My friend Caleb always has an interesting perspective to share. Just when you think you’ve got him figured out, he shares a bit of random information about his week working at a fast food restaurant or his many adventures growing up in several fostser homes.
He was helping me clean up and organize a bit last week and afterward we had short photo session. He loves basketball with a passion and plays frequently. I wanted to incorporate this in our shoot to tell a little bit more about him and create some cool images.
Check them out below:
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I recently had the opportunity to work with a local church in creating an updated directory which hosts information about members and the church, and of course, portraits of all the members.
A project like this was intriguing to me in a number of ways – people from all walks of life worked with me in creating portraits and I had a personal goal to slow down and create engaging images. Not all photoshoots require you to take hundreds or thousands of images for a single winner.
Digital photography gives us the ability to be trigger happy. Memory is cheaper than film, so often we tend to “overshoot” a project. But rather than overshooting and taking up gigabytes of space, I wanted to put that time into working with my subjects and helping them get comfortable in front of the camera.
Below are a couple of my favorites from the shoot.
This is Essie. She is 96 years old and lives in Waxahachie, Texas. My session with Essie was short and sweet – she came in, took a seat, and told me she was ready. After a few frames I knew I had captured the confidence and vitality in her eyes. As quickly as she came, she disappeared as she told me she had a busy day ahead of her.
The two boys below, Garrett and Heath, are family friends who I’ve known for a few years. That doesn’t stop them from being shy and reserved in front of the camera though. Luckily, I captured this quick lapse in Heath’s shyness as he made a move to put the “bunny ears” on his brother Garrett. Sneaky.
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If you’ve never been to the Scarborough Fair Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, Texas, I suggest you stop by – at least once – to experience the people, the shows, the crafts, and the atmosphere created in this 35 acre piece of land. Take your friends and family and you’ll certainly have a great time and find something you’ll love. You might even walk out looking like you’re from the Renaissance period!
I had the opportunity to go with friends this weekend and had a blast. I was intent on getting to know the wonderfully dressed people there and capturing some really cool portraits. Below are my favorites from the day:
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I received an interesting request a few weeks ago – a birthday party was being planned to take place at the Dallas Arboretum and I was asked to photograph it. However, this wasn’t any regular birthday party. This party was all about fairies.
That’s right – brightly colored, winged fairies, all exploring the gorgeous botanical gardens that make up the Dallas Arboretum. Needless to say, they had a fantastic time and I enjoyed capturing those sweet and precious moments. Check out some of my favorite images from the morning below:
It was definitely a different photoshoot than I’m used to – however, different is challenging. And challenge helps you grow. Enjoy!
After a lot of thought, planning, and crunching numbers – I realized that my photography has taken me a long way. I have learned so much working with all kinds of professionals in the commercial industry here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area – from understanding the terms of several week-long photoshoots to focusing on the minor details – the kinds of details that make a project shine at the end of the day.
A great mentor once taught me a very important lesson: Everything matters.
Everything shapes your character, the experiences shape your creativity, and that you are a reflection of the people that you surround yourself with.
My first job was working at Taco Bell when I was 16 years old – I still pull knowledge that I learned during that time and use it in my photography and how I communicate with others. Later on, I worked at a car dealership detailing cars.
I then worked at an office supply store, stocking, organizing, and understanding how to keep thousands of products filtered in such a way that any product could be located almost instantly and efficiently.
I am beyond thankful and blessed for where I am today. The opportunities and the talents that I have developed I owe to everything and everyone around me. I think I can safely say that I have come a long way – but that has only made me realize that I have a longer, more difficult road ahead. The kind of road that I want to shape with my passion for photography. And what excites me the most is not the end of the road – but rather the journey of what I will learn, the people I will meet, and the experiences that will continuously shape who I am.
The results of all this experience and passion I have poured into my new website and my new direction.
I am a photographer and that is how I intend to pursue the future.
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(And of course the link was broken! Fixed now)
A little over a month ago, I created a post about the road ahead and seeking that which you want. I was in a totally different mindset than I am today.
Lately, that statement could not ring truer. Needless to say, I am taking a different approach going forward – of which I will elaborate at a later time – but for now, this is a post that will serve as a sign in the road, perhaps to look at in the future and understand why I chose this road and what I have learned.
Below is a photograph from the series “The Road Ahead”. This particular site I discovered when I first got my driver’s license about seven years ago.
I just wanted to drive and explore the world. We lived out in a pretty rural area, so there were lots of Farm-To-Market roads and gravel paths.
This particular road doesn’t really lead anywhere. When you reach the end, you turn right around and keep going. Perhaps that is a good metaphor for my photographic career – you explore one avenue – and now it’s time to explore another.
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Starting a new series can be as simple as stepping out into the world and making it happen.
This image below is an example of just that…going out and seeking that which you want.
I parked on the side of the road and waited for cars to pass and for an opportune time to step into the middle of the road.
Those images will come soon, but for the meantime, here is one of my friend Caleb keeping an eye out for me.
The sun peeked through the clouds and I couldn’t ignore the beautiful light beaming down on us.