Where have you been…???
First things first…new site…new look…
If I said that I enjoyed losing information and hard work due to someone else’s inability to be what they said they were I would be lying…having said that I think that it is always good to take inventory of a situation and try to adapt and move on. With that there is a new look to the site, I am not 100% loving it yet so it might change, but for now I think we are making progress…
Where have you been…??
Well…I wish that I had a really good excuse to say that I have been traveling afar taking lots of photos and lots of adventure in the path…however this is not by any means close to what I have been up to. To be honest, I plain lost my mojo and excite to shoot…which means no posting…
Now I have not been doing nothing…in fact the addition of a puppy and kids activities have been keeping me busy as can be as well as exhausted. I also helped my good friend get the right stuff for the site he built found here Jeremy and Jessica after their marriage and life beginning together. Yes I did shoot the wedding…
Also having a kid not only compete in but bring home a first place on vault in state competition (YES!!! A STATE CHAMP!!!!) keeps you busy and traveling…as well as having another kid blooming into competition in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – we have been crazy busy…
So for today I will leave you with a photo that I took just a few weeks ago in our front yard – I really need to shoot more…
This is not far from my house – within a quick walk from me yet I don’t get there as often as I could or should…
On this day a storm just got finished coming through and the skies were still reflective of that. Yet the glowing of the light spoke volumes to the mood and overall feel as I gazed into the mystery of the history I was creating in my head. The magical feel became more apparent as I stared at the cabin and the times of yesteryear danced around my head…it was a great creative scene that I hope you have fun with also.
About this cabin – below is the snippet taken from the official site found here Wartinger Historic Park <--- Click me :)
George Jarusiewic Cabin, Replica (circa 1805)
The Jarusiewic Cabin was discovered in April 1972 on North Fairfield Road. In 1972, Beavercreek resident George Jarusiewic owned the property, and his restaurant was named Scotties. George Jarusiewic wanted to preserve the old house for Beavercreek. The house was dismantled, meticulously, and rebuilt at Wartinger Park by George Jarusiewic. In the spring of 1997, the 16 by 24-foot structure was removed from the park because of insect infestation by the Beavercreek Parks, Rec. and Culture Dept. Only the fireplace was salvaged. Brady Kress, Executive Director of Dayton History made the replica, authentic to the period. Ten tons of stone made the stone fireplace from a cabin located on Sperling Lane in Beavercreek.
Resurrection – Happy Easter
Have you ever wondered why people who don’t believe still celebrate Christian holidays? Just seems odd to me…I have always wanted to ask them why but this is usually a hot topic for people so I tend to just let that question be…
Anyways – here is a shot that I took at a church in Dayton Ohio – it has significance to area but also to some in my family. I hope that they are all doing well today and all eating way to much 🙂
I hope that you have an awesome Easter and an enjoyable day.
Oh I forgot – on the food topic – I cooked my grandmothers traditional Easter Sunday meal for today – this is always bitter sweet for me as she passed on the traditions and cooking to me and made sure that I know before her last breath that I was responsible for passing them on and that she was well pleased with my cooking – in fact she said that it was better than hers and to anyone that knew her that was saying a lot! I miss her and my grandfather everyday.
Also on the food topic – I follow quite a few people on twitter however I admit that I only check in and read a handful of peoples tweets. One that I saw was this (this will be a paraphrase as I like to keep a little mystery around things) –
“You won’t get fat eating 1 bad meal – so this Easter – GO EAT! There is always tomorrow to go back to your healthy lifestyle :)” Well actually that was not even close….but yeah you get the point 🙂
Jesus’s shadow – written by Noah Lehman
Guest writer today
Today, I introduce you to my son Noah – he chose the photo, the title and wrote about it.
I like this photo, it reminds me of Jesus and everything nice.
A little bit more about this photo – this was taken at the art show that I went to a while back. There was a person there that made these rocks and candles. I took a break from talking with everyone and grabbed my camera and walked around the place and I saw this and it just looked interesting and show this became what I stared at. Hope you enjoy and it brings you the same light that it does for me.
Feel free to leave a comment.
Today’s Photo – Emily
Had the pleasure of shooting an awesome model – boy was it cold and boy was she a trooper! Hates the cold and snow but never complained one time! We shot for a while and watch more to come 🙂
I told you guys I would be shooting different styles this year 😉
PS – Sunflare
Sometimes I like it, sometimes I hate it…in this one it worked so I left it in there 🙂
Your Light in My Hand…
Site changes coming….
