Thursday, March 25, 2010

WPPI 2010 Winner Press Release- Jason Lanier Photography

We are proud to announce that we were honored with an "Accolade of Excellence" in the WPPI 2010 16x20 print competition, the largest print competition in the world. We entered a number of prints and scored well on all of them. I featured this print below taken of my bride Christine Holcombe in North Carolina, because it was our highest scoring print.

I'm especially proud of this print because I took it in an abandoned house that I found buried by the railroad tracks in a very rural area of North Carolina. The slanted walls, broken glass, etc. are all real, no photoshopping. While I used photoshop to enhance the image, I didn't add to what you see below. I actually have a video on my website of this shoot that I did on my own with just the bride, click below to view! Hope you enjoy!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Brady- the anatomy of a Groom Portrait Session

Below are images taken during our Groom Portrait Session with Brady Bluhm just last week. Something I find fun and challenging is creating something out of nothing. For these shots we actually set up in Brady's small bedroom during the middle of the day with a small backdrop, card table, a deck of cards, and some dice. We used blankets and blinds to block out the light, and used video lights and flash to light Brady.

When I printed some 16x20's at our local lab they asked how we photoshopped the cards into the picture! I told them there was no photoshopping of the cards or the dice, we simply had to be patient. We literally sat there and had Brady throw cards at me for an hour. We had to wait to get the cards to come out the way we wanted, the same as the dice. We shoot Groom and Bridal Portraits for almost all of our wedding clients as we create a portrait session for them that they will remember the rest of their lives. I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

"Jesus took me to the beach?"

Today while getting the boys ready my son Kevin poked my chest and looked at me and said, "Daddy, I wish I had this." I looked down at my chest and asked, "Wish you had what?" He looked at me and said, "I wish I had skin like you and Mommy." (For those of you who don't know my wife and I are white, and our triplet boys who we adopted are half white/half Mexican and have beautiful light brown skin).

I asked Kevin, "Why do you want skin like me and Mommy?" He replied, "Because I want to be like you." I knew that when we adopted children that didn't look like us that we would someday get these questions from our boys. I knelt down and looked into his little brown eyes and said, "Kevin, you know we've always spoken about all skin colors being beautiful. The only difference between you and me is that Heavenly Father gave you a tan before he sent you down to earth."

Kevin thought for a moment and then a big smile came over his face. He gently grabbed my face and asked, "So....Jesus took me to the beach before sending me to you?" It was so sweet and innocent, and he said it with so much sincerity that I grabbed him, gave him a hug, and laughed. I replied back, "Yes, you went to the beach with Jesus."

As Kevin started imagining all the things he and his brothers did with Jesus on the beach I thought about how life could be a little better if we were all just happy with the way we look, and always find ways to find the beauty in others......

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Getting back to my blog

After a long overdue absence, mainly due to the fact that I've been posting so much more to Facebook recently, I am dedicating myself to getting back to my blog. I apologize for the absence and will make sure to post consistently with content that will help to inspire, make you laugh, and maybe sometimes make you cry. I hope you will enjoy the new blog as I will be revising some of the look, feel, and message of the blog. Thanks!