What a cutie!!!!

I had the joy of spending some time with one of the cutest 6 month old boy.  He is so adorable with his little chunky rolls.  I love little ones at this age so sweet and lovey. 


I can not say this better…

I follow several or I follow a lot of photographer from around the country.  There is Jasmine Star in Orange County, CA, Bambi Cantrell in San Fran, CA, Joe McNally, Scott Kelby, David Hobby, Chase Jarvis, Zack Arias and Moose Peterson.  Now if you look up all these photographers you will see one thing they have in common…..which is NOTHING.  Each of these photographers intrigue me in different ways…..Moose Peterson with his wildlife photography, Jasmine Star with her flair for wedding photography, Bambi Cantrell with her ability to pose people….I could go on and on and on about all of them.  But there is a photographer in Pennsylvania that I didn’t mention….Jen McKen.  I first saw her on Facebook with the blog post about not photographing “ugly” people (”Ugly” people referring to bullies).  I cannot begin to applaud her enough for how she stood up and decided that she would not photograph these high school seniors and let them in turn represent her photography business.  Check out the post if you would like to read more about it….i wont photograph ugly people.

So now that you have seen a little bit about Jen McKen this is the blog I think every wedding guest should read before they attend a wedding.

what photogs want YOU to know: wedding guest ettiquette

Now if you read this you know.  I have had this happen to me, so I did not do this at my cousin’s wedding a few months ago.  I went with no flash at all because I did not want to mess up the photographs my cousin was paying someone for.  I have had a guest be rude to me at a wedding, because ……who knows.  I later found out that this guest offer to photograph the wedding for free.  This had nothing to do with me so there was no reason to be rude, get in my way and try to ruin my photographs that I am taking for my clients.

So with all that being said watch this video from WPPI to learn about the Uncle Bobs of the world.

What do I wear you say…

Coordinating your family for photographs can be one of those difficult things in life.  I know I dreaded it when my sister in law and I were trying to coordinate across the state what we were going to wear for my parents 40th wedding anniversary present.  Even though my mother took tons of photos of my brother and I, there aren’t a lot of family portraits after I got into high school and beyond.  So it was decided that for my parent’s 4oth anniversary that they would get family portraits for all of us that being my brother and his family, my parents and I.

How do you coordinate a group that large?  There are a lot of ways to do it.  Here are some:

  • Colors out of the same family.
  • Common factor.
  • Matching.
  • Coordinated looks.

You might be saying colors out of the same family what is that suppose to mean.  Well if I mean if one person has a primary color then everyone should be in a primary color.  If one person is in a more pastel group of colors then everyone should be.  You might think why would I want to do that when we all have different taste in clothes.  Well the reason for a family portrait is to have pictures of your family.  Your faces should be the stars of your photographs.  Your eye should go immediately to your faces.  Your clothes should not distract from the smiles on your faces. The following example is how the colors were of the same family which is NEON.

Now for a common factor if you are going to casual then everyone should be in casual clothes.  If you are going to be formal then everyone should be in formal attire.  And again this all goes back to your faces should be the stars, and not your clothing.

If you are going to be matching then you might as well match.  If several people have on white tops and khakis then everyone should be wearing it.

A coordinated look is where nothing matches, but the colors coordinate together.  The family doesn’t match, but the whole group blends together.  Personally for me I look for inspiration for this from commercials like Old Navy or The Gap.  Just stay with me…So if you watch one of their TV commercials and they have a family together.  Most of the time, these commercials have a coordinated group as the center of their ad.  Now I am not saying everyone in your family had to go down to The Gap and get your outfits for your next family portrait.  What I am saying is to get ideas from these commercials on how to coordinate your next family portrait.  These companies pay lot of money for their appeal to look coordinated why not benefit from it.  Here is an example of coordinated family look.

Now for comes the exceptions to the rule…..I have seen a large family in khakis and then each family had different color shirts.  Example would be a family with 4 kids, and those 4 kids each had a family of their own.  Everyone had a simpler bottom on like khakis or jeans.  Then the 4 kids’ families each had different color shirts let’s go with green, blue, black, red.  It had a unique effect of breaking up each of those 4 kids’ families.

Since we are in mid winter here is an example of coordinated look.

Month of Thanks – Days 7 & 8

So now to I am completely caught up.  Hooray GOOO  Me!

November  7th- On the seventh day there was black and white photography…oh how thankful I am for thee.  I have always been a fan of black and white photographs even back in my film days.  One of the things I love is how there are no colors to distract you from the purpose the photograph. Whether the subject is a portrait, landscape or architectural.  You see all the little details that are sometimes lost in a color photograph.

