Pig Snout Rocks The Puget Sound

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joshua huston, josh, houston, magazine cover, magazine, on assignment portrait, on location, strobe, flash, lighting, Tacoma-Seattle based band, Pig Snout, Justin, Dahlia, and Lucien TammingaWho: Tacoma and Seattle based band, Pig Snout. The band is a family band comprising of Dahlia (age 7), her brother, Lucien (age 10), and their father, Justin Tamminga. With Justin laying down the riffs on guitar, Dahlia, and Lucien switch on playing drums and keys. They’ve got some really great songs that they’ve all written together. They’re playing shows all around the Puget Sound area. You’ve got to see these guys play. Check them out here, https://youtu.be/QI8hxlJ-pmc

Why: This was just suppose to be a feature photo for Seattle’s Child magazine, but after the art director saw this image she decided to make it into the cover!

How: At first I was a bit overwhelmed trying to light their jam space because there wasn’t much room to hide my lights. After some fidgeting, I decided to aim my strobes though their windows, so that I could use more of the space to add to the environment of the shot. For the posing I had Dahlia put up her sticks and give me her best metal face, told Justin to give me his best Hendrix impression, and I had Lucien to jump-up and down while rock out on the keys. I’m extremely happy with the image and I love how edgy it came out. It looks great in my portfolio and I’m considering it for a future promo piece. Check it out now on joshuahuston.com. More to come soon!

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“Show off your Canines”

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joshua huston, josh houston, portrait, on location, on assignment, portfolio, editorial photography, magazine, dentist, advertising, great dane, freelance, seattleWho: Faith Bult, DDS. I recently shot this for a dentist who’s located in Bellingham, Washington.

Why: She’ll be using this image as an advertisement that will be running on the back of this months issue of, Bellingham Alive with the tagline, “show off your canines”. The photo advertisement will coincide with Faith also appearing in magazine as “dentist of the year”. Faith heard about my photography through word of mouth and contacted me to shoot the advertisement a few weeks ago. I love doing commercial photography so I was super happy to help her, and plus I got this sweet photo of her and her Great Danes.

How: Including the wardrobe and lighting setup, a lot of planning went into this image. There was some problem solving before hand because Faith wanted to use a red background and nobody in Seattle carried a 12-foot seamless in red.  I ended up having to use two rolls of seamless that were next to each other and I set them up to overlap each other. For lighting I used a large parabolic octobank with the diffusion sleeve off of the softbox to create a harder light and because I wanted to leave a harder shadow behind the subjects so it didn’t look like they were floating. I also put two lights on the background to brighten up the shot and give it a bit more pop. One of the most challenging aspects of this photograph proved to be getting enough light onto the dogs black coats so that I could show a bit of detail. It was hard because a lot of the light was bouncing up off the seamless and making the rind stones on their collars turn red. Thankfully I was able to snoot an Alien Bee and shine it’s light into their dark coats without hitting to much of the background or, Faith. The dogs themselves are show dogs, so they were very well behaved, but they’re still dogs and they were distracted by the new sights and smells. So, to get the dogs to pose like they are in this photo, I had someone knock on the door. This trick worked great because each time someone knocked on the studio door the dogs would look up and face the same direction.

Faith, is really happy with the final image and I am too. I look forward to seeing a hard copy of it in the magazine, Bellingham Alive. I really enjoyed shooting this ad and I hope to get more jobs like it soon! The image is up on my site now. Check it out. joshuahuston.com

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Piano Nobile

joshua huston, josh houston, portrait, on location, on assignment, portfolio, editorial photography, magazine, architecture, freelance, seattle

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I just shot this photo for Seattle’s Child and it’s out now. The photo is of a local Seattle family. The husband is an architect and the wife is an artist. They’ve combined their talents to run a business called, Piano Nobile. This shot is being used in this month’s Making Home section of Seattle’s Child. Making Home is monthly feature that showcases families who remodel their homes to accommodate their families. This family has converted an old garage into their home.

 

I’m really happy with this photo! I had a lot of space to cover with only a few lights, but I think I was able to make it work pretty well. I set up a large Alien Bee 1600 strobe with a large softbox on it, pointed at the wall camera left. The bounce off the wall created a larger light source that I was able to use to light the family. Thankfully their entire home was painted white because it ended up filling in the shadows on their faces nicely. I ended up using my other two strobes to light the loft style bedroom, and their kitchen. It might not look like it, but this home is deep. I shot the photo from the outside, looking in. I was able to style the family as I had just caught them in a natural moment. The kids are playing and the parents are looking over plans for a new project. I love it!

