Details.

I like the angle of this shot because it allows for more detail of the dress to be seen, while at the same time not excluding the bride. And the lighting here brings a hazing effect that really helps create a radiant picture.  Brides often want shots of details from there wedding day, and with this kind of angle the life happening around the details can still be captured. 

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Man on a Rig.

I really enjoyed working on this shoot. The oilfield isn't exactly the most glamorous field, and I've got to hand it to these guys for the hard work they put in each day. I was pleased with the final product that came about from this day. The color really pops off the big machinery and the clear sky in the back! 

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Sand in my toes.

I'm typically a mountain person, but this photo has just converted me to favoring the beach. The colors, the waves, the sky, the sun peeking over the land.....all of it. Even with the dark clouds in the sky I still have a sense of peace when looking at this image.  I would give anything to be walking barefoot in the sand right now and watching the sun set upon the water. But until that day, this photo will do just fine as the occasional needed "getaway" spot. 

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Dreamland

This shot is absolutely breathtaking. I feel like I'm looking into a dream. The bride, the forest, and the lighting come together and make something magical.  I think this image was meant for black and white. I love color, but there's something in black and white prints that can seem other worldly and create the sense of reverie. This shot came together beautifully. 

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Chevron

Chevron stripes have been trending for quite some time now, and they don't seem to be going away anytime soon. In this photo they are a sharp contrast to the the soft white roses lining the table and a nice compliment the light patterns on the back wall. I feel like the stripes are a good medium here between what looks like traditional table decorations to a more modish scene behind the table pulling it into one cohesive look.  Such a simple table cloth can add that needed touch of flair to finish off the decor!

A bit of whimsy.

I love the colors that are brought to life here. It has that whimsical kind of feel about it and well, I like whimsy. I like the thought of being unpredictable yet endearing. Playful and hopeful. I think we need a bit of whimsy every now and then to keep us dreaming. To believe that there's more to life than an 8-5 job or hitting the books every time you leave class just to keep with the curve. Sometimes you need to just give into spontaneity and take that trip you've been talking about or stay up late into the night just to be with the ones you love a little longer.  We've been given a chance for abundant life, and sometimes to embrace that all you need is to be a little whimsical. 

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Simple yet bold.

I'm typically a shabby chic kind of person, but I love this look. The contrast of the white against the dark gray and the pops of color make me want to restyle my whole house around this. It's just clean and simple, yet the purity of the colors is so bold. If I can't get this whole look throughout my home, I at least want to find a place to hang this print!

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Costa Rica

What a wonderful time in Costa Rica!  It was so nice to get to spend time with this crew! They welcomed us in with open arms like we were part of the family.  Thank you Cody and Jamie! 

Its the eyes

Each time I come across this photo I can’t help but stop and stare for a few moments. There’s intensity in the horses eyes, but at the same time such a warm welcome on his face. I’m not usually one for such sentiment, but man, I feel like he just gets me!-ha. I would bet him against any “dog as a man’s best friend” any day. This is the print I would hang in the room of my house where only my friends and family are welcome. The place where you make yourself at home. The place where you are just among friends. The way he seems to come to life off the page makes this more than just a photograph, and a piece of your home.

Its the eyes

Its the eyes

Wheat

What I love about this picture is the uncertainty of it all. If this shot was solely focused on the couple, than it would be any other engagement picture one sees. With them being out of focused in the back, there’s whole new interpretation available. The photographer can bring to life a different story just by changing his focal point, and at the same time save that closeness the couple share just for the two of them. It’s ambiguous enough for any viewer to make this their own, while those in the know can savor the depth of relationship they know is truly theirs. Embraced by not only those portrayed, but by any who know the joy of love.

  

Wheat

Wheat

Perfect lines

Everything seemed to come into perfect alignment for this shot. The bride and groom are standing in just the right nearness, the flower petals add the needed splash of color, and the two women on the right have their feet kicked out in flawless parallel. This shot was captured at just the right moment.

I love how the angle captures the reflection off the floor as a more dominant part of the photo. There’s something more intimate here for the couple and their guest. The outside viewer can see just enough to know they’re standing at the altar, but not enough in focus to know the fullness of this scene. Something magical is happening here, and this angle justly gives the outsider just enough of a look in.

 

Perfect lines

Perfect lines

Bevo?

This is the kind of scene I would like to wake up to each morning. My favorite thing about this shot is the way the longhorn is standing with such unabashed yielding towards the camera. There’s no fear in his face, and tranquility seems to be his best friend. There’s something about the early morning dew found on the plains of West Texas that can’t be found elsewhere. For a few moments you forget about the busyness of the impending day, and find that piece of solace your soul longs for and deeply needs. This still shot captures that moment of peace, and allows one to steal glimpses of it throughout the day.

 

Bevo?

Bevo?

Black and White

Shooting in black and white allows the photographer to capture the moment with a different perspective on the subject in front of the lens. The final product can leave the viewer with a sense of wonder. In this case it is difficult to know if this is a sunrise, sunset, or during the still of midmorning. One can assume the plains of West Texas, but even a subject such as this can be found throughout the landscape of Texas.    

Being a West Texan, myself, this photo brings the comfort of home to me. The setting of the sun behind the silhouette of the pump jack creates an elusiveness that allows me, the viewer, to have sense of home whether this was taken amongst the mesquite of the Panhandle or on the plains of the Big Country.   

 

Quitting Time

Quitting Time