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Marietta, Georgia - Farmer's Market

March 30, 2014 - It was a busy and fun weekend. We left Friday afternoon to teach a lighting class at Peachtree Camera Repair. The McKeve...
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Christmas in Ohio - 2013

December 30, 2013 - I love Christmas for so many reasons. It's the one time of the entire year we all get together! Our kids have set aside...
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More like family than friends

November 11, 2013 - I think the word milestone could be over used. So at the risk of being guilty, we just hit one of those in our lives. I...
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No friends like old friends!

October 20, 2013 - This was a great weekend. I didn’t have to work, so I actually had a two day weekend. What can make it better than that?...
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The Dog and Pony Show Festival

September 29, 2013 - So yesterday I celebrated my 57th year here on planet Earth. Not in the usual way you think about a celebration because...
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No substitute for a professional head shot

September 22, 2013 - Someone said, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” That is true, but yet many people don’t...
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Sensous Steel at the Frist

September 16, 2013 - Sunday was the last day of this exhibit, and we were determined to make it downtown to the museum. Right after church we...
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Grandchildren are fun!

September 10, 2013 - I remember when our daughter gave birth to Jade, the first grandchild. it was indescribable! Jade was our daughter’s dau...
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Lighting Class at Westlight Studios

September 04, 2013 - Saturday was a great day of learning at Westlight Studios! Eight photographers and three assistants gathered for a full...
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Too busy to blog? It’s called, “grandchildren!”

August 28, 2013 - I’ve been lack on getting any blogs up this week. It’s not because I’m not shooting or have given up on this. I still re...
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Concert Fun: NewSong

August 20, 2013 - Back to basics instruments I remember when the thought of shooting digital above 400 ISO was depressing. That meant a...
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Macro fun, It’s own “little world”

August 08, 2013 - Jade taking a look at the cool “bug” This little guy jumped up on my shoulder while I was sitting in the lawn chair....
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5 Year “Cancerversary Party” Columbus, Ohio

August 04, 2013 - Always a challenge using the self timer, but not too bad for this many folks! It was a beautiful Saturday in Columbus...
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“His Light Workshop” Nashville

August 01, 2013 - Last week was a lot of fun. It’s hard to say that when several days started at 6:00 am and ended after 10:00, but they w...
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5 Years cancer free!

July 30, 2013 - Last years “Relay For Life” FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY: July 30, 2008 I was getting prepped to spend a few hours in surgery...
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Location portrait challenges

July 20, 2013 - I rarely have the luxury of working in a spacious studio. When I teach classes I have all the room and toys a photograph...
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Into the future

July 15, 2013 - Steve Miller Band – Fly Like An Eagle I am so excited about the upcoming His Light Workshop that is here in Nashville...
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Metamorphosis

July 11, 2013 - Who doesn’t remember learning that word early in life? It may have been the first really big and challenging word that I...
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L’ Angelus It’s a family affair

July 05, 2013 - There is nothing like sibling vocal harmony! Every generation has enjoyed groups that achieved popularity because they w...
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Zeiss Touit 32mm f1.8 Like a Leica? 2500 ISO!

June 20, 2013 - Zeiss Touit 32mm f1.8 “Super Prime” I was so excited when Tom Tingle dropped of a few of the brand spankin’ new Zeiss...
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Pictures within a picture (your mileage may vary)

June 19, 2013 - Timing is everything, well almost everything. Composition is a pretty big part of what we do as photographers too. I tho...
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A Close Shave

June 10, 2013 - What’s old is new again, tools of the trade I’ve been watching the light in the morning hit this cup and as Spring ha...
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“Thank You” Two simple words

June 02, 2013 - A home made “thank you” from the heart Chances are, these are two of the first words your Mama taught you to say. I’v...
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Sweet job!

May 29, 2013 - Fuji X Pro 1 with the Fuji 14mm lens. Nice! One of the perks of being an event photographer is all the (usually) great...
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Fuji X100S or the camera you have with you

May 26, 2013 - The entrance to Del Webb in Mt. Juliet, TN This past week I was able to borrow the new Fuji 100s camera from our Fuji...
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Duck Dynasty at Lipscomb University

May 17, 2013 - It just occurred to me that I never blogged these images. I got them out on facebook, but not here. One of the keys t...
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29! The secret to a Ronnie Milsap smile

May 16, 2013 - Last week I photographed the annual Del Webb concert for residents. This years guest was the legendary performer Ronnie...
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Welcome Gianna Rose!

