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I don’t really blog for my photography any more, but I felt that this deserved a little more than just a Tweet or a FB post.  If you happen to see this and need to contact me, I’m easily reached on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cofphoto or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cofphoto

If you know us at all, you know we are HUGE Marvel and Agents of SHIELD fans.  Our 7 year old Son Gavin dressed us as “Kid Coulson” at 2013 SDCC and some of his photos have been retweeted by the Agents of SHIELD cast including Clark Gregg himself.

He was also interviewed for a TV show on Disney XD, but his interview was cut and never aired.  Here is a photo of him being interviewed at SDCC:

 

Gavin's Kid Coulson interview for Disney XD

Gavin’s Kid Coulson interview for Disney XD

 

Our Son now has a fan page on Facebook, if you care to check him out at www.facebook.com/thegavinrichter You’ll find plenty of his cosplay photos there.  Here is one of my personal favorites.

 

Gavin Richter as Kid Coulson

Gavin Richter as Kid Coulson

 

We recently decided to remodel our Son’s play room in our home with a Marvel / SHIELD theme and this weekend put the finishing touches on it.

First, the focal point of the room, the main wall that you see when you enter.  A floor to ceiling SHIELD logo was taped off and painted on the wall.  In the center of the wall is a 16×24 inch photo of our Son with the Agents of SHIELD cast (thanks to Photoshop), printed on metal and mounted on 2″ standoffs.  Here is the photo.

 

Kid Coulson Agents of SHIELD

Gavin with the cast of Agents of SHIELD

 

Around the metal print are four 1/2″ thick pieces of plexiglass, two larger ones and two smaller ones, mounted on metal telescoping brackets (typically used for mounting a small TV on the wall).  On the four “control screens” are graphics that I created in Photoshop.  The idea is that they are Helicarrier control screens like the ones Nick Fury has in The Avengers.  Here are the four graphics.

 

Helicarrier Main Control Screen

Helicarrier Main Control Screen

Helicarrier Navigation Control Panel

Helicarrier Navigation Control Panel

Helicarrier Weapons Control Panel

Helicarrier Weapons Control Panel

That man is playing Galaga!

That man is playing Galaga!

 

Here is a photo of the finished product, with our Son’s drawing table below.  You’ll also notice Coulson’s Destroyer Gun up there on the wall.

 

Agents of SHIELD Control Panels

Agents of SHIELD Control Panels

 

Here is a closeup photo of the cast photo and a small shelf above it, with some items that Agent Coulson just might have at his desk.  Included is a postcard from Tahiti that reads “It’s a Magical Place”.  Also is the Exclusive EFX Agent Coulson Badge (thank you Jungle Fritz!!).

 

Kid Coulson Items

Kid Coulson Items

 

Closer inspection of the drawing table reveals a message from Mom and Dad.  You may recognize Dad’s message from Iron Man 2.  I tear up every time I hear Howard say that to Tony.  🙁

Messages from Mom and Dad

Messages from Mom and Dad

 

You may notice the little remote control there.  The Agents of SHIELD cast photo stands out from the wall about 2″ and has LED light strips behind it.  The remote controls those lights.  Looks awesome at night.

ADDED PHOTO:  We have since added something red to the desk area, here is a newly added photo.

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On the adjacent wall we have four shadow boxes with props from four of Gavin’s favorite Marvel Super Heroes – Hawkeye, Deadpool, Captain America and Wolverine.  I built the boxes and my Wife painted them.

Above the shadow boxes is a long shelf with seven blank canvases.  Gavin absolutely LOVES to draw super heroes.  He will use these canvases to do some decorating of his own.  These are actually pretty reasonably priced if you catch a good sale at Michaels.  I think these seven 12×12 canvases were about $15.

 

Props from Gavin's favorite super heroes.

Props from Gavin’s favorite super heroes.

On the opposite wall we have Gavin’s collectibles shelving.  The top shelf has a “decoupage” with the letters from his name, he and his Mom did that together.  It’s hard to tell from here, but each letter only has super heroes whose name begins with that letter.  So the G has Gambit and Ghost Rider, while the V has Venom and Vision, etc.

The middle shelf has a pair of Iron Man costume helmets and misc. other props.  These shelves will be used to display Gavin’s more expensive collectibles – things that he doesn’t play with, just for display.

On the bottom shelf are the bobbleheads, you’ll notice Spidey is hanging upside down, that’s thanks to a wonderful product called Blue Tack.  Great for temporarily sticking light weight things to a wall, etc.  Doesn’t harden, you can pull it down at any time.  There is plenty of space for new bobbleheads that Gavin will collect at future comic conventions.

