2011 Faves: The lovebirds say “I do”

Posted: February 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Couples, Family, Features, Photography, Weddings, Windowsill Photography | No Comments »

A few months after my engagement shoot with Bayli and Michael, we headed out to Phoenix for their wedding day. It was relentlessly hot that day, even for Phoenix, but the setting was absolutely breathtaking with the golf course at a local country club providing a lush backdrop for the couple’s big day. Congratulations, Michael and Bayli, and best of luck!


Tokyo Marathon sneak peek

Posted: February 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Photography, Running | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Thanks to a suggestion from Mr. Awesome in my previous post about photorunning, I decided I’d focus less on composing photos during the Tokyo Marathon and more on taking fun, interesting and unique pictures from the festivities that would hopefully capture the essence of the race. Because of that strategy, I ended up shooting more than 300 photos today. Sure, several were unusable (blurry images, shots of the road and people’s feet) but for the most part, they turned out better than I expected.

I’ll post a bunch of them on bloggerful sometime when I get back. In the meantime, I’ve included a quick preview of a few of my favorites. The race itself didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, but after the weekend I’ve had here in Tokyo, you won’t hear me complaining.


The delicate balance of photorunning

Posted: February 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Creativity, Mobile pics, Photo essays, Photography, Running | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

The start of the Tokyo Marathon is less than 12 hours away, and what am I most concerned with? Not the weather (should be around 40 degrees at race time), not the course (mostly flat with some intimidating hills near the end) and not my time (though I wouldn’t mind running 3:30). Instead, I’m wondering if I’ll be able to take pictures of everything I want during the race.

I’ve never run a race with the intention of taking photos along the way, but the photographer in me just can’t let this opportunity pass by without at least trying to snap some shots along the way. Of course, the runner in me — the one who would love to break off a 3:30 tomorrow morning) — is worried that the photographer will get carried away and negatively impact my race. It’s a distinct possibility.

To be clear, the tough part isn’t taking the pictures, it’s composing them, as I learned during a couple recent training runs. I brought my camera along with me during my last two long runs, hoping to get a feel for how this whole “photorunning” thing would go in Tokyo. Each time, I wound up stopping for too many pictures (see samples above and below), which took me out of rhythm and gave my body time to cool down. Not good, especially when you’re running 26.2 miles. Muscles don’t need any help to tire out and tighten up during a marathon, but that’s exactly what will happen if I don’t exercise some control tomorrow. After touring the course today, I have a general idea of the things I’d like to shoot; the key will be sticking to my plan and not getting greedy. Wish me luck. (The race starts at 7:10pm EST Saturday evening, for those who are curious.)

I’ll be posting some photos from the trip (I’ve taken more than 400 so far) as well as a recap of the experience on bloggerful and some other fun stuff in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.


Empty basket, full of light

Posted: February 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Mobile pics, Photography | No Comments »

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I love when pictures find me. I walked into my son’s room yesterday and came upon his laundry basket sitting alone in the middle of the room, casting all sorts of sprawling shadows across the floor. Our house faces west so the afternoon sun through our front windows can be pretty intense. Great for photo opportunities like this, not so great for AC bills in the middle of the summer.


Scenes from an 18-mile training run on Super Sunday

Posted: February 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Mobile pics, Photography, Running, Sports | Tags: , | No Comments »

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Ive been fortunate so far, training for two different marathons during an Ohio winter and enjoying gorgeous weather for most of my runs. Today was no different, and it felt good to get this 18-miler in an hour or so before I gorged myself on Super Bowl grub!

Maybe one of these days, I’ll be cheering for the Browns in February….