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Welcome our beautiful niece Siena to the family! She’s healthy, beautiful, and amazing in every way. We had a great afternoon session about eight days after she came into this world and captured some great moments of the new girl. We’re so excited to capture more newborn and child photography as our family grows.
Contact us for any of your newborn, child, or family photography needs! Images photographed in Phoenix, Arizona.
Meet Daisy! She's the newest member of our family and we couldn't be happier to welcome her into our home. Obviously, we needed to take plenty of photographs to share how beautiful our new girl is, so here they are!
I’m taking fewer pictures, and making more photographs.
My camera will have fewer shutter actuations, but I’ll be printing more photographs than ever. Images like this, which I found while cleaning out a junk drawer, should never be lost. Isn’t it strange that one of the best memories of my life isn’t in immediate recollection unless I see an image of it? Sure, I’m young in this photograph, but this memory should bless me every day, not only when I find a digital file of it that was left for junk.
In our photography community, January is slow. People have spent plenty enough on their holiday gifts, so hiring a photographer at this time seems to make little sense to most. That’s why I planned to make January a month to reorganize and get our bearing for our business.
This led me to reorganizing my entire photographic library. If you know a photographer, and ask them about their indexing, naming, filing, storage, etc. you’ll hear 1000 different ways on how they organize their photos. I won’t dive into that here, but when you take thousands of photographs a year, and you want to reference a single frame you made, this can get dicey pretty fast.
My most recent find as I was indexing everything was a photograph my mother took of my grandfather is teaching me chess in this image on a campground up in northern Idaho. What you see is edited from the original film shot that was taken on one of those point and shoot disposable cameras that you used to get at the store.
For all the younger folks, these were plastic cameras with usually a green or blue paper branding on them, which told you which company made them. You’d take your 24 (sometimes 25 if you got lucky) frames, and send it in to the nearest developer, which used to be as convenient to find as gas stations are now, but that’s a separate point. From there, you’d get your photos back developed and printed as printed copies in as much as 24 hours and as little as 1 hour. You didn’t need digitals, because there was no Facebook, Twitte, Instagram, or even email at the time.
This is where the stories of people showing them their photo albums came about. People used to keep guests in their house for hours showing them photos of their trips, weddings or kids on holidays. Once again, for you younger folks, let’s look at the following analogy: You’d be forced to sit on Facebook and pretend to like every single baby picture they’ve posted for the last three years… when you clearly don’t have children yourself… and want to leave… but can’t.
So I’m taking fewer pictures, and making more photographs.
This isn’t because I’m forced to, but rather that quality work trumps all other. Less time editing and culling through multiple frames will lead to the editing of only our highest quality photographs. Be it the film rolls we shoot each month, or the event, wedding and corporate sessions we photograph, the frame we take will matter more than the quantity.
If resolutions are your thing, I challenge you to exceed them. They’re not for me. I’m choosing to exceed my own previously held expectations to deliver more often, and with more quality.
Until next time, enjoy each moment and don’t lose the best in the junk drawer.
The nephews came over a few Sunday's ago and we captured a few little Game of Thrones shots. I'm not sure if it was the new black seamless backdrop, or the fact that I finally got Krystin hooked on GoT and we were watching it for two weeks straight, but I was compelled to grab these.
As you can see, we started off pretty serious.
Then... the gigglefest started.
Michael's cut even added a little Jon Snow authenticity. Hope you enjoyed some Game of Thrones children photography staring these little lads!
We’ve recently been looking for color inspiration to paint, so I took to Instagram to find some inspiration. In the process, I found a collection of great artists that you should be following. Whether you need motivation for a new project or color inspiration as I sought out to do, check out my top 10 Instagram users for color inspiration.
Shelby Edwards leads my list with simple, yet creative use of color and unique subjects. Who knew a banana or spoon could look so cool?
Pawel Nolbert does some amazing work with paint and photography among a great strength for street photography. I can scroll through this account without feeling like it is too much of the same content. But how is it done?!
José Sales is based in Brazil and does these amazing color stories for several images. You can see the color palette change as you scroll down and I can honestly say that I've spend quite a bit of time in awe of his stories. I had to show more than two for him... so rad!
#297▼▲ A conversa era boa, eu e ele, passamos horas naquele deserto planejando como poderiamos encontrar água para viver. Mas, tudo piorou quando ele, em sua tristeza profunda, começou a chorar, dizendo que não sabia se ia sobreviver só com água, porque sentia a necessidade de ter mais alguém para poder fofocar da vida alheia... Sei, que cada um, tem os seus motivos pessoais para sobreviver, mas diante daquela cena, o meu silêncio foi aniquilador. . Fotógrafo : @DANLUCC . #Deserto #rayban #itboy
Jesuso is based in Malaga, Spain and does great work with light pastels. I love this tone of blue he uses throughout his account.
