Melissa’s Paint Shoot

29 12 2009

Way back in May of 2009 Melissa contacted me and wanted to create some unique portraits for her portfolio. She got an inspiration from the Dixie Chicks video: “Not Ready To Make Nice”. In the beginning of the video it shows the Dixie Chicks wearing white dresses and being painted with black paint. She wanted it to be a fun shoot, and have a few serious images in there too. We decided on two paint colors & two outfits. With each outfit would be a different lighting setup and background color.

Here are some photos and 2 very cool videos of Melissa’s now infamous “paint shoot”. ENJOY!

Part 1 YouTube video:

Part 2 YouTube video:

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

Melissa's Paint Shoot

New Photography Studio!

29 12 2009

At long last I now have a photography studio! It’s just what I need to get started and can’t wait to schedule more photo sessions in there.

My basic plan is to use the space as-is for now and work on the details as time progresses. The space is fully functional and available for any type of photo shoot. I also plan to rent the space to other photographers and I am in the works on putting together hourly and monthly packages which can include the space by itself, or it can also include a light kit for those who may not have one available to them. If you are interested in using the space for your own photo shoots please contact me and we can work something out!

For now, any type of photo session with me is free, yes, free, no session fees!

I’ve done a couple photo sessions in there to date, so here are a couple photos of the studio and a couple images from those recent photo shoots!

Jeff Hinds Photography Studio

Jeff Hinds Photography Studio

Wilsonville “Contenders”

15 12 2009

Back in November I did the team & individuals for the Wilsonville girls Varsity team. Just like the girls at Lakeridge, they too had a team theme….”Contenders”. Their idea was to have boxing incorporated into the team poster!

For the final poster image, I had a perfect idea, knew exactly what the team needed and how I wanted the final image to look. I wanted to use two images photoshopped together: a background image of a boxing gym with an image of the girls superimposed over it.

For the background image I wanted to  use a technique called “HDR” or “high dynamic range”. Basically, it’s a photoshop merging of 3 different image exposures. Luckily, my father-in-law is a boxing trainer for the #1 ranked female boxer in the nation, Molly McConnell, so first thing was to call Molly and set a date to shoot the images at the gym where Molly trains, Grand Ave. gym in NE Portland. The main image of the girls was taken on the day I shot the team & individuals at the school.

Here is the final composite image, the HDR background, and the main image of the girls as taken on team photo day:

Wilsonville Girls Varsity: "Contenders"

Grand Ave. gym, photoshop HDR

Wilsonville Girls Varsity 09

Mt. Hood Hoops Photo Shoot – Part 1

22 10 2009

Since I graduated college from Mt. Hood in 2001 I have always had an association with the Mens basketball team there at the college. The story goes, back in 2000, then Coach Neilson, recruited me from the photo program. I recall one day this guy showed up to the photo room looking for a sports photographer. Naturally, I was the “sports” guy in the photo program so I agreed to cover games, I was excited to shoot some basketball action! I was looking to get great images for Coach Rob as well as my portfolio for class. It also opened a door to having me share images with the college newspaper, The Advocate.

I think I shot 3000+ photos that year (film of course!). I would shoot the games on a wednesday night, then after the game at 11pm, drive down to Wy-East photo lab, downtown,  to drop off the film, then go home to sleep & drive back downtown at 8am the next morning to pick up the negatives, then drive back to the college in Gresham to edit the film. After I edited and chose the 2-3 images I wanted, I would scan the film, convert to black & white in Photoshop and send the files to the sports editor to make the afternoon deadline for the friday printing of the paper. I ended up winning first place for division 3 best sports photo , and honorable mention for best photography (keep in mind that I only shot sports for the paper so that was HUGE!).

So since I graduated the photo program, I always make it a point to shoot action at a game or 2. I love to follow the team and hope they have a good season to make it to the NWAACC Championship games in Tri-Cities……they always do!

Now on to this year’s photo shoot! Coach Rob has since stepped down from coaching and has passed the rains to his assistant coach Geoff Gibor. “Gib” has been with the team for as long as I can remember and I have always worked with him in the past. Now that he’s head coach he has been doing a great job of team promotion and getting the Mt. Hood name in the Community. That’s where the photo shoot comes in!

For the first part of the shoot we wanted the standard white background to easily cuy out the players from the background and use them in various web site and poster applications. Here’s a couple image examples and

click here for the part 1 video!

Before I forget, a HUGE “thanks” to Bryan Heim for shooting the video and assisting me on this shoot!

Mt. Hood Hoops Shoot – Part 2

22 10 2009

Now that you have seen the first part of the shoot with the white background, it’s time for part 2, dramatic action and the team portrait! (If you havent seen the part 1 video, click here).

Last season, 2008-09, the Portland Trail Blazers and Getty Images Photographer, Jonathan Ferrey, did a very cool portrait session for the team and I wanted something similar (for Blazers portrait examples visit the Getty web site, search for “blazers portrait” and click over to about page 8). He set two studio lights in the background and had a large softbox to light the front of the players. I took this idea and gave it my own spin. I used the same 2 lights in the background but I also wanted a good spot light on the floor to light the Mt. Hood logo and the player.

Now, once all the individual portraits were taken it was time for the team portraits. Coach Gib had the idea that he wanted the players walking through fog. I did my homework and after talking to Denis at Pacific Grip & Lighting he suggested dry ice and said it would stay low to the ground. We also opted to use a fog machine to haze the background air along with the dry ice for the ground effect. Gib & I were pumped, this would be waaaaay cool!

Here are a few action photos, a few setup photos, the awesome “fog” shot, and how Gib used them in this year’s posters! 

Also, click here for the part 2, behind the scenes video!

Welcome to my new blog!

13 10 2009

Hi everyone, thanks for visiting my new blog! Ok, so yes I am totally new to this blog thing but I plan to update the page twice a week, on monday’s and friday’s…and maybe a few in between so bookmark this page and check back often!

For my blog I plan to offer tips and tricks on how I work as well as add more cool photography videos on my new You Tube channel ( jeffhindsTV, link on the right). I will post just about everything I do that is photo-related and maybe throw in a few personal adventures in there…who knows what I might post!

Ok, so I’ve already been posting for the past week so enjoy what I have done over the past week!!!!!!


Just hangin’ with Art Wolfe

8 10 2009

About a week ago I saw a post on facebook for tickets to an upcoming show held here in Portland by one of my favorite photographers, Art Wolfe. I bought 2 tickets for me & Brenda so we could have “date night” and go catch the show. A week went by and just yesterday Chris Ryan sent me an email and asked if I would assist him on a quick portrait session for Art before his show!  I helped with the portrait session then bought a book, Art signed it for me…and took these with me:

Jeff & Art Wolfe

Jeff & Art Wolfe

Jeff & Art Wolfe

Jeff & Art Wolfe #2

Art is an amazing photographer based in Seattle, WA. He travels 9 months per year on photo expeditions around the world. Art is the host of OPB’s “Travels to the Edge” which documents his travels. He has taken an estimated 1 million photographs to date! Check out his web site or click the “blogroll” link to Art’s Blog page to the right –>

Here’s the link to Chris Ryan’s portraits of Art, click here.