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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East Lansing - September 2014 - Ryan and Alexia

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East Lansing - September 2014 - Ryan and Alexia

HOME SWEET HOME

While Saginaw, MI is my home town, I also consider East Lansing to be my second home, so to speak.  I can't express the importance of some of the relationships that I have maintained and procured from my time there.  For me, it truly is a  special place and it was fantastic to spend a weekend back in town to celebrate Alexia and Ryan's wedding.  Alexia is someone that has carried over from my home to my second home as we both went to high school and college together.  Ryan, her husband, is a great dude and together they make a great pair.  I'll post a few pictures from the wedding ceremony at some point but for now these photos document the weekend as a whole.

Beautiful wedding, awesome people, great family and a fantastic time.  

Cherish your friends, family and anything that is important to you.  Your life is a collection of experiences that lead, guide, and shape you.  Without those experiences you would not be who you are today.  Simple solution if you aren't happy with your path, change your experiences and find a balance between living for yourself and living for others.  Weekends like this remind me of that balance and I am thankful to have experienced what I have so far in this life.  Cheers.


Shot with the Fuji X-T1, Fuji 23mm F1.4, Fuji 56mm F1.2 and Leica Leitz 90mm F2


east lansing and friends

dinner

golf

reception

family


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Deep Ellum Brewing Company Tap Room

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Deep Ellum Brewing Company Tap Room

In the past few months, I promised myself to start photographing places that I have had good experiences at whether it be local or not so local.  Call it an editorial series, call it what you want, but the purpose is simply to show off some places that are doing it right. The series started with a trip to Vagabond in Lower Greenville, in Dallas.  You can check out that editorial HERE (http://www.jesseford.net/blog/vagabond) 

This post is featuring the Deep Ellum Brewery.  DEBC the recently opened a taproom/bar so that you can experience their great brews on days other than the designated tour days.  That being said, It's interesting to watch the Dallas beer scene evolve and since going to DEBC on one of their opening weekends, it's always a positive thing to see it turn into what it has become.  DEBC still runs their Saturday tours but with the addition of the Taproom, you can grab a delicious glass of DEBC beer any day of the week.  

Here's to the growth of the local breweries here in Dallas and if you haven't checked out DEBC's new Taproom, here are a few images from.  For more information about DEBC - Check out their website here...  Cheers!


shot with the Fuji X100s





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Streets of Baltimore - College Park - MSU VS Maryland

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Streets of Baltimore - College Park - MSU VS Maryland

Something that I am vowing to do this year is to travel more and travel without necessarily a purpose.  I've become very fond of the quick weekend.  Hopefully I can expand on these types of trips to capture new places and faces.  Whether it's visiting friends or taking random journeys, I'm look forward to capturing fun times this year.....  Unfortunately, there is so much to see and such very little time.  

As far pictures go, one strength I feel that I have as a photographer is telling a story visually and with that being said this is a visual documentation of our trip to the Greater Baltimore area, enjoy.....and I'm still pissed I didn't meet Omar!!


Shot with the Fuji X-T1, Minolta 135mm F3.5 MD, Fuji 56mm F1.2, Fuji 14mm F2.8, Fuji 23mm F1.4


ARRIVAL


STREETS

RJ BENTLEY'S

PRE-GAME


GAME

END OF THE ROAD

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Detroit - Michigan Central Station - Heidelberg - Detroit Industrial Gallery

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Detroit - Michigan Central Station - Heidelberg - Detroit Industrial Gallery

DETROIT - OCTOBER 2014

Last October I took a trip back home and had a chance to stop in Detroit for a few photos.  Detroit is an interesting place.  You can consider it a city on the rebound, a decaying city, a city that has potential or a city with no future.  It all varies from the viewpoint of who you talk to.  Regardless, I hope that my home state's major city continues to move forward in a positive way.  It can be done!

 

If you've never been down to the city, there are talks that the old Michigan Central Station is going to be renovated.  You can read more about it here: LINK.  The building has been in decay for years, nonetheless it is a beautiful structure.  It will be interesting to see if such a historic building can be restored.  

There are also a few photos from The Heidelberg project which is a bit of a reclamation project in its own right.  Think of a very eclectic art exhibit, the twist is the art exhibit is the integrated into the neighborhood itself.  Also on site is the Detroit Industrial Gallery from artist Tim Burke.  You can learn more about the exhibit here.

If you're ever in the Detroit area these areas are definitely worth checking out.   

Now...picture time...I decided to process these in black and white.  Generally when you see photos of the Heidelberg Project, the photos are exhibited in color (it is a very colorful art exhibit, which makes sense)  However, I wanted to take a different approach with these images.  Enjoy.


Fuji X-T1, Fuji 23mm F1.4, Zeiss 12mm F2.8 Touit, Fuji 56mm F1.2


MICHIGAN CENTRAL STATION

HEIDELBERG PROJECT

DETROIT INDUSTRIAL GALLERY



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