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Youth Sports

My son Christopher has become quite the aspiring athlete. Ever since he was born, I dreamt of coaching him while he learned and grew playing sports. At 5 years old, he has already played soccer, pee wee tackle football and he is now in his 3rd year of baseball.

As a manager/coach of his baseball team, I am not able to get pictures of him playing in the games, while I am on the field coaching. My wife takes care of that with her camera and she does a good job. I was always interested in trying my skills at sports photography and what better way to get a feel for it than to shoot your own kid.

When he began playing football last summer, I was able to bring my camera down to the field while he practiced and get some nice shots from outside the fence and I was happy with that. After a scrimmage game right before the season began, I shot over 300 pictures of all the players and emailed the gallery to the coaches and parents so they could see and enjoy all the photos. They were all very appreciative to see such close action pictures of their own kids playing in game.

I approached the head coach and asked if it were possible to get onto the field for all the games and shoot from the sidelines. In football, the only people allowed on the field were coaches and players. Sometime this meant that you were watching the game as far as 50 yards away. In return, I would document the entire game and be sure to get pictures of all the players and email the link from my site to the coaches and parents each week to they can see all the pictures. They were excited about the idea and now the team had an official photographer.

Each week the pictures got better and better and I was really enjoying sports photography.  I covered every game from 2011 season. The parents were enjoying the photographs each week, so much in fact that I was actually getting hired to shoot some away games for the older divisions. I began to wonder if this could be another opportunity for me. As a wedding photographer, I love shooting weddings and events. Shooting sports to me was very different and so much fun. I felt it was a perfect balance to keep shooting all the time and never get tired of it.

I recently went to register my son for football this upcoming season and I met the commissioner who had apparently seen some of the photos I took from last year. He asked if I would be interested in covering some of the games this coming season for him and the photos would be showcased in the league newsletter and who knows what else will come of it.

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Building relationships with your camera.

I met Kelly & T.J. while they were planning their wedding and new lives together. Eager and careful when choosing their wedding services, they knew exactly what they were looking for. We met for a little over an hour discussing details and interests and I realized they just wanted to feel comfortable in knowing they weren’t just getting a cookie cutter wedding package with a stranger showing up on their wedding day. They were getting something that fits them.

We ended our meeting having discussed a lot of wedding stuff and they wanted to still discuss amongst themselves before making a decision. I received an email 10 minutes later while they were still on their way home that I was chosen as their photographer. They were gracious and kind and we began to build a friendship before a single image was even taken.

Fast Forward – It’s been almost two years since we first met. Their wedding album is now complete and in two months they will be blessed with a new edition to their family. All the best to you guys. You are awesome and have been nothing but good to me.

Thank you and Congratulations!

Hit he play button to see Kelly & TJ’s wedding album.

Probably my favorite thing about engagement shoots are that they can be planned for…

Probably my favorite thing about engagement shoots are that they can be planned for any day and time, You can actually plan for a nice sunset rather than hope for one. If it rains, you can reschedule. Engagement photos can turn out to be pretty important if it rains on the wedding day and you don't get nice photos outside.

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To continue my series on reflection images, I thought I would include this shot as…

To continue my series on reflection images, I thought I would include this shot as I feel it can be important to the preparation images. Most often when covering the bride getting ready, it is tight quarters with people and stuff everywhere. It can sometimes be difficult to capture candid images of anyone when there is no where to hide…..always in their face. This is another situation where a mirror can really help. I was shooting some detail shots of the dress, shoes, etc. I hung the dress right next to the mirror on the closet door and I opened the door so my angle of view was of the bride having a moment to herself before she put her dress on. Simple and Effective. Without the dress in the composition, you wouldn't even know she was a bride. She could be tying her shoes getting ready for a run.

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Here is yet another piece of my reflections series

As much as I love and look for reflections when I am shooting, I will emphasize that they should be used smart and sparingly. I never did like the mirror prop for the class pictures in high school. I thought it was cheesy.What a coincidence that this newlywed and mother-to-be in this photo happened to post a reflective photo of herself recently of her baby bump. Nice work Kelly and I hope you're feeling well.

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Not exactly a trash the dress session, but how could you have a beach wedding without…

Not exactly a trash the dress session, but how could you have a beach wedding without getting a little wet. The bride was very cool. She did not want to completely ruin her dress, but she didn't mind getting the bottom wet and full of sand. So in the water we went.

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Whether we are prepared or not, the holidays are approaching and fast

November is the time of year when wedding season slows down for me, and I spend more time at the computer designing albums.I also begin booking client sessions for holiday portraits which is really cool. It's a nice change of pace from the long hours and tight demanding schedules of wedding shooting. I began doing portraiture about two years ago, and I am so glad I did. I even signed up for Help Portrait with some fellow friend shooters and we do portraits with Santa here at a local church to give some families a beautiful family picture they wouldn't be able to afford if it weren't free. We all pool our gear and studio equipment (backdrops and such) and put together a really nice setup for these families. It's a really nice time.If you make a really nice portrait, clients will want more than holiday cards. Some studios out there use some really nice painted muslin backdrops, and to be honest, this is really the only time I can see using studio backdrops for portraiture. I don't use backdrops and I am thinking of getting one for Christmas portraits.I am looking forward to taking some good portraits this holiday season. I just hope I don't wait too long to send out my own holiday cards. I always seem to send them out late.

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Holiday portrait image session with one setup. $300 includes $200 purchase credit or $200 includes $100 purchase credit toward holiday greeting cards (several holiday card templates available), prints…

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