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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Behind the Scenes with jenX

Through the years I have occasionally had clients who capture images of me working.  I thought I would share a compilation of some of their captures, to show a hint of what it is like to be hanging out on a session with jen X photography.  Here are some behind the scenes images and the portraits that were shot at the same time.

Alex Baker - Senior Portrait Session

Alex Baker 2 - Senior Portrait Session

Kaitlyn Thompson - Sweet 16 Portrait Session

Kaitlyn Thompson 2 - Sweet 16 Portrait Session

I captured this next shadow of me, shooting on a cattle gate. 
Pierce Family - Family Photography Session

Brennan Milligan - Senior Portrait Session

Erin Fox - Family Photography Session

Special thanks to Cathy Inman, Dawn Cornett, and Eileen Fox for sharing their kids with me, thinking to capture the whole story, and for sharing their images with me.  I don't often have pictures of myself, so I appreciate it greatly.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Destination Wedding Photographer

Following are some of my favorite images for the beautiful Bauer-Lee nuptials that took place back in March in Aspen, Colorado.  It was a spectacularly good time, and a huge blessing to be a part of.  
Here is the daughter of the Groom, Sloan, trying on the Bride's wedding gown.  Someday this will be priceless.

Bride, Nicole, and Groom, Frank, ready for the fun to start.  

We walked over to the St. Regis, across the street from the wedding site.
It is a veritable cornucopia of beautiful backdrops to shoot in front of.   

This is a pretty spot...Let's get some shots this way...oh, over here too.  Oh wait, it's just awesome everywhere you look!

My favorite thing about the happy couple is just that...they are happy.  No faking.  No "say cheese."  It's just lovely to capture happiness.

Back in front of the Mountain Chalet,  (
A perfectly quaint ski lodge.  It was not the best time of day for outdoor wedding photography, but who could resist shooting with a blue sky and mountains in the background?  We were gifted the most gorgeous day.

Ring Barer & Flower Girl Love.

I love to catch jumping pictures.  They are just funny.  It takes several shots to get a good one.  Hard to coordinate that many people, in formals, jumping at the same time.  It's a work out.  1, 2, 3, JUMP!  1, 2, 3, JUMP!  1, 2, 3, JUMP!

The Mountain Chalet is walking distance to the Aspen ski lifts.  We had several skiers walking right into our photos.  It was kind of comical.  This nice gentleman was one of the only people who actually stopped to let us continue shooting pictures.  I asked him to go on ahead, and took the shot of him in the picture anyway, to capture what shooting at this location really entailed.  Nice guy.  Thanks for pausing.  

"Because I'm Happy!"

Happy couple just post "I do's" and a spirited dance down the isle.  

Hut one, Hut two...

Nothing to say.  I just like this one.

A nice dinner downstairs, before going back up to the ball room for the reception.  Up and down the stairs in high altitude is no joke for a Texan.  Not the first time I've been grateful for being in good shape while I was on a shoot.  I have often found I don't think I could keep up otherwise.  How do people get used to a lack of oxygen?  I suppose like Texans get accustomed to the heat in the summer.

Coolest shot glass contraption I've ever seen!  The shot glasses are shaped like ski boots, and they actually clip into bindings on the ski.  For the shot that says "ready or not, we're all in this together!"

I loved the bubble exit.  It worked splendidly indoors.  No wind to blow them all away!  Felt like a bubble machine unlike any other Bubble exit I've ever gotten to witness.  

Now, I've shot a lot of weddings, and here is something that doesn't happen every day!  Upon exit, Frank and Nicole decide to run downstairs and jump into the pool!  It was very spontaneous, and I felt dreadfully unprepared.  Fast action and no light is a logistical nightmare for a photographer.  Sadly, I was ill prepared and missed the actual splash.  I may kick myself a little for that moment for a long time to come.  I love and commend the spontaneity, but in hind site, we might have communicated a second longer on exactly where they were going to jump in.  I suppose some moments are only for memories, and not to be captured.

