Jase’s 5th Birthday Party – July 14, 2018

On July 14, 2018 we celebrated Jase’s 5th Birthday. It actually was more like an end of the celebration, as his birthday was on July 1 and he has been in celebration mode ever since.



We had our usual large party organized and ran by Tracy. Again this year we held it at the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department Headquarters in Pineville, KY. They are such an amazing family up there and we have the best time when we are up there.
This year’s theme was Pokemon, and as usual it was a great time with lots of food. We did something a little different this year. Most people know we are big into charity work and community support. We obviously try to instill that value into Jase, and this year, to help him understand and participate in this, we held a toy drive during his birthday party.

In Harlan County since the late 1970’s a man named MIke Howard has delivered toys and food to needy families ever year at Christmas dressed as Santa. The yearly runs have become just part of the tradition of Christmas in Harlan. Everyone went out to watch Santa go by riding in the back of a truck and the train of support vehicles that trailed behind him, often with lights, sirens, and music blaring.
Well Mike passed away in January of this year after a lengthy battle with cancer. Mike was an angel on earth to so many people, and truly touched everyone he met. I spend time as a young man riding along with the support train and helping in the workshop wrapping and loading toys. I didn’t spend a lot of time there, but the time I spent has left a lasting impression on me. Tracy and I try our best to serve our community and help where we can. Much of the reason I hold this value today is because my father introduced me to Mike during my 8th grade year.



Mike’s son and daughter have decided to continue to the tradition in memory of their father. Tracy and I decided that we wanted to help this noble cause, and have been collecting and donating toys since January. This was what led us to the toy drive.
Due to some unfortunate events and poor timing our turnout for this year’s party was rather low, but regardless we had an amazing time, and had great food. We managed to feed a ton of first responders that were working which always makes us happy. Check out some of the pictures.

Jase with his toys for the Toy Drive. He was so excited to give the toys to “Santa” for other boys and girls




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Ison Taylor Wedding – May 19, 2018

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So we finally decided to shoot our first wedding. We met this couple hanging out at the dog park and after talking for a while we decided to photograph their wedding for them, and get our first wedding under out belt. The wedding was held at The Barn at the Meadow in Berea, KY

You hear horror stories from photographers about their first wedding and how bad it can be. Well, they’re right. From a photographers standpoint a wedding is a special circle of hell. You want to get every shot, and every shot is happening at the same time all over the place. Not to mention the number of desired shots is not 5 or 10, its more like 50. The mental checklist runs like a slot machine on a never ending jackpot, and you can just try to get everything, stay somewhat organized, and hope it all gets on the SD cards before nightfall.

I am very happy with the results. I think we managed to hold everything together, and overcome the obstacles well. Don’t let me fool you, we had our issues, like our second camera going down as soon as we arrived at the venue, but we were professional and ironed the wrinkles as we found them.

I feel like we were very lucky, as the couple and their families were some of the nicest and laid back people I have ever met. It was a great event, and I think everyone involved had a great time, which is of course is the point of the day, to celebrate the love and lives of the couple.

Hannah and Ethan thank you for allowing us to be a part of your day, and I hope you enjoy our work; I can promise you we poured our heart and souls into it. Your 50th wedding anniversary shoot is on the house.

Lets talk some stats for the photo nerds!

1175 total exposures for a total of 14.9 gigabytes of data. First cull 575 photos, second cull 310 photos. Total hours spent editing 21.7. Total of 114 edited photos in the final set.

4 videos taken at 8 gigs of data, two final videos processed at 5:02 run time, 2 hours of editing time.

2 documents for digital copy (Guestbook and Wedding Planner)

Total time on site 6:20, total miles driven 30.7

Final package for delivery- 2 videos, 114 edited photos, 2 PDF files (guest book and wedding planner), 1175 unedited photos, 4 unedited videos for a grand total of 26 gigabytes of data.

 

Prom Photoshoot

So its prom season here in Kentucky and I had a young girl call and ask for some photos of her and her date before their prom. They were great to work with and I think the pictures come out amazing. Here are my favorites.

 

PS. I had my little assistant along with me on this shoot.

 

My little assistant

Birthday Shoot – Cupcakes and Putt-Putt

We shot a birthday party for the wonderful Aeriana Zandra Jade. The party was held at Adventure Falls in the Lake Reba Recreational Complex in Richmond, KY.

The party was friends and family. After some cupcakes and ice cream everyone went and played mini-gold, and had a wonderful time. Here are some of the pictures.

 

Graffiti Bridge

 

So in the middle of nowhere Madison Co we came across a very interesting bridge. The bridge, known to locals as “Graffiti Bridge” is covered 100% in multiple layers of graffiti. Names, symbols, phrases, etc.

The bridge crosses Silver Creek on Hagan Mill Rd. This tiny country road is a really nice drive, and exploring the bridge is completely worth the trip. Silver Creek itself is gorgeous and we found a large crane hanging out fishing.

It’s readily obvious that it’s not some rowdy gang marking their territory, but kids taking part in a tradition. Names and Greek symbols make it appear that a lot of sorority and fraternity kids from the local colleges make the trip to paint something onto the already well covered bridge.

If your out for a drive around the county this is definitely something neat to check out.

 

Dye Twins Photoshoot

A photoshoot of twin boys who were 2 weeks old at the time. Mom and Dad are both firefighters and wanted to use that as the theme for the photos. Great shoot and everyone had a blast playing around the firehouse.