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Families are all different. They come in all shapes and sizes.  And there is a unique beauty to all of them.

Alaina married my cousin Dustin and had two beautiful little babies with him. Madison and Nolen share such great characteristics of both their mother and father it’s so great to watch them run around and interact with each other. Nolen is so emotional while Madison will try to comfort him. Always with “It’s ok, Bubba!” with a little pat on the head.  Madison is such a proper lady, that when she put on her sweater dress for the shoot and her mom tried to put pants on under it she said “No momma it’s a dress” and picked out some cute tights to wear. Oh so fashionable!

In 2010 tragedy hit our family when their father passed away on New Years Eve. It was hard on the whole family, and Nolen wasn’t even a year old. Since then Alaina has been raising the kids on her own, along with the help from family. And they have been growing up to be such charming, gentle, sweet kids that are a total blast to be around. They had so much character during our session that we ended up walking away with some really darling portraits. Nolen was being a slight butt head, however Madison would cheer him on “C’mon Bubba!”. So much stinkin’ cute.  Nolen actually wore his father’s childhood Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sweater as a sweet tribute to Daddy.

And also, for all you nerds out there – Alaina’s last name is Dragon. And she has baby Dragons. Therefore she is the mother of Dragons. It’s ok to be jealous.

Thank you for being incredible and raising some incredible little Dragons, Alaina. You rock and I love you.

As a working photographer, I sometimes forget one of the most important things to photograph : My own life. I spend so many hours lugging a camera around to document others… but forget to drag it around when enjoying the time with the people I love and care about. So I made it a goal during my camping trip on Memorial Day weekend at Lake Don Pedro to bring the camera and capture some frames throughout the trip. It was nice to disconnect from the social networks  and sit on a boat. Sleep on the ground. Drink some beer. Roast Marshmallows. Jump into a lake.  Was wonderful to spend the time with some of my closest friends, my family who came up for a day, and my dude Scott who cooked some mighty fine dinners during the trip.

Of course, any photos of yours truly was taken by others. Thanks to my momma,  Scott, and Benecia for snapping some!



 

 

I am not gonna fib, I learned photography through a Canon Powershot digital camera when I was 16 years old. It’s how I learned to expose, compose, and make awesome. I never touched film because my highschool didn’t offer such a program, because apparently photography wasn’t important to them, and my family had already moved on to digital cameras at that point. I had seen my brother’s film work from his highschool, and while it always intrigued me I didn’t have the funds or means to try the medium for myself. I admired the grittiness and rawness of traditional film, and always tried to mimic is in my digital photography.

Well, I now have the means to use film. Thank goodness for technology changing, one day I picked up a wonderful Canon EOS 100 off Craig’s list, and since taking a college course years ago have fallen in love with it.  Generally I have always mixed my digital and film work in my blog posts, but I figured it would be nice to share a nice selection of film work.

 

Let me tell you, it’s way easier than digital to make it look awesome. I try to shoot a roll or so every wedding, while staying a primarily digital photographer.

 

Here are some pretties.