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…