Laughter keeps you young – Hazel’s 90th Birthday

I’m no physician but I’m pretty sure laughing keeps you young. At Hazel’s birthday celebration last weekend there was a great amount of humor from her and the family. Even when family members apologized for laughing through most of the portraits I reminded them I’d rather have a laughing bunch than being stared down by an unhappy one any day!

Truth be told, the great sense of humor and abundance of laughs reminded me of my own family’s gatherings. I’m convinced great humor was part of how my Grandma Eleanor lived to be 96. Our family gatherings are full of chuckles, family stories and ornery jokes. Hazel’s party was nothing less!

Never Underestimate the Power of Grandma
Never Underestimate the Power of Grandma

Hazel's 90th birthday!

Family portrait laugh outtake

The laughs continued into the evening portraits when the ladies decided to help the birthday girl not feel too self conscious about her height. Just before I hit the shutter release they all decided to shrink a little. Unscripted, but maybe rehearsed. Outtake? Given the family’s humor I’m thinking it’s a keeper!

Family portrait group squats to make grandma taller

Lots more laughs on the way – see them at the proof gallery here.

Happy birthday Hazel!

Here’s an extra dose of laughs for everybody from one of my favorite movies – enjoy!

Act natural – Couples Portrait Session Posing

This is what I got, two days / two shoots in a row when I mentioned “acting natural” during portraits.

facepalm of love

On second thought…

I wasn’t going to post the first outtake shot until I saw the same thing on the very next shoot. The very first frame of the next shoot. You guys crack me up. This is what keeps photo “work” from feeling like work. I needed the laughs after the long busy weekend.

For an unscripted engagement session of your own, drop me a line here – eB

About the gear

Skimming through my blog feeds from the Digital Wedding Forum today and ran across this peculiar advertisement juxtaposed with an age-old argument about photography gear. Couldn’t pass it up.

Is photography about the gear?

Is it about the camera gear? I have plenty of images by by less-gear-obsessed wife, friends, and even my old snaps that might prove otherwise. A good setup might make it easier to create the kinds of images one would like, but is certainly not the end-all of photography.

“That looks like a nice camera, I bet it takes great photos!”

Enjoy the weekend!

Stunt Groom? Jackpot.

While yesterday was abuzz with the new iPhone OS3.0 updates, I’ve got to hand it to Sprint’s clever direct-connect commercials. And of course, I’m a fan of all things production related. 🙂 And iPhones. Just to set the record straight.

What if film crews ran the world? On wedding days!


No rain, no rainbows! I’m hoping the weather plays nice for some great shoots this weekend. And by nice I mean dramatic skies and cool clouds. Rain… not so much.

If it doesn’t show up in a feed, check out the video here –

And of course, second favorite of this theme – What if Roadies Ran the World

Enjoy the weekend, lots more photos ahead!

If I had a band…

Insider secret! Part of the tech crew ritual at the Underground Cafe is, before the show, to take the schedule of bands playing, and *creatively alter* their names. Ya know, Sharpie some new letters into their already cool name. Call it boredom during overly-long sound checks, new bands on stage that say they don’t need sound checks (i.e. not used to being out of the basement or garage), or just helping uninteresting band names.

Well this is my new band. We even have our debut album ready to pawn off on everyone sell at shows.

Random Band and Album Art

I’m so metal.

To Do This

1 – Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random”
or click
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 – Go to Quotations Page and select “random quotations”
or click
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3 – Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 – Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together. (You can use paint as well!)

5 – Optional Entertainment – Spam out all your FaceBook or Mysapce friends with this text in the “caption” or “comment” and TAG the friends you want to join in.

If I was in a band, and not their road tech, I’d be found under a pile of percussion: a djembe, congas, bongos and things that go thump. I’d be cool as a road tech too, for the record.

Go have fun.


Morning coffee

It’s almot noon but when I started writing this it was still “early morning” time.I could still use a cup of wake up juice. It’s mandatory for Monday.

Here’s some fun for the Monday – see if you can find what’s wrong with this picture:

Expresso time!

😛 eB