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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

green screen

This is a really cool video demonstrating what can be done with a little green screen and some computer magic. Just thought it was really interesting. And with technology like this becoming more widely used means it will get cheaper to use. Endless possibilities!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Help Portrait


Help Portait, created by Jermey Cowart, is global effort of photographers to give back to the community.
On 12.12.09 I will be taking portraits and a 5x7 print for FREE of our our soldiers that are heading to Iraq/Afghanistan or have already been to war. If you have a son, a daughter, a mom, a dad, or any other relative that is going to war, or has been to war, contact me to schedule your FREE portrait. I will be set up at my studio, Marble Street Studio.

Contact me at: thatcherdorn@me.com

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Transworld Snowboarding AD


I got a shot in Transworld Snowboarding that was in an ad for Taos. Too bad they jacked-up the shot.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

New Path


I haven't been around here in awhile. I took a new job. I'm a full-time photographer now. So i've been super busy lately. But I plan on getting on here much more. Til then, see ya!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

E.T. Face time




Here's few shots of E.T. from the Westside boyz. I wanted to do a portrait session with him for awhile. Our schedules really kept us from getting it done. BUt we finally got a couple. Only had about 30min to find a spot and shoot.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

White Sands


While on a little family hoilday in Ruidoso, my old home town, we made a trip down to white sands to get some photos of my kids. They loved it there. It was their first time there. We planned on being there to watch an awesome sunset. The day was filled with stormy clouds. We went any way. And snagged a couple good ones. Here's my favorite. My little girl running on the dunes.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Need Inspiration?



I know my blog isn't as cool as so many others. Maybe I just need to keep practicing.
There are 2 photographer's blogs that I check daily, sometimes more than daily. Their content is just so good. They love to share their thoughts and so I thought I would do the same.

You don't need to be a photographer to understand their blog post. They are more about living your life in a positive way and being the best you can be.

I'll give a little background on them so it will help you understand what kind of work they're doing.

Chase Jarvis - Action sports and Life Style, Seattle. I found Chase on YouTube first. I like to watch photo tech videos and he had some of the best by far. So I checked out his site and blog. Awesome work!! He shoots action sports (skiing, running, climbing, biking, ect...) and life style. He has some great pointers and view points on certain topics relative to the photography world. But what I really like about him is that he shares and motivates people to do great work.





Zack Arias - Editorial Music Photographer, Atlanta. I kind of just stumbled on him. I was reading another photographers blog, Cole Barash (snowboard photog) and he had a post about going all film again for a while. Someone had made a commit about that post with a link to a very emotional and inpiraring video that Zack Arias did for Scott Kelby's blog. The last few of his post are just what I need right now. You must watch the Dope, Soap & Hope video.


There's a little back story to it, just read the post before. It doesn't matter what you do, watch this and it will give a bright light to your dark path.


Tower Skate Park





So I finally got a night shoot with the Westside boys. And, of course, they killed it! Those guys break them selves up for me. Another shoot Thursday night at a sick park. Can't wait.
Thanks homies!!!!

My Cuz




My cousin, Laney, came up to pick up my sister to take her down to Ruidoso. While she was up and before she moves to Durango to go to school, I made her get in front of the camera. And I'm so glad I did! She can play that guitar so good, I just know we'll all be hearing her on cd soon.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Hell Track


I feel very lucky. I was hired to do a personal shoot with Kenth Fallen. Kenth is #1 in the nation in BMX. I don't follow the BMX world, but I know all about Rad (the 80's BMX movie). One of the most fun shoots I've done for sure. Thanks for going BIG Kenth!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

It's.....life.

My step-Grandmother, Ginny, is terminally ill. The doctors gave her a very short time to live, weeks. All in all, she doing well.

A family member who is in the music business, Jay Boy Adams, came to Santa Fe and had a record studio set up to record Ginny sing one song. My wife heard this was happening from my step-mother, Carol and told me that I had to get up there and shoot this. I couldn't agree more. This was going to be a once in a life time moment. And it was. She did amazing! It was so moving to be in the studio and witnessing all this go down. It was beyond words.

As a photographer, you always dream of the day that all your hard work and expensive gear will pay off. For me, it's dreaming of shooting top snowboarders in the most epic conditions for Transworld Snowboarding magazine. Or getting a call from Juice magazine saying they want me to send them tons of skater photos. I can see it. One day, when I'm walking by the magazine self, I'll see one of my photos. That's when you know you made it, right?

Or is it getting a call to capture something that will be cherished by people for years to come.

While driving the hour drive back home from Santa Fe, I was thinking about what just happened. This is why I got into photography. It wasn't for the fame, or the exotic location shoots, but to capture something that will live in the hearts of so many people. That "something" is unconditional love, a person that gave you life, an emotion that is so strong it will bring anyone to tears, a moment for you to realize that this is life and it goes by fast.

I'm just so grateful that I was able to do this.


Thank you Jay!!









Thursday, July 16, 2009

With my own eyes












The Westside Boys. I think I'm witnessing something very special.
Every Saturday morning at Los Altos skate park at 8am, you'll see the white Econo van full up with Westside in black Old English lettering across the side pull up full with kids. They jump out with decks in hand and start skating. This is their first stop of the day. The past couple weekends I showed up with my camera to capture something no else even knows that is happening. The Westside boys are skating. Not just the rails or stair sets but the WHOLE park.
As I mentioned before, these guys are the new Z-boys. I'm so lucky to be able to be apart of this. Pepe and E.T. are just killing it. And I'm seeing a lot of passion and progression in some the other skaters. One little man is only 10 and could probably clear me (6'5") as he airs out of a bowl.
So much more to come.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bomb Lomas


The 3rd annual Bomb Lomas skate day was today. Good show and good times. And I caught up with a couple old friends. Some skaters I shot last year, the Westside boys, were there and willing to go big for me. These guys are awesome to shoot with. They remind me of the old schoolers, like the Lords of Dog town.










Sunday, June 14, 2009

Ben & Rachel Schaefer


My youngest sister-in-law, Rachel, just got married (5-23-09). She married a wonderful guy, Ben. And I was so honored when they ask me if I would be their photographer.
They could have hired a true wedding photographer, but they let me have a go at it. I think part of it is that we're family and the other part is they trust me. I did their engagement photos, so they knew what kind of photos I take. But it was still something I took very seriously.
On the day of the wedding, it wasn't good weather. It had been raining the night before and was still coming down in the morning. I told my wife that when we come out of church that the clouds would open up and the day would be beautiful. I can't believe that I was right. As we come out of the church, the bright blue sky shined on us.
The reception was a blast. I could tell everyone was having fun and was truly happy for the young couple.
Here's to the young couple!















Monday, May 18, 2009

Friends at the Park







I actually took this a while back, but forgot I had a blog. Then I remembered that I had one. So here's a post from a shoot I did with some good friends at a local park. It was a great really fun shoot. The family had a great time and that always makes it easy for me.