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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Ava Turned 2!

Yikes, where does the time go? I still can't believe it's already been a little over a year since we created images to commemorate Ava's first birthday. And now this little princess is already two. Well, 2 and change, really - her birthday was a couple months ago, but we pushed out her session a time or two, but this way we also were able to do some Pulitzer-worthy Christmas card images while we were at it. If you're friends of the Gaonas, check your mailbox around Christmas time to see this beautiful family.

I'm so glad we waited. The weather yesterday was fantastic, and so was Ava - a diva starter-kit for sure. She's already melting hearts, so watch out boys.

Here's a couple sneak peek images for mom and dad. Click images for larger previews.

I love this image. Such a rockin' outfit... and a matching suitcase! Are you kidding me? How cool is that?

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Drive-By Instant Classic

We don't get much fall color here in Dallas which is to say if you want to see some red, orange and yellow leaves you better call someone up north and have them ship them down.

This was a fun image from when we were driving around Nashville. I just slowed down the shutter speed a bit, pointed the lens out the car window at some passing trees, and presto... instant masterpiece. Monet-Schmonet... poor guy spent days and weeks painting his timeless Impressionist classics. Mine took 1/8th of a second.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Just Plain Fun

I love this image from a recent session with BA and his daughter, Emily. The 'love junkie' graffiti on the wall is so appropriate... BA is a self-proclaimed addict to his little girl.

That's all, just wanted to share this little piece of gold.

Rolling Through Nashville

Kylie and I went to Nashville last weekend to have some fun in the Music City. The weather couldn't have been better and the city had a quaint, welcoming feel to it. Between the Grand Old Opry, the "Batman Building", downtown Nashville, Music Row, Vanderbilt, Bicentennial Mall, Percy Warner Park, historic downtown Franklin,Centennial Park, and a host of other things to see and do, there's never a shortage of things to do. Oh yeah, and did I mention all the rolling hills. Beautiful!

Oh, and I wish I had a photo from the Pancake Pantry. We ate breakfast at this legendary establishment near Vanderbilt on Friday morning, and while we unfortunately didn't see any country music stars during our visit, apparently it's not uncommon to be eating pancakes next to folks like Keith Urban or Leann Rimes when you're there. In fact, I can't confirm this, but I overheard the waitress tell another table that Jessica Simpson was in that day before we got there. Hmmm... wonder if she had to wait n line, too?

These were big columns in Bicentennial Mall (btw, it's a park, not a shopping mall in case you were wondering what these columns had to do with shopping) that chimed every hour and every 15 minutes (and sometimes seemingly just whenever). They played "Rocky Top", too. Fun stuff.

This is the courthouse in downtown Nashville. They actually have night court here, and apparently it's a popular date night event. What?

Here's the view from the hotel room inside the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Pretty nuts isn't it? Amazing how freakin' big this place was and how they've built these little cities inside.

The NEW Reagan Era

The baby wagon made a stop at Michael and Amanda's last week and dropped off a brand new, shiny little girl. I got to meet miss Reagan Adelle Styer last weekend when I was back in Ohio for a little getaway, and let me tell ya, she's a keeper. She's beautiful, likes to eat all the time, needs lots of attention, and loves to sleep... truly a girl after my own heart. Watch out mom and dad... this one's gonna attract a lot of interest from the boys when she gets a little older.

What a blessing that she was born into such a solid family. Schrode and Amanda are wonderful people, and Reagan will never lack for love and guidance. Grandma and Grandpa Styer were there for a bit when I stopped by this weekend, too, and you could just tell they're hooked on this little girl. In fact, when grandma heard I was stopping by and had my camera with me, she hinted that baby Styer was billboard material. Too sweet. You've got it good, Miss Reagan.

Well, it took a little while for her to warm up to the camera (literally I think she cried every time the camera came out for the first 30 minutes), but after a couple new diapers and a little food, Reagan finally found her happy place and fell right to sleep. Here's a few images we stole while she was napping.

As always, click images for larger previews.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

PLEASE READ! - I didn't forget you...

... I just didn't know you e-mailed.

If you've e-mailed me in the last week and you haven't heard back, rest assured I'm not ignoring you. My hard drive headed south a little early for the winter and is apparently never coming back. While I had backed up my data relatively recently, any e-mails I received in the last week or so are part of the data that's gone... vanished... forever... for good. If you were one of the lucky ones to send an e-mail recently, it would be awesome if you'd resend that e-mail again, and I promise we'll get back to you. Thanks so much!

Monday, October 15, 2007

All Things Vintage

I love old things. Period. If it's got a hint of nostalgia to it, I'm a fan. If it reeks of time gone by, even better (hamburger meat notwithstanding). Weathered barns, rusted out cars, trains, rail road tracks, faded signs... these are a few of my favorite things... to photograph (sorry for putting the song in your head). I was back 'home' in Ohio this weekend and had a chance to get lost out in the country to do some photography, and although I was a little too early for the fall color, I still found a few things reminiscent of days gone by during my favorite time of year. Here's a couple more of my favorites. Click on an image for a larger preview.

Also, speaking of Ohio, my HS buddy Schrode and his wife Amanda give birth to their first baby last week, and she is so precious. Stay tuned for a few images of little Reagan this week.

Monday, October 8, 2007

The World We Live In

My friend, Tina, sent this to me a while back, and I'm just now getting around to posting it. I'm not a huge politics guy, and I know some people will skip this video as soon as they see Newt talking, but his message is clear and concise and really made me stop and think for a while about how much we take for granted and much we continually put our freedom at risk with each act of ignorance or worse yet, indifference. We live in a society that is so afraid to offend anyone that we may not - if we're not careful - ultimately be able to protect anyone in the end.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

See-attle {slideshow!}

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I'm finally resurfacing after spending some time in Seattle last week. Such a cool city... so much character, and so many things to see. The weather was unseasonably sunny to boot. In fact, in the 8 days I've spent in this city over my lifetime, it's really only been gray and drizzly one day. I think the miserably rainy persona Seattle has is perpetuated by it's own residents as marketing ploy to keep everyone from moving to this beautiful city.

I was travelling with my buddy Robin this week as we were visiting with a group of Seattle teachers to observe how they're using a new product we've been working on for Texas Instruments. While we were there we got to meet up with Trace and Christie who moved to Seattle from Dallas about a year ago, and they took us to a couple of their favorite local hang-outs. Too cool.

My favorite stop was a little hole in the wall place called Beth's Cafe. Very "homey" with hand-sketched scribbles and artwork from customers covering all the walls. I don't know how else to describe the food at this place other than to say when I ordered my omelette, they next question our waitress asked was, "You want a 6 egg or 12 egg omelette?" I almost fell asleep just thinking how stuffed I was about to be.

Here's a few of my favorite images from the trip. Check out the slideshow of all the images at the end.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Like Father, Like Daughter

Brent ('BA') was one of the winning bidders on a custom photography session from an Alzheimer's Association charity auction event earlier this year, and the weather finally cooled off (sort of) enough for us to capture some father/daughter images in Old Town Plano recently. Both BA and Emily are the sweetest people you will ever meet... just 'good peoples' if ya know what I mean.

And BA is one of the most dedicated and caring dads I know. Such a nice guy; it's easy to see why this dad and his little girl have such a genuine, natural relationship.

Here's a few fun images from our session.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007


This video is a testament to the slacker generation. Is it productive? No. Is it for a cause that will benefit society? Negative. Is it educational? Ummm... not a chance. Is it 2 minutes of meaningless, mind-numbing entertainment that you will never get back. Absolutely.

Haven't wasted enough time yet? Try Pole Position and Pong. Retro fun!