Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Friends Sparring

Sparring

This is a photo I took of two of my best friends and teachers sparring a couple of weeks ago. I've known the guy getting his face pressed by Thales for over 5 years. He was an assistant instructor at my first martial arts school and now teaches at Rise Up. He's now a Brown Belt and though young he's one of the most down to earth folks I know. I love partnering with him as we both like to get into the physical mechanics of how moves and submissions work. I've been his practice dummy a few times over the years as he'd prepare for various tests. By doing so I have learned when techniques I don't even really know will work on me or not just by how they "feel" when being applied. At the seminar I'd have the main person showing us stuff do the techniques to me and would memorize how it all felt. Then when the two of us would work I could give proper feedback and we'd iron out the details. I wish I could explain it but as we'd sort things out, and figure out how to use body mechanics to be effective we'd actually get "giddy." I do love this South American Ground Karate.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Mary Me Under the Willows

Mary Me Under the Willows

As I write this post in February of 2018 it's a very cold, damp, gray day. After a week in bed with the flu I needed to remind myself that Wisconsin can indeed be a lovely, lush, green and sunny place. What better way than to revisit this wedding I photographed at The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond? The willows there offer such an amazing spot to take your vows. I feel all warmed up after reliving this sunny afternoon.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

A Giant's Jiu Jitsu

Giant Jiu Jitsu

After the @alybjj seminar put on by @thalesblaso this past Saturday I took all day Sunday to just relax with my family. I woke feeling surprisingly good with no real aches or pains! As the day unfolded I absorbed everything I'd seen and practiced the day before. My very biggest takeaway was clearly seeing my path to Black Belt laid out before me. During the early morning sparring with a handful of upper belts I watched this giant of a fighter patiently control things. As I photographed the action I saw how he used his timing, size and strength in conjunction with very strategic planning on positioning himself. I've thought about how I want to progress further into BJJ for a while now. While I LOVE the "Flow Like Water" methods I've been exposed to they are tough for an old man who's also a beginner. I'll not stop trying to learn them, that's not what I am saying. I still want to move "like water" when I roll with folks, only sometimes water can come in the form of an implacable glacier.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Minutes to Go

Minutes to Go

This is an old photo I took at a wedding nearly a decade ago but it's one of my favorites. I'd just traveled to the wedding venue with these awesome women after they'd dressed elsewhere. There were only minutes between our arrival and the ceremony but this bridal party had it all together. As the bride applied a few last minute touches to her makeup her mother and Maid of Honor checked her veil. While they were all gathered around her I simply kept moving and trying to find an angle to capture all of them, including the flower girl.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

First Time With Out a Chaperone!

First Time With Out a Chaperone!

One of the best things about being a wedding photographer is simply the people you meet. This particular couple really stood out to me. They were so head over heals in love with each other! They'd dated for a while but due to their religious beliefs had never been alone together. A chaperone accompanied them every time they went somewhere together, even tagging along during their engagement photo session with me. When I took them from the wedding venue to take this portrait it was the FIRST time they'd not had their chaperone. I told them I didn't count as one. Their affection for each other is so evident in this photo. I love my job!

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Ride Along

Ride Along

I like it when the Bridal party keeps me with them as they all travel from place to place. Usually folks have me either trail along in my own car or just meet them at a specific place. When I do travel with them though I get to not on get to know them all better but I can capture the shared excitement of the day. All a Bridal Party needs to do in order for me to ride along with them is have someone from their family drive my car from the church to the reception site.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

High-noon Shadows

High-noon Shadows

Sometimes nature really plays along while doing portraits but you need to soften the shadows a bunch. It was nearly noon on this wedding day at Olbrich Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin. I wanted to capture the bridal party in the reflecting pool at the Thai Pavilion. The very bright overhead sun meant there were strong under-shading, which I didn't want. As the bridal party relaxed and we waited for the crowds to wander off I quickly set up my fill flash. I erected two 11' C-stands, each with three 600ex-rt flash heads. Both positioned just off camera and to the sides. They added the necessary fill flash to soften those high-noon shadows. Very simple, quick and effective.

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