Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. -Ranier Maria Rilke This brings peace to my soul. There are so many questions without answer. Live in the tension. Carry the questions like a compass, that can tell you which way is north but not the best way through [...] Read more – ‘Love the Questions’.
My friend Taylor and I stopped by South Front Antiques. It might be the best store ever. If you’re in Memphis, check it out. These are some shots I took and edited with VSCO Cam. I am also testing out using the WordPress app on my phone for simple posts. Read more – ‘A Trip to the Antique Store’.
6 months and 23 days ago I had a going away party in Columbia, MO. Below are some of my favorite images from the event. I told myself I would wait a few months before coming back to these photos and I am so glad I did today. It’s hard to put exactly into words [...] Read more – ‘Friends – A Look Back to 6 Months Ago’.
It’s always nice working with a bride who has wedding planning experience. It’s also always nice to visit Columbia, MO, where I called home for six years. Brooke and Nick’s wedding was great. So many friends and family around to witness their vows. Good food, good friends, good music, can’t lose. Congratulations Brooke and Nick! [...] Read more – ‘Brooke + Nick [Wedding]’.
Amanda had always thought that I would be her wedding photographer. That was, until she figured out that I would be her groom. So, then, it was the least I could do to at least attempt to do our engagement photos. We’re both pretty happy with the results. If you’re curious how we did it, [...] Read more – ‘Amanda + Keith [Engagement]’.
I got the email today announcing VSCO Film Pack 3 today. Because I’m unabashedly hooked, I went ahead and got it (holler for the loyalty club). I’m already hooked. Check out this quick sample from below. Also note, this is a sneak peek at Amanda and I’s engagement shoot that we did all by ourselves [...] Read more – ‘Already Hooked on VSCO Film 3’.
One of my best friends, Trevor, had his first child last month. After about a thousand hours of labor, his wife, Alisha gave birth to a healthy baby girl with a whole ton of hair. So much hair. I used to be really freaked out by babies. They just seemed so fragile and I felt [...] Read more – ‘Baby Allison’.
Heather and Matt’s wedding was my first wedding here in Memphis… and what a great one to kick it off. Their wedding was at the amazing Metal Museum right by the river. We started the day off with pictures at Heather’s parents’ house. I love that my job takes me into other people’s lives to [...] Read more – ‘Heather + Matt [Wedding]’.
Laura and Eric are so kind. Shooting their engagement pictures and wedding was an absolute joy. I love that doing this sort of photography develops a friendship so quickly, and that I get to make new friends through it. They just trusted me and set me loose, and awesome things happened. Their wedding was absolutely [...] Read more – ‘Laura + Eric [Wedding]’.
#WermelskirchenWedding2012 #WermWedding2012 #Werming2012 This was the first wedding that I’ve shot where the bride AND groom didn’t want to go outside because the humidity would mess up their hair… and dang… check out that fro! Crazy-awesome day hanging out with all these people. A special thanks to Jordan (on right) for second shooting with me. [...] Read more – ‘#Werming 2012’.
The blog has been quiet, but my life has been everything but. I’m still alive. Trust me. Maybe more than I’ve ever known before. I thought I’d put up a little update. First of all, photography for October was pretty crazy. I shot three weddings in three weeks. The first one was in Kansas City, then [...] Read more – ‘I’m Still Alive… Maybe Even More Than I Have Been Before.’.
If you haven’t seen Cory and Hannah’s engagement pictures, you should look at those first. Then you should enjoy these. This wedding was on my first day as a full time freelancer… and by that I mean it was the day after my last day of work for the university, so there was something exciting [...] Read more – ‘Cory + Hannah [Wedding]’.
Last week I drove to Little Rock for a meeting. Something I love about being on the road is getting a sense of space. It’s easy to build a mental fence around a city and to keep our thoughts inside, locked up tight. When you’re on the road though, your mind has room to roam. [...] Read more – ‘40 Highway though Arkansas’.
I know that you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to over the past month… so let me tell you. I hit the ground running over at City Leadership, as soon as I was available, I was put to work. I’ve got two really big web projects that will both launch next month, so stay tuned. [...] Read more – ‘The Last Month’.
Today is my parents’ 29th wedding anniversary. As a wedding photographer, I have a certain affinity for love stories. It probably has to do with the fact that my whole upbringing and home life was one that was rooted in love. From the ways my parents looked after me and my sisters and taught us [...] Read more – ‘29 Years of Life and Love’.
