So, I’ve been told that one child is easy, two is hard, and three or more is impossible. I’m beginning to think that 3 or more must be insane because my wife and I now have our second child and, wow, there is simply not enough time in the day!
We are very blessed, however, to welcome baby Drew into the world. He was born February 20th and God has blessed us with one wonderful little baby. He literally only cries right before he wants his food. Other than that, he’s either sleeping or smiling. Can you ask for anything more?
Life has been flying by and I have a back log of shoots to post about. I thought I’d start back at it by presenting baby Drew for all the world to see. (more…)
Here is an engagement session with Elizabeth and Jermaine in Jacksonville, FL. I’m not a full-time black and white photography shooter, however, sometimes I think it can add so much depth and feeling to a photo that it stands out more than color. For this session, I can’t quite put my finger on why, but I wholeheartedly love their photos in black and white.
Where: Jacksonville, FL
I had the chance to be the wedding photographer for Tyler and Sierra’s wedding last year here in Jacksonville, FL. Good times had with a great couple.
Wedding location: Jacksonville, FL
Wedding ceremony: Christ Church Anglican
Reception location: Oak Leaf Plantation Club House
If there’s one topic that always comes up with my clients, it’s what should they wear during their family photo session. You want to get it right, you don’t want to have regrets, but you don’t want something that strays too far away from who you are. I get it, and time after time, after finding out what my clients want, we’re able to come to a consensus on what would work best for them. So, lets walk through some of the considerations you should make when putting together your wardrobe for the day of your shoot.
What Style Would You Like
I’m going to break the clothing style choices down in to two options: traditional and modern. Other people might have more categories, but these are the two I see the most. Traditional is just that: traditional. Typically, a traditional style of clothing consists of things that are similar. It’s the “white shirts and jeans” look, or maybe everyone is wearing khakis and and a solid shirt or sweaters. Everyone is uniform and the photo doesn’t add individuality, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes when things aren’t uniform, the clothing can distract the eye from the family. The downside is that there can be a lack of ‘pop’ from everything looking the same.
A modern style of photography trades the safety of uniformity for the benefit of personality. This style consists of adding color and texture/patterns, with the option to accessorize to make things even more unique. The modern look gives people the most freedom to express who they are through clothing. That doesn’t mean you have to go to extremes, but if someone loves dresses and someone else loves jeans, you can find a happy medium that works for both of them because there are so many clothing options to chose from. I personally love this look the most because it offers the best variety. The downside is you have to be careful not to pick clothing patterns and colors that clash. For instance, you wouldn’t want stripes and flannel in the same group. That would be bad. (more…)
It’s been quite a while since I’ve taken the time to write a blog post, but something has happened recently that made me take a step back and think about life a little bit. A friend of mine passed away recently. He was a good man. He cared about his family and took care of them. Calling his passing a tragedy would be an understatement, especially considering the circumstances of how it happened and the future his family now faces without him.
So, maybe you’re wondering why I have a picture of a baby preceeding that paragraph. Well, that’s my son (which you’d realize if you’ve even skimmed by blog). His name is Jaxson, and he’s my baby boy. I love that little guy more than just about anything.
My friend’s passing has made me realize just how important my son is, how important my wife is, and how important all of my friends are. We have no guarantees in this life. None. Sure, the sun will rise every day in the east and set in the west, but you’re not guaranteed to see it. You’re not even guaranteed another breath. (more…)
This past Saturday, February 11th, was Luke Akerstrom day, as proclaimed by Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. If you were present at Trinity Baptist Church around 4pm, you were treated to a really touching moment involving a special little boy named Luke and a soft-hearted Jacksonville Jaguar named Brad Meester.
Late in 2010, Luke suffered a brain seizure, and it had a great affect on his ability to do many things, including simply walk. During his time in the hospital, he found a new friend in current Jacksonville Jaguars center Brad Meester. Brad and his wife would make weekly visits to see Luke and during that time Brad and Luke became friends, so much in fact, that Brad invited Luke out to the Jaguars training camp as a special guest. Luke told his mom that he was going to walk to Brad when he visited training camp, and his mom spoke with his doctors about the situation and they told her to prepare for a let down. Only there was no let down. Luke’s mom set him down on the ground, Brad Meester took a knee a 5 or 6 feet away, and Luke took his first steps into the arms of the big Jaguars’ center. It was a feel good moment, but it was only shared live by Luke’s family and the Jaguars.
On Saturday, however, anyone who wanted to come got to be a part of Luke’s goal: to score a touchdown. Over 1,000 people showed up to Trinity Baptist Church to watch Luke’s feat and they weren’t disappointed. Luke and his brother scored bunches of touchdowns as the Mayor, Brad Meester, and other Jaguar’s player stood by and offered support.
Being a photographer, I couldn’t resist documenting the event through photos, of course, so I’ve set up a gallery of a handful of photos here in this gallery. Be sure to check them out and if you see Brad Meester, or any of the other Jaguars around town, give them a heart-felt thanks for making such a huge difference in this kid’s life.
If I’ve ever photographed someone who just fits in naturally in front of the camera, it’s Victoria. She’s a senior this year and I had the great opportunity to photograph her senior portraits. And she couldn’t have made it any easier. If I didn’t know her any better, I’d swear she had modeling experience. I’ll stop ranting, however, and let the photos speak for themselves.
Here’s another photo session I did with a great couple named Trevaris and Citierra. Trevaris is in the Air Force and he had just came back from a tour in Iraq to surprise his long time girlfriend with an engagement ring. Of course, she said yes and now they are in the planning stages of their big day. They booked an engagement session that ended up being rewarding for all of us. They were fun, energetic and did well in front of the camera and I most certainly got some great photos that went into my portfolio.
Another photo shoot, going back to last summer, that I never had to time to properly write about and that I absolutely enjoyed was with the Denton family. I’ve known Tim and Jen and their kids for years now, even having worked with Tim some years ago in a dental warehouse. This was the second year that I’d taken their family photos and it was better than the last, by far. The main reason for that was the kids. All three of them were a year older and each showed more personality. The daughter, Alivia, is practically a model at her young age, striking a pose and flashing a smile pretty much on que. Tim and Jen have a wonderful family and it’s always fun to get them in front of the camera.