Favorite Photos 2009 Part 1

As I look back through 2009, I see massive strides in my photography. It was a year of non-stop learning and then putting it all into action. I hope to make the same strides in 2010 and also work a lot more on the business of photography which, it turns out, is entirely different from knowing how to push buttons on a camera. Here are some of my favorites from January through June. I’ll post July through December later today.

Cody swinging at Christmas

Wendy + Cory Engagement Session

Mallorie + Aaron Engagement

David Ballard

Colton on a stormy night

Cody & His Puppy

Colton in the studio

Cindy + Matt's Engagement

Unified Theory

Mallorie + Aaron

Dianne + David Engagement

Wendy + Cory Wedding Day

Terri Lynn Family Shoot

Emily + Doug Maternity

Cheri + David

Mallorie's Bridal Session

Alyson + Brandon Engagement Session

Alyson + Brandon Engagement

This was an incredible shoot with Alyson and Brandon. We canceled our first shoot because it was supposed to be terrible weather. Of course, that day turned out beautiful. The backup date was last week. So naturally it rained cats and dogs and was very cold. Most people would have canceled the shoot, but we decided to push ahead. It turned out amazing. There’s something about shooting in the rain that creates a look you don’t normally get. Because it was such a unique shoot, I’m going to do an ImageRecap episode for it tomorrow. I’ll post it here on the blog. In the mean time, here are some of my favorites from the day.

Alyson + Brandon Engagement

Alyson + Brandon Engagement

Alyson + Brandon Engagement

Alyson + Brandon Engagement
This is Brandon’s “model look.”

Alyson + Brandon Engagement

Alyson + Brandon Engagement

Alyson + Brandon Engagement

Alyson + Brandon Engagement

Measuring 2009

So 2009 hasn’t been a great year. Almost everyone I know agrees with this sentiment. And it’s not just the economy. Sure a lot of people are out of work, and those of us that are still working are hurting more than usual. But that’s just one small part of it. There have been things happen in 2009 that I never would have believed. On every level myself and most people I know are leaving 2009 in much worse shape than when we started it. Physically, emotionally, financially, this has been a terrible year.

And if that was how I measured life, I’d be in very sad shape. As I look at this year though, I feel like it was a good year for the simple reason that I have grown stronger in Christ in the past 360ish days. Do the challenges we are facing get me down? Absolutely, but at the end of the day I live in the promise that this isn’t the end of the story. What we face now is nothing so long as we have Christ. Jesus is enough. It’s that hope that makes it possible to face these challenges without being totally overwhelmed.

We can use challenges and hard times to push closer to Christ, or to become bitter and pull away. I choose to push closer, because there is no hope in the second choice. But it is our choice to make.

I’m not sure what 2010 holds. Probably more challenges, but I know each one is an opportunity to strengthen my relationship with our King. He has willed everything that happened this year for His ultimate glory and my joy. That won’t change in 2010 which gives me hope.

Amanda + Shane Wedding Day

We shot Amanda and Shane’s wedding at the amazing Victoria’s Black Swan Inn in San Antonio last month. It was an incredible location to work at with a staff that really knows what it’s doing. It was a lot of fun to watch Amanda and Shane get married. Their reception was never dull and the weather actually turned out great for an outdoor November wedding. Here are a few of our favorites from the day.

Amanda + Shane Wedding Day

Amanda + Shane Wedding Day

Amanda + Shane Wedding Day

Amanda + Shane Wedding Day

Amanda + Shane Wedding Day

Amanda + Shane Wedding Day

Amanda + Shane Wedding Day

Amanda + Shane Wedding Day

Amanda + Shane Wedding Day

Amanda + Shane Wedding Day

Amanda + Shane Wedding Day

Amanda + Shane Wedding Day

Amanda + Shane Wedding Day

Chaney album cover shoot

Chaney Album Shoot

Last month I shot the cover for Chaney’s upcoming album. Chose the Austin Women’s Club for our shoot because of the amazing look of the place. I had shot Dianne’s bridal photos here and they loved the feel that couch had.

The original concept was to have the photo above as the front cover and the photo below as the back cover. As we began to shoot, we discovered the red doors in the shot below and decided we liked that a lot. I think that has become the new cover shot. The rest are just a few of my favorites.

Chaney Album Shoot

Chaney Album Shoot

Chaney Album Shoot

Chaney Album Shoot

Announcing ImageSeasons 2010

As we were looking at 2010, I had the idea of working with families several times a year to see how they change and grow. After throwing the idea out there on Twitter, I had a lot of people respond and say they’d love to do four photo shoots a year if they were reasonably priced. ImageSeasons is our answer to that.

The way it works is you pay $500 for four one-hour shoots throughout the year. Each shoot includes a disc with the high-res edited images. We’ll work with you on each shoot to develop a unique look and feel. At the end, you’ll have an amazing set of photos documenting your family through 2010.

We’re only making four of these “subscriptions” available, and only until December 24th. Just email me and I’ll go over all the details with you.

Men, trust me when I tell you, your wife will love you if you give her this as a gift. And I promise to make the shoots not just painless for you, but fun too.