Greetings from Memphis! I live in Tennessee now. That’s kind of weird to say. I’m still working on getting everything in line for being a resident of Memphis. Turns out moving is kind of tricky, but I’m here now. I am living in one place through this week and then into another place at the [...] Read more – ‘Kodak Portra 400’.
I’ve had a roll of Kodak HD 400 sitting in my dad’s Nikon FM2 for (almost) 2 years. I’m a little embarrassed to say that, but at the same time, it provided my day with some awesome. First off, seeing images I captured two years ago on the same roll that I captured some earlier [...] Read more – ‘Kodak HD 400’.
Just wandering around Memphis last month, I kept my x100 at my side and snapped some shots whenever I was struck by some interesting light. Here is the set I came out with. File this under “odds and ends.” All shot with the Fuji x100 – Edited with VSCO in Lightroom 4 #boom Read more – ‘Some Memphis Light’.
If you are on my blog, you probably already know I’m moving to Memphis. If you don’t, check this out. When I first started telling people I was moving to Memphis it usually went something like this: “Well, I want to pursue freelance photography and need to move to a bigger city to do that. [...] Read more – ‘“Life’s too short…”’.
Today I attended the funeral of a woman I had never met. She was a coworker’s mother at 9am this morning, but by time the funeral had passed at 11:30am, I came to realize that she, Mary, was so much more. It feels odd to to sit in a church you’ve never been to and [...] Read more – ‘Only Love’.
There’s not real good way to intro this, so, I’m announcing a huge change in my life: I’m moving to Memphis and I’m both scared and excited in ways I have never been before. As news has trickled out to friends and family, I’ve received an overwhelming amount of encouragement, and I cannot begin to [...] Read more – ‘Update: My Life Edition’.
I visited Memphis last week. Going to Memphis last weekend wasn’t my plan until about a week before I went because I was originally supposed to go to Japan with my church… but it didn’t work out. I had an amazing trip, nonetheless. The best part about the trip to Memphis was being able to [...] Read more – ‘Memphis (May Edition)’.
Originality is a lie. Which is funny, since we live in a society hell bent on originality. Even if you speak a sentence into existence that has never been spoken before, you construct it in a system that’s been around for hundreds of generations. If you paint, draw, sculpt… you’re combining elements created by someone [...] Read more – ‘Everything is a Collaboration!’.
I finally got to do a real shoot with my D800. That, coincidentally, also made me upgrade to Lightroom 4 because, as I learned, Lightroom 3 won’t process D800 Raw files. That upgrade lead to updating to the new VSCO designed for Lightroom 4. The new VSCO has some new presets that are pretty bomb. [...] Read more – ‘Rachel + Ryan [Engagement]’.
Here are some photos from the past few weeks… Artrageous Friday! Graduation Parties! Mother’s Day! My parents came and visited me. It was the best. Found this at Big Tree in McBaine. K+A. What a coincidence… All shot with Fuji x100 + edited with VSCO in Lightroom 4 Read more – ‘The Past Few Weeks’.
Aaron and Christie got married in March. Shooting their wedding was really special to me, as Aaron and I have been good friends for a few years now. He’s hilarious and super easy going. Christie is a rockstar news anchor up in Illinois now. They met as neighbors. Aaron and I have been in the [...] Read more – ‘Aaron and Christie Castillo’.
A poem, from Sir Francis Drake: Disturb us, O Lord when we are too well-pleased with ourselves when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, O Lord when with the abundance of things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the [...] Read more – ‘Disturb Us, Lord…’.
Spring is here with all the things spring brings. Burning eyes and an itchy mouth roof pitted against the beauty of nature revealing itself. It got warm quick here in mid-Missouri, and that’s not a complaint. These pictures span from downtown KC to Lee’s Summit and back to Columbia. It’s been an interesting past couple [...] Read more – ‘Spring Daze’.
Andrew Bird played in Kansas City at the Uptown last Friday. This was my second time seeing him live. He puts on an incredible show. If you haven’t heard Andrew Bird, you’re missing out. The looped violin strumming, plucking and traditional playing, with amazing whistling interspersed between emotionally intense lyrics, all keep me coming back [...] Read more – ‘Andrew Bird in Kansas City’.
What do spaces tell us about the things contained within them? I visited the STL Art Museum a couple weeks ago with Amanda and here are some frames I came back with. If you’re around there, their current Photography exhibit, An Orchestrated Vision, is awesome. There is something really moving about large photo prints… the magnitude [...] Read more – ‘Museum Space’.
