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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Posted in Canon 35mm 1.4L USM, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II, Canon 85mm 1.8 USM, Florida, Uncategorized
Tagged Eden Gardens State Park, Engagement, Pier, Plantation, Spanish Moss, Sunset, tree
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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Posted in Canon 17-40mm 4L USM, Canon 5D Mark II, Florida, Fuji X100s, Landscape, Panoramic, Pensacola
Tagged Big Lagoon, Grand Lagoon, Landscape, Pano, Panoramic, Sunset
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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Posted in Aviation, Black&White, Canon 35mm 1.4L USM, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 2.8L IS II, Canon 85mm 1.8 USM, Florida, Military, NAS Pensacola, Pensacola, Portrait, Uncategorized
Tagged Brick, Corsair, Fort Barrancas, National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola Engagement Photographer, Sunset
Posted in Alabama, Aviation, Black&White, Fuji X100s, Military, Panoramic
Tagged Battleship, Family, Mobile, Navy, Submarine, USS Alabama, USS Drum
I was up in Atlanta for an Optometry conference this past month and was driving through Mississippi around sunset. I was noticing the sky starting to change colors and new the Georgia border (and subsequent river separating the 2 states) was close by so I quickly glanced at my Maps app to find the town of West Point Georgia with a city park and rail bridge spanning the Chattahoochee River. Of course I set up and the colors dissipated (#ccf) but was able to snag this frame while the sky still had some pink in it!
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