Kelly Mindell is based out of Los Angeles and her account is exactly what it promises, “celebrating the holidays + the every day!” A great account if you want to see someone in a french fry suit.
Based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, this self described "happy kid" makes her scenes out of paper and beautifully puts them against colored and real life backgrounds.
Matt Crump's "daily dose of sugar" gives you a jump of color with food and inanimate objects. I like the pastels used throughout to give a consistent color story without the feeling of conformity.
Aurelie Cerise is based in Paris and does an amazing job adding elements of people within her color palettes.
📱Du 5/06 au 28/06, j'expose mes photographies dans la Galerie Live View pour l'exposition Talents @grainedephotographe 2015. From 05/06 to 28/06, my photographs will be exhibited in the Gallery Live View for the @grainedephotographe Talents 2015 exhibition. // 🎉Vernissage : Vendredi 5 Juin - 19h / Friday, June 5 - 7pm 📍Galerie Live View - 14, quai de Béthune - 75004 PARIS // 🔎Plus d'informations - More informations : @grainedephotographe http://bit.ly/talentsgp2015_Vernissage-Expo #talentsgp2015
CreativeLive’s photo week contest just wrapped up and we are honored to be featured on their top 10 list. The competition had some amazing submissions and our photograph of Milo was used as the teaser image for all their wrap-up promotions. You can see CreativeLive’s highlight of the competition here.
I grabbed a screenshot of their blog featuring the top 10 below, but you can see Ryan Robinson’s article here.
My nephew came over for dinner this Sunday and he was a little curious about the studio. Julian has always had interest in my cameras, but this was the first time he actually asked permission to grab a camera and direct me as a model in the studio. I’ve always tried to teach him the basics, but this time we were really focusing on composition. Looking through his images after he left, I could see the creative wheels turning in his head as he was unknowingly telling a story of the night. It was even great to see photos taken from that angle (about 3 feet lower than my typical vantage point).
Looking through his images, it brought me back to my first creative days with my old Nikon film camera. It reminded me how photography teaches patience and is one of the few things that combines science and creativity. I think Studio Sundays will have to be a reoccurring theme.
All photos below are taken by my Nephew, I’ve only color corrected the images.
A good friend of mine runs Sip Coffee & Beer House in Scottsdale and wanted some pictures of his team done. Naturally, I was all in and joined their staff meeting and made a few images for them this week. Sometimes, the best shoots are the ones you do on a whim, without any scouting or planning whatsoever. If you’re ever looking for a good craft beer, cocktail or coffee, this is a great place to check out!
One thing that never gets old is creating photographs out of your element. As a lifestyle photographer, I focus on creating unique photographs for clients that they can cherish for years to come. The other side of this is that I'm totally in my element in the woods and forest. So even when there are coyotes howling off in the not too distant, pitch black night, I'm loving every minute of it.
I love what we do.
However, we don’t always have people in front of us to capture unique moments. Sometimes, we’re just relaxing in the woods. And part of those sometimes, my wife is inside and I’m just hanging out with the coyotes outside (I’ll explain later)
Whether you’re out of your element in your job, you’re in your element with your soul, or you find someway to make both of them work… keep trying to get there.
Until next time,
Krystin and I had a great opportunity to tour an empty Chase field last weekend with the @InstagramAZ community. It was a great feeling having such a large ballpark all to our little group. Here's a quick look of some of the snapshots we captured.
Here are a few shots below for your enjoyment from some new friends:
Anne and Tom are warm and kind. Their spirits uplift those around them, and the wedding was a perfect manifestation of their love for each other.
The wedding day started at Boojum Tree, where family and close friends gathered as witness to their vows. A toast only felt natural as a celebratory gesture.
Some of the smallest guests had the biggest impact on the already memorable day.
A trip to Butterfly Wonderland followed the ceremony. Between the gown, butterflies, and sheer bliss of it all, it’s safe to say it was pretty breathtaking.
The ceremony turned reception at The Keg. Guests enjoyed the intimate setting, great food, better company, and S’More Love.
We’ve enjoyed plenty of card games, nights out cheering on the Sun Devils, and yummy meals with Riley and Mike. Of all of those days, this was certainly our favorite. Cheers to a beautiful life together. We are so happy for you and so excited to capture these special moments!
