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The Patels [Sneak Peek]
WHAT: Families, Kids   |   WHEN: November 8, 2011   |   WHERE: Deep Ellum Arts District
The last time I photographed the Patels, there were 4 of them. Now they're a party of 5.  Here's quick preview of more to come from their recent session.

Jai & Rishi are practically grown men now. What the heck?? The first time I met these 2, Jai was a toddler and Rishi was only a couple weeks old. Love this image of the two of them with mom.

And here's sweet little Meela having a sweet little moment with her dad.

Stay tuned for the rest of their images soon!


Remy [Sneak Peek]
WHAT: Families, Kids   |   WHEN: October 30, 2011   |   WHERE: Dallas
Not too long ago I got to hang out with Remy again.  He's about to turn 2 in a couple months, and he's got so much personality now (as you can see from the image below).

Last time I photographed Remy, he was only a couple days old and a teenie tiny little guy.  Here he is back in early January of 2010 at just 5 days old.  

He's changed just a bit since then, and I'm excited to share the rest of his images after mom and dad come in for their viewing & ordering session.


On the Road Again
WHAT: Families, Personal   |   WHEN: August 24, 2011   |   WHERE: Princeton, IN
We headed back to the Midwest a couple weekends ago to visit Kylie's family in Indiana and to head on over to Ohio for a weekend for my, ahem, 20 year (said in a whisper) class reunion.

With weather in the mid-80's during the day and upper 60's at night, we were tempted to stay for, oh I dunno, the rest of the year.  Here's a few images of our stay at Kylie's parents' house in Indiana.  

Saige loved her play time with "Grandfather Garry".  [NOTE: by the way, Garry, you do know that your chosen moniker will be next to impossible for Saige to say until she's, like, 4, right?]

Ellie the Elephant's trunk is Saige's version of beef jerky.

Love this sweet picture of Saige and Kylie's dad.

Saige and "Grammy". [NOTE: Garry, you should take a lesson from Tina on how to choose a short, easy to pronounce name for Saige. - grin]  Somebody looks sleepy in this image.

Yup. Saige foud her Zzzzs.

This is Saige's gangsta hat.  She's started pulling her hair out while she's nursing, so Kylie put a quick stop to that liitle fiasco.  I feel like I should have some thug rap music playing in the backgroound for this image.

Grammy and her grandgirl.

Holy cuteness, Batman.

Photo taken by Kylie's brother Bryce. He's a decent photographer... just ask him. He'll tell you.

Speaking of, here he is.

Bryce and Phyllis doin' a face-off...

... advantage Phyllis.

Bryce took my kayaking down the mighty Patoka River while we were in Indiana.  Other than my $2 Wal-Mart disaster flip-flops I picked up for the outing the night before, it was a pretty cool deal.  When we got back to the house, we had a little fun and grabbed a few images of Bryce in his kayak.  Can't be sure, but I think there's a "You might be a redneck if" joke in here somewhere.

There are 3 things I can always can count on in Princeton, Indiana... 1) Bobe's having the best Pizza in town, 2) some pretty killer sweet corn in the late summer/early fall months, and 3) Kylie's parent's cat's generaly disdain for me. Max has never been a fan of mine since the first time he met me years ago.

Garry loves his melons.



New Orleans! (Part Deaux)
WHAT: Families, Kids, Portraits   |   WHEN: January 31, 2011   |   WHERE: New Orleans
Part Deaux.... hahaha, so lame.  That's about the extent of my French, though, and for some reason people in New Orleans insist on using "eaux" to spell every word that has a long "O" sound.  What can I say.  Paris has the Eiffel Tower and amazing art, Venice has charming architecture & beautiful canals, New York has Broadway & glamour galore, and New Orleans has "eaux".  Oh, and beignets, which I would argue is just a tad seaux much more impressive.

Here are my workshop images from last week in New Orleans.  In some cases we had some models for the hands-on shooting sessions, and in other cases we just photographed each other.  About the first two thirds of these were photographed using just available light and reflectors, and towards the end of this post are some off-camera flash images using a simple one or two flash setup.

Lindey, one of the photogs in New Orleans, brought her two adorable kiddos out for a mock children's shoot.  Both Ben and Pailyn were fantastic!

Haley photographing Kelly.

All direct sunlight in the middle of the afternoon with a silver reflector to the right of Ben to provide some fill light.

What's up, G.Q.?

Loved this light on Haley.  Very simple setup with the sun lighting her from behind and a silver reflector off to her right to provide some directional light.

Isn't Pailyn ridiculously cute?

We serendipitously stumbled upon this little spot between two houses with sunlight coming through to light up this spot on the wall.  Thanks to Tim for adding a little more light with a reflector to Karen's right. 

Loved this setup.  Karen dresses it up pretty well, too.

Lindey and her kiddos!

The rest of the images in this post were photographed with off-camera flash providing the light to separate the model from the background.

BTW, we totally scored a fantastic model in Simi.  She was the MC the night before at the Cat's Meow and graciously didn't kick Tim and I off the stage during our hideous karaoke butchering of Friends in Low Places.  Tim asked her if she would model for us the next day, and she was fantastic.  So natural and fun in front of the camera.

Love this series on the we side walk and street.  This was lit with a flash in from of Simi with a 22 " soft box modifier attached to it and then another flash on the ground behind her to provide a little light to separate her from the background.  In fact, if you look above her right boot, you can see a cable peeking out that connected the 2nd flash to a Pocket Wizard wireless transceiver.  Oops.  Photochop musta missed that.

Really dig the vintage b&w feel of this one.

Again a two flash set up.  One in front and to Simi's right with a 22" soft box and a second flash behind and to her left to help separate her from the scene behind her.

A single flash laying on the ground abour 10 ft in front of Simi and pointed up right at her.

Probably my favorite image of Simi.


The Zemkoskis & Stillwells - Fort Worth Family Photographer
WHAT: Families   |   WHEN: January 9, 2011
Just before the holidays, I met up with the Zemkoski's & Stillwells for my last photography session of the year, and now that Beth and mom Dorothy came in yesterday to view their images, I can share some of my favorites here on the blog.  We got together in between Dallas and Fort Worth in historic downtown  Grapevine and started near the old train station. Given that it was late December and just before Christmas, it's only natural the temperature warmed up to a brisk 82 that day. It's an odd thing to see a town completely decked out in Christmas lights and decorations and people walking around in shorts.  Something's just not right about that. 

We all suffered through blue skies and harsh December weather, though, and ended up with some great images.

Here's everyone hangin' out with (ironically) the Polar Express on the tracks behind them. From left to right: Alex & Beth (the Zemkoskis), Christa, and Dorothy & Frank (the Stillwells).

I really like this image of Alex & Beth.

Sisters Christa & Beth

I convinced the gang to follow me over to an old abandoned house lot in a bit of a sketchy neighborhood, and I'm sure at least a couple of them were scratchin' there head when they got outta the car, but I love backdrops like this wil weeds and old rickety fences, 

One of my favorite images of mom Dorothy and her girls.

Loved this light right after the sun went down at the end of the day.


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