On Saturday, November 29th I will be offering 8 spots for a day of mini sessions in downtown McKinney during their Home for the Holidays Christmas celebration! There is no set price and all contributions are accepted, with 50% of all proceeds from the sessions going directly towards our church, The Harvest’s Heart for the House building campaign to help us reach our goal to break ground on a new worship center next Summer! This is a perfect opportunity for last minute Christmas photos (the square will be filled with Christmas goodies), senior portraits, family photos, etc!
A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting my first solo wedding. The bride was my beautiful cousin Calli, marrying her longtime sweetheart Brad at a gorgeous Tennessee estate in near perfect weather at sunset. I couldn’t have asked for a better first wedding, with a perfect setting, surrounded by family, working with a bride who gave me the freedom to be as creative as I’d like, and I feel extremely blessed to have been a part of it! For some reason, when talking to other photographers about venturing out into wedding photography, most all have either flat out discouraged moving into weddings, or given me a look of “Really? I hope you know what you’re doing.” While I can’t say that I have it all figured out, and I realize there will be ups and downs in this industry, I am really excited to continue down this road and be a part of a couple’s ultimate and public expression of their love! Here are some of my favorite shots from this gorgeous wedding and weekend! View the full gallery here!
This past Thursday I had the pleasure of spending the morning with Nikki Warden and Victor Ortega at the Heard Museum and at the downtown McKinney Square braving the heat to try and capture their love as best I could for their engagement photography! They’re such a beautiful couple and so natural in front of the camera, and so much working with people who don’t mind exploring and hiking through tall grass and trees trying to get the perfect shots, never complaining despite the nearly 100 degree heat! Super excited to show off what we were able to get and cannot wait to shoot the bridals this wedding next February! Let them know what you think!
Today was our first full day in Kona, Hawaii for a mission trip through our church, The Harvest with 9 other intern alumns, for which I am primarily responsible for the mission photography and driving. Yesterday we began with a 3 hour plane ride to LA, followed by a 3 hour layover and another 5 and a half hour plane ride to Kona International Airport, arriving at around 8pm local time (1:00am Texas time…). By the time we got our rental car and to the hotel, checked in and went to grab a bite to eat it was nearly 12:00am local time and we were all pretty thoroughly exhausted and ready to hit the ground running today. I woke up, had a good breakfast overlooking the ocean and we went to check out the Living Stones Church down the street where we received a great message in an outdoor setting right along the beach which was an amazing experience. We followed it up with an ocean baptism for 4 of the church’s congregation which was beautiful and we even received a visit from a curious sea turtle! After lunch we enjoyed some great local Thai food, then hit up Walmart […]
This past Friday my brother and I made the trek out to Trammell Crow Park near the Trinity River for a timestack photography project, where I’d heard was a great spot to get photos of the Dallas skyline. Of course using google maps as a guide it, it dropped us off right in the middle of a bridge with the park below us and seemingly no way to get there, and after driving around for 20+ minutes we finally figured out that due to construction there were no roads actually leading to the park, so we parked as close as we could and make the hike over a couple hills and finally arrived right at sunrise. I was really hoping for quite a few more clouds to try out the timestack technique that I’d been working on but I ended up getting some great shots anyways! For the featured image above, taken with my Canon 60d and the new Canon 10-18mm wide angle lens around 30-45 minutes after sunrise, I used the timestack technique with 200 photos and overlayed them on top of each other using different settings to create a scene that displays the movement and progression of those 10 or so […]
One of my new favorite techniques for photography that I’ve somewhat taken and made my own is a fun little process called “timestacking”. The timestack process really isn’t that difficult, but the results are something that I’m really starting to love, with an almost impressionist style painted feel to each shot that feels more like art than a photo and something cool to hang on our walls with a story behind it. The final result is around 100-300 different images stacked on top of each other to let only the lighter elements of the next photo to show through, creating a sense of movement within the photo and simulating paintbrush strokes across the canvas, with a sometimes surreal spin to it. The thing that I focus on when taking each shot is first the clouds, which are generally a big focus of each shot, and also the foreground elements and what might be moving through the shot. It’s a bit more of a challenge than just taking a single shot with more to think about which I like, and I’m still trying to figure out new ways to enhance and build on it to make it more my own. Tomorrow morning my brother […]