Collectibles Shelving

Collectibles Shelving

 

Finally the last wall in the room is where the closet is.  My Wife sewed these beautiful curtains, made out of really cool Marvel fabric that we bought at Joann’s Fabrics.  I really love how this looks.

 

Marvel Super Hero Curtains

Marvel Super Hero Curtains

 

Well that’s it, I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour.  Please feel free to drop us a note on Facebook or Twitter if you like what we’ve done, or have any questions.

 

Thanks for looking!

Shawn, Pamela, Gavin Richter
San Diego, California

 

 

just a test post

October 21, 2011

testing 1, 2, 3…

Last week I met with Josiah and Tari to shoot some couples portraits in downtown San Diego.  Here are a few favorites:

Downtown San Diego Portrait Photography

Downtown San Diego Portrait Photography

Downtown San Diego Portrait Photography

Downtown San Diego Portrait Photography

Downtown San Diego Portrait Photography

Downtown San Diego Portrait Photography

This is a tutorial on how to make your Facebook page look like this:

Note that this does require that you have upgraded to the “new” Facebook layout.  If you are fluent in Photoshop this should be relatively easy.  If you are a customer of ours and you’d like to do something like this, send me a message and I’ll see if I can’t whip something up for you.

1.  Open Facebook in your browser.  Set a vertical photo as your main profile pic that is 180 pixels wide by 532 pixels tall (you should already know how to do this).

2.  Make sure it takes up your browser window is maximized so that it takes up your whole screen and get a screen capture.  This is easily done by hitting ALT-PRTSCRN.

3.  Go to Photoshop, CTRL-N to create a new document. 

4.  CTRL-V to paste the screen shot into your document.

5.  Grab the Slice Tool (it’s with the Crop Tool).  Click and drag around the six areas that we’ll want to use – the big verticle profile pic and the five horizontal tagged photos going across.

6.  Once you have the six areas “sliced” then open the photo that you want to use on your Facebook page, hit CTRL-A (select all) and CTRL-C (copy)…can you tell I like keyboard shortcuts? LOL

7.  Go back to the newly sliced image and CTRL-V (paste) your photo onto it.  Then you’ll want to CTRL-T (transform) your photo so that it’s the right size and in the right position over the six windows.  This is the key – you have to find an image that works well for the position of the six openings, and you have to get your photo in the best position/size for the layout.  Note that if you hold the SHIFT key down as you are resizing with the Transform tool, the aspect of your photo will stay the same.

8.  Click File > Save for web and devices.  Once that window opens set it to Jpeg (top right) and set quality to 100%. 

9.  Hit the Save button at the bottom, and on the next screen change the Slices dropdown to “All User Slices”.

10.  Hit Save and PS will save all six of the windows you’ve created as six different JPGs.

11.  Upload the six images to Facebook.

12.  Set the big verticle image as your main profile pic.

13.  Very important – tag yourself in the five horizontal images that go across, but you need to go right to left.  So the image that you want to be on the far right should be tagged first, and the one on the far left tagged last.  This took some playing with when I was doing it, if you mess up just untag yourself from the photos and start over.  You don’t have to delete them off of Facebook, just untag and retag.

That’s it!  If you end up doing this to your Facebook page, let me know at www.facebook.com/cofphoto

Enjoy!

Click here to view a slideshow of our San Diego Baby Portraits.

Today I met with the Robinsons to shoot some photos of their adorable 3 month old Daughter at our studio.  I just finished editing all of the photos, here are a few personal favorites:

San Diego Baby Photographer

San Diego Baby Photographer

San Diego Baby Photographer

San Diego Baby Photographer

San Diego Baby Photographer

San Diego Baby Photographer

San Diego Baby Photographer

San Diego Baby Photographer

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Shawn and Pamela Richter are Professional Photographers located near downtown San Diego California. We offer all kinds of photography including
wedding photography, newborn photography, children photography, maternity photography, artistic nude photography, boudoir photography and high school senior portraits.
Outdoor portrait photography is typically done at Balboa Park, Hotel Del Coronado Beach, La Jolla Beach, Windansea, Pacific Beach or Ocean Beach or downtown San Diego.
Customers from Laguna Beach, Dana Point Orange County, Los Angeles, Temecula, Murrieta, Riverside, Arizona, Phoenix, Tucson, Sedona
and other out of state locations are welcome to contact us for their photography needs.
We happily support our local military families, and are proud to offer a Military discount with valid Military ID.

We are also available from time to time in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona and Tucson Arizona for on-location photography.

Use of any content on this page is allowed only by the express written permission of the photographers, Pamela and Shawn Richter.