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Jonathan & Jenny
WHAT: Engagements, Portraits   |   WHEN: May 28, 2013   |   WHERE: Deep Ellum Arts District
I've all but stopped posting session images here on the blog because, well, I just got too far behind at one point and decided it was easier to simply bury my head in the sand than keep thinking about the ever-growing to-do list items I couldn't keep up with.  Things have finally slowed down a bit now; enough for me to remember I have a blog.  And, since Facebook could likely will go away some day (doesn't everything?), I figured I could post a few things over here so I'll have something to look at when all our digital memories disappear with Facebookagheddon.

Soooo.... meet Jonathan and Jenny.  I only worked with Jonathan for about a year, but it was plenty of time to figure out he's a pretty talented user interface designer and just an all-around good guy who's fun to be around.  I only met Jenny for the first time at their photo session, but I'd heard plenty about her before then when Jonathan would talk about what seemingly new place they went to eat at each weekend, how far they were running that week, and of course when and how he was going to propose.  She's a sweet girl and a great fit for him.  

These 2 will be starting a new chapter as Jonathan is headed to KC for a new job, and Jenny will join him in a couple months after they get married this fall.  We spent a little time last Thursday down in Deep Ellum capturing a few images before Jonathan packed up and headed out of town.  Here's some of my favorites.


Brandon & Perrin - Dallas Engagement Photographer
WHO: Brandon & Perrin   |   WHAT: Engagements   |   WHEN: November 23, 2010   |   WHERE: Dallas, TX (Deep Ellum Arts District)
I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again... Engagement. Sessions. Rock.  These are some of my favorites sessions to photograph, especially when the husband and wife-to-be are laid back, fun and easy to photograph.  Throw in the fact that I adore the bride-to-be's parents (who coincidentally happened to be Kylie & I's pre-marital mentor couple), and well, that's just photographic gravy.  I photographed Perrin's super-fun family back in early January, but this time around it was just her and her fiancé Brandon.  They got engaged back in August when Brandon popped the proverbial question as they were standing in the donor reflection pool of the new AT&T Performance Center downtown.  In fact, Brandon's big surprise was even captured and posted on the Dallas Arts District Facebook Page.  How cool is that?

We went downtown to celebrate their engagement while they were both in town recently (they live in Oklahoma), and eventually ended their session at the scene of the crime question-popping.  Here's a collection of the images from that day.

This next image to me represents the relationship they have.  They just go together.

I was diggin' Perrin's fun orange shoes.

I love this image for a couple reasons.  1) The expressions are great.  2) A couple minutes earlier while we were further down the alley a scary-looking man was peaking out this door at us.  I was kinda expectin' him to open his door and scare the daylights out of us whle we were taking this photo.  If I had a 3000mm lens, I bet I could zoom way in and see his mug staring back at me in the peep hole.

Ahhh... bak at the reflection pool.


Rachel & Lance - Just Because
WHO: Rachel & Lance   |   WHAT: Engagements, Families, Portraits   |   WHEN: October 12, 2010   |   WHERE: Deep Ellum
Rachel & Lance came in this evening to view their images.  We laughed.  We ate chocolate chip cookies.  We talked photography.  We watched iPhone videos of their three 8 yr old boys rockin' it out on their guitars at home.  We had fun.  These two are so laid back and easy going; it was truly a pleasure spending time with them, and I think we really got some great images in their "just because" session. 

Besides the sneak peek image I posted yesterday, here's my favorites from our time down in Deep Ellum.

Love the relaxed moment in this next one.

They rocked this one.

This was one of the last images we took, and it was getting dark, so I had my assistant Sara go up to the next stairway landing and hold a remote flash with a small softbox, pointing it down at Rachel & Lance.  While not a perfect image from a technical perspective, there's just something I really like about this image.  It's kinda got a vintage movie set feel to it.

The session was over and we had walked back to our cars and were about to drive home when I just put a flash on the ground behind Lance & Rachel trying to see if we could get something interesting.  I think we did.  Thanks, you two, for being game for "just one more".


Rachel & Lance [Sneak Peek]
WHO: Rachel & Lance   |   WHAT: Engagements, Families   |   WHEN: October 12, 2010   |   WHERE: Deep Ellum
Before Kylie and I headed to New England for vacation, I had the pleasure of photographing one of my peers in the photography industry.  I met Rachel through a photography forum a couple years ago, and we were also in the same photography class this past spring at Texas School.  Turns out her and her husband and their three triplet boys live about 15 minutes away in north Dallas.  Who knew?

This is a milestone year for Rachel & Lance as they celebrate their 15 year anniversary, and Rachel also turns 40.  To commemorate this year, Rachel approached me about doing a session of just her and Lance 1) to capture this chapter in their lives and 2) well, because they haven't had any photos of just them taken since their wedding.  I always get excited about photography sessions where my clients want to do what I call "just because" sessions, where it's not a wedding, engagement, new addition to the family, etc., but just a time in their life they want to document and remember through photography.

Rachel and Lance come in tomorrow to see their images for the first time, but here's just a little preview of what they'll see.  I'll post more images after their appointment.


Lauren + Ron {Posers}
WHAT: Engagements, Portraits   |   WHEN: May 8, 2010
I've been in a photography cocoon for the last week, virtually shut-off from the outside world while attending Texas School here in Dallas, but last Saturday - the night before it started - photographer friend Lauren came into town a day early and talked her long-time childhood friend Ron into getting a little dressed up to do a just-for-fun mock engagement shoot.  Since Kylie and I's vacation to London/Ireland was ixnayed by the Iceland Volcanoay, I had a couple free weeks prior to Texas School open and was looking to do just go out and shoot for fun and try a few things.  Lauren and Ron volunteered to be the proverbial guinea pigs, and they were a blast and totally willing to do anything.  We had a ton o' fun just roaming around Deep Ellum just before and then after dark, and we eneded up with some really cool images.

If you're a photographer and you haven't taken the time to get outta the rut and photograph something just for fun lately, I can't encourage you enough to carve out some time and just get out and do it.  For me, these kind of exercises recharge my passion for this photographic journey I'm on.  It helps me reconnect with the reason I got into this industry in the first place... because I love to create images.  These sessions are a time for me to play and experiment, and with that comes growth.  Sure, not everything works out, and occasionally there are a few ideas that are epic fails, but even in failure there is growth; discovering/knowing what doesn't work is just as important as knowing what does.  Sooo... break out your calendar and pencil in some play time where you can shoot for you.  What's holding you back?

Anywho, where was I?  Oh, right... play time images with Lauren and Ron.  Here's my favorites from our mock engagement session last Saturday.

Man, Lauren's got some killer eyes.

Check out Lauren's killer pink leopard print shoes.  Yowsa.

Here's a pullback shot showing how the next couple images were lit.  Pretty simple set-up with an off-camera Nikon SB-900 + 22" Larson octagon softbox triggered by a Pocket Wizard on one side and a silver reflector on the other to provide a little backside fill light.

I'd like to give a shout out to Mollie and Sara for helping out on this shoot.  It got dark about 30 minutes after we started, and I wouldn't have been able to do this session without them.  Thanks, ladies!  BTW, Mollie is another photographer from a forum I'm part of, and it was great to finally get to meet her - and about 23 other people on the forum - at Texas School.

Zoinks, Shaggy!

For this last image, I just had Mollie position the off-camera flash & softbox behind Lauren and Ron, and Sara held the reflector in front of them on camera right to bounce some light back in.  Loved how this came out.


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