Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"Chopped" for photographers

I finally watched "Chopped" on the Food Network last night. For those of you who haven't seen it, four chefs are matched against each other. They must make three courses: an appetizer, an entree and a dessert. After each course, the judges select the one chef who came up short and they are "chopped" and can't continue on. The kicker is that each course must include all of the ingredients in a mystery basket, and the ingredients are "interesting": one appetizer last night needed to be made from lump crab meat, grapefruit, bran flakes...and a rubber duck (okay, I made that up, but you get the point). It's amazing what interesting and potentially great dishes these chefs concoct with these discordant ingredients in a mere half hour. The challenge shows how truly talented these people are.

So, this got me to thinking: What if we had a "chopped" competition for photographers? Four photographers matched head to head in creating a portfolio of prints from three separate funky challenges. Like "Create a portrait of a baby with ISO 25 Kodachrome, a plastic Holga camera, a flashlight and a construction helmet." It would be really cool to see which photographers really knew their stuff AND could create highly quality images despite being hamstrung by the requirements.

I'm just saying I think it would be fun and really interesting. I'm in if anyone wants to create a pilot episode. :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

April Showers Bring Great Photos



Madison Wedding Photographer Michael Mowbray So what if it doesn't rhyme? (Jeez...critics!) Yes, my friends, despite the light rain that fell throughout the late afternoon in Madison, we were once again able to get some great outdoor wedding images. Megan and Ryan were so cool and laid back...and game for just about anything. So with plastic bags on the cameras and Ryan carrying my Dollar Store umbrella, we traipsed around the Capitol and captured some really cool pics. Then it was off to Olbrich Gardens for the wedding ceremony in the dome.

Madison Wedding Photographer Michael Mowbray

Madison Wedding Photographer Michael Mowbray


You can check out their initial highlight images and slideshow at my online shopping gallery here: http://www.beautifulportraits.net/pickpic/gallery/splash.php?gallery_id=51

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Elizabeth Kunz, Class of 2010

Highlights from the spokesmodel session for Elizabeth Kunz. Want to be a spokesmodel for your high school? Call or email me today.