If I’ve learned anything at all doing this job, it can be summed up in a few simple notions . . .
Have your gear ready and stay alert. The magic happens quickly and not at all when you expected it.
Consider kneepads. Get down on the ground and see what’s really happening.
Trying to pose kiddos is futile and not that much fun anyway. Follow their lead.
Some places have extra magic. Identify and remember them. (Bishop Arts is more than just good food.)
When someone wants you to shoot their important event, you say “Yes”.
Did I mention that kids are awesome to work with, but impossible to predict?
The most interesting shots are not the “static set-ups”. Quite the contrary – it’s the random candid pic that almost didn’t happen which stirs the imagination.
True Love will always be photogenic. Point and shoot. Nothing more to it.
Details, details and a few more of those beautiful details.
A huge “Thank You” to my amazing clients. Your continued support means everything.
Thanks guys! It was fun trying to keep the camera steady while braving the wind and holding the canister of doggy treats with the other hand.
I agree! Trimming this image down and focusing on the Birthday Girl and the balloon makes it really interesting.
Thank you! That was a beautiful location and such a wonderful evening. It was an honor to be invited to shoot the event. Congratulations!
Now that the Holidays are over and most of the football games have been played,
I felt like taking a look back at 2014. I sure did snap a whole lotta pictures. Most were pretty good (IMHO).
A few of the images, however, were pretty darn good. Here are some of my favorites.
Children’s playful and smiling laughter . . .
Newly formed families creating special memories . . .
Beautifully colorful and emotional celebrations . . .
Fun-loving return clients that have become friends . . .
Long-time friends that have supported me from before the beginning . . .
Bold adventurers excitedly stepping out into the unknown . . .
Gleefully unencumbered innocence . . .
Families blending together in happiness . . .
Fatherhood . . .
Motherhood . . .
And a ton of awesome clients.
Thanks for your trust and confidence. It’s so much fun shooting you guys.
A few months ago the wealth management firm True North Advisors hired me to shoot some pictures of their company end-of-the-year party. It was a total blast and I blogged about it here. I was surprised and honored when they contacted me again about photographing their yearly client party.
The event was held at The Dallas Arboretum with food provided by Two Sisters Catering. The food looked and smelled amazing as it was served from installations that were themselves, works of art.
The Camp House was brimming with lively conversation and relaxed exuberance as the firm’s invitees soaked up the natural beauty of a perfect Spring day.
I enjoyed incorporating all of the details into the pictures taken during the evening.
As a photographer, I was enthralled with the authenticity and interest that was all around me. The setting couldn’t have been more lovely.
The challenge, however, was to mentally stay a step ahead of the waning natural light in order to ensure that the last pictures I shot would be just as crisp and informative as the images I had taken hours before.
I love the colors that appeared in the lights once the sun went down.
The tents and tables and trees seemed to come alive with the ambient glow of colored light. All the while, the Emerald City Band kept playing and playing.
It truly was an amazing evening and I am thankful for having been invited . . . again.
One of the aspects of my job that I love the most is all the amazing people I get to meet. At the start of the new year, the wealth management firm True North Advisors hired me to photograph their corporate party. It was so much fun.
The venue they chose was this really cool place over in the Park Lane Shops called Bowl and Barrel. Relatively new, Bowl and Barrel has done a fantastic job of combining great music and elegant food with a fun-filled evening of what they call “Boutique Bowling”.
As you can tell by the pictures, everyone really enjoyed themselves. I was having fun taking pictures, but I also found myself really liking these people. They just seemed like a bunch of totally cool people relaxing a bit after a hard season of work.
They had special bowling shirts made up and were pretty competitive, although I’m not really sure who, if anyone, actually won.
The food looked and smelled amazing and it was a real treat to photograph everyone having fun in such a unique location.
When True North first contacted me about the session, I was told that the goal was to hopefully get everyone out of their comfort zone so that they could really bond and enjoy a fun-filled evening together.
I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what happened. Thanks for letting me mix and mingle with you guys.
It was an honor to be invited to the party . . . even if it was just to shoot a few pictures.
Before Christmas I was commissioned to shoot a first birthday party. What a blast. Mommy and Daddy were so proud of their little cutie.
They really went above and beyond decorating for the event. I was impressed with all of the magical little elements placed throughout their home.
Mommy worked so hard making their place look fantastic. She even constructed a photo booth, complete with an entire box full of fun props and accessories.
It took a little prodding, but once Olivia figured out what the cake tasted like, she was all over it.
Just look at that adorable little face . . . and those eyes. Absolutely beautiful.
The afternoon ended with an impromptu bath before attacking the mountain of presents.
After all that excitement, the birthday girl was ready for a nap . . . and a few more hugs.