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Tender moments

Daddy’s protective arms

In daddy's arms

In daddy’s arms

There is nothing like photographing tender moments and when a dad is so in love with his little girl the moments ooze from every image making my role as a photographer and artist very easy. Daddy’s baby girl touched his heartstrings in more ways than an image can show but when you notice, her hand was on his left side over his heart. My goal is always to show an intimate and loving bond between each parent and child and often using black and white gives a look that cannot be told in color. Without the distractions of color, the eye automatically gravitates to the emotion and tenderness of the moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleeping sound with mom

The delicate touch of a mom and glow that is displayed radiates from this image and the light was perfect creating a soft look.

My sweet baby

My sweet baby

Fun, fun, and more fun! Every time I look at this image, it looks like an ad for a hair product. “Use our hair products and your hair will look this good!” ūüėÄ What a fun image!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daddy’s little girl!

Daddy’s big muscles

Wow, the look and feel as daddy holds on to his little girl’s hand and keeps her secure in his arm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tender moments!

Tender moments

As both mom and dad look on to their little girl, the love pours from the image and this could be used for many statements including, “The depth of the love of parents for their children cannot be measured. It is like no other relationship. It exceeds concern for life itself… ” James Faust

 

 

 

 

 

 



Technical specs:

Camera used – Olympus OMD-EM-1 Mark II
Lenses – I use a variety of prime lenses for portraits including the Olympus 17 mm, 45 mm, and two macro lenses 30 mm and 60 mm

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Exposure Triangle and Aperture

How does aperture impact my image?

In this short video, I show a few examples how changing the aperture / f-stop impacts the look of your image.

My goal is to get you off of auto and in manual mode.

Additionally, my intent is to show you that each of the images shown in the video are exposed properly but a properly exposed image does not mean it is the image you intended to photograph.


Stranger: “That is a beautiful child you have there.”
Mother: “That’s nothing. You should see his photograph.” – Anonymous


 

Technical Specs

Olympus | E-M1MarkII | Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens | Mirrorless Camera | MeFoto Tripod

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Invest in yourself – two free ebooks

Photography education

I believe in investing in yourself through books, ebooks, webinars, and more in all areas of life.  I have been a long time fan of DAVID DUCHEMIN having read many of his photography ebooks and a few of his physical books.  He is giving away two excellent photography books that I recommend regardless of your skill level.

Ten –¬†TEN WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR CRAFT WITHOUT BUYING GEAR

Ten More –¬†TEN MORE WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR CRAFT WITHOUT BUYING GEAR

David’s books are extremely affordable normally selling for ~$5 ea but at the price of free, they are a tremendous deal. ¬†Don’t let free scare you away thinking they are not worth the time or effort to download and read them. ¬†Invest in yourself starting today.

“Your body and brain will be around much longer than those expensive toys you are considering.”

R.E.A.D. Really enjoy and discover the world of books

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. ¬†The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” Mark Twain

 

Vintage Car Show

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Candid Moments in Life

Candid Moments in Life

The best moments are not planned

I took this image of my wife and two eldest grandkids is 2009. We were walking along a path that borders our property and the moment seemed perfect for an image. ¬†The grandkids are now 13 and 11 but this image is one of my favorite images of all times. ¬†My wife and I were going through the thousands of images I took of the family since 2001 and this one jumped out as a ‘must print and hang’ image. ¬†We pondered the best scripture verse and decided that Psalm 46:10a, “Be still and know that I am God…” is perfect.

I printed this as an 11×14 and matted it to fit a 16×20 black frame for hanging in our living room. ¬†This will join many other prints that we proudly display of our family and life. ¬†My wife kept saying, this looks like something you would buy and hang on your wall from a Christian bookstore. ūüėÄ ¬†One of the greatest compliments a photographer can get is when their spouse states they would pay for the image.

Some of the best images I took were not planned, staged, nor posed. ¬†They just developed (pun intended). ¬†Although this sat on my hard drive for 6 years after I processed it, the image remained ready to become a story teller. ¬†However, I believe that an image isn’t a true picture until it is printed and hung on a wall for others to see and cherish.

No doubt this might have more meaning to us than it would to others, the connection of the viewer becomes when they can relate.  A mom can relate thinking when they walk hand in hand with their child(ren) or a grandma thinking to the day when she walks with her grandchildren.  Life is short and too often the only thing we have to trigger a happy and cherished memory is to look and hold our pictures.  There is a saying that a picture is art when it connects with the viewer.  I would add that a picture is an image when it tells a story that connects the viewer to the subject.

It is very important to preserve memories with photography but it is more important to print the images to share and hold.

What many do not realize is the image we take today isn’t for our benefit (today) but for the benefit of future generations or to comfort us years in the future. ¬†I hope that one day my grandchildren will be blessed with children and grandchildren of their own and that this image will provide conversations they have with their families. ¬†As I type this, tears flow down my cheeks. ¬†Not of sorrow but of joy that a God given gift (vision and photography) can bring joy and happiness. ¬†Tears of joy that memories are captured and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

With the advent of digital and the fact that nearly everyone has a camera (mobile device) and images are shared non-stop, my concern is that too many people fail to print their memories.  They show them off on their smart phone but when the smart phone breaks where are the memories.  Yes, more and more people store in the cloud but how many retrieve them from the cloud and display the images proudly on their walls?

Candid moments need preserved and cherished!

Mother’s day is quickly approaching. ¬†Plan a time for pictures, preserving today for future generations. ¬†We offer a session that includes both still and motion (video) with a multimedia show that brings laughter and tears wrapped in joy and happiness.

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Kodak Commercial Pictures Live Forever

Tremendous commercial emphasizing the importance of pictures.  One of my favorite commercials of all time!  Why?  Because it emphasizes the value and art of story telling through photography and just as important it shows the need to print your images.  Too often folks take pictures but they never print them or do anything with them other than post them to instagram, facebook, or other social media site.

 

“The pictures are talking . . . they are saying keep me, protect me, share me and I will live forever.” ¬†I can hear them!¬†

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