There was also a point were the Bride's dress was over her head for so long that I was concerned for  her safety and wondering if she was going to get air fast enough.  You can imagine my relief when she was discovered under all that fabric, all smiles!

What a crazy-fun unforgettable event.  A big part of me wanted to just jump in too.

Of course the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen must join in. least the spontaneous ones!

And this marks my first group wedding portrait in a swimming pool.  Likely the last too, which is too bad.  It made for a fantastic ending to an already ridiculously fun party.  More people should consider such a grand finale.

And they lived...

...Happily Ever After!

Thank you for the honor of flying to Aspen to capture a beautiful, unique love story.  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

International Vacation Photographer

Two weeks ago, I had the good fortune to be shooting a corporate vacation for The Delta Companies on Providenciales, one of the Turks and Caicos Islands.  It was delightful to get a little closer to the equator, and warm up during this unseasonably long and cold Texas winter.  

We took a couple of boat excursions.  One to go snorkeling, and visit Iguana Island, and one spectacular sunset cruise.  These first images are off of the snorkeling jaunt.  

I think the greatest thing about Turks and Caicos is the warm turquoise water.  It is absolutely exquisite.  I found myself completely mesmerized by it.  What a great blessing to get to witness such beauty in this world.  

Fabulous Sunsets every night we were there.  Too many favorite images to choose from.

17 top producers from The Delta Companies, and their plus one's, earned the 5 day trip to the tropics.  It can safely be said that this group knows how to work hard and play hard alike!  Two of my favorite ethics to find in people.  

One of the most enjoyable parts about being a photographer is capturing people's happiest moments.  Happy moments were happening in abundance this week!

The outrageous color of the water is complemented by an almost white powder textured beach.  It was a work out to run or walk in, but it was lovely to look at.  I certainly got my fair share of exercise marching around in the hot sun, in that soft sand, with all of my gear on my back.

Yes, warmth and happiness were in abundance here.  So much warmth, that I was almost ready to get out of the sun when it was all said and done.  There was lot's of sunburning going on.  Apply, apply, apply sunblock, and it still couldn't cut it.  

I love how the water and the sky almost mirror each other in this image.  True blue.  It definitely evokes the urge to walk down the pier.

And now, on to the magnificent Sunset Cruise.  I LOVE SUNSETS.  It's made evident by all of the silhouette work that I do during evening photography sessions.  (click the silhouette link to the right to view blogs containing a few of my favorite silhouettes.)

Sunsets put me in touch with gratitude.  I love the sunset anywhere, but let's face it, some are better than others.  This one was handily in my top 5 sunsets of my life so far!  Okay, top 3:  In no particular order;  Blenheim Palace, Oxford England, in the middle of the most spectacular wedding of all times.  Puerto Vallarta, while a local woman sang "How Great Thou Art" in Spanish.  And this one.  Standing on a boat, offshore, Turks and Caicos.  Simply awe inspiring.

Catching these next images in the sunset made me so happy that A.) I'm experienced, and B.) I'm in good shape.  This was no easy feat.  Difficult Photography Trifecta!  Low light, back lit, and lots of movement.

Let me just tell you, I felt rather masterful (and a little lucky) for being able to put the sun where I wanted it.  Not only is it a serious lighting challenge to light your subject without washing out the sunset, but the movement on the boat was intense to say the least.  

It may look easy, but getting all of the subjects in the frame, and getting the sun in the right spot in the shot, while the boat is violently rocking back and forth was a major accomplishment.  Occasionally, working out comes in handy.  I'm surprised my abs and thighs were not sore the next day, but I did rub off the bottom of my feet, like kids do in the swimming pool at the beginning of summer.  Anything for the shot.

Congratulations to this amazing group of people.  You set a good example that hard work is worthwhile.  It was an honor and a joy to be a part of your celebration.