Thursday, February 19, 2009

My New Lense

After a lot of research, I decided to buy another lense. I chose to buy the Canon 50mm 1.8. It is quite a bit different than my previous lense. First of all, I love how low the f-stops go. It makes it fun to shoot close up portrait pictures.

Canon 50mm 1.8


Nicole went to her stylist today and got a cut and color. She was so excited about it. She asked me to take pictures of her hair from every angle (including the top) so she could remember how it looked today.


Another thing I love about this lense is the detail that shows up in the eyes. I love the "catch light" effect. I can't wait to use it in natural light (as opposed to the kitchen ligts in these pictures).


While Brandon was doing his homework, I snapped a few pictures. The depth of field is incredible with this lense. I focused on his eye and almost everything else is out of focus.


Again, look at the details of his eyes, and notice the "catch lights".

Kitchen Aid Mixer

I decided to have a little fun with some inanimate objects. I thought this "retro" picture of the Kitchen Aid mixer was fun. I focused on the "h" in the word. As you can see, almost everything else is out of focus.


Finally, I wanted to se how this lense would do with some colors. It was fun to play around with the settings and see what woluld come out. Like I said, I am so excited to get to try this out this weekend with natural light. Till then!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Another Little Model

Makenna sure is a wonderful willing model. The camera comes out and she instantly strikes a cute pose.
I didn't even have to position her hands or her head. I think she watches a lot of princess movies and practices regularly. I really love how her eye color draws you in. I used several actions from Pioneer Woman's arsenal to get the background to fade like that.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Derek & Karen's Wedding - Valentines Day!

Congratulations to Derek & Karen Rowe! They were married today! Valentines Day! Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day.

As we were all following them up the snowy and wet stairway on the outside of the Bountiful Temple, I happened to notice that Karen had on beautiful Cinderella shoes. As she and Derek were trying to keep her dress from getting wet and dirty, the shoes kept peeking out and I quickly snapped this candid shot. A lucky shot.

I have to laugh at this picture because it is actually over-exposed. When I saw it at home, I thought... "I need to put a white vignette on this one to make it look more like Heaven.

When I pull my camera out, my sweet daughter says "take a picture of me daddy". Well, here it is... My little princess!

I am grateful that my kids are so willing to just stop and pose for me whenever I say "stop". It was quite a snowy day and the trees and bushes had lots of white fluf on them which makes for a beautiful, natural backdrop.

The new Mr & Mrs Derek & Karen Rowe's grand presentation!

My wife does not like to pose for the camera, but I always love these quick shots I get. I really love her eyes in this shot!

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Well, it has been a while since I have posted any pictures to this blog. I have been so busy lately. I just decided that it had been long enough. I need to play with my camera whenever I can. I need to practice. So practice I did. Here are several pictures I took tonight. I used a different setting on eachone.

I have seen the "ring" pictures when people get married. I decided to do these ring pictures in honor of Valentines day. Happy Valentines Day babe!

These two pictures of my daughter are actually the same one, I just decided to make one a black & white because I thought it was such a cute picture.

I know I am biased, but I think my kids are pretty photogenic. My son just patiently sat there while I snapped pictures.

This last picture is my favorite of the 3 ring pictures. I really got lucky with this one. You wouldn't know it, bu I had to add lot of light to this one and adjust the settings. It was very difficult. I probably took 20 pictures to get t his one!