I passed this frozen flagpole while driving home from church the other night and thought the scene had a very surreal feeling to it so I had to go back and take some pictures. I”m still not used to seeing the Texas streets frozen over in ice for days at a time! I have been experimenting with a photo-stitching technique based on the Brenizer Method and other ideas, and thought I’d try it out in a night setting with longer exposures. I did have some difficulty getting the exposures just right with such a stark contrast in the light post and blasted on the flagpole without losing the sky and other shadow detail, but it ended up not being too bad. I don’t think this shot necessarily showcases the technique particularly well, but it was still a fun exercise to partake in for practice! For the shot, I used my Canon 50mm 1.8 lens, tripod and remote for capturing the longer exposure. I start by focusing in on my subject via live view and taking the focus shot, then slowly panning around the image slowly being careful to overlap enough so that photoshop will have success merging the photos into […]
Seeing as how North Texas was hit with an apocalyptic ice storm (so you would think by reading Facebook) this weekend and we weren’t too keen on getting out on the roads, I decided to do a little experimenting with a new technique based on a combination of the Brenizer Method (stitching together multiple photographs to create one larger scene with incredible depth of field) and general landscape panorama stitching. I added some of my own influences to the technique based on my style and applied it to a more nature and landscape scene (it’s normally designed for portraits/weddings) and I really love the results! While it may not instantly jump out at you, what it does is create areas of sharpness and focus that wouldn’t normally be there with one shot. With this technique, you have the benefit of using a wider variety of lenses instead of being limited to specific wide-angle lenses, specifically these were all taken with the 50mm 1.4, and I am looking forward to trying it out with a 24mm over the next month. With higher quality prime lenses, you can achieve a greater sense of depth and bokeh with the clarity and sharpness that they […]
The Hot Spot series is designed to highlight and catalog the many parks, venues and locations throughout Collin County that may be useful to photographers as well as clients looking to find unique locations for photography. Beaver Run Park in Fairview, Texas is a newly developed multi-purpose park with everything from basketball courts, horseshoes, jogging trails, a bridge and even a large deck overlooking a small pond. This park is off the beaten path back off Old Stacy road in a newer subdivision, and at the time of my visit was still under construction with many of the sidewalks yet to be finished, so more may be open to the public in the near future. What I did see was a nice area with a playground, gazebo and basketball court at the entrance, with picnic tables and winding trails heading back through the woods. Near the end of the current trail sits the large wooden dock overlooking a small pond with beautiful trees surrounding it. I’d recommend visiting during late October to mid-November when the foliage is just changing colors with bright red, yellow and green highlighting the trail. There were multiple areas to take photos, from the various trails […]
This past Saturday night I was on my way back from College Station on the outskirts of Dallas when I found out my brother’s band, Mankind Forever, who were supposed to go on earlier that night at The Prophet Bar in Deep Ellum, got pushed back to where I was able to drop by and check out their performance. The place was packed with fans and people there to see them, and they didn’t disappoint with a great show and some amazing music, with a ton of energy on stage and in the crowd. Chase and Cole (my younger brothers) are featured in most of the photos I shot for obvious reasons, and both share time on the keyboard, at lead guitar and on the mic, with 100% originally written music. If you haven’t had a chance to check them out live and you live in the Dallas up to North Dallas area make sure you check them out on Facebook to keep up with their upcoming shows and new releases! For the shots, I used my Canon 60D with a 50mm 1.8 Canon lens, and it was definitely a struggle to get all the shots I wanted. For the […]