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Never eat the first snow.
As a photographer, I’ve always been fascinated how much more power a photo has when it lives in an tangible place, rather than on a screen. Thats part of the reason why I love creating custom books for our couples. It’s also the reason I’m in love with film. The entire process is so honest. I started shooting film at my weddings last season and it completely changed my approach. It’s made me a far better photographer than any new toy or workshop I could have attended. Thanks film, I love you.
I have a few arrows in my film quiver for my wedding work and personal projects. In order of appearance…
the Mamiya 645 AF-D. It’s big, heavy and nigh indestructible. This one is is really fast so it’s always on me at weddings.
the Holga. It was my first film camera. Only a couple moving parts on this one, less is more!
the Lubitel 166. This is a Lomo remake and it makes amazing negatives. I shot my favorite New York work with this camera. It’s complicated to use, but always worth it!
the Polaroid SX-70. By far my favorite film camera in every way. It’s an incredible piece of design and artistry. It folds up into a sleek rectangle that fits into your pocket. This camera rivals any Apple product when it comes to craftsmanship and hottness. Maybe thats why I love it so much. Film is pricey though, until 2010 that is. There are plans to re start production of the film that belongs to this camera. I’ll celebrate that day!
Seems like I’ve been on a blog vacation huh? I know, it’s a bummer. But we had an incredible fall this year and we had to cut out the bloggin to keep up with the post production. I’ve got some really awesome stuff in store to show you guys. I was able to shoot some really amazing weddings this year, and meet some incredible people. I can’t wait to tell you all their stories!
In the meantime, I’ll ease back into this with a personal post from my two week vacation that ends TODAY! I took two weeks off two do two things. # 1- finish the renovation on the new house we just bought. That went awesome, its all done now and we’re really enjoying the house. I’ll post some of those HGTV style before and after shots soon.# 2- We joined my family on an RV trip to Indianapolis. My mom’s side is from up north and we haven’t been up there for the holidays since Gavin has come along. Not to mention, we were able to get a photo of all 5 generations from great grandpa down to Gavin. It was a great trip. We made fun of our RV lifestyle most of the time, Great Grandpa entertained us on the piano and we ate, alot.
Some random shots from the trip, hope you and yours had a great holiday!
I realized the other day that I don’t blog personal matters near as much as I once did. Thats a shame, I’ve just been too busy. So, here’s a post to catch you all up on what life has been like for us the past few months. Gavin is almost 7 months old now, which is absolutely crazy. He’s got two teeth on bottom that he’s deadly accurate with. He’s on the virge of crawling, I can see it in his eyes, so close! I never thought I’d be ready to have a baby. But I guess that comes with time. When he was born, I was ready for a newborn but not a baby. Now, I know I’m not ready to have a toddler type baby, but a 7 month old is just perfect. I guess we’ll learn as we go. Katie is back to teaching full time now. She’s so good at her job, it’s like she was made for it! Life was great over summer break, but now we’re back into our insanely busy schedule until weddings slow down for me in November. Life is hectic sometimes but we love it.
As if we didn’t have enough on our plate we fell in love with an old house in a quaint historic neighborhood here in OKC. We thought about it for a couple days and listed our first house just to see what would happen. It sold in two day! So, we’re moving! It’s always been a dream of ours to rehab a historic house. I even remember talking about it when we were dating in college. So we’re doing it! We have alot of work ahead of us, but it’ll be a fun journey! As Fall rolls in I always get nostalgic, I’m not sure why. Maybe because it’s my favorite time of year. I was thinking about the way life has taken shape for us over the past 2 or 3 years and how awesome it’s been. We’ve done some really big things. We had a baby, took the photography business full time, opened a studio, bought our dream house and made some amazing friends along the way. Life is good. Of course it wouldn’t be so without all the amazing couples I’ve been able to shoot for. It’s been absolutely awesome to get to know you all and peek into your lives, I can’t say thank you enough for that! And, not to mention our amazing family. We almost moved to California 3 years ago, I can’t imagine now what life would be like if we had. We absolutely cherish our family, couldn’t live without them!
I’ll wrap this up before it gets too sappy. Here are some photobooth shots from The Oklahoma Photobooth Company. We have a monthly art walk in the Plaza District where our studio is located. So every month we have a coinciding party, it’s always a blast! Last month Loiuse brought down the photobooth, it was a hit. If you are having a party or wedding reception, you’ve gotta call her!
I’m headed to Mexico for Scott & Jessica’s wedding on Thursday, I’ll see you in a week and I’ll have an awesome tan!TO LIFE!
Welp, I finally got back all my film scans from our trip to NYC and thought I’d share a few. As you can tell these aren’t my typical look and feel. But thats for good reason, this trip was a vacation! The more I thought about this trip, I came to the realization that the last thing I wanted to do was carry around an expensive 15 pound camera. So I opted to go old school and document our trip with 3 different cameras. I used a couple medium format film cameras ,a Lubitel 166 and a Holga 120N, and of course the trusty iPhone3Gs. They are all pretty amazing, it was awesome to see this trip in such a different way. I love the way film has such a personality and these cameras bring out amazing grain, splashes of color and unique light leaks that make the frames really unique. There are a bajillion more to share someday, I think I shot almost 5 boxes of film! I have a personal gallery in the works where you’ll see more of these show up soon! Hope you enjoy them!
We got in from a GREAT wedding in Nashville yesterday and as I was sorting through the images, I thought I’d share this one with you. One thing I know…If you’re ever having an off day and things just aren’t going your way, Head down to your local car rental and pickup a Sebring convertible for the day and just take her for a cruise. It’ll change your life. Michael Scott was really onto something there!
I grabbed this shot on the way back to the hotel after an awesome portrait session with the freshly married M r& Mrs Davis. You may be wondering about the Canon strap, I hear you asking…”Don’t you shoot Nikon Josh!?!”I do, but do you really think I’d hang one of my Nikons out the top of a car. I found my assistant Thomas’s camera in the floorboard instead and it worked just fine.