Jul 17, 2014

Peeking

Emily just before the ceremony.

Leica MP & Tri-X 400

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Jul 1, 2014

Emily

Emily just before the ceremony.

Leica MP & Tri-X 400

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Jun 29, 2014

Dress Preparations

The bridesmaid's help Taylor with her dress before the ceremony.

Hasselblad 500cm & Tmax 400

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Jun 22, 2014

Taylor and E Ray

Taylor and E Ray just after the ceremony

Mamiya RZ 67 & Portra 400

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May 31, 2014

Newlyweds

Just after the ceremony at Taylor and E Ray's wedding.

Mamiya RZ 67 & Portra 400

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May 21, 2014

Taylor and E Ray

Taylor and E. Ray just after the wedding ceremony.

Mamiya RZ 67 & Portra 160

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May 14, 2014

The Wedding Gift

Just before the ceremony at Taylor and E Ray's wedding.

Leica MP & TMAX 400

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Jan 19, 2014

Bridal Room

Captured in the bridal room at Lizzy and Colin's wedding.

Leica M6 & Tri-X

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers Black and White Wedding Photogrpahers Film Wedding Photographers

Dec 23, 2013

Flower Girl

Captured in the bridal room at Amanda and Adam's wedding.

Leica MP & Tri-X

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers Documentary Wedding Photographers Black and White Wedding Photographers

Oct 12, 2013

The First Look

Completely unscripted moment from Lizzy and Colin's first look. 

Pentax 67 & Kodak Portra 400

Categories Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers Film Wedding Photographers Texas Wedding Photographers

Oct 7, 2013

Mom's Bracelet

Captured in the bridal room at Lizzy and Colin's wedding.

Leica MP & Tri-X

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Oct 2, 2013

Final Touches

Captured in the bridal room at Lizzy and Colin's wedding.

Leica M4 & Tri-X

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers Film Wedding Photographers Black and White Wedding Photographers Documentary Wedding Photographers

Sep 27, 2013

Introducing an All New Wedding Package Offering

If you've been a follower of the blog over the past year or so, you will most likely have noticed the increase in the amount of black and white work that I post. Mostly, that is due to my growing love of shooting black and white film. I've mentioned before how much I enjoy shooting it, and now I want to make it available in a wedding package. Starting in 2014, I will be offering an All New 100% Black and White Film Wedding Package. Here's what that package will look like

100% Black and White Film Offering

  • 8 Hours of Wedding Coverage
  • Hires DVD of Scanned Negatives - in JPG format
  • Online Proofing/Ordering Gallery for 90 days
  • All images shot on black and white film
If you're like me, and you are a sucker for the grain and tonality of true black-and-white film what an awesome way to document your wedding day! One thing is guaranteed, the images will stand the test of time and will have that classic, timeless feel that only black and white film can deliver. I truly believe this is one of the best ways to document your wedding day, and I'm extremely excited to over it for 2014.

If you're interested in the 100% Black and White film offering for 2014, let us know about it by dropping us a line
Since blog posts are just not the same without pictures, here are several of my favorite black and white film photos from 2013.

Categories Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers Film Wedding Photographers Black and White Wedding Photographers Black and White Wedding Photography

Sep 26, 2013

Happiness

Captured during Leslie and James' Bride and Groom session on their wedding day.

Contax 645 & Portra 400

Categories Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers Film Wedding Photographers New York Wedding Photographers

Sep 16, 2013

Waiting

Leica M6 & Kodak Tri-X

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers film film wedding photographer

Sep 3, 2013

A Quiet Prayer

Jana and Cody wanted to share a prayer together before their ceremony, but wanted to keep the tradition of not seeing each other.

Leica M6 & Kodak Tri-X

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film Oklahoma Wedding Photographers Documentary Wedding Photographers

Aug 28, 2013

Leslie and James

Contax 645 & Portra 400

Categories Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers Film

Jul 5, 2013

Wildfires and Weddings in Colorado

I snapped this photo from the highway into La Veta, CO while en route to Shelby and Clancey's wedding.

Leica M4 & TMAX 400

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers Colorado Film

Jun 28, 2013

Reflections

Contax 645 & Ilford Delta 3200

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers Film

Jun 18, 2013

The Wedding Note

Canon Ae-1 & Cinestill

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers film

Jun 8, 2013

The Wedding Dress

Contax 645 & Kodak Tmax 400

Categories Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers Bridal

Jun 5, 2013

Window Light

Contax 645 & Ilford 3200

Categories Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers Film

May 26, 2013

Lauren Bridals

Contax 645 & Expired Portra 400VC

Categories Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers film bridals

Feb 9, 2013

A Happy Day

Contax 645 & Portra 400

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers film contax

Jan 3, 2013

Lacy and Shaun's First Look

Contax 645 & Portra 400

Categories Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers film

Dec 30, 2012

Like Mother, Like Daughter

What a fun pair these two were. | Contax 645 & Tri-X

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers Film

Dec 15, 2012

My Story with Film: Part 1

Switching to film has been a bit of a process for me, and not necessarily a quick one, taking the better part of a year. It has been a big change for me, but a good one. Without question, It has made me a better photographer and has helped me create a better product. Over the next couple of posts, I thought I would share a little bit of my story with making the switch and how it has changed my work for the better. Here's part one of my story.

