Our first attempt at an engagement shoot was a rainy Saturday in October. I came prepped with umbrellas, and we made the most of the fall day. The leaves were crazy bright, so that sort of saved the day. We scheduled another shoot a while later, and the weather was great. It was awesome and fun. I knew the wedding was in January, so I had this little bit of fear lurking in the back of my brain. I know that WV winters can be crazy or very temperate, and nobody really can bet on either. As the wedding grew close, the forecast looked good, and I was just keeping every digit crossed that I could. The day came, and the weather was actually warm. My lovely wife Michelle did Mary’s lovely makeup, and then assisted me in hustling the newlyweds out into the breezy winter night to grab some couple photos. Michelle’s brain takes over where mine stops. She is highly organized and a fantastic director. Does that make me the actor? The screenwriter? Anyway, we got some lovely photos of the happy couple, and wrangled them back into the car and across town to the venue again for the reception. I had my fingers crossed all day, and we all lucked out. Thanks Mary and Brandon!
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!
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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.
Another really fun and cool senior session from pretty recently. I swear I would do almost nothing but seniors if they were as fun and cool as Payton.
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!
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.