Bryan’s grandparents know he likes old camera gear, so as they’ve been cleaning out their attics and closets these past few years, they’ve passed their Brownies and other old cameras along to us. One from his Grandma Schambach came to us with a roll of film still inside; we sent it off to be processed and got these gifts from his family’s past. Is this Metairie forty years ago?

Where is this? Is this a photograph of a family member’s house? Is it the view from a great-uncle’s window, or from the top of a factory where his grandfather worked? Continue reading “History”

They Do!

Aaron and Brittany got married! We don’t know them well at all, but Aaron’s parents are good friends, and they invited us to their lovely backyard wedding and asked Bryan to take a few photographs.

Bryan did a good job, as always. I brought my little camera and snuck around in the bushes taking macros and sort of candid stuff. Just as Bryan had everyone lined up for a nice family portrait, somebody saw me behind a fern. “Look, it’s the paparazzi!” That got everybody laughing and looking in the same direction, and I think it turned out to be the best photograph of the whole family. Continue reading “They Do!”


So… hell froze over and two photographers I admire (Joe McNally & David Hobby) teamed up to tour the country and lecture about off camera flash with small hotshoe flashes AND they were coming to Dallas AND it only cost $99. Cha-ching, I’m there!

This isn’t a full on review or trip report and I didn’t take many photos but it was definitely worth the price of admission plus the air fare I spent to go to Dallas and back on the same day (slightly more expensive than driving myself and tons easier). The photo above (click on it to see it bigger) shows about half ballroom that we were using at the Hilton Anatole, I believe there were 300+ people in attendance.

David shoots manual flash (mostly) and Joe shoots iTTL (mostly) and it was great to see them shoot while walking us through their thought process. Seeing how they build up the lighting in the photo, how they control the shadows and background was really really useful. You can only learn so much from books, seeing the process in person was the whole reason to attend.


(I’ve been sitting on these photos for a while now, they were actually taken back in late January! -Bryan)

We talk a lot about how we want more practice with our photography gear, but we don’t often get around to actually setting it up. Tonight we ran out of excuses and gave ourselves an evening lesson in portrait lighting. We couldn’t settle on a clear favorite, so we decided to share the ‘top four’ with you.

Daddy + Baby Camera

Mandy’s been asking more and more questions about photography and getting more and more frustrated with the restrictions imposed by her old point and shoot. She’s thinking of things she wants to do and can’t.

So she’s been saving up her allowance since January, and finally we subsidized her savings enough to order a used Pentax *ist DS2 and lens. It looks like Bryan’s camera but smaller: it’s the cutest thing I’ve seen all week!

Upon hearing about her camera, Mandy’s elementary gifted/talented teacher said: “I am looking forward to Mandy’s photographic contributions – it seems like after the initial giddiness of ridiculous enthusiasm has worn off, really good things come from her!”