Beachy Vibes

Adventure/Travel, Portraits

I love shooting maternity. I really do.

Especially when its in one of my favorite places in the world: Santa Cruz!

And, Rachel really killed it! Look at her!


All images copyright Jonathan Kreidler of JBK Imaging

The Outback Lives Up To Its Name


As many of you know, I’ve moved to Reno. Well, one of my most favorite past times is exploring the area surrounding where I live. I did it in the Bay Area and found some incredible spots that I never would have if I hadn’t set out to get myself lost and see what happens.

This last weekend my buddy Aden and I went out to the desert to shoot our guns and fly his drone. Well it turns out we both have Subarus and after all the ammo was gone we figured we’d explore the surrounding desert and see how capable our Japanese wonder wagons really are.

Spoiler alert: They’re VERY capable off the road!

We both easily conquered sand dunes my truck-driving buddy Nick was reluctant to tackle. We even tried to get stuck in the deep sand and just could not do it!

Subaru, if you’re reading this, I love your products very much and would LOVE to be a Subaru Ambassador!

Oh and we even found the wreckage of some cars that were not as capable and were apparently left to rot on the trail by their owners. Sad.



Chasing the Sun

Adventure/Travel, Portraits

Ever since I moved here to Reno I’ve fallen in love with the look and feel of the high desert and especially the light you get when the sun is just about to set and you get these amazing colors on the mountains and the air is gorgeous and atmospheric and beautiful.

The goal on this shoot was to capture images of Lauren in that natural beauty. However, we were caught off guard by the fact that on the easter side of this particular set of hills, the sun sets in a matter of minutes.

We started off the shoot in a little valley full of these beautiful sage bushes and got maybe 20 or so shots before the sun had dipped past the mountains and left us in a weird blue colored dusk.

So we set off to find the last little bit of the sunlight and ended up in this cool little sliver of light that we used to our advantage for the 2.5 minutes it was there.

Have a look and see what we were able to make in such a short period of time!




The authoritative Gift Guide for the Photographer in your life 


Let’s face it you probably know one. A photographer that is. Your niece in highschool who’s just discovered that cameras are a miraculous invention that lets her translate those creative ideas into a tangible format. Or maybe it’s your significant other who’s been into photography for years and collected mountains of gear and left you with nothing to buy them.

Well this guide is for you! These are all things your photographer has secretly lusted after and just hasn’t bought yet. So why not get it for them and make their face light up like a studio strobe!

1.Pinhole Pro by Thingyfy – $69 (and up) CAD

A small design firm based out of Toronto, Thingyfy brings the heat with this all-aluminum meticulously designed pinhole lens for all DSLR and Micro 4/3 mounts!

The real cool factor lies in the fact that you can swap apertures for the Pinhole Pro by simply turning the bezel like you’d turn a focus ring on any other lens!

2. Slide Pro strap by Peak Design – $64.95 USD

An incredibly versatile camera strap made by an impossibly cool design firm that brought the world the incredibly innovative Capture Clip system for camera retention!

3. Platypod Camera Base – $99 (and up)

A really cool little base on which you can balance your camera for those low perspective shots or just a super compact way to stabilize your camera on nearly any surface!

4. TREK Slider by Dyno Equipment – $225 (and up)

Get an incredibly stable slider system for your GoPro, Smartphone, or other small camera! This modular and fully customizable slider system goes where you go and deploys in a literal snap!

Moonage Daydream


Had a ton of fun making more images for Lindsay’s portfolio!

Treasure island gave us some unusually spectacular lighting this time around!

Ok so first up is this bad boy.
So we were just shooting, seeing how things looked in camera with that incredible slit of light coming between two shipping containers and at the time I didn’t think too much of this shot but once I got it into lightroom I knew there was something special about it.

I absolutely love the way the containers look in the back and set the scene for this supernatural looking ray of light to illuminate the subject. The colors were just so incredible together, seemed like a Wes Anderson color palette. IMG_5009-1IMG_5015-1


Now on to business, this was a shoot to pad her nude modeling portfolio after all.

