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Posted by: In: Alex, Photography, Taylor 25 Aug 2008 1 comment

My girls, Alex and Taylor, headed off to school this morning. Alex to the 5th grade and Taylor to the 3rd. And they, once again, put up with dad chasing them with the camera. So, follow along as they go to school.


Alex ready to go!

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Taylor’s almost ready. Mom had to do a little bit of work on the backpack.

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Single file.

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We get to go in the back door this year.

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So, it’s a trek across wet grass.

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Greeted, as usual, sweetly by a probable copyright violation. LOL.

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Alex heads to Mrs. Davis’ class.

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Her class is in a portable this year. The air conditioning is great since they have their own unit.

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She’s ready.

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Sit down and get right to work. That’s what happens when you’re in the 5th grade. They know the drill.

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Taylor’s off to Mrs. Bass’ class.

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And it says it all.

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Checking out the supplies.

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A quick pose with a great teacher.

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Posted by: In: Christianity, Fun, Photography, Video 24 Aug 2008 0 comments

Just spent the weekend in Abilene at an event called Stop the Violence, Start The Love. It was envisioned by Chad Mitchell and his team/family/friends at Mission Abilene after multiple drive-by shootings, a few murders, and even a husband setting his ex-wife on fire. It was incredible. Especially considering it was the first year. There were tattoo competitions, a car and motorcycle show, and even a graffiti contest. I did a little shooting and then mixed my images in with others taken and produced a little show that was presented this morning at the Mission. So, it’s with that I present this, with all the best for the whole crew.

Posted by: In: Journal, Photography 13 May 2008 0 comments

I’m also asked what point and shoot camera someone should buy and after responding to an email of a friend asking that question, here’s my answers:

Get one of Canon’s newest cameras (even though in the big professional cameras, I’d recommend a Nikon; just buy based on budget any of these).

Here’s the model numbers to try, in order of my favs:

Canon Powershot SD890 IS
Canon Powershot SD790 IS (just like 770 but bigger screen)
Canon Powershot SD770 IS

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Posted by: In: Journal, Photography 13 Feb 2008 0 comments

My birthday was great!! I celebrated #?? on February 11th with some family and very dear friends. Thanks to everyone who wrote me. My wife helped make it wonderful. She’s great!!

Also, had to post a sample of what we shot today. Leigh Bayouth was in choosing her daughter’s images and we convinced her to go into the studio and take a few shots herself. She was striking. Very exotic. Here’s a sample.

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Posted by: In: Journal, Photography, Weddings 27 Aug 2007 0 comments

Well, my wedding that is. Yep folks, I just tied the knot this weekend with my beautiful bride, Mitzi Worsham. And it was great!

We couldn’t just do anything ordinary, so we opted for a surprise wedding. The only ones who knew in advance about it were our parents and our girls. Everyone thought they were coming to an “engagement” party. And amidst the socializing and the sitdown dinner in the banquet hall, the adjoining room’s walls were flung open to a minister saying, “Come on over, we’re having a wedding!”

Chad Mitchell, Mitzi’s cousin and pastor of The Mission in Abilene officiated and often brought us to tears. The best way to describe it might be an email intercepted this morning from a relative:

We just had a wonderfully, glorious time at the Surprise Wedding of Mitzi and Mark! We wish all our part of the family had been there to enjoy it but it was their choice and they paid the price!!! They certainly missed out on a really special wedding. I just thought it was truly the most beautifully done that I have even been privileged to observe! Chad was wonderful… he had many, many wonderful words to say to Mitzi and Mark and to us all! And Mitzi’s vows were outstandingly written… Mark’s were great but Mitzii’s beat him out for the best! (editor’s note: ARGGGHH! And I worked on those for days!!) And the vows they each did to Alex and Taylor were the perfect way to tell the girls and everyone that they are now all a family. It was just a wonderfully orchestrated wedding…. well done, but truly personal…. I loved it! Can you tell? So, we’ve got to hit the sack early tonight…. don’t think it will take us long to be asleep tonight after this whirlwind of a weekend! But, as I said, we loved every minute of it!

I’m hoping to be able to upload some images from the experience soon. My good friend, Tonya Hagy, was generous enough to be our “official” photographer. Although she claimed she was so nervous shooting another photographer’s wedding, she did wonderfully. Now I just have to get on the ball with all the other weddings we’re up to our eyeballs in here at the studio. We’ll be in Lake Tahoe soon, shooting a wedding for a wonderful bride and groom. Now I completely know what it’s like to be on the other side of the camera at a wedding. Expect good changes friends!! In life, in love, in laughter, and in images!!

Posted by: In: Journal, Photography 16 Aug 2007 0 comments

One of my absolute favorite models with whom I LOVE working with dropped by to chat today (that’s Ashlee K). She brought along a friend, Kristin, to keep me on my toes. After finally convincing her to step in front of the camera. Here’s what we got. Yep, she’s beautiful. So, just enjoy.

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Posted by: In: Journal, Photography 10 May 2007 0 comments

I was reminded this morning of a cool little experiment over at St. Andrew’s Perception Laboratory. You upload a very basic headshot of yourself and then the online java program transforms your face into all sorts of wonderful crazy transformations. So, I present myself in all my glorious hideousness (well, some are cool). See if you can figure out what nationality or style they’re transformed into. (Realize it tried to do something with my ears and since they don’t really protrude, you’ll see some weird sort of protrusions where the program is trying to make me have funky ears). 1x1.trans Mark’s Facial Transformation 1x1.trans Mark’s Facial Transformation 1x1.trans Mark’s Facial Transformation 1x1.trans Mark’s Facial Transformation 1x1.trans Mark’s Facial Transformation 1x1.trans Mark’s Facial Transformation 1x1.trans Mark’s Facial Transformation 1x1.trans Mark’s Facial Transformation

Posted by: In: Photo, Photography 08 May 2007 0 comments

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Lindsey Blain, our makeup artist extraordinaire, was in this morning for a shoot and we decided to do a little lightpainting with her.

Lightpainting is the technique of photography only using a flashlight or something of the sort and “painting” the subject as a long exposure records the image.

This was our fav. Nice and moody for a rainy day.

Posted by: In: Journal, Photography 03 May 2007 0 comments

1x1.trans Aristotle and Excellence Hadn’t read this quote in a while. Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” I like the fact that we don’t show our work until it’s reached perfection (or as close as humanly possible). So, realize that if we’re showing you images we’ve created for you, we actually think they’re good. Not an egotistical thing, just a “we want you to have the best” thing.

Posted by: In: Alex, Journal, Photography 29 Dec 2006 0 comments

Alex got a new puppy for Christmas (soapbox: please don’t buy a puppy from a store (probably mill-bred), there are plenty beautiful dogs available at places like local animal shelters and The Haven). So, we got to the studio and took some fun pix. BTW, her name is Tink (think Tinkerbell, Alex’s newest obsession).

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