Ryan & Marilyn

I’ve been falling in love with Breckenridge over this past year.  When Ryan & Marilyn called me to do an engagement shoot there, I don’t think they knew what they were getting themselves into.  But, my hat goes off to them as they climbed mountains and loved on each other for each photograph. We took a ride through the stunning Boreas pass in Breckenridge which offers stunning views anytime of the year.  Hope you like it and congrats again to Ryan and Marilyn!  

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  • December 9, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    lisa lacroix - Stunning. I love your use of light and perspective. Actually I love everything about this!!ReplyCancel

  • December 9, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    ali v. - absolutely gorgeous my friend!ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2014 - 2:53 am

    benj haisch - if that black and white silhouette isn’t big on their wall, I don’t know what else would be worthy ;)ReplyCancel

  • December 10, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    Aaron - Amazing! Your B&W’s rule!ReplyCancel

  • December 11, 2014 - 6:46 am

    Carlo - what a nice engagement! I love the far away mountain shot!ReplyCancel

  • December 11, 2014 - 3:11 pm

    Albert Palmer - The images of them on that rock are epic AA!ReplyCancel

  • December 11, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    rahul khona - stunning bro. stunning.ReplyCancel

  • December 12, 2014 - 12:56 am

    bryan - that mountain peak. wut.ReplyCancel

  • December 13, 2014 - 8:11 pm

    Jessica Schilling - Stunning location and gorgeous couple!ReplyCancel

  • December 13, 2014 - 8:11 pm

    Veronica Varos - So amazing. I personally want the black and white silhouette of them in front of the mountains hanging on my wall. Utterly gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • December 14, 2014 - 1:41 pm

    kong wai - Love the mood so mush. great workReplyCancel

  • December 15, 2014 - 11:02 am

    Therese Winberg - wow. love how you used the light!ReplyCancel

I’ve been thinking about making my blog more personal. So here is me dipping my toes into the deep end of my tears.   A few months ago I was asked to teach a photography class at South High School,  it was a lot of fun and the students showed a lot of promise. A few of the girls in the class couldn’t understand how I was a wedding photographer and not married, funny right?  ha ha ha ha ha….  (let me say really quickly, that my tears didn’t come out of my singleness, that would be boring).  But, I understand their questions because I believe in displayed love, I look for its expression.  Marriage is a long form commitment of a wonderful union in love, and a wedding is in one way like the trails termites leave in wood..it’s the proof of the infestation of love which leaves us vulnerable, and in another way is this ornate launch pad, a kind of decorated cocoon that opens to new depths of love.  It just isn’t mine yet. But that hasn’t stopped me from photographing my clients with abandon, to put my all into my work – trying to capture love.

Recently some of my old clients have asked me to photograph their baby bumps, families, kids… and I have always done it reluctantly.  It’s not part of my vision for my business, and I thought I wouldn’t be able to deliver quality imagery without the proper belief guiding my eye…but it only makes sense that people keep asking – it’s the natural progression.

So within a week, I got to hang out with a few different families; one with 3 teenagers, one with a toddler and a new born, and lastly one with a 6 month old baby it was during our goodbye that I felt the emotions stirring. And in the car ride home tears defined my emotions and in the days to come words defined my tears.  You see, for me the little baby gives so much purpose and reason to my job. It is working. Family is the butterfly of love. We all have a unique smile and I am familiar with the smile of my clients because I look for it all wedding long…and for weeks while I edit, then to recognize it in the smile of baby…that is a tear defined.

Her name means “hard working/striving” and she has spurred me unto this.  Images of Fatherhood, Motherhood,.. familyhood.  Each photograph a page in a liquid dictionary.  With a great heaviness, I realize that it is this greater thing that God hasn’t added unto my heart. cocoon, sure. But, I want family.

I don’t have kids yet, but my children will be the most photographed children to live because it is my daughters grace I see in every bride and my sons stature I see in every groom.  They are the light that causes me to passionately burn for imagery.  All of this brims at the eve of the birth of my older brother’s first child.  The first in the next generation of Jaja’s.   You are welcomed with so much love, you have changed my nature;  this new chapter in the life of our family will be filled with joy, love, and plenty of photographs.

 

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  • December 4, 2014 - 2:16 am

    Ashley Bemson-Jaja - Oh AD…..my heart! Beautifully written!ReplyCancel

  • December 4, 2014 - 2:19 am

    Jen Price - This is beautiful, A.D.
    Simply beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • December 4, 2014 - 2:38 am

    Paul and Julie Neugebauer - AD,
    Your words and beautiful photos brought joyful tears to the eyes of these two old friends from Savannah. Keep up the good work my friend! Give us a shout next time you are in Savannah. Lets do lunch or dinner.

    Best Regards,
    Paul and Julie NeugebauerReplyCancel

  • December 4, 2014 - 3:32 am

    Tyrone A. Acker - Wow!!! AD I salute you sir for such a heartfelt, poetic blog post! I know firsthand, for the emotions I felt on 9/6/13 were unlike anything I’ve ever felt. My daughter graced this world, a new level of love came upon me. In fact, it started from the first ultrasound when I heard her heart beat. I’m proud of you man, and can’t think of a better person to have the same birthday as my daughter!! You are awesome my friend!ReplyCancel

  • December 4, 2014 - 3:56 am

    Denikia - Set me up. Those were some beautiful words,AD. After reading this, I realized (well, remembered) that I haven’t had any professional pictures taken of our newest member. If you are coming into the realm of family photography, than I want you to capture ours. You already have a special place in our family’s history…why not capture our legacy. I believe you are a wonderful photographer. Beautiful now after reading your heart.ReplyCancel

