Jack

JackCanon 7D, Canon 24-105 ƒ/4L lens, 1/400 sec @ ƒ/4, ISO 400

This past weekend I was in Irving, Texas photographing a friend’s wedding with my friend Rich Legg. The bonus for Rich was that he happened to have a lot of family really close by the same weekend we were in town, so he was able to spend the holiday weekend with them when we weren’t shooting the wedding.

The photo above is of Jack, Rich’s great-nephew, who was a very happy baby the entire time we were there … which definitely helped in the making of some really cute photos. :)

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On a Plane

On a Plane

This weekend I’m in Irving, Texas to photograph a friend’s wedding with my friend Rich Legg. I was having some iPhone camera fun during the plane ride, while Rich was taking a lot of photos with his G11 (mostly self-portraits, lol!).

It’s been a really long time since I’ve photographed a wedding (I did a few when I was in high-school, way before digital was mainstream). Now I mostly shoot stock/portrait type work, but I’m confident that I’ll get some good stuff. Rich has a lot of experience shooting weddings so he’s in charge of the “traditional” images, while I get to run around with a couple of cameras (one with my Lensbaby firmly attached) and get the “creative/behind-the-scenes” shots. Should be fun!

Catching Up

Hear, See, & Speak No EvilNikon D200, Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 lens, 1/250 sec @ f/11, ISO 100

This weekend I’ve been pushing to edit a bunch of images I have sitting on my computer, most of them back-logged from earlier in the year and I’m finally taking the time to finish them and get caught up with my work. I still have quite a ways to go (more than 300 images still to edit and upload) but hope to have them all done in the next few months. My goal is to have over 5,000 images in my iStockphoto portfolio by the end of December.

This is one set of three images I thought was so cute … I really miss this little girl and her brother! They are the children of my good friend who I knew while I was in the Navy, and they just loved being photographed. (I have a whole collection of their images here in my iStock portfolio.)

Image in Use – “School Tool Box” Website

Image in Use

Wow, it’s been a busy week, but I thought I’d sneak in at least one blog post before the weekend. :)

I was notified by iStockphoto about an image of mine in use (the designer submitted it to the “Design Community” section on iStock). They used several photos but it was cool to see that they used one of mine at the very top of the website.

Click here to view the original design, and here to see the design on iStockphoto.com.

Woman’s World

Woman's World

If you are at the grocery store and see a copy of Woman’s World at the check-out, pick it up, turn to page 12 and you might see a familiar face. :) In August when I was at the iStockphoto “HQ’lypse” event in Calgary I was asked if I would do an interview for the magazine, and of course I said yes. The article was nice (maybe just a little bit corny, lol) and it is definitely strange to see my face in a magazine instead of just one of my photographs.

Veteran’s Day

Range

Today is Veteran’s Day, and, for those of you who don’t know I served in the US Navy for over eight years before I was a full-time photographer (from 1999-2007). I was looking through some of my old photos from my time in the service and found this one of me while I was stationed in Misawa, Japan in 2002. My primary job while in the Navy was a linguist (CTI), but I also did some security forces training and had the opportunity to become weapons qualified (that’s me shooting an M16).

Being in the military taught me several things and I am a much stronger, more confident person because of it. I love my job right now because I’m doing what I have always wanted to do, but I would never change anything about my past, especially the opportunity to enlist in the Navy.

Thanks to those of you who have served or who are currently serving in the US Military … you are wholeheartedly appreciated.

Lensbaby Photowalk Recap

Lensbaby Photowalk

The first-ever (that I am aware of, at least) Lensbaby photowalk was a success! Over 60 photographers met up at Pictureline in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, each with a Lensbaby to use for the photowalk (courtesy of both Lensbaby and Pictureline) and roamed around the block snapping photos. From what I could tell everyone was having a great time. I’m a big fan of the Lensbaby product and was really happy that others had a good chance to try one out for themselves.

A huge thanks go to both Jens and Nick at Pictureline for making all of the arrangements, and also to Lensbaby for supplying the demo lenses for all of the participants who needed to borrow one.

You can view photos from the event on the Photowalking Utah Flickr group (click here).

For more information about Photowalking Utah please visit http://PhotowalkingUtah.com.