In July I had the distinct pleasure of going on a Norwegian cruise with my wife's family to celebrate her grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary. A week together with the family was great, but the added experience of spending a family cruise in Norway was amazing. The scenery was stunning and the history and culture in Norway is so rich, and you can sense it everywhere you go. We were able to spend seven great nights on the cruise with four ports (Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger, and Flam). Each day was a completely different experience and filled with new excitements. I'm glad to have the opportunity to share some of the pictures that I took while on our trip here.
James and Gloria are a really sweet couple who came to me a while back to take their one year anniversary photos in Orlando, Florida. Having taken their engagement pictures almost two years previously in Mississippi, it was really a pleasure to see them again.
James and Gloria met at a game night hosted by mutual friends. Gloria caught James' eye that evening. After hanging out more in group settings, he finally got the nerve up to ask her out. A few months later Gloria didn't think that they would be able to be together for Valentine's Day. James surprised her that weekend by showing up at her home and proposing to her. Of course she said yes, and the rest is history. 😊
Gaby and I had a lot of fun shooting outdoors in Orlando, Florida this summer. We had originally wanted to drive out to a beach for our photo session, but ended up deciding on a nearby park with a lake instead. My assistant also got the responsibility of looking out for alligators (living on the edge, I know). Thankfully, our time by the lake was uneventful.
After the park, we moved on the a pretty little curve in the road that we had spotted while driving to our swamp location. The photos from this location have actually become some of my favorite ones and they were more impromptu than most sessions that I have. Sometimes you just have to follow your gut and go wherever inspiration takes you in the moment.
Last year I did an engagement shoot with one of my favorite couples. Joel and Caroline are funny and have so much personality, which made photographing them a lot of fun. The whole day was full of laughter, just the kind of photo shoot that I like.
They met at a college freshmen event at their school in Jackson, Tennessee. There they discovered that they were both from Orlando, Florida. Their friendship started from there, and Joel spent three years pursuing Caroline. Finally halfway through Junior year she agreed to start dating him. And the rest is history 😉.
I had a good time shooting with the lovely and fun Abby while she was in Orlando, Florida. Her brother and friend were there to watch the photo shoot so we thought we would get some pictures with them too. In Orlando, Florida you never know what the weather might do. We ended up getting rain all morning and into the afternoon. So, our photography shoot was relocated to my studio. In the later afternoon the rain finally let up and we were able to move outdoors for about an hour.
I had so much fun shooting the behind-the-scenes of an awesome "Tattered Alice in Wonderland" photo shoot at the NV Bar in Downtown Orlando, Florida for my friend Dustin Robison. It was a long day of set design, makeup, hair, and shooting. I enjoyed every moment of it though and the results are really amazing. You can see a video of the behind the scenes that I shot here.
Minerva had brought her son with her on this shoot so we decided to also take some photos of them together. I must say that I was really pleased with how these photos turned out since it was my first time photographing a child.
This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Wisconsin to photograph a very sweet couple's wedding. It was a very small, intimate affair on a farm. To get to the ceremony, everyone rode on a tractor pulled trailer. The scenery was beautiful and the only thing that outshone it was the love and happiness of the bride and groom.
In 2007 the writer, director, producer, and composer, J.J. Abrams, spoke at the TED Conference. While watching and listening to Abrams' talk, I found him to be inspirational and personable. He was relaxed and spoke in a more casual manner as he shared some of his personal experiences and knowledge of the film industry. One of the main reasons that I personally found J.J. Abrams so inspiring is that his talk opened up my mind to a new way of storytelling and has made becoming successful seem more attainable.
J.J. Abrams has become a leader of a new style of storytelling. For television series, his writing style does not allow for viewers to tune in and out of the plot line. Every minute of every episode is important to the plot and if a viewer misses it, the viewer will quickly become lost and confused. This type of storytelling requires dedicated viewers who are willing to commit to the series. Abrams is also known for adding "mystery" to his stories. He often leaves his viewers guessing and does not always reveal all of the answers. When talking about mystery during his TED talk, Abrams said, "mystery is more important than knowledge". This tip is one that I will keep in the forefront of my mind while writing scripts and stories from now on.
More inspiring for me than his writing style is his amazing ability to think out of the box. In the past I have had some great ideas for my own projects, but have held back from them because I felt that I did not have the resources to pull it off. J.J. Abrams made it clear that there is almost always more than one way to achieve something that we want. Hearing of some of the things that Abrams and his friends were able to do to create their desired effects when they were kids has made me realize that my limited filming equipment that I currently own does not have to limit my abilities and stories.
J.J. Abrams has amazing skills and abilities and I look up to him as a leader in the filming industry. Watching his works and hearing him speak inspires to me to work hard, be creative, and love what I do as I reach for success.