May 04, 2013 - We were all here to welcome Gianna home from the hospital today! The kids were especially glad to meet their new sister...
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My camera is like a “Golden Ticket”

April 27, 2013 - I was talking with my friend co-worker Terry Wyatt recently and he brought up this thought. It’s something I’ve said bef...
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First ride report: Cool but worth it

April 20, 2013 - First nice trip on the bike was yesterday. I don’t know if we hit 50 degrees or not, but that didn’t matter. After the w...
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Georgia Road Trip for SEPPA

April 16, 2013 - My Saturday started by being at the store for an 8:30 load time. We had a 6 hour drive PLUS we lost an hour. In other wo...
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Another “Bucket List” Check Off!

April 13, 2013 - Bucket lists. It doesn’t matter if you’ve actually written it down or not, most of us have one. If you’ve ever stated so...
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A Beautiful Mistake (my exposure *faux pas)

April 11, 2013 - I’ve shown this before, but I was reviewing some images and realized I made a very amateur mistake on this photo. Before...
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Seeing Again – Mail Pouch Barn

April 04, 2013 - I’ve driven past this barn dozens, maybe even hundreds of times through the years. But the other day while I was in Ohio...
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Easter Weekend in Ohio

March 30, 2013 - I love spending time with our kids and grandkids. But the cold, hard fact is, it takes 5 1/2-6 hours to get here. So on...
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An overdue “Thank You” to His Light Workshop

March 28, 2013 - Above photo by Bill Fortney As many of you know, I’ve been taking photos for more years than I like to claim. I photogr...
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The “Nash” in Nashville?

March 18, 2013 - The Nash automobile, forgotten by many but still alive in some auto bone yards. 1916-1954 If it weren’t for the fact...
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His Light Workshop at Old Car City, USA

March 08, 2013 - I can’t remember the last time I’ve had this much fun! What an incredibly fulfilling day, and I owe it all to my dear fr...
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College Class with Fuji X Pro and Elinchrom

March 07, 2013 - Wednesday I went to Nossi at their invitation to expose them to Mirrorless cameras. This is Natalie Nicole, an actress a...
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Looking into “The Future”

March 04, 2013 - Aaron’s Toyota van affectionately named, “The Future.” March 24, 2010 I went on a several day road trip with my son....
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Be still…so simple, so hard

March 03, 2013 - Be still I was able to meet up with a very dear high school friend this past weekend. I’m sure he would want to remai...
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CamRanger, Westcott and Elinchrom at the PPO Show, Dublin, Ohio

February 26, 2013 - Like Little Dorothy said, “there’s no place like home.” Ohio has been home most of my life, until nearly 3 years ago whe...
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Last Weeks “office” – Sewanee Archives Building

February 25, 2013 - This was my office last Tuesday, and it was a beautiful place to work. Wood floors, spot lighting, high ceiling and lots...
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Sewanee, The College of the South

February 18, 2013 - Let me introduce you to my friend, Henry Hamman. Henry is a talented writer, great guy and a lot of fun to hang with. (h...
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What’s the best camera to own?

February 11, 2013 - People ask me this all the time? We all know that it’s the one you have with you. We are seeing better pictures from mor...
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Groundhog Day at Marathon Village, Nashville

February 02, 2013 - The window light was incredible for this portrait of Aaron We were pleasantly surprised by a visit from our son! Out...
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Under The Sea

January 31, 2013 - Calming and beautiful I don’t know about you, but I love water. It doesn’t matter if it’s the relaxing sounds of the...
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The Lord’s mercies are new every morning!

January 18, 2013 - Lamentation 3:22-23 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new...
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Bokeh – Photography Buzz Word?

January 15, 2013 - You can’t read many photography related blogs or forums without that word appearing somewhere on the opening pages. In m...
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Everything in one place: Think Tank Security V2.0

December 31, 2012 - I’ve owned one of these Think Tank bags for over two years. But before I changed camera systems, it was referred to as,...
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Snowing in Nashville!

