The Wagner Family

Gosh, one of my favorite family sessions in awhile…loved seeing the Wagner’s once again!

Shadows in the Sky

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Music: “The Last Goodbye” Eric Kinny, Danica Dora (through TheMusicbed.com, sign-up for licensing here: share.mscbd.fm/mikeolbinski)
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Sometimes it takes you months to find the correct song for your next project and other times you find it in about three minutes. When I heard The Last Goodbye, the haunting melody and gorgeous vocals, not to mention the cinematic feel leading to a pulse-pounding finale, I knew instantly I wanted to use this for a black and white film.

Interestingly enough, while I love making these monochrome films, I’ve had this newfound love of color in storms, the variety, the stunning tones of greens, blues, oranges, reds and everything in-between. So as I was making this film entirely in black and white, I kept getting this unsatisfied feeling. I decided to try something new about halfway through, when the song’s pace slowly increases, and I hope it’s something you enjoy!

I love this song, I love these clips and I love chasing storms. The scenes in this film have appeared before, and I cannot wait to get out and get some new stuff to share down the road. It may be two years of collecting footage again before I create something new, so I had to put something out now to tide me over until then and also to fire me up for storm season! Hope you enjoy!

The Linde Family

Going to be a fun few blog posts coming from the Linde family, starting off with this family session last fall. A maternity is coming up and a newborn session as well!

Andrea & Brad’s Elopement at Merry-Go-Round Rock

What a blessing this wedding was and these people were, in the midst of a chaotic year and so much hardship going on. Thankful to Andrea and Brad for being considerate and thinking about their family and friends more than about having a huge wedding. This sweet little elopement was magical and beautiful.

Luis & Lauren’s wedding at The Paseo

One of my favorite venues is The Paseo, and absolutely loved this wedding from this past fall. Lauren and Luis were the first wedding in the spring that had to postpone because of the pandemic, and they were my first fall wedding! Loved how awesome they were about doing most everything outdoors, spaced, with masks for everyone who needed one. Felt very safe and everyone was incredibly kind!

This was 2020

2020. What a year. I truly don’t want to get into the crap that happened over the past 10 months, but I will say, the number of photos I have here are a lot less than normal. Under a 100. I think I usually can’t keep it below 150!

Canceled weddings, subpar spring chase season, horrific monsoon, lack of motivation and a general lackluster year led to less opportunities. But…I’m incredibly blessed to have seen what I did see in a year when people were mostly holed up in their homes keeping safe and healthy. So many of my friends were unable to travel to the United States to chase this year and so I feel super lucky to have been able to get out at all!

As always, these are generally in order of when they happened. Thankful to all my amazing clients who return every year for annual family photos, it means so much to me! Some pics of my wife and kids in here of course, I only wish I had taken more photos of them this year.

Hope you enjoy this look at my favorite pics from 2020!

 

The Brown Family

An adorable family session from a year ago…

New Times: Best Music Video Cameo

Pretty blessed to have made the Phoenix New Times “Best of” list a number of times, but this year’s was pretty awesome! You can see the video below!

Here’s the link to the original article

Welcome baby Henry

Hard to believe I shot Andrew and Carolyn’s wedding so long ago and now they have THREE kids! Love these dudes!

Irelynn’s senior session!

The Kleins are some of our dearest friends and getting to see Irelynn grow up before our eyes and graduate high school was amazing! Wishing her the best at UofA!