Scientists say that time travel isn't possible. Try telling that to you when you're sitting in your grandma's house, photo albums piled around you.
You don't remember the first days of your life. But there you are, in a photo. Small, pink, and trying to decide between giggling like mad or screaming your lungs out. And there's mom, looking more beautiful than you've ever seen her. You wonder what it would be like to be standing right there in that room.
Photos of you dressed for your first day of school.
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It’s that time of year. The time when I realize how crappy I am at updating this blog.
No, wait. I realize that pretty much all year ’round.
It’s that other time. When I post some of my favorite non-work related photos from the past year.
Thing is, I don’t just do this professionally. Photography is also my hobby. Sometimes that’s easy to forget when I’ve got weddings every weekend and a backlog of photos to turn over to eager brides and grooms. There are times when sneaking photos in for myself is a trick.
So here are some shots I like. Not all of them are my best personal shots. Or even great shots. But they all mean something to me…
I’ve posted shots of my dogs. I’ll post more. My dogs are part of who I am. Brody, especially. He’s my boy. And if any images sums him up, it’s this one. Brody lives for snow days. There’s just something about that white stuff that tickles his brain. One of my favorite things is to let him run around in it.
Fog, part 1:
There’s something about photographing in the fog. When it’s foggy and I can’t get out with a camera, a part of me dies inside. I’ll brave icy roads and frostbite for a good shot – as was nearly the case with these…
It doesn’t suck, dating my girlfriend, Sam. She’s a licensed massage therapist. She’s an excellent cook. She makes the best cinnamon rolls you’ll ever have. And, oh yeah, truffles.
And the best thing about photographing these “models”: I get to eat them when I’m done.
An Intimate New Years Day:
OK, so I debated about whether to include this one. Sure, there’s nothing going on. But it’s a bit… Yeah. But this was a very fun day for Sam and I. It was a lazy New Years Day and we decided it would be fun to take photos. With corsets. And moody lighting. And odd angles in cramped hallways. It was a great day.
When it’s really cold. Like too cold. Like you hate life kind of cold. When it gets like that, I go a little stir crazy. That’s when I do weird things like bust out the macro lens and start photographing bouquets of flowers. And then I might spend an amount of time bordering on obsessive trying to get a drop of water to hang just right…
Join the Empire:
Another thing I sometimes do is photograph toys. (Well, I collect them, too, but let’s keep that to ourselves…)
Sam Carries a Torch:
You want to know what takes guts? Getting up in front of people and singing. You won’t catch me doing it. No way. But Sam? Pshaw… What evs. Never sang in front of a crowd before? No big deal. She took a torch singing class and owned it.
Morgan and Mandy:
Funny thing about these photos. Both were outtakes from the day. Both are some of my favorites from the day. Go figure.
Morgan has been one of my favorite models for years. We always have a great time. So this shoot was a little bittersweet as it was one of the last (maybe it actually WAS the last) before she moved away. But, this shoot also introduced me to Mandy, and we already have some fun things planed…
Took my first trip to Chicago this year. Rode a subway for the first time. Go figure. Been all over the place, but never to a city with a subway. Saw Andrew Bird in concert. Watched an Indiana Jones themed burlesque show. Yeah. THAT happened. (And believe me, I wish I was able to take photos there!) Photographed the engagement session for a very fun couple (got married here in Lincoln, but it worked out that I was able to shoot them in their home town).
Mostly, though, it was a great long weekend of Sam and I just wandering around a fantastic city. And stopping here and there to eat and take photos.,,
An Epic Sunset of Amazing Epicness:
“Epicness” is now a word. Deal with it.
Took the dogs for a walk at Holmes Lake and stumbled onto the best sunset of the year. Life is funny like that.
Fog, Part 2:
I’d be a lousy blog writer if I had a “Fog, Part 1″ up there and didn’t follow through with more.
One morning I woke up and couldn’t see across the street. There was no other choice but to race down to Holmes Lake and take some photos. It was a photographer’s dream. Couldn’t turn around without finding another great shot. Ironically, this was only a few days after the sunset photo above.
So there you have it. Some of my favorites from 2012.
Now all I have to do is figure out how to get in the habit of updating this blog regularly. I have a lot of great weddings and engagement sessions to show you…
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I first “met” Melissa via Skype. Unorthodox for a meeting, but what are you gonna do when your client doesn’t live in Nebraska?
So our first conversation takes place sort of in my office. Now, you have to understand that my office is a little unusual. Wall to wall movies, drawings, movie props, toys. All of this in the background during our conversation.
I can’t be certain, but my nerd cred may have sold me to Melissa as much as any of my photography.
Regardless, I knew it was going to be fun to work with her.
The only snag was that it wouldn’t be until literally the day before the wedding. She and Isaac wouldn’t be in Lincoln together until then. That meant their engagement session was Friday and their wedding was Saturday. Ouch.