December 26, 2012 - It doesn’t happen that often in Nashville, thankfully. But for the sake of our visiting family from California, I was gl...
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First job with my Fuji X Pro 1 and 18-55 zoom

December 18, 2012 - Our traditional “self timer pose” that will be our Christmas card portrait Some of the concerns I’ve read about are f...
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Fuji X-E1 with 18-55 zoom

December 15, 2012 - We had a beautiful day Wednesday, so I went out to test the new lens at close focusing. After all, we want to see what s...
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Peaceful Scene from West Virginia

November 14, 2012 - Sometimes I get into just poking around on my archives of images and wonder what they might look like with a few modific...
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Graduation day for my father-in-law, see you on the other side!

November 10, 2012 - My favorite portrait of George. Shot on a little Fuji FinePix camera a few years ago. As many of you know, George was...
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Halloween Party Photography

October 28, 2012 - This is what it takes to work outside on a super windy, not many clouds in the sky day. Our great friends Mike and Lauri...
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A Great Day Off

October 22, 2012 - 82 Degrees in late October…we used to call that “a gift” when we lived in Ohio! It was a day meant to go out and enjoy y...
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Chihuly Glass at Cheekwood

October 17, 2012 - I was looking for an image on my hard drive and came upon this one. I had forgotten I took it last year, but it caught m...
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Fall Fun with the Family

October 15, 2012 - Vinnie and his family came down for a visit. We had planned a trip to Honeysuckle Farms so the kids could see the animal...
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Memphis Tennessee and Gus’s Fried Chicken

September 30, 2012 - On our way to Texas, we make a planned stop at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. This is not a fancy place, let’s call i...
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I Love The Morning!

September 27, 2012 - Morning is my favorite time of day. I’ve said before I love the entire new beginning! This time of year it is brisk on t...
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Centennial Park and The Parthenon

September 22, 2012 - One thing I’ve come to love about Nashville is the fact that there is always something going on. Not just concerts, but...
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Belmont University Lighting Class with Fuji X-Pro 1

September 15, 2012 - I have to admit that I’ve been a Fuji fan for many, many years. I loved their film and all their cameras and lenses. Rec...
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My Wing and a prayer

September 14, 2012 - I found this shot today while I was working on some other files. This was my 2001 Gold Wing that I owned for a few years...
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Happy Birthday, Vinny!

September 02, 2012 - 9 Months old! Today we were able to take the Vin Dog’s 9 month old portrait. This couch is the same place they have b...
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Steve Miller Band Concert at Fontanel

August 20, 2012 - This was a super fun evening! My good friend Mike Sherwood had an extra ticket to this concert because his wife was out...
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Stop and smell the roses?

August 09, 2012 - OK, I know these aren’t roses, I’m not that botanically challenged. I don’t know what they are really called, I just kno...
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A Good Morning Smile

August 08, 2012 - Sometimes you just need a little help to get your day started off on the right foot. For me, this shot of Vinny helps ma...
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All “Pictures” are not “Portraits”

August 02, 2012 - I make a living selling camera equipment to all kinds of “photographers” at most every skill level. I realize we all sta...
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A brand new day

July 27, 2012 - Do you remember the movie Sister Act? I love how Whoopi tells the students it is going to be a brand new day, a fresh st...
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Low Light Concert with Fuji X Pro 1

July 18, 2012 - I have to start this off with a bit of a disclaimer. Third and Lindsley is a great concert venue to see some very talent...
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One (great) light and a reflector. Elinchrom Octabank!

July 11, 2012 - Elinchrom Octabank, the one and only! What can you do with one light and a reflector? How about this? There is no mag...
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Smiling – Fuji X10 and studio strobes?

