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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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

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Aug 11, 2013

From the Archives

I happened to run across the negatives from when I was just starting to shoot film. Circa 2011.

Leica M6 & TMAX 400

Categories Weddings Tags bridal film oklahoma wedding photographers

Jul 21, 2013

Final Preparations

Leica M6 & TMAX 400

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film

Jun 26, 2013

Somebody Turned One

Hasselblad 500cm & TMAX 400

Categories Family Personal Tags film hasselblad

Jun 18, 2013

The Wedding Note

Canon Ae-1 & Cinestill

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers film

Jun 12, 2013

A New Friend

Leica M6 & Ilford XP2

Categories Weddings Tags oklahoma wedding photography film

Jun 7, 2013

Under the Bridge

Leica M6 & Ilford XP2

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

May 24, 2013

Boys Will Be Boys

Contax 645 & Portra 400

I almost never post images from the formal portraits portion of a wedding day, but today, I thought I would share one of my favorites from Jenn and Warren's wedding. I'm sure you noticed that this isn't really a formal portrait at all. Yes, exactly, and that is why I like it. Most often, it's moments like this one, in between the posed formal shots, where the true emotion and natural smiles come out. That's what I'm after, and when I get shots like this one, I know that I've done my job well. 

Categories Weddings Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film

May 23, 2013

Jennifer and Warren

Contax 645 & Portra 400

Categories Weddings Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film

May 14, 2013

Sarah and Ryan

Contax 645 & Portra 400

Categories Couples Engagements Tags oklahoma wedding photographer film

Apr 26, 2013

Leslie and James

Hasselblad 500cm & TMAX 400

Categories Couples Engagements Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film

Apr 20, 2013

Melissa and Jeremy

Contax 645 & Portra 160

Categories Couples Engagements Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film

Apr 17, 2013

This Kid is 9 Months Old

Couldn't be prouder of this kiddo!

Contax 645 & Portra 160NS

Categories Family Tags film

Apr 16, 2013

Kissing in a Field

Leica M4 & Tri-X

Categories Couples Engagements Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film

Apr 9, 2013

Melissa and Jeremy

Hasselblad 500cm & Tri-X

Categories Couples Engagements Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film

Apr 6, 2013

Morning Light

Contax 645 & Portra 160NC

Categories Landscapes Personal Tags film light

A Weekend Away

Recently, Jaime and I had the opportunity to get away to the Texas hill country for the weekend for some much needed relaxation. If you ever want to visit the area, I highly reccommend Alexandra's House. The food and hospitality are top notch. 

Here are a couple frames from the trip. 

Contax 645 & Portra 160NC

Categories Personal Tags film texas hill country

Mar 29, 2013

Jana and Cody

Hasselblad 500cm & Tri-X

Categories Couples Engagements Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film hasselblad

Mar 25, 2013

Stacy and Dustin

Contax 645 & Portra 400

Categories Couples Engagements Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film bricktown

Mar 12, 2013

Last Call

Leica M6 & TMAX 400

Categories Documentary Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film

Mar 7, 2013

Jana and Cody

Contax 645 & Portra 400

Categories Couples Engagements Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film

Mar 3, 2013

Branches

On occassion, I like to branch out from shooting people to work on honing my skills as a fine art landscape photographer. Shooting landscapes is surprisingly difficult, but it's also extremely artistically rewarding. Here is an image from a foggy February morning. 

Leica MP & Tri-X

Categories Landscapes Tags film tri-x

Feb 24, 2013

More From Chelsey's Portrait Session

Here are another couple of images from the home development/scanning expirement with Chelsey's portrait session. 

Hasselblad 500cm & Tri-X



Hasselblad 500cm & Tri-X

Categories Portraits Tags film oklahoma portrait photographers

Feb 22, 2013

Featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs

It is a great honor to have Sara and Justin's couples session featured today on the Elizabeth Anne Designs. Have a look http://bit.ly/13ubjPS

Categories Couples Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film featured

Feb 20, 2013

Chelsey

Contax 645 & Portra 400

Categories Portraits Tags film fashion

Feb 18, 2013

A Tip of the Hat

I don't do a lot of home development/processing, but I decided to give it a shot with some of the portraits I took of Chelsey. Here is one of my favorites.

