I know you’ve all been waiting…

Posted by on Jul 6, 2007 in Married, Wedding | No Comments

Tonight we got to do our first dress trashing shoot ever… and as a lot of you know, we’ve been super excited about this for awhile now. So I want to say thank you to Leslie for being so cool and relaxed and up for anything. So Josh, Leslie, and I headed out with Drew & Selena from Van Horn Video for this awesome shoot. We started out downtown under the 12th Street bridge and then headed to the Crown Center fountain. I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun we had and how freaking amazing Leslie looked. So here is a sneak peek for you Leslie (and all you other ladies out there who are secretly – or not so secretly – considering doing this)… P.S. Video coming soon…And Tara, you’re next!!

The Joys of Fatherhood

Posted by on Jul 4, 2007 in Our Life | No Comments

I love being a dad. It’s amazing to me watching my two little ones grow up so fast and there’s so much going on in their lives that it seems like it’s flying right on by. They do cool things every single day and it’s impossible to remember them all. You can take all the pictures and movies you want, but you can’t catch everything. That’s why I try and find little moments that I can stash away forever. Moments that you can’t capture on film (or memory cards).

Tonight one of those “moments” happened and I’d like to share it with you all. Raymore is a wonderful place around the 4th of July. You get morons setting fireworks off at all hours, and it’s not even the 4th yet. Obviously, these people don’t have children. Anyway, Max is trying to fall asleep, but all of the fireworks are keeping him awake. Not only is the noise loud, but it’s scary to be 2 1/2 and hear all these fireworks going off at random times. So, really sweetly Max asks, “Will you hold me dadda?” How can I say no to that, so I lay down next to him. It’s just me, Max, and Mickey Mouse. Max is restless with all the noise, so I sing him a couple of songs. Then he asks me to “go up in the sky and punch the fireworks in the face (that’s what I tell him when there’s thunder, that I’m going to punch it in the face).” We’re laying there and the perfect song comes on. It’s Ben Harper and Jack Johnson singing “High Tide or Low Tide” originally sung by Bob Marley. Here are the lyrics:

In high seas or in low seas
I’m gonna be your friend,
I’m gonna be your friend.
In high tide or in low tide,
I’ll be by your side,
I’ll be by your side.

(I heard her praying, praying, praying)
I said, I heard my mother,
She was praying (praying, praying, praying)
And the words that she said (the words that she said),
They still linger in my head (lingers in my head),
She said, “A child is born in this world,
He needs protection,
God, guide and protect us,
When we’re wrong, please correct us.
(when we’re wrong, correct us).
And stand by me.” yeah!

In high seas or in low seas,
I’m gonna be your friend,
He said, “I’m gonna be your friend.”
And, baby, in high tide or low tide,
I’ll be by your side,
I’ll be by your side.

I siad I heard my mother,
She was crying’ (I heard her crying’), yeah! (crying’, crying’),
And the tears that she shed (the tears that she shed)
They still linger in my head (lingers in my head)

She said: “A child is born in this world,
He needs protection,
God, guide and protect us,
When we’re wrong, (when we’re wrong), correct us.

And in high seas or low seas,
I’m gonna be your friend,
I’m gonna be your friend.
Said, high tide or low tide,
I’ll be by your side,
I’ll be by your side.

Such a great song! I laid there for a few more minutes with him, then I really needed to get back to working on some wedding pics, so I started to get up to leave, and Max says really sweetly, “Please don’t go dadda. I need you.” So I wrapped my arm around him and rubbed his back gently. I’m actually falling asleep at this point when I feel a little hand reach over and start patting me on my shoulder (his tiny arms won’t reach my back) like I’m patting his back. I start rubbing his forehead gently with one of my fingers to get him to calm down and close his eyes like I used to do, and he starts playing with my stubble on my face (this is a sign that he’s close to being asleep). I pop over Mickey’s head and give him a kiss on the forehead and tell him how much I love him, and the next thing I know he’s out.

Anyway, the point of my story is that moments like that should never be forgotten. Times like these let me know that I’m doing something right because my child loves me so much, and I’m the one that gets to comfort my little man. In a few years, it’s going to be me trying to keep him away from the fireworks, but for now, it’s me holding him so he won’t be scared.

On a side note, I didn’t get many pictures edited, but that’s okay.

I would like to conclude with a picture of my two wonderful children that I took the other day.

Drew & Selena

Posted by on Jul 3, 2007 in Family Portraits | One Comment

We got the chance to walk around the Jazz District and City Market with Drew & Selena the other night. They were a blast. I don’t think I got too many serious pics. We actually shot their wedding last August, so some of you might recognize them.

I would also like to let everyone know that Drew and Selena have started their own video company. Drew does weddings, music videos, short films, school plays, basically anything you would ever want recorded. You can check out some more about them here. It’s always fun when you meet quality vendors that you can recommend to other brides.

Anyway, here are some of my favorites.

This is one of my favorite pics ever! The light was perfect for the shadow.

Hey baby, what ya doin’ later?

