Monday, July 20, 2009

Mandi & Josh: Married

What an incredible weekend this was! We started off by heading down to Monroe, LA on Friday afternoon to be there for the rehearsal as well as the dinner. Although it would be blisteringly hot on Saturday the wedding turned out amazing and we had such a great time!

Thank you two so much for allowing us to document your wedding day, it was incredible!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Recent Work: Mega Post!

So I've been working like crazy over the past months and have really only been blogging wedding work. I've been shooting some fun lifestyle jobs in between and wanted to post up a few images from some of the most recent shoots. Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!! Check back in on Monday for Mandi & Josh's wedding post!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

My new Leica :)

So I just got my film back from Richard Photo Lab (Awesomeness) and had to post this quick image. This is the first image I've ever taken with it and is a straight scan but I love it!

Inspiration and Being a Creative

I've been thinking of making this post for a while now but just haven't gotten around to it. I think inspiration/emotion is the greatest fuel for a creative individual and not necessarily "photographically" inspirational stuff either. While I am a photographer and love to see a moving, emotional, or powerful image, what really is intriguing to me is what caused that photographer to take the image. What types of thought processes do creative individuals take in order to arrive at the image, product, or design they land on? What is the (me included) motivation to get out a make/do something creative?

On a daily basis I flood myself with things that inspire me to be creative and push myself. Whether that is reading the latest blog post from Seth Godin, watching Chase Jarvis on set or giving a talk about being a creative, or browsing work by my favorite artists (painters, musicians, photograhers etc...) In a world where everything has an influence on you and your art, what are you doing to feed this?

There are may different methods of which you can accumulate or gather inspirational media. From clipping magazine pages and storing them in binders (You can see HERE what Bryan of A Bryan Photo does, and you should also check out the photographers he lists at the bottom of the post), to cutting and posting on an inspiration wall or "Vision Board" (Nick Onken does this, check it his post about it HERE), or you can do something similar to what I do, which is use a program called Evernote. I devour magazines and print images as well, however spending so much time online and with the over abundance of really amazing work out there I find this to be a great solution. Evernote allows me to clip and store or simply save URLS to work that I find inspirational while also allowing me to leave specific notes about that link.

Anway, long story short, as a creative you should always be striving to improve on your art. Find things that motivate, drive, and inspire you. Like I mentioned earlier, that doesn't necessarily have to be related to your specific niche. Stay inspired and never settle for ordinary.

The images below are just an example of how I use Evernote to clip and store inspirational media.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Emma Kate and Bryan: Married

On June 20th, in Quitman, MS I had the distinct honor of documenting Emma Kate & Bryan's wedding. These two are such a special couple and so in love it's amazing. It has been awesome getting to know both of them and I had such a great time shooting the wedding.

The day started off with a wonderful Bridal Luncheon before we were to head to the church. Despite being unbelievably hot that day I managed to shoot the dress, shoes, and rings outside before moving inside. We hung out at the church getting ready and prepping for the ceremony. After shooting the First Look and all the formals it was on to the ceremony.

Thank you two for being all around awesome and allowing me to document this incredible time in your life!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Recent Film Work

I recently got in more film from the incredible Richard Photo Lab and wanted to post up some of my favorites. Some of the work is from weddings and other is from a recent lifestyle shoot.