High Speed Sync

November 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Yesterday I had a chance to experiment with using my Nikon d810 and SB700 flash in high speed sync mode. I made these portraits of Travis who is a marathon runner who recently qualified for the Boston Marathon for the first time. I wanted to knock down the ambient light and have shallow depth of field so I ended up setting the camera to f/2.0 at 50...
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Prayer For The Fallen

October 29, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Reports of pipe bombs and the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue yesterday dominate my thoughts today and bring me to my emotional knees in sorrow. When the daily news is too heartbreaking to bear I am reminded of what Ansel Adams once said… “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be...
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A Friendly Face

October 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I always enjoy running into Dr. Greg Roth when I arrive out at campus. Greg is our resident guru on wet plate and dry plate photography and is a role model for how to integrate work and life together with joy and passion. He was taking a break from a photo session when I grabbed this quick portrait.
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Studying Music

October 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I made this series of photos while teaching a workshop on how to go out and photograph people you don't know. I approached two students who were studying in the music building at Spokane Falls Community College and asked them if I could make a few photos of them. Danny (left) and Zawng (right) were very nice about it and made great subjects for thi...
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Cougar Crest Show Opening

October 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Come enjoy some wine and live music at tonight's opening reception!
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Dillon and Destiny Sneak Peak

September 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
This weekend I had the honor of photographing a beautiful wedding event that was hosted at Belle Gardens in Deer Park Washington. Dillon and Destiny were so amazing to work with. It is always a fun challenge to find a way to tell each couple's love story. I thoroughly enjoyed this wedding! Here is a very small sample of the images I made for them....
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Dance is getting recognition in Spokane!

September 21, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
This week I had the fortune of having one of my images featured in the Inlander Weekly Newspaper. I made this image last fall on the Spokane River. The dancers from Vytal Movement Dance Company were amazing to work with. They spent over 2 hours in the water while I worked in the comfort of my fly fishing waders! Dance photography has had a huge imp...
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Sunrise over Rock Creek

September 21, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Last weekend I had the pleasure of driving through the early morning darkness to reach Escure Ranch with a friend of mine. We went there to go fly fishing on Rock Creek. The 14,000 acre property had been a ranch for many years but had been purchased by the Bureau of Land management which converted it to public access. I am so appreciative of that l...
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Sometimes making art requires you to break the rules...

September 20, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I made this portrait of Deva during a studio lighting workshop I was giving this morning. I was teaching classic lighting styles and ratios when I went off script because I got an idea of trying to light her with reflective light off of a mirror that was placed below her. I am deeply honored and humbled by the gift of her willingness be vulnerable...
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Helix Show Opening

September 07, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I have a new show of seven works from my Satori Collection.
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New Portfolio Arrives From Italy

June 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Yesterday was an exciting day because my new portfolio of fine art images arrived from Italy. I commissioned Graphistudio to custom build a leather album with a cut crystal cover and custom wood box to hold it! This work represents my most important body of work of my career so far and I am pleased that the craftsmanship of the final portfolio mat...
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Backyard Party

June 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
This past weekend I was hired to photograph a party at a private home. I find this sort of casual atmosphere a very challenging photo assignment because it is hard to elevate the work beyond a snapshot unless you really understand photojournalism and storytelling. Even if you do understand those things it is still hard because it takes timing to ge...
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Tao inspired art

June 22, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Peace and Friendship 12"x20" Giclee Composite Photograph by Ira Gardner I made this composite photograph yesterday after having spent the past few weeks revisiting the ideas of Taoism and Chinese painting. Taoism has been an important part of my art practice for more than 10 years now. I was in Los Angeles last week for my parents 50th anniversa...
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New Logo

June 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I recently went through a new branding exercise to try to simplify and unify my photography logo. After a year of experimentation with different logos I have decided to simplify and modernize the look. The roundness of the G along with the simple black and white icon of a camera represents the themes of the sage/creator archetype that is at the hea...
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Conservative America

June 01, 2018  •  2 Comments
I made this digital composite this morning from a photo shoot I did with Collin Mastheller who is a dear friend and colleague who works in video production. Collin is a a hard worker who keeps his opinions to himself at work but dresses in a very provocative manner on an almost daily basis. I actually don't know his political viewpoints because he...
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