The first time I photographed Jim was at a basketball game in Coeur d’Alene back in 2010. The defending state champion Priest River Spartans looking for strong competition were playing the Coeur d’Alene Vikings and during a stop in play I was taking photos of the Priest River fans from across the gym. One of the fans noticed I was taking photos, stood up and pointed at me, I took this photo.
The reason I remember this is the fact that it started something that continued through the rest of the season, at every game I would look for Jim and he would look for me so we could get yet another photo of him doing the “The Point”. We tried to mix it up every now and then and get a variety of “Point” shots.
Now a couple of years later I have had the privilege of taking Jim’s senior photos as well as some photos with his sisters, yes we had to sneak in a pointing shot.
Alright, enough pointing fingers let’s get on with some senior photos!
Right around sunset we were at a perfect spot and the sky was amazing. The next shots were all taken at the same spot only minutes apart, we simply turned different directions and were able to get very different looks.
Recently I met up with the Stearns family to shoot their family photos. We worked on some different group shots and also took each of the kids “School Pictures”. Rather than the ordinary school photos, this year the family saved those pennies so they could get some more unique portraits when we did the family photos. Rather than give each of them the same background and pose, we worked to try to give each of them their own unique photo that showed something of their personality. This was a fun challenge and I think we came up with something fun for each of them. Here are some of my favorites from afternoon.
By the looks of the forecast and the rain clouds in the sky I thought for sure that I would have to postpone my photo shoot with this family, but I was wrong. The oldest of the three boys would soon be heading off to the Army and the almost impossible task of getting the whole family in one place at the same time had been accomplished, so come rain of shine this photo shoot was on. We did have to make some adjustments due to the rain but we found a place under a large tree to get a few group shots and then the rain let up just long enough for us to venture out from under the tree’s protection for a few more shots.
If you are trapped under a tree for your family photos, why not take advantage and “Family Tree” photo!
Of course the rain clouds did make for an interesting and dramatic sky, which we took advantage of!
A few days ago Marissa joked with me that the wait to see her photos was giving her an anxiety attack, a little sneak peek helped hold her over for a little while. Now finally her wait is over, the editing is finished and the completed photos will upload tonight! Here are a few more photos to hold her over until the morning. You will see that she is not alone, we were also joined by her niece for a few photos as well. If you want to see some more photos from this shoot see this link.
One more for fun. Marissa has an interest in photography and she volunteered to help me out whenever my assistant Shea is not available. So, I figured it would be good to give her a little job interview right on the spot. Here is her resume, what do you think should I give her the job?
This last weekend the Dave and Cindy celebrated as their son Eric got married. Just days before the event I had the opportunity to take their last set of family photos before Eric set of on the adventure of starting his own family. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to capture this moment in time for such a great and beautiful family!
Over the Christmas and New Years break break my family and I have been near the coast in Northern California visiting family. On the last day of our visit we had a bright ad sunny day to go and visit the beach together. Of course I brought my camera! After a short time at the beach I decided to give myself an assignment, that assignment was to use the harsh direct sun light to create some dramatic lighting for some black and white photos. Here are a few of my favorites from the day.
Here is the favorite of grandma Juju and great grandma Pat. I was seeing spots for a while and had difficulty focusing (my eyes) after shooting a few into the sun, but it created a fun effect and some interesting lens flare.
Originally I was planning on focusing my black and white venture on landscapes, as you can see my focus shifted quickly to my kids! But, none the less, here is one landscape photo to round out the post.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to capture the wonderful Becker Family and the following is a sneak peak of the photos that have been prepared for them.
Let’s start off with the youngest member of the family:
Prior to this shoot this little gal had not figured out how to sit up on her own, what perfect timing for her to figure it out while I was there ready to capture the memory forever! You might have already noticed this, but I love how the sun is poking through the trees in the top right corner of the barn.
This young man was not camera shy at all, so photogenic and so comfortable in front of the camera, I ended up taking way too many photos of him, but how could I resist!
Of course being a model is hard work for the kiddos and sometimes they just need to take a break and play with dad. That does not mean it was break time for me, I would never want to miss an opportunity to capture fun photos like this one!
Thanks guys, it was sure fun to work with you and I look forward to showing you all the rest of your photos from our time together!