Hi, and thanks for stopping by to visit my blog. I'm a lifestyle, portrait and wedding photographer located in Greenwood, Indiana. I love all aspects of this profession, especially meeting new people, getting to know them, and telling their story through my images.
Whether it's a high school senior getting ready to complete their high school career and move on to the next chapter of their adult lives, a nervous and excited bride-to-be anxiously planning one of the most special days of her life, or the proud parents of an adorable new baby who want to share their joy, and the peaceful innocence of their newborn with family and friends. These are the reasons I’m a photographer, and why I love what I do.
Photography is my passion. The main objective in my photography business is artistry. My top priority is capturing and producing high quality images of special moments, events and life's milestones for my clients. The greatest reward for me is not monetary, it's being able to capture time and deliver it to my clients in photographs they can admire and cherish for a lifetime. My motto is "Every day is full of precious moments, so go capture as many as you can."
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Week three of the year 2014 was a busy one. I continued on with my resolution of exercising more and eating better, and I must admit it does feel good to work up a sweat and feel muscles I forgot I had. I also had a blast with the Whiteland High School Rhythm Masters taking some fun portraits for their display case at the high school.
I also rummaged around the house trying to find something historical to take a picture of for this weeks Indy Photo Coach / Indy Meetup Photo Club's photo challenge with the theme being "History." I came across this newspaper I had tucked away and decided it was worthy of the title "Historical" so it became my photo of the week.
As I head into week four, I'm anticipating another busy week of photography as the Rhythm Masters enter into their competition season beginning with their preview night performance and after show dessert buffet reception on Thursday evening. Then their first competition on Saturday at Fishers. I'm really excited to see their show and capture some great performance shots of them in action. Week four, bring it on!!
A couple years ago I decided to dive head first back into my photography and really push myself creatively, so I took on the 2012 Project 366 challenge, take a creative picture every day of the year. It was loads of fun and really made me look at things and the world around me from different perspectives, and it got my camera in my hands on a daily basis. It also had me looking for new techniques to use that I otherwise probably wouldn't have bothered with. Unfortunately, after a couple of months I found the daily challenge of the Project 366 to be very difficult to keep up with given my work and personal schedule, and I wasn't able to continue with it on a regular basis.
So last year I decided to try something new, the weekly challenge, 2013 Project 52, take a purposeful, creative picture at least once a week. It was a much more realistic venture given my schedule, and a huge success for me because I was able to complete the project!
Since last year was such a success for me I decided to continue the tradition and start up again this year with my personal photography challenge, 2014 Project 52. This year's project will comprise of images from a variety of things such as my daily life, objects I find interesting to photograph, favorites from photo sessions such as weddings, high school senior and family sessions, as well as high school show choir, musicals and plays just to name a few. I'm also participating in a 52 Week Challenge hosted by Indy Photo Coach and IMUPC (Indy Meetup Photography Club) which consists of weekly themes, so some of my 2014 Project 52 images will be those that I submit for that group as well.
I'm very excited to see what creative juices flow for me this year, and I invite you to follow along with me on my photographic journey through the year 2014. Check back here to see the latest images and you can also view my work on my Flickr site, and on my Facebook page.
Happy New Year!
Today was a beautiful fall day, and with family visiting from Wisconsin, who have never been downtown, I decided a canal walk was in order. My younger sister Elaine and I stopped for a picture with the famous Canal Fountain all decked out in Colts Blue! Then Paige decided to hop in for her version.
The flowers are still so colorful and the blue fountain added just the right balance for a pretty picture with mom, Elaine and Izzy.
Paige picked just the right shirt today and looks beautiful with the full pink blossoms lining the flower beds along the canal.
Of course Izzy and I had to get our own picture taken too.
We stopped by the 911 memorial to remember all those that were affected by that day in our countries history.
Elaine did some finishing touches on the mural.........JK!
And of course no stroll along the canal is complete without a stop to visit the mammoths outside the Indianan State Museum.
I'd say we all had a good time "Hangin" around the canal today.
I'm a huge fan of the arts, not surprising since I'm a photographer which is an art form all it's own. So, as you might imagine I'm very excited and honored to have been asked by Mr. Michael Hummel, the choral director at Franklin High School, to photograph the Franklin Community High School's 2013 spring musical "Beauty and the Beast." I love theatre lighting for the drama and mood that it brings to life in the images.
