Ariel and Ben – a birthday engagement

Luckily the rain held out for most of our session. It was Ben’s birthday, so I really had my fingers crossed. As I drove down to their awesome house, I kept seeing the clouds getting darker and heavier. The last photos we ended up taking were of Ariel and Ben jumping in the pond and kissing. The rain started pouring, and we made our way inside to get dry. Being the amazing hosts (and just about the nicest people), they invited me to stay a while and have steak and delicious trifle with them and their family. I had a great… no make that phenomenal time hanging out. I cannot wait for the wedding. You guys are awesome! ArielAndBen-7ArielAndBen-13ArielAndBen-17ArielAndBen-43ArielAndBen-53ArielAndBen-63ArielAndBen-69 for more information. for inquiries and booking.

Marnie Stern

Flashback 2013. Morgantown, WV. I made a random decision to go check out Marnie Stern play at 123 Pleasant. I had heard of her, but I wasn’t that familiar with her music or playing. The opening band was great. Marnie was intoxicated,and awesome. She was using an Ibanez Jet King through a blue line Ampeg Gemini. Big, clean, and as weird as expected. Some snide hipster guy asked me who I was shooting for, I replied “myself”, and he replied, “good luck.”

Now Marnie Stern is seen nightly in Fred Armison’s band on the Seth Meyers show. She’s dressed a lot fancier and is less visibly drunk. I’m not a fan of the lighting at the venue this night. It’s usually a lot brighter. I had a lot of trouble with my lens. I’ve not really posted these before, but why not. It was a great show. Marnie-9Marnie-10Marnie-13Marnie-21Marnie-22Marnie-24

Zoey – Senior Session

Once upon a time, I had sworn off doing senior portraits. I was tired of the competition, and tired of not feeling like I could express myself of my kinds of clients. I still don’t do senior sessions that often, but I would actually do them all the time if my clients were anything like Zoey. I love these photos! Thanks again!zoeyseniorportraitswvphotographerwestvirginia26zoeyseniorportraitswvphotographerwestvirginia23zoeyseniorportraitswvphotographerwestvirginia28zoeyseniorportraitswvphotographerwestvirginia27Zoey-13Zoey-39

Jennifer and Grant – flashback to summer in WV

I shot this wedding two summers ago at Canaan Valley Ski Resort, here in WV. I was fairly really happy with the results. The clients loved them. I posted some, but didn’t do much else with them. The couple had found me through a Google ad I was running, and had traveled down to the ski resort for this cool wedding. I feel like it showcased everything great about our state. The landscape blew me away. Anyway, as I was saying, I finished the shots, shared them with the couple, but that was it. Only recently did I dig them back out and re-edit them in my more mature style, and they completely blew me away. Some simple re-editing opened up my mind to some shots that I was just regularly satisfied with before. I know we all “evolve” as photographers, and sometimes our styles change so drastically that we bury our old work for nobody to see (and feel sorry that our clients found us before we had gotten more “evolved”), but some editing really brought these to life. They’re among some of my favorites that I have ever done. Thanks to my friend Jeff Felton for being a second shooter. The two wider angle shots are his. wvweddingswestvirginiaweddingphotographerhipcoupleclarksburgmorgantownfairmontcharlestonpittsburgh33wvweddingswestvirginiaweddingphotographerhipcoupleclarksburgmorgantownfairmontcharlestonpittsburgh31westvirginiaweddingwvweddingsphotographercanaanvalleyshowshoeskiresort10westvirginiaweddingwvweddingsphotographercanaanvalleyshowshoeskiresort1westvirginiaweddingwvweddingsphotographercanaanvalleyshowshoeskiresort7

Karma to Burn – Mountain Czar session

It was a Friday in November. Turns out to be the same day of the Paris attacks. I got a text that afternoon from Eric Clutter, the bass player from Karma to Burn, asking if I could meet up with the band, soon, to work on an album photo for an upcoming EP. I was pretty excited, as I had been really devoted fan for a long time. I had met Eric at 123 Pleasant a few years before he joined on bass. We talked about being photographers and whatnot. I sent him some photos of his band, Hovel, that I had taken when they were opening for K2B. Anyway, I was pretty excited. The record company was wanting to a nod to the very first EP from the nineties, back when the band was first signed to Roadrunner.
I met up with the guys on a side street in Morgantown in the early evening the next day. It was still warm, even that far into November. Will hopped out of vehicle with a six-pack of Miller High Life cans. He offered me one – I took it. Regardless of how the shoot went, I could at least say that I shared a six-pack with Will Mecum. We hammered out the shoot while we had the light, went inside, Evan made us all some authentic Italian-strength  Cafe’ Bustelo, then jetted over to local joint Gene’s Beer Garden to grab a few more shots (Will’s suggestion) under the dingy bar lights. Will grabbed a beer, and Evan and Eric grabbed some hog dogs. The lighting was very direct and harsh. Rock ‘n roll!  Those just ended up as outtakes. I used my camera, but Eric’s CF card. I took the shots, and he edited the ones they used. I wouldn’t normally be into that idea, but I know and trust his work, and I’m a massive fan of the band. I did my own edits on a few more of the photos. I included a few outtakes.untitled-3untitled-5untitled-8untitled-9untitled-11untitled-29