Nighttime Photography

On the street where you work

Well, the title might be slightly misleading, since this is actually early morning photography, but I wanted to share it nonetheless. I dropped my brother in law off at the airport at 5am one morning this week and decided I would take the opportunity to drive around downtown and look for something to shoot. Finally, I ended up just setting up at the end of the street where I work, and this was the result. I think I’m going to have to do more extended exposure stuff – it’s just plain fun!

On Birthdays and Photography

So, another year has come and gone, and I find myself another year older – and hopefully wiser. Whenever a birthday is rolling closer, there are always those who want to know what I would like to receive for gifts, and I’ve found that, especially in the past couple years, I’ve really had nothing to tell them. The older I get, the more I realize that I really have everything I need already. Sure, there are always cool little trinkets I could request that would end up gathering dust with all the other treasures from years past, but it seems a bit shallow to ask someone else to spend their money on something out of which I will get little to no use.

On the other hand, there are items on the other extreme of the scale that are in a price range I wouldn’t dare ask someone else to pay. Of course, if any of you readers have a stream of cash floating around just looking for a place to be spent, I’ll be more than happy to provide to you a wish list. Occasionally, there are mid-range items that are almost afterthoughts I mention in passing that my wife files away and surprises me with. This was one of those years.
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Through the Eyes of a Child

Through the Eyes of a Child

Through the Eyes of a Child

Sometimes, the wonder of the Christmas season is lost on those of us who get caught up in the hustle and bustle or life. It often pays to relax, unwind, and try to view life for a time through the eyes of a child. Remember the brilliance and wonder of everything new. Celebrate the little triumphs like being the winner of the globally-important “Race to the Car”.
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Portrait Sessions – Benjamin

My son is a ham — all the time. Considering this, you can imagine my joy when I saw how this picture turned out. I only had enough time to shoot a couple pictures of him on our way out the door, and it’s not often someone sees him with clean, ironed clothing and his hair in place, so I was quite excited when the stars aligned and this shot was pulled off the camera. This one will definitely be a family favorite for years to come:

Benjamin's Portrait

Benjamin's portrait turned out amazingly well.

Portrait Sessions

My wife and I have finally decided upon a theme for portraits of our kids to hang on the wall. We purchased four very nice black frames with four inch white matting around an 8×8 inch square image area: one for each of our children. I’m going to do a black and white portrait of each of our kids and hang them in a simple grid on the wall. After shooting the first couple (starting from the youngest and working my way up), I’m quite excited at how they’re turning out. My wife is still not sold on the one of our two year old, because “her hair is not done”, but I still love the shot. I wanted to share these two, and I’ll post the others once I have them as well.
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Guahan Bakery?

Cinnamon Muffins

Tasty crumb topped cinnamon muffins


I seem to have discovered something that can be quite relaxing and a very nice change of pace from the rat race in which I find myself running every day. Baking is something I’ve always enjoyed, but recently, I’ve been really trying my hand at doing more than just pancakes and loaves of bread. While I’ve always tried to throw in the variety of a good yeast cinnamon roll from time to time, this past week has really been a fun one in the kitchen.
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Arrival of a New Bundle

Ruth Michelle's First Portrait

Ruth Michelle's First Portrait


So, after much anticipation, my wife finally delivered our new daughter at 1:31 this morning. Ruth Michelle came into the world weighing in at 8lbs 11oz and measuring a moderate 20.5 inches long. The shortest of our 4 children at birth, she boasts the heaviest weight, and she has gotten glowing reviews from all her health tests here in her first 12 hours of life. Thanks to all those of you who have been waiting patiently with us. We will be posting more pictures as time goes on, but here is one of her at 2-3 minutes old to end out this post.
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A Princess Tea Party

Princess Cupcakes

Princess cupcakes made the day


Before your have to ask, no, it wasn’t for me. My eldest daughter turned eight this week, so to celebrate, my wife and I threw her the party she’d been dreaming of for months: an all out princess tea party. There’s a local Tea House about three miles from our house, and with their great pricing, we reserved their party room and had my daughter invite about ten of her friends to join her. I got a few good pictures at the party, and I did a quick portrait of each of the girls as they left which we printed and gave to their parents as a thank you for letting them attend.

Here are a few of the shots I was able to get. Let’s start out with some amazing chocolate, raspberry filled cupcakes we had a friend make for the occasion:
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