Thursday, July 29, 2010

"Gear addicts" - A nice way to say "Gear whor... errr... promiscuous people."

Fine.  So be it.  Whatever.  I am one.  I love new gear, and I love using it.  Why?  I'm really not a "show off" kinda' guy.  I like things that go bling in the night as much as anyone else, especially when they bling that delicious gold and black of a Nikon lens. Mmm-Mmm-MMMMM.

But when I pick up a new tool, I doesn't sit it in my closet or a desk drawer.  Picking up a new tool forces me to be out in the field using it.  It draws me to a new place, new faces, a new event, and makes me want to click-click-click away - capturing the moment. I can't exactly say why, but it does. 

Sure, there are the performance gains of being able to zoom without fluctuating aperture.  Sure, there is the added weight, so maybe I'm getting a better work out.  And sure, there are the "oooohs" and "ahhhhhs" from people who all-to-often say, "Man.  That's a big camera.  Must take great photos."...

"...Yes sir.  My camera takes great photos."  And as one photographer put it so eloquently, "And your pricey pots and pans must make delicious meals."

Yes, sure, I love new gear.  But mainly because it adds confidence to my sessions.  It adds a little something-something to my drive to be better.  It adds some umph to my desire to be better at what I do and produce better memories each and every time I pick up my camera.

So, there.  Call me what you will.  But new gear can have a profound effect.

As for this photographer?  Right now I feel like a kid on Christmas morning, all thanks to a super amazing wife who supports me in all sorts of ways.  I love you, HP!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Full In His Name Clothing Images...

Check em' out!

And check out

And the man himself - Designer - Chris Chance of In His Name Clothing.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

IHN Clothing - Teaser

Here's a teaser.  More to come when Chris over at IHN gets these up on his site:

Monday, July 12, 2010

In His Name Clothing

Something good.  Something comfortable.  Something awesome.  Something current.  Something with an important message.

IHN Clothing (In His Name Clothing) designer Chris Chance and I have been friends for a long time now.  I think he and I have discussed repeatedly how long we've known each other, but it has to have been at least 6 or 7 years.  He's an awesome guy, has an amazing faith, and is covered in about 40x the tattoo work that I am.  Chris's designs are amazing, creative, and don't beat around the bush as far as his message is concerned.  He speaks the love of Jesus Christ through his clothing, and brings a modern feel to a world where Jesus is often looked at as something outdated and inapplicable to our current world.

Pics to come shortly.

If you get a chance, check out Chris's clothing at

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Matt and Anna's wedding...

It's weird, sometimes, wanting to get into the wedding industry.  Or should I say the people industry?  Anyway, it's weird.  It's weird because the last few weddings I've been to I've been so focused on taking pictures, and getting the job done, and getting it done right, that I've almost forgot about how important it is to enjoy the moment, even while on the job.  A lot of photographers might disagree.  But enjoying the moment is something that helps my creative juices flow, and genuinely makes me a better photographer!  A deep breath, and celebrating two lives devoting the rest of their existence to each other, until death do they part, well... That's an amazing thing.

To be honest, I never recognized how amazing this devotion, this promise was until I got married.  Now I have an entirely different perspective of marriage and the joy, the promise, and the hard work that it takes to succeed.  And that makes me want to provide images that will last far into the future for my clients to look back on and remember that one day that sparked a lifetime of love, happiness, joy... and, of course, hard work.

So, I had a chance to enjoy a wedding this past weekend.  Of course, my photography obsession tagged along with me, but I did quiet my desire to snap-snap-snap away for a few moments, during the ceremony, to regain my composure on what a wedding is truly about.  And it felt good.

But, once my mind and heart were in the right place, I starting snapping away again, and enjoyed every minute of it.  EVERY minute of it.

My wife's cousin Anna, and her new husband Matt - two of the most kind and amazing people I've ever known:

My lovely wife should pick up a camera and take pictures.  Look at this amazing shot!

My wife and I (taken by my amazing mother-in-law):

My beautiful wife (D300 w/ old school 50mm manual focus lens)