Contax 645 & Portra 400 Developed as BW

Categories Portraits Tags film portraits fashion

Is That the Queen?

Leica M6 & Tri-X

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film

Feb 9, 2013

A Happy Day

Contax 645 & Portra 400

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Feb 5, 2013

Couples Giveaway

Alright couples, this is your month; time to take advantage! I'm giving away an awesome couples package to one lucky couple. All you have to do is send me your creative idea for a couples session. I'll announce the winners, right here on Valentines Day. Send me your names, contact information and creative idea using the contact form at the bottom of the page. Good Luck!


Categories Couples Tags Giveaway oklahoma wedding photographers film

Jan 27, 2013

The Ceremony

Leica M6 & Tri-X

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film leica

Jan 15, 2013

True Colors

There is nothing better than capturing an unscripted moment that reveals so much personality and candid interaction between bride and groom.

Contax 645 & Portra 400

Categories Weddings Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film first look

Jan 13, 2013

Featured on Emmaline Bride

Lacy and Shaun's wedding was recently featured on Emmaline Bride. If you haven't seen it, go check it out at  - Here's a quick sample. 

Contax 645 & Portra 400

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film

Jan 9, 2013

It's the Moments that Matter

Contax 645 & Portra 400

Categories Weddings Tags oklahoma wedding photographers film

Jan 3, 2013

Lacy and Shaun's First Look

Contax 645 & Portra 400

Categories Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers film

Dec 27, 2012

Congratulations Are in Order

Congrats to Tyler and Brynlee on their soon-to-be son or daughter! | Contax 645 & Portra 400

Categories Couples Lifestyle Tags film

Dec 22, 2012

My Story with Film: Part 2

If you do a google search on "why film," you will likely encounter words like nostalgic, warm, soft, and imperfect. While these adjectives do a decent job at describing the "look" of film; for me, there is something more. I'll get to that shortly, but first a recap.

In the first entry, I described my experience with switching to film and how using film makes me a better photographer. In short, shooting film encourages me to see more and to click the shutter less. It makes me think more about the picture I'm going to end up with. This increased seeing and thinking have led to more interesting and complete pictures. Not only have I found my pictures to be more complete, but they also have all of those wonderful visual qualities associated with film.

Even when I was shooting all digital, I knew I really liked the look of film images. I wondered why I couldn't get that look out of my very expensive digital camera. Like many photographers, I tried to find that one photoshop action that magically transforms a digital image into something that looks like film. Finally, after trying several action packs and spending several hundreds of dollars to do so, I figured out there is no such silver bullet. The best way to get the film look is - you guessed it, to shoot film. So what is it about the film look that I love? Sure, I love the soft, warm pallete of color film and the rich tonality and grain of true black and white film, but there is something else. I alluded to it in the opening, and I can't seem to quite put my finger on it. After thinking on it for some time, the word that I keep coming back to is- depth. To me, pictures shot on film, especially medium format film, seem to have a certain depth quality to them, almost as if the image is layered or textured somehow. I think this quality is the thing that keeps me coming back.

When you get right down to it, I just like the way film looks. It's natural; it's genuine; it's timeless. I like that the end result won't be dated in 5 years. I like that I don't have to update my camera or a piece of software to stay current. My goal is to produce timeless images that future generations can look upon and appreciate, and shooting film helps me do that.

That's it for Part 2. Next time, in my final entry on this subject, I'll talk about one other aspect of shooting film that I love so much. Until then, I thought I would leave you with an image that I think illustrates the "depth" quality I like so much.





Artwork in Santa Fe, NM: Leica M6 | Hp5

Categories Personal Tags 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 8, 2012

The Giddens Family

Categories Family Tags film

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

Dec 1, 2012

The Wedding Singer

Taken while second shooting for Josh McCullock

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photography film

Nov 26, 2012

Waiting Games

Taken while second shooting for Josh McCullock

Categories Documentary Weddings Tags Oklahoma Wedding Photographers film

Nov 12, 2012

Tea Ceremony

Sometimes, the best way to tell a story is with old school black and white film.

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Nov 10, 2012

Growing Up So Fast

Maddox at 3 Months.

Categories Family Personal Tags 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

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 22, 2012

Bouquet and Stained Glass

Bouquet and Stained Glass

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

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