Baby Kate

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Baby Kate

Baby Kate

 

I had a chance to grab a quick photo session with my friends, the Kelley family.  

Simple 2 flash setup, one white wall, mixed in with a little natural light as well.  

For the photographers out there, you don't need a huge lighting setup to shoot a portrait session, just a couple of flashes, wireless trigger and some basic lighting techniques..

Great seeing you guys for a minute and it was great to meet Baby Kate!


shot with the Fuji X-T1, 56mm F1.2 and Fuji 35mm F1.4


mommy + daughter

daddy + daughter

kate





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Norah's 1st Birthday

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Norah's 1st Birthday

Celebrating Norah's First Birthday

Bart and Stefani have been friends of ours for some time now.  They recently asked me to document a big day....the first birthday.  Congrats to Norah, a beautiful baby girl who is growing fast.  

shot with the Fuji X-T1, Fuji X100T, Fuji 16mm F1.4, Fuji 35mm F1.4 and Fuji 56mm F1.2

party

norah

cuteness

family

cake







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Houndstooth - Henderson Ave - Good Coffee

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Houndstooth - Henderson Ave - Good Coffee

On occasion, I use my blog to highlight local businesses that are doing something right.  As someone who has owned a business, I find some value in sharing an experience outside of leaving a few yelp remarks (which I don't do).  Whether one person, or a thousand people see this post, the hope is to give a little bit of exposure to cool places. 

If you're a coffee lover check out Houndstooth, we stopped in today for a little bit of coffee.  Friendly staff, quick service, a nice bright environment and great coffee.  Houndstooth is an Austin based shop that recently opened a Dallas operation.  I recommend stopping by if you're in the neighborhood and grabbing a Cortado or an Espresso.  

Cheers and keep up the good work Houndstooth.

Here are a few images...


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A to the 4th Power - This is my thing!

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A to the 4th Power - This is my thing!

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A LIFESTYLE SHOOT WITH THE MEGHANI FAMILY.

TRUTH BE TOLD, I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A PERSON OF NON CONVENTION.  I TEND TO REBEL AGAINST THE IDEOLOGY THAT YOU SHOULD DO WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING BECAUSE IT'S WHAT EVERYONE IS DOING.  THIS BRINGS ME TO MY PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE (IF THERE IS EVEN SUCH A THING).  WHILE I BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THAT "MANTLE" PHOTO AND DON'T ACT LIKE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.......THE PHOTO WHERE EVERYONE IS IN A FIELD WITH MATCHING WHITE SHIRTS, A NICE SOFT SUNSET, IN A GOLDEN FIELD OF HEATHER GRASS AND THE PERFECT, SYNCHRONIZED SMILE.    THERE IS A LEVEL OF NECESSITY TO TAKE A TIMELESS IMAGE, A TIMELESS PORTRAIT.  WITHOUT A DOUBT, FAMILIES SHOULD HAVE THOSE TYPES OF PHOTOS BUT I FIND THEM UNINTERESTING.  THESE ARE THE TYPE OF PHOTOS THAT GET THE 'LIKE' BUTTON ON FACEBOOK.  THOSE ARE THE TYPE OF PHOTOS THAT BLOW UP ON PINTEREST.  IT'S NOT A BAD THING AT ALL, IT JUST ALL FEELS SO PROCESSED, SO TO SPEAK. 

FOR ME, PHOTOGRAPHY HAS BEEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO CAPTURE AND PRESERVE MOMENTS.  I DON'T WALK AROUND IN MATCHING SHIRTS WITH MY FAMILY IN GOLDEN FIELDS OF HEATHER GRASS, SO I DON'T WANT MY PHOTOS TO REFLECT THAT.  MY PHOTOGRAPHIC PASSION STARTED WITH A MINOLTA KIT THAT MY UNCLE SOLD TO MY PARENTS YEARS AGO.  I NEVER REALLY TOOK ANY PHOTOS WITH THAT CAMERA OTHER THAN A COUPLE OF SNAPSHOTS BUT I WAS ALWAYS INTRIGUED.  BACK IN 2000 I FOUND A CANON ELPH FILM CAMERA AND THAT PRETTY MUCH LEAD ME TO WHERE I AM TODAY.  A CAMERA LOVING JUNKY.  

THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN AS FAR AS BEING A "BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER" BUT THAT LEADS YOU TO THE QUESTION OF, "WHAT IS A BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER".  I SEE COUNTLESS ARTICLES COMMENTING ON LENS SHARPNESS, AUTOFOCUS SPEED, SPECS, ETC.  ASPIRING PROFESSIONALS SOMEHOW BELIEVE THAT THEY NEED A $3000 CAMERA TO BE A "PROFESSIONAL".  WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE AS PEOPLE WHO LOVE SHOOTING.  WE START WITH A CHEAP CAMERA THAT WE THINK IS EXPENSIVE AND CONSTANTLY UPGRADE UNTIL WE HIT A POINT WHERE WE HAVE "THE BEST" GEAR.  RARELY DO YOU SEE PEOPLE ASK FOR ADVICE AS TO WHAT EDUCATION I SHOULD GET TO BECOME A BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER.  IT'S SIMPLY, "IS THIS LENS, OR THAT LENS BETTER FOR THIS?"  SERIOUSLY, TO THOSE PEOPLE, GO OUT AND TAKE PICTURES AND QUIT READING REVIEWS. 

