Shannon & Trout

18 08 2014

Of all the different types of photography I do, I enjoy engagements and weddings the most. Everyone is happy and the expectation for the future great.  It is fun to be invited into this positive energy and captured these shared moments.  Recently, I met up with Shannon and Trout to photograph their engagement announcement.

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Shannon and Trout

They are still finalizing their wedding plans and I am happy to say, I will be there to capture their day.  Stay tuned!!





Forth (Rail) Bridge

15 08 2014

Have you ever had a scene or image that you cannot shake?  Seven years ago I traveled to Scotland to photograph Carrie and Tony’s wedding.  One evening, we went to the small village of South Queensferry to have dinner.  This bridge was right outside and loomed so large.  I took the photo.

Forth Rail Bridge

It is called the “Forth Bridge” or the “Forth Rail Bridge” as this one only carries trains.  It took seven years to complete and was opened in 1890. You can find out more information by clicking HERE.

I think of this bridge often – though I am not sure why.  It just seems so surreal and dream-like as if it’s reaching out of another time.. bridging centuries.

 





Another Wedding

23 12 2013

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Crossing The Threshold

It may have been another wedding, but it wasn’t just another day!

You may recognize these two from any earlier entry.  Their wedding finally rolled around last June.  It was a very humid Ohio summer day and it started early!  The bride and groom hung in there and even by the end of the long day of ceremony and photos in and around Cleveland, they were still smiling and enjoying their day.  

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Joseph & Amanda

I am not so sure I can say the same for the bride’s father.  He came in from out of town and definitely was dealing with the jet-lag as well as the emotions of his daughter’s wedding.  All in all though, he did well… all things considered.  You see, the photographer was me and I couldn’t have been happier!

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Joseph, Father of the Bride, Amanda





Lauren & Anthony

13 09 2012

I had the pleasure and honor to photograph Lauren and Anthony’s wedding this past weekend (You met them a couple of posts ago!)  I am still processing the photos, but I wanted to take this opportunity to post this one photo (trust me – there are more to come – stay tuned).  Some photographers become intrigued with the different aspects of the wedding. Me?  I find the back of the wedding dress a worthy subject of a photo. So much can be told by the dress, how it is worn and how it is held.

This was the back of Lauren’s dress during the first dance.

The Back of Lauren's Wedding Dress

More shortly…

– Jeff





Summer Love – or Not….

18 07 2012

I recently traveled to Ohio for a special engagement photo session.  You never know how these are going to go…

This weekend was especially hot and we had to hike a bit to the waterfall that held special meaning for the couple.  The cicada were singing, deer fly were biting, the rocks slippery and the sweat was running. It was fun!

Or not…

You’ve gotta love love.

More on this very special engagement session shortly!  :)

– Jeff





Summer Love

12 07 2012

Summer doesn’t arrive in the Pacific Northwest until after the beginning of July.  Ha!  If you aren’t raised here, it takes a bit getting used to watching the rest of the world enjoying the sunshine, heat and shorts… while we’re shivering in the cold rain and clouds.  But for a photographer, the diffused light from the grey skies softens the skin tones and eliminates the extreme contrasts of bright sunlight.

A few weeks I received a call to take photos of a family’s new addition – a new baby boy.

A father’s love is strong and complete…

Summer brings the sunshine (to some areas sooner than others), flowers, baby birds, butterflies, and bees.  Wait… I sense something here. Yes, summer brings out love.  Shortly, this summer will bring together Lauren and Anthony.

Ah!  Summer love, it is something to behold… through a lens.





Vance Creek Cycling Road Race

6 05 2012

I joined a cycling racing team here in Olympia this year.  (As if I didn’t experience enough public humiliation).  I didn’t race the other day, but I helped out by driving a ‘follow car’ for a morning race for the beginning group of racers called Category 5 (or “Cat 5″).  In the afternoon, I was the lead car for the Master’s 50+.  I didn’t get to take many photos throughout the day, but it sure is something I could enjoy doing.  I did get a couple of photos before and after the races.

These racers are tough folks. Before and after the race, they are all smiles, good friends and quick to laugh… but put them on a bike, point them in the same direction and let them go, then it is pure competition.  The best racers are able to ignore the burn in their legs, lack of air in their lungs… or the sting of souvenir scrapes and gashes on their arms and legs.  Yes, the road can be hard. This competitive spirit reminds me of horses.  Get two or more of them together and it is a race.  Neither horse wants to be behind. They all want to be in the lead!

Well… since I was volunteering at the race, and not there to officially take photos, I only got a couple .  I look forward to the rest of the season of racing – both as a racer and as an opportunity to capture the athletes of the sport.  Stay tuned, it is only just beginning!

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If you want to see more cycling photos, I recommend you check out Graham Watson’s website.  He is perhaps the best known and most accomplished cycling photographer. Based in the UK, Graham follows the peloton around Europe on the back of a motorcycle capturing the beauty and sometimes pain of the sport.  Check him out!








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