• I love capturing that moment.
    That moment when fleeting light attaches itself to an object in a magical way.
    That moment when surprise turns to tears or smiles turn to laughter.
    That moment when you feel you have the world in the palm of your hand.
    That moment when you realize you don’t.
    That moment when you delight in your youthful
    spirit no matter what age you are.

  • It might be a moment I’ve intently planned and
    choreographed or one that I stumble upon as it
    unfolds in front of me. It can be when I am surrounded
    by a world of people or when I am alone with my
    thoughts and wandering camera in hand. I love seeing
    those moments through my lens and hearing the shutter click.

    In that moment I know I have captured something wonderful.

  • LET’S GET SOCIAL!

A couple of people have asked about the new Sony RX100 V camera that I just bought so I thought I would give an update. I’ve been wanting a more compact camera that I can put into a pocket or small purse instead of lugging my 5Ds everywhere. I’ve been using my iPhone to take video and quick pictures and I’m sick of being disappointed with the poor image quality every time I do that. After a bit of research I decided to go with Sony’s newest RX100 update. So far, I have been very impressed and happy with it. This small camera can take RAW images but also has wi-fi capability so I can share shots on the fly and the video is amazing. The RX100 shoots 4K video and can record movies in super slow motion at up to 960 fps (40x normal frame rate). Pretty awesome! I shot the first clip in my family room when I first took the camera out of the box and the second clip was shot in our pool using a water housing that I bought separately (I’ll have to write about that later).

I used Final Cut software to compress the videos for sharing.

 

 

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I got a wonderful call last year from some old friends from NY. It seems that the sweet girl that we met back when she was 13 and became our kids’ babysitter was planning her wedding. Shelby was in and out of our house for 6 years as our kids grew up. She knew them well and was one of few sitters back then who was up for the challenge of our daughter. I captured Shelby’s senior portraits shortly before we moved from NY to TX and we’ve kept in touch through Facebook. Our family has watched her life unfold: travel, college, work, parties. A while back we noticed a handsome young man in more and more of the photos. Shelby’s signature smile was ever present with this young man by her side and soon a new pup (Gromit) was added to the mix.

We loved watching all of their fun so it wasn’t surprising to see their engagement announced. It was surprising and very flattering however to get the request to be a part of their special day and photograph their wedding. There was no need to ask twice–knowing Shelby and her family I knew it would be a very special experience. The details soon followed: an afternoon wedding outside on the St. Lawrence river in upstate NY.  Shelby’s family has had a camp up in Clayton forever and the small town, relaxed vibe suited the couple perfectly. Clayton is in the 1,000 Islands region and it’s the kind of place where you won’t find a “chain” store or franchise restaurant. Everything is “local” and almost instantly when you arrive, you feel the pace of life slow waaaay down.

The weather gave everyone a bit of a bother for sometime as the rains kept coming and the river kept rising. Docks were under water and actions were taken for flooding. I have to say that people who plan outdoor weddings have a special kind of spirit. I don’t think I have it in me. The forecast showed their wedding day as the only day of sunshine that week so we all crossed our fingers that it held true. The night before, as we arrived into the 1,000 Islands area, it was dry and the layer of clouds provided a spectacular sunset. At the hotel check-in we received a hospitality bag from the Squire’s with goodies wrapped inside a sand bag–the kind filled with sand and used to keep flood waters at bay. A little humor never hurts.

When morning came, so did the sun and everyone let out a big sigh of relief. You’ll see in the images that follow what a special day it was. Casual, intimate, easy…and kisses at sunset!

 

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I recently photographed a select baseball team for their individual and team photos. Their main goal was to provide an alternative to the typical sports photography packages that never seem to “fit” every family’s needs. Their coach also wanted to create a team banner that could be posted on their dugout for games. We took several different team photos and this is one of the banner options I sent them. We asked the boys to give us an intimidation glare–love all the different expressions we got here. Of course the banner can be further customized with sponsor information, player names or any other information. It’s a fun way to have team spirit!

 

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Business head shots need to be appropriate to your industry but should still show your personality. When you are new to a company and need to match the color and look of the current personnel page, there are plenty of ways to do that. For Katie’s company, there was a mix of both studio and natural light head shots of her colleagues but all were created with cool to medium background tones. We were able to capture some natural light images with a medium background color to allow her to fit in with her colleagues’ images and we also created a couple head shots with a bold red background that is a company color. This will provide her with options to use different images for her company profile page and her business social media accounts. I love how they turned out.

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It’s always fun to photograph itty-bitty babies. And even more so when you know the family well and can share in the joy of their new addition. I photographed baby Henry’s older brother Augie as a newborn a couple of years ago when they added a fourth boy to the mix. Sadly, I had to watch them move away. But then I very happily welcomed them back to The Woodlands with a new little sister, Miss Gemma, in tow and with baby #6 on the way.

It’s definitely a case of “I don’t know how they do it!” when I hang out with them: five boys and one girl and somehow sanity still prevails at their house. Bernadette, being the creative soul that she is, had wonderful ideas for the session and I’m always game to help achieve a client’s vision.

While Henry didn’t want to cooperate with us for some of them (“Gosh, for a newborn he really loves being naked outdoors!”,  said no one ever), he really was a perfect little sleepy model to let us capture so many precious images. I look forward to seeing this little guy grow up with the rest of the clan–but not too fast! There may not be a #7 for this family so we’ll have to enjoy all his sweet baby-ness while we can.

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