Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Lager Family Christmas

The Lager Family, originally uploaded by calanan.

(I love their surname)

Salt Lake City, UT

Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Nikon SB-600 and SB-800 (fired via CLS)

I have had the great fortune of knowing and photographing the Lager's ever since Mom's pregnancy and I was honored to be asked to photograph them again, this time for their Christmas portraits. My favorite is above and here are some others from their session:


MQL and Dad MQL

The Lager Family

And finally, a very tired baby MQL:


The slideshow on Flickr

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Wasatch Woman Magazine Editorial Meeting

Howdy, readers...thought you might enjoy seeing a behind-the-scenes series of the Wasatch Woman editorial advisory team selecting the magazine's Woman of the Year (and 5 runners up). These were taken a local cafe (Caffe Niche, Salt Lake City, UT) one morning earlier last week. In the center shot above is Pamela Baumeister, the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine and the face behind @wasatchwoman on Twitter.

More shots of the women working:

Wasatch Woman Magazine Editorial Meeting Wasatch Woman Magazine Editorial Meeting

Wasatch Woman Magazine Editorial Meeting

Wasatch Woman Magazine Editorial Meeting Wasatch Woman Magazine Editorial Meeting

Wasatch Woman Magazine Editorial Meeting

More at Flickr in this slideshow.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

.p is for palinola.

.p is for palinola., originally uploaded by calanan.

Salt Lake City, UT

Sigma 30mm f/1.4

[Part of my "Drive-By Shootings" street photography series]

It's been a while since I posted one of these...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Welcoming Baby "M"

M, originally uploaded by calanan.

This is Nicki and her new arrival; Nicki and her husband, Brandon hired me to take their maternity photos and returned recently to have some portraits taken of them and their little girl.



By the way, here is Nicki's maternity portrait


...and here is Brandon's paternity portrait :)

Dad's turn

More at Flickr

Ignite Salt Lake

Ignite Salt Lake, originally uploaded by calanan.

Ignite Salt Lake
13 November 2008
The Leonardo
Salt Lake City, UT

Yes indeed, the Schytts are a real band (photo of the presentation "Promoting your Band" by Stuart Maxfield).

Anyhoo...I sponsored the inaugural Ignite talk series on 13 November 2008 here in Salt Lake City by offering my photographic services and I had a fantastic time shooting and watching the inspiring presentations put on by the speakers.

"What is Ignite?" you say? From their web site,

If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to show their answers.

Ignite was started in Seattle in 2006 by Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. Since then 100s of 5 minute talks have been given across the world. There are thriving Ignite communities in Seattle, Portland, Paris, and NYC.

SLC's 1st Ignite series was a great success and the coordinators are already planning Ignite Salt Lake 2 - check out their web site for info on becoming a speaker, a sponsor or attending the talks.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the evening:

Ignite Salt Lake

Ignite Salt Lake

Winners of the paper airplane contest, including Josh Coates of ("Effective Tactical Responses in a Post-Apocalyptic Environment or Zombie Defense for n00bs") and local social media wunderkind Jesse Stay ("Facebook Development in 5 minutes")
Ignite Salt Lake

BYU's Jeremy Grimshaw ("Everything you ever wanted to know about Southeast Asian wet rice cultivation but were afraid to ask; or, why I started a Balinese music group in Provo")
Ignite Salt Lake

Mike Moore ("Sequential Art ")
Ignite Salt Lake

See more photos in this Flickr slideshow

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Hotel Cafe Tour: Salt Lake City, UT

The Hotel Cafe Tour: Lenka, originally uploaded by calanan.

Earlier this week my editor (at Wasatch Woman magazine) sent me to cover The Hotel Cafe Tour:

...For the past 4 years, The Hotel Café has been presenting a tour that has hit every major market in the United States and UK. The concept of the tour was to share the same community vibe with music fans all over the country. Artists performed solo and would then share the stage with fellow tour mates. No cookie cutter corporate American Idols, just real music, written by real artists, surrounded by real friends, who actually have a story to tell.

Salt Lake's stop included artists Kate Havnevik, Rachael Yamagata, Meiko, Emily Wells, Lenka and Thao Nguyen and it was an excellent show!

Here are some of my favorites from the night:

The Hotel Cafe Tour: Kate Havnevik

The Hotel Cafe Tour: Thao Nguyen The Hotel Cafe Tour: Rachael Yamagata

The Hotel Cafe Tour: Emily, Meiko and Thao

You can view more in this Flickr slideshow.

Destination: Salt Lake tear sheets

I just received a copy of the latest Destination: Salt Lake visitor's guide, I have 2 new photos in it: a street scene and a family portrait with some geese. You can check it out online:

Skip to page 18 Neighborhoods.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Manray's Birthday Hike

Manray's Birthday Hike
Originally uploaded by calanan
Short video from Renee's birthday hike near home. Taken with the new Nikon D90 SLR w/HD video.

11 November 2008

Emigration Canyon
Salt Lake City, UT

Nikon D90 (kit lens)

Music: "I Feel Fine" by the Charles River Valley Boys, from the album "Beatle Country"

HD version available on Vimeo

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Birthday, Manray!

Manray, originally uploaded by calanan.

Today is my wife's birthday, you can send her some good wishes in the comments, at her Flickr account or via Twitter @iammanray.

(here are some more photos of her)

Steve in the empty house

Steve, originally uploaded by calanan.

Inside our ex-neighbor's empty house
Salt Lake City, UT

Some portraits taken in the now-empty home of some friends/neighbors who moved away. With the home sitting idle until 1 Dec I decided to take advantage of all that space and shoot some portraits of Renee and Steve.

Here's another shot:


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Can I have your votes?

Can I have your votes?, originally uploaded by calanan.

I realise that many of you are all voted out but I have to photos up for voting at JPG Magazine and would really appreciate your votes (JPG Mag account [free] required for voting).

First is Renee and Kerby in the category Beloved

The other is a hipshot street scene in the category Shoot from the Hip


Monday, November 3, 2008


Nicki, originally uploaded by calanan.

Salt Lake City, UT

Nikkor 85mm f/1.8
Nikon SB-800

Also in B&W


This pose is from a recent maternity photoshoot...I'm glad we didn't wait longer to schedule the shoot, Nicki went into labor later that night!

Mom and Dad returned tonight for a newborn session, here's a sneak preview:


I'll upload more photos of their beautiful little girl ASAP.