Monday, November 17, 2014

San Diego Model

Alrighty! Here are some modeling portraits of the wonderful Anders Conk. (Sorry ladies, he's taken by the beautiful Michelle Conk and they have most adorable little girl) It's fun to mix things up a little bit and to do a different kind of shoot. Anders is new to the modeling world and I think he did a great job! He's just starting to get his name out there....So if any of you have any good modeling hook-ups for him, let me know and I'll pass on the info! 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Jake and Erica's Wedding album

Jake and Erica. I met Jake in my singles ward in Provo, Utah. He was the ward's sweetheart. He cared about everyone and you could tell. He's the ultimate "good guy". In fact they should make a meme called "good guy Jake". I met Erica for the first time when we started talking about me being their photographer. I adored her instantly. She's the type of girl that will make a stranger feel like they are her best friend. These two were so perfect for each other.

It's always a bit awkward to have your photo taken. You want to look good and you're hoping you can trust the photographer. This is something I love about doing engagement photos. It always starts off awkward. Kind of like a first date. But then things really start to click and the next thing you know, you're getting married! ...Well they are, anyway. ;) I love getting to know the bride and groom and seeing them open up and trust me. That's when the magic happens.

Speaking of first dates. Here is the story of Jake and Erica's first date from Jake's point of view.

I love learning about how people meet. But what I love more than that, is learning about how they got engaged. So here is Erica's story about how they got engaged.

Aren't they cute?! Okay now I'm going to show you our journey from their engagements down to their wedding. This is their wedding album that I designed for them. Enjoy!

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Photographer's Note on Digital Files

In this day and age, a print is a rare commodity. They are uploaded to Facebook and often forgotten. The CD is stashed in some box in the computer room, getting scratched and ruined. The hard drive they were uploaded to crashed. All that you are left with is a sad, low resolution web version of a piece of your life.

I'm speaking from experience here, obviously. When Ross and I got engaged, he had strategically placed one of his friends in a bush below the bridge where he was going to propose. Despite this friend having only one photo class in his life....... I cherished the photos because they were from a moment in my life that could never be relived. I quickly uploaded them to my computer and to Facebook.

Facebook is an instant gratification of sorts. All your friends see the photos and leave their "likes" and Comments. There is nothing bad about this. It's great for me, as a photographer, to show off my work. But I feel like we need to start thinking long term. Facebook doesn't replace your photo albums. It complements them. Do not....DO NOT rely on just facebook to store your priceless memories! I learned this the hard way. I went to print some of those photos of us getting engaged... and they were gone. They were on a hard drive that had crashed with no hopes of recovery. My precious photos were consumed by the fire of the digital world.

Now I'm sure you've picked up on where this rant is going. Your wedding photos. Whether or not you are getting married, or have been married for awhile. Make prints of your photos. Don't let them drift off into cyber darkness. You wont get that moment back. This is why I offer albums in my wedding packages. There is just something special about an actual print of an image. So whether or not I am your photographer, just please make prints of your photos! Even if you hired your little sister's best friend and you hate all the photos! They are still irreplaceable.

Now... stay tuned for some albums that I recently designed!