Monthly Archives: March 2008

Daddy-Daughter Day!

Well, on occasion Maggie and I get to have daddy-daughter day. This is usually because I don’t get to spend too much time with her during the week and God bless my wife, she just needs a break sometime. So if Alie just needs to run out and do some errands or if I need to run errands then I keep Maggie or take her with me so we can have our daddy-daughter day! We have been many places as just the two of us and it is always a sweet memory for me. Today, Alie just needed to do some running this morning and as much as she would have liked for us to go with her, we decided that Maggie and I would stay home and spend time together. Poor little Maggie has started teething so she has had some trouble sleeping through the night, and she is also a slobbery-snotty mess so some daddy-daughter time is just what we needed. She is the cutest little thing and I love taking her picture. I have ended up with many wonderful photos from our little impromptu sessions such as the ones below. I hope you all enjoy!

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And here they all are in black and white…

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I love being able to see the pictures in both color and black and white. There are sometimes when a color image just can’t convey what the simplicity of a bold black and white picture can. I always like trying a picture in both and sometimes I end up liking one more than another and only keeping the one I like. Othertimes they both look good and I keep the both of them…

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Easter!!

It’s Easter baby!!

We all met at Juju & Poppie Eddie’s house for an Easter lunch today. While we were there, I took some pictures for the Freeman family. (I have the full size also available too!) I hope you like them! The wind was cool and when the sun was in it was even cooler so we had to act quick to get these shots…

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And a big thanks to Aunt Brea for taking these pics so I could actually be included for once. Can you see my Charm City Cakes shirt poking through?! That was a special gift from Alie because she knows how much I like watching Ace of Cakes on Food Network!
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And let’s not forget little Maggie and her “hat” that she plays with while at Poppie Eddie and Juju’s!
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…lazy day…

Well, we decided that if the weather was nice enough on Saturday that we would take a family trip to the flea market down at the fairgrounds. Well, the wind was a little cool, but the sun was shining and we just love going so there wasn’t much stopping us. After spending quite a while down there, we were all getting a little tired so we packed up and came home. Before we left, I managed to snap a quick shot of my wonderful little family (minus me of course :)).

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 Well once we got home, everyone crashed, even little Dexter dog! After about 45 minutes Maggie was up and so were the rest of us so I took advantage of the nice light coming through our bedroom window.

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(Isn’t my beautiful wife just lovely :D)

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Little Dexter will have to make more appearances on here as he sometimes gets left out since little Maggie came along. He was sporting his new shirt that said “Good Dog” that we got for him at the flea market! What a lazy day the rest of the day turned out to be…

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little Jack…

Today we had a photoshoot for little Jack’s 3 month pictures! His family was wonderful to have in our home and although we started a little slow, we sure finished with a bang! He was such a good boy for the photoshoot and although he is still working on raising his head during tummy-time, he was a real trooper 😀

Well, without further delay here are my favorites from today’s session! Kim and Chris, I hope you love your sneak peek from today. Sweet pictures like these make me really appreciate being a photographer!

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…more baseball…

Well, I had a few more pics from baseball practice that I wanted to work on and I finally found time to do just that. I really enjoy a nice black and white picture so I thought these two would fit perfectly!

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Enjoy!!

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Baseball Practice

I love attending any event that allows me to bring my camera as I can always use the extra practice to improve. Well, I found out the other day that my nephews were starting baseball and they were going to have a practice this past weekend. Unfortunately Brea & J (their parents) weren’t able to take the boys to practice so Poppa Eddie was going to take them.  Well, what could be better…first time ball players and a nice day to take pictures so I asked if I could go too 🙂

 So Poppie Eddie and I got to watch an hour of practice and here are a few of my favorites:
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(this one reminds me of a Calvin and Hobbes moment. I managed to catch them mid-stride chasing after the same ball)
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 There are a few more on my Flickr as I didn’t want take up too much room here!

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In the beginning…

I finally did it! I have created a blog to showcase my photography. I can always remember being drawn to photography. Since my first lesson on a manual SLR back as a cubscout to learning how to control the shutter speed and aperature with my automatic SLR in college, I have always had a love for the hobby and profession. Alot of encouragement lately has rekindled my desire to shoot and to become a better photographer. This blog will be my way of keeping track of what I have accomplished and you will get to see what I see through my eye…

Just to start off, here are a few of my personal favorites of my best little model, my little girl Maggie:

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And yes, I do color pictures as well…those just happen to be some of my favorites in B&W!

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I will try to post more later, but this gives you an idea. I love the natural sytle of photography and I like to capture this using the lovely glow of natural light. I started out using Canon brand equipment and I continue to do so. I have a lot of people ask about the equipment I use. All I can say that it isn’t always the equipment that produces great pictures, its who’s holding the camera! But just to brag, I recently upgraded to a Canon 40D (from a Rebel XTi), and a nice collection of Canon fast glass: 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1.8, 24-70mm f2.8L, and 70-200mm f2.8L.

I do not recommend anyone to just go and plop down the cash for this kind if equipment without researching it and yor style first. I spent lots of time researching before buying which resulted with my lenses and camera. If I could add one more lens to my line-up it would have to be a 24mm f1.4L, but that is quite the chunk of change for that beauty. I was lucky enough to have a collection of paintball equipment that I liquidated to afford all of my photography equipment. Otherwise I would still be using my basic XTi and my Sigma lenses (which I have had since I started shooting film about 8 years ago).

Speaking of styles…I love the natural look as I spoke of earlier. I receive a lot of inspiration from other photographer’s works that get my creative juices flowing and make me want to persue this as a profession rather than a serious hobby. I love the work of Angela Crutcher, which we were lucky enough to have her do Maggie’s newborn pictures. I also enjoy many others, but to name a few: Anna Kuperberg, Skye Hardwick, and Carley McDaniel.

I am starting to take on clients as time permits, but I must say I love children’s photography, especially during that first year when you can capture that sweet newborn innocense. For all of those out there looking to hire someone to fulfill your photography needs, please remember that when you hire one of these artists, there is a lot of time and effort put into your sessions and it continues afterwards too! Photographers also have to be computer wizzes becuase the new digital world also led the way to the digital darkroom, or as some refer to it, a lightroom. It takes hours for a photog to sit down and to critique each one of the pictures and to perform their magic to give you the final results. A lot of what you are paying for when it comes to a “session fee” is the time and talent of the artist. It may only take a few hours to just take the pictures, but the countless hours behind a computer just starts as soon as they get home! So those times you grumble and groan because you paid how much for just 30 pictures, please remember that probably 12 hours went into developing those picture and making them perfect for you!

Speaking of money, being a photographer is not my full time job. In fact, I am more of a serious hobbiest with a full time job as a computer programmer/systems enginner for a company called AccuImage, LLC. They are the best company ever and they continue to provide me with new challenges from week to week. It is late and I need to wrap things up (darn daylight saving time change). I hope to provide everyone with beautiful pictures as well as some amusement from time to time. Feel free to leave comments and messages as I do have access to email 24×7!

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