Monday, August 31, 2009

Did you put on your protective pocket dear?

This morning (or what is commonly referred to as "this afternoon" by average folks that have day jobs) I was sitting at my computer, nursing a headache and exhaustion. I have a feeling I might have a cold coming on, for some reason, I've just been really tired the last couple days.

Anyway, I hear this very familiar noise...


And then again
And again.

I knew exactly what it was! A crop duster!

So I picked up my camera and rushed outside. It was then that I decided that my small lens wasn't going to cut it, so I went back inside and said to myself. "Where's that lens that cost more than your first CAR?" I couldn't find it. I was in a fog, so I really wasn't all that fast on my feet.

Eventually I realized it was right where I left it.


It was somewhere around her that I decided I want to be a crop duster. It's like getting paid to drive a really awesome fast roller coaster.

with chemicals.


I'm kinda reserving judgement for how I feel about all these chemicals being within feet of my house. I decided I was glad that we at least took the pool down so I didn't have to worry about it. I guess it comes with the territory living in the middle of a bean field.

I'll let you know if I start peeing blood or if I lose sight out of my right eye.

I'm sure he probably gets his picture taken a lot, but how often does he see a photographer in her jammies (I said it was *my* morning right?) with a long lens standing within 50 feet of where he's flying? Probably not often.

It did make for some awesome shots.

I wanna be on the cover of the crop dusters monthly.


Did I mention that happened to me 2 summers ago? I talked about crop dusting and some crop dusting organization linked my blog. I got a ton of traffic, mainly cuz they took what I said wrong.

I was even nice!


Sometimes people are just looking for a fight.

Holy crap pull up!!




This is where the neighbors horses started galloping like mad. I don't think they like crop dusters.

Or maybe they just thought it was cool and they were pretending to fly.

At one point he was so close I could tell you what he had for breakfast.


It was oatmeal with bananas.

Why bananas? Cuz they taste the same coming up as they do going down.


Mr Crop Duster: Also, you probably should get that cavity refilled. Silver isn't nearly as strong as gold. Oh, and I called and set an appointment for your prostrate exam.

You're welcome btw.

Later, I was telling Gene about the crop dusting activities for the day, and he said, "why do they bother to wear helmets? Because if they crash, it's not like it's going to save them."

I say, "Think of it more like a pocket, a place to hold valuable stuff so you don't lose them. You know, so your teeth don't get scattered all over a bean field. It's all in one handy little spot."

I wanna be a crop duster.

Project 365

Friday, August 28, 2009

Sara + Jack = Getting Married! {Missouri wedding photographer}


Remember Sarah and Jack?

They are the super fun couple, that I took out for a "quickie" engagement shoot on the morning of my son's high school graduation, and ended up spending 3 hours and around 600 photos.

I've got a soft spot for these two.

Sara is very pretty, and knows exactly how to work a camera. So she's very fun to shoot (which makes me glad I don't shoot film!). In fact, I've shot Sara 3 times. I still have more pics to share with you soon of a Rock the Dress session we did at the fair!

Sara is the kind of girl that real models should be. Pretty like the girl next door, average height, and average build yet fit, complete with a chicken pox scar on her cheek and one eye that sometimes squints a little more than the other when she smiles a sincere smile. (Making her even prettier.)

Sara is a nutritionist, and has a very informative blog.

Jack is funny, goofy and adventurous. Well, they're both adventurous, I have a hard time telling who drags whom. If you want a silly face or a face with character, Jack is the guy you call. He's a super hero in a little package.

I will stop waxing poetic about these two and commence with the photos!













These next few, will someday be my new business cards!

But which one!!!






We prepare for Sara and Jack's first look.



Sarah and Jack agreed to a "First look". This is where you have a little traditional, mixed with making the day more simple. Before the wedding, Jack and I met up and Sarah came along and "discovered" us on this beautiful little bridge in the middle of the park. He turns and surprise!, gets to see her dress for the first time.

It's one of my very favorite moments of the day. It also gives them a quiet moment together alone, which is probably the last one for the day. We take this opportunity to do a mini shoot of the couple.





You can tell how crazy these two are for each other, and so once again, they make taking photos of them easy.



I told you they are silly. The tongue thing must be a reoccuring theme, because I have several of these shots.


This is Jack's posse. I call it Jack's superhero pose, Sarah thinks his guys needs sunglasses like some badass bodyguards.


I told you.

These girls seem like they are probably a whole mess of trouble when they are together. Don't worry, I got some really "appropriate" photos too! I couldn't resist the funny photo. Hey, at least no one is picking someone else's nose!

Now I know that the Maid of Honor, and the bridesmaid have important jobs. Really they do. But we all know who the SECOND most important girl is of the day:


The little flower girl.

This job is of the utmost importance. I mean, isn't it obvious? Look at all the attention she gets!

Not to be outdone by this guy:


Did I say something about nose picking?
Yeah, that's Jack. {the picker}





I'm fairly confident this was a spontanious moment. Jack put the ring on Sarah, and he kissed her hand afterwards. Then Sarah put the ring on Jack, paused for a moment, and then kissed his hand back.



There are just not enough romantic hand kissing men out there.







{Lil' Jon got the beat that make your booty go (smack)}

I told you these girls are trouble!


The music, the food, the company was all wonderful. I couldn't have asked for a kinder bunch of people to work with!

Thank you Sarah and Jack, for allowing me to photograph your day. I feel like I have gained friends!


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