Jarvie Window (my) Experience

Last Summer I did an internship with Scott Jarvie. Later I will write some more posts about the many lessons I learned from him about wedding photography and photography in general. He is passionate for his work as well as for teaching.

I am writing today about one of the things I learned with him: ” The Jarvie window”  experience.

I Decided to continue to do the ” Jarvie window” because it really is quite simple and very fun to do. I do it at parties, event groups and wedding receptions.

In the words of Scott Jarvie himself:

” Yes you will see me doing this again… often

Yes it’s very gimmicky and doesn’t replace being able to take good pictures otherwise.
But you better believe that I’m going to be doing this a lot.

A whole series of faces in square format, doing crazy stuff.
Up in the face… no personal space allowed.

I can totally see this as the hit of a party or wedding reception.
There’s something me and Bryan Jones just couldn’t put a finger on… something about it that makes it so endearing.
It has to do with shooting through the circle.
Yes the lighting is cool.
Yes it’s often more of a caricature Than a picture”

What equipment do I use to make these?

With my full frame camera 5D I use a 12mm Lensbaby with fish eye that I bought at Pictureline

If you have a cropped sensor camera you will might like better the 8mm lens.

Almost any flash that you can set on manual will do it. Try some settings till you find the one that works better for you. I also use a flash ring  Flash adapter that you can find on ebay for less than $50 bucks

The aperture I have tried so far are f/22 and f/16 I like these apertures cause it naturally makes everything else in the background darken.

If you can afford a AF lens is great but a manual will do as well. The focus on the lens baby is Manual, so I have to be very careful after I set the focus to always shoot from the same distance to the face.

It’s not a problem at all since this is very close anyways. However if I make a mistake the whole batch can be out of focus which is not good unless that is a style you looking for 😉

Pos-processing is quite simple. Crop it 1×1 if you like it squared and brush up exposure and brightness if needed.
That’s it. They are ready to be shared and people typically have lots of fun with it.

Big thanks to Scott Jarvie for discovering this so we can have fun with photography.

I would like to invite you also to check the Jarvie Window Experience on Scott’s  blog to take a look at all his work that is of very high artistic quality.

Thanks for visiting.

happy prepared accident

After the sun sets it can be a little bit difficult for the photographer to get some good photos since the light source rapidly goes away.

However is when the difficult comes that the creativity and skills can overcome it to make still some pretty frames.

I love silhouette and I am going to share how I ” Prepare”  to get some silhouette frames as well as great frames with the use of one Flash.

List of equipment used here

Canon 5D ( original)
24-70mm 2.8L
Flash 580 EX  Off-camera on manual mode
Cactus V4 radio wireless triggers

The idea:
To explain this I will borrow the words of David Terry when he commented on the same photo I posted on my FB page:
” … Set your camera exposure for the sky and let the flash light up the couple. It’s perfect. Then when the flash doesn’t go off … it’s still perfect. Perhaps a better term is a happy prepared accident. ”

The Result:
Here is what happens when the flash “fails” to fire off

(1/60 sec at f/2.8  ISO 250)

And here with the flash firing on them

Here is another example of the same idea. The posing them in a superhero pose is optional 😉

(1/200 sec at f/5.0  ISO 100)

(1/200 sec at f/5.0  ISO 100)

(1/200 sec at f/5.0  ISO 100)

(1/200 sec at f/5.0  ISO 100)

Thanks for visiting the blog, and share with me your happy “prepared” accidents and comments.

KBYU TV International about photography part 1

BYU Television International is a cable/satellite television channel operated by Brigham Young University. BYU Television International broadcasts simultaneously in English, Spanish and Portuguese, with most of the programming also seen on its sister channel, BYU Television. I got an invitation to participate in a program about photography.

Broadcasting via Satellite, BYU Television International is available in most parts of the world. It aims to provide viewers worldwide with high-quality, educational and inspirational programming. It is available through direct satellite broadcast services such as Dish Network and DIRECTV, as well as on the internet using Move Networks streaming video technology.

Well, they were doing a show on photography and they invited me for an interview. The reporter asked me a few questions and I invited 2-3 couples that I had photographed before to participate as models and to be interviewed as well.

So I will be posting blog posts with the photos of these three couples. Keep in mind that the main purpose wasnt to do the photography but to ” pose ” for the TV show. This is the outcome of my shooting.

First,  is Norman and Xiomara. I photographed them at his proposal, engagement, Wedding day and many other times.

they are fun to have around…

…they have that loving connection

Too shoot inside of a building at night is always complicated for me. The low light condition is still a challenge. It can be difficult to get the right color temperature and the sharpness I wish for in my frames. For these I choose a prime 50mm 1.4 and I shot in f/4 and the ISO up to 600-800 with flash off camera.

Thanks for visiting. The program will be aired at KBYU International from May 2011.


This is Susan. I met her at the 3rd Annual Crew 843 Photo Shoot Activity in Saint George Utah. I loved to meet and shoot here.
Here are a couple photos of her.

We were in front of a Presbyterian church and when I saw that bell I had to have it of part of my composition.

I am not fun of much florish and use of filters in the photos. Only the basic editing and A include a couple of black and whites.

One of my favorite things that I just love to do with portraits is turn the person around and shoot right into the sun using it as a backlight like in the frame below.

thanks for visiting. You can see more of the portraits I do by clicking here.

Deena + Matt

One of my favorite photo-sessions is when I get to shoot two people in love.

When I saw the moon in the background I thought to myself that I want that in the composition as well. I laid in the floor and did

this couple frames. I enjoy a lot seeking for new angles through the viewfinder.

Thanks for visiting. click here to see a slide-show of the Matt & Deena’s engagement session.


I love this session with the Thomas family.

There are many reasons. The colors, the mood, the light, etc

Here are a couple ideas if you are looking for a session like that:

Bring up ideas for your photos and trust your photographer if he suggest some changes.

Be relaxed with kids, remember that when they happy the photos can be great.

Bring snacks for the kid and maybe their favorite toy.

for a couple moments do whatever you would do as a family and forget you have a photographer. A good photographer will find very good candid frames that you might like a lot later.

This session was done in about 20 minutes because we had to hush since the dad had an appointment, but when possible schedule your session and be ready for delays.

Here are some of my favorites frames.

Some I like in Black and white

Thanks for visiting. For more photos of the Thomas family you can go here.

second shooter at a wedding

While second shooting a wedding for Glenn Pearson I took these couple frames last Friday. While I take no credit for the poses I was trying to get a totally different picture from what the main shooter was getting using the natural day light available. Here are some of the frames I got that afternoon.

when they coming out the door…

at the group shots I was trying to get different frames from the ones the main photographer was getting.

A second shooter can get photos of small groups as well

some portraits of everyone there

fun with kids

random candids


while posing for Glenn the bride pointed to me to take a picture of this friend family of hers

Thanks for visiting. And make sure to ask your main photographer if a second shooter is available at your wedding day so you can double the chances to get a diversity of shots at your special day.