Wednesday, February 28, 2007

What is more beautiful than a bride?

Above are pictures from my most recent Bridal Portrait shoot done this last Saturday at the Los Angeles Arboretum. The beautiful bride is a Ms. Brittany Whitworth, soon to be Ethington. When you have a bride that is beautiful not only on the outside, but on the inside as well, you have found the catch of a lifetime. That is what Brittany is, and Greg is lucky to have her! I of course have been blessed with the best bride of all, my wife. All the men out there who have been grooms, be good to your brides. And for all the future grooms out there, make sure to treat your bride with the love and respect she deserves. Make sure to never take the beautiful smile off of her face.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Daddy Make Money

I wanted to take an opportunity to tell a story about my son Michael. Every morning when I am preparing to leave for work my boys ask me, "Daddy going to work?" On my days off I always respond, "No, Daddy will play with the boys." Well, now whenever my sons ask me me, "Daddy go to work?" they respond quickly before I can, "No, Daddy play with the boys." Last week we went through this daily ritual. I kept telling one of my triplets Michael (shown below) that I had to go to work. When he wouldn't accept my answer that I had to go to work I told him, "Daddy has to make money." I watched his eyes comprehend what I had just said, and he replied, "Okay Daddy make money." I gave him and his brothers a kiss goodbye and spent another three minutes preparing my laptop keys etc. getting ready to leave.

While standing in my family room Michael came up to me and said, "Daddy go to work, Daddy make money?" I looked down at him proud as a Father could be that he understood what I had told him. Michael then walked up to me, grabbed my hand and opened my palm. He then reached up with his other hand, and with his small fingers he gently placed three pennies in my hand. He then took my fingers, closed them around the pennies and then said. "Daddy make money, Daddy no work." Then a big smile filled his face and he said, "Daddy play with the boys." My eyes welled up as I picked up Michael and held him close. In the end, it doesn't matter how many pennies you make, but rather how many seconds you give to the ones you love. For all of the Father's out there in the world, take the opportunity to find the time for those things that are important. My Father went to law school, had two Master's degrees, and knew more than anyone I've known, but he was home every night, and was never too busy for me and my siblings. Now that he has passed, it doesn't matter how many pennies he made, but rather that he always had time to answer my question with a, "Yes, Daddy will play with the boys....."

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Late in Italy

You all know where this is, the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. Funny story surrounding this picture is that my wife and I never would have had the opportunity to take this picture if we had made our plane on time. We arrived at the airport almost 2 hours before the flight was to take off, and Delta had given away our seats. It ended up being a great thing as we got to visit the Colosseum, the Vatican, and other parts of Rome. If you haven't been there, GO, its truly one of the most amazing cities of the world.


Little Ones

It's so neat to see the wonder, excitement, and imagination that is spinning in a child's eyes as they watch the whole proceedings of a wedding. That is what is so neat about being a photographer. If we help to contribute to the magic of the day, and make it an unforgettable moment for the bride and groom, we are also helping to shape the imagination and dreams for the little ones in attendance who are forming their dreams and hopes for the future. Hope you enjoy the pictures!


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Isn't this a cool shot? I really don't say it to brag....I just love cool shots and I was lucky enough to get this one. This is of the wedding I shot with David Jay last Saturday. The groomsmen were walking down this alley in LA heading to a parking lot. I had my camera out and was able to take a quick picture. For any up and coming photographers out there I have a very small piece of advice.....Don't be afraid to shoot with other photographers, especially those that are more experienced. It will only make you better. I learned a great deal from my shoot with DJ last Saturday and I only hope that all photographers can have the opportunity to share of their talents with others. We weren't put on the earth to prove how good we are, but rather to make each other better as a whole. I'd be more than happy to return the favor and shoot with anyone who has a desire to learn. I'll be sharing more photos later, including some from my travels from around the world.



Sunday, February 18, 2007

Last Night

Last night I had the opportunity to shoot a wedding with David Jay and Shyla. At the beginning of the day, David was telling me certain tricks that sports photographers use to mess up other photgraphers shots. Later on in the evening David decided to take this practice to the wedding photography industry by messing up a perfectly good shot of the bride by jumping in front of my camera. I have a lot of cool things to share about last night, including a huge thanks to DJ for allowing us to shoot with him. But I thought I would get this picture out for everyone to see. I'll post a full blog of the evening later today.



Friday, February 16, 2007

Our first blog

Welcome to Capture Life Photo. My name is Jason Lanier and I am very excited to launch this new forum for all photographers and photography lovers to share ideas about photos, family, and life. As you see me update this blog you will see pictures of my weddings and landscape photography as well as my three sons. Having triplets is a photographers paradise as my three little boys provide an endless amount of photo opportunities.

I want to give a very big thanks to the Oak Alley Plantation for granting me a release on the photo below. If you haven't been there.....go now! It's right on the Mississippi in Louisiana and is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Believe it or not the photo below is not photoshopped in any way, it really is that beautiful.

I also want to thank David Jay for his tremendous workshop this last weekend. If you haven't met him or had the opportunity to work with him you are missing out! He is a great talent and a wise businessman....and most importantly a credit to our wedding photography profession.

Last but certainly not least I givethanks to my beautiful wife Kara. She gives me the drive to pursue my dreams. To my Dad who inspired me not only to take photographs, but to be a better man. And to my Savior, who has always been the center of my life. Please enjoy the blog and let me know if there is anything I can do to help.