The best part about Floyd’s Pelican Bar off the coast of Jamaica is truly Floyd himself. While everyone else was enjoying the lobster with mixed rice & beans and the endless supply of Red Stripes, I got the opportunity to catch up with Floyd himself. He’s a loving and jubilant soul welcoming to all who come to relax on his docks off the coast of Jamaica in Parottee Bay.
Floyd making a lure for one of his patrons.
A special thanks to Floyd and his crew for making our time with them as unique and fun as the Pelican Bar is itself.
When you expect only a few lads to make it to your bachelor party and the rest of them end up showing up, it’s a pretty amazing feeling. These guys made the weekend in San Diego one heck of a trip full of good decisions cigars & bars.
Ever wonder what it looks like to order a $75 pizza? Check out image 3 above to see.
Special thanks to The Cuban Cigar Factory in San Diego, CA for their hospitality and all the cigars.
So many of our friends talk about how exhausted they are of seeing all these baby pictures in their feed. I know the feeling... or at least I did. Now that I’m an uncle, I can’t help but follow this little guy around with my camera.
Becoming an uncle has been one of the happiest moments of my life. Soon after this little guy was born, I was also blessed with my best friend saying “yes” and committing to a lifetime of love, laughter and goofy adventures together. Between his awesomeness, and the honor of soon being a husband to the love of my life, I can’t imagine how it could get any better.
Baby Michael and [Grand]Papa Michael are always hanging out, but I rarely think to capture these moments. Here’s a few for our family and friends.
Our family is growing and I’m loving every second of it.
Thanks for stopping by,
A few weeks back, we had the opportunity to fly out to New York to visit my sister. We had a blast hitting the usual tourist locations and taking in how truly huge New York really is. In lieu of hitting EVERY tourist location, we had my wonderful tour guide and sister show us some of her favorite spots as well.
It was shocking to see how huge Grand Central Station was and how many people passed through there in the short time we were there. The national guard gents didn’t appreciate their photograph taken too much, so I had to settle with this wide shot of the station. This was taken right outside the Apple Store in the station (side note, this store is pretty epic).
We later moved on to Central Park and strolled around for a few hours as it rained. Living in Arizona during the longest doubt in years, we actually enjoyed the muggy, wet weather. I snagged the above photo when we were taking some shelter from the rain and drying off our gear.
The New York Public Library was another building that was just too big to capture with a single photograph. The above image captures my favorite part of the building which really pops in black and white.
The Flatiron Building was by far my favorite in New York. We hit this area right after Time Square, so the experience went from crowded as all get out to just over 20 people in the area. In a city of over eight million people, it was one of the only times it wasn’t too crowded.
The last day, we hit a brewhouse in Hoboken, New Jersey where I captured the above shot. I laugh every time I see babies or young kids in bars and I couldn’t help but to think she was over served at the bar.
Every day I drive to and from work, I pass under the same bridge that appears to have locks clamped throughout the chain link fence. Just a few days ago, after driving past this bridge for over a year, I decided to stop by with my camera and see if there were any good angles I could capture. The beautiful sunset and interesting scene made for a fun shoot.
As it got darker, the lightning picked up and I started to wonder why I was standing on a metal bridge during the forming of the dust storm. Oh well, I shrugged it off and started to capture light trails of the passing cars below.
For some reason, this last one is my favorite. The writing on the lock is illegible, but the attached strings and ropes made the shot interesting. You can see one of them was even moving in the wind from the storm creeping up even closer to us.
So the next time you pass that same location, over and over again, just stop and take in the view. You don't need a camera to capture and enjoy the moment., but I think it helps.
I LOVE the weather in Arizona. That’s right, I said it. Sure the heat can top out in the 120s, causing us to jump from one air conditioned location to another and yes, we can fry an egg on the sidewalk. Sky Harbor Airport may or may not even close down due to the tarmac being too hot sometimes... but that’s why we have pools!
We’re not the only ones who enjoy it. The pups can’t help but to jump in!
Here’s a few more snapshots, just for fun.
I know, I know. Baby pictures. Cut me a little slack, this little stud is my nephew and he just started walking. I love it. It’s like a drunk old man, but apparently they’re called a “baby” or “infant". He just had his first birthday so of course he was all dressed up like a boss. I grabbed this shot when he was contemplating life. I keep trying to quote it, just to say what he was thinking, but can’t quite get it.
Maybe, “One year down, and all I can do is walk.” Something along those lines...
What would you title this image? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.