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Modeling Portfolio

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One of the routine questions that I get asked is, “How did you get started into photography?” I normally talk about how I began working for the yearbook and local newspaper in high school. Well apparently my photography career started long before that, and I was in front of the camera, not behind it. I recently found a newspaper ad where I was the featured model for a new kid friendly sub-division called Otter Creek. Being the cute child that I was, its easy to see why they chose me. I promise that it had nothing to do with my aunt’s friend being the photographer. Below is one of the many contact sheets from the shoot.

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Children at Weddings

One thing that I love about photography is the art of people watching. Studying behaviors and patterns to help decide where the next great moment is going to come from. Ok kids are cute, but the things that they do is what puts the cuteness over the top. In the below photo, a slide show is about to start during a wedding rehearsal dinner. At that point the girl in the middle decided that it was time to stop talking and watch the show. Even though I made this picture years ago, it is still one of my favorites.

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fun wedding send off

Over the years, I have photographed many different styles of wedding exits. It is very hard to narrow them all down to the best one, when they all have their own flavor. Here is one my favorite exit photos that for one reason or another was not placed in my portfolio. From the joy on the bride and groom’s face, to the rose petals flying through the air, I feel the happiness that embraced the whole evening. Happy Throwback Thursday!

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The Big Finish – A Fun group Picture

Many photos that I take never make it on my blog for one reason or another. After last week’s blog post on Save a Memory, Print a Picture, I decided to continue the Throw Back Thursday trend for a while. So check back each Thursday for a blast from the past. I’ll be sharing pictures that I was just to busy to post when I photographed them, old favorites of mine, and a few photos from my personal archive.

I am going to start this series with the most unique wedding group photo that I have ever made. I’ve had groomsmen pickup the bride before, but not lift her over their head. When you have a bride, groom and bridal party with a background in theatre, just say yes when they come to you with an ideas for a group pose. This one is called “The Big Finish”

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Save a memory, print a picture

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For Throw Back Thursday, I decided to do a blog post from WAY back.

During my senior year of high school, I was the photographer for our school yearbook and the town newspaper. Back then I used a film camera and almost every picture I shot was turned into a print. A while back I found several boxes labeled pictures. There is something special about being able to hold those prints in my hand and reminisce. I could not help but sit down and go through all of these old memories. Many things I had forgotten, other were just as vivid as the day I took them.

In this digital world that we live in today, pictures are everywhere. We are recording history with some type of cameras all the time. Yet, are we preserving it? Most of these images find a home on social media, a hard drive or just stay on a phone but never get printed. In twenty years, I wonder how many of these digital forms that contain our photos will still be around. Pictures on hard drives become cluttered within thousands of other files, especially after being moved between multiple computers over the years. Not to mention the fact, we all know someone, if not ourselves, that lost everything when their hard drive crashed. Then there is social media. Yes, it is great to share quickly with hundreds and thousands of your friends, maybe even millions if it goes viral. Still just as Facebook took over Myspace, other online outlets will be born. Who knows if any of them will still be around in 5 or 10 years much less 20 plus.

My request is to take time to print a handful of 4×6 pictures just once a month. Then put those pictures in an album or box to flip through at a later date. Then maybe 15-20 years down the road you can lose an afternoon reminiscing about the good ole days.

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