behind the scenes...


An image can potentially be better if it reveals something behind the scenes that is hidden most of the time. When I saw this image on the computer it immediately stood out because of my reflection. Pyper seems somewhat oblivious to the fact that I am shooting a photo of her, even though I am practically in her face with the camera. Looking at the photo makes me think any minute that she will turn her head towards the mirror and see me...

good morning...


I always look forward to the light of a new morning. Day after day, this never gets old...

happy birthday to you...


I cannot believe that Sadi is 18 years old today. I will always remember the night Sherri went into labor with Sadi. It was April 15th and I was working late. I was planning on getting home after work to finish my taxes and get them to the Post Office by midnight for a postmark (before electronic filing). I ended up getting "the call" from Sherri and things became a blur. I did get my taxes mailed and Sadi came into this world early on the morning of April 16th. 

So here we are 18 years later, my little girl has grown up into a beautiful young lady. The years have flown by and now she is in college and I only get to occasionally see her. Nothing like a photo of us together to celebrate those occasions. 

Happy birthday to you Sadi! Your mom and I love you and are so proud of you!!!

coming home...


Came home today and Pyper was at our house. Love that I get these opportunities to see her so often and document so many of her unique expressions. Only have a few more photos to go before my "Faces of Pyper" project is complete. Hopefully will be posting the entire set soon...

when you can't decide...




If I can't decide which one I like best, I just edit and post them all.  The first one was a lighting test for the Impossible 8x10 portrait using studio lights in my garage. Sadi's not smiling, but I really love the stare. The second and third ones are primarily the same with the exception of one is vertical and one is horizontal. Both of them were shot with window light coming in beside and behind me. To be honest, my instinct is to mostly shoot horizontal images, but occasionally I step outside my box and shoot a vertical image. I usually like the image when I shoot them, I just feel that it takes more mental effort to remember to turn the camera. Is there such a thing as a lazy photographer? 

let's take pictures...



So I've been working on a little project with Pyper using the Impossible Instant Lab and four packs of Impossible Cyanograph SX-70 Film. I am calling it "Faces of Pyper". It is all made up of portrait-style head shots that show many, if not all, of her expressions.  I will not be posting any more of the Cyanograph shots until the project is done.  When Pyper came over today, I wanted to capture a few more of her expressions. As soon as she saw the camera, she asked me if she could takes some pics of me. I absolutely love that! She took a few of me and I took a few of her. My two favorites are above... 

pushing the limits


A photo of me taken indoors by the legendary Simon Ponder at the Gristmill in Gruene, TX during our lunch together. The photo was taken on my Leica M6 with a 50mm Cron lens. This roll was my first experiment with pushing Portra 400 film to ISO 800. Overall this made the photos grainier than I imagined it would be. They are still good photos, but nowhere near the detail of the Ektar 100 that I just processed before this. A great lesson in realistic expectations...

oh the colors...


Took this photo in between shopping during our recent trip to south Texas. I love taking pictures of Sherri! BTW, the colors and detail of Kodak Ektar are pretty amazing (especially with the Leica lens)...

something to smile about...


Pyper's smiles are the best when you catch her unprepared to pose. Perfect opportunity when she's watching a favorite tv show...

no loitering...




Another few photos from our weekend trip to Gruene. Got up early on Sunday morning and headed down to the Guadalupe river to capture a few photos. It was a cloudy, but warm morning and the mosquitos were out in full force. Needless to say, I didn't stay long. But I wondered; if they didn't want me to loiter, why do they have a stool sitting by the river? Just a thought...

am I dreaming...



Sherri and I never really go on vacations to just take photos. Sherri has never been a fan of that type of vacation. She generally tells me to go and have fun without her. Well, that all changed this past weekend. We went to Austin and Gruene Texas to see a few things we have never seen and TO TAKE PHOTOS. After getting some coffee and relaxing, we took these photos of each other taking photos of each other. This really makes me smile...

growing up before my eyes...


A photo of Pyper leaving our house today with her umbrella, backpack and dog "Felicia"...

Little miss Pyper is literally growing up right before my eyes. Seems like yesterday I was photographing her as a newborn on a set of antique scales in our living room. I am so thankful for being blessed with so many types of cameras to take an incredible amount of photos of our family and to be able to look back and see every milestone on my multiple blogs. Photos like this truly inspire me to continue to photograph... 

film wins...


I can't get over how beautiful this camera looks. It has been a dream to shoot with this weekend. I am already looking forward to developing the roll of film that is currently in the camera. Sherri doesn't believe I will have the patience to keep shooting this camera since I have to wait on the film to get developed and scanned. She said that I am way too accustomed to instant film. I am determined to prove her wrong...

an afternoon at the park...






Spent a cool afternoon capturing some warm photographs as the sun set on us at the local park...

tri-x test roll...








Here are a few of my favorites from last night and today. The first six photos were all shot in low light with shutter speeds of 1/15th or 1/30th. Not bad for my first roll of film through my Leica M6. This is also the first roll of film that I have developed since I was in high school. I would have to say that this camera is a dream to shoot with. I don't think that I have done it justice with these photos, but I plan on shooting the M6 regular enough to get to the point where I truly know the camera. The only way for the camera to become second nature is to shoot it often. That being said, I am already half way through my first roll of Portra 400. I plan on having it ready to send out to a lab by mid next week...

more than just joshua trees...



You can only shoot so many joshua trees without adding people. Found a grove of joshua trees and added Juli, Will, Toby and Jessica...

happy birthday to you...


In this image, I love how Maci is isolated in her own world enjoying Pyper having fun at her own gymnastic birthday a little over a week ago. 

I have to tell you there is nothing like the joy of a father capturing his daughter in a moment of happiness just watching her daughter have fun.  

With that being said, I am using this image & my blog as just another way to wish my beautiful daughter Maci a VERY happy birthday. Your mom and I are so very proud of the daughter, wife and mother that you have become...

in action...




Met up with Tyler to assist with trying out the Fuji 4x5 Instant Film for an engagement shoot. Seemed like a waste not to pull out my Canon 6D and get some BTS photos of Tyler in action.

before she left...


Sherri took this image before Sadi left to go back to college today. So many things that I love about photography, but the memories that are left behind is right at the top of that list. Nothing like having a memory like this as a reminder of our precious time spent together again...