Blue Mountain Lake

A moody summer scene at Blue Mountain Lake in Indian Lake, New York in the central Adirondack Mountains. Blue Mountain Lake is part of a series of lakes connected by the Marion River. This is considered the heart of the Adirondack Mountains and home of Adirondack Experience, a museum located in a historic summer resort hotel. Every year, thousands of vacationers come here to fish, swim, boat, hike, and enjoy the outdoors.

Studio Luna

I did this series with model Luna Mae in her Finger Lakes studio a few months ago, but didn’t get around to processing the photos until recently. I wanted to experiment with different lighting, but we weren’t able to get it dark enough in there to completely control the light. Still, I think I got a few decent shots with the red light. This was my first studio shoot – a little too plain for my tastes. I need to have an interesting background; something that tells a story.

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Maria on the Lake

Author, model, and actress Maria Libri-Sigle poses at the Island Bay Yacht Club on Lake Springfield in Springfield, Illinois. Even though it was a hot afternoon, she was very patient and made the whole process seem effortless from beginning to end. I think this was one of my most “professional” looking photo shoots to date. The hardest part was choosing just a few photos to represent the series. Check out her books on Amazon.

Georgia’s Summer Days

Model and artist Georgia Alderson poses in a 1960s-inspired Boho V Neck Print Romper at Glacial Park Nature Preserve in McHenry County, Illinois. We braved all the inconveniences of shooting outdoors in the summer (including a mosquito infestation) to get this wonderful series.

I wanted to capture a 1960s-style look and feel, using a custom preset in Adobe Lightroom from I love these presets because they allow you to choose a custom look for multiple photos and speed up the editing process quite a bit. I used three slightly different presets for this batch, and included a “regular” version so you can see what the original colors looked like.

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