Getting back in the Groove

For those who don’t know, I have been in a pretty big photog “funk” this year.  My passion just hasn’t been there and I find myself avoiding photography, most likely because I am so far behind on processing that it just feels like more “work.”  Things have also been busy with work which doesn’t help either…

I was up in Camp Lejeune this past week for some training and traveled only with the X100s since my Canon is in the shop (my 35 broke AGAIN #ccf).  I have a love/hate relationship with this camera because it works great until I start shooting fidgity kids.  I haven’t done much landscape stuff with it since I mostly shoot ultra wide so I really didnt know what to expect on this trip (not to mention that I would be busy with class).  WELL, went out shooting EVERY DAY and saw some great sunsets and had tons of success.  I am also super pumped to meet up with Zach Frailey in New Bern to do some shooting and have a little photog ‘nerding out’ later on!

This shot is from 2 nights ago in Swansboro and had some random person press the shutter as I was looking out at the sunset.  I really felt back in the game at this point and hopefully you will see lots more from me in the future!

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Back in the Groove

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Mike + Joy | Eden Gardens Engagement

Mike and Joy are probably the smartest people I know.  I have known Mike for the past 2 years and his girlfriend (now fiancee), Joy, and my family have become great friends.  They are both physicians and Mike is starting his Ultrasound residency this fall (unfortunately in the civilian world – a big loss for the Navy IMHO).  I’m sure he will have a giant medical text named after him someday!  Joy practices in Destin and is always awesome to hang out with when she is visiting Pensacola.  Both of them love my 2 boys and they are either excited to have kids some day, or will use the memory of my crazy kids running around as a reminder to wait :)

On our recent boondoggle to Hawaii, we started talking about engagements, ring shopping, and proposal ideas. I leant him my “How to choose a diamond” book which had been passed down to me from one of my best friends back in the day.  Since they are both super outdoorsy types, Mike planned a weeklong backpacking trip to New Zealand where he and he popped the question on top of a mountain!

Mike and Joy originally pitched the idea to get together with our family for a picnic and weekend out in the Destin area, with an engagement shoot mixed in. Mike and told me about Eden Gardens State Park and I had to take one look at the trees on a Google image search, and I was all in!  It was super humid and the bugs were getting us towards the end, but the locale was awesome!  I wish the best to both of them in the future!

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Basking in the Sunset

A colleague of mine lives near Big Lagoon State Park and has property right on the water.  I decided to head out to his place for a little sunset shooting and was not disappointed! I shot the pano with my X100s, the others with my 5D Mark II…

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Sunset Pano Grand Lagoon

Basking in the Final Light

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Jim + Katie | Engaged

Katie had contacted me a few months back after talking to a mutual friend about an “engagement style” shoot at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola.  Her and boyfriend, Jim were looking to do a shoot in his Marine Corps dress uniform in front of the Corsair specifically.  Jim was finishing up flight school and about to earn his “Wings of Gold” as a Marine Corps (Naval) Aviator and then head out to the East Coast where he will be flying Harriers (pretty bad-ass, huh???).  Unfortunately, they were coming through Pensacola the same weekend I was out of town at an optometry conference.  I told her that if anything changes in their schedule, to let me know and we could try and work out another time.  Well, something changed BIG TIME.  During flight school, Jim’s take on getting married was summed up in a simple slogan: “No ring until wings.”  He kept up his end of the deal and after earning his wings, proposed to Katie.  I showed up to the shoot thinking they were still dating only to find out they had gotten engaged the night before!

We walked around the museum, shot near the Corsair, then headed to the O-Club so they can change (it was closed), then on to Fort Barrancas (which was also closed), and finally to one of the outer embankments of Barrancas which had some awesome old brick and sick light!  Had a blast with these two and am super excited for their new adventures together!

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USS Alabama Battleship Park

Over Christmas my dad, brother, and I headed out to the USS Alabama Battleship Park outside of Mobile for a tour.  The USS Alabama (BB-60), a South Dakota-class battleship, was the sixth ship of the United States Navy named after the US state of Alabama. Alabama was commissioned in 1942 and served in World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.  Also on the grounds is an aviation museum and the USS Drum (SS-228) is a Gato-class submarine of the United States Navy, the first Navy ship named after the drum, any of various types of fish capable of making a drumming sound (per wikipedia).  We spent the morning checking out the ships, taking in a bit of history, and of course taking pictures (in my case) :)

I was armed with my Fuji X100S for the day and all shots are processed with VSCOFilm.

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