The Palouse in Monochrome
The Palouse is an amazing region of middle Eastern Washington and Western Idaho. Recently my wife and I went on a road trip back home, and we drove through some amazing and diverse landscapes. From the Washington, Oregon and California coasts, to the farmlands of central Washington and into the Palouse region, then up through the Rockies to my home town of Coeur d’Alene, ID (pronounced Kore • Duh • LANE). The Palouse (Pah • LOOSE) is know for its extremely vibrant green rolling hills that seem to stretch on and on for miles.
The Palouse was formed during the Ice Ages, and is a major farming region. To check out more info about the area, and see some images in color check out The Palouse Scenic Byway. There are awesome times of year to visit to get amazing, endless shades of greens that make abstract photography here very interesting. However, as we were driving through the region mostly after harvest, the fields were either all golden, or dirt hills from being harvested.
Driving along I wondered what the images might look like in black and white, but the colors that were there, and not obstructed by the haze of wildfires in the region, were beautiful too. Once I got home and finally starting going through the images it became clear that while they were nice in color, they took on a whole new meaning for me in black and white. I certainly plan to go back for the peak green season one of these springs, but for now I love the surreal feel of the black and white, not to mention since most people shoot in color here, and I don’t recall seeing many shots in black and white from the region, though I’m quite sure there are more out there….but what the hell…I’ll add some monochrome to it. You can view more from this series, and other landscape work here. More to come from this road trip!
With my recent tutorial, The Cinematic Headshot with Dylan Patrick, I go over my entire process for shooting my cinematic style outdoors. As I have been a photographer that has never used a studio for my work, many have found this method of shooting very freeing. That said, sometimes you just can’t rely on the weather. In my latest post on Fstoppers I talk about my experience recreating the look indoors when I went to NYC the end of April to do a full week of headshot session. With 26 sessions booked there was no way to chance it with NYC’s fickle weather so we rented a large sun lit space at Shetler Studios. The photograph above of the lovely Amanda Berry was shot entirely indoors. Head over to Fstoppers.com to read more!
The session is over…now what? In the final part of my series on setting up a successfull headshot session. I talk about my practices after a shoot to insure an awesome customer service experience. I talk about the power of word of mouth, reviewing your images, and delivering your images. I lead it off with a great shot of the awesomely talented Zach Sutton, of Zach Sutton Photography. Zach is another kick ass headshot photographer based in Albuquerque, NM. Zach flew out to LA recently just to get a headshot, we had an awesome time and I learned a lot from him. Actors in the New Mexico area better look this guy up! Head over to Fstoppers.com for the full article.
In part two of series on setting up a successful headshot session I talk about challenges we face while at a shoot. From skin issues to makeup to getting your client comfortable in front of the camera, I talk about it all. There are many things that can weigh on both a photographer, and the client confidence level. Working with confidence in anything you do can be the most important practice when running your business. Head over to Fstoppers.com for the full story.
In my newest article on Fstoppers.com I start a 3 part series on steps I believe can help ensure you create a successful headshot session. If you are a photographer who is just starting out, this is a must read. It is a culmination of many questions and conversations I’ve had regarding how I started, and what I do for each session. When I first began shooting headshots, it was a daunting task. Figuring out a rhythm for how a headshot session should go felt like an overwhelming problem. Head over to Fstoppers to read part one of this series.
My first article, Investigating the Human Expression, is up on Fstoppers. I talk all about learning to see perceived thoughts, and emotions to make us better at capturing the best expressions from our clients. It’s the study and observation of people that I believe takes an “ok” portrait photographer to a great one. Sometimes we as photographers are self serving when choosing images for our portfolio. We want the best technical image, and sometimes we forget that a boring expression can kill the whole thing. The only thing that separates my style from everyone else is the moment I choose to press the shutter. Check out the full article over at Fstoppers.com
The Cinematic Headshot with Dylan Patrick tutorial is here!
If you are interested in learning about my shooting style and the techniques I use. Check out my tutorial over at Fstoppers! In this 6 hour tutorial I go over my entire shooting process with 3 different models. I then take you into the studio for the post production where you can follow along with 4 different RAW images, as I take you through my entire post production workflow. Check out the promo video below if you are interested! If you’d like to know more about the gear I use, along with more affordable options check out my gear page at Fstoppers. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me!
