Summer is over and only the memories remain.
Fortunately, I love capturing and preserving memories.
It’s what I do for a living, after all.
You may have noticed I took a little time for the things that matter most these past few months.
Not to worry! I’m back and ready to go.
Angela, a friend of mine from High School, contacted me a while back wanting to do a “double” session with her family and the family of her best friend Brandi. It sounded like a really great idea, so we got everything set up.
Wow! This group was super fun and full of energy. I enjoyed all of the different pairings and match-ups they wanted to capture.
We couldn’t have chosen a better location, either. The Heritage Museum in Frisco came through big time. I absolutely loved the scenic elements and the abundance of spectacular exterior walls on all of the old buildings. Everywhere you turn there is another metal barn or a beautiful rock wall or some sort of old, rustic wooden structure.
This is just one of those places where, on a good evening, you know you’re going to see at least a handful of photographers with their clients.
The BFFs looked beyond amazing as well. I loved the outfits they had prepared for themselves and the rest of their families. Super cool and bursting with color.
On top of all the fantastic old buildings at the Frisco Heritage Museum, they also have a wonderfully authentic train.
Needless to say, I filled up my memory card shooting these guys. They were just so photogenic and the location provided an endless variety of amazing background settings.
Before long, we had worked our way around the entire center, shooting well past the point when the light had actually given out.
I’m so glad that Angela and Brandi contacted me. It was an amazing session filled with near perfect light, a ton of interesting settings and two whole families full of really cool looking kiddos.
Our family recently returned from another yearly trip to the beautiful state of Colorado. Since moving from Denver to Dallas, we seem to be heading back up to Colorado as often as we can.
The natural scenery was as spectacular as ever, with wonderful weather to enjoy the entire week. A favorite past-time was checking the weather App on our iPhones and commenting on how much more pleasant the temperature was in Breck as compared to Big D.
We hiked and swam and played and walked all over town. One morning we even shared breakfast with a hungry gang of Chipmunks. Who knew that the average chipmunk can consume three times his body weight in sunflower seeds before 10:00 AM!?!
Our kids were both born in Colorado and we want them to know as much of it growing up as they can. It’s so fun exploring and discovering new wonders with them.
The beauty of the mountains is everywhere, and as a photographer, I was on sensory overload all week with my camera clicking away like crazy. This year, I made it a point to focus on shooting some of my favorite details in and around Breckenridge that I don’t normally get to photograph.
Just like any beer enthusiast, I always try to hit the Breckenridge Brewery while we are up there. But, I have never really tried to take any pictures.
This time, I walked in with my camera strapped around my neck and sat down at the bar. I laid my Nikon right there on the bar in plain sight. After exchanging a few pleasantries, the bartender asked if I was out taking pictures. Before I knew it, she had invited me behind the bar where I was able to get in close for some very cool views of the place.
Thoroughly refreshed, it was time to snap a few pics at a local Ski Shop. I love the gear associated with the snowsports industry. Every spring in mountain towns all over the country you’ll find walls of boots on sale and bins of last year’s skis marked down.
It’s like an X-Games prop department. The details were too good to resist.
After grabbing a Mocha at the uber-cool Starbucks, I stopped into the Patagonia Store. I love their clothing as well as their corporate rational and strategy.
The salesperson was really friendly and we talked awhile about the company and their aesthetic and other things such as taking days off of work to hit the slopes.
He invited me to take as many pictures as I wanted. So, I did exactly that.
Before heading back up the mountain, I popped in to Empire Burgers for some goodies. One of the waitresses let me shoot the shirt right on her back. How’s that for service?
Our view from the balcony of The Grand Lodge on Peak 7 was spectacular. It was hard not to spend all of our time out their just watching the breeze blowing through the trees.
On the drive home, we decided to visit The Great Sand Dunes National Park. Now, that is a photogenic location, if I’ve ever seen one.
The kids loved it and were even sworn in as Junior Rangers. Unfortunately, the position doesn’t pay much.
All in all, it was an amazing adventure and we are already planning our next trip back.
If you have been following my photography, you’ve no doubt seen the bluebonnet image of my son before. It’s pretty special to me for a whole host of reasons . . . not least of which – it’s reception convinced me to go pro.
Now that a year has passed since that award-winning photograph was taken, I thought it might be fun to post some of the other images captured that Spring evening.
I LOVE taking pictures of my kids. It’s as simple as that. The bluebonnets, were, admittedly a ruse. I was just stoked to be taking my camera out of the bag.
Now that a year has passed and Ben O’Neal Photography is going strong, taking a look at these pictures reminds me how excited I used to get just spending time snapping images of my son and daughter.
I hope you will contact me today about setting up your family’s Bluebonnet Mini-Session. I can’t wait to make some more photographic magic in the Texas wildflowers this Spring.
Hello out there. As you can see from the title, this is the first official blog post on the Ben O’Neal Photography website. Now, those of you who know me might remember “Procrastination Station“. That was the name of a little blog I created and wrote for a few years ago. I really enjoyed blogging back then. I could say just about whatever popped into my mind and amazingly . . . people would read it. AND, sometimes they would even participate in the form of a comment.
Then something happened.
I love my two beautiful kids more than anything, but they do require an almost constant investment of time. The blog quickly became a smaller and smaller part of my life and before you know it . . . I wasn’t writing anything at all. Over and done.
But, here we are in the Fall of 2012 and darned if Ben O’Neal isn’t at his trusty computer keyboard blogging yet again. Ain’t life grand?
A few things have changed – This time around, photography and photo-related content will dominate the subject matter. It seems appropriate, since this is the blog of The Ben O’Neal Photography website (I gotta get a better name for this blog).
But, don’t be surprised if I throw in some other stuff, now and again. Music, art, sports, comedy. They are all fair game, as far as I am concerned. I guess the old blogger never really died.
Who knows before long we might even have ourselves a “Feedback Friday“.