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Sarah and Dustin

Being a part of one of the most special days of a couple’s life together is indeed a special thing.

Being asked to preserve the memories of that day is even more special. My goal is to make sure that the couple has a great photo album of the day.

Thank you Sarah and Dustin for trusting me with your photo memories.

I wish you guys all the best life has to offer together. Marriage is a great ride. Enjoy it!

Here is a first look at some of the memories from your day. Enjoy!

The Place

The Dress

The Dress II

First Look

The Setting

The Aisle

The Wedding

The Umbrellas

The Dance

Welcome

The Guys

The Beginning

One Wedding and a Football Game


My weekends in the fall usually consist of livestreaming a Friday night high school football game and then shooting the University of Florida game when the Gators play in The Swamp on Saturdays.

This weekend was a little different as I shot a Friday afternoon wedding with an evening reception that wrapped up about 10:30 PM. I then got up early Saturday to head to Gainesville, Florida to cover ESPN GameDay and the Gators as they hosted the Gamecocks of South Carolina in a SEC Eastern Division showdown.

The wedding was great as I photographed a long time friend of my oldest daughter marry the man of her dreams. I wish Mike and Jennifer a long and happy marriage. They are a fun couple!

Here are a couple of snaps from the ceremony and reception.

The First Kiss

Top Gun Introduction

Reception Group Photo

The atmosphere in Gainesville was exciting on game day. ESPN choose to have their GameDay program outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for the 12th time. The Gators have been involved in a game where GameDay has been broadcast a nation leading 35 times. True to every other show, folks were out in force with their signs supporting one team or another or in this year of presidential election, signs supporting their candidate of choice.

The Gators jumped out to an early lead after a Carolina turnover on their opening possession to go up 7-0 in the game. The Gators never looked back in defeating the Gamecocks 44-11 to take control of the SEC Eastern Division race.

Jelani Jenkins (#3) takes down Carolina QB Connor Shaw in first quarter action.

Signs at the ESPN Gameday show outside Ben Hill Griffin.

Alex McCalister (#95) celebrates with the Rowdy Reptiles in the North End Zone after the victory.

Two big events made for a tiring, but very rewarding weekend of photography. I love what I do!

 

 

January 31, 2009 – One

Symbolic grains of sand
Symbolic grains of sand

One. That number was important today for a couple of reasons. First of all, I was fortunate to spend the day today with Heather and Caleb as two lives became one. In a beautiful setting by the St. John’s River at Club Continental in Orange Park, Florida, Caleb and Heather declared their desire to share their love and lives with each other during a chilly outdoor ceremony. The image above shows the blending of colored sand from two containers into one. A symbol of this couple’s desire to live their lives as one.

I wish you two all the best in your future together. Thanks for allowing Jennie and me to be a part of your special day.

On a personal note, this also makes it one month into Project 365 for me in an effort to create images with meaning and to force me to be more creative in my photographic endeavors. I am finding this to be an interesting challenge, as I try to think a bit differently when I shoot with a variety of cameras and attempt to make pictures that have meaning and provide a variety of subjects and topics on a daily basis. The creative process is easy some days and others it can be quite a challenge. One month down. One twelth of the way there. Eleven months to go.  One story at a time. One photo at a time. One day at a time.

Data: Canon 10D, 70-200 IS, ISO 400, f 4.5, 1/350 at 1:05 PM in Orange Park, Florida.

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January 24, 2009 – Rachel and Bryan

Wedding bells for Rachel and Bryan

Wedding bells for Rachel and Bryan

Rachel and Bryan got married today. It was a day for the celebration of their love for each other and commitment to each other. It was indeed a special day. I was glad to be a part of the celebration and to be able to record the memories of the day for years to come. Here is to you Rachel and Bryan – may the wind always be at your backs!

Data: Canon 20D, manual mode, ISO 1600, f 2.5, 1/500, 50 mm at 6:22 PM in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Galleries to come shortly!