Outdoors, Photography, Senior Portraits

Kelsey, MHHS Class of 2019

A warm Sunday afternoon in September ended up being the perfect time to photography Kelsey’s senior portraits. This young woman can go from smiling to a piercing stare in an instant… and made my job SO easy.  I’d photograph her every day if given the chance.

She’s fun, gorgeous, intelligent and driven. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for her… and what she holds for the future. I’m positive she’s someone who is certainly going to make an impact on those around her.  Congratulations on making it to your senior year and best wishes as you move along on your path to reaching all your goals.

Family Portraits, Outdoors, Photography

Fall Family Portrait Special

Today my son celebrates his one year anniversary of being a software developer for Amazon…. in Seattle.  Seattle is a LONG way from Mountain Home.
My oldest daughter is in her senior year at MTSU … in Murfreesboro, Tn … quite a ways from Mountain Home.

Families tend to drift away, geographically, as time moves on. While they’re at home with you, let’s make sure we keep your family portraits updated. Believe me, when they move away, far, far away, you’ll be glad you did.

All this week, you can save up to $100.00 on your family portrait session, and there is no better time for beautiful outdoor family photos than fall. Give me a call at 870-425-7671 and let’s get you on the calendar.  There are still great times available.

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2018 weddings, Photography, Tennessee Weddings, Wedding Photography

married in Memphis… Corey and Allie

You may recall the engagement session I put up a few weeks back with Corey and Allie (click their name to see the post) and how much I rambled on about loving this couple.  Well, it’s still true.  They’re my kind of dorks.  They’re madly in love. They’re deeply devoted. They’re humble, kind, giving and gracious. In short… I really dig them.

I drove to Memphis, TN a couple weeks ago to spend an afternoon with them at their church on the edge of town. I honestly had no idea what to expect when I pulled up, because in all honesty, it’s not what I traditionally think of when I hear the word… church. Regardless, inside was super cool and even more importantly, it was filled with friends and family who love to praise and were there to celebrate the joining of two amazing people. And I got to be witness to it all.  That fact is always something that keeps me in awe.

So enjoy a brief glimpse into their wedding day. I’d pack up and go shoot this one all over again.

Outdoors, Pets, Photography

Still time to enter your dog!

We’re down to the last few days of the Dog Portrait contest…. and we have a couple who are burning it up. Still time to enter and if you and your friends are active, have a chance at winning.

Either way, an offer will be extended to all who participated, regardless of their winning or not.

BTW, today marks one year that this guy, Jordy (on IG as @jordy870) has been free. He and I met one year ago today at the Humane Society of North Central Arkansas. He’s a pretty special guy.. and while I thought I was rescuing him, turns out he rescued me as well.

So if you’re looking for a new pet for your family, be sure to check your local shelters. Jordy’s “sister”, Lola, came from Gails Pets Second Chance up in Oakland.

You never know what amazing animals are waiting for you to be the hero.

 

2018 weddings, Outdoors, Photography, Wedding Photography

Kristen and Jeff, a river side wedding.

My career offers a lot of opportunity to work with couples I don’t know, other than by means of photographing their wedding… and then there are weddings like this one. Kristen, the bride, and my wife, Trisha, work together, so this wedding was one where I knew a lot of the people involved.  That makes it special to me.  Plus, my wife was a bridesmaid, so that was a new adventure for me as well.

Jeff is a local chef with some serious skills. If you’ve not had his food, I’d recommend you look him up and try his amazing creations. Plus, he has to be one of the coolest guys you’ll ever meet.

Kristen and Jeff were married on the banks of the White River on a steamy Saturday evening at the end of May. Having lived here since 1995, the White River is one of my favorite features of this area. I’ve spent countless hours in the water, waist deep, fishing for Rainbow trout and Brown trout.  By having such a history with the river, I love seeing it used as the backdrop for a wedding.  A cool contrast compared to how I was originally introduced to the river

These guys never slowed down.  From the rehearsal dinner the night before, right on to the end of my night with them, the energy was off the charts. Jeff’s groomsmen know how to have a good time, but I’d be lying if I said they weren’t outdone by the ladies. It was fun keeping up with their pace and spirit.

So it goes without saying that Kristen made such a gorgeous bride. Her dress was elegant and was the perfect gown for her… she wore it well. Oh, and Jeff… headband king.  That was awesome.

I hope you enjoy a glimpse into their wedding day.  Enjoy!

2018 weddings, Photography, Wedding Photography

Matt & Erica… a Saturday in June.

Several months ago, I met Erica and Matt for the first time over coffee to discuss wedding plans. We laughed and laughed and somewhere in the midst of the laughter, we figured out what was going to happen for their wedding day.  Truth be told, Erica is super organized and made that part easy… and Matt likes the world’s greatest football team.  THE GREEN BAY PACKERS!!!!  So of course he and I knew we had to work together.

Fast forward to a few weeks before the wedding and Erica called me with the final details and we were set. She told me that her family was high energy and loved to have fun. I didn’t fully realize the gravity of her words.  Her dad was awesome.  The dude can dance, he can laugh, he wears a suit like he’s James Bond and most of all… he loves his daughter and it shows.  As to that fact, this entire group was close and getting to be around that much genuine love is uplifting.

We started the day at Stone Creek Ranch for bridal prep and a first look.  After that we headed to St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church for the ceremony and then back to Stone Creek for the reception. Both locations were perfect.  St Peter’s is ALWAYS on point with amazing light that photographers love for the ceremony… or at least I do.  And Karry and the folks at Stone Creek have what I honestly believe to be the premier venue in this part of the country.  You should really check them out.

Erica and Matt have this group of friends who know how to party.  I love that.  When I left the reception at the end of the night, I was beat. Soaked from rain, and sweat from the resulting humidity. The next morning, I felt as if I was hungover, but hadn’t touched a drop of alcohol.  It was non-stop. It was fast paced. It was perfect.  I’m glad I got to be a part of their amazing wedding day.

Give me a call and let’s hear about your wedding plans.

Enjoy a few pics from their wedding day.

2018 weddings, Bridals, Engaged, Missouri Weddings, Outdoors, Photography, Wedding Photography

Why I love bridal portraits.

I love doing bridal sessions. It is a great way for the bride to have a run through with her hair, makeup, flowers and… me.  It gives me an opportunity to get to know the bride a little better, to see where her comfort level is in front of the camera when in full dress. Sadly, it seems the tradition of bridal portraits is fading away, and I think that’s a shame.

As a photographer, I spend a lot of time studying old photos, looking at them not just for “how pretty” they are, but for the historical significance the portraits hold. You can see the similarities between great-grandma’s features and her great-granddaughter. Regardless of how the trends may change, the dresses may differ, the gaze off to nowhere has been replaced by an open mouth laugh with the brides head thrown back, I cannot escape seeing the relationship between them.  Not doing them… in my mind… robs future generations from being able to do the same.

So I’m offering 50% off bridal portrait sessions when added to new wedding packages for the next five wedding contracts. Or, if you’ve recently booked your date with me, I’ll extend that offer to you.  I think they’re THAT important. Here are a few photos from the past several years.  Just a tiny sampling of the bridals I’ve shot…. but the truth is… school starts tomorrow and my time on the computer is short today, so I didn’t find as many as I should have.  Enjoy!