Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

If I were single...

I'd be a mountain bike photographer. The people, the gear, the action... I love it.

But I'm not single, and that shouldn't be read with a single ounce of disappointment. I love my life, I especially love my wife, I love our home, and I love our family. I even love the area we live in. And I love the devotion I get to give towards making a home and keeping my family (both sides) happy. Plus, this way, when I get to shoot something I really enjoy - which is just about anything now that I think about it - like people, weddings, family events, cars, and sports like mountain biking, it really gets me excited.

Here's a few photos from over the weekend. And thanks to my buddies for letting me snap-snap-snap away!

P.S. Maurer wedding photos to come... possibly this afternoon or tomorrow.

Jamie kicks off the day with a nice whip.

Three different photos at three different times, and Dom nailed his whip every time.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Choose 10...

The words I heard from a fellow photographer today... "Choose 10 of your favorites". 10? Crud. I'm just happy that I have 1 favorite! But as I looked through the pictures more and more, choosing 10 was hard! I whittled it down to 12 after almost 20 minutes, and finally got it down to 11. Then 10. Phew! That was harder than I expected!

In any case, I've truly learned the value of bringing other photographers into my life. Lindsey, lead photographer for BellaLu Photography ( is extremely talented and absolutely amazing at what she does. She's challenged me to continue to hone my skills. In fact, when I first met her the one thing that she asked me was, "Where do you see yourself going with this? What do you want to do?" Funny that in the years I've loved photography, no one ever asked me this before... and even worse, I never even asked myself! Yikes!

Well, she asked me to gather up my 10 favorite shots from two weekends ago - the Baby Ian shoot. And so here they are, in no particular order.

Ms. BellaLu - slam away.



Connecting with other photographers shouldn't be viewed like most other businesses. A lot of people think that by connecting themselves or aligning themselves with other businesses, competition can rise in an unhealthy manner. But reality is, that's just not true in photography. Certainly, there are those militant and "locals only" (surf mentality reference) types, but most that I've met have been quite friendly. Talk gear for a moment, give tips, get tips, trade stories, swap ideas. It's pretty amazing how friendly this community is.

And so, a person from my past asked me to write an article or tutorial - which ended up being more of a story - for her new website -

Erin Michelle and I went to high school together, and oddly enough, so did Ashley Maxwell. These two other photographers are people I admire very much. In fact, about two years ago before snapping away behind the lens became such a passion for me, my wife and I admired Ashley's photos so much that we hired her to do our wedding photos - which came out amazing, might I add.

In any case, go check out the website, read my article, read the others, and see what you think. I read through them all, and I think I learned something new in each and every one of those articles, even the one that I wrote! Haha!

If you're curious, check out:

Erin Michelle's website at:

And Ashley Maxwell's website at: