Drive-In Engagement!

So my buddy Mike from work found the girl of his dreams and was ready to propose this summer.  He started coming up with one of the coolest proposals ever and let me help him make it a reality!

We made this awesome proposal video to play during the previews at a drive-in movie theater after which he'll pull out the ring and pop the question!

Nannette and I packed up my stuff in the van and drove out to the theater early so I could get the movie to the projectionist and make sure it would play without a hitch!

The folks over at Boulevar Drive-In were so great!  Willing to help make it awesome, and genuinely excited about helping!

After getting everything going for the video I started walking around to scout out the situation.  It was already pretty crowded and I'm sure I raised a few eyebrows sneaking around cars with my camera and giant 70-200mm lens.  One lady came around the car I was hiding behind and looked at me like, "What on earth are you doing?"  So I told her about the proposal and she went back to the other side to tell her friends, but I peeked over and whispered they're right over there pointing to the next car over :)  She told them, but whispering this time.

The movie played, Mike pulled out the ring and then everyone(Family and friends) started making their way to the truck to congratulate them!  It was so much fun and just felt good to be a part of such a happy occasion and to see the love Mike and Lauren share.  

It was a great time and a great story I'm sure their kids will love hearing about someday!

Wedding Videography!

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Had a great time a few weeks ago helping out Mike Curtis with a wedding!  I was doing the video thing and he got some of these cool shots of me doing my thing!

It was also my first time using a video monopod and I have to say I'm definitely converted.  I would not want to shoot a wedding video without one of these things.  They are so versatile and I think I got some of my best shots ever!

I know I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again but I love playing a part in documenting weddings.  They're just so much fun everyone is happy and having a great time!  Always leaves me smiling and feeling good!

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Fun In The Yard

The other day Sydney and I went into the backyard to play in the dirt, climb trees and make a house!  Its so much fun, but also kind of scary to see your kids grow!  I love that I can do new things with her but I'm also sad that the time seems to fly so fast.  I'm just thankful I was able to capture some of these memories.  Photos freeze moments in time and let you go back and really pay attention to the details.

The leaf princess!

The leaf princess!

The Great Hall for ant gatherings and other important bug events!  With a beautiful helicopter seed walkway!  Now we just need to shrink ourselves to bug size to enjoy it! :D

The Great Hall for ant gatherings and other important bug events!  With a beautiful helicopter seed walkway!  Now we just need to shrink ourselves to bug size to enjoy it! :D

The main entrance to the Great Hall!

The main entrance to the Great Hall!

Sydney inspecting the Great Hall

Sydney inspecting the Great Hall

Putting back on our shoes to leave the house

Putting back on our shoes to leave the house

Lounging in the house

Lounging in the house

Sydney the climber!

Sydney the climber!

Mother's Day!

It was a great Mother's Day weekend!  First we got to see my sister and her husband who came in from North Carolina for Mother's Day!  We had a picnic outside since the weather was so nice and then we played Settler's of Catan.  Then we drove down to Butler to see Nannette's parents and spent the next day with them.

My mom is an amazing woman.  She homeschooled us and put up with a lot from us, wrecked cars, late nights, oil changes, feeding me, helping me learn, being patient with me, and always loving me.  I'm so glad I realized how smart she and my dad are and didn't have to go through my all my teen years wanting to rebel against them.  It helped me appreciate everything they do for me and have done for me. 

Happy Mother's Day!

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The Glenn Family - Before their big trip across the pond!

It's always great to catch up with people I've done photos with before!  Last night I had the pleasure of taking some photos of the Glenn family's two boys!  It was so amazing as a photographer to walk in and see a bunch of the photos up on their wall from my first shoot I did with them!

I was so glad to have the chance to meet the newest edition to their family before they head out abroad.  It's so wonderful when you get to develop a relationship with people and get to see their family grow.

As they start this new chapter in their family's life I know they'll be blessed!

Easter Egg Hunt!

Sydney got to go on her first Easter egg hunt yesterday!  She wasn't sure about what to do at first, but once she figured out there was candy inside she got the hang of it!

We had a lovely Resurrection Day starting at 7am with a sunrise service at church.  They had a little skit with people dressed up and giving an account of Jesus and what they had seen.  We had John, Pilot, Mary, a Roman guard, and a whole cast of others.  Then it was down south to visit with Nannette's side of the family for lunch and the egg hunt!

I hope you all had a great day too and that you know the hope and joy that comes from knowing Jesus has made you free through his love and sacrifice!

Kansas City Kite Club Festival 2014

We had a great time Saturday going to the Kite Festival over at Longview Community college!  Relaxing in the sun, taking some pictures and just flying some kites!  I would highly recommend it!  It's amazing that kites can be so massive!  Flying squids, fish, alligators, giant windsocks, parrots, trilobites, and more!