Friday, October 23, 2009

Jennifer and Eric St. Albans Missouri

Jen and Eric had beautiful fall wedding in picturesque St. Albans, Missouri over the weekend. The clouds and the sky and the fall foliage combined for some breathtaking scenery. Thanks so much for letting me be a part of such a beautiful emotional day.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

HOLLY and CHRIS Teaser

I know you want to see more.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Brad and Brit

Brad does contruction (I think) and Brit is a great photographer in her own right, (ive seen some pretty cool Holga stuff on her FB page). They will be tying the knot officially next weekend. Sara Lewis, one of our associate photographers, will be shooting there wedding and did a real bang up job on their engagement photos. They took a trip to the Ozark empire fair back in August. I didn't get to go but from the photos i wish that I had, it looked like they had a great time.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

More than just an image

Note: this is not a rant.

Wedding Photography is more than just about creating an image or making a beautiful couple look fantastic. I see so many photographers popping up locally and across the country and quickly turning out great images. And the process for creating those beautiful images gets easier and easier. I I have been looking through blog after blog of staged moments and amazing locations and images with funky colors, giving them that perfectly popular vintage style. And I like vintage and beautiful locations. That can all be amazing. But in all honesty all It takes is decent camera, photoshop and enough images or enough tries edited in sequence to edit together a perfect looking wedding day. (side note:not every wedding day is perfect ) But our work can go farther than that. more than just capturing the right moment or right looking
moment or expression. A wedding photograph can be more than just an image, it can be more than a post on a blog. Because after all we are more than image makers. We are guests at a wedding. A wedding between 2 living people in love. And this wedding is the first day of a marriage. And these people are real living people with moments that happen after the shutter clicks, not actors or models And we are more than professionals or photographers we are guests. Real live people with real lives after the shutter clicks and real live responsibilities as photographers. With a responsibility and a privilege to do more than click a button 1000 or 2000 times at a wedding. To do more than experience our own fleeting creation but capturing part of Gods creation.
His creation of marriage uniting two people and celebration and joy and love, a reflection of God and his people. We are more than just bloggers and face-bookers and marketers (if we will let ourselves) and image makers or even just wedding photographers, the couples we work with more than just models and weddings more than just staged productions. We are making more than just cool impressive looking images. If we are willing our images can be more than just an image.

Friday, October 2, 2009


I got to be honest this was one of the most stressful days ever as a wedding photographer. It seemed like everything was working against us. The weather, health, parking, parades equipment issues, the lady manning the desk at the Botanical Gardens. There was more than one occasion where I thought I was going to miss something big. But just as I thought that all was going to be lost, it all came together. Just as it was looking like it was going to downpoor all day. The weather gave us just enough break. Just as it looked like we were going to be stuck taking all of our images inside, rainbow. check that double rainbow. Just as it looked like the bride was going to be late for her own wedding, she made it. Just as it looked like I was going to be late, I made it. (after a good ol fashioned sprint mind you). After a day of almost catastrophies, it all came together just as it was supposed to. I am just happy I was there to capture it.