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The Jones Family

Last month, I had the pleasure of taking some family portraits for the Jones family. Previously, I had taken some graduation photos for Joy and, by some miracle, her mother liked them so much that she wanted some of the entire family.

First and foremost, I had so much fun doing this. The Jones family was so delightful and it made shooting their portrait extra fulfilling. Second, I was scared out of my mind. Most portraits I take are of a single person. Occasionally, I'll do some engagement portraits. But, this was my first time taking portraits of five people. It forced me to slow down my process and examine the entire fame before taking a shot. I also worked a lot in burst mode knowing that it's difficult to catch five different expressions perfectly. On the whole, it was an excellent learning process and experience for me and I think we made some good photographs. Here are some of my favorites:

Special thanks to Jill, Jerry, Jerilynn, Jan, and Joy for allowing me to capture their beautiful family. 


Last week, my friend Kristen was kind enough to allow me to take her portrait. It was raining and I suggested that maybe an indoor location might be more convenient for her, but she was a great sport and was fine with being outside.

We went to a neat office park across the street from a favorite coffee shop that had some good backgrounds and interesting textures. Kristen was great - there wasn't a specific shot I was trying to capture and she was patient with me while I tried to figure it out what I wanted.

I tried some new photo editing techniques - some technical, others more artistic. Overall, I think they turned out well.

I'm still looking for subjects for the project. If you're interested, feel free to reach out using the contact form.


In college, I worked at our newspaper. While many of my peers were out shooting with their new digital cameras or developing film in the darkroom, I was researching stories, editing copy, and designing layouts. I never had an interest in the photography. Over the years, I collected some cheap point-and-shoot cameras, but place much value in photography. Yet, years later like many others I now had a fairly capable camera with me everywhere I went. 

The iPhone 4 camera had a 5-megapixel sensor and a f/2.8 lens. Of course, I had no idea what much of this meant. But, for me, it had never been easier to take a photo.

I snapped thousands of photos with that iPhone. At some point, I stopped thinking of my phone as a phone and started thinking of my phone as a camera. If my iPhone broke tomorrow, and I couldn't make phone calls, I could make it a few weeks without visiting an Apple store. If the camera on my phone broke tonight, I'd have an appointment with a genius tomorrow morning.

About a year ago, I found an iPhone photography course instructed by Ben Long. It discussed all the incredible ways to get the most out of the iPhone's camera - from panoramic photos, to slow motion video, to apps and accessories to enhance your iPhone photography. It changed the way I thought about photography. Yet, the more I learned, the more I began to understand its limitations. Soon, I began researching DSLRs and three months ago purchased my first "prosumer" camera.

The more I shoot, the more I want to shoot. It's addicting.

So, this is where we meet. For those of you at a similar place, perhaps this is a journey we can walk together and share a few photographs along the way.