Wow… Listen and watch: Death is promised to the bee whose sting protects the colony. Was its life worth nothing more than honey for the queen? Life is a branch and it is a dove, handcrafted by confusing love. Sign language is our reply, when church beels make no sound. In hollow towers and empty [...] Read more – ‘Sleeping At Last – Emphasis’.
I spent some time at the zoo last week with a close friend of mine. We were pretty busy overhearing parents explain things to their children in odd ways, listening to children say highly offensive things without realizing it, taking pictures of people taking pictures… those sorts of things. If I had to choose what [...] Read more – ‘The Zoo’.
I went to California in August with my family. It was an amazing vacation. I’m just now getting around to posting pictures. Give the page a minute to load (there are about 85 images). Turn this track on an enjoy the set. I hope that if you’ve been to California, they ring true of the [...] Read more – ‘California’.
I got to ride in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. My friend Nathan and I got to ride in it all the way to Big Tree. Jealous? Our tour guides were awesome. Thanks again Caileigh and Lauren! Read more – ‘The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile’.
My good friend Matt posted on his blog some quotes from Hafez, a Persian poet. I read this almost a week ago and it is still stuck on repeat in my mind. This is hauntingly beautiful. I wanted to post thoughts afterward, but there is nothing that I can add to this. “Your love should never [...] Read more – ‘Stay close to any sounds that make you glad you are alive’.
I’ve been thinking about the idea of polarization lately. Democrats vs Republicans Conservatives vs liberals Mizzou vs kU Christians vs Atheists Prolife vs Prochoice Anything! Everything! Every issue can become so easily polarized… so easily binary. This or that. Me vs you. I know that there is a “moderate” safe ground between a lot of [...] Read more – ‘Polarize Everything!’.
I’m really excited about these pictures. I’ve known Aaron for a few years now. We’ve been in a small group at church together, made a lot of crude jokes together and even worked together at some weird plant for a day (I only worked there a day… he worked there for a long time). He [...] Read more – ‘Aaron and Christie – Engagement’.
A year ago today, two of my best friends, Tyler and Becca, got married. I had the incredible honor of photographing their wedding. They invited over some close friends last night to share with them their anniversary and anniversary cake. Surprisingly, year old cake is still delicious, if preserved correctly. There’s something really special about [...] Read more – ‘Happy Anniversary, Tyler and Becca’.
60° in Missouri, mid January, is an odd, beautiful thing. My friends Kate and Melissa and I went hiking (walking?) around some parks in Columbia. We hit up Devil’s Ice Box (the trail is open, but the actual cave is closed due to White Nose Syndrome killing so many bats) and Capen Park. We spent [...] Read more – ‘A Lovely Day for a Hike’.
As mentioned in my post from yesterday, winter break is very different time than any other, even though my day-to-day schedule isn’t really effected. I know everyone’s life is pretty different around the holidays, but living in a college town, working for Mizzou, living in a house full of students and being part of a [...] Read more – ‘Friends of Winter Break’.
Winter in Missouri brings a certain sort of quiet. It’s nice at first. Eventually it can feel a little suffocating. It’s reaching that point for me. I’ve enjoyed the slowness of things the past couple weeks, but I am ready for the life of the regular semester to kick back in. The first nine photos [...] Read more – ‘Quiet Missouri’.
I’m not even sure how to describe how awesome this New Year’s was. Standing with one of my best friends, Brett H, as he got hitched, and partying the night away with close friends. There were so many faces I hadn’t seen in a while. I am so blessed. Here is some music, though it [...] Read more – ‘New Years Eve, featuring Brett and Brook’s Wedding’.
Merry Christmas! I’m blogging right now as half my family is asleep in the living room from Christmas Dinner Coma. What a blessed day. The warmth of being around family and the remembrance of Christ’s birth. Earlier today while driving around, I listened to what I consider the mewithoutYou Christmas song: There’s something I really [...] Read more – ‘Christmas 2011’.
Chris and Nia’s wedding was in March. It was snowing and a brutal sort of cold. Nia is a warrior and dealt with the cold no problem. I think she made Chris and I look like the wimps. This wedding was particularly special to me, as Chris has been a good friend of mine since [...] Read more – ‘Chris and Nia’.
Here is a TED talk from Brene Brown titled “The Power of Vulnerability” Some quotes I pulled (with added thoughts): -”Life’s messy, love it.” vs “Life’s messy, clean it up.” – I think this is an interesting thing to think about. I definitely fall more on the “love it” side, I mean, you kind of [...] Read more – ‘The power of vulnerability’.
