Belize Outdoors fishing show


I just got back from a trip to Belize, helping shoot a fishing show.  What fun! Here is the link to a teaser for the show.  It will air in May. Enjoy! .

Unique wedding photos


Did I mention unique?  Sure, we have to get all those formal shots which are also very beautiful.  But… what about fun, interesting, unique? Your wedding day happens once, and I want to help you remember just how special it was, and even the silly moments!


It is what I also try to incorporate into your special wedding day.  I want to capture the excitement, and even the playful moments as well so that you won’t forget. It’s one of my goals. I hope you will entrust me to capture your wedding day.  You will be glad you did!

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Compositing for fun!


Here is a great way to add to a wedding album or even a portrait session.  Once you do a photo session in the studio, get a nice background photo, combine the two, and, voila! You end up with a creative image that is ready for framing or placing on canvas!  jen on pole-1


Comparing cameras


When I was a SEAL, we would at times speak in terms or superior firepower. It had to do with, among other things, advanced equipment. Last week I blogged about superior equipment being one of the reasons for hiring a professional photographer. Here is an example. Keep in mind that both are good, common images. Both images are right from the camera. However, even with my $500 compact camera (a Canon g12), I can’t blur out the background and have the quality of photo that I get with my Canon DSLR. There are less megapixels as well, which will also influence image quality.two up

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“Uncle Fred” versus a professional photographer

I like to think in terms of threes, so let’s look at three reasons to hire a professional photographer.  Better equipment, training and  better photos! 1) Better photos.  Let’s face it.  We have all had photos taken of us that we just don’t like!  Maybe we can’t put our finger on it, or maybe we know exactly why we don’t like these photos.  Wanna know a secret?  All of us sound and look a little bit different to others than we think.  Trained photographers know this, and work hard to try to capture your best attributes.  Things like larger noses, eyes inset too much, bald, forehead too large and a little extra weight are things that trained photographers can work with to make you as flattering as possible.      2) Training.  Some elements that really make a photo extraordinary are things like good lighting (or proper exposure), correct composition, and an interesting subject!  Skillfully weave these elements and you can  create a great photograph. Unfortunately, most won’t intuitively know how to pose someone with a crooked smile, or long neck, or poor lighting unless they have done their homework. 3) Better equipment. The difference in quality between a kit lens (lenses that come with consumer cameras) and a professional lens is definitely noticeable!  Your friend might have a “nice” camera, but if they aren’t in the business of photography, they probably haven’t spent the thousands of dollars required to purchase professional equipment.  Does it matter?  Yes, it really does!  See this linkfor a quality comparison in lenses. ImageImage

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WHY have a blog for your website?


That is what I wondered!  For that matter, why does anyone have one?  The obvious answer is, there are many answers, apparently.  They tell me it helps search engines better find my website.  That can’t be a bad thing. They also tell me that it is important to have a blog  for a photography website, so show off your work.  OK.  That makes sense as well.  So I will do it for those reasons.  However, there are a couple of reasons I WANT to do a blog.  One, I am social by nature.  I simply love people, and this gives me another opportunity to connect with people.  And two ( I know, you aren’t supposed to start a sentence with “And”), I LOVE to teach!  Maybe I can help some of my friends and some strangers (friends I haven’t yet met), to be a little bit better at photography.  Most of us are photographers, by the way. We all take pictures, don’t we?  And all of us see profile pictures or posted pictures from time to time and wish we had the wherewithall to compose and take a similar photo.  So, here we go.  If you have time to follow one more blog, then “follow me”.  Together we can grow our skill in this amazing new phenomenon called “digital photography”.  Image

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