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lost in Disneyworld

By May 20, 2010 Florida, Orlando, Photography


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Mini Photoset: Eliza’s Cardboard Box

By May 10, 2010 Orlando, Photography

Eliza loves watching us pack up the house, so much in fact, that she wanted to be part of the action. So I gave her a large wardrobe box to play in (which kept her entertained for about 20 golden minutes), and here’s a few of the shots I snapped while she played.

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eliza in the p patch

By October 12, 2009 Eliza, Photography

Yesterday we had about a ten minute window between rain showers to get some photos in the pumpkin patch. Here’s a few of the highlights:

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BTS of “The Dr. Oz Show” in Houston

By September 28, 2009 Houston, Photography

BTS of "The Dr. Oz Show" in Houston

Here’s one of the shots I got while working as a freelance photographer for the “Dr. Oz Show” this weekend. The production came to Houston, holding a massive all-day free clinic in the Reliant Center (which broke records, I’m told). This photo is just one of the many captivating, heartbreaking stories we experienced during the event.

While I can’t reveal the circumstance behind this photo until the show airs, I can tell you how I got it. When all the camera crews from the show piled into the makeshift exam room, I was the only one left without an angle. With the help of some medical volunteers I jumped up on a nearby exam table and sorta fired blindly over the top of the curtain.

I have a reverse image with Oz and the patient in focus, but for some reason I felt like this version resonated more with me. And, as many folks have already asked me: Oz is a decent, cool guy.

photo (c) 2009 ZoCo l LLC./JL Wakins All rights reserved.

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taken three years ago today!

By September 9, 2009 geekery, Meta, PDX, Photography

I can’t believe how quickly the past few years have gone by! Although, I think that being in a different state and having a kid since our wedding definitely help skew my perception of time now. It’s been a wonderful three years with my lovely wife, KyAnn (six, really).

I can’t remember if I posted this pic last year on our anniversary, so I’m pasting it here again (though it doesn’t matter since my blog was obliterated since then anyway).

three years ago today!

Our wedding photographer wasn’t exactly the person we hired – she was a freelancer for the PDX wedding photographer we signed with. Though it doesn’t matter. I really liked her (her spikey hair fit right in with all our friends and family), and I think she did a fantastic job.
Anyway, when I uploaded this photo to flickr today I noticed the EXIF meta data embedded in the file and saw that our wedding was mostly shot with a Canon Rebel XT. No fucking way! I think she also had a 20D, but I didn’t even pay that much attention since my focus was elsewhere and everywhere.
Looking further into her camera settings, I’ve been able to reverse-engineer her shooting mode and setup. She locked the ISO, played it safe, and took some amazing shots. It really changes my perception of what gear I may actually need for some odd wedding photography jobs. For some reason, I didn’t even want to get into all that unless I had a camera at least in the tier above the Rebel series, or even go into a shoot with only one DSLR. But now that I have my 5Dm2 (and some serious glass), I’m thinking that my Rebel XTi – maxed out – might be a suitable secondary camera.
So now I’m thinking of uploading more wedding pics, just to look at the meta data. I can’t go back in time to chat-up the wedding photographer again, but this is definitely the next best thing. If you want to see more pics, our wedding video is posted after the post-break). Read More

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Melting, and still looking fabulous

By August 19, 2009 Photography

Is it Wednesday already? It seems like just a few days ago I was in Austin, snapping photos of my friends Elise and Stiles – half engagement photos, and half just messing around. My favorite backdrop was a mural on Congress Street depicting color bars.


In an odd coincidence, Elise’s blog banner has her in front of color bars, which made this all more fun. Anyway, it was finally great to get out to Austin, if only to confirm what i already suspected: it’s way more fun that Houston, but still not as cool as PDX.

We didn’t see any of the Friday Night Lights celebrities or local rock stars, but were visited by someone who is ‘internet famous’…he photo crashing squirrel!

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the good, the bad, and the baby

By July 27, 2009 Portraits

the good, the bad, and the baby

We decided to take some fun, Texas-sized photos this afternoon, but Eliza was having none of it. But that actually worked out because she looks like a mean, little gunslinger in some of these pics. My caption for this photo was the title, but I’m interested to see what any of y’all might come up with…

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working in the studio this week

By May 14, 2009 Photography

Here’s a quick pic I snapped of the studio lighting setup that I’m working with this week, and carefully maneuvering around. I’m taking tons of headshots and publicity stills of the KPRC talent while trying not to trip over any cords and lighting stands.

this week's studio lighting setup

Of course, the real talent is Andy Patterson, the lighting director. Between him and the fabulous Canon 5DII, I’m just a guy pushing a button. I’ll be posting some of my work as soon as I get the shots processed (and I get the clearance).

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the lensbaby is like crack to me

By April 6, 2009 PDX, Photography

Seems like everytime I find something that is cool and clever, I look at the fine print and see that it’s from Portland, Oregon. Right now I’m too lazy to make a list, but I assure you that it’s true. Anyway, it was with no suprise that when I finally broke down and got the Lensbaby for my DSLR kit, I saw that it was invented in PDX.

watching the tiny ships sail by

Anyway, I’ve been jealously eyeing the ‘selective focus’ features of the lens for some time now, but have been waiting for the right version to come out. I finally got a Lensbaby Composer, which enables you to ‘lock’ your weird focus angle, making for much easier shooting. I’ve started shooting HD test video with some of the less blurry f-stops, and it’s looking great.

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