When a friend asks you take photos of her and her husband to celebrate their 15 year wedding anniversary, the answer is always I WOULD LOVE TO! I did love it too, everything about it and them. They were so goofy and cute together!
These two have FIVE crazy kids too! As you might guess, they have some pretty incredible stories and I was fortunate enough to hear some really good ones during this session. In fact, we did some hilarious photo recreations of their actual wedding day 15 years ago that I will never, ever forget! Luckily I got to see the original photos prior to the shoot, so I was 100% prepared for the shenanigans. It was such a fun day.
I should also mention that this girl is a kick-butt photographer herself, so I was completely honored when she asked me to snap these photos for her!
These were shot with my Canon 5D Mark III and my Canon 50mm f/1.2. See all of my gear here.
Here’s the truth… I sometimes feel stuck with photography and make excuses not to shoot. I tell myself that because our girls aren’t little anymore, because my life is mundane and boring, because my house isn’t white and spotless, I have nothing to shoot. I act like I have nothing worth documenting happening around here. Well, I’m here to tell you that is just plain silly. Life, every second, every stage is worth documenting. So, I forced myself to get unstuck and document something I wanted to remember regardless of how I felt about my photography at that moment.
Since it was a pretty big day for our youngest daughter, she was being inducted in to the National Honor Society at school, I used that to inspire me to pick up my camera and fight back against my feelings of photography frustration. I peeked into her room and took a few documentary shots of her listening to music and getting ready, unmade bed and all. This is something I see every single day, but never bothered to photograph. Pretty soon she’ll be away at college, her room will be neat and tidy, and it will be very, very quiet. I will miss this. So, I snapped away. While I was editing these photos, I felt so incredibly grateful to have these images because they are so very much our real life, as it is right now.
Since I was back on my photography high after finally using my camera and taking some meaningful pictures, I took some outdoor lifestyle portraits of Hannah too. She doesn’t love to be photographed and only gives me a few minute window before she’s ‘over it’, but I still managed to capture her sassy spirit for a few shots. She was mostly saying, no more photos mom, but I kept shooting anyway because that’s how I roll! I hope someday she appreciates my tenacity.
When it comes to photography, we all feel uninspired from time to time, but don’t allow yourself to be stuck like I did. Shoot from the heart, capture something that inspires you, and don’t make excuses for why you can’t shoot. Sometimes the hardest part is just picking up your camera!
One of my favorite parts of working with new clients is getting to know them and learn the things that make them unique. I like to ask tons of questions and really get people chatting while I’m shooting away. I think it puts people at ease and allows me to capture their true personalities. And It’s icing on the cake when we end up having things in common, like a love for dogs!
I got to meet not one, but two new friends for this session. Freckles, the super cute 10-year-old poodle mix faithfully accompanied his super cute mom during this shoot. He just chilled and hung out with us while we did our thing. He even posed for a couple of shots, but honestly, he was more interested in checking out all of the other good looking dogs at the park, especially the ones that look like him!
We talked, we laughed, we got some great headshots, and we met several new furry friends!
These were taken with my Canon 5D Mark III and my Canon 85mm f/1.8. See all my gear here.
Not a day goes by where I don’t love being a photographer, but on certain days, my camera skills lead me to something new and something truly incredible. This was one of those experiences. I photographed a rodeo, documentary style, but not just any rodeo, the Special Kids Rodeo of 2017.
This was the 4th annual Special Kids Rodeo here in the Town of Queen Creek and just like in previous years, it was deemed a “day of yesses” for local children with special needs. Everyone here went out of their way to make sure each child had the time of their life, making the events possible for any child who wanted to participate, regardless of their disability. It. Was. Awesome. There were so many fun activities for the kids to do, I just followed a group around and snapped away. And let me tell you, I was honored, and humbled, and just plain thrilled to be part of this day, even just as a photographer. I was inspired by the kindness of the volunteers and overjoyed by the pure happiness of all of the participants. It was a day that really just made me happy to be alive.
These were all shot with my Canon 5D Mark III and my Sigma Art 24mm f/1.4. See all of my camera gear here.