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Blast from the past with the camera of the future-Fuji GFX and SKB Artists

December 02, 2017 - The year was 1972 and I was a Sophomore in high school. It was a pivotal time in my life, in fact, my entire life was fo...
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Fuji GFX and Profoto lights at Hemmingway's "Drink and Click" event

October 12, 2017 - We had over 100 people come out to Hemmingway's on Houston Street to play with all the Fuji cameras, and everyone had a...
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The "Hilton Way" keep the floor clean, it's everyones job!

August 30, 2017 - I was photographing at the Hilton in Nashville yesterday. Here is my lighting set up. Take a close look on the floor whe...
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Make sure you're having fun with photography too!

June 25, 2017 - When you've been taking pictures for as long as I have, it is easy to lose the "fun and creative" aspect that got us hoo...
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HSS with Fuji camera system, what is the hold up?

June 18, 2017 - I have been a very happy Fuji X-shooter for nearly 5 years. I started with the X Pro 1, and have added each new model as...
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Location "Head shot" lighting made easy with Profoto

June 09, 2017 - Switching to new equipment is never really easy. In fact, most of us hate change! We get so used to whatever it is or wa...
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Old dog, new tricks?

May 30, 2017 - 1956. That was the year my wife and I were born. I am on my 61st trip around the sun and thankful for every single one o...
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Making the transition to Profoto lighting

May 22, 2017 - After a 20+ year run with Elinchrom, I made the decision to switch to Profoto lighting. This decision was not taken ligh...
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Led lights, the wave of the future?

February 07, 2017 - One of the things to look out for is the "light source itself." Here the many LED bulbs are visible, it may work for you...
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Mansfield State Reformatory filming location of "Shawshank Redemption"

June 16, 2016 - This image looks more "Art Deco" than a former State Penitentiary I will admit it, I am an Ohio boy and proud of it. Wh...
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One of my favorite assignments in Nashville

May 01, 2016 - We moved here 6 years ago. How we arrived here is a long story, maybe I'll elaborate on that sometime. It was our first...
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Still amazed by the X Pro 2!

March 26, 2016 - Acros setting is unbelievable for portrait sessions! I was helping my friend Keith Miles on a personal project this wee...
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Fuji X Pro 2 test shots

March 10, 2016 - WOW! The new Fuji X Pro 2 is incredible! To tell you the truth, I didn't want to like this camera. I am very happy with...
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Problem solving: Taller woman for couple portrait

October 08, 2015 - Cathy is maybe 6" taller than her husband Joe. While they were both here for individual updated publicity photo's I offe...
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A rainy wedding day. Perfect in every way!

June 27, 2015 - I've photographed lots of weddings where rain was involved, but not many when it was an outdoor wedding. And in 40+ year...
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Lighting basics

February 04, 2015 - I have a customer that drove 4 hours to get help with lighting. Although he hadn't planned on being photographed today,...
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The difference subtle post processing makes

July 16, 2014 - If you know me at all, you know how much I hate post processing! One of the reasons I transitioned to Fuji cameras is be...
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Lighting Class at Westlight Studios

May 14, 2014 - Westlight Studios in Franklin is quite possibly the best rental studio in Nashville. There is so much more to a rental s...
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More location portrait lighting

January 25, 2014 - Next, my friend and our Pastor, Poly Rouse. Poly is a great guy that is a lot of fun to hang with. We ride bikes togethe...
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Lighting Location Portraits

January 23, 2014 - BYOL - Bring Your Own Light My wife and I just completed new staff shots for our church, Hermitage Hills Baptist. I'v...
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Jonathan Cain from Journey and the Oak Ridge Boys, Make A Wish

January 20, 2014 - One of the unexpected things that has happened since we moved here is the "famous" people I've met. Most of them through...
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I'm a "Natural Light Photographer"...NOT!

December 31, 2013 - There are two sayings we hear at the store multiple times every single day. Nearly every phone call starts with, "Hey Ni...
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Tractors are beautiful!

November 19, 2013 - Mahindra display in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum The assignment sounded pretty simple, try to get...
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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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Holy Happy Halloween Batman!

October 31, 2013 - For me, memories of dressing up for Halloween will always be fun characters like Batman, Robin, Superman or some other c...
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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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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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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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Nashville “His Light” Workshop HDR Images

August 11, 2013 - We live in a beautiful city that has so many places to go and things to photograph. Daytime, nighttime, it really doesn’...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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First Images From Fuji X-E1

December 04, 2012 - First of all I would like to say thank you to the nearly 4,000 people that have read my previous post on the Fuji X Pro1...
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Fuji X Pro 1 vs Nikon D700 Initial Test

November 26, 2012 - I’ve been wanting to do a head to head comparison of these cameras for several weeks. I was hired to do some portraits o...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Lucas Family in Nashville – Nikon S4100 Coolpix

July 30, 2012 - My sister and her family visited us in Nashville last week. I carried Marlene’s little Nikon Coolpix S4100 for this trip...
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Lindsay Adler Workshop at Dury’s

July 23, 2012 - If it looks like Lindsay and her crew are having a great time, it’s because they were! Her assistants Tiffany and Jeff w...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sigma 85mm 1.4 lens test, wow!

June 29, 2011 - This is the 85mm lens shot at 2.8! The only reason I did not shoot it wide open was to keep all of Sadie in focus. But l...
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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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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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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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Simple Two Light Set Up

May 02, 2011 - Better late than never. Over the holidays we were blessed to have all the kids home. Sara and Hugo wanted to do some “be...
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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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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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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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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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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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