life with the lights.

It's been a long long time since I've posted anything on here. I've been far too busy with my side projects (Campbulance and now unfolding, Traveling Tuttles!)

However, with a little scheduling finesse and good timing on both our parts, myself and old college-buddy-turned-illustrator Austin Light, managed to put into motion a plan for a very special family photo shoot.

I'm not much for traditional portraits of any type (family, engagement, senior, etc), so when Austin and I came up with this idea years ago, it was with the understanding that there'd be no posing, no fancy skin-smoothing filters and no photoshopping of scratches, snot bubbles or the like. A pure photojournalistic approach was my aim, so when he flew me out to Charlotte to stay with his family, I became a sort of massive unapologetic fly on the wall with a camera at the ready to capture every moment, good and bad.

What resulted was by far some of the most authentic series of family photos I've ever shot. (The documentation of my sister's brain surgery and recovery will always take the cake in that arena.)

Below is a sampling (that has taken me weeks to pair down to) of photos from that weekend. (All in all, I ended up with a total of 625 edited photos from the original 2347 taken.)


how many raft guides does it take…

Yesterday I lucked into getting off work just in time to get a phone call from Christian informing me that a boat had wrapped around a rock at one of the spots I regularly shoot. The ordeal lasted over three hours and involved several different plans and attempts at pulling the raft from its firmly secured spot around the rock. No one was harmed and the guests in the initial raft were able to switch into another raft and finish their trip nearly uninterrupted. I think when all was said and done, I counted a total of at least 12 guides actively involved in the rescue of the boat.

what I've been up to…

I promise I haven't fallen off the photography bandwagon. In fact, I've been photographing more than ever on my own free time and for my job this summer. As mentioned in my last post, my recent co-ownership of the Campbulance is a big part of my days with all the work we've been trying to get done with the conversion. Most of my personal photography lately involves documenting the process for our update posts. As for my job, I'm a whitewater photographer for one of the local rafting companies, which means I spend a large portion of my days hanging out on the side of a river watching and waiting for rafts to come paddling down towards me with my camera at the ready.

I love my job. Not only to I get to be outside for the majority of my day, but I'm doing it with a camera in my hands, which is something that has only been true since I moved to Colorado. Never did I imagine I'd find a way to make photography my full-time gig by moving here for a seasonal winter job, but low and behold, things have finally started working out for that to be the case.

Below are a few of my favorite shots from the season so far.