Continuing my recap of the year, here are some images from the Glosson Wedding, which took place… somewhere in Kansas. Daniel is hilarious and Lori was probably the most laid back bride I’ve had the pleasure of working with. They are part of my church family. D300 + Lightroom + VSCO (Most shots with 50mm [...] Read more – ‘The Glosson Wedding’.
Here are some film shots I did the other night. I used an Alien Bees 400 with a small soft box on these, along with my Mamyia Rb67. These were shot on Fuji 400 ProH, if the title didn’t give that away already. I was experimenting with using external lighting with the Mamiya in general, [...] Read more – ‘Fuji 400 ProH’.
If you’ve talked to me anytime, for any length of time, in the past three months, we’ve probably shared at least a few words regarding #occupy. I am so intrigued by the movement! It has taken me a long time, but today I think I came a lot closer to understanding my fondness of it [...] Read more – ‘99%’.
2 years ago I posted this to my blog: It was 5 years ago, maybe to the minute, that I sat in an office building that was full of candles and tears. I dont think I cried in that office building though. I cried that day. I was confused and uncertain. Earlier in the day [...] Read more – ‘Tylor Tayrien’.
So I decided I would spend some time this month going through and picking my favorite wedding images from the year. Last week I posted Barbara and Steele’s pictures, so I guess I’ll just work backwards from there, since I’ve completely restarted with the blog stuff. Katie and Daniel’s wedding was on a very warm [...] Read more – ‘Katie and Daniel’.
“But Keith, film is dead!” I don’t care. Despite Fuji and Kodak both dropping some pretty historic films recently, I have a hard time believing that the medium is disappearing for good anytime soon. Not until digital can actually catch up. Digital has the edge in convenience, no doubt, but until images those 1′s and [...] Read more – ‘Kodak 160NC’.
Yeah, I go Black Friday shopping. Whatofit? If you haven’t, you should. Just once at least. You’ll learn more about our culture in one night if you keep your eyes and ears open than you will over an entire season of Jersey Shore. I have to say that there is a tragic irony in the [...] Read more – ‘A Dark Friday’.
I think I’ve concluded that thankfulness must drive us to humility. Without that, it isn’t true thanksgiving… it’s more entitlement with recognition, or something of the like. There is no independence. We are contingent upon one another… and for a reason. Here is a glimpse into my family’s Thanksgiving. My nephew takes baths in the [...] Read more – ‘Give Thanks’.
Just a quick preview as I’m finishing up the Shippy wedding… I usually try to avoid the really trendy things that I see a ton of wedding photographers using. I will typically view them skeptically from afar. I saw a lot of people using the “VSCO” something or another and to be honest was totally [...] Read more – ‘Barbara and Steele – Preview’.
Shepard Fairey Designs ‘Occupy Hope’ Poster, Replaces Obama’s Face With ‘V for Vendetta’ Mask – Los Angeles News – The Informer. If you’re curious, the policeman who pepper sprayed the peaceful protesters at UC Davis, his name is John Pike. His salary is over $110k. More articles on the UC Davis stuff: Police officer pepper-sprays [...] Read more – ‘Links of the day – November 21, 2011’.
National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 – The Atlantic. 84 year old Woman Becomes the Pepper Sprayed Face of Occupy Seattle – The Atlantic DOCUMERICA – Images of America in Crisis in the 70′s – The Atlantic Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Two YES. If this doesn’t sound familiar, watch the original first. Read more – ‘Links of the day – November 16, 2011’.
Check out this article from the NY Times. My coworker mentioned this article to me and my initial reaction was that it sounded like we are giving Paterno a pass, letting passivity win because we are all, at root, passive. I felt that way half way through reading the article too but toward the end [...] Read more – ‘Let’s All Feel Superior – NYTimes.com’.
I had the pleasure of photographing The HouseGuests, which includes my good friend and house mate, Jack. Him and his crew were kind enough to get me a press pass for the event at The Blue Note. Read more – ‘The House Guests’.
Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo. This quote from Ira Glass has been floating around the internets a lot lately: “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But [...] Read more – ‘Taste!’.
Previously, I had my photography blog and I had a “thoughts” blog, and I kept them separate. Why? I thought that keeping my Christian views and work separate would be best. Keep my faith out of business… and let my work speak for itself. I’ve come to a point where I don’t think that makes [...] Read more – ‘Where to From Here?’.
I am in the process of completely redoing all this web stuff of mine. It’s been too scattered. So give me a minute to … rearrange. I’ll be back real soon. In the mean time, ignore the default theme and enjoy this: Read more – ‘Hang on just a second!’.