Everyone involved in the production of the "Beauty and the Beast" at Franklin High School have been hard at work, and they're all very excited to amuze and entertain their audience as they perform their spring musical March 7th and 8th at 7:00 p.m., and March 9th at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
So as they say "Be our guest, be our guest, be our guest!" Come, sit back and relax. You'll be in for a real treat!
For week eight I decided to try a shot I had seen in a trick photography ebook I've been reading. Simply place a small flash light or LED light behind the light bulb to illuminate it from behind. It gives the illusion that the bulb is lit without being plugged into anything. Any other bright ideas?
Week 9 was pretty busy, so I took a few images of "Buddy" our new family member who we found wondering the neighborhood for the past nine months or so, and decided he needs a REAL home. He's settling in pretty nicely with our other two cats.
I call this image "Goody, Goody Gumdrops." I've been wanting to try some underlighting in my photography, so I bought some gumdrops and put them on top of a clear container with a video LED light underneath for illumination. I added a bit of side light using a garage utility light. Nothing fancy. I used an 18-55 kit lens with a macro lens attached.
This week I decided to work on symmetry and do some reflection photography. The strawberry in this first image was actually held up by my son with a toothpick, just hovering over the spoon. I removed his fingers and the toothpick in post processing.
This second image is three spoons sitting on a small gift bag that has flowers and jewels on it. The stanless steel spoons naturally reflect the print on the bag. In both images I used natural light from a window behind me, as well as a small LED video light held just above the camera lens for added frontal lighting.
Week five was a busy one and I barely had time to pull off my one shot of the week for my 2013 Project 52, but I made it a sweet one with a brownie sundae! I wanted to put a cherry on top to add a pop of red, but didn't think I had any in the frig. Low and behold a few days after this shot I found a jar of cherries at the back of one of the refrigerator door shelves....go figure.
Week six has given me a lot more free time, so it's been a much more productive week in my photography world. The first image I took was this Valentine's Day theme. I was reading up on a technique to get different shapes of "Bokeh" (pronounced "bow-ke"...BO as in bow and KE as in Ken), just in case you wanted to know...anyway, bokeh is the appearance of those round, blurred circles or bubble shapes you see in the back ground of pictures. So I played around with my newly discovered technique and got this image of heart shaped "Bokeh". Can't wait to try some other shapes.
The next three images I took in one day. In fact I took them all in about one hour. Just a quick picture of a chair on our front porch anxiuosly waiting for summer to arrive...me too!
The last two are some spices and pepper jars I have in my kitchen. I call this series "Spice It Up." I had to chase one of my cats away several time suring this shoot. She was quite attracted to the smell of all the chopped spices laying on the table. Can't wait to see what inspiration comes my way in week seven!
I always look forward to this time of year, because I get to spend my winter weekends photographing fun, energetic, quirky and very talented high school students performing their hearts out as part of the Whiteland High School show choir the "Rhythm Masters." The Rhythm Masters are comprised of 24 students representing all four grade levels. They're directed by WCHS choral director Mrs. Erica Colter, and choreographed by Mr. Marty DeMott.
I've been doing this for 3 years now, ever since my daughter became a member of the Rhythm Masters, and it's a blast! These kids are funny, talented and very well known and respected among the other show choirs they compete against.
My daughter commented a few months ago about how I'm going to miss these competitions when she graduates this spring, but I informed her that I have no intention of giving up my winter tour with the Rhythm Masters. It's too much fun!!
Good luck this competition season Rhythm Masters! Crush it!!
Finally! It was SO MUCH fun today to finally find some time to play with my new fish tank and shoot some water photography. I just love shooting these kinds of challenging images, because when I finally get the timing right and see that image on the LCD screen that I was aiming for it's like magic! My son Conner helped me with this one because I don't have a remote control for my Canon 7D (something I'll be ordering before bed tonight, believe me). He dropped the orange in the tank while I pressed the shutter release on my camera. It took about 15 shots, but we finally got the timing going good and these are the best three images. What a blast!! I'll be trying my hand at this again SOON!!
I'm always in awe of the gorgeous sunsets that present themselves periodically outside my back door. They remind me that God's abundant gifts to us are never far away, if we open our eyes, minds and hearts to his glory. Life is so short, so embrace and enjoy the beauty in each and every day.