July 04, 2012 - Vinny, AKA “Mr. Smiley Pants” doing what he does best…smiling. He looks like this most of the time he’s awake, so he’s a...
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Miss Jade and the Daylilies

June 18, 2012 - It was Father’s Day and I had just settled into my recliner for a little rest. My phone rings and Marlene asks me to gra...
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Underclass Lighting Workshop at CPQ

June 14, 2012 - The challenge was to take a room full of photographers and show them the importance of solid basics when shooting in a s...
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Visit to Atlanta to see Aaron

June 12, 2012 - This past weekend we traveled to Cleveland, TN where I spoke to a group of 25 photographers about lighting for their und...
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Lighting and Posing Class at Dury’s Classroom

May 31, 2012 - We just finished up another great class at Dury’s! We tried a totally new class idea, posing AND lighting with a 20 stud...
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New lights and Beauty Dish from Hensel

May 29, 2012 - Mark Mather from Hensel sent me some of their lights for evaluation purposes. I started the process this past weekend an...
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Fun with Infrared

May 24, 2012 - The incredibly gifted photographer Clay Blackmore has been posting beautiful infrared images lately. That reminded me th...
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Teeara and Xavier Young

May 21, 2012 - Mr. and Mrs. Xavier Young I met Xavier at work a few months ago. He is a big guy, super polite but maybe a little int...
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The Oak Ridge Boys at Del Webb

May 21, 2012 - My Tamron 14mm fisheye lens was perfect for this image and the next one. This was a super fun evening. Marlene and I ar...
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Cancer Relay for Life – Charlie Daniels Park, Mt. Juliet

May 12, 2012 - This was our first time to the Charlie Daniels park here in Mt. Juliet. We’ve only lived here for a few months and haven...
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Dance like nobody is watching

May 10, 2012 - Sunday nights concert was fun. Although it threatened rain all night, it never did and turned out to be a beautiful even...
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A favorite ride, West Virginia

April 26, 2012 - July 5th, 2007 Bud Warner and I took off for a few days riding some of the most beautiful roads and scenery I’ve ever be...
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Washington, DC Road Trip

April 08, 2012 - There are so many “symbols” we readily recognize as being located in Washington. For me this monument has always been on...
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Fun With Uncle Aaron

February 28, 2012 - Aaron was able to come home last weekend to visit with the Yuppa’s. It was great having them all here! It goes without s...
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All My Roady Friends – Tom Roady Night at the Red Rooster

February 11, 2012 - Wow, this was an unbelievable evening! It was a “who’s who” of some of Nashville’s best studio and performing musicians.
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Imaging USA – New Orleans

February 09, 2012 - The last time I was in New Orleans was right before the city was ravaged by the flood in 2005. Where does the time go to...
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The “Geezer Gatta” at Lake Providence, our new home!

February 09, 2012 - It’s called “Lake Providence” and it is really very pretty. It’s also a place we now call home and are enjoying more wit...
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God’s Most Beautiful Light!

December 30, 2011 - There is nothing like window light! A great softbox is a good start, but even the best ones are no match to His light. S...
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Time Flies – A Tribute to my Dad

December 19, 2011 - My dad had a great smile! He enjoyed being a dad, a grandpa and a great grandpa. Here is one I took of he and Jade a lon...
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Meet the newest Yuppa

November 27, 2011 - I’d like to introduce you to Vince “Vinnie” Yuppa, born with the very cool birth date of 11/22/11. This little guy is go...
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Happy anniversary to us!

October 13, 2011 - I have to be one of the most blessed guys on the planet. I married my high school sweetheart, and Saturday we will celeb...
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1948 Chrysler “Art on Wheels”

October 06, 2011 - I was in Sewanee earlier this week to photograph a job. When we were done, my friend Henry and I took a lunch break and...
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Tennesee Baptist Children’s Home

October 03, 2011 - It was a very cool morning when we started out on Saturday October 1st. My guess is the upper 40′s, but we didn’t care a...
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An Amazing Weekend with FAITH Riders

September 22, 2011 - Our day started fairly early Thursday morning September 15. It was cool and rainy, that’s why we are all bundled up for...
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Off to the mountains with F.A.I.T.H. Riders!

September 14, 2011 - Marlene and I are getting ready to head to Townsend, TN. This is one of the motorcycle mecca’s of the United States. Bik...
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No Light of It’s Own

September 11, 2011 - Last weekend was awesome! All of our children were home and we had such an enjoyable time. One of the things we try to d...
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Christmas in August?

