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Aug 13, 2012
Just got the film scans back from Josh and Brittany's engagement session at Oklahoma City University. This is one of my favorites.
Contax 645 | Portra 400
Aug 11, 2012
I love shooting black and white fillm on a wedding day! More from Katie and Garrett's wedding very soon.
Contax 645 | Tri-X 400
Jul 28, 2012
Shot's like this one are why I shoot weddings and why I shoot film at weddings. I have so many more photos from this wedding that I cannot wait to share. This one is definitely one of my favorites.
Congratulations, Lauren and Dave.
Contax 645 | Portra 400
Jul 22, 2012
Here's one from Katie and Garrett's wedding a couple of weeks ago. I don't post a lot of detail shots since I really believe a wedding is about the people and not the details, but I just can't help myself with this one. The colors of the bouquet and the stained glass are just to0 good. Shot's like this are why I shoot film (in addition to digital). The digital shots of the same scene simply did not do it justice.
Contax 645 | Kodak Portra 400
Jul 15, 2012
Here are some of my favorite photos from Amy and Brian's all film engagement session earlier this summer. I'm looking forward to shooting their wedding later this year!
Jul 3, 2012
Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to photograph Blair and Lane's wedding in Luther, Oklahoma. Everything about this wedding was incredible. From the bride and groom, to the smallest details, everything was top notch. I really must commend Blair and her mom on the fantastic job they did decorating the venue. I know that they put a lot of work into everything, and it really paid off. One thing particularly challenging about shooting this wedding was that everything was candlelit. Because of the lack of lighting, I really had to work hard to look for the light. It was a lot of fun though, and I think the photos turned out to be some of the best we've taken. My wife, Jaime, deserves special recognition as she knocked it out of the park. She captured some of my favorite wedding photos ever at this wedding.
Blair and Lane, thanks so much for having us. Jaime and I really enjoyed being a part of your wedding day. Congratulations and best wishes!
Now, on to the photos.
Jul 2, 2012
For this entry, I wanted to show something a little different than normal - something that happens at nearly every wedding, but is rarely photographed. In this shot, taken at Allison and Danny's wedding early this summer, I was able to capture a bridesmaid playing the role of spectator as the guys were being photographed. This sort of "spectating" happens at nearly every wedding, and I really don't know why it hasn't occurred to me until very recently to try to capture it in action.
Canon 5d mk ii | Zeiss 35mm f2.0
Jun 30, 2012
Here is one of my favorite shots from Blair and Lane's wedding earlier this summer. This shot captures a completely candid moment of Blair as she preps in the bridal room. Capturing moments such as this one are one of my favorite things about being a wedding photographer. Many more coming from Blair and Lane's wedding very soon.
Canon 5D mk ii | Canon 50mm f 1.2 L
Jun 19, 2012
So many magazines and blogs these days are filled with images of gorgeous details, but more often than not, those images lack a human element. Viewing those images, one might think that a wedding day has become less about the marriage of two people and more about styling and looks. Are these really the kinds of images you will look back and cherish in 30 years?
When it comes to capturing the details of a wedding day, of course I shoot some plain details, but I also always do my very best to incorporate them into the larger story of the wedding day. For me, photographing a wedding is about telling a story about the marriage of two people in a creative and artistic way. It's about capturing the emotions and atmosphere of the wedding day. Details play an important role in this, but alone, the details don't tell the full story. This I prefer to look for details throughout the flow of the wedding day and always try to include the story with the details. This image from Ashton and Dane's wedding last month is a great example. The goal for this image was to capture the shoes - a contrived "detail shot" for most photographers. Instead of going with the traditional setup shot, I opted to capture the shoes when the maid of honor was helping the bride put them on. In my mind, this image tells a story. It captures the moment and also emphasizes the shoes and dress at the same time. It has that sense of completeness that a good photograph should have.
Contax 645 | Tri-X 400
Jun 4, 2012
Here's one of my favorite shots from Allison and Danny's wedding this past weekend at the Oklahoma Golf and Country Club. This was my first time shooting at this venue, and I owe a big thank you to Kevin Paul for having me along to shoot with him. Kevin is an amazing photographer and you should definitely check out his work if you haven't already. Now, on to more about the image. I'm a huge fan of capturing unscripted moments during the wedding day. In this particular shot, we were heading up the stairs to prepare for the first look. I held the door open at the bottom of the stairwell, and as I started to follow the bride and bridesmaid up the stairs, I saw this image in my mind. I quickly adjusted my settings for the dark room and prepared to make the shot. As everything lined up compositionally, I fired off several frames. Immediately, I knew I had a really nice shot. After reviewing the few frames, this was my favorite, mainly due to the body positions and how the dress is falling. One of my favorite frames to date.
Congratulations, Allison and Danny!
May 28, 2012
Here are some of my favorite images from Kimmy and Paul's wedding in Clinton, OK. This was my first time shooting a wedding at the White Dog Hill. What an awesome venue. Incredible sights and tasty food! This place is top notch - 5 stars in my book. As it turns out, Kimmy and Paul's wedding was one of my first film + digital weddings, and I really like the way the film shots turned out. I will definitely continue to explore shooting film at weddings.
You will be seeing more of Kimmy and Paul in the near future -- just as soon as I shoot their post-wedding/trash the dress session, but that's all for now.
Congratulations, Kimmy and Paul.
May 20, 2012
Here is a shot from Blair and Lane's wedding, taken yesterday evening. What an amazing couple. I can't wait to edit the rest from their wedding day. Many more to come.
Canon 5D mk ii | Canon 50mm f1.2L
May 8, 2012
I just got the film scans back from Kimmy and Paul's wedding today so I thought I would share one of my favorite shots from those scans. Shots like this are why I shoot film.
Mamiya RZ67 pro ii | Sekor 110mm | Kodak Portra 400
Jan 9, 2012
Here is a quick frame from Esmeralda and Eddie's wedding earlier this summer. Many more to come from their wedding...
Jan 8, 2012
Here are a few of our favorites from Ashlee's bridal session in Oklahoma city.
Dec 1, 2011
Neither Jaime or myself had ever been to Guymon so when we found out we would be seeing someplace new for Bond and Joe's wedding, we got excited. We both love to 'Road Trip' so this was perfect for us. The wedding day was awesome. The details were great, the people were warm and friendly, and the air was charged with excitement. Everything went perfectly, and we really had an amazing time working with Bond and Joe. We also found a great little burger joint thanks to the reccomendation from Bond. If you ever find yourself in Guymon and looking for a quick bite, you should definitely check out Mr. Burger. It's quite tasty.
I always like to include a few sentences about the Bride and Groom in these posts so when I was gathering material for this blog post, I asked Bond for a few sentences to include here that would introduce everyone to them. She decided to include the following story....
Everyone says there will be something to go wrong at your wedding, and it will be a funny memory later. Well, we didn’t have anything like that happen to us, and the wedding went off without a hitch. Our ‘funny now’ story happened with the proposal: Joe and I were planning a ski trip to Breckenridge in February 2010. Joe planned to propose, and I had a pretty good idea that it was going to happen on the trip. However, the two monster storms that came through Oklahoma last year kept the ring from getting delivered to Joe, and it looked like it wasn’t going to happen. But Joe pulled a lot of strings, and the sweet lady at UPS helped move trucks (literally) to get the ring to him on time for our trip. Unknown to me, we got engaged on top of Keystone Mountain while night skiing! We both love the mountains, so getting engaged in Colorado is something that will always be special to us, and a funny story of how it almost didn’t happen (in the mountains at least)!
Congrats to Bond and Joe! It was a great pleasure working with you guys!