I loved how the shadow almost seemed to take on a life of it’s own in this shaft of lightIMG_5038-1

#humpday, right?



To defeat the noise, you must first become the noise. IMG_5127-1

And finally, you know this wouldn’t be a JBK Imaging session without a little wacky curves adjustment in black and white. Actually, this really is not at all far from what it looked like straight out of the camera.



I hope you enjoyed this set from Lindsay!

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Witchy Woman


So I’ve been working with a new model lately, setting her up with a new nude portfolio so we’re going for breadth AND depth with different styles and looks. The other day we hit upon the idea of shooting on treasure island in the abandoned and graffiti’d spots on the island.

It turns out that Treasure Island is AWESOME for shooting nudes AND Lindsay is just an absolute pleasure to work with. She hits poses like she’s been doing it for years, she knows the looks I’m talking about when I say “do this with your face” or “do that one thing that looked cool.”

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This one was *hashtag* for instagram #censored #freethenippleLindsay -1

For this one I saw this sharp shadow on the ground and new something had to be done with it so I had her stand directly over the line and let it bisect both her and the image as a whole and I loved the results!Lindsay -6

Did this one not seeing it in black and white like sometimes happens inside my head when I’m composing an image, but once I got it into Lightroom I knew it could only exist in monochrome. The wind blowing her hair all over the place and her forlorn expression combined with the sort of wasteland/forgotten area in the background came together in what I feel like is a really solid editorial headshot. Lindsay -3

#tfw you’re on a boat in the middle of an islandLindsay -2

You know when someone says “give me a smolder?” well this is it. This is the benchmark for all future smolders. Lindsay -4

Thanks for looking! I appreciate you all and I can’t wait to be posting more delicious content for your head-orbs to gaze upon!

Be well and remember you’re all beautiful and you deserve to know it!


How I light Portraits


If you’ve had a camera in your hand for any amount of time you’ve probably heard about the rule of thirds, the “law” of composition where you divide the frame into 3 vertical and 3 horizontal sections and align the pieces you’re composing along those lines and cross points. If you’ve looked up anything to do with artificial lighting or speedlites you’ve probably heard about power outputs, color temperature, and so on and so forth.

You may see these as hard and fast laws to abide by when making images. Well that’s great to learn.

It really is.

But, and this is a BIG BUT. I would like to tell you about a theory that one of my most beloved photography mentors told me.

“Learn the rules so you know how and when to break them.”

Photo courtesy Chinniah Poosapadi


You can probably tell that I like to use artificial lights a lot when I can. I’m particularly fond of dramatic and borderline exaggerated lighting to create a sense of intrigue and story.


This first image was just a test shot I made of my little nephew Brandon in the front yard. He was lit from the front left by the sun and behind right by a speedlite set about head height facing right at him with no light modifiers. “NO LIGHT MODIFIERS? YOU’RE CRAZY!” you probably said to yourself. Well friend, let me tell you WHY I did what I did. Actually, just look. It looks tight. The Speedlite gave a sweet flare and decreased the contrast without having to do that Lightroom “fade” filter that’s so popular these days.


This next image was really very simple in execution but *I feel like* it had great results. Basically, I had an assistant (my lovely girlfriend Madison) hold a speedlite with a little octabox as high as she could above and the right of the model, pointing straight down at her. I did this because to me it felt like it gave the scene this sort of extraterrestrial vibe, like aliens were coming down to beam her down from their flying saucer. Which would explain the odd attire!

This last image was made for a clothing company lookbook. You can probably guess what trick I used for this one too! Speedlite set just above head height pointing directly at the model from behind, again with no modifier.

I guess the point I’m trying to make with this post is that people are going to tell you a lot of things, their opinions, stuff they believe as gospel, and sometimes just a big fat pile of horseshit. They’ll criticize your use of a certain look, certain way you edit your images, or way you photograph. Don’t let the fuckers get you down and discourage you. DO WHAT YOU THINK LOOKS SICK and fuck all the rest of it!