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03
Apr
09

Aaron & Laura Wedding

Here are some of my favorites from a recent wedding.  Even though it was extremely cold and windy, we did manage to get outside and take some amazing shots.  Here they are:

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31
Mar
09

Polina & Alex Wedding

Polina & Alex – a very beautiful couple.  They have insisted, however, that they “don’t know how to pose”, which is what I hear from literally almost half of the people I photograph.  As you see on the pictures, you would never be able to tell that these guys are “scared of the camera”; I think this should be my new speciatly – taking pictures of people who think “they don’t know what to do” when I point the camera at them.  Most are taken by surprise when during the photoshoot, all I tell them is “alright, go stand over there. Ok, that looks good. Relax. Smile. Ok, done” 🙂 so much for the “instructions” on what to do (the secret of course is not that I don’t pay attention to what they do or how they look. Not at all. I do pay very close attention to that. But the thing is – when you let people do what they do, and be themselves, they relax, and the natural beauty comes out. That is what I capture).

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23
Mar
09

Drusjki.com Website & Concert


I am back. Totally. Now that I am done with some of the stuff that has been holding me back from my photography, more posts are coming. Lots more.  Yay.

One of the reasons that there has been so few posts lately is that in the last couple months I have been working on a band’s website – Drusjki.com.  This is a Russian band that has been by far my most favorite in the last several years.  I cannot overstate how influential these guys have been – on many, many occasions I have listened to their music to sooth the pains of life.  So many times the only way I would get out of my mini-depressions would be to close my eyes and listen to the messages that these guys sing about.

As former drug addicts, Drusjki also run anti-drug campaigns in Russian, telling the kids the dangers of heroin, cocaine, etc.  Unfortunately there is a real lack of funds that the organization “Drusjki Ministries” is experiencing, which really hinders their effectiveness.  If you find it in your heart to help the organization out, please see drusjki.com for details on how you can do this.  Any amount helps.

Couple years ago I had the privilege of meeting the lead sing Gera in Seattle,  and we became friends.  As we got to know each other, I realized that the band doesn’t have a good, modern website and that I could help out with that.  With another friend, Alex Commer, we have just recently finished the website, which came out wonderful.  Please do see it, and feel free to leave the feedback here.

Gera will be playing in Seattle on April 4th, and I would love to see you at the concert.  (Of course, keep in mind that the band will be singing in Russian).  Some screen shots of the website and the concert info is below:

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01
Mar
09

Get High and Read the Bible

Ok, so recently I have decided that my blog will be less formal, with more funny, outrageous, and weird content.  Of course with that comes the danger of offending everyone at once*…but I think I am ok with that.  This is my blog after all, right?  Anyways, here’s a really funny clip I found just now; Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church is on the right, and some hippy at Hemp Fest is on the left. Enjoy!

*I still kind of worry some of you will totally misunderstand stuff like this; so if you’re deeply troubled by this or other posts, you can email me and we can chat 🙂

15
Feb
09

Late night thoughts

I have recently decided that I will not only be posting my photography work on this blog. You see, besides photography I have many other interests; one such interest is philosophy, and thinking about life in general. I know many of you don’t read what I write on here, and that is more than understandable…..but then again, some of you do read what I write, so your input on whether you want me to write anything like this again would be helpful.

Today’s thought is simple–life is too busy. As I lay here at 3:30am, not able to sleep and listening to depressing music, I realize how busy life is, and how little we enjoy it. What is life for anyways? Surely it is for more than keeping yourself busy with school, work, the radio, TV, and chores. Do we ever get “alone” time any more? Whenever I get a chance to think in solitude, like right now, I realize how meaningless life becomes if all that I do is try to keep myself busy, try to fill my mind with information the whole day.

Of course not all of this is voluntary: all of us have responsibilities, families to support and jobs to work at. All of us have to stay somewhat busy to survive. But I think there’s still lots of clutter in our life that we can and should get rid of.

Life is too short to spend it being busy all the time. We’ve got to enjoy it more: and there’s so much to enjoy. I guess what helps is thinking about what you would do if you knew you will die soon (say a month). Would you really spend your free time trying to search the internet for hours just wasting your time? Or watching some stupid shows on TV? I doubt it. If we had little time to live, we’d do only those things that truly matter–enjoy our friends and family, enjoy knowing Jesus, helping those in need. I really, honestly, cannot think of anything better to live for.

And the truth is–we are going to die one day; some sooner, some later. So we’ve got to live like it; we’ve got to live like there’s little time left. Because it is true–our days, like it or not, are numbered. So let’s enjoy life before it is gone

07
Feb
09

Olga & Brian: Wedding

Heeeeey all.  Here are some niiiiice images from a wedding I’ve shot several weeks ago.  Unlike a typical winter wedding, the day was very warm and sunny, with lots of light, which made me reeeeally happy.  Nothing like starting a wedding day shoot and knowing that light should not be a problem today.

Olga and Brian were also very easy too shoot.  Very laid back.  A very fun couple.  This also makes taking the pictures much easier.

Also, Olga and Brian had a sweeeeeet band at their reception–The Stolen Sweets, who were amazing.  They are a 1930’s swing jazz band.  All of you should buy their album.  I just did (either go to their website stolensweets.com or look them up on iTunes).  Of course they sound much more impressive live (as all music does), but the recorded version is pretty cool too.

And finally: Here are some of the images from the wedding.  Enjoy 🙂

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25
Jan
09

First Wedding of 2009: Elizabeth and Jesse

I shot my first wedding of 2009 on January 2nd…after getting lots of sleep on the 1st (stayed up until 6am during the New Year’s party).  The wedding turned out great, teaching me new lessons, such as–planning ahead is a great idea!  Knowing that most of the wedding would be shot in very low light, I brought some fast lenses and extra flashes, converting the whole thing into a mini studio.  If, just if I didn’t think of this ahead of time, then the shoot would be very stressful, to say the least.  Thankfully Elizabeth and Jesse warned me about the low light, for which I was able to prepare.  Anyways, here are a few of the shots. Enjoy 🙂

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