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Monday, November 24, 2008

New Color Scheme for Kodak

During a father-son painting session over the weekend, my son, Hunter, decided that the metal and black leather finish on an old Kodak could use a paint scheme.





Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Charleston

I will be in Charleston on Oct. 22 meeting with brides. If you're interested in setting up an appointment, call our office at 803.796.3839.




Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sarah and Mike at Rice Mill

A favorite from Sarah and Mike's wedding, held Friday at Rice Mill in Charleston.




Sunday, September 28, 2008

No Need to Fake It

I've been sharing with brides lately about how hiring a photographer who shoots college and pro sports can help produce real moments from their wedding.

I started documenting weddings when I was 14 and at 19, began shooting NASCAR races, NBA games and Clemson and South Carolina football.

So, how does this translate into better images for the bride? I'm glad you asked. Let me share an example.

At many of the weddings I go to, there's usually a moment when the DJ will say out loud to the crowd (just before the bouquet toss), "Okay folks, let's all count to three and then the bride can do a fake throw for the photographer." He will normally do the same for the groom, when he's about to throw the garter.

Right after that, I'll usually walk over to the bride and tell her that she doesn't have to do anything for me. I'll share with her that when she hears three, she can throw the bouquet. No need for a fake toss. In other words, she can do the real thing. I do the same for the groom as well.

This isn't a knock on the DJs. They're just doing what they've been doing for years, believing that they are helping the photographer. Traditionally, wedding photographers ask the bride to fake the toss so that they can capture it.

This is when hiring a wedding photographer with a background in sports can pay off.

Let me explain.





When I'm on the sidelines of a college football game, I can't ask a wide receiver who just caught a touchdown pass to go back and run the play again. I have to be ready. Over the years, as I've grown as a sports photographer, I've been able to apply many of the techniques used with sports into documenting weddings.

The end result for the bride is that when she looks through her book, she'll never have to say to herself, "Wow, this fake shot turned out great."

No.

She'll look at the picture and see a moment that is genuine and her descendants will see a moment that is real as well.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Big Win

The USC volleyball team celebrates after beating Clemson Friday in Columbia. I haven't shot this sport in almost a year so it's nice to come away with an image like this.

Thanks for taking a look!


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Gamecocks in Nashville

It was a good trip to Nashville to photograph the South Carolina-Vanderbilt game. Below are a few favorites.

Thanks for taking a look.











Friday, August 29, 2008

Back in the Swing

For seven months out of the year, I get in touch with my feminine side, photgraphing brides, flowers and favors.

The other five months, I photograph controlled violence.

I've been photographing weddings since I was 14 and shooting college and pro sports since I was 19.

Here are a few from South Carolina vs NC State. Part of my assignment was shooting stills for ESPN.

Thanks for taking a look.














Monday, August 25, 2008

A Few Favorites

With sessions at the statehouse, Governor's Mansion, Presbyterian College and Charleston, just to name a few, it's been a great spring and summer creating bridal portraits.

It's exciting to think about how these brides' great-great grandchildren will one day look at these photographs.

Here are a few favorites.






























Monday, June 23, 2008

USA Today Assignment

A recent assignment from USA Today took me to Clemson to photograph running backs James Davis and C.J. Spiller for the national publication's annual College Football Special Edition.

Here's a shot of the cover. For two guys competing for playing time, Davis and Spiller get along just fine.

The section hits newsstands and goes online this week.







Monday, June 16, 2008

Good Morning

The sun rises over the Columbia skyline Monday morning as traffic flows down Jarvis Klapman Blvd.



Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Adam's Pond at Night

A favorite from Sally and Taylor's wedding at The Millstone at Adam's Pond, shortly after sunset. If I had to put a list together of my favorite Columbia locations, this venue is clearly at the top.

Sally and Taylor

A few favorites from Sally and Taylor's wedding on Saturday. As always, these are the moments as they truly happened.



















Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Keri and Michael

A couple of favorites from Keri and Michael's engagement session today at the statehouse and stadium.






Monday, March 10, 2008

Wednesday in Charleston

I will be in Charleston on Wednesday meeting with brides.

If you're interested in setting up an appointment, give us a call at 803.796.3839.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

More of Megan and Chris

A few more favorites.









Megan and Chris

Congratulations to Megan and Chris, who were married Saturday in Columbia.

Below are a few favorites.

As always, these are the moments as they naturally happened.









Wednesday, February 6, 2008

ESPN Assignment

Wednesday's assignment from ESPN took me to their Charlotte studios to photograph the National Signing Day live broadcast, including photographing the talent and behind-the-scenes.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Riding High

My son, Hunter, the one wearing the Red Sox hat, takes advantage of the playground set at his grandmother's house.

With his strong desire to climb and his determination to jump off of nearly any elevated object, I'm not sure he's understanding how gravity impacts him yet.

Luckily, the swing keeps him seated while elevated!









Friday, February 1, 2008

Courtney and Alex

A favorite from Courtney and Alex's engagement shoot on the Broad River just over the South Carolina state line in Cleveland Co.