Wednesday, April 30, 2008

obligatory hump day post

Today after lunch I got a chance to goof off with one of my new Photek Softlighters.

I like it...should get a lot of use. I think I'll pick up one of the large versions, too.

in the back yard working on overpowering daylight with my strobes with my only willing model:

I love my mama!

I received a surprise package from her today: fresh new bath towels...just because! I've got the best mother in the world! Love you!!!

J.T. & Whitney | Maternity

This was a lot of fun to do...can't wait to get together to photograph their newborn, Landon Michael!

I love this image:

here's the star of the show, born Apr 10, 2008 (stole this one from Whit's myspace profile...don't tell):

Good lookin' kid, eh?

I can't congratulate these two enough!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Molly & James | Wedding

What a beautiful weekend! This was one of those situations where everything came together: gorgeous weather, a lakeside ceremony, two wonderful people surrounded by people who love them... That it was the wedding of one of my best friends made it all the better. I can't thank James and Molly enough for allowing me to document their wedding day.

on the docks out at Sneaky Pete's on Lake Lewisville:

Molly's eyes are deadly. Beware:

mother of the groom:

mother of the bride (wonder where Molly got those eyes?):

the bubbly:

Mr. & Mrs. Mann and Mr. & Mrs. Mann:

this will make a nice double-page spread in their album:

hells yeah:

Molly and her father. I really like their serene expressions:

Molly's brother and father:

Diana caught the bouquet! I guess it worked because I'm shooting her wedding tomorrow!

exiting the ceremony:

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Speed Junkie

*third-party success*

This little bundle of greatness just arrived today... and I love it already. It's tack sharp, constant f/2.8, and takes up minimal room in my bag. Did I mention it's nearly three times less expensive than Nikon's 17-55mm f/2.8 and way sharper than the 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5? It also feels a lot more substantial than I had imagined, which pleases me; I'm not rough on my equipment but I use the hell out of it.

I'm not a tech-nerd. Distortion tests, chromatic aberration, fall-off...who cares. I've never looked at an image and thought, "barrel distortion's a little much, eh?" I want speed and brutal sharpness in my lenses. So far I'm thinking this one delivers.

I guess value is the word that comes to mind concerning this Tamron. Why spend $1,200 when you can get similar performance for less? Besides, that frees up the budget for more cool stuff.

Here are the first three frames taken with my new 17-50mm:

"When I discover who I am, I'll be free." - Ralph Ellison

say 'cheese':

Happy Hump Day!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Diana & Jason | Engagement

What a beautiful day...check out their slide show!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Congrats to J.T. & Whitney!

They're proud new parents to Landon Michael, born April 10!

Here's a shot from J.T. & Whitney's maternity session we did not too long ago:

a plan to post some more soon so stay tuned!

Allison & Zack | Wedding

I'm a sucker for the details of a wedding day...the little stuff that brides/planners agonize over for months. This beautiful wedding was chock-full of 'em! There were simply too many of my favorites to choose from..but here are a few.

April from Princess Bride Productions did an amazing job:

a couple of ring shots:

how cute is this kid?:

beautiful bride + great window light:

the guys played a little poker to pass some time:

I really dig this one:

Alli and Zack, I wish you the best!