Kids are the REAL rock stars (Hunter, session 3)

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    Sometimes, I look at the style that has evolved out of my work, and it feels odd that I take pictures of…babies. I mean, I also take pictures of a lot of other very different things. Weddings, food, downtown scenery, bands & 1940s detectives…but it seems like babies would be the last subject on my list when it comes simply to analyzing the sometimes over-the-top epic shooting style that I tend to take on. 

     But why not? Babies & other children in general are much cooler than we are. They’re as honest as honest gets, pure, funny, and of course adorable… so why can’t I take pictures of them in the same way I’d take pictures of a band or a superhero or some other more seemingly ‘epic’ subject?

That being said, I start with the simple shots… the ones that focus on the expressions & chubby cheeks, quiet moments that are captured in a more classic and timeless way. Sometimes, if you add too much ‘style’ to a picture, it takes away from the subject. 

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But after that… I like to break out the off-camera-flash, the wide angle lens, and lay on the ground or climb a tree for dramatic angles, to capture kids in a stylized and quirky way. It’s fun feeling to see my work take on a unique look. And even more fun plugging that into a genre of family photography that isn’t always approached in a very fresh light. 

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If that came across as egotistical… shoot me.

(And not with a camera).

Enough rambling. Here’s more of the real stars of the show… baby Hunter & big brother Parker. these are some ridiculously cute children. And my camera has NOTHING to do with that fact.

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COLD BREWED:: episode 5


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*shameless plug begins*

Lance Schaubert and I have been at this ‘Cold Brewed’ thing for awhile, along with our actors who have worked so hard to get this done. If you follow me, you know what it is. If you don’t… well, it’s not too late to get into this crazy, multimedia, black and white, pun-filled ‘coffee noir’ photostory. 

We are looking to get this story ‘out there’ as much as we possibly can. We think we’ve done something different than anyone has ever done. We think we’ve done it well. We’ve worked super hard, without getting paid. I think its’ the best work I’ve put out, and it’s certainly a huge deviation from my normal work that has made me think about new directions I’d like to take as a photographer.

So if you like it… please consider sharing it. It’s already done better than I could have hoped for, and we are getting more followers weekly. The more its’ shared, the bigger it gets. The bigger it gets, the greater the chance of it being published, and of us being able to do more projects like it. And that would be AMAZING.

Thanks guys.

*shameless plug ends* 



From the beginning: episode 1, ‘Hard Water

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Bethany + Josh:: MARRIED!

I’m starting this post with a little flashback to 2009, when I first began working with the Barringer family. Here’s a shot from Sarah & Doug’s wedding, from all the way back then…

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Now, it’s her sister Bethany’s turn…

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I’ve known Bethany for a good long time… all the way back to my good ol barista days, when we worked together at Starbucks. She’s made guest appearances at quite a few weddings I’ve shot, and it’s so awesome to finally be able to be there for HER big day. 

Bethany is such a fun spirit, and has found her perfect match in the hilarious Josh Huskey, a man whose goofiness is almost an art form in itself. I’ve been looking forward so much to shooting this wedding because of how much fun I knew it would be… and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Hope you enjoy these. 

   Shot #1: I passed by an open window where the groomsmen were getting ready and told them all to crowd in. 

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You’ve got to watch those reflections. you see me?

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I know the neighbor across the street from the church will probably never see these images, but on the off chance he does, forever thanks for letting us hang out on your property for pictures.

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Josh opening Bethany’s wedding day gift & card. 

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the fun socks tie in nicely for me…I often got in trouble for wearing ridiculous socks that weren’t ‘dress code’ back when I worked with Bethany…

(now I wear outrageous socks to every wedding I shoot). 

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finishing touches.

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snagged some solo shots of the groom while he was waiting to see the bride for the first time.

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oh the SUSPENSE!

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but seriously, he was pretty nervous.

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you can tell her can hardly stand it…

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joy.

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I was so happy to see such creativity with the bouquet. First time I’ve shot cloth flowers on a wedding day. 

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The couple demonstrating the dramatic poses that weren’t really ‘them’.

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THIS is ‘them’…

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Someone commented that they wondered what I told the wedding party to get these expressions. I don’t remember. But does it matter?

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Time for the fellas to have some fun….certainly wasn’t hard to get them to pose a bit.

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yeah. that was weird. But when a group such as this finds a random deer head hanging from a tree… well…

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the girls were much more reserved.

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ok, not really.

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this little guy is the son of another talented local photog, Becca Alves. What a cutie!

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Remember Sarah & Doug, from back at the beginning of this post? That’s their twins on either side of this shot…

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close ups on the decor back inside. The musical references are for Josh, a very musically inclined guy. He kept us all entertained with his piano performances before the events of the day started rolling…

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also one of the more unique cakes I’ve seen. Simple but beautiful.

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ending it on the ‘walking down the aisle’ shot. Proud dad all over again!

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There’s so much more from this big day, but I don’t want to absolutely overwhelm the blog. So if you’d like to see more, head to our facebook page, where we’ll be posting an extended preview album soon!