the mask...


Pyper found a mask of Sadi's from her Senior prom. She wore it around the house all morning. It was so funny because when she took it off, she was smiling and happy. When she put it on, she felt like she needed to be sad (or mad). Had her sit down and stare at me while I snapped this photo...

street shooting...


While we were waiting to be seated at Grimaldi's in West Village, Tyler and I used it as an opportunity to head out to the street and shoot a few photos. I am still getting comfortable with the Hasselblad, but I figure that the only way to learn it is to shoot it. I definitely have not mastered how to shoot handheld at the lower shutter speeds (down to 1/15 sec), like I am accustomed to with my Leica. This one was shot at 1/60 and it was sharp as a tack...

out on the street...


Spent some time walking around Knox Street in Dallas yesterday. Brought my Hasselblad with me for the first time. After several images like this one, it will not be the last time...

fleeting moments on film...


Most people would not use a Hasselblad to capture everyday snaps of family. I find that it brings a bit of formality to the process. Instead of pulling out my iPhone, I reach for the brick of a Hasselblad to capture a fleeting moment. Such a unique experience that I never would have thought I would embrace as I do now. Pyper was out on the drive in her pajamas and boots riding the cart. She stopped long enough to let me take this snap and then went on about her way...

all smiles...


Another image from my Hasselblad CM. I feel like the camera is growing on me. I still have a ways to go on correct metering of different types of lighting. There was a harsh light coming from the left of the photo and shadows on the right side. Regardless of all of the technicalities of the lighting, this photo is a keeper! Having the Hasselblad laying around the house is just another excuse for me to stop whatever we are doing (as life passes us by) and make memories like this...

me and my polaroid...


As much as I post photos of myself in reflections and such, I really don't like photos of me. I just think their are more interesting people/things to photograph. Plus, being the photographer in the family means that most of the time I am behind the camera. That is definitely where I am most comfortable. Things changed when Tyler picked up photography…

Now there are two of us constantly taking pictures when we get together. As a photographer, it is rewarding when you get a photo taken of yourself that you REALLY like. This would be one of those photos. Thanks Tyler for the superb photograph...

portrait of Sadi...


I don't shoot my Hasselblad camera as much as I thought I would. That being said, when I do shoot it, I absolutely love the photos. I am learning more about when to use my different cameras. Because I haven't really mastered the camera, I seem to have better luck with the Hasselblad outdoors with an overcast sky. I couldn't be happier with the portrait of Sadi. Seeing great photos of my family makes me smile a mile wide...

reviewing the shot...


Looking through some of my old film pictures is always fun. Ran upon this one from last year at the fourth of July pre-fireworks show. I was shooting with my Leica M6 and Pyper was shooting with my Canon 6D. After watching Tyler and me shoot so much, she picks up many of our mannerisms. It is so neat to just sit back and watch her in action. So glad I caught this one on film...

christmas 2014 on film...














I continue to have the desire to keep film a part of my life. I have used instant film for the last three years, but I want to start using 35mm & 120mm film more often. My goal is to eventually use my Leica M6 camera to document all aspects of my life. I truly want to master this camera and a small selection of films.  Ilford Delta 3200 is one of those films.  It is very forgiving and super-flexible in all types of lighting and conditions.

 This year, I wanted to make sure and bring film back to document Christmas morning and the days after. I didn't use it as much as I would like, but after developing every roll I become more confident in using the camera and film. See the images above for a small selection of what I was able to capture...

what lies ahead...


Definitely not my typical photo to post. I took this one with my Hasselblad CM camera over the weekend after we left a restaraunt here in Greenville. Lots of things going on in the life of my family right now that weighs heavily on my heart. I remember looking down the row of chairs and seeing how desolate it looked. It was cold and rainy and there was a mist in the air under the lights. Of course I ran to my vehicle and grabbed my camera to come back and take this shot. Sometimes photos are meant to be a reminder of how we were feeling at the time. This is one of those times...

Wilco...


Not bad for my first medium format film image of Wilco. Caught him sneaking out the door when I was outside taking a photo of Pyper. It was almost like he was posing for me. A little grainy and contrasty because I underexposed a bit...

ruby's cafe...


Had to fit in a self-reflection photo into my first roll of film that I put through my Hasselblad. This was taken in downtown Greenville outside of Ruby's Cafe. The depth of the image is what keeps me taking these reflection photos. Seeing into the cafe and the reflection of the buildings/stuff across the street makes for an intriguing image. Oh yeah, and by the way, I am in the photo too. Just proves that I was there with my Hasselblad...

everyday black and white...



Here are a couple of more Hasselblad shots from my first roll. Not the most creative shots, but definitely keepers. As crazy as it may seem, I bought the Hasselblad to take everyday black and white shots around the house so that I could develop them myself and I only had to shoot 12 shots before the roll was finished. Both of these photos were taken on Kodak Tri-X 400 film shot at ISO 400. The first one was taken outside on a cold/windy day last weekend. The shutter speed on the second one was 1/15 so I tried to keep it as steady as possible while I shot. It probably needed 1-2 more stops of light to bring in some of the detail. The Polaroid Big Shot camera got a little lost in the shadows...

adding to the mix...


Spent Saturday afternoon working on tearing down several pallets to use the wood on a wall in my eventual studio space & darkroom. All I can say is that tearing apart something that is built to stay together is not the easiest job. Didn't take long before I had to add some coffee and film to the mix...

shooting with a Hasselblad...


My first image that I scanned from my first roll of 120 film in my new-to-me Hasselblad 500 C/M.  After shooting the camera this weekend, I can definitely tell you that it is a keeper! This image is just one example of the quality of photos that this camera can produce. For the record, I love the sound of the Hasselblad when you press the shutter release to take a photo. 

The day was gloomy, but the film/lens combo still produced some great contrast. What a beautiful photo of Maci for my first post with this camera. There is nothing more rewarding to me than capturing superb images of my family and being able to share them...

lucky shot...


This is from an older roll of Kodak T-Max that was taken during a breakfast outing at Lucky's Cafe in Oak Lawn. Taken with my Leica M6 and 50mm Cron lens wide open. I love capturing these moments on film...

the future of film...


I love how Pyper enjoys playing with film cameras. I believe that when the time comes, it will be natural for her to use a manual film camera (or maybe even a large format camera). Between Tyler and me, she is surrounded by so many types of cameras and she tends to want to handle all of them. Here's to the future face of film...

in process selfie...


Sadi and I spent some time walking around the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff over the Summer. After seeing the blue background, Sadi pulled out her cell phone and I pulled out my Leica M6. We both got photos, but my file is backed up with a negative...

walk the line...


Got quite a few rolls of film developed and scanned today. It was mostly taken over the summer. I love getting these little surprises like this. It was taken on the 4th of July prior to the fireworks show. It always makes me happy when I can catch unposed action using my manual focus Leica M6...

being there...



So much can be going on when you are taking photos, but the beauty of the picture is when you can remember being there.  I love the simple candid photos that document the day...