Stephanie Burchiel – SLO Life Magazine

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The cover of the August/September SLO Life Magazine is Stephanie Burchiel. Stephanie has been offering her vegan soups at farmer’s markets throughout San Luis Obispo County for almost six years, and just released a cookbook featuring her recipes through Farmer’s Market Publishing. She also almost never stops smiling.

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Stephanie and I met at her parent’s ranch, deep in the coastal hills above Cayucos, so that we could take advantage of the ranch’s wooded scenery for some of the images. As usual, the images for the magazine were shot on Portra 160 film with my Hasselblad, and processed at Richard Photo Lab in Los Angeles.

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Pi Day – Santa Maria

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On March 14 my friends Eric and Claire hosted a Pi Day party to celebrate everybody’s favorite mathematical constant. We all baked pies, because who doesn’t love puns and dessert? Eric and Claire’s ranch is full of fantastic little “sets,” so I brought my Hasselblad to photograph each of us with our pies. These are some of my favorites from that day.

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Bill Ostrander – SLO Life Magazine

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Bill Ostrander is the director of the 2014 Citizens’ Congress, a national gathering of legislators, academics, and advocacy groups working to combat the influence of money in politics. Bill was featured in this month’s SLO Life Magazine, and the images above and below are a couple that I especially liked from our cover shoot.

The cover session was shot on Portra 160 film in my Hasselblad, and processed at Richard Photo Lab in Los Angeles.

 

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Bill is also a rancher, growing hay and raising cattle on his ranch in the hills above Los Osos Valley, and was generous enough to show me around his ranch for a few outdoor images.

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This Is a Post About Pencils

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Over the past few years, in tiny fits and starts, I’ve been working on a portfolio of still life compositions (still 90% a work in progress). I must have bought these #2 pencils in 2011 or 2012, thinking that they might make an interesting visual arrangement. It took me the better part of two years to get around to photographing them, and even though I’m not sure how interesting the end result is, it was inexplicably satisfying to create a backdrop with exactly the “right” tone of blue, and then to measure and space everything out in order to make a picture of… some pencils lined up just so.

The more I shoot, and the more I review the images I’ve shot, the more I am coming to understand that a lot of my interest in photography stems from a strong desire to organizing things visually. Functional OCD is my special sauce.

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Terri Kurczewski – SLO Life Magazine

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Most regular folks don’t necessarily enjoy the process of being photographed. Terri Kurczewski is no exception, but it was her turn to grace the cover of this April’s SLO Life, and it was my pleasure to meet her and photograph her for the magazine. Terri runs the Child Development Resource Center of the Central Coast (CRDC) as well as the Sm(ART) Studio, a community art studio, gallery, and classroom that benefits the CRDC.

Terri and I worked through a number of different scenarios, to see what might work best in the magazine, including some images of her in the Sm(ART) Studio, an outdoor setting with a small studio backdrop behind her head, and even an off-the-wall idea where glitter was raining down on her from above. But in the end, my favorite were these simple portraits on white, shot for the magazine cover. The final image that ran on the cover  was made with one of my digital cameras, but these frames – from the two rolls of film that I ran through my Hasselblad that afternoon and developed at Richard Photo Lab in Los Angeles –  are my favorites.

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