Disclaimer: This is what happens when I let my couples design their own engagement portrait session. Authenticity ahead.
Back in 2004, two of my most talented musician friends helped me expand my ideas of what Engagement Portraits were supposed to look like when they put aside their acoustic guitar and baby grand piano and stepped outside wearing black Dropkick Murphy’s shirts. This photo of Lindsey & Alex has sparked a conversation with each prospective client with whom I shared it and stirred many a portfolio reviewing professor. It’s still a favorite shot and a fond memory creating it for the newlyweds.
Then in May, 10 years ago today, they got married, and had a kid still learning what his camera’s buttons all did tell their wedding story. I was lucky enough to be that kid.
Congrats newlyweds! Happy 10th Anniversary!
Tip 1: Start with what you’ve got. My “serious” cameras were away in my bedroom when I was making Saturday morning breakfast and saw the sunrise streaming through the curtains. Outdated functioning 2011 refurbished smartphone camera was nearby and caught it before the lighting changed. Years before smartphones crashed the photo-making party it was up […]
#nofilter needed while out on a December day that felt more like early spring than a year end holiday countdown. Happened upon a little beam of warm sunlight making shadows through this bench. Kids are calm, film camera out of the bag to work on completing an old roll of 35mm I know I’ll leave […]
The holidays are simply magical. Friends gather, family comes to town, all bringing smiles and fond remembrances of yesteryear. Christmastime and winter break was a pretty fantastic time of year when I was a kid. It had all the sparkle and wonder of a cheery Hallmark movie dipped in school glue and rolled in every […]
November, as it seems, has returned to its previously scheduled programming with a chilly and damp fall Friday morning. The bonus week of summer escaped just before the weekend, but there are plenty of warm memories of summer and colorful days of October packed into this album from Patience’s Senior Sessions. Soak up the bright […]
My favorite portraits from the spontaneous shoot / contest at Generic store in downtown South Bend (a few years back). These made it all over my Facebook page for voting but the rest have remained Previously Unpublished until now. On a personal note, Be yourself. You are beautiful. You don’t owe anyone an apology for […]
Sometimes my job behind the camera is a piece of cake. My clients’ ideas and translate into a creative energy, smiles abound, and it’s almost effortless. Like I said, a piece of cake. If anything, Quanay and her son Ayden made it a slice of 1st birthday cake when we met up for Ayden’s first […]
World Photo Day Specials I hope you had a great World Photo Day snapping away with your favorite picture-making devices! This special has expired, but the sample albums shown are always available to bring your favorite images together into a memorable keepsake. Book me for your next shoot here. For upcoming specials, subscribe to my […]
Patience’s Senior Session landed a toasty August summer afternoon for her outdoor shoot. Plenty of natural smiles for natural light portraits on this sunny shoot! My favorite photos are always the shots where you are being yourself. Comfortable, natural, unscripted – your photos will show exactly that. If that means picking a bouquet of wildflowers […]
On a quiet Monday evening several springs back I meandered Saugatuck, Michigan with a camera and tripod. Monday was my weekend, this quiet town was somewhere new. The moon was astounding that night and the piers were a quiet spot for a pause along the Kalamazoo River. Not all the Previously Unpublished images I’ve set […]