Flexible isn’t the word for this

by charlie on June 19th, 2011 at 2:19 am

There’s a saying I have been hearing lately, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity”. If you let it that statement will get stuck in your head. But when opportunity knocks it’s good to realize you are prepared and you are the lucky one who gets to take some pictures you otherwise may never have. This is how we wound up being introduced to Pushpak. My good friend Lee has been picking my brain lately about people photography. Lee has an interest in stretching his photography skills and venturing to taking more intentional people pictures. So when he told me he had an interest in taking pictures of his Yoga instructor my interest sparked as well. I told Lee that if he and Pushpak were interested I would volunteer myself and our studio lights to walk through a photoshoot. Lee would learn and shoot with equipment he otherwise doesn’t have and Pushpak would get all kinds of pictures for his studio. Lee and Pushpak were interested and viola as luck would have it we had a photoshoot.

Jacinda and I were very excited about what interesting poses we would get to take pictures of and how we would light them. Lee and I had spent a fair amount of time talking about some hard edge lighting that would focus on some of the rigidness of Yoga. Some of the positions that Pushpak would get into for these shots took minutes to get into. It seemed very fluid for Pushpak to move and contort his body, and once in the position it’s easy to miss the stress on the muscles, which is what Lee and I were hoping to light and capture.

We all are very pleased with the results from the entire shoot, but these are by far my favorites. Thanks Lee for the opportunity and thanks Pushpak for being so hospitable and flexible.

Nehemiah 6 months – My Baby Steps

by charlie on May 11th, 2011 at 2:51 am

Hanging out with Nehemiah is always fun, and on top of that is he comes with his awesome mom and sister. Sometimes we get lucky and dad comes too. Probably our favorite thing about the My Baby Steps package is getting to see a boy like Nehemiah grow in his first year. We get to see his personality start coming through, as you can tell in some of the following images. We’re excited about what he’s going to bring next time. Here’s another inside story that’s pretty cool, at least in our opinion. The second shot of Nehemiah with his head up over the pillow is a similar shot we did with his sister Trinity when she was 6 months. You can see that shot as the leading shot in our intro slideshow on the home page. The final image is one of Nehemiah’s cool sister whose now coming up on three years old.

St Baldrick’s 2011

by charlie on March 19th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Well we walked in the St. Louis St. Patrick’s Day Parade again with our friends at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and as usual had a blast. This year however the weather was much more pleasant and brought out a lot more help to man the balloon and hand out beads and fliers. Seeing so many bald heads is a great testament to the growing success of the St Baldrick’s Foundation. The St. Louis group from Helen Fitzgerald’s has been shaving for 8 years now and has raised over 1.5 Million dollars to date.

We really had a great time and want to send out a BIG thank you to all of you that came out to show support for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. We hope to see all of you again next year. Also another big thanks to all the folks at Helen Fitzgerald’s, we wouldn’t have an event or a parade if it weren’t for you.

Here are a few of our favorites from the day along with a link to the full gallery for everything we shot at the parade. Also Open Sky Studios is discounting our print products by 40% and will be donating all profit from the photos purchased from the St Baldrick’s Gallery. Here is the link to the full gallery

Also if you want to read my post about my son’s participation in St. Baldrick’s you can find it on my personal blog at Alt Road

A Bittersweet Moment

by charlie on October 1st, 2010 at 3:30 pm
In Memory of SFC Brian Woods

As a photographer it is always a great compliment when a publication asks to use your photos in a story. Sometimes however those photos have a somber tone to them. Many of you have seen the photographs I had the honor of taking at SFC William Brian Woods memorial service last year. Many of you have read what I have written about those moments on my personal blog and facebook account. Nothing I have written or expressed however comes close to the story of Brian’s widow Elizabeth, who has been so kind to share her story with the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina.

Elizabeth Woods gave the Observer the gallery URL for the pictures I took for Brian’s memorial in Cedar Hill MO. I was contacted by the Observer about using several of the photos in a story they were going to run on Elizabeth. The folks over at the Charlotte Observer are great people and I had high hopes that the story they were going to run would be great.

Elizabeth Leeland, a journalist for the Charlotte Observer, is writing the story they have titled The War Widow. It is a seven part series capturing the story of Elizabeth and Brian Woods. The story is amazing, Leeland is a great journalist who writes with great passion for this story. As you read you will be drawn into the life of Elizabeth and Brian and feel the pain that Elizabeth went through when her life changed forever. I highly suggest the story to anyone who hasn’t read it The War Widow. Also, Elizabeth Leeland has been writing blog posts that feature more of the story that didn’t make the paper on her blog

Our photos were used for part 5 of the story, when Brian comes to his final resting place in St Louis MO.  You can find them in the gallery here on the Observer’s website. Our shot Honor the Fallen, which features SGT Kaeding onlooking Brian’s hearse was used in their print version of the story.

We are very thankful to the Charlotte Observer for their interest in our photos, and want to express a very special thank you to Elizabeth Woods for sharing her story with all of us.

The rest of our photos from Brian’s Memorial can be found here

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk

by charlie on July 31st, 2010 at 9:55 pm

June 24th 2010 was the Worldwide Photowalk created by Scott Kelby. Scott Kelby is the creator of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and is a photographer on the East Coast. For the last three years he has challenged photographers around the world to all go out on one day and shoot something in their city, then share after it’s all done. Here’s the Flickr Group if you want to see more from around the world.

We headed to Tower Grove Park for a walk hosted by Edward Crim (one of my fav photographers in STL). We had a great time walking around with 17 other photographers and having just about everyone we walked past asking us “what are you doing?” Below are my favorites from the day.

My Baby Steps – Baby Portrait Product

by charlie on July 28th, 2010 at 12:16 am
Open Sky Studios Baby

After spending a wonderful portrait session with baby James, we thought we would take a moment to introduce you to a product of ours called My Baby Steps.

Having three kids ourselves we understand how fast they grow up, especially the first year. So much changes in that very short amount of time. From looks to personality your child will grow so fast and there are so many moments that are worth remembering forever. We want to help you capture those moments.

With My Baby Steps you get 5 portrait sessions with your new baby: newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and finally a 1 year birthday celebration session. Each session is planned with you to capture the unique personality of your fast growing baby. It will culminate with a 1 year celebration portrait shoot where we will have a custom 1 year birthday cake made by a boutique bakery waiting for your child to enjoy, while we capture the happiness.

Each session comes with a $50 print credit or a CD with five 8×10 images with a print release. When all your sessions are complete the package is finished off with a high quality custom designed 6×6 album including 30 selected images from all 5 of your sessions.

Our regular price for this package is $500 that is broken up into payments at each session, but we do offer a pay up front discount. If you decide to pay up front we reduce the price to $450 that’s 10% savings. Plus we include 10% off all canvas prints.

If you’re interested click over to our contact us page and let us know.

James – Baby

by charlie on July 28th, 2010 at 12:04 am

We had a great afternoon with baby James. We had the privilege of taking his mommy’s maternity pictures too. James and Alicia are great people and we had a blast hanging out with them and their new little baby James.

Open Sky Studios Baby Photography

Open Sky Studios Baby Photography

Open Sky Studios Baby Photography

Open Sky Studios Baby Photography

Open Sky Studios Baby Photography