Barbarba Norman Stained Glass

Not only is local artist, Barbara Norman, getting a reputation for creating unique stained glass art pieces, she is also in demand for larger projects like this entryway she recently completed for a Forest Ranch couple. It looks wonderful during the day, but at twilight with the lights on inside, her work really stands out.

Stained Glass

Stained Glass

Lou Mars goes to Hollywood

I had to break out of my still photography role today and play video producer for local up and coming drummer, Lou Mars. Lou recently came in first place in the national, Drum Your Way to Hollywood contest. From the notoriety gained from that exposure, Lou was asked to provide a demo tape to see if he would be a good fit for an upcoming Hollywood music video with a 1950’s feel. Instead of simply doing a straight drum demo, Lou and I decided to go one (make that five) steps further and create our own music-video-within-a-demo-video.  I brought in my 21-foot camera crane to provide cinematic opening and closing shots, used my broadcast HD video cameras, and used lighting that mimicked that of a Hollywood set.  Short story is, Lou’s incredible talent and showmanship got him the gig and the “demo” video was deemed so good, the producers actually cut many shots into the final music video. Check it out!

Lou and Brian

Lou and Brian

Lou Mars

Lou Mars

Chico Bridal Fair

I just returned from what has to have been one of the best organized and well-attended bridal fairs I’ve ever attended. Class Act Entertainment always does a great show. I was fortunate to have time to meet and speak with several new vendors and colleagues. It still surprises me that Northern California is home to such a robust professional wedding community. Since I’ve relied on mostly word-of-mouth advertising, I haven’t done a show for quite some time; certainly a lot of work, but more than worth the effort. If I had a chance to speak with you briefly and you have more questions, please give me a call this week.

Brian Peterson Photography Booth

Brian Peterson Photography Booth

Preference Chiropractic

It’s not everyday that I get to go into a doctor’s office and not have to either wait, or be nervous. But  today, I got to shoot all the interior images and portraits for the team at Preference Chiropractic. In fact, I learned that even if I had been a patient, rather than a photographer, I had nothing to fear as they specilize in new or apprehensive clients. Getting to know Dr. Candace, I would certainly trust her to fix me up if I do something stupid again, like NOT using a hand truck to move my large lighting kit.

Preference Chiropractic Team

Preference Chiropractic Team

Savannah James

Up at 5:00 this morning, loaded all the photo equipment and was on the road down to Chico by 6:00am. My shoot was at a very cool furnishings and interior design boutique called, Savannah James. I was glad to again be working with graphic design firm Farrell Design Group on this project to caputre the unique charatcer of this downtown upscale shop. Some of the lighting challenges here were to photograph products near the large store windows before I had to start competing with direct sunlight. I got most of the products shot but later did end up having to do a fair bit of flagging of the windows.

Savannah James in Chico

Savannah James in Chico

Lauren and Sam

Rain threatened the wedding of Lauren and Sam today, but fortunately they were able to move the whole ceremony into the reception venue which was a restored turn-of-the-century hardware store. A very cool location indeed! As a photographer, there were almost TOO many rustic settings to choose from.

Lauren Houser

Lauren Houser

Sam and Gang

Sam and Gang

California Family Foods

California Family Foods is one of the largest rice mills and marketers in the state. Their graphics and marketing firm, Farrell Design Group, hired me to provide an array of images for print and web design that captured their entire operation. From harvesting the product to the various stages of milling, to packaging and even some lifestyle shots.

california_family_foods

california_family_foods

California Family Foods Lifestyle

California Family Foods Lifestyle

Moosewood Turnings

Turning wood into beautiful, and functional, works or art is the passion of husband and wife team Todd and Pam Kelly of Moosewood Turnings. They make salad bowls and turning utensils out of exotic hardwoods that are full of color and texture. With many products, it is important to “face” its best side to the camera. With these gorgeous wood pieces, every angle had unique character, so picking just one was quite difficult.

Moosewood Turnings

Moosewood Turnings

Solar Sunrise

I’ve been following the solar array installation at the Sierra Nevada Brewery since it began in October of 2007 for inclusion in a documentary on solar energy in the north state. When completed, the rooftop array will be the largest privately owned array on a commercial facility in the country. This morning, solar panels were being installed on one of the few remaining roofs that still are not making power. But the crews from Chico Electric, the contractor installing the record-setting array, get going before sunrise. So that meant it was up at 4:40 this morning to load both photo and video equipment, get down to Chico, and bum a lift up to the tall roof by 6:00am.  The smell of hops while watching the sun come up over the Sierra Nevada mountains is an experience I won’t soon forget.

Solar Sunrise

Solar Sunrise

Joannies Cookies

There are few commercial shoots better than when the product is perishable and delicious. There were fortunately a few of Joannies incredibly scrumptious cookies that were “damaged” during various set-ups for the shoot we did to promote her new cookie line, and so had to left behind. I love my job.

joannies_cookies

joannies_cookies