Monday, February 28, 2011

Joanna & Greg's rings.

So I had a ton of fun this last Saturday photographing Joanna & Greg's wedding in Oakbrook, IL at the Christ Church of Oak Brook. Probably one of the most organized, laid back, and enjoyed by the couple and family I've seen in a really long time. But lots more to follow about this beautiful wedding... for now I just want to give you a quick tester image of one of the ring shots I got. :) Enjoy!

This is one of the first images I took with my new macro lens at a wedding. I'm liking it a LOT!

Signing off for today. God bless your socks off,

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Valentine's day contest.

For those of you who didn't see my tweet or my facebook update about the contest I entered last week, here is the scoop. I was visiting my fiancĂ© and her family over Valentine's Day and enjoyed myself very much! :) I took my girl out to her favorite restaurant, Maggiano's. And it was Everything my heart was hoping for in a first Valentine's Day together as a couple. It was simply perfect and I wouldn't have changed a thing about it. But here is the part that I'm actually writing about. The next morning I woke up and for some reason (I never do this early in the morning) decided to check up on my twitter account and see what was happening in my little world and came across this tweet saying to tell Maggiano's about my Valentine's day for a chance to win a $50 gift card. :)

Well, the pictures tell the rest. :)


Here is what I wrote in my tired state of mind... then promptly went back to bed. lol.


This was the awesomest news I've seen on facebook in a LONG time! lol. 


I got a lens extender from my older bro for Christmas so I could do macro stuff. This is hardly impressive for macro... I'll have to post some of those soon. But here is one. :)  


The letter I got with my $50 in gift cards. I couldn't have been more pleased! And I can't wait to take my girl back to Maggiano's for another wonderful and perfect meal. :) 

Just a quick update on my workshop for photographers. I've only got a couple spots left for my workshop in Chicago and the Twin Cities! Click here to get more information. 

Dates for each are as follows:
Chicago—April 13 2011—1 day workshop like one pictured above. Cost $200
Twin Cities—May 4-5. 2 day workshop. Cost $350
Chicago—May 18— 1 Day workshop like one pictured above. $200

Signing off for today. God bless your socks off,

Capture. Create. Discover.
Something Amazing!

Monday, February 14, 2011

More of Slade and Stephanie's engagement session.

I'm so super stoked to be with my fiance and her family today.
Lots of fun stuff planned for me and I'll have to share about it in due time. :) I hope you too have some awesome plans today of reminding someone you love just how much you do. And that your love for them is endless! Live today to the fullest and love them more than you can alone! :) 

This is such a crazy series of events NOT planned you have to read this! It's kind of long, but wild too how I got this job.

Last year on my way home from shooting a wedding in CA I was getting ready to leave out of SFO Airport when I started getting the southwest text messages alerting my of my flight being delayed. It was backed up so badly that I was going to miss my connecting flight in Denver. So I called up Southwest airlines and asked them if there was any chance I could fly out of Oakland Airport instead and they said yes. Matter of fact I was going to get home like an hour or two earlier if I did that than my original itinerary! So I quickly grabbed the fast approaching exit for the OAK airport. I am one of those people who loves to get the front row on Southwest airlines every chance I can because my legs are so long. Plus you get off the plane a lot quicker too! I grabbed myself the window seat and was totally JAZZED about that and the fact that nobody else was sitting in the middle either. It was just me and another guy who seemed to have it figured out that if we kind of leaned into the middle and sprawled out maybe no one would sit there. IT WORKED! Now we just have one quick stop at LAX and then we are on our way home to Midway.

I found myself in a rare mood that I didn't really feel like making friends but was thinking to myself, I think I'll just put my earbuddies in and listen to music all the way home and even start working on rating all the wedding images I just took that weekend.

Well, wouldn't you know it, some HUGE football player type built guy boards the plane and comes into the half vacant seat in the middle. I say half because I was doing my best to fill it along with my seat and so was the guy next to me. lol. "Rats," I thought to myself. Now have to spend a 5 or 6 hour flight with this dude next to me. Still not wanting to make new friends I grabbed my laptop and started working away on my wedding images. Well, I wasn't working on them more than 5 minutes when this dude starts talking to me about how "awesome" all my images are that I was working on. (When a person starts up a conversation like that you can't help but kind of like him. LOL) So I started showing him a bit of my portfolio and he was like seriously interested in my work. Which at first caught me off guard. I mean, this dude totally looked like the sports and outdoors type that probably doesn't give a rip about photography, especially wedding photography! Well, come to find out he was engaged. So we got talking about his wedding and engagement photos and all that and before you know it we are exchanging cards and long story short I just did his engagement session! It was really cool!

I've always dreamed about booking a job while I was at the airport. Mostly because the girl I used to work for who got me my start in wedding photography had booked a wedding that way and I thought that was so awesome! So, I actually did it. It was crazy!

I've been learning to trust the Lord and know that he is working everything out more perfectly than I could ever plan things and that he is truly my forerunner.

I found out later from a friend less fortunate that was trying to fly out of San Francisco the same time I was that day that didn't get to fly out till the next morning. WOW! I got home, an hour earlier and made a great lead that turned into a booking.
















Just a quick update on my workshop for photographers. I've only got a couple spots left for my workshop in Chicago and the Twin Cities! Click here to get more information. 

Signing off for today. God bless your socks off,

Capture. Create. Discover.
Something Amazing!