Archive for April, 2009
I’ve been a little behind on blogging lately. My blog posts have mostly been saturated with posting photos from recent photo gigs/events, etc.. and not much “writing.” But that’s ok with me- it means I’m taking more pictures! Here are some photos from a wedding I helped Carissa Byers shoot. It was a fun wedding that flew by. The couple was very relaxed and easy going, which made our job fun! It was a lot of fun shooting with Carissa and she produces some really beautiful images!! My job was to shoot the guys/groom getting ready before hand at the groom’s house (while the girls dressed at a different location), and basically document the men the rest of the day. I have to admit, it wasn’t as much fun as shooting girls getting ready. Surprisingly enough it took the guys a whopping 30 minutes to get showered/dressed. They also don’t have as many “accessories” to get detailed shots of. Bummer- but they were still fun to talk with and take photos of! I got to hear about past bachelor parties, sports stats, previous groomsmen’s weddings, etc.. The ceremony was at the beautiful Cathedral Guadalupe Church in Downtown Dallas, followed by the reception at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas.
Congrats Angela and Steven!
Here are some photos I recently shot for ENVY Magazine for the Elan at Bluffview apartment buildings “Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.” It is a beautiful building- just from judging the first floor area of the building! The people working there were very nice, as well.
On Easter morning, I had the privilege to shoot photos for the DFWMGRC Hunt Test out in Terrell, TX. (It was basically an event for the Golden Retreiver club to qualify their dogs for a working/hunt certificate… or at least I hope I’m close (Brian knows more details.) – Sorry if I’m way off.) Anyway, I got up at 4:30 AM.. yes you read that correctly. Brian and his brother picked me up at 5:30 AM and we headed out to Terrell (about an hour from Dallas) in an outta control thunderstorm. *see photos below* We waited the storm out for about an hour or two before beginning the event. It was quite a challenge, but a fun one. I was dressed in about 4 layers because it was a bit chilly, good ole mountain hiking books, and a full body rain suit. My camera was wrapped in a plastic Wal-Mart bag, but luckily most of the time we were actively testing the dogs, it was only drizzling. We didn’t bring George, because he’s still a “puppy” and not completely ready to test yet. He would have just had to stay in the muddy truck while the other dogs were being qualified for the hunt test, etc…
It is amazing what you can train a dog to do *(especially a golden retriever!)* There were 3 “stations” that would throw dead birds (Sunday they used Pheasants- some live and some dead.) Two of the stations (at least 80 yds away from dog’s starting point) would fire blanks and throw an already dead game bird in the air, while giving the dog time to watch the process.) Then the third station would throw a live bird and shoot it down for the dog to retrieve. (Kind of brutal, but you get used to it I guess.) The dogs were controlled via game bird calls, whistles, and/ or hand signals, and couple verbal commands. So great. Brian’s been training (with one of the lady’s who ran the hunt test event) since George was only a couple months old, and will continue until he’s super advanced for actual hunting trips.
Here are some of my favorite shots from the day:
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