Naomi Neilson Howard - SLO Life Magazine

The most recent issue of SLO Life Magazine hit mailboxes at the beginning of this month with one of my images on the cover (and a few more inside). I'm a little shy about this kind of stuff, but Tom, SLO Life's publisher, wrote another nice piece about my work on the cover, wherein I prove that I'm better at taking a picture than talking about the process. Naomi 1

This month's cover is of Naomi Neilson Howard, founder and CEO of Native Trails. Native Trails sells sustainable kitchen and bath products made by local artisans and craftspeople. Tom wanted another clean, white background image for the cover, as well as some images of Naomi in her beautiful yard (unsurprisingly decorated with beautiful locally-made furnishings from her Native Trails). We shot the cover images on color film, but we were planning to run the cover in black and white (the color film I usually use - Kodak's Portra 160 - takes black and white conversion particularly well). Since that image is already out there, I thought I'd share one of the other frames, in the original color.

The rest of the images were made in Naomi's back yard with her two kids running around - more of a run-and-gun process than the more controlled environmental of the portable studio.

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As with last issue, Richard Photo Lab in LA did a fantastic job processing my film. They're an absolute pleasure to work with, and do amazing work. I had a couple projects in the works for 2014 that I'm super-excited to share, and look forward to processing with RPL. Until then!