I’ve lived in Sacramento for most of my life. I was born in Longview, WA but moved to Sacramento eight months after I was born. Before picking up photography, I never really walked around Downtown Sacramento all that much. Since picking up photography, I’ve explored a lot of Downtown Sacramento. I occasionally explore and scout locations with my wife but most of the time it has been with my buddy Gary Brisco (https://gbriskblog.wordpress.com).
I was fortunate to meet Gary at my first “instameet” I attended at Temple Coffee. We’ve been buddies ever since. We’re both the same age and both share similar interests. The awesome thing is that we both love street photography. We’ve covered a lot of ground in Sacramento and San Francisco over these last two years and hopefully we’ll be able to continue our growth in street photography.
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Last weekend, I did a shoot with Tara Caldwell, out in Locke, California. It’s about 30 minutes away from Downtown Sacramento. This is the third time I’ve shot with Tara. This is probably my favorite shoot.
I chose this location because I knew there was going to be a lot of different looks we can get from location. It’s a very small little town but with lots of character. I knew of this town because my wedding photos were taken some time ago. I knew this town was very small so we tried to make the most out of it.
For portraits, I mainly use my Nikon D750. The lenses I normally use for portraits are the Sigma Art 35mm, Sigma Art 50mm, Nikkor 85mm f1.8, and Tamron 70-200mm f2.8. My favorite lenses are the two Sigma Art lenses. For this shoot it was a mix of the 35mm and 85mm. The 35mm was used for tight shots or to include the environment and show off the contrast between Tara and the background.
The 85mm was used to blow out the background and isolate Tara and the background. I’ve also been wanting to use this lens a lot more for portraits.
I prefer to do shoot urban portraits rather than nature. I like to incorporate a lot of lines and angles into my shots. Stairs are a must!! These are my “go-to” shots.
If you’re ever in the area, you should check out Locke, California. It’s right in between Sacramento and Stockton. I’m going to end it with one of my favorite shots from this shoot. This picture is exactly why I wanted to shoot here.