 

This will definitely be a new promo piece to send out to art directors here in Seattle. I’m really happy that I was able to make this photo look like a high production shoot with only three lights. Hopefully, I’ll be able to use this photo to promote my work to advertising agencies, and too showcase my editorial photography skills to local magazines here in Seattle and elsewhere. I’m really starting to like where my current work is heading! Stay tuned for more!

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Boxing Photo shoot

joshua huston, josh houston, portrait, on location, on assignment, portfolio, editorial photography, magazine, boxer, boxing ring, freelance, seattle

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I just created a small series of photos of professional boxer, Isaac Tadeo at Seattle Boxing Gym located on Capitol Hill. Recently I’ve been trying to create personal work with photos that interest me, with the intent to show art directors the kind of work I’m interested in doing. After thinking about different sports and finally deciding on boxing, I did some online research and came across photos of Seattle Boxing gym. The gym looked perfect, but the one big problem I had was that I didn’t know any boxers. I decided to take a small flyer I designed showcasing some of my photography down to the gym.

 

Isaac was the only person at the gym when I arrived. I talked to him about what I wanted to do and showed him the portraits on my website. After seeing my photos he told me that he was a professional boxer and that he’d love to be my subject. It really worked out perfectly because since he works there as a trainer it meant we could meet up when the gym was empty. After we spoke I scouted around and eventually set a date to photograph Isaac. I honestly can’t believe my luck. One attempt and I locate a perfect location, and an actual professional boxer, with access to the gym! Thank you photo, Gods!

 

While I waited for the shoot date to approach I looked at a lot of photos of boxers and poured over my scouting shots of the gym. I decided that I wanted to make the photos look really gritty and very dramatic. I tried to think of shots that would convey what a boxer might actually do around a gym, and I thought long and hard about how I wanted to pose Isaac. The planning helped me a lot in long run because I ended up not having as much time to photograph Isaac as I had hoped

 

On the shoot I used only two lights with grids on them. Using grids on my strobes really helped because I was able to control the light making sure it didn’t spill out, illuminating the rest of the gym. Controlling the light with grids also kept the main focus on my subject. I’m really happy with the photos I got of Isaac! I think they’ll make great promotional pieces to send out to advertising agencies looking for a commercial photographers based in Seattle. And I plan on sending them out art directors in search of editorial photographers. I had a lot of fun on this shoot and hopefully I’ll photograph more athletes soon.

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Willies BBQ

joshua huston, josh houston, portrait, on location, on assignment, portfolio, editorial photography, magazine, bbq, smoker, food, freelance, seattle

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I recently shot this photo of the owner of Willie’s BBQ, which is located on Rainer avenue in south Seattle. This portrait happened by chance because I was actually at the restaurant on photographing Heaven Sent, Ezell Stephens. Ezell splits the kitchen space with Willie and also runs his new restaurant out of Willies BBQ for the time being. Ezell is the original owner of Ezell’s Chicken located across the street from Garfield High school. He no longer owns that restaurant, but while he was the owner the story was that his chicken recipe was so good that even Oprah Winfrey would have his chicken sent to her straight from Ezell. There was even a photo of the two of them together hanging up in the restaurant.

Back to the photo of Willie; on the way to my car after photographing Mr. Stephens, I saw Willie walking into the smoke shack located in the back of his restaurant. I quickly convinced Willie to let me photograph him while he was putting a new batch of ribs into his smoker. It was extremely smoky in the smoke shack (imagine that) and I only had time to throw up one light. Willie and I were able to both hold our eyes open long enough for me to grab this great environmental portrait of him. I’m really happy that I stopped and talked Willie into letting me photograph him. It was an unexpected opportunity, but I was able to create a really cool editorial photograph to add to my portfolio. I guess it pays to always keep your eyes open.

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Off The Rez

joshua huston, josh houston, portrait, on location, on assignment, portfolio, editorial photography, magazine, food truck, freelance, seattle

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Check out the recent Seattle Weekly food article. In it you’ll see the recent photo I took of Mark McConnell, Owner of Off The Rez food truck, along with his partner Cecilia Rikard, and head chef Donovan MacInnis (center) for Seattle Weekly. Off The Rez produces Native-American-inspired cuisine, like fry bread pork tacos.

A bit about my shoot with Off the Rez; I met Mark and his crew at a spot in Georgetown where they stop each morning to fill up their food truck before heading out. Since it was completely cloudless out, I used the shadow created by the building to keep the harsh sunlight off of the subjects. I ended up using one large softbox for the main light, and one light, which was located off to camera-right to fill in the shadows. The strobe off to the right created some really nice light that filled in the interior of the truck as well adding a nice rim-light on Mark. I’m very happy with this image. It’s going to be a nice example of my editorial work for my portfolio. If you’re around Seattle and see Off The Rez food truck try some of their fry bread, you won’t be disappointed.

 

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