See, I have a thing about the engagement session.
I love that it gives me a chance to work with the couple. It puts them at ease in front of the camera. And the photos help them to trust me so when I ask them to do something insane like stand in the middle of the street during a storm, they know the results will be worth it.
Turns out, there were no worries.
We rocked the engagement session at the Sheldon Art Museum. Melissa and Isaac looked amazing (it doesn’t hurt when your couple looks kind of like Lois Lane and Clark Kent).
And then the next day we killed it despite a nasty storm slamming Lincoln like it was its job.
(And I wasn’t kidding about making them stand in the middle of the street…)
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The other day I mentioned on a forum that I’m a wedding photographer. Seconds later, someone responded: “I’m sure that pays the bills, but what kind of photography do you REALLY want to do?”
Wedding photography gets a bad rap.
Some photographers like to kick it around. Others pat it on the head, like that little brother they tolerate. It’s treated like the low rung on the ladder of photography.
I think that’s messed up.
Look, I like a ton of different types of photography.
Candid portraits. Artsy portraits. Photo journalism. Still lifes. Macro. Event photography.
All of it appeals to me.
And a typical wedding day has all of that and more. So that right there is cool.
Add in people dressed in awesome clothes, brides with professional hair and make-up, and people generally having one of the best days of their lives.
Oh, and there’s cake. Can’t forget the cake.
Ok, ok. It’s work, too. Lots of work. By the end of the day I’m pretty wiped. And then there’s all the stuff I have to do before and after, too. I have a lot of late nights of photo work.
So it’s not just all a party.
But it’s never boring. And so far, never not fun.
You know what else? I have awesome clients. Every one of them. Maybe they won’t all become my best buds, but I can genuinely say that every one of them have been awesome people that were fun to get to know.
Also, I’m the guy that’s never satisfied. I always want to do better. Weddings are perfect for that. Unpredictable things happen from wedding to wedding, but the basic format stays the same. So it’s up to me to push myself. To try new things. To force myself to get better.
And I feel like every wedding I shoot is better than the last.
Every wedding is an opportunity to make myself a better photographer. To better relate to my clients. To do things a better way.
So for the haters that gotta hate, I’m just gonna keep doing my thing. Keep growing as a photographer. Keep meeting cool people.
And loving every minute of it.
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It’s weird, you know. How things work out, that is.
I really wanted to do an engagement session on a farm. Then all of the sudden I got one.
But fate wasn’t done because not long after that, along comes Carla and Chad.
Turns out Carla’s parents own a farm in Burchard, Nebraska, about an hour or so away from Lincoln. Would I be willing to drive out there for their engagement session?
To shoot on another farm?
So we meet up in early September. It’s not too hot. Not too humid. This time, instead of mosquitoes the size of Buicks, we just had an actual old Buick.
Carla and Chad, despite professing nervousness in front of the camera, act like old pros.
I lose a lens cap. And then randomly find it in the grass later.
All in all, it was a good day.
Still with me?
So you know those post-credit scenes that are mandatory for every comic book movie now? Yeah. This is kind of like that.
What happened was I finished for the day. Driving home and starving. Sun is going down. The sky has that “look.” If you live in Nebraska, you know what I’m talking about.
It’s gonna be one of those sunsets.
To paraphrase The Cars, should I stop or should I go?
Come on. If you know me, you know I stop. My empty stomach can wait. There are photos to be taken!
Kind of wish you guys could have seen me. Pulled over to the side of the road. Standing on TOP of my truck, with the tripod. Snapping away like I don’t care. Because I don’t.
Here you go…
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It’s that time of year again, folks.
Ok, look. I know that some of you out there probably are all cynical about Valentine’s Day. Even if you’re ridiculously in love, you maybe hate the commercialization.
Me too. Love isn’t about a one-day-a-year-get-out-of-the-dog-house-free card. You get it. I get it.
You know who else gets it? Porridge Papers. Every year they host Love on the Run. This is year number 5. So what makes Love on the Run different? Well, for one thing, it’s free.
Volunteers, sponsors, donations, and the hard work of the employees of Porridge Papers make this event happen. And it’s pretty cool.
You come in and type a note on an antique typewriter. Put it in a bottle, then into a bag. Oh, and you can stick an awesome little instant photo in with your note, too, courtesy of The Leekers Photography. Then come Valentine’s Day, Porridge Papers Volunteers — excuse me, valenteers — will hand deliver your note.
It’s a cool way to say something meaningful to someone you love.
Oh, and before we get to the preview photos, like I said above: this thing is FREE! Want to help keep it free? Check out the Love on the Run site and find out how you can donate.
That’s it. On with the photos. No shop kittens were harmed during this photo shoot (despite attempts to eat the decorations)…
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