I'm now a film photographer. Thinking back, it all started when I decided to purchase my first 35mm camera, a Leica M6, mainly as a novelty item. During the latter part of 2011, mainly just for fun, I started running a roll through the M6 on each engagement session that I shot. What eventually struck me was how much I enjoyed shooting that camera. It just felt right in my hands, and I found that I really wanted to shoot it more and more.  I was getting great results from the M6 so sometime during the early part of this year, I decided to really give film a chance. I made it a point to shoot the M6 right alongside my canon digital gear for pretty much everything I shot. Then, the big breakthrough happened. I discovered medium format film. Wow, did it change my thinking about film, digital, and photography in general. More on that in a bit.

Before I go any further, I want to point out that I do believe digital cameras truly showcase incredible technology and have a rightful place. They do some things better than film, and that is a simple fact. So in no way am I trying to say that I don't or that I won't shoot digital cameras. I still shoot my canon digital gear when the situation is right for it. I see no reason not to.

When I first started shooting medium format film, I very quickly became aware of how many redundant images I shot. With the particular setup I was shooting, I was limited to 16 shots per roll or 32 shots before having to reload. I was reloading way too often. Not only that, but at around $1 per frame, I became very aware of my bad habit. Sure, it was expensive, but the real problem with this approach is that I was shooting around what I wanted to get, instead of really focusing on making the picture that I had in mind. The typical routine would go something like this... I would set up a shot that I thought would be successful then shoot a lot of frames knowing that one or two, or more if I was lucky, would turn out. I think this a natural thing for most people with limited experience. The problem was I never really grew out of that. Because I could play it safe by taking so many pictures, I hadn't developed my skills as an artist to 'see' exactly what I wanted to shoot before clicking the shutter. In this way, shooting digital hindered my development as an artist because it facilitated, even encouraged my laziness. With film, it’s different. Because I know I have limited film capacity and that each click of the shutter is money out of my pocket, it encourages me to focus. Even more importantly, it encourages me to see. It's in this way that I know switching to film has made me a better photographer.

I think it's fitting to include one of my favorite quotes about photography, from one of the all-time greats,

"I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term -- meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching -- there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster." - Ansel Adams

Ansel was right, and if he were with us today, I believe he would tell us something similar about the digital methods. It's not that they are bad; it's that they make it too easy. And with that I think I'll conclude the first post in this series. Next time, I'll talk some about the specific qualities of film that I like so much. 

Since it doesn't quite seem right to post without an image and this is a mostly personal post; here's one from the personal archives - shot on film. 



Maddox Sitting Up: Mamiya RZ 67ii | Tri-X

Categories Personal Tags film Oklahoma Wedding Photographers

Dec 4, 2012

Square Love

I'm starting to really love shooting square black and white film.

Categories Couples Engagements Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers film

Nov 26, 2012

Waiting Games

Taken while second shooting for Josh McCullock

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers film

Oct 25, 2012

Expressions

     Expressions are one of my favorite things to photograph at a wedding. Many times, they tell so much of the story.

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers Film

Aug 15, 2012

Josh and Brittany's Engagement Session - Oklahoma City, OK

Josh and Brittany decided to have their engagement photos done on the campus of Oklahoma City University. It was just pushing triple digits that day, but we had a blast. Congratulations, Josh and Brittany!


Categories Couples Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers film

Aug 13, 2012

Quick Frame Frame Brittany and Josh's Engagement Session at Oklahoma City University

Quick Frame Frame Brittany and Josh's Engagement Session at Oklahoma City University

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

Categories Couples QuickFrame Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers Film

Aug 11, 2012

Wedding Preparations

Wedding Preparations

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

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Jul 28, 2012

Lauren and Dave

Lauren and Dave

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

Categories QuickFrame Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers film

Jul 24, 2012

Tyna and Tony's Engagement: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Here are some of my favorites from Tyna and Tony's all film engagement session. All images were shot in Oklahoma City, OK. 


Categories Couples Engagements Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers Engagement Film

Jul 15, 2012

Amy and Brian's Engagement Session - Norman, Oklahoma

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! 


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Jul 3, 2012

Blair and Lane's Wedding - Luther, Oklahoma

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.


Categories Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers

Jun 23, 2012

Amanda and Jordan's Engagement Session in Norman, OK

Here are my favorites from Amanda and Jordan's engagement session in Norman, OK. All shot on film. 


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Jun 4, 2012

Allison and Danny - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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!

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