The New Addition to Altitude Lounge at The Marriott San Diego Gaslamp
Returning client, The Marriott San Diego Gaslamp, had be back to photograph the recent City Sights addition to their already very popular Altitude Lounge. Its an awesome bar located on the roof of the hotel right across from the San Diego Padre’s Stadium. It was a blast to shoot, stunning views of the city at night and it can also be an awesome spot to have a meeting or reception! It’s always a pleasure to work with returning clients. For more of my hotel photography visit Dylan Patrick Hospitality Photography
Recent Hotel Photography
I recently completed some new work for the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront, and The Hilton Waikiki. Getting to travel to various hotels, and create some fresh images for them is always a pleasure, especially when they are returning clients! The San Francisco property recently had their entire bar and restaurant renovated. Suffice to say it came out beautifully, and of course the Hilton in Waikiki is always a pleasure to visit, and those Ahi Tacos are amazing! To see more of my commercial Hotel, real estate, and architectural photography please visit Dylan Patrick Hospitality Photography.
The Year 2014
So the last time I wrote anything it was October of last year, so much for keeping up with the blog. 🙂 To be fair, it has been a crazy start to the year. First was the move. My wife and I packed everything up, bought a car and headed for Los Angeles. 2 weeks in the car with 2 cats and a carload of everything, and it was still a blast. We stopped in the beautiful southwest, which was really just a tease because we were there in February, and I’m dying to go back already. It’s a stunning part of the country and I’m stoked that we live a lot closer to it. Some serious camping adventures are coming. Below are just a few of my favorites, you can catch more from the southwest here.
We are settling into LA nicely, it is certainly different here. I’m in love with the weather and getting back to having a more active outdoor lifestyle. It has its minuses, but in the end I think we’ll be happy here, or somewhere in California for quite some time, as it may not always be LA. It has definitely been a very good change of pace. Once we got moved and settled I ended up flying back to NYC to wrap up a big commercial job I did for the new Crowne Plaza Hotel by JFK. Below are just a few highlights from that property. I love shooting hotels like this. Lots of style and thought went into the interior design which makes it a lot more fun to shoot.
Soon after getting home from NYC it was time to head to Charlotte for a big shoot at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. We spent over a week shooting still and video (more on that to come next week). Shooting Charlotte was a blast and I got one of my favorite hotel exterior shots. The hotel sat in a beautiful courtyard, and there just happened to be a perfect sized parking garage across the street. It came out awesome, we shot for over an hour and in the end I used over 50 different lighting layers to create the final image. The video below is the 3+ hours of retouching crunched down to 10 min. It goes pretty quick but it can give you a birds eye view of all the lighting work it took to make the image.
Here is a before and after as well 🙂
Stay Tuned…Big Things Coming!
When I left NYC I did leave the bulk of my headshot business there as well. I always knew this would be the biggest business challenge about the move. It took several years to build it up in NYC so I imagine it will take about the same or less here, and I’m perfectly fine with that. I’m going to work at getting back to NYC a couple times a year for headshots and I’m starting to push LA headshots more too, change is always a little nerve racking, but exciting at the same time. The headshot business has always really taken off with word of mouth, so I’ll go back and do it like NYC, just shoot and shoot and shoot and eventually people will talk! In the interim I’ll be working on some personal projects finally this year that I’m excited about. I’m looking to improve my commercial portfolio in the portrait department, so I’m going to create a few projects that have been eating at me for a while now.
Here’s a few fresh headshots from LA
Some very big things are going to be coming from me in the next couple months in the headshot department, and it’s geared for other photographers so keep your eyes peeled! Part of this process has also been a re-branding and revamp of everything. A special thank you goes out to Jeremy Deming of Jerm Designs and ArtCo Lab in Coeur d’Alene, ID. He killed it on my logo and gave me a really awesome branding package. If any photographers out there are looking for a killer graphic artist check him out, he kicks serious ass 🙂