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      Meet me on the street and you’d think me an overall happy and positive person. My family, most of the time, might agree (thought it may pend on how well the children are listening and how often the dog has been under foot.) Given the “happy” in my life, I’ve often wondered why, when creating imagery, I’m drawn to mood, to the dark. I’m not referring to being drawn to bad, evil, etc, but a feeling less than bright and airy. After more thought, I’ve realized the absence of a bright and airy feel need not be void of joy or happiness. Perhaps my leaning toward a darker tone to imagery lies in a similar thread, the use of the cinematic technique, slow motion. I love how slow motion allows the viewer to take in elements that are too quickly overlooked by the distraction of real time. For me, darker, moodier edits make me look deeper at the image, at the emotion, at the light that IS there. I do shoot a large majority of light, bright and happy, but look forward to sharing (and adding often) to this gallery of moodier images.

      Central Oregon is an amazing location to have an elopement or wedding, let alone to call home. 
      We love adventurous couples who are willing to go the extra mile to help produce images that will give them a lifetime of joy and memory.
      Matt and Rachelle went a bit beyond the extra mile for this image, which we captured with a drone. Sometimes, floating in an ice cold lake isn’t easy-but neither is life, and these two are dominating marriage right now.
      Drone photography gives us an amazing perspective on subjects and I’ll often use them to create a sense of place. 
      Planning an engagement session? Get wet, get dirty, go all out. You’ll be glad you did. 
      Central Oregon is an amazing location to have an elopement or wedding, let alone to call home. 
      We love adventurous couples who are willing to go the extra mile to help produce images that will give them a lifetime of joy and memory.
      Matt and Rachelle went a bit beyond the extra mile for this image, which we captured with a drone. Sometimes, floating in an ice cold lake isn’t easy-but neither is life, and these two are dominating marriage right now.
      Drone photography gives us an amazing perspective on subjects and I’ll often use them to create a sense of place. 

      I arrive to a location early to visualize where striking images can be made. 
      Through the majority of the session we made images below the waterfall, however, I knew this was a shot I had to get. 
      Working through malfunctioning flashes (we always carry backups) and Parker’s (my Son and second shooter) oncoming flu, 
      we walked away with a memorable moody image that will last this couple a lifetime. 
      I have an idea to improve on this image, who’s willing?
      I arrive to a location early to visualize where striking images can be made. 
      Through the majority of the session we made images below the waterfall, however, I knew this was a shot I had to get. 
      Working through malfunctioning flashes (we always carry backups) and Parker’s (my Son and second shooter) oncoming flu, 
      we walked away with a memorable moody image that will last this couple a lifetime. 
      I have an idea to improve on this image,
      who’s willing?
      Often, I’m looking for the moments between moments. Utilizing a technique called “freelensing,” I love to create etherial, artful images that convey a sense of timelessness.
      A simple direction of “walk toward him,” is transformed into a moment that could live for century on the walls as a fine art canvas.
      Often, I’m looking for the moments between moments. Utilizing a technique called “freelensing,” I love to create etherial, artful images that convey a sense of timelessness.
      A simple direction of “walk toward him,” is transformed into a moment that could live for century on the walls as a fine art canvas.
      The landscape around Bend Oregon was forged by volcanic activity, I’ve no doubt that God did this just so we could play in caves. Or perhaps it’s a by-product of process. 
      Either way, Pronghorn resort is an amazing location for weddings in Central Oregon because they allow limited use of the on-site caves.
      While it may be tempting to place the wedding party IN the cave (which I’ve done) I thought how interesting it might be for ME to stand in the cave and have them outside it.
      One of the joys of my occupation is that there are so many different ways in which I can approach a subject. 
      The landscape around Bend Oregon was forged by volcanic activity, I’ve no doubt that God did this just so we could play in caves.
      Pronghorn resort is an amazing location for weddings in Central Oregon because they allow limited use of the on-site caves.
      While it may be tempting to place the wedding party IN the cave (which I’ve done) I thought how interesting it might be for ME to stand in the cave and have them outside it.
      One of the joys of my occupation is that there are so many different ways in which I can 
      approach a subject. 
      Most of the time, the dip is discussed before hand. Though the final location or direction can be pointed out, once people start dancing they could end up anywhere.
      This is perhaps once of my favorite “dips.” He adores her, she trusts him. The definition and ability of the image to pull your eye right to her could not be done as effectively with natural light. Though there’s nothing wrong with natural light, I love to create my own light giving images, especially during the reception, a cinematic feel. Adoration. Trust. Emotion. 
      This is one of the defining factors that sets us apart. 
      This is perhaps once of my favorite “dips.” He adores her, she trusts him. The definition and ability of the image to pull your eye right to her could not be done as effectively with natural light. Though there’s nothing wrong with natural light, I love to create my own light giving images, especially during the reception, a cinematic feel. Adoration. Trust. Emotion. 
      This is one of the defining factors that
      sets us apart. 
      While this image technically has some fairly bright tones, it incorporates one of my favorite moody tricks, the silhouette. 
      We happened to time this just right so passengers on the three airplanes could wave to the couple. Well, I’m pretty sure that happened. 
      Pronghorn Resort near Bend, Oregon-An amazing destination for your wedding. 
      While this image technically has some fairly bright tones, it incorporates one of my favorite moody tricks, the silhouette. 
      We happened to time this just right so passengers on the three airplanes could wave to the couple. Well, I’m pretty sure that happened. 
      Pronghorn Resort near Bend, Oregon-An amazing destination for your wedding. 
      If you haven’t been to Nelson Nevada, you’re in the majority. A not to distant drive from Las Vegas will get you to a truly funky little town, reminiscent of Radiator Springs. Patrick is an award winning DP (Director of Photography) and Becky is an award winning amazing person. They arranged for their wedding to take place in Nelson, which gave us access to a few amazing locations. As the sun was setting, I had fairly nice natural light, but opted instead for a kiss of light from the soft box while an assistant tossed Becky’s veil up. Don’t worry, we didn’t go in the trailer. Photographers always obey signage...
      If you haven’t been to Nelson Nevada, you’re in the majority. A not to distant drive from Las Vegas will get you to a truly funky little town, reminiscent of Radiator Springs. Patrick is an award winning DP (Director of Photography) and Becky is an award winning amazing person. As the sun was setting, I had fairly nice natural light, but opted instead for a kiss of light from the soft box while an assistant tossed Becky’s veil up. Don’t worry, we didn’t go in the trailer. Photographers always obey signage...
      Utilizing light to create art out of the ordinary is one of my favorite things about the wedding day. It gives you the ability to freeze a moment in time and have it looks as though it’s a fine art painting. 
      It’s not for everyone, but I find myself always leaning this direction when it’s up to me. 
      Utilizing light to create art out of the ordinary is one of my favorite things about the wedding day. It gives you the ability to freeze a moment in time and have it looks as though it’s a fine art painting. 
      It’s not for everyone, but I find myself always leaning this direction when it’s up to me. 
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