After being asked to speak at ClickCon in Chicago a few weeks ago along side Fujifilm I started to realize a lot about the state of our industry as photographers. Call this an open letter to the photo-community, with some images shot at the conference with the new 100 megapixel GFX medium format digital camera.
Feeling a little more depth than normal reliving the story behind this elopement in Banff, Canada with Alix + Steve. These are more than just wedding photos, they’re stories of redemption and love and courage all wrapped up with memories that sustain them. We hiked, and explored the Canadian Rockies stopping for so much more than just the photography but instead to soak up the beauty in this amazing place.
"I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary." - Margaret Atwood // I shot this wedding with complete freedom to be creative and it was matched by a couple who was totally present and happy on their wedding day. The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville is an absolutely beautiful venue with incredible staff and such a beautiful location for their couples and these two trusted their vendors to do their jobs so that they could just enjoy getting married.
Two of the most genuinely beautiful people I know said I do at the Crystal Bridges Museum. Right down the road from home in Bentonville, Arkansas I got to see one of the most authentic and love filled wedding days I’ve ever photographed. Ryan + Austin somehow seem to make every moment real and pretty and somehow special.
At the highest point above the Ozark mountains Julianne + Anthony got married at Mt. Magazine. We love all Arkansas weddings, but this spot is special and though these two came all the way from Nashville for the big day, this spot was special.
A sunset maternity session on huge rock bluffs overlooking the Ozarks. Kaitlin + Dusty were a dream to work with but then again, they always have been. Here’s the story from their wedding until now.
It’s been 2 years since I shot this wedding on crutches, a major surgery, all kinds of metal put in my knee, and learning to walk again and I think the only way I survived it with the kind of success I did was because of the people who rallied around me. Check out my story…
All adventures start with somebody willing to go on one. Ours starts next week when the plane touches down in Canada but for Alix and Steve their elopement adventure started today. This wedding was simple, stress free, beautiful. Go see what I mean.
About 30 minutes past civilization is a little corner of the world called Hazel Valley. This little nook was the place where a few of the most influential people I know came to watch Brandon + Elizabeth say “I do”. With a reception perfectly designed by Amanda Reed Weddings, a ceremony in the rain, and an incredible story I can sincerely say that this wedding last weekend in Northwest Arkansas was easily one of the most important I have ever shot.
An incredible Military Wedding Day at Cooper Chapel with a reception at Kindred North in Bentonville, Arkansas. Jordan + Jay made this day absolutely amazing and I have to admit I’m a sucker for a uniform wedding but this one was truly special with an entire groomsmen party in uniform and a beautiful reception filled with friends and family.
“LET THE REASON YOUR HEART SORES BE THE ONE THAT HOLDS YOUR GAZE. ALLOW YOUR LOVE TO BE THE FLIGHT IN YOUR WINGS”
“THE ROLLERCOASTER OF YOUR DAY IS BASED OFF THE EMOTIONS YOU ALLOW TO CONTROL YOU.”
“A LOVE THAT INFECTS IS A LOVE THAT WILL SHINE THROUGH THE DARKEST OF TIMES, AND A LOVE THAT WILL DRAW CLOSE THOSE AROUND.”
“EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME IS HOLDING ON TO EVERY LITTLE PIECE OF YOU.”
“LET’S SAY I DO WHERE THE OCEAN SKIES THE SKIES.”
“CREATIVITY HAS NEVER BEEN COMMANDED, IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ORGANIC. FLOWING IN THE MOST UNIQUE OF PLACES.” - ME
“LET’S DANCE TILL OUR FEET CAN’T STAND, LET’S LAUGH TILL OUR CHEEKS HURT, LET’S HOLD HANDS TILL OUR FINGERS ARE NUMB.”
“A MOMENT IN TIME DOES NOT HAVE TO JUST FREEZE, YOU CAN LIVE ON THROUGH THE EMOTIONS YOU ALLOW YOURSELF TO HAVE IN SIDE THEM “
“HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LOVE YOU WHEN I DON’T LOVE WHO I AM. “ - DEAN LEWIS
“LET’S RUN WILD UNTIL THE SUN FALLS FROM THIS EARTH.”
"Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation and freedom in all just pursuits." - Thomas Jefferson
“Choose to focus your time, energy and conversation around people who inspire you, support you and help you to grow you into your happiest, strongest, wisest self.” - Karen Salmansohn
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” -Albert Einstein
Take a look at 5 things you DEFINITELY need to push your wedding video over the top, straight from the perspective of a wedding videographer!
"Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation."
- Brian Tracy
"Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife." -Franz Schubert
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” - Rachel Zoe
My official review of the DJI Mavic Pro, my new favorite drone!
"For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow." -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"One of the greatest things about being an artist is, as you get older, if you keep working hard in relationship to what you want the world to be and how you want it to become, there is a history of interesting growth that resonates with different moments in your life." -Catherine Opie
Here is a glimpse of the wedding magic that occurred with Megan and David at the Holland Barn in Northwest Arkansas.
Meet Kassy and Coleman, two of the kindest souls on the planet.