So I am still not liking the site feel and look – I don’t know if this is because I am searching for something that is not out there or if I just like the change…
I like the way that site functions but I want a whole new look, if this is something you have skill in please contact me and let’s collaborate to get this looking the way I want 🙂
A few surprises and things coming up
So that sounded way more fun than it really is. I have been on a journey over the past year that has me going in different directions than what I first thought I would be going. A friend of mine reminds me that it is about the skill not the gear (there is a gear head in ALL of us that shoot – we all want the gear even though we know that it is the person behind the gear and their skill that is more important). However with that said this year I am going to challenge myself (call it an early New Years resolution) to shoot more and more and also shoot things that I normally would not – people. Now I am NOT going to do the traditional “Sears” type shoots – that is NOT my gig at all. No offense to those that do that style it is just not for me. And with that I want to get some gear to go with it – strobes, backdrops etc. This is where the above reminder comes from – don’t over spend on the best gear, get what you NEED and learn that and don’t over spend – because we all know that times are tough especially for artist.
Secondly over the past year I have been more and more encouraged to share some of writings (in case you did not know – I am a writer also) So look for some of these to be released in limited availability. Those that encouraged me and spoke to me about doing this – you know who you are and I thank you for helping me step out of my comfort zone. We will talk more about that later 😉
Also I sold my first ever show and did ok so I might look to do a few more of these this year.
Today’s Photo – Your Light in My Hand…
So I took this Christmas Eve at Church this year. I am falling out of my normal pattern a bit with processing this and releasing it so soon, however I look for more of this to happen over the next year. Also I tend to shoot a lot of HDR shots – look for that not to show up as much either – and with that a Black and White that could not be more polar opposite of my normal 🙂
Today’s Photo – Snowy Stream
Well…normally in the spring time you find all kinds of gorgeous frames to shoot – budding trees, budding flowers, early blooms, critters of all kinds, spectacular sunrises (not that I actually get up and shoot those…I value my bed early in the morning…), sunsets (one of my favorite things in the world to shoot) and many many other things.
This is of course unless you are in the great state of Tennessee – because everyone says this – you like the weather today?? Stick around because it will be different tomorrow. I have experienced this first hand and this trip was no different – the day before it was sunny and chilly – next day – the below happened 🙂
So I passed this place probably 19 times before I decided to shoot it – why you ask? I don’t really know…but I almost did not shoot it. It just did not call out to me and though I found it interesting and cool…I just did not feel like shooting it. Usually when I feel like that, I don’t shoot. I went through a few phases – first I shot EVERYTHING from every different angle that I possibly could…then I started shooting from just one angle and then just not shooting anything at all now I go between all of these. The first analogy is commonly called pray and spray in which you shoot many different angles of the same subject in hopes that something comes out of it. I now try to move around first looking at different angles but most of the time I have gotten to the point where I know what it will look like from a different angle…sorry for the tangent – here is today’s photo 🙂
Today’s Photo – The Fighter
Here is a photo of one of my friends and fellow fighters Rob. He has fought in local MMA shows as well as Bellator – we took this a while back when we were working out with another friend and inspiration Kionte Storey
I am posting this today as it is his birthday as well as his twin brother Steve who is also a fighter.
Today’s Photo – Lost Dog
So this is one of my absolute favorite places in the world. This little place is tucked in Folly beach and ALWAYS busy. Two things I love – being in the mountains and outdoors and at the beach – surfing. This Lost Dog is a restaurant filled with wondrous goodness of meals. And when I say meals – I mean MEALS. Thier portion size is crazy you will not walk away hungry. We have been going there for years and each and every time I say I should have brought my camera I really want a photo of this place. The walls are lined with photos from visitors and just because it says Lost Dog doesn’t limit it to that. There are photos of dogs of course, but cats, people, cars etc. It is just a great place run by great people that cook great food. So this year I actually brought my camera and took this shot. Now I am not the type (when photographing) that feels comfortable just getting in peoples way and setting up my tripod etc to take a shot in a place like this. It took me 20 minutes to decide to take the thing and everyone in the entire place looked at me like – WTF is this guy doing…it was great fun… 🙂