And now for the jumping pics. Drew seemed to want to jump off of everything he possibly could. Man, he’s got some hops on him!

Kick-flip off the wall!

You just can’t stop him!

Selena even got in on the action.

Sick of it all, she finally just pushed him off.

Finger Painting Fun!!

Posted by on Jul 3, 2007 in Our Life | No Comments

This evening, Jenny and I decided to put our old paper background to good use. We were just going to throw it away, but what fun would that be, right? So, Jenny dug out the hidden finger paints that Max got for Christmas and we let Max & Zoey have at it.

Thanks Zoey for diving right in while Max was nervous. Of course, Mommy made me give Max the bath afterwards, and fun times were had by all!

Sorry for so many pictures, but I couldn’t make up my mind which ones were my favorite.

Double High-Five!
Nervous Max
Starting to get the hang of it Max

Foot Painting!

Clap ’em together, what color does it make?

Now you got it, Max

Love this picture

Zoey’s Feet

Can’t wait to get into the bath Max

Belly Painting!

Up Close & Personal

How did you get it on your face?


How does it taste?

Look What Happens…

Posted by on Jul 2, 2007 in Our Life | No Comments

Here’s what happens when Mommy isn’t home. Max decided that he wanted to play in the rain and who was I to tell him that he can’t, right? So, anyway, enjoy these fun snapshots of my children. By the way, what do you guys think about our new logo?

Jennie & Jay's Wedding

Posted by on Jul 1, 2007 in Married, Wedding | No Comments

So yesterday Jennie & Jay got married! And it rained all day (I think it might have finally stopped raining by the time we got to the reception). It was great though, because Jennie & Jay didn’t let the rain ruin their day or their spirits. We had an awesome time with them! I imagine it would be a pretty funny sight to see… I don’t have any pictures, so you have to bear with me here… okay, so it’s pouring rain, Jennie & Jay are outside in the rain with an umbrella… Josh and I are following them around… he’s got a camera in his hand shooting and I’m following him around holding an umbrella over him so the camera won’t get wet! We even stopped at a little park on the way to the reception and the limo driver held the umbrella for Jennie & Jay… you gotta love this Midwest weather :). So anyway, they also had the CRAZIEST reception I think I’ve ever been to… seriously, my legs are sore today from squatting down so much taking pictures of everyone dancing… I was standing on tables, laying on the ground… it was crazy… but so much fun! So here are some pictures (it was very hard to narrow it down to even this many… you will definitely want to check our proofing website in a few weeks to see these photos!)…

Look at their faces!

Seriously, how cool is this cake?

So I find myself saying this alot, but it’s a small world… you may recognize these guys from our blog… we shot James & Brianah’s wedding in May… it’s so fun to see people we know at other weddings!

Betsy & Jake's Engagement Pics

Posted by on Jun 27, 2007 in Beloved | One Comment

Sunday, we headed out to Loose Park with Betsy and Jake to do their engagement pictures. I thought it was hot on Saturday, but it was REALLY hot on Sunday! I guess this is what we are going to be up against all summer… Anyway, we had a lot of fun with Betsy and Jake… they have so much energy and passion for each other… we’re really looking forward to their New Year’s Eve wedding! Here are a few pics… (I think we got 1 or 2 serious ones 🙂

Okay, so here’s the nice one first…

This is one of my favorite pics we’ve done recently

I was seriously was about to get in the fountain with them, they were having so much fun

Kristy & Ryan's Wedding

Posted by on Jun 27, 2007 in Married, Wedding | One Comment
So Saturday we were up North for Kristy and Ryan’s wedding. In between the ceremony and reception, we headed out to the fountain at Vivion and Antioch, where Kristy and Ryan had their first kiss! We had a great time, even though it was really hot! Here are a few pics from the day…
While Kristy was doing this…

Ryan was doing this…

Kristy wore her tennis shoes all day… Maybe you’ll start a new trend, Kristy!

The ringbearers were so cute… can you tell we have a soft spot for little kids?

I thought the streamers were probably the coolest exit I’ve seen at a wedding!

On Vacation…Another Wedding

Posted by on Jun 17, 2007 in Married, Wedding | No Comments

What would a Saturday be without a wedding. Even though we were on vacation, and I was the best man, I just didn’t feel right at a wedding without my camera in hand. So, here are a few pics from my buddy Brad and Dawn’s wedding.

The kids at these events are so darn cute! I couldn’t help but take a few pictures.

Here are some of my friends that I’ve known since I was 5.

Brent, Brad, Me & Brian

Brian & Val

Jenny & Peter

Brent & Kristin

Thanks to Jenny Rucker for this picture of my wife and I

I love California!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2007 in Our Life | One Comment

Jenny and I are having a blast relaxing out in California with friends and family. I convinced my Grandparents to go down to the Seal Beach pier for a little while and let me take a few pictures of them. Here are a few of my favorites. Aren’t they so in love!

And here are a few of my favorite pictures of the kids playing at the beach.

And a couple of others from the Seal Beach playground.