I take pictures.

That Time of Day


In photography, the first and last hours of sunlight during the day are known as the “magic” hours, or sometimes the “golden” hours. They’re when the sun is right about to set, or just starting to rise, depending on the time of day. They’re incredible because the lighting is low and completely natural. The only downside to shooting during the magic hours is that it takes place in a very limited window of time. I shot this family right at the start of the magic hour when the scenery all around us started glowing with brilliant reds and oranges. The end result was stunning—gorgeously colored photos, lit naturally.

Building Blocks


Big family photo-shoots are often a process of mixing and matching. With kids and adults from all ages, I always wind up with a wide variety of heights and shapes and sizes to deal with. Arranging a group photo’s composition ends up being a lot like putting together a puzzle. Over the years I’ve spent photographing families, I’ve been able to try out lots of different experiments with placement and produced some great shots.

Sunlit Kids


The biggest challenge of portrait photography with children is, of course, getting them to sit still. While the moms and dads usually want a few formal, sitting shots of their children, I’ve found that when I’m able to really connect with the kids and get them comfortable, some great candid shots can come out of it as well.

I shot this family during those “magic hours” of the day when the natural lighting was perfect. Later, I went through and edited some of the photos to enhance the sunlight, adding a soft, but striking accent.

Alignment with Engagements


Couples usually have their own detailed plans for their engagement photos, so it’s always a blast to collaborate with them with my own ideas. The trick to getting a great photo of a couple is making sure they’re comfortable and really able to relax—as if the pesky photographer wasn’t even there.

Shooting this particular couple on and around an old railway bridge made for some unique photos. I found myself not only having to work with the couple, but also the intricate lines of the bars on the bridge. The linear metal bars can easily lead the viewer’s eyes out of the frame, so I made sure that their focal point always connected with the couple.