Archive for January, 2011

Its back to business time, finally, over the new few days I’ll be sharing a bunch of images from some of my recent photo shoots and I’m excited. First up we have Rachel Yurkivich.

I first photographed Rachel back in November 2009. I was a very new, very raw photographer in the making and she was the the no. 1 javelin thrower in the US, the latest addition to Doyle Management’s (The Husband’s Sport Agency) roster of athletes and in need of some photos to help build her profile with the agency. This is were I jumped in, raw and all as I was, Rachel agreed to be throw herself in front camera. I’m not gonna lie, I was nervous. I didn’t want to mess up. I didn’t want Rachel giving me all her time, energy and fiercest poses only to walk away with images that were useless. That just won’t do. But nervous and all as I was, I tried desperately to work it like I knew exactly what I was doing. Not sure I was 100% convincing or that anyone was really buying what I was selling, but we got some very useable images and I was very, very grateful/relieved. Those of you who maybe new to my blog, can CLICK HERE for a brief throwback to me old blog and a complete visual on our efforts. But I have to say, its a bit of a cringe fest looking back at some of my earlier work. A bit like watching a bad audition on American Idol.

Anyway, Rachel’s career has really taken off since our shoot and it will not surprise you to hear that she has recently been recruited by a modeling agency. I know, you want to hate her, not only is she an amazing athlete but she is stunning too. Some girls really do have it all, jealous. But the one thing Rachel didn’t have was some up to date head-shots, which are a must for any budding model, so yesterday, in the still remaining snow and ice of Georgia we set about rectifying the situation.

Cold and all as it was, Rachel worked it to the max, bringing the fierceness to every shot. In between shots was another story. A story of jumping-jacks, windmills and running on the spot, basically anything to keep the blood flowing and the cold at bay. And as your about to see, it worked.

One of our very first shots of the session, nailed.

Rachel, your fierce.

Hello blue eyes.

A pensive moment.

Then some more fierceness.

Your loving her boots, I know you are. You want them almost as badly as I do. And their Coach too. Bought the very day we did the photo shoot. So once we had the heads-shots done, we decided the boots were so fabulous they needed a little photo shoot of their own.

Men everywhere take note, see how happy a stunning pair of boots can make a girl.

Boots made for walking in the snow.

One of my favorites from the session.

And just for my own entertainment, I decided to throw in some out-takes from the session. This is Rachel trying to get her “serious” pose going on, but obviously my hilarious sense of humor is very distracting.

Look who showed up during our fabulous boots session, little Crooked.

And a few seconds later, Dexter joined the party.


January 12, 2011

I’m on my way to fruit and veg, I swear”. I was caught, right in the middle of something I knew I should not be doing and that was the first thing that came to mind. I was guilty, I knew it, but with logic taken over by complete panic and shame, the child within opted to go with a big fat lie.

You see the night previously over 2 glasses of wine, each, my bestfriend and I were discussing my New Years resolutions and as always my need for a chocolate intervention rose its ugly head. Its true I have a problem. I eat loads of chocolate and if it wasn’t for my dedication to running, I would definitely be giving Fat Bastard a run for his money. So under the influence of 2 glasses of wine and with a long history of failed attempts at chocolate sobriety, we decided to take baby steps and start with giving up just cookies. Totally doable, until I bumped into my bestfriend the very next day at the store whilst grazing the cookie aisle. Busted! “I’m on my way to fruit and veg, I swear”. But he wasn’t buying it, and neither was I. A do-over was declared. The cookies were never bought and I’m back on track with the resolutions. F’reals.

Random photo of Fintan cos he showed up while I was capturing a photo of the Oreo’s.

New Year Catch-Up

January 10, 2011

I haven’t exactly hit the ground running with my blog posts in this the year of 2011. More accurately I hit the ground with a thump, got my legs stuck in the mud and have been spinning my wheels for the past week. Life has been moving fast and I’ve been struggling to catch up. But as luck would have it, Georgia got hit with a huge snow storm last night and as a result, the city has come to a halt. Schools and business are shut down. Roads are a disaster zone, littered with abandoned and stranded cars. Its perfect and exactly what I need. For today at least, it feels like the world has stopped turning and I have the opportunity to catch up. I’m a hostage of my home and I’m loving it.

Speaking of home, finally, we have been given the necessary clearance by the powers of all things building related in the state of Georgia, to move into out new carriage house. (Pause for some high-pitched, parting of the Red Sea angelic style music). Much and all as I’ve enjoyed the experience of heating the bed with my own breath, yes, the heating system in our very old little house finally popped its clogs, I much prefer the luxury of a well insulated, well heated, 21st century home.

Other news, The Husband has embarked on a new business venture, which means by the power of association, so have I and I’m excited to share the details soon. He has worked very hard to get it up and running in record time and the result is trés trés impressive.

On a personal note, this is the week I will spend some time pondering a few New Years resolutions. Yes, I’m well aware we are already 10 days into 2011, but I just didn’t have the necessary head space available the previous 9 days to dedicate to a little personal stock taking (please refer to paragraph 1). Now that I’m getting the opportunity to catch up with the rest of the world, it will be done this week.

To finish up I will leave you with a few photos taken this morning around our property.

Our new wee home. This is where we will reside for the next year, before we begin building of the main house.

This was Crooked’s first ever snow. He was a little confused so………

…..he never strayed too far from his brother Dexter.

The boys

We’ve done the weddings, so now its time for the engagement sessions. I have to say, I really love doing engagement sessions, not only are they a great way of getting to know clients before the wedding, but they are also a lot of fun. Last year I shot with some amazing couples, all of who rocked the sessions out and worked their fierceness to the max. The following photos are some of my favorite images. Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed shooting them.

Kathryn & Kyle, Atlanta Engagement.

Erin & Jason, North Carolina Engagement.

Ellen & Drew, Atlanta Engagement.

Sarah & Adam, Dahlonega Engagement.

Sherie & Bobby, Atlanta Engagement.

Wedding Favorites From 2010

January 1, 2011

Now that 2010 has come to a close I wanted to take the opportunity and highlight some of my favorite wedding photos from the year. I’ve gotten to shoot some awesome couples, alongside my friend Tessa and Laura and some I did solo and I have to say, I’ve enjoyed every last one. Every wedding has been unique but every couple has been nothing short of amazing and I cannot wait for what lies ahead on my 2011 calender.

Hope you enjoy. Favorite engagement session shots will follow soon.

Melissa & Kevin, Rome, Georgia Wedding

Melodie & Dustin, Kennesaw Wedding

Nikki & Tommy, Bahamas Wedding

Carla & Michael, Alpharetta Wedding

Kathryn & Kyle, Atlanta Wedding

Sarah & Adam Dahlonega Wedding