We had a 1967 BSA B44 "Victor" motocross bike come in the studio. It is 441 cc displacement.The gent who brought it in built it from several boxes of parts. It was built to look like a BSA factory "works" motocrosser. They were 494 cc, presumably with an oversize bore. We pulled out a white sweep of twelve foot paper and brought in the motorcycle. With our 10' x 20" overhead Lightbank and some soft front light and big reflectors we tried to brighten the chrome but keep detail in the shadows. We wanted to get a lot of angles in short time and delivered 57 different images in the gallery. That big single is a great motor, simple and small.

You can read the article here: http://www.pipeburn.com/home/2017/07/06/arms-race-steve-brights-bsa-enduro-441-racer-replica.html

As a part of a project for Grant County Public Utility District, we were asked to photograph salmon coming back to the hatchery to spawn, as is their natural instinct. There is an outlet channel from the hatchery that is at least a mile long, located right downstream from Priest Rapids Dam. Not being underwater photographers nor being set up with underwater cameras and lighting, let alone scuba or drysuit equipment, we chose a simpler approach. What they wanted was images of these mature fish making their way upstream. They are fairly contained in the channel. What I did was to bring a small aquarium and some flash lighting units. I built a stand in the water with some cement blocks at a turn in the stream, placed the aquarium about 6" deep into the 3 foot-deep water on top of the stack of blocks, put some lead weights in the aquarium to keep it from floating off, and placed a camera inside it, up against the glass. I was in chest waders, the assistant in hip boots. The camera and light needed to stay dry. It was much too dark to work with sunlight or even skylight, being late afternoon. We placed two lights on boom stands over the water to create a "sweet spot" of strobe light in the water where I hoped the fish would swim through and where the flash units were concentrated. The water was more murky than I expected. Zone focusing, I shot as I saw clusters of fish approaching and entering our prepared area. The whole thing worked pretty well though I was in the water for close to three hours. The images were quite flat coming out of the camera so we gave them more contrast and did what we could to make them look like what we saw. Our client was happy with the images we delivered. Here are "before and after" (post-processing) samples: 

Digital Dealer Magazine called us, based on our website, to photograph our local BMW dealership's manager Mel Watson. Digital Dealer is largely an on-line publication with a moderate print press-run. They needed a magazine cover and an inside story intro image. This fellow has some very good ideas about car dealerships and he was interviewed about all of that for the cover story. Mel is a very likable, easygoing, heads-up person and I can see why he's been successful. When we submitted the gallery to the editor, Linda Fisher, she wrote back to say "I’m thrilled with the results of the photoshoot. This will be one of our favorite covers. Thank you so much! GREAT JOB!"

You can't ask for more than that. Well, you can, but they even paid right away. If you would like to read the article check it out here: http://www.digitaldealer.com/interview-mel-watson-general-manager-bmw-spokane/

Mobil Oil asked us to photograph a visit to Spokane by baseball player Steve Garvey. We photographed a reception for him at "North 40" store and at the Indians Baseball field before and during a game. He is a very nice, easygoing, and considerate guy.  He signed hundreds of baseballs, mitts, brochures, bats and anything people brought. Avista Stadium is also one of Spokane's under-appreciated gems. What a great little ball park.

Nurse.com magazine, a large-circulation web and print magazine assigned us to photograph Associate Professor (and PHD) Martin Schiavenato to introduce a story about a technology he is developing to assess pain in newborns and infants. Before they are able to express discomfort. The WSU staff cooperated beautifully with us and we were able to execute in two locations. Martin is an RN and has worked with premature babies a great deal. This, and a genuine compassion for his small charges led him to this effort. An interesting fellow doing noble work. Read the full story below:



Inga Hansen, Exec. Editor of MedEsthetics (and other) magazines saw our website and, according to her, "really hoped we could do this project". She and I went over the job, settled on a budget, then we made our arrangements with Spokane Dermatology Clinic. Jayce Charlesworth helped us greatly from inside the practice and we took the better part of our day there, shooting in a dozen different areas. It is an impressive, brand new, except for the basic structure, building and houses Dr. Werschler's research company as well- a growing and sizable operation itself. The work was published as a three-page story and the magazine cover art in this month's issue, and online, of course. The good Dr. Werschler was a pleasure to work with. 


Read the issue here: medesthetics.epubxp.com/t/22937-medesthetics

View Med Esthetics website: medestheticsmag.com/

Spokane Dermatology: spokanederm.com/

Coeur d'Alene Casino has a new chef. Chef Steven D. Walk has joined the Coeur d'Alene Casino as Head Chef, and J. Craig Sweat Photography was asked to photograph him. It's a huge job with many food venues and catering events on site at the casino/hotel. Steven knows his food and seems to know how to keep his very active food service group moving forward. The food is really quite good throughout the property, and it is all done in a beautiful facility with warm, inviting staffers in place to help us all have a great experience. Chef Steven is skilled with food, with management and with business. He's a nice person to boot.


The lid is off, now we can say it: Clancy (Clarise) Pool has won the "Paralibrarian of the Year" award from Library Journal Magazine . This trade magazine has a circulation of over a hundred-thousand which is very respectable in the world of publishing and makes sense when you consider the number of people with library careers countrywide. This is a national competition and Ms. Pool, of St John, Washington, was judged to be the most stellar performer in the world of libraries as a paralibrarian. She has done some great things for the Whitman County Library system. She shepherded funding and support for the building of a new facility in St. John and has worked at and improved a number of the small rural libraries in their system. We were sworn to secrecy in this work, even as we went to St. John to produce the images. We dissembled when asked what we were doing there and stayed obscure in our explanations.


Clancy was a great sport as we put her through a lengthy session for a cover image and then photographed her entertaining and reading to kids, out on the main street of St. John (in bitter cold), and collaborating with other library folks. I'm guessing she slept very well that night. Commonly, one person runs this library- it's a small operation and she is often it, but it is more successful and of a much higher profile and much more used by the locals with her effort to build it up. The magazine has been released, so we can talk openly about her recognition- pretty good for a small-town lady of great charm.  Read the article here: Library Journal Magazine