The Solars Invade Colorado: Day 8

Posted by on Jun 10, 2009 in Our Life | No Comments

Day 8 brought us to an awesome zoo in Colorado Springs, then we headed to Ghost Town, and finally worn out, we decided it was time to start our trek home πŸ™


We got to feed the giraffes at the zoo. Their tongues were sticky πŸ™‚

Of course our kids were too scared to do it, so mommy and daddy had to. This giraffe had the longest tongue I’ve ever seen.


Lia liked the giraffes, too.

They also had this neat room where you could feed the birds. The birds would land on your stick if you held it up high enough.





Then Max & Ava got to feed the frogs.




Next up was Ghost Town.




They had these cool old “movies” you could watch for a quarter.


And we got to pan for gold…
but Max just thought it was a dumping table.


Ahh, Kansas, what would we do without you?

Ella & Tyler

Posted by on May 18, 2009 in Family Portraits | No Comments

What can I say about Ella, Tyler & their parents except that they are soooo much fun? I loved every second that I spent with this amazingly adorable family. This session was especially fun for me because I got to capture them just having fun as a family, somewhere comfortable, someplace where they could just be themselves and smile/laugh with each other. We ended up a block from their house at a little corner park and just played!

I am dying to know what was going through Ella’s head here.
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Those eyes!

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Who doesn’t love bubbles?

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Way to help little brother down the slide πŸ™‚

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Hello.

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Who doesn’t love to swing?

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I love the pure joy on Ella’s face in this image.
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Favorite shot of Tyler.
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My favorite of Ella.

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Told you they were an adorable family.
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Wait. This is my favorite shot of Ella.
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Hello, Tyler, nice to meet you.

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George Clinton & the Parliament Funkadelic

Posted by on May 13, 2009 in Concerts | No Comments

On Friday night, Drew and I had the chance of a lifetime to witness an amazing band. That band would be George Clinton & the Parliament Funkadelic at the Crossroads behind Grinders. A huge thanks goes to Fritz & Dept. Zero for giving me the opportunity to shoot the show. We witnessed men in diapers, men in wedding dresses, sweet dreads, funky music, handstands, and most importantly, more funky music!

We only got to shoot the first couple of songs, but here are a few of my favs…






My favorite image from the night.



Here’s Drew super pumped for the show.

Paramedics

Posted by on Apr 29, 2009 in Concerts | No Comments

Check out this band. Paramedics. My uber-talented buddy Drew sings and plays guitar. Yeah, the same Drew that kicks ass at making movies, and at taking pictures, is in a new band, wait a minute…Drew kind of reminds me of this wonderful tv clip (wait for the song).

I brought my camera along, but due to unforeseen circumstances with the lighting guys, I didn’t get very many images I liked. Plus, I feel bad because I couldn’t really get any images of the rest of the band members due to said lighting circumstances πŸ™

So, check out a couple of images, then head on over to their myspace where they have one demo up.

Note: since the lighting sucked, I played around with some triple exposures (all done in camera)


Thanks for the awesome red lights buddy!

To prove I’m not ignoring the rest of the band (uber-talented as well), here is what the light looked like on them. Pretty crappy, huh?

Sunshine…please come back…Please?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2009 in Our Life | No Comments

Thanks Missouri weather for 2 hours of sunshine…seriously, it’s April. We REALLY don’t need any more snow, or cold weather, just bring back the warmth so my crazy kiddos can burn off some energy. Is that too much to ask?

Meet Joaquin!

Posted by on Mar 27, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Can you tell that we love babies around here? Babies are beautiful, but do you know what we love even more than babies? When some of our first wedding clients ever have their second baby πŸ™‚

I’m gonna try and get to bed before 11pm for the 2nd time this week (that doesn’t happen too often), so I’ll be short on words, just know that Joaquin is a cutie and will get plenty of love from his big sister, Juliana, and mom and dad πŸ™‚

He was sound asleep for the first few shots πŸ™‚
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Favorite

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Love newborn baby eyes
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How sweet is Juliana?

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Then it started raining, so we took Juliana outside for a few shots in her rain gear
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It was cold, so we were only out for a minute or two, but it was just long enough to get this one πŸ™‚

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Our Family Blog

Posted by on Mar 22, 2009 in Our Life | No Comments

Ok, ok, so I’ve been posting a ton of pics of my kids on this blog since we started it way back in May of 2007, but the time has come for us to start our own personal family blog. We realized the other day that we forget so fast what our kids are doing, and no amount of pictures is going to bring back all the pain and suffering we went through last year potty training Max, which we’ve already forgotten what that was like.

