for more posts soon featuring many more images from our recent journeys to California, Iowa, and the East Coast!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Davenport, Iowa

We just returned home from a short trip to Davenport, Iowa.  Here are a few shots of a pedestrian bridge with great LED lighting overlooking the Mississippi River and The Rhythm City Casino (who wouldn't let us in because we had a tripod)...  


Check back soon for more photos of Iowa adventures... including a surprising forest visit from wild horses...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mayo Middle School Cheerleaders

Last weekend we had an excellent shoot with the cheerleaders of Mayo Middle School.  This squad was energetic, enthusiastic and fantastic to work with!  Here's a sneak preview of their shoot!

Thanks again to the girls, parents and coaches for a great session!  

For more information about team sessions with Jordana Wright Photography, contact us at (217) 686-4366!