Sunday, December 20, 2009

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.

As Christmas approaches, Haley and I want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

Bring on 2010!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Happy Holidays!

My sister and her family came over today for some holiday photos. We had a nice time chatting and hanging out since we don't get to do that very often. My nephew has got a whole new vocabulary since the last time I've seen him. He also does this thing where he fake laughs, and it's hilarious to listen to. Here are some photos from my backyard that I took today.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Partnercon rocked my world.

Partnercon, aka Pictage's conference for professional photographers, in New Orleans was freakin' sweet! It was my first, real, photography conference, and I met some of the most amazing photographers around. Pictage's goal was to inspire, and thanks to great photographers like Mike Colon, Jared Platt, Roberto Valenzuela, Jules Bianchi, Grant Oakes, Melissa Jill and so many others, it really did. They were so willing to share tips and tricks that they've learned over the years and what has made them better photographers and business owners. They introduced new concepts and also reinforced old ones.

I've never been to New Orleans before, and it's a great city... err... party town. I wish I could say that I didn't drink alcohol once during the whole trip and never woke up hungover from the night before, but I did. I turned into a lush at the first sign that said "3 for 1" special! 3 for 1! Before we could even sit down, we had 6 beers in front of us. It didn't help that our hotel was right off Bourban St. either.

After two days of speakers, I just had to go back to the hotel room and take a few shots of Haley before we went out for dinner. I had all this creative energy bottled up and was about to explode. Here's one of them in black and white:

On the third and final day, Haley and I walked around the French Quarter and I was able to snap a few shots of 'Nawlins' before our flight back home. I'm going to miss the beautiful weather, but not all of that seafood stuff. Eck! Give me a hamburger please.

Anyways, enjoy the pics.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Some things are just too funny.

Take my nephew for instance. He's growing up so fast, and now that he's talking more and more, he has been saying the funniest things! The day I took this photo, he was playing outside in our backyard. Well, while he was running around aimlessly, the neighbor's dog charged the fence and began barking loudly. He immediately stopped, looked at the dog, actually he stared at the dog for about 10 seconds, then he began running back to his dad saying "All done, all done, all done..." with his hands outstretched and the look of absolute fear. It was priceless!

Another great story just happened recently.

For Christmas last year, I bought him a rocking motorcycle and he didn't play with it much at the time because he was still learning to walk. Now that he's a lot bigger and more steady on his feet, he rocks on it all the time. He even rocks himself to sleep! My brother was watching him a few days ago and caught this on camera...

It's things like this that I don't want to forget. When he gets older, I want to tell him stories of all the funny things he did as a baby.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Last One Standing.

All of our plants are winding down for the winter. When I let Rayla outside today, I noticed there was one, lonely, shasta daisy left. Droopy and pitiful looking, it's the last sign of our hard-work from the past summer. We probably planted at least 25 individual flowers and plants, plus a pear tree, around our patio since Spring. Our backyard is slowly transforming from boring and plain to something unique and symbolic to our personality. Is Spring almost here?


I can already tell it's going to be a long winter.

"Last One Standing." print is available for purchase through my website.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Allison and Jerry's E-Session.

I was still collecting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures when I met Allison (and no, it wasn't last year). That's how long I've known her. She's been a great friend to my sister and when she asked me to photograph her wedding, I was super excited. Jerry and Allison are perfect together and it was obvious during the engagement session.

After shooting in downtown Mt. Clemens, we moved on to this railroad track nearby, and just as we were walking up to the tracks, I saw a train light off the in the distance. Could it be!? Yep, it was a train coming and we were pumped to get some shots as it passed by.

I just wish it was a bit warmer than the bone-chilling 45 degrees it was, but we still had fun. So, here are some of my favorites from the evening. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Prints for sale!

Hey everyone, I just launched a new section on my website. You can now buy prints directly from my website and they will be shipped right to your house. I currently have 4 galleries: beach life, cityscape, countryside and puppy love. I accept all forms of moola including credit cards (payments are processed securely through PayPal), so go ahead and get crazy!

Feel confident when you order prints from me that you are receiving the highest quality photographs. All of my orders are produced by White House Custom Colour, the leader in digital prints. Their prints are created with printers that expose light sensitive paper that is then run through a chemical process. These are real photographs, not inkjet prints. You won't be dissapointed!

(Puppy Bath. One of the prints available for purchase through my website.)

As always, I'm always open for portrait sessions. Now that it's Fall, book an appointment soon so you don't miss out on all the beautiful colors. I'm available to shoot anywhere and anytime in the Metro Detroit area and I have several packages to meet your specific needs. For pricing, you can check out my website or email me.

Until next blog, happy pumpkin-carving!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Looking back in black and white.

Wow, the last few weeks flew by... I cannot believe I've already been married for almost 2 weeks! And it's nearly Halloween! Sheesh.

One of the things I love to do (just ask Haley) is sift through some of my old photos and add adjustments here and there. In the midst of my wedding preparation and everything that was going on, I totally forgot about this gem.

They just swung on there like they've been doing it all their lives. They are cousin-in-laws, but Haley says it's ok if they get married since there's no blood connection. I agree.

Matt and Amber's Wedding.

You couldn't paint a more perfect day, perfect wedding and perfect couple. The sun was out, warm September weather, light breeze and Matt and Amber were looking great! It's really inspiring to see two people who really love each other like Matt and Amber. It wasn't hard taking photos of these two because their love sets the mood for every one of their photos.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Clint and Lindy's Wedding.

Clint and Lindy were married on September 9th, 2009 (09/09/09) in Ocho Rios. They coordinated a reception a couple weeks later in Michigan so the rest of their friends and family could party with them. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go to Ocho Rios, but I did get to take some photos when they got back!

Thanks again for having me take photos. You guys rock.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Home sweet home.

The last two weeks have been pretty hectic and I'm glad to say it's done, done, and done. First and foremost, I'm married! Woot! Haley and I had a blast and I hope everyone else did as well. We really appreciate everyone that came (from all over the country!) to see us tie the knot. I wish we had more time to spend with the guests as it flew by so quickly!

Our honeymoon in Gulf Shores was relaxing and it was great to spend some time with each other without any worries except where to eat next. The weather was absolutely perfect (much better than the 50 degrees and rainy situation in Michigan right now). The food was awesome and there were many times that I thought I was going to explode afterwards. The nightlife was a bit tame, but I guess we weren't expecting much since it is the off-season and we were staying Monday-Saturday. The Gulf of Mexico was bathwater-warm and we saw a few dolphins on our private sailboat cruise off the coast. Somehow, the score to our putt-putt game was messed up after a 12-stroke hole by Haley, but we managed to have a good time anyways :) Also, I can't forget about dancing to 'Whatever It Is" by Zac Brown Band while sucking down some blue moons and listening to the live band at the Hangout.

Now it's back to reality. I'll be posting up shots from the weddings on September 19 and 20th sometime this week, so stay tuned.

For now, enjoy some of the photos I took during our stay in Gulf Shores.

(Something I picked up at Surfstyle... I'm waiting for the right time to present this to someone special.)

(I wish I could take credit for these next 3 photos, but Captain Ryan took them for us.)

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