A Studio Portrait with Lensbaby’s Edge 80 Optic

You want to know the secret to creating a great image? Being able to pre-visualize the image in your head before you ever begin. You begin at the end, then open yourself to the creative process as you work towards that vision. Many photographers struggle with creativity in the studio.…

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Professional Portrait and Headshots

Remember the old Vidal Sassoon ads from the 80's? "If you don't look good, we don't look good!" Nothing could be more true when it comes to a professional portrait. Also called headshots, although this term seems to be used more by actors and models. In March, I became a…

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Keeping Up with the Kepples

Whenever I meet someone for the first time and they find out I'm a professional photographer with 3 girls, they always make some comment about how many beautiful pictures I must have of my girls. Unfortunately, that's not necessarily true. With one daughter in college, the other graduating high school…

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Kara’s Senior Portrait

One of life's greatest joys is watching your children grow into adults. My oldest daughter is a senior and I was honored she asked me to photograph her. Sure it makes sense since dad's a photographer, but she could choose whoever she wanted for this important moment. I tried to…

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Dreaming of Natural Light

Every day I seem to get a mailbox full of magazines. This time of year, there are a lot of lists about the "Best of 2005" including photography books. This one caught my eye simply because of the cover. It's a book on the work of Richard Avedon. What caught…

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Family Resemblance in Vintage Photo

Recently, my father asked me to archive a bit of family history. He presented me with a large 16x20 image of my great-great grandfather, Sylvester. He's had this picture hanging on his wall for years. It's close to 100 years old and is showing signs of aging. There are watermarks…

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