Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
B. Davis - focused
B. Lacey - surveying the field
T. Wodiske - getting warmed up by going old school - Duck Hunt, baby!
I had a blast! Even though we didn't find anything to shoot, it was just awesome getting outdoors and enjoying some time with the fellas.
Here's my favorite shot from our day...
Not sure if I'll ever be a hunter, but I can't wait to go out again! Enjoy the pictures in the slideshow (especially of the doggies)!!!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
And then Sarah and I started driving. We left about 45 minutes early so that we could set up before the ceremony started and we were laughing and joking and having a good time. We pull up to the gate to enter Fort Riley and the military patrolman says that we can't use this gate after hours :( So he gave us directions on where we could go. At this point, we still have plenty of time. I call Mona and let her know what's going on and she apologizes profusely for the mix up. Sarah and I arrive at the other entrance only to find that we need government issued IDs or else we can't get in. Unfortunately, Sarah lost her driver's license earlier that week and so we had to turn around and leave. Now, it's homecoming ceremony time. So I whip the car around and drop Sarah off at the Junction City Walmart (which probably wasn't the best idea, but there was no was I was going to miss the entire ceremony) and sped back to Fort Riley.
After getting through the entrance, I had no idea where to go. I drove around aimlessly for about 20 minutes (after 1) asking the military patrolman for directions and 2) asking a military police officer for directions to no avail), I saw a line of cars leaving one building and I knew that is where I needed to be!
So after reading all of that, you're probably thinking that I missed everything and I am just a bitter grumpy old man! But no! Fortunately for me, the Dexters (Mona, Chris, Tyler, Jake & Garrett) were still there and I was able to grab some candids as well as some posed shots of them before they took off! It was awesome seeing the whole family reunited! You might recognize the Dexters from previous sessions here and here and so I really wanted to be there for them for this momentous occasion!
Welcome home Chris! And thank you for doing all that you do for our country and our freedom!
Monday, January 12, 2009
You can see from the slideshow that Mandy and Ben are just hilarious together! So complementary and so much in love, it was hard not to laugh with them :) We took a TON of pictures in our short time together because we wanted them to have as many to choose from as possible as well as to keep for themselves! Sarah took a few of the little details shots and some of Mandy and Ben together and I focused on the beautiful blue eyed Ellie Jo! Mandy wanted some Anne Geddes-esque shots and I was happy to do whatever they wanted :)
Congrats to your gorgeous baby girl and Brisa and I will be praying for her continued health and spirit!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Recently, I had the sweet opportunity to take pictures of Emily, Tony and Gus at City Park (the home of their very first kiss!) and it was SUH-WEET (yes, i did use "sweet" twice in the same sentence, but spelled differently = all gravy)! I had them jumping, skipping, lying down, dipping, sliding and running around all afternoon (thanks for being so easy to work with)! We roamed around City Park and my favorite shots were the ones taken on the steps and at the little playhouse in the playground. I just love how they look and interact with each other! And please notice Emily's gorgeous eyes! I mean, how could you not notice them, but in case you glazed passed them, do yourself a favor and look at the slideshow again. Absolutely amazing!
Thanks again guys for selecting me as your photographer and best of luck with your Oregon wedding and the rest of your lives together!
Enjoy the rockin slideshow!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Any who, back to the Ewings. Why are they my favorite Wamegoans, you ask? Well because they are super cool. They essentially run a B&B for all of their kids, their kids' friends and all of their animals! I met Mary nearly two years ago and our ridiculously sarcastic sense of humor made us fast friends and we've been bantering back and forth ever since!
So during the holiday break, Mary asked if I could take some quick family portraits while all of her children were home and I happily obliged! A supposed 15 minute photo shoot turned into about an hour, but hey, do what you gotta do, right? Based on the photos, you'll notice that the entire family is just hilarious. Always ready with a quick insult or a nasty look, I love hanging out with the Ewings because you just never know what is going to happen next. From JR combing his beard to Mary laughing and crying uncontrollably during a "serious pose", you just gotta love the Ewings. They are some of the most thoughtful and considerate people I know and I am a better person for knowing them :)
Enjoy the quick slideshow!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
When I first started La Brisa Photography, I wanted everything to be extremely sophisticated and first rate; hence, my blog posts were a little sterile and not very personal. I used "we" and "our" instead of "I" and "my" and I realized that I want people to learn more about me and to get more personal with you! So from now on, I'll be blogging in the first person as I should have done from the very beginning!
You will quickly realize that I:
- have a ridiculously lame sense of humor (which I owe to my lovely older pregnant sister)
- use the words "awesome, amazing, beautiful, definitely and gorgeous" many many times (I'm trying to work on that)
- I absolutely adore sports and pets, especially dogs!
- I love dining out (terrible for the pocket and for the waist I know, but so much easier than cooking)
- my faith and my wife and my family are my most treasured things.
Happy New Year everyone!!!
Monday, January 5, 2009
We spent the morning with the ladies at the Gallery for Hair and then we headed over to the Church of Christ. Ceremony was gorgeous and very much in tune with Niki and Josh's personalties: sentimental, simple and sweet. The highlight of the day was definitely the reception at the Clarion Hotel! Josh and Niki definitely owned the dance floor! From their first dance, to their garter and bouquet toss, to Niki doing some amazing two-steppin with her brother to Josh getting so low that none of his hands or feet were touching the dance floor! Talk about getting down!
Congrats again to Niki and Josh and thanks for selecting La Brisa Photography! Many blessings to you and your future together!
Now please enjoy the slideshow!!!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
In 2008, there were 9,448 visits to this blog and 5,009 visits to the main labrisaphotography.com site. Unreal. I am totally blown away. Nearly 15,000 people have shown some sort of interest and I am speechless. Never in my wildest imaginations could I have come up with a number like that! For the blog, there were 16,525 total hits and for the main site there were 6,024 total hits. Again, unbelievable. God has truly blessed me with photography and I am so pleased that I am able to share it with so many of you!
I am super excited about 2009! The most exciting aspect for this upcoming year is that I have taken on an assistant photographer, Sarah of www.sarahjeannephotography.com and she has been shooting with me for several weddings, engagment and family sessions already! She has an amazing eye for photography and I truly believe she is well on her way to becoming one of the best photographers in Kansas. Seriously, her natural ability is THAT awesome! Check out her site and take advantage of her lower rates during her initial startup because they definitely will not last long!
Happy New Year everyone and thanks again for all of your love and support of La Brisa Photography!!!
p.s. i'll be blogging a TON of sessions soon!