Collegiate Gratitude

A big senior send-off to this sweet, hard-working, and dedicated girl and soon-to-be first grade teacher. We took pictures all over her Stephens College campus and children’s library. Madison has made Stephens a home and now will return to her home to work as an elementary teacher. Adventure is out there for the world is wide and full of wonder. We know Madison will make an incredible addition to any school!

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These Don’t Succ!

(Sorry I had to do a play on words when it came to my plants. The only other idea was “Plant Life” which isn’t very intriguing.)

Living in the Midwest you tend to expect the unexpected when it comes to weather. When it should be snowing this February weekend, it’s actually 62 degrees….for the second weekend in a row. Monday through Friday on the other hand, those were February days with a crisp chill wind. My reaching succulents, mini cacti, and I have been soaking in the actual sunlight and getting out of the artificial lighting. During this almost springtime weather, the greenery was calling for some screen time. They’re not much, but hey these don’t succ!

Taking New Heights

When it comes to art, there’s so many different ways you can approach it. So many different depths into each masterpiece can make a person feel overwhelmed in their typical element. Thus taking on new heights becomes more of an attainable goal to be reaching beyond what you are used to and taking a new spin on things. Whether you are reaching above your past goals, overcoming some of life’s everyday obstacles, or physically changing your location to new heights; it is important to step out of your comfort zone sometimes.

This past photo shoot took more of an explorer aspect as new grounds were forged among friends. Climbing our way up an almost 90 degree incline with only our little hands and strong legs, we uncovered some beautiful things just beyond our typical horizons. We had a blast climbing around and exploring a new place as well as relieving some stresses of our own.

*WARNING: We were extremely cautious during this climbing adventure. Please only hike with a trusted buddy.

The Finer Things

A couple weeks ago I got to work on a more intimate and celebratory shoot. The honeymoon has long passed and the two have been happily wed for over four months now. I couldn’t take many photos at the wedding seeing as I was a part of it. However, I did get to take a follow-up wedding accessories photo shoot. Looking back to major events in our lives sometimes we wish we could have had more ways to commemorate those good times. So we took a closer look at some of the finer things from a very big day and this is what we came up with.

Heads Will Roll

Taking an even closer and more intimate look into portrait taking by working with different angles, crops, and filters. The process becomes all that more difficult when one is working with self-portraits. It’s important to understand one’s self prior to trying to understand another. It takes deep reflection and a kind heart to unmask the beauty that lies within one’s being. We can remove the mask by becoming vulnerable at our true self and really shine in the skin we were given.

The only photoshop work here is the cropping of the photos. There is some filters being used on some photos as well. Make-up was done by @dazanaki for photography purposes.

Keep it Professional

Many college majors, internships, modeling companies and businesses require a professional, well-kept head shot on file as part of the application and hiring process. With that comes the challenge for multiple young people as to how to go about taking, posing, and conquering such a task. When you have a friend that’s a photographer, these questions are solved in a more timely fashion. My friend, Anna, is one of these people. With a new school year beginning and the time for networking reaching an all time high, she knew it was time to take action. We captured these gorgeous head shots on campus around Stephens College.

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Taking the streets

Last week I had a photo shoot on the streets of downtown Columbia with a great friend of mine. People are always complaining that guys have the worst photos on social media (I’m one of those people). So we decided to change that. We walked all around various parts of downtown including staircases, alley ways, and the tops of parking garages. Also helped him overcome his fear of heights a little bit when I sat him up on the edge of the parking garage; these are some of the results.

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(No one was harmed in the taking of these photos.)