August 28, 2011 - Tomorrow our youngest daughter is coming here from San Diego. To say that we are excited would be a terrible understatem...
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Kevin Ames – Sigma Pro and new friend

August 11, 2011 - I spent this past weekend with a great photographer, an author and educator, Kevin Ames. If you are a photographer, you...
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“Normal” lens selection

July 07, 2011 - There are so many lens options when you buy a new camera. It can be a bit overwhelming at first look. But, if you take s...
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Sadie and “Dolly Dodge”

June 24, 2011 - Why do we name some of our possessions like our cars? I know we’ve nicknamed our GPS, and it is not a flattering name at...
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My Ohio Biker Friends make a 500 mile trip to visit and ride

June 05, 2011 - I am so blessed by the friends the Lord has given me! Not many guys would take their vacation time to ride in nearly 100...
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Homeless – An Art Project in Black and White

May 20, 2011 - Recently I was invited to be a part of a challenging photographic project. Challenging from a few different areas. First...
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Back at it…finally

May 02, 2011 - We have been in Nashville for about 4 months now, and I am finally getting caught up. I have a few outstanding photograp...
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Lighting fun

May 02, 2011 - My friend Jamie Rogan really needed some new publicity shots. Jamie is the drummer for Billy Currington and has done ton...
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Jamie Rogan and Crush Drums

May 02, 2011 - Here are some more images from our session on Monday night. Soultone Cymbals and Aquarian Drum Heads are sponsors too....
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California Dreamin’?

May 02, 2011 - What does a place called Salton Sea sound like to you? Beach, water, and lots of fun right? It is actually below sea lev...
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Viva Las Vegas

May 02, 2011 - Wow, if you are ever in Las Vegas and want something to do that is totally unbelievable head out to the Valley of Fire!...
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Valley of Fire Revisited

May 02, 2011 - We had so much fun out here, that we had to take another trip out so the rest of the guys could see it. We shot lenses f...
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Ohio visit = more snow!

May 02, 2011 - I spent Thursday flying back home from Vegas. Uneventful and fast trip, only 3 hours. I was able to go into work and get...
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Concert fun with Tom Roady and friends

May 02, 2011 - Isn’t facebook amazing? Where else can someone find you that you haven’t heard from, seen or even possibly thought about...
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The Pearman Family Portrait

May 02, 2011 - If you are a fan of NFL football and the Tennessee Titans, you may remember Alvin. He played pro ball for a few years un...
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Mateo’s Baby and Family Portraits

May 02, 2011 - We had so much fun yesterday taking Mateo’s pictures! It was an entire family affair: he was both adorable and cooperati...
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Incredible Hosts in San Diego

May 02, 2011 - These are two of the kindest, most hospitable people I’ve ever met. For the last month they’ve opened their home and the...
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Meet Mateo!

March 30, 2011 - Well, this is what he does right now. He is only about 10 days old so he eats, sleeps and gets diaper changes. I was abl...
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Jumping Bridal Party

March 08, 2011 - The end of a beautiful day. Our 22 member, fun, wedding party was positioned on the dock and on the count of three we go...
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The Great Transparency at Nashville Hard Rock

November 08, 2010 - Alan has been a good friend of mine for over 20 years and he is the Manager for an up and coming Christian Band, “The Gr...
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Super Swimmer

May 21, 2010 - JB Stahl is one of the nicest young men you will ever meet. He comes from a great family and is a gifted athlete. It was...
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A Gentle Giant

May 17, 2010 - Joel has been my web designer almost forever. More than that, he is my friend. He is a big man, with the largest fingers...
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Playing At High Noon

April 14, 2010 - I was able to work with some talented photographers on Monday. Ty and Shannon Fischer from Springfield, Ohio. They are r...
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Easter Portraits

April 10, 2010 - A month or so ago we hired Jess to be our model for Friday Photo School. She was so much fun to work with and she did an...
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Florida with a new look

March 26, 2010 - I love the way the setting sun lit up this jellyfish from the edge and made it appear to have a glow about it. I love t...
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Jade 4 Months

March 17, 2010 - She adores her daddy! We got to do Jade’s 4 month portraits last weekend and it was a blast. She’s so much fun...
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Snow Time

February 09, 2010 - Wow, have we been hammered here in Ohio! But Marlene was able to get me outside to do a “snow portrait” and I’m glad she...
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