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Wings

I had a teacher once… Keith Carter said “Perfection will paralyze you.” He made it possible for me to let go the technical perfection so that the mood of a moment could come through. There is a beauty in the imperfections. The Japanese have a term for it… Wabi-sabi. I have many parts of this 90 minute wedding Mass that are on the tripod and technically complete, but this little hand held, challenged piece really works for me.

Two notes of interest: the shift in focus comes from one of Lensbaby’s newest optics… I was using their Tilt Transformer on my Olympus. It is a lovely little combo!

And, out of this frame, the author and anchor of this Mass is Father Matthew Munoz… a friend of the family up from California… happens to be the grandson of John Wayne. ;0)

Sweetness and Light

Complete and utter delight is what I see in these two faces… moments after all of the hoopla and family crush, Jessica and Nick had a few moments mostly to themselves… if you don’t count the photographer with the long lens. ;0)

This is a favorite from 2004 and I know they are thriving and happy… may it be ever so.

Music of the Heart

Sherman is a mountain of a man. It was a sweet surprise to find him so tuned into the emotions of the day… his tender attention to Johannah was blazing in the August light. As the evening cooled, he brought the crowd to it’s knees when he sang A Ribbon in the Sky for his beaming bride… a voice to match the heart.

This work gives me the best sense of people… it gives me hope for a better world.

High Tech + Low Tech

In my post last week, I was talking about taking the time to do some good portraits. Well, in this one, Erin and Rob had to stay still for the 12 second exposure… they did pretty well. I used a Pinhole camera, a beautiful wooden box with a tiny hole in it so only a pinhole’s worth of light gets to the film. That makes it a slow process but a special one. From there, I have to scan the negative to make it compatible with the rest of the wedding images.

My summer clients get the chance to try the non-digital approach for some of their portraits… I can’t always use them so I don’t make any hard and fast promises but when the conditions of light and time are met, we can make images from another time and that can be a wonderful thing.

Oh, for a Sunny Day

November has been quite dark… made darker for me by the face-in-computer-time, I’m sure. More than half of my brides this year were after August and before November. That makes for a lot of work all at once. Sometimes all of that work backs up in my brain and wakes me at 4:00 AM… I worry it like a manic terrier of some sort and then whoever is in charge up there wanders off to look at other things. Last night, my brain took me back to California… Laguna Seca in 2007 to be more specific. It wanted to look at this old taxi cab again… the old De Soto reminds me of so many crayons in the sunlight.

The art of babies

“Babies are such a nice way to start people.”

Don Herrold

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Kate is traveling rapidly to the shores of adulthood. This photo was taken in October of 2004… she was 9 at the time. Her parents had me come take pictures every few years so I have had the pleasure of seeing her grow up through the lens of my camera… we started when she was a tiny and spunky red head, maybe 9 months old. She has blossomed into this level eyed, sharp young lady and I hope I get to see where she goes from here.  Of course, I am getting older just like she is, like we all are, but time moves differently for each of us and I don’t think anyone ever gets used to how fast it goes.

Most of my baby sessions are done at my client’s home… I offer that service because I  think it’s important to be able to look back and get a sense of where you grew up.

My folks did that for me… I can go through all the old California pictures and see the rental house in Alameda with the fake leopard skin chair or Grandpa’s ranch in Gilroy where my sister and I finger painted on the patio. There was the paradise 1/4 acre in Santa Rosa with the little house and cabin connected by two bridges over the creek… deer and skunks and hummingbirds in the honeysuckle.

When I do babies I also include the parents as much as possible. Think about it… many years later  your kids get to see how good you looked in your younger skins. It frosts me to realize how many of the pictures of me and my sister have just the arms or knees of an otherwise whole and beautiful parent.

So, this is what I am after: working at your house and trying to make the session as comfortable and natural as possible… the goal being images that live beyond the years. Images that look like your life.

What follows is a  sizable folio of different kids… mostly on location but a few in studio settings.

I hope you enjoy the parade.

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mike_flys_calvinmike_calvin_and_sarahank_and_gretchen1hank1“Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher’s mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again.” —Jimmy Piersal

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