Thank you, Kansas!

About 5 years ago, I convinced our daughter’s preschool mentor, a high school senior in a preschool education class, to let me make her senior portraits. It was the first time I attempted to create a portrait of someone who wasn’t directly related to me. That began my journey in this business, a journey that has allowed me to meet amazing people, go amazing places with them, and do amazing things. For those that don’t know, in the middle of July, I moved to California to join my wife and kids for the next stage of our lives: I’m returning to school to get my education doctorate degree (Ed.D.) in learning technologies from Pepperdine University. It’s an incredible program that I feel very blessed to be able to participate in, and I’m excited about the kinds of opportunities that are to come because of this.

To save my sanity, I will not be accepting any new clients until further notice. Working and going to school full-time, which are already secondary to my most important full-time jobs–husband and father–don’t leave me much time for a side business. So, until things get a little calmer around here, I will not be accepting any new clients. I have a few portrait sessions and a wedding left to photograph that I am looking forward to, and those that are waiting for their images will still receive them, but new client inquiries will be happily referred to others.

To all those that have trusted my vision and style to capture and create portraits for you to treasure, I thank you, sincerely. You have allowed me to nurture my creative side and have, quite literally, allowed my family to have food on our table and a roof over our heads. I owe you for that trust and will always be grateful for that. I hope someday to be able to repay it in some way, small or otherwise.

For your viewing pleasure, I’ve assembled one image from every session or wedding (as primary or secondary shooter) or home I have ever photographed as a professional (except one, because every single image was oriented vertically, and that just didn’t fit in the grid–sorry, Curtis). If you don’t see an image from your session, I am so sorry and blame my horrendous early organizational skills. They really were quite incredibly poor.

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fireworks 2012 – wamego, ks, fireworks show

Ever since I encountered the focus shift technique a few years back, I have been in love with shooting fireworks. It might be because they don’t happen all that often and they don’t last that long, so I almost feel like I’m hunting some rare beast that only emerges from hiding once or twice a year for 15 to 30 minutes, and if I’m not on my game, I will have to wait a whole year before I can try again.

This year, I spent the holiday alone (short version: my family moved to CA ahead of me, while I stayed behind to finish up the weddings I had booked), so I went to Wamego’s carnival for a bit before the fireworks just to pass the time, then went and got settled in and ready for the show to start.

Yes, I brought two cameras. I had a specific kind of image in mind that I wanted to make that required a wide angle, but I also love using the focus shift, and there would be no easy way to switch during the show, so I set up the one camera you see here on my big tripod, ready for focus shifting, while I set up the second one on a small GorillaPod that I have and set it on the ground with a wide angle lens on. The wide angle was for pictures like this:

The long lens was for pictures like this:

Many more from the evening after the jump.  Continue reading…

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jeremy & jeanette | a very steampunk portrait session | manhattan, ks portrait photographer

A few months ago, on the weekend of the Sherlock Holmes sequel’s premiere, my wife and I were out on a date, going to an entirely different movie. While in line for popcorn, I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, a couple people dressed up in what looked like genuine Victorian-era clothing. I elbowed my wife (gently, of course) to get her attention, and when I turned to show her the elaborate costumes, I properly looked at the couple and saw that it was Jeremy and Jeanette, some of our friends from church!

After spending a few minutes talking with them and checking out their costume, the majority of which they had hand crafted, I snapped a quick iPhone picture and we went to our separate movies. At the time, though, I had all sorts of ideas jump into being inside my head, and I knew that I just had to make their portraits.

Fast forward to yesterday when we finally got together on campus at Kansas State University to bend some photons to our will. Jeremy and Jeanette had not only dressed up, but they had assembled some rockin’ props to use as well.

First up, some fairly simple headshots against a white background.

Next, we got rid of the white background and worked in front of an awesome wall in the building where Jeremy is currently working on his graduate degree. It’s made of large plates made from the old chalkboards they took down from all the classrooms when they renovated the building. Super cool.

That cane is Jeremy’s grandfather’s, and it has the words “Bubba Stick” carved into it near the handle. True story.

Some of the most very favorite portraits I have ever made, after the jump.  Continue reading…

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adam & alex & a very special portrait session | manhattan, ks portrait photographer

This past summer, I had the pleasure of working  a couple of times with Alexandra, a local model, doing some fashion shoots, so I was excited when she contacted me wanting to do a portrait session with her husband, Adam. We discussed outfits and the concept she wanted for their shoot, and got all the plans put together.

We met up in one of the fields near  their home to make some portraits of them doing what they love to do together: bird-watching. The sun was golden and glorious as we got started.

Out alone, with each other, doing what they love to do. One thing, of course, led to the other… 😉

Wait…did you hear that?

What? What’s going on?

Don’t you see it?! Over there!

ZOMBIES!!

The rest is just too horrible, much too soon to talk about. The rest of the story, in pictures, after the jump.  Continue reading…

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fall portrait specials, going on now!

Hey everyone out there in Internetland! I just wanted to pop in and let you know that we’re running some portrait session specials over on our Facebook page.

What’s that? You didn’t know we had one? We do. It’s here. Come on over and join the fun! We post more images of more recent work over there, so check out what we’ve been up to!

Also, while you’re there, check out the daily portrait session special. Every day this week (9/12-9/17), we’ll be offering a different discount or incentive to a limited number of sessions that book that day. Check back every morning to see the new deal and get on it! Now is the time to plan your holiday portrait session in order to get images and cards back in time to send them out.

See you over on the Book!

(and, just because posts are prettier with pictures, here’s a couple from last fall)

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