My Cousin Amanda’s Reception

by on Jul.07, 2008, under General

The great thing about going to a family member’s wedding / reception is that you can enjoy yourself without having to feel like you’re under the gun.

I was able to take a few shots while walking around. Note: I was trying my best not to be “that guy” at the reception. You know…the guy who shows up with the HUGE camera and trys to one-up the professional? (We’ve all been there)

So, I pretty much only shot family photos and some table set ups.

One thing about my family… they know how to throw a party. 😉

(Steven, Joellen, Aunt Linda and Uncle Ken)

(Mom and Dad)

(Uncle Jack and Mom)


(“Let them eat cake.”)



(Amanda and Mark) ~ aw cute!

(You’ve got to order the “Romano” to get this cocktail!)

(Downtown San Diego / Marina from the Balcony, in the distance is the Coronado Bay Bridge)

Congrats to Amanda and Mark on their marriage! Love you guys!


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Shooting in San Diego

by on Jul.06, 2008, under General

Hey everyone. I’m out here in San Diego, California for a wedding I don’t have to shoot! Relaxation? What’s that? (wink) It’s always great to spend some time with family and get away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. However, I wouldn’t be a good photographer if I didn’t at least do some shooting out here. So, here’s a few shots that I took when out with the family.

(Flowers in the Aunt’s Garden – I miss Chris’ macro)

(Flowers in the Aunt’s Garden) ~love the burnt color

(Seaport Village vicious parrot attack) (j/k)

(Not so vicious parrot)

(These flowers are actually made out of wood)

(Only the best for the padre)

(USS San Diego Memorial)

(USS San Diego Memorial)

(Statue in front of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier)

(Bob Hope Memorial) ~ love this shot

I typically like to shoot the early evening downtown cityscape type of shots, but sometimes you have to work in mid-day sun with the family. The trick to good photography is to find the beauty in everyday things. It may not be interesting to everyone, but if it’s interesting to you…take the shot. I think that many photographers (myself included) sometimes get into the mindset that you need perfect lighting, or you have to wait for the “magic hour”. The challenge is to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. Ask Jay Maisel! Check out his web site:

Click here to see some of his work: Nikon Master Series

“Always carry a camera”, is the motto that Jay has been preaching for years. Good advice. The only way to become a better photographer is to shoot, shoot, and shoot some more! (even then, you haven’t learned everything)


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Emily and Trent

by on Jul.04, 2008, under General

We had the opportunity to work with this fantastic couple a few weekends ago, and we were really pleased with what we were able to produce. This wedding took place in Ashland, Ohio, and so it was nice to not have to drive so far, kinda like home-field advantage.

The photography shot in the rose garden on location really demonstrates what can happen when you take the time to control your quality of light.

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