Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Kevin's Favorite Wedding Photos from 2010

I started out with one favorite photo from each wedding we shot this year, and that just felt a bit too much, so I narrowed it down from there. So if your wedding was left out, I am sorry, and I still love you! I just wanted a collection that was more concise. Also, I want to say that these are not, in my opinion, necessarily the best photos from each wedding, just my favorite. We're still going to do a BEST OF 2010. These photos, I believe really give you an idea of what each of these weddings felt like. They bring a huge smile to my face, followed by warm fuzzy avatar style butterflies each time I look at them.

It was extremely difficult to narrow these down, since I had many favorites from each wedding. But here they are... my (Kevin's) favorite 12 photos from 12 different weddings from 2010.

My hope is that you will read what I wrote and then click on each photo and take your time looking at it. It would mean a lot to me if you did. Thanks!

Paris, FR- Helen & Gene - Jan. 23rd - The Ritz in Paris.... This trip was unreal on so many levels. I took this photo right after having 2 double espressos brought to me by the waiter, after almost 24hours of no sleep. It woke me up, then I felt sick, then drank more espresso, then wore a beret, then...well, it's a long story.

San Diego -Michael and Michelle-April 3rd- I just love these guys. They heard about us in Fiji. We were kind of in a rush to get this photo. The wind was wipping along the left side of that wall, which is why all the girls are on the right. So once I had everyone in place, I asked this little flower girl to walk towards me until she was in just the right spot.

Destin, FL- Megan, my beautiful sister, & Todd -April 24th. What makes this pic extra cool is my dad in the background hiding behind Meg holding the flash. She has this blown up real big as a metallic print in her entry way. Might be my favorite photo of the year.

Destin, FL-Jenna & Edward-May 23rd. I love this couple. This wedding was so easy and fun. Edward, the 2 days I was there, never stopped looking at Jenna like she's the most beautiful woman in the world, the love of his life. This photo just feels like their wedding to me, his eyes say it all.

Tulum, MX - Shanna & Chris- May 28th. I loved the colors here and we snapped a few and were about to move on when one of the hotel workers walked by with these freshly cut palm leaves. So in my best Spanish I asked to borrow a them. I do have to give an acknowledgement to Jose Villa for inspiration for this photo. Totally his style. In my eyes it's ok to look to other artists for inspiration, but when you do, give them their credit.

Seattle, WA -Laura & Sam -June 19th. Shot this on the campus of the University of Washington on the way to their church. It rained all morning, we almost didn't even stop, but about 5 minutes from campus, it cleared, just enough. There was a slight wind present and kept Laura's vail in the air just long enough to capture these photos. What you can't see is her bridesmaid running out of the photo just after dropping it.

Springdale, UT - Jen & Seth -June 26th. I got to shoot Jen's boudoir photos, but Katie shot this wedding alone while I was in Missouri. I love Jen and Seth and wish I could have been there, their wedding was beautiful and Katie did an amazing job.

Casa De Loco, MO- Erika & Tyler - July 17th. I love props, and I love groomsmen who are willing to do some cool stuff. Nothing says cool like wine, shades & swords.

Seven Springs Winery, MO -Ben & Traci-August 6th. The most difficult thing about getting shots like this is the limited time you have in between the ceremony and reception to set everyone up in a good location, get the lighting right, etc. Family is standing around wondering what the hell you're doing, the bridal party is wanting to get their drink on. And you are just taking your time trying to get things to feel right. Which is also why I love these shots. Lots of pressure. Just like in the real Sopranos.

Seven Springs Winery, MO - Nikki & Chris -Oct. 2nd. Katie took this. She does such an amazing job of making a bride look gorgeous on her wedding day. Simply a beautiful shot.

Silverstone, Las Vegas - Natalie & Brad - Oct. 2nd. While Katie was in MO, I was in Vegas photographing this beautiful couple. Her smile says it all.

Porta Cima, MO - Christie & Dan - 10/10/10. Another Katie photo. Just love how simple yet elegant this photo is. The folds in the dress, her shoes, the grass. Perfect.

Thanks for reading and enjoying our photos. Here's to an amazing year!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Love for my Sister

Because it is the holiday season, and I'm feeling the love of family, I want to post some recent photos of a simply glorious woman... my baby sister Heidi. Beautiful inside and out, Heidi has been a love of my life for as long as I can remember. We have built forts together, sewed barbie beds together, moved rooms of furniture together, watched the sun rise together.

I supported the right side of her body against mine while she gave birth to her son. She supported me through the loss of our father. We supported one another with laughter, tears, and song when Grandpa died.

She has blue eyes and her birthstones are moonstones and pearls. She likes toast with avocado and is a brilliant mathematician. Her Scottish accent is flawless and when she quotes Vincini from the Princess Bride you think he's in the room.

Once, when I was going through a particularly low time, she painted me a card with stars, hills, and moonshine. It only said four words, "I believe in you."

To me she is a model of grace, beauty, and mystery--intelligence and love. She is my wing man.

I took these pictures of Heidi and her daughter in my kitchen, with rainy light coming from the window.

This is my sister:

Merry Christmas Shashi



Monday, December 6, 2010

St. George, UT Family Photographer

Loved this shoot, just wanted to post this one. Love love love creative ideas, I love creating.

Details so far are: 6k sqft home in Zion. Snow. End of February. 7 bedrooms, sleeps 22. 2 full days of classes. Meals and Accommodations included. Give aways from our sponsors. I can't wait!

In unrelated news, my Destin bride's mom hung a stocking over her fireplace for me & then sent me a photo. I'm blown away! Guess they liked their photos!