 FOR ME IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MOMENT NOT IF YOUR PHOTO IS CLINICALLY SHARP.  IF YOU'RE A COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHER THERE IS A NECESSITY TO BE CLINICAL.  DO YOU NEED EDGE TO EDGE SHARPNESS TO SHOOT AN AWESOME LANDSCAPE PHOTO, NO!   AS THIS THING GROWS FOR ME, THE ONLY THING THAT IS IMPORTANT IS IF I CAPTURED THE MOMENT?  THAT'S ALL THE MATTERS IN MY OPINION, IPHONE, FUJI, SONY, CANON, NIKON, WHATEVER,  IT DOESN'T MATTER.

ALL IN ALL, I LOVE THIS PHOTO SHOOT WITH AMEE, ANKUR, AAKASH AND AASHA (HENCE THE TITLE OF THE BLOG POST, A TO THE 4TH!)  I APPRECIATE THEM ALLOWING ME TO TRACK A PORTION OF THEIR DAY AND FROM THE PHOTOS YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH LOVE THAT THEY SHARE FOR EACH OTHER.  

THIS IS MY THING. THIS IS WHY I TAKE PHOTOS.  ENJOY.


shot with Fuji X-T1, Fuji X-Pro 1, Fuji 14mm F2.8, Fuji 23mm F1.4, Fuji 35mm F1.4, Fuji 56mm F1.2


play time

wash time

dinner

goodnight




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Sedona - September 2014 - Ryan and Liz - Sky Ranch Lounge

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Sedona - September 2014 - Ryan and Liz - Sky Ranch Lounge

sky ranch lodge

a beautiful wedding in sedona, arizona

This wedding was shot at The Sky Ranch Lodge in Sedona, Arizona.  Thank you to Ryan and Liz for giving me an opportunity to capture your big day.  After an incredibly stormy week, the weather broke and provided a beautiful day for a fantastic wedding.  Sedona is a beautiful place, if you haven't been, find some time to pay a visit. 

Ryan and Liz make a great couple and it was a lot of fun capturing several precious moments thru out the day!  Congratulations once again!!

DISCLAIMER:  IF YOU'RE NOT A GEAR HEAD, DON'T READ THE NEXT PARAGRAPH AND SKIP RIGHT TO THE PHOTOS

From a camera perspective, this entire wedding was shot with 3 Fuji Cameras.  When you're as much of a gear nerd as I am you read a lot of reviews, posts, blogs and so on.  I have affinity for photographers that capture moments.  It doesn't matter if the moment is a wedding, a walk in the park, on the streets or a piece of fine art.   Andre Wagner, Patrick Laroque, Kevin Mullins, Ann Almasy, Robin Wong are a few people that come to mind when I think about inspiration for my own photography.  It gets very tiring to see people argue and debate about why or why something isn't appropriate when it comes to gear.  You'll see Canon and Nikon shooters suggest that because a camera isn't "full frame" that they dismiss it because of the camera's sensor size or perceived ability.  Personally, I believe that EVERY camera system out there is capable of capturing joyous moments.  Whether it's a Nikon D810, D4S, Canon 1DX, Canon 5DM Mark III, Fuji X Pro 1, Olympus OM-D EM1, the camera does not provide the BEST photos, your vision does.  I know I am preaching to the choir but it annoys me to no end to see people defend their gear and product based upon their own skill/perception/direction.  

I shoot with Fuji gear because personally, because I like the output and I love the size.  There are times when I flirt with the idea of a Sony A7 II and a Leica M9, but generally that goes away when I look at the memories that I have made with my Fuji camera bodies.  

Traveling to this wedding, I carried a Domke F1X bag and a Domke F6 bag with two lightstands attached. Full kit included 3 Yongnuo 560 IIs, 2 light stands, 2 gripped Fuji X-T1's, 3 lenses, Comlite triggers and a Fuji X100S.  I didn't have to check a bag, and my total kit probably weighed less than 15lbs.  I didn't need a ton of lighting gear and I didn't need back breaking lenses plus the added weight.  Technically, while I wish I could have had some better light modifiers for formals outdoors (Due to the sun), I was more than able to manage with a couple of Speedlites and get acceptable results. 

Before my foray into Fuji, I shot primarily with a Canon 5D Mark II, 24-70, 70-200, 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8 and a couple of Canon 580EX IIs.  I rented stuff as needed but I found more and more that I simply did not take my camera out enough for everyday life and since I don't make a living as a photographer I need one camera system that can do it all while not being cumbersome and heavy.

The point of this blurb is to simply help answer questions to those who ask, "can I shoot a wedding with a Fuji/Mirrorless camera"  The answer is yes and the photos below are evidence of that.  If someone tells you that smaller camera systems can't, ask them to provide work with those camera systems and if they can't ask them why they feel that way.   If it's that the AF isn't fast enough, the image quality isn't up to their level, etc...they probably haven't shot much with said camera systems.  Once again EVERY camera system out there is great., but for the past year and a half I've been more than happy with my gear (this is coming from someone who has shot with a 5D, 5D III, D600, D700, 7D, 60D, 50D, 40D, 1D Mark III, Sony A7 etc)  

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Fuji X100S Digital Camera with 23mm f/2 Lens

shot with the Fuji X100s, Fuji X-T1, Fuji 56mm F1.2, Fuji 23mm F1.4, Zeiss Touit 32mm F1.8


PREPARATION


CEREMONY

RYAN AND LIZ

FIRST DANCE

THE PARTY

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