Friday, June 12, 2015

Just wanted to post some recent work I've shot. My first experience shooting a band, first headshots and first engagement session. Phew. It was all harder than I expected but I loved the challenge and stretching myself. I'm dying for a new camera because mine isn't keeping up with me anymore so I'll be saving up for one this year. And I've got a web site and branding on my radar too. It's high time I take the leap and become official (whatever the heck that means. I don't know if I'll ever be comfortable calling myself a photographer). My brain tells me to research and work on this stuff in my limited spare time but my body says, "Nah, we're good. Let's go watch Netflix." It's a losing battle.

This was a collaborative worship night and CD release with a few different local bands. I had to borrow a camera for this because I didn't trust mine in that unpredictable lighting. It was really hard to give that thing back at the end of the night. It was an honor to be asked to capture this evening and the music was fantastic.

I've known Allison for a long time and it was fun working with her. She's such a sweet, smart girl who's done far more traveling than I have in her life. She's always fascinating to listen to. I loved coaching her and helping her relax in front of the camera during the hour we shot.

How adorable is this couple? And the camera doesn't even show his charming British accent. Gosh, they were cute, but it was far more of a challenge than I expected. It's one thing to capture families having fun together. It's another thing to try to get people to act completely in love in front of a stranger holding a camera. And posing two people was harder than posing a group. I loved it but I'll be more prepared next time. Took a while to find a groove but I was happy with the results for my first try. I'm really starting to think about having a glass of wine with my clients before we start shooting. ;)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

creek days

If you need us this summer, we'll be here. Who needs pool passes when you have this across the street? We ate supper on our covered porch and then spent the evening in the creek. I kinda wanted to pinch myself because of how idyllic it all felt. Which was such a relief considering the two previous weeks I'd had after my father-in-law's sudden passing and some gut-wrenching realities with facing divorce, I needed a rejuvenating breath of fresh air. I could say so much more but I'd rather just stare at these pictures of my man cubs and revel in all the good stuff for now.

He had clothes on at one point. I guess he wanted to go skinny dipping but changed his mind on the dipping part.

Its Lord of the Flies around here. You best bring a weapon if you want to survive. Ipads and cookies also work well.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

easter weekend

A weekend in pictures. This day was deceivingly warm but when we got to the lake, the wind was whipping and it was quite chilly. But these pictures right here are why I will always and forever be in support of picking up the camera. Any negative aspects of the day completely fade away and I'm left with these images that warm me straight to my core. 

And Sunday was spent with cousins on the other side of the family. Almost all of the big kids changed out of their Easter clothes as quickly as possible. Dawson put back on his Aquaman costume that his Nana made him. Sunday morning was the only time he didn't wear it in a span of about ten days. I didn't make my kids take any posed pictures with me. Maybe it was so I could use that as leverage later on to get them to give me some of their chocolate. 

 I caught this teenager sneaking a beer in the back of his grandpa's truck.
 Kidding. It was Ginger Ale.

Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it's your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory. 
You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don't see him, yet you trust him--with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you'll get what you're looking forward to: total salvation.   
1 Peter 1:7-9 The Message
 Jesus, you are the reason I sing.