August 28, 2007

Finding the Light... in the strangest of places...

Music | Ode to Tip by Fred Anderson

Today I had an assignment to shoot some portraits. The home I shot in had fantastic light, especially upstairs where the bedrooms were. The main shoot was to take place in one of the empty bedrooms where I had some props set up. While getting acquainted with one of my subjects, I made a strange request to shoot in the bathroom of the first floor. This is why...

Looking at Angels...

Music | Spirit Lullaby by Sweet Honey in the Rock

A Place I'd Love to Go!

August 27, 2007

Beauty is a Rare Thing

Music | Beauty is a Rare Thing by Ornette Coleman

Years ago, I was working an event with Randy Kepple where there were so many amazing and interesting faces, that we decided to hone in and isolate them in our photos. It was a great exercise in study and patience.

Today, during a lull in the event I was shooting, I was able to observe a face as the light danced across it as she moved. Briefly, I got caught up in the beauty of the moment, but was able to pull myself together and photograph her...

I get chills looking at stills from movies I love. The cinematic feel often translates to images in my imagination. Still but moving, having before and after moments that we can only imagine. If you've read any of Haruki Murakami you will have seen this face before, and in your head, you will have created a story.

August 24, 2007


Music | Mohawk by Charlie Parker

I'm turning into a little flower-boy...

August 23, 2007

A New Day

Music | Gospel Train (Orchestra) by Tom Waits

I'm not proud to admit I am in the worst shape of my life. Being sedentary in front of a computer has wreaked havoc on my physical and mental well being. I've known that for sometime and did nothing about it. Nothing about it until yesterday... I joined a local fitness club and was given my introduction/orientation this afternoon. I had no idea that I was going to be lifting weights, and getting as many crunches as I could on this particular visit. I spoke with a personal trainer who was testing me for a baseline as to where I would start with all of the various machines. I decided I wanted to tone, shape and define, whats left to save of this middle aged body.

I've committed to make my business as a photographer work 3 years ago and my payoff has responded this year. Now, I'm committing to myself to be a healthier person to live a healthier life.

Step one...

August 20, 2007

Beauty in Symmetry

Music | Rain by Joey Fehrenbach

I've edited, processed and now putting the finishing touches on one of my commissions. This image threw itself at me and I immediately fell in love with it...

August 19, 2007

Happy in Chicago

Music | Better by Regina Spektor

I got to go back to the midwest to visit family and friends. I have to say that this trip make me miss Chicago in such a way that I wouldn't mind being back there. I have so many good friends and family nearby. It is tough being out west where my nearest family member is over 2000 miles away...

My previous visits back "home" didn't leave me with much desire to go back. My City was Gone. There stood another city that I couldn't much recognize and I felt I couldn't relate to in the same way as my past.

I'm still not sure what changed and made me feel differently about the city I grew up in. I guess time has a way of changing things and then change them again. I'm all ready looking forward to another visit...

August 06, 2007


Music | Love Lament by Abbey Lincoln

After having just seen the chase seen in the movie Bullitt, I wanna drive my car really fast...

August 02, 2007

Laying Down the Foundation

Music | Sweet Thing by Chaka Khan

Erio Mishima Photographié began in the fall of 2004 and enacted in 2005. The decision to start this new business was difficult for many reasons, but mostly because a large part of my life would have to be left at the side of the road as I try and move forward.

This year, 2007 has been fruitful. Thru sheer luck, a few early snap decisions, great people that I've networked with have culminated in a business that has kept me busy like I have not known for a long time.

This is all new territory and to make a business grow is not without many fears. I'm all ready thinking about 2008 and how I can try to ensure at least the same amount of business as this year. One thing I've never done is to spend money on advertising. My deadlines for 2 venues that I've decided upon was within a day. I did have the forethought to hire a copywriter. Angel Menchaca of Serif Design came thru with a brilliant piece of writing to help me with my ad in My Portland Wedding which can be seen here.
The same copy will also be published along with some of my photography in The 2008 edition of Oregon Bride Wedding Guide.

As Erio Mishima Photographié continues to grow, I'm looking forward to the new challenges that I become faced with. I want the foundation to be strong, so I won't have regrets in the future.
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