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Stoked to announce that my Booker supercell footage has been used in the latest Acura national TV commercial for their 2016 ILX! You can see it around the :39 mark, but it’s also the background for the ILX logo itself. Super cool. Here is the whole commercial:

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Gina and Dan’s wedding…well, it had an airplane hangar. And planes. Dan lives out at Stellar Air Park and it was unbelievable how beautifully the hangar was transformed into a reception hall by the amazing Angela and Mark from Angelic Grove. I couldn’t imagine a more fun setting for a party. But the whole day was a blast. I love shooting at Brophy Chapel, and after the ceremony before they left for the hangar, Gina and Dad released two trained pigeons into the air…and it was magical. It was a pleasure working with planner Christine Southerland on this one was well…

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Sarah once took a drive with me to southern Arizona to chase storms and write an article about it. That was a few years ago and while it was the first time I met her, I knew I liked her right away. And with our discussions about addictions to watching TV shows like Breaking Bad or Battlestar Galactica, I knew Shawn would be awesome as well. A few years later we met up at Stonebridge Manor, the location for their wedding back in 2008. They wanted to do some anniversary photos and what better place than this beautiful venue. We…

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It’s tough to sum up a year in a few paragraphs but I’m gonna try! 2014 was amazing. 36 weddings. 47 family sessions. Death Valley. 14,000+ miles of chasing storms in Arizona that resulted in a film of which I’m so very proud. Two trips to the central plains for a total of seven days. Clips from my time-lapse videos showing up in State Farm and Vonage commercials, plus other random productions. So many amazing things took place. None of those really compare to the biggest event that happened to me last year: I finally quit my day job. It’s been about…

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Lots more to come from this one. What an incredible blessing to be able to photograph these two in one of the most beautiful and iconic places in Arizona.

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Kevin and Angelynn got engaged on a volcano in Indonesia and then flew all the way to Arizona to have their engagement/pre-wedding photos taken at Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Cannot wait to share this session…in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek!

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(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark iii, canon 35mm f/1.4 l, iso 100, f/5, 1/200th, 8-image stitch // buy print) After seeing that amazing supercell near Booker, Texas…it’s tough to imagine anything looking more ominous. But this storm was close. This is a big, 8-image panoramic, so things look further away than they actually were. The wall cloud was rotating violently, and we stood there in awe of what we were seeing. You can see in the darker area of the wall cloud how low the base is to the ground. Incredible. This storm was marching…

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I’ve known some of the people in this family for almost 20 years. Watching the Evjen’s grow from five into 11 has been a blessing for me. Having three kids of my own, that’s what we look like right now. Someday I’ll get to experience what it’s like to see my kids get married and then have little grandchildren of their own. And then hopefully we’ll do some photos like these. Love this group so much.

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These ladies…mom Jaime and her two daughters Robyn and Rhylie, traveled across country all the way from Iowa to Arizona, to see the Grand Canyon, In & Out Burger, other sights and to have me take their photos. Unbelievable. I was so excited to meet the two little ones for many reasons, but one was because I heard they had questions for me. About storm chasing of course and when the eldest stood in front of me with a piece of paper, I knew this was a legit interview. “What’s the best storm you’ve ever chased?” “Do you take your…