So you can see the difference…the same image in color as in black and white.

November 8th – I am thankful for Color photographs today.  They have a unique quality that is all their own if done properly.  Just like with black and white photogrpahy there is a no one size fits all.  The settings in the camera as well as the settings in your favorite program are what makes a GREAT color photograph. You have to look and see what you would like in a color photograph.  So here is some of the many photographs that I love.

Month of Thanks – Days 5 & 6

So I got a little behind on this but I am going to finish this MONTH of Thanks!

November 5th – Photography blogs are what I am thankful for today.  These blogs share their stories and photographs.  I love top 10 list, client stories, and how these blogs encourage me and many other to become better photographer.  I am truly thankful for this indirect support.

The following are some blogs that I follow such as:

You might take a look at these blogs.  I find them all interesting for so many different reasons. They all show me a different way to look at the world around me.

November 6th – Beautiful eyes is what I am thankful for today.  They are windows to the souls.  The  eyes are so important in portrait photography, they can communicate a person’s thoughts and feelings.  The following photographs are some of my favorite of people’s eyes.  What do the eyes say to you?

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Going to try to make another post this evening to catch the rest of the way up.


Month of Thanks – Day 3

November 3 – I am thankful for my Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses!  I must say that I appreciate this company for making quality cameras and lenses.  This equipment makes it possible for me to create stunning images to share with the world.  I am thankful that this company produces excellent equipment that allows me to be able to do something I love.

Month of Thanks!

So I have decided to blog about something I am thankful for every day.  I also wanted to base this around my photography.  I am a day behind so I will post one for yesterday and then one for today.

November 1 – I am  thankful for my very supportive family and friends.  Words can not express how thankful I am for these wonderful people in my life.  These are the people that push me to the next level in my photography.  They believe in me, and appreciate my “eye”.  They help me in my time of need with kinds words and inspiring ideas.  I love you all, and I am so extremely thankful to have these great people in my life.  These three little ones mean the world to me.


November 2 – My wonderful clients who trust me to photograph their families and capture the “moments” that I hope they will treasure forever.  I am thankful that you have chosen me to be your photographer.



Photographs just sold to……

I have to admit that I was pretty excited to be contacted by the Federal  Office of Probation and Pretrial.  They told me that they liked my black and white photograph of the Capitol dome.  They were interested if I had any of the  older U.S. Court House.  I didn’t but told them I was willing to go take some.  So one picture lead to two, and then why not three.  So that is where I went to the new United States Court House and took some photographs of it.  I realized that I had other pictures that I just hadn’t posted publicly on my website.  So I moved those thinking WOW this is a trend maybe someone would like another photograph.  So that is what lead to them wanting the 4th photograph. That is when I got to thinking WOW my photographs would be on display in a FEDERAL office building.  Who wouldn’t just about jump over the moon with excitement.  It look almost everything I had not to post it like EVERYWHERE.  I didn’t keep it a complete secret, so I told a few people.  So the following are the photographs that were purchased and soon to be on display at the United States Court House on Lafayette Street across from the Missouri State Penitentiary.

The photograph of the Capitol dome is on display right now at the Art Bazaar in Downtown Jefferson City.

Old United States Court House

Before going to take this photograph, I never noticed that the columns are only on two sides of the building.

The NEW United States Court House

I have to say I love this building more and more.  There are so many details that you are just unable to see until you get close up to it.

I have to say this is one of my favorites.  I love the colors from the sunset. This photograph is on display at Capital Arts until September 22.  Which is tomorrow, but I will be moving it to The Art Bazaar if you would like to take a look at it in person.  That is if it hasn’t sold.  🙂


Hope you enjoyed this photographs.  Happy Hump day!


Balloons, Balloons, Balloons!!!!

Over the weekend I attended the Great Pershing Balloon Derby which is right outside of Brookfield, MO. I must say that this was a great little event. Due to the wind only one balloon was able to launch and they stated that he was the world champion. I didn’t catch his name, but I was trying to scramble to get my camera up to my face because he had balloon inflated and up in the air before I knew it.

World Champion

Some of the balloons were able to do the night glow but it was at their discretion because of the wind conditions. I have to say this was pretty cool and I will let you look at some of the shots. Enjoy.

By the way the next hot air balloon event in Missouri is in Forest Park in St Louis on September 16 – 18. If you are interested in the event check out their website for more details. Click the following link for their website http://www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com/.

Another cool link I have found for hot air balloons is Hot Air Balloon.com http://www.hotairballoon.com. They have links and information to hot air balloon events around the world.