Ally's yearbook senior portrait

It’s hitting us hard that we have a high school senior, class of 2017. It doesn’t seem real. We captured Ally in her drape portrait for the yearbook.  As a father I feel she is one of the prettiest girls/young ladies in the whole wide world. She glowed. That blonde hair is so striking.  Her beautiful smile, a big thank you to Dr. Mansour. In a year she will be off to college. She has the grades to go wherever she decides. Ally has a very good work ethic, she started working at 14-years of age and has had up to 4 simultaneous jobs and she’s saving money for her car.  We are very proud of her. I would love to reverse time and hold her in my arms/lap again and to hear her say she’s going to marry her daddy. But she’s 17…

Emily gets her restricted driving license

We now have two driving! Emily has her restricted driver’s license. The problem in our house now is “whose turn is it to drive?” Kathy came up with the odd –even days to make it fair.  Kathy and I still can’t get over just how fast they grow up.


The Kempfer Family, part of Osceola County’s Heritage.

Mrs. Becky Kempfer commissioned us to photograph her family for their 50th wedding anniversary. I like going to a location (their ranch) where they grew up, work, have their home and now where the grandchildren are growing up in and around the property. Their property has a lot of stories and sentimental value. Once I arrived Henry showed me a couple of places he had in mind for their family portrait. Professionally speaking the lighting was not the best at 3pm in June. Getting good environmental light is not an easy task; I first look for natural directional lighting and then I place the subjects in that spot. But for 24-people it had to be a good size area.  I had some pretty strong hot spots of sunlight coming through the trees so I added a strobe to add just a touch of light for the eyes, then I waited for a cloud. I wanted it to look like we photographed them with all natural light and it’s very easy to over-use a flash where it doesn’t look all natural. The cow pen worked great for the number of family members the Kempfer’s have.

As we were leaving the property I saw many picturesque locations. Thinking of the Kempfer Heritage, this is a true Osceola County family… born and raised. Not many of us left. It has been a privilege to photograph the Kempfer family through the years celebrating many happy occasions, Henry and Heather along with Bear and his wife’s wedding immediately come to mind.  It’s fun to watch the next generation. Thank you, Mrs. Kempfer. It truly has been an honor to serve you and watch your family grow.



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Looking at the top

image, you see a 15-year old in natural light at the beach and think it's a nice photo. With the current trend of “natural light" photographers produce the image on the bottom. As a trained professional, certified photographer, my job is to use my knowledge and secondary lighting to create the image on the right. It's the little things that make a difference.




























16 trip) One of my FAVORITE family vacations

We tried to go the year before but my mother fell in Feb 2015 and broke her hip and collar bone just before the spring cruise 2015. (travel Insurance next time) We finally made it in March 2016. Royal Carribean. Fantasay of the Seas. Had a great time with the entire family. Not easy getting us ALL together at one time and at one place for a week.  The girls didn't want to go outside with wind blown looki. My parents moblity limited us as well. So I selected the quite off the beaten path lounge on the last night of our cruise. I'm ready to go again!

Behind the camera.

Today’s camera room was at OHS photographing 500 seniors, the class of 2016. The groups are photographed in two separate images. Then merged together in a photo shop merge tool.

I set up my camera and lights on the other side of the gym next to the folded-up visitor’s bleachers, I used a step latter so I could get the proper camera height.

There were 4-lights with 1,000 watts from each head. Norman strobes are by far the most reliable power pack/strobes.

ISO 640.

Camera 5D Mark III

Lens: 70-200 mm 2.8 shot at 70mm

A 88.1 MEG FILE.

Exposure: 15th of a second at f/16. I wanted the depth of field and I did not want to go any lower than 15th of a second in case the students moved during the exposure as they would appear a bit blurred.

Halloween 2015

Ally & Emmy Halloween Party 2015