This is definitely a record for the number of people in a single photo. An estimated 8000 country music fans descended on Riverbend to see Rascal Flatts,and I had the wonderful experience of catching the fun from the air. There are some interesting things I learned in my helicopter ride. Note that the doors were off to allow me to photograph.
I learned to triple check my harness, many, many times. I learned that even at low speeds, the wind actually feels like a hurricane, so keeping your head inside the cockpit is a terrific idea. I learned that you get nervous when you cannot see into the eyes of the pilot because of his dark glasses, and you have to assume he has a will to land safely. And I learned that, even though the strap is secure, your hands ache from gripping the cameras very, very hard. Oh, and in this case, I learned that a new item on my bucket list is to be on a boat for a show one day, those people know how to have a good time!
If you see this post and want me to see if I can find you in the photos, send me a description of your location and every detail about what you and your friends were wearing. If I can find you, you can get a free print!
Oh, and the best part was having my son along for the ride!Read More
I had heard about Uwe before he came to the studio, but I was still impressed. He was excited to be in the studio, and he came in with some ideas and clothes that seemed perfect for his personalty. He wanted to make sure he experienced an American senior session.
I was so impressed that he wanted to play American football. His favorite restaurant was Dixie Chilli, and he very much enjoyed the Prom. He said in Germany high school is much different. What we consider traditional is missing, like school spirit. They are very focused on the educational aspect.Read More
I get this question a lot. Moms come in, bring in all the clothes and such, and look at me like they were last on a leg of The Amazing Race. The tension can be a little high, so I always let everyone breathe and relax. We only do one session at a time, so it is just us in the studio. Mom will ask me if they should be in the room, and I love when they are in. She can check the hair and all the little things she knows her senior will complain about later. “You need some lip gloss?”, “Where is your necklace?”, or ” Scrunch your hair a little.” are typical comments. But then sometimes moms say “No way!” to being in the room. “She will glare at me” or something, is the reason.
So what is a mom to do?
My suggestion is to just let me handle it. I really do need moms in the room to handle details with hair, and maybe a twisted sweater. If the senior would rather not have mom in, I will still call for her and get her advice on this or that. Plus, we have the coolest tool to blow the girls hair, and the moms just giggle when they get to turn it on.
So, moms, relax and enjoy the ride. My wish for moms of girls is this should be a mother-daughter event. In my dream you would both go get your hair done together, and maybe your nails. Then a little shopping for last minute accessories, and then off to the studio for a session you will love to be part of, and remember every time you see the portraits.Read More
On June 9 I had the distinct pleasure to photograph a wonderful wedding for a beautiful young girl who was, just a few short years ago, the flower girl at my wedding. Now she has found a boy who, according the the wedding invitation, “Is madly in love with her”. If the wedding day was any indication, he will NEVER let her down. In fact, I saw him carry her from the Pavilion at Ault Park, all the way to the lawn, and back. You two make a perfect couple, and to you I present a show to help you relive the evening. Click HERE to start the show!Read More
Over the course of the year we have the best time taking kids to the railroad museum for grungy and western sessions. This time we had 3 of our beautiful models come with us, along with my close friend and amazing photographer, John Dingo, and three of his models. The weather was great, but it was very sunny, so we were challenged to find ways to allow the girls to relax and not squint. John brought his luxurious motor home to let them change in, and we had water in the fridge. The session was great, and we look forward to the next adventure. We have plans to return to the museum, and several other amazing but secret spots in store. You can join us at no charge, but we have to be your senior portrait studio, so call today and get your session plus all the perks scheduled!Read More