changes, they are a-comin’

•January 4, 2008 • 3 Comments

i know its been a bit since i blogged anything, due mostly to the season, but also due to the fact that i have been shooting bridals, and i cant show those until after the wedding. plus i have been quietly working on some changes around here in the land of paparazzi.

some year in review stuff:

1. God is good!

2. this has been the single greatest year of marriage yet for des and i. we have seen God do some wonderful things in our lives, and in each other, and we are nothing short of stoked to see what He has in store for us in the next one.

3. avery is a year more beautiful, inside and out. this little one never ceases to amaze me with her insight into the things of God as a 9 year old. she is such a caring and considerate person. we learn from her around here very day.

4. river is full swing into basketball. he has always been in love with basketball. his first word was ball, and his next was b-ball, trying to say basketball. thats my boy.

5. roman is a year sillier. for those of you who know roman, you know what i mean. hes been playing soccer, his life-long dream, although he tends to check out about 10 minutes into the game. his main goal seems to be to run real hard for about 10 yards then fall down and look to see if we saw how tough he is.

anyway, hope you all had a wonderful christmas and a safe new year!

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AGWPJA award winners!

•December 21, 2007 • 8 Comments

ok, so i didnt exactly win 1st place in everything, but i did place 4 images in 5 categories. this being my first attempt at entering images into a contest of any kind, i am absolutely thrilled. here are the images:

bridal portrait – 18th place

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getting ready – 16th place

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ceremony – 17th place

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reception – 13th place

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i am so pleased! i definitely have images i like better in the portfolio, but this being a contest based on photojournalism, these were moments i didnt script. i tend to like the images i have a part in creating more.

there was also a contest for the wpja, which i entered images in, but did not place. considering the amount of PS i do, i think i will consistently finish higher in the AGwpja, vs the wpja. i almost always envision the final product when shooting an image and that usually includes some PS to some extent.

anyway, YAY GOD! i have been shooting wedding for exactly 1 year and to be considered an “award winning” photojournalist is humbling to say the least! He gets all the glory for any talent i have and i am deeply humbled to give back any part of my gift.

(added a bit later) sorry for those of you who use the rss feed. i need to proof my posts, huh?

my fathers wedding

•December 12, 2007 • 7 Comments

meet jack. jack is my father. i was the photographer and best man in this one! this was certainly a different experience for me. i love my dad and its not very often a man finds himself able to shoot his fathers wedding. it was a little stressful, i must admit, seeing as how my wife and kids were there…note to self…dont bring two boy under the age of 6 and your daughter, age 9, to work…anyway, it was real cool seeing my dad exchange vows for the first time as a christian. joy, his wife, is a really wonderful person. she is so sweet and a…..joy to be around. the kids really like her and well be seeing them in a couple of weeks for christmas. i mean, my dad does have to see my new iPhone, right? lol..here some of my faves…

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joy and her son

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my sister and her wonderful voice

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theres avery about to pounce.

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and that would be my boys running after the garter. not sure how i feel about that.

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and away they go

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i know God will bless you in your pursuit of Him. it is the design of marriage to reflect and reveal who God is to the world!

the boys

•December 10, 2007 • 2 Comments

here are the two cutest boys on the planet. we were just outside and i was playing with some different lighting setups. this shot is so them. i love these guys.

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andy and annie

•November 25, 2007 • 5 Comments

this was an interesting one. andy has one crazy family! i hope your dad recovered well andy! this one was at a korean methodist church in irving, then we went on to sura, a korean restaurant for the reception. faves:

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God bless you guys!

andy and robin

•November 22, 2007 • 2 Comments

such a sweet couple. the ceremony was held at my new favorite venue, the belmont hotel in dallas. i thought the place fit these two perfectly. andy and robin were a breath of fresh air, as far as brides and grooms go. very laid back, in love. uber cool. reception at the sons of herman hall. here are a few of my favorites:

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richard best got a great shot here

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the drummer for the band “boys named sue”

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this dude just showed up.

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pics from the misfits

•November 16, 2007 • 6 Comments

well, i had a wonderful time at the mistfits meeting the other night. we had a very select few photogs show up, namely jared hernandez, andrea crosswhite, and lauren zaffos. i had fun because i got to share some of my favorite techniques with these guys. if any one you reading this want to come to the next one, we should have more next time, including kym skiles of F8 studios, and THE fred egan.

here are some of the images taken by the aforementioned studs (post processing by yours truly, i hope you guys dont mind…):

first a couple of andreas

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a couple of jareds

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and some from lauren

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des and i had a great time!