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Welcome to my Blog!

Hello, thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.  Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment. 

I have been practicing commercial photography in Denver since 1995.  Before moving to Colorado, I was working in the Detroit area.  Back in those days, the auto industry was doing pretty good and I got a lot of experience working for the big car studios but my wife and I wanted to try living out west.  We packed up our little cars and moved to the Denver area.  After living in a tent for a month, we found housing and our own niches in the photography world.  That seems like a long time ago, we now have two kids, a dog and a mortgage.

My passion in photography is creating images of people on location.  I love the fast paced challenge of going into different environments and making interesting portraits.  In contrast, I have also come love the slower pace of architectural photography.  There is a different set of challenges and it is more about planning and coming up with a clear strategy. 

Thanks again for visiting, come back often and hopefully I will be faithful to the true spirit of the blog and have interesting images and words to share.  Cheers, Paul Wedlake

The Return of Balloon Boy

I have been working with Matter Studios on a new logo and rebranding.  As part of that effort, I’m shooting a personal photo campaign with W’s cut out from different materials and shooting them on locations.  After seeing the W’s certain images pop into my head.  On this particular shoot, the W reminded me of a balloon.  It was very round and colorful.  I then thought about going out to eat with kids.  My wife and I joke about the last time we ate at a restaurant that didn’t have ketchup and balloons.  After we eat, one or both of the kids inadvertently lets their balloon go and make that final lunge to grab it.  The balloon always gets away of course and goes on a freedom ride.  “Ahhhh man,”  followed by a sobfest.  Anyways, I wanted to capture that scene using the W as the balloon.  Here is final image…

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Don’t let it go!!!
Don’t let it go!!!

I typically don’t like to make a big composite out of my images, but I knew I wasn’t going to pull this off as a single image.  Reason #1 – I was working with two kids and a dog.  Reason #2 – I only had one W.  The next image shows the three images that I composited together…

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The setup

Before I attempted this shoot, I decided that a test run would be important.  I wasn’t sure how the W would look like as a balloon, how the kids would look airborne, and how it would all come together as a final image.  My first thought was that I would shoot from below with a wide lens and get mostly sky.  After doing the test shoot, I found that I really wanted to see the expression of my kids face.  I also learned that having them jump off a platform made the image pretty unrealistic.  Having a balloon W was unrealistic enough.  The last image in this series, shows nothing but sky.  That image reminded me of the famous Colorado Balloon Boy.  No one wants to relive that event.

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Test shoot for balloon boy

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