Sneak peak: Brand new baby Wyatt

As some of you know, I have a full-time job that doesn’t involve photography and the last few days have been long, tedious and tiring. After about 10 hours today, I drove across Phoenix in rush hour traffic to meet my wife, daughter and our friends who just had their second child in the wee hours of Friday morning. My wife made them a delicious dinner and I was going to take a few shots of Wyatt along with his big sister Rachel.

Photography is such a blessing to me. After such a draining day, I got to take pictures of this cute newborn baby and then when I got home to process them, his little face made me smile over and over. Suddenly a downer of a day ends on a happy note…how awesome is that?

Looking forward to watching Wyatt grow up!

Welcome to the world baby Wyatt

Our very good friends Tyler and Sara had their second child in the wee early hours of Saturday morning and his name was Wyatt. A cute little guy, apparently does nothing but sleep and whimper so very sweetly. I’m sure the tired parents are hoping that trend continues.

Just two shots of this guy from our quick visit to see them yesterday.

A little triptych from Makale’s maternity shoot

There are so many things you can do with photos that I have yet had a chance to explore. Taking pictures snapped at a photoshoot and then organizing them into diptychs and triptychs is just one of those things that I’ve wanted to try but haven’t had a chance.

I put two of these together for Makale last night as I was throwing her pictures onto a DVD. A triptych in essence is just a three paneled/sectioned work of art. I think you definitely have to learn how images mesh and compliment each other, so I thank my wonderful wife Jina for helping me skip some of the first few versions until I found a few that seemed to work.

As I said, I keep experimenting with new techniques and styles, so I’m not sure where this will lead, but I’d love to be able to offer them in some form down the road, perhaps photobooks or whatever.

Sneak peak: Makale’s maternity shoot

A beautiful couple, a baby girl on the way and Joe’s Farm Grill were the perfect ingredients for a little pre-baby photoshoot yesterday evening. Makale and Terrence invited me to photograph their baby shower a few weeks ago and last night I was lucky enough to help them create a few more memories of baby Giuliana before she enters this world.

We ended up with a lot of good shots from the shoot last night and I’m still going through them, but I just had to post this one. Most guys get a little uncomfortable when it comes to being romantic and all lovey-dovey during shoots (I remember being that way the first time Jina and I did one), but he was a trooper and did everything asked of him and more.

To me, this shot kind of shows the anticipation a soon-to-be father might have…that anxious and sometimes scary uncertainty. I definitely felt that way.

Standing on Chairs

Last week Lyla learned how to pull herself up on our chairs, and eventually the table itself. Now, I think we’ve kind of gotten on her enough that she’s sticking to chairs only, but don’t try to put an end to that either! She’ll have none of it…

Anyways, as much as I wish she wasn’t up there grasping at laptops and cameras and vases full of flowers, there is something absolutely adorable about her little feet and legs when she’s trying to balance herself and keep steady.

I know I’m on a little baby feet kick right now, but they are kind of hard to pass up when you see them like this.


This is Lyla’s great-grandmother, Grace, after which our daughter received her middle name. I shot this at Christmas and it’s one of my most favorite photos I’ve taken so far. When I think of my daughter being just 17-months old now, it’s almost impossible to imagine one day she could be married, have kids, and then her kids have kids and one day one of them would somehow bounce on my lap at Christmas (If I stick around this life that long).

A simple photo to represent the beauty of family and the generations that have been and are yet to come.

I’m displaying this photo at church tomorrow as part of a contest that invited artists to create something to represent “Mom.”

For whatever reason, this photo is what popped into my head first.

Happy mother’s day!

Painted nails, baby feet and kissing

Our wonderful and amazing babysitter painted Lyla’s toes on Thursday, and they are such tiny, crinkly toes at that. She was sitting/standing/playing on the bathroom countertop this morning while mommy got ready, so I grabbed the camera to snap a few photos (of course).

All on her own, with barely any prompting from me, Lyla started smooching herself in the mirror and then laughing afterwards. It was amazing fun to watch.

Babies, birthday suits and jeans

If there was a love inside of me for storm/landscape photography, there is an equal love for taking pictures of people. Random shots, candid portraits…that’s what I love. And above all that, I love taking pictures of my little girl Lyla Grace.

For those new people who may have just started following some of my work, Lyla took a long time to make happen. Infertility problems and an expensive in vitro procedure amounted to about six years of trying until she was finally born into this world. She’s an angel and a light in our lives.

Some of my best photos in the world have her in them. I’m just now starting the process of printing and framing a few of my favorites.

These are new from the last week. I’ve never had any of those obligatory “naked baby” photos of her yet so I figured it was about time before she got a little too old for that sort of thing *grin*

The last shot is just a fun little one of her standing on the couch, which sometimes she’d much rather do instead of just sitting down to relax. The kid has a boundless supply of energy.

Away we go…

This photo is emotional for me. The more I look at it, the more it says to the father inside me. This shot is of my daughter Lyla on Easter, just walking down the yard, seemingly oblivious to anything but where she wants to go.

And that is exactly her.  She is always walking…always moving…always headed somewhere. Nothing will stop her. She’s going to do great things one day.

When I see her in this picture…it’s a foreshadowing of what the future holds…something that every father likely never looks forward to. His little girl leaving.

Sure…I want nothing but the best for her. I’m so excited to see what she becomes and where she goes. I’ll be her biggest fan, I know it.

But moments like this, captured in a photo…will forever be in my head. Memories of when the world was new to her and the future was a place she was already longing to be.