Portrait of Kevin

Priestly Portrait

Here’s a shot for recent portrait shot. The end use of this portrait shot was for a website “About Us” page. Kevin was recently ordained and interning at an Anglican Church is Orange County [Holy Trinity Anglican Church]

The morning started off foggy and dark but 40 minutes after arrival the sun broke free.  I put Kevin in open shade and set a speedlight off about 45 degrees with a diffuser to ensure we had a decent catch-light.

It was a easy shot, which made Kevin extremely happy.  He was still have nightmares from a “long” engagement shoot that he’s still not over.  ha ha ha

Black and White or Color

Black and White or Color?

After you take a photograph you many find yourself faced with the following question: black and white or color? Each type can create a completely different emotion or convey a differnt message to the viewer.

A couple of weeks ago I took the following photograph of a young boy in front of a brick wall with a painted sign on it.  It’s a nice photograph, warm, conveying some attitude on part of the boy despite the fact that the sign next to him states, “drop on it.”

Drop On In Color

The sign on the wall looked much more vintage that what this “color” photograph could convey.  Plus, this boy is wearing crocks with blue socks and a modern t-shirt.  I wanted a more vintage feel so I converted it to black and white. What do you think?

Drop On In - black and white

Albeit, the photo doesn’t look totally vintage, but it does certainly convey a different message and emotion from that of the color version. It takes the focus away from the blue socks and crocks and brings the majority of focus back to his face and the message, “drop on in.”

Color vs Black and White

Here’s another example: a wedding party in front of a graffiti wall.  Do you see how “different” the emotion that each version conveys?

Challenge: Take a look at your photographs and see what they would look like in a black and white version.  You may like it better.

Joe Randeen
3 Penguins Photography

A different side

If you know me, even a little bit, you know that I love photographing at Disneyland.  I love Disneyland – period.  Been going there since I was seven.  Now my kids are hooked.

This last time out I decided to take a few shots from areas that I don’t normally shoot.

Everyone shots the front of the castle, as do I – it’s magnificent, but I wanted to try the backside. Finding Nemo is closing down for a while.  They have to empty the 5 million gallon tank before they can start. Since my kids are older, we don’t spend as much time in Fantasyland.  I was sitting there waiting for them to get of Casey Jr. when I looked up and thought, this is really cool.  Finally, I decided to photobomb from the another angle.

Backside of the Castle

Backside of the Castle


Finding Nemo & Monorail

Fantasyland with Matterhorn

Fantasyland with Matterhorn

Reverse Photobombs

Reverse Photobombs

Cooper Enjoying Ice Cream

Cooper Enjoying Ice Cream



Family Portraits by joe randeen :: 3 Penguins Photography

Family Portraits in PV

Recently I had the great honor of shooting family portraits with some very dear friends. To make it even more special, by friends mother and sister’s family were also a part of this special afternoon. So, we had two families of 3 (mom + dad + son & dog, mom + dad + daughter)  linked together by their visiting mom from Taiwan.

The challenge was finding the right place to capture this loving family.  I was seeking texture and warm light so I chose two locations in Palos Verdes.

The first was a small private garden with a huge bougainvillea tree on a used brick patio.  The warm colors added to the serenity and it was quiet for the sake of the baby.

The second location was beautiful mall with bricks and tall arches. The angles and leading lines are exquisite. The late afternoon sun accentuated the gold light.

It was a fabulous afternoon. The young boy’s humor kept us all going.  The baby had a brief moment of crying but did great during a long shoot. I don’t have the words to describe mom/grandma.  She was delightful, so sweet and had an air about her that was sheet love and beauty.  Seeing her interact with her grandchildren was something that I really wanted to capture, I believe that I did.

Capturing generations is something that is very close to my heart.  If I can gather grandparents, kids and grandchildren in the same place and I have my camera – I’m a happy man.

I feel very lucky by being a part of these special moments.

– joe randeen :: 3 Penguins Photography


Cheng_Kim_01Family Portraits by joe randeen :: 3 Penguins Photography


Micah Grandma

Fun Family Portraits

Family Portrait - joe randeen : 3 Penguins Photography


Client: Family of six
Location: Fullerton, CA

Angie was kind enough to call me about doing a family portrait session just prior to a couple of daughters going back to school.  It was the first family portraits they had one in a really long time.

I wanted to capture the essence of who they are: Fun, loving and bit of quirky sarcasm.

They are a tight-knit family who bring joy into the lives of people they touch.

Promotional Headshots

Promotional Shots - by Joe Randeen : 3 Penguins Photography


Client: Gabby – Student, actress and singer
Location: Corona, CA

Gabby’s mother contact me for some promotional shots for her daughter. They needed to be used in various situations from college applications to audition headshots.