Saturday, January 24, 2009

Relaxed portraits

Today I decided to highlight some of my favorite relaxed portraits.  Breaking with recent posts, not all of these are from 2008, but they are tops on my list of favs.  Hope you enjoy them, too.

With those eyes you can't fail to get a great shot!

You would never guess it was raining cats and dogs.  Thanks to my trusty Canon 85mm 1.2 the background colors were transformed into a beautiful, smooth blur.

Actually shot after the wedding during a 'trash the dress' session, but I just love the light.

An Irish wedding with a double rainbow.  Sometimes you just gotta love the serendipity of life!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

More favorites of 08

Next up, some of my favorite candid moments captured in 2008.  

Over the many years I worked as a news photojournalist I developed a keen sense of observation and timing allowing me to capture slices of life as they unfold.  This skill is the backbone of my wedding coverage and why so many couple seek me out to document their day.  Off moments, great expressions and dramatic compositions really aid in telling the story of the wedding.  Sometimes these images are significant only to the couple who commission my services, while other times the images are so universal they appeal to the masses.  Regardless of their reach, each one is a special moment in the grand story of the day.

Fear is always a great emotion!

No time to waste. 

Harvey was elated to see the antique car Amie rented as a surprise.

When dad sang to Bethany she was overcome with emotion.

The Florida bridesmaids were freezing during the cold snap we had in August.

Childhood memories shared.

Kids will be kids!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Some 08 Favs

It's always been a chore to recap a past year's work.  But, I have to admit, 2008 have proven even more difficult than others because I was incredibly blessed to have witnessed so many amazing moments of love.  The stories behind these photos could fill a book.  Maybe someday they will.  But for now I wanted to share some of my most precious images from 2008.  

First up, moments of Dad.  

Being a father myself, I can relate to the emotion these guys feel.  More than once I've photographed an exchange between father and daughter thru my own misty eyes.  But it's not always tears, sometimes it's a beaming pride in their little girl.  

I can't wait to see what magical moments present themselves this year!