Memorial Day Weekend, Graduations and a Camera

As a photographer some of the best jobs are of the unplanned variety. Recently over the Memorial Day weekend I did a lot of travelling for graduations. Two flights, two states, two graduations, and had a blast making great memories and eating great food. As always, I brought my camera with me and was able to capture some great moments.

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Radical Fun at Totally Awesome 80’s Party

 

Kyle's 30th B-Day Totally 80s Style
Kyle channeling Miami Vice vibes at his 80’s themed birthday party.

“Did you get that?” he asked “If not we got a backup plan. We can do it again.”

This question may be asked of many a photographer with different results. In this particular case I had gotten the shot and it captured the moment. The moment was a group of friends gathered around and in unison they cracked and shot gunned their beers. It happened fast and I snapped away. The occasion was to celebrate Kyle’s 30th birthday. He brought it in with style having a Totally Awesome 80’s themed birthday party in his honor.

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Celebrating a remarkable milestone birthday

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“You have to have a Jell-O shot! Come on, it’s just one!”

Such is life when you’re photographing a 21st birthday party. I chuckled and politely declined to a chorus of bemoaning. This quickly changed to laughter and I had to laugh as well.  The laughter just filled the air. It traveled from room to room, from indoors to the guests outside. Everyone from all ages was festive and mingling and why not? The guests of honor were a set of triplets, Aaron, Natalie and Jessie. Friends, family and extended family were there to bid a happy 21st to these remarkable siblings.

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In photography the things unplanned can be the best opportunities.

Sometimes in life you have to be in the right place at the right time. Recently I had a week which epitomized this thinking and provided great opportunities for photography. I was a part of four wonderful events and only one of them was planned.

It was a whirlwind kind of week and it all started with a friend’s 50th birthday party.

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Engagement, Chancing Mother Nature and Laughing Throughout

 

Dariuss and Nadine Portrait in Black and White
A black and white portrait shot of Nadine and Dariuss. See more photos here.

 

Sometimes you don’t realize how the little things can turn out to be such a blessing. This was the case with my engagement photo session with Nadine and Dariuss. They had always been complimentary of my photography at family functions then one day they asked me to photograph the two of them before their upcoming wedding. I couldn’t believe it. At this point I had not performed a couple’s session before. They were giving me an opportunity to help capture the love they feel for each other. Once I picked up my jaw off the floor I said yes and we worked out a location and time. I was beyond excited. They took a chance on me and it turned into a lifetime of memories.

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Photography, Exploring and Politics?

My blog is not meant to be political.

img_0024My photography is a journey and it affords me the opportunity to meet and converse with people from all walks of life. On the day this picture was taken I was in Atlanta for a scheduled shoot with a client at Piedmont Park in Atlanta’s Midtown. While waiting to meet with them I ran into man I engaged in a discussion with resulting in this picture. Here’s the story behind the picture.

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Finding Joy in Photography

 

A Rose in Bloom

Joy

It’s a simple word. Only three letters long but because of it there are endless possibilities and connections which can resonate within us all. Joy can come in many forms. It can be the first time you view a beautiful sunrise. It can be your first time you hear powerful melodies in a piece of music. It can be the roar of a stadium full of people cheering their team. It can be meditative. It can be silent. In this case joy is simply a single picture, this picture, a beautiful rose in bloom.

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