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How I Take Family Photos

  We’re just past the Christmas season and we’ve all seen lots of family photos.  But what makes a good family pic?  Just pile everyone in and take a few?  C’mon, you know better than that.  There’s a technique to it.  Here are a few tips for excellent family photos.   1.  Seat mom and [...]

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Your headshot sucks and here’s why

(Note: I took these headshots and I think they do not suck.  I like them for the following reasons.) As I drive around good ol’ Abilene, I look at the many head shots on billboards.  Not all of them are bad, but many of them are.  To look at the bad ones physically hurts me.  It’s [...]

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Jake

  This is Jake.  My wife babysat Jake when he was two and she was in college.  We have known Jake forever and, I know I sound old when I say this, but I honestly can’t believe he’s about to graduate. I shot these photos in the spirit of a new style that’s around–particularly Jimmy [...]

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Grant and Sierra

I took these photos a while back.  Grant and Sierra said they wanted to jump into a pool to symbolize that they were “Taking the Plunge.”  (Get it?  Oh, I don’t guess there’s anything to get.) It was so much fun using strobes to figure this out.  Remember, boys and girls, you don’t just use [...]

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Caitlin and Jared

This past Saturday I shot Caitlin and Jared’s wedding.  It was a great day and they had so much fun.  (Their friends and family had a great time on the dance floor!  Lots of crazy dancing…ha!)  Working with these guys made me feel like I was part of the family. The sun came out right before [...]

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Israel

Hey everybody, I’ve been out the country for a couple of weeks.  26 people from my church and I made the journey to Israel.  It was an incredible trip and I had so much fun taking thousands of photographs.  Here’s a little taste of what we did.                 [...]

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Little Kid Shoot

Here’s the first tip for parents during a shoot–be cool.  It’s easy to get nervous about what’s gonna happen, but the best policy is chill out and be cool. I’ve seen many dads almost spank their kids because they’re not smiling.  Backup for a second and think about what you’re doing here.  (I’m not above [...]

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Newborns and such

Photographing newborns is fun.  Usually, parents are nervous about how their newborn will do under this papparazi-type pressure.  But the one(s) you should worry about are the older ones.  They’re mobile and you can’t make them smile.  Soon, I’ll post a full blog entry about advice for parents during a shoot.  But, for now, here [...]

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How to get great wildflower pics

I get the question a lot about how to take bluebonnet pics.  So, here you go, take some Claritin, put on your work clothes and shoot some awesome pics. Wait! My gosh, don’t shoot in the middle of the day!  I see all these crummy photos taken at noon.  When you see these, notice how [...]

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The Wildflowers!

Well, the wildflowers were upon us and now, they’re almost gone.  Everything is blooming and I’m coming to grips with the fact that winter (my favorite season) is a memory.  Hopefully my sneezing will end soon.   Here are Molly and James’ fun engagements.                       [...]

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