Rima and Alpesh // Hindi Wedding

Thursday, May 23, 2013  |  WEDDINGS

One of the great things about being a photographer is the people you meet and the places it seems to take you. Rima and Alpesh's wedding was no exception. I had the pleasure of photographing this event alongside the talented and wonderful Nadia D. Photography, and while the wedding was a bit longer than most events that I cover, it was extremely enjoyable and beautiful at the same time. Here's a quick preview from Rima and Alpesh's wedding...


International Photography Experiences

Thursday, May 2, 2013  |  PERSONAL

From time to time I'm asked where my favorite country and/or experience has been. Hands down, it's Africa. I understand that I'm painting with a broad brush by stating that, yet until you hear the language, partake in the culture, and walk the terrain that the locals take, you haven't lived. Ethiopia is no different.

I laugh at myself as I struggle to learn the word for coffee in Ethiopian (by the way, it's "buna"). The words "thank you" seem to take me an eternity to say in Amharic in hopes that I don't say something offensive! I listen to the local radio station blasting sounds I've never heard as a taxi driver zips by. I breathe in the smells of burning incense and fresh popcorn as our new friends invite us to partake in a traditional coffee ceremony. I walk the streets on my way to lunch and feel the crushed gravel and broken pavement beneath my feet. I see the smile on people's faces as they pass by and do a double take because not many white guys seem to be a normal sight (at least that's what I tell myself).

Goodness gracious, I want so desperately to travel abroad and experience these things again and somehow reawaken my senses.

There's only one regret that I have from my time in country and that is the limited amount of time outside of the walls of our house. Our driver (and by default, also interpreter) was gracious enough to drive us around the city of Addis Ababa as I hung out the window to grab a few snapshots. I could have spent days taking pictures and soaking in all that surrounded me, but unfortunately our time was incredibly short.

My hope is that one of you reading this post will someday experience the sights, smells, tastes, etc. that make a country what it is... a beautiful melding of new experiences. I would absolutely love to hear/read what you experienced and even see photos if you are fortunate enough to capture images from your time.

Again, I had to laugh at myself when I took this photo. Reason being is that there is an unspoken goal of mine to carry in all the groceries from the car when my wife goes shopping. I'll load up to 15+ bags on my arms and even toss something on my shoulders if the load isn't too heavy. All this in the name of saving a few trips back and forth. Am I simply being lazy? NO. I call it efficiency.

So, my man pictured below... well done my friend. Well done. You show the rest of us how it's done!


Charleston Engagement Session

Wednesday, May 1, 2013  |  ENGAGEMENTS

I've been blessed to travel the world with my occupation, yet Charleston, SC, holds a place near and dear to my heart. If you've never had the opportunity to visit, I would highly recommend it! From southern "cookin" to the beach and friendly passers-by, there's so much to take in. It's the perfect location for an engagement session (and even a wedding) as there's a sense of romanticism that floats in the air. I can't quite place my finger as to why Charleston has this unique quality, but I'm not one to ask questions of a good thing.

Jennifer and Rollin were recently married (in Charlotte, NC), yet decided to have their engagement session in the great city of Charleston... I'm so glad they did.

What's your favorite place to visit? I'm anxious to find new destinations!


So Thankful for Her

Thursday, April 18, 2013  |  PERSONAL


Update on LIfe

Friday, April 12, 2013  |  PERSONAL

For those of you who regularly follow this blog, you may have noticed that there's been a slight pause in posting. Much of that is to do with the adoption of our daughter (you may read our journey by following this link) Courtney and I were blessed to travel to Ethiopia back in August of 2012 to meet Reeve, but had to leave her for several weeks as we waited for the US government to make it official. In October we traveled back to finally bring her home. It's been an incredible experience and we have learned much about ourselves and the faithfulness of the Lord. I understand that this post is brief and even vague in nature, yet it's difficult to give a complete update (another reason to hop over and read our adoption blog)... just know that we are praising the Lord for all that He has done and continues to do in our family.

From a photography standpoint, Ethiopia was a dream to capture on film and I only wish we had more time to travel and interact with the local people. There are few places in the world where people are so incredibly warm and go out of their way to connect, yet whenever I travel to Africa I am continually amazed by the people (yes, I just generalized an entire continent of people). For obvious reasons there will always be a special place in my heart for the people of Ethiopia for they are truly some of the most loving and personable individuals I've come across... my daughter is no exception!

Below is a moment between Courtney and Reeve on our first trip. What a blessing!!!


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