  • December 4, 2014 - 6:29 am

    Amanda Hamm - Confirmed what I already knew- that your beautiful photos, come from your beautiful heart. Your gift is seeing the world in the way you do. Thank you for sharing it with us all!ReplyCancel

  • December 4, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    Amanda - AD,
    I’m overwhelmed by the words you have written and the feelings you have expressed. You have an amazing heart and spirit and it takes true courage to express both.ReplyCancel

  • December 4, 2014 - 9:59 pm

    Jaakko - word.
    I really really love the film look of your pics!ReplyCancel

  • December 4, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    Emily McCollin - Beautiful words, stunning images. Thank you for sharing your heart. As a wedding planner, I love to see the progression of “family” taken from the first steps of boy meets girl to the final breath of the family patriarch or matriarch. It is a beautiful story and such a privilege to be a part of any moment of this story, however brief.ReplyCancel

  • December 5, 2014 - 11:53 am

    Matthew Long - Great post man, great images too.ReplyCancel

  • December 5, 2014 - 4:07 pm

    Kristian - Beautifully written and equally beautiful photosReplyCancel

  • December 5, 2014 - 5:43 pm

    rahul khona - beautiful words. and images too.ReplyCancel

  • December 6, 2014 - 1:13 pm

    Elizabeth - These are increadible. You told such a beautiful story.ReplyCancel

  • December 8, 2014 - 12:13 am

    Jonathan David - Beautiful words and gorgeous images. Love this so much.ReplyCancel

  • December 8, 2014 - 4:24 pm

    Paul Nguyen - Great post!! great images!ReplyCancel

  • December 8, 2014 - 5:49 pm

    Ashley Barber - AD this is wonderful!! As always the pictures are superb. I have a soft spot for the Benson-Jaja couple of course ;)ReplyCancel

  • December 9, 2014 - 3:06 am

    Briana Morrison - What a sweet story! And I love your maternity photographs… and the babies. So cute!ReplyCancel

  • December 9, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    Dom - Oooof you pulled my heart strings! Gorgeous photos :)ReplyCancel

Aubrey & Soushiant

So thrilled that i was invited to attend this elegant vineyard wedding in Canada.  In Penticton, Canada to be exact.  This wedding gave me a glimpse into my future…what could I possibly mean by that?  Well, I learned from it, something rubbed off on me…something addicting that I hope rubs off on you if we ever meet or meet again.  At every wedding I attend everyone is on their best behavior…the bride and groom are always the best people you have ever met and they have always had the best upbringing with the best life yada yada yada….  I honestly believe this to be true of most of my couples… I don’t think it’s easy to fake a beautiful spirit.  The visible iceberg of character has an invisible counterpart with a depth found well in between the lines of moments.  The most memorable thing about Soush is how he would embrace his friends at the neck and kiss their cheek… at first this caught me off guard so I photographed with intent.  Then as the day went on I saw that this was only the magnificent iceberg attached to a host of character beneath the surface…  I purposefully left those many neck hugs and cheek kisses out of this post, in effort to display the moments in between the lines.  My friend Sachin Khona brought me up to Vancouver to shoot this wedding with him, and if you follow my work at all you know that this passionate photographer pushes me to create like no one else.  Check out his take on this wonderful day here.  It was so awesome to explore Vancouver and drive through the country to get to Penticton. Aubrey and Soush put us up in a magnificent little house on the property of the Serenata Guesthouse, which is the vineyard where there celebration was held. It was an absolutely tremendous venue, sporting over 300 types of trees (trees are my heaven…so I was in heaven). At breakfast on the day of the wedding it started to rain and everyone moved inside the house huddling their lips around coffee and great meal.  At one point we couldn’t find Aubrey, and noticed that she was outside in the rain ever so quietly and oh so gracefully moving her details out of the rain.  This was fuel for me, I turned to Sachin,who was in a similar way, and said “let’s rock this shoot”  (I probably said something a little less cool but my memory fails me ha ha).  Her silent passion for her day rang so loud to me.  My hope isn’t that these images ring load, but that you get a glimpse of their genuine connection and that you feel an embrace at the neck and a kiss on the cheek. Congrats guys!

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  • November 13, 2014 - 2:50 am

    Gagan - Wow man it keeps getting better and better! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2014 - 3:12 am

    jackie - Beautiful. Those bridal portraits especially.ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2014 - 4:20 am

    Sachin Khona - Stoked to have had you along for the ride AD .. Smashed it with these images. Art my friend. Art.ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2014 - 6:08 am

    Jessica Schilling - Absolutely gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2014 - 5:24 pm

    Andreas Holm - Wow. This is incredibly good. The colors, the emotion, the framing, the portraits….Well done.ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    Sidni - Stunning! I especially love the first dance and the last shot. That moment you caught with the little girl peeking down the stairs is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • November 14, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    Sarah - I love your black and whites so much and that portrait with just legs and his are crossed is gold. Beautiful work.ReplyCancel

  • November 14, 2014 - 3:25 pm

    Albert Palmer - Love those ceremony photos – so much emotion!ReplyCancel

  • November 14, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    Darren Gair - Beautiful work AdonyeReplyCancel

  • November 15, 2014 - 10:35 pm

    Teresa K - Stunning imagery Adoyne…..so many amazing moments in this set!ReplyCancel

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    Gabriel - Brother, Wow!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • November 16, 2014 - 9:48 pm

    Aleks - Beautiful work Adonye!!!ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2014 - 4:19 am

    Anton Chia - Beautiful portraits!ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2014 - 10:26 pm

    Shahram Shawn Zanganeh - well done – very impressive workReplyCancel

  • November 20, 2014 - 7:07 pm

    Elissa - I love how your photos are like… glimpses, sort of cinematic, like we’re getting tiny bits of the whole story but that’s what makes the story so rich. These are really beautiful photos. Love your style.ReplyCancel