So, what’s gonna change on this blog. Well, absolutely nothing. I’ll still be posting pics of our crazy kiddos here every now and then. So, if you’re interested, head on over to check out our personal blog (and subscribe to the RSS feed if you REALLY care that much about us)

And, here’s a lovely family portrait Max painted the other day (I photoshopped in his descriptions)

Family Portraits

Posted by on Mar 22, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments

We had a long tiring day today (3 shoots), but I wanted to share a few from our first session this morning. G-ma turned 75, so everyone and their brother was in town. We had some fun capturing some family photos for them πŸ™‚

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ShootDay 2.0!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2009 in Business News, Family Portraits | No Comments

We spent Saturday hanging with a bunch of awesome photographers for ShootDay 2.0! We had some gorgeous weather which gave us some gorgeous light, so I can’t wait to see what everyone got πŸ™‚

Kelley and I have so much fun doing these little, laid back mini-workshops, and we plan on doing a lot more, so if you’re interested, let us know!

Here’s the list of peeps we spent the evening with. If your name is on here, and I don’t have a link, just send it to josh@joshsolarphoto.com and I’ll update the post:

Heather Cole (who made a guest appearance and styled our couples, thanks, Heather!)
Jeremy Arnold
Jolene Grabill
Patrick Scanlan
Jimmy Douglas
Sarah Chatham
Bethany Peasley
Amy Kuntz
Julie Branyan
Sharaya Mauck
Sarah Crawmer

So, here they are. After hours and hours going through all the images I shot (over 1200), I finally got it narrowed down to the low number of 32 images!

First up, we have Ashley & Tony. Aren’t they so sweet?













Next up, we have Jordan & Richard. They were so amazing, too!


















Shoot Day 1.0!

Posted by on Feb 26, 2009 in Business News | No Comments

So, yesterday was not only my 28th (man, I’m getting old) birthday, but it was also our first ever Shoot Day! I had a ton of fun meeting a bunch of photographers from all over the MO/KS area. Some of you came a LONG way, which blows my mind. And I still can’t believe how amazingly warm the weather was!

Thanks to our models who went all the way back to the 80’s for us…and a big thanks to Katie from Mink Artristry for taking them there πŸ™‚

I have to say I was pretty nervous at first, especially because I was teaching everyone the basics about using off-camera lighting. But I think we all learned something and had a chance to play with the set up a little bit. I’ve seen some of your pics already and they’ve been looking great! I hope everyone had a great time, and honestly, that’s one of our main goals. To just go out, have fun and shoot away!

On a side note, Kelley, Jenny and I are excited to be offering more of these mini-workshops in the future, and we have a few ideas, but we would love to hear about what specifically you all would want to learn about. So, leave a comment below, or send an e-mail to josh@joshsolarphoto.com with your suggestions!

Well, I want to share some of my favorites, but first I wanted to list out those who attended with links, so we can all see what everyone came up with. And, for those without links, if you have one, please send it to josh@joshsolarphoto.com and I’ll update this post.

Sarah Dickerson
Amy Hoskins
Jaclyn Marie
Claire Ryser
Tyler King
Jolene Grabill
Nicole McLaughlin
Angela Davis
Michael Thomas
Sharaya Mauck
Patrick Scanlan
Jen Flanagan
Sarah Crawmer
Heather Denney
Jennifer Bresnahan
Sarah Maxey
Jeremy Arnold

Here’s a few behind the scenes shots. I wish I would have taken more, but oh well. The first one is showing how Kelley likes to have her models get run over by cars! In all seriousness, the cars swerved around us…and no one was hurt. Although we did get pointed at quite a bit πŸ™‚


Walk Hard!!!

Now, here’s all my favorite images from the Shoot Day. Again, I had fun trying new stuff and playing with my post-processing! I hope you all like-y πŸ™‚



One of my favorites!


My favorite image (I think)


Dang, this might be my favorite

or this one (I’m so indecisive)


My first shot…and I love the colors here.

More rocking out…hey, it was an 80’s themed shoot…we have to have a lot of rockin’ πŸ™‚

still more rockin’

Gotta have some sweet air guitar skillz…
finished off with some cowbell πŸ™‚