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Photographic Style

Everyone has an opinion. Those opinions often divide and separate us into polar opposite positions. Conservative vs progressive. Those who dunk their Oreo whole vs those who twist it apart first. 

Even wedding photography is divided into two camps, light and airy vs dark and moody/romantic. Both of these stylistic trends have been around for a long time, but it seems that more and more photographers are giving in to the pressure to choose a side. 

Most photographers today shoot for their presets. They have a vision for how they want  their photos to look and editing presets that help transform their photos to fit that vision. 

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Missing Details

We were surrounded! All eyes were on us as we did our best to follow the rhythm and not look like awkward middle schoolers at a school dance. We had just been introduced and were sharing our first dance as husband and wife. The only problem was...the song.

We looked at one another as we swayed, and I’m not sure what my wife was feeling but my stomach was in knots. Not because everyone was watching, but because that was not the right song. You see, I wanted everything to be  perfect, but things were already off and it was all my fault.

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Extraordinary Moments

Recently my wife and I watched a TED Talk by Brene Brown. During the talk, Brene mentioned how we often get so caught up chasing extraordinary moments that we miss the ordinary ones, and the ordinary ones are often the most important. That really hit me because all of those years when I was trying to find myself, I spent so much of my time chasing extraordinary moments. I was always looking for the “1 photo”- the decisive moment to tell a story, the big picture that was going to catapult me to bigger and better things, the quick fix that would make everything better. I always wanted to be more than I was, but more of nothing is nothing. 

Today I can see what Brene Brown means. The extraordinary moments and experiences are great, but it is those ordinary moments that often carry the most meaning. 

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As Your Photographer You've Got a Friend in Me

There I was sitting in the dark fighting back the emotions, just hoping my wife wouldn’t turn and notice the stream of tears in the glow from the movie screen. Yeah, I’m man enough to admit that I cried during the ending of a recent movie. Disney movies have a tendency to do that to folks...right?


Toy Story 4 was another fun adventure for the characters we’ve grown to love. It highlighted many wonderful traits, such as integrity, compasion, friendship, loyalty, and love- traits which the Toy Story franchise is known for.

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Avoiding Awkward Family Photos

This past Sunday was Father’s Day and if your social media feed looked like mine, it was filled with tributes to dads. I have to admit that a few years ago, seeing those posts about “Dear Ole’ Dad” would have ruined my day. When you don’t have a relationship with your father it’s easy to feel sorry for yourself and be angry. That’s how I felt anyway.

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