Mindy’s bridal

29 March 2008

We recently photographed Mindy’s bridal and I had asked if she remembered a conversation we had about weddings a few years ago. It is really neat how it happened actually, as Mindy had been to a few weddings we shot either as a guest or a bridesmaid. I remember when and where we were, and that Mindy jokingly said if Phil ever asked her to marry him she’d hire us to shoot the wedding. So… guess what?!

Thanks to Phil here are a few shots from Mindy’s bridal :P

Congrats to you and Phil on your engagement! See you guys soon!

Truly an inspiration!!!

28 March 2008

Very well deserved!!! One of the 2007 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) prize winners was James Nachtwey; Photojournalist. His images are very powerful, I am TRULY INSPIRED and want to share his wish.

Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, photojournalist James Nachtwey talks about his decades as a war photographer. A slideshow of his photos, beginning in 1981 in Northern Ireland, reveal two parallel themes in his work. First, as he says: “The frontlines of contemporary wars are right where people live.” Street violence, famine, disease: he has photographed all these modern WMDs. Second, when a photo catches the world’s attention, it can truly drive action and change. In his TED wish, he asks for help gaining access to a story that needs to be told, and developing a new, digital way to show these photos to the world.

Help grant James Nachtwey’s wish.

What we do when we’re not shooting a wedding

26 March 2008

A few of you have asked what we do in our spare time… so here it goes. Most people go to the movies…which we do sometimes, or go out of town on some vacation…which we do sometimes, but most of all what we like to do when we get a chance is anything regarding motorsports, and driving at the track specifically. Motorsport Ranch in Cresson, TX has been a favorite “getaway” for us when we get some free time to take our two Subarus out to run. Apex Driving Academy run by John Holmes and company has been great for Tem and I to learn over the years, and I finally got a chance to get behind the scenes and work.

I volunteered to run Grid on an Apex school day this month and I now have a whole new respect for the people that make things go smoothly on the track. Where before I may have taken it a little for granted (like many things we do in life) the many things, people, and time that go into making something like an organized driving school run safely and timely.

At first I was a little overwhelmed in that in the Grid position, you’re responsible for (all at the same time);

- Making sure the 4 different run groups are called up to the grid position before their planned track time is to begin with enough time to have everyone ready and instructors in car, and called off of the track when their times are up.

- Watching the track and corner stations for different conditions, flags, and to radio to the staff and the drivers any and all changes in conditions, and scheduling.

- Checking over cars that have put wheels off the track for any debris or damage to the cars to ensure things continue to run safely.

- Communicating with everyone and watching everything as well as keeping the time tables so everyone gets a fair shake and their time on the track.

The many different things going on make for a busy, quick, and exciting day. The flags/corner workers need a big hand as well, as they’re watching out for every driver out there and hardly ever get any recognition or even a wave. Not to mention all of the staff and personnel that go into making everything run.

All in all it was great fun to be part of the machine that makes it all work, and watch some of the great cars rip it around Motosport Ranch. Tem was on hand to document the day of course, so here are a couple of shots from my day working Grid.

This was also a Viper Club day as well, as you can see from the slew of Vipers out.

One of the instructors for Apex Driving Academy brought his R33 Skyline GTR out to run.

Andre in class teaching the students about proper driving techniques and track etiquette.

As I call out radio checks and ask drivers to let me know they are ready to go out I get a thumbs up.

This is Big Bend… one of the faster corners on the 1.7 mile course.

Calling in the cool down laps and end of the sessions.

The following weekend I got the chance to drive on the track again myself during a half day with Apex Driving Academy for the intermediate and advanced students. So after doing my obligatory brake fluid flush, oil change, tire rotation, and brake pad change, we headed out to Motorsport Ranch Cresson again. This time Apex was running the newer, shorter (1.3 mile), more complicated course at MSR instead of the 1.7 mile course that the students ran the previous weekend when I ran grid.

The track is amazingly fun, with some blind crests, and many technical sections that really test your concentration. Tem was on hand again to document my day, as she chose not to drive this time.

John giving us the pre run talk about safety and rules for the day.

Lotus Exige heads the line for us to head out.

Me, passing by on the main straight.

Neil, who is my service advisor at Subaru of Plano, changing his brake pads.

Shane manning the corner station watching for conditions on the track.

Off over one of the blind crests into a fast right hand sweeper. Looks scary from here? The first time you drive it it’s a little scary too, almost like driving off of the face of the earth a little. ^_^

Thanks to Apex and everyone at Motorsport Ranch for a wonderful place for us to go. We can’t wait to make it out there again sometime.

Abby + Spencer – Alvin, Texas

19 March 2008

For those who’ve never heard of it, Alvin is a small Texas town in Brazoria County, within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown Metropolitan Area. Alvin is where Abby and Spencer’s friends and families came together to celebrate their wedding.

We both LOVED that tasty BBQ hmmm…m and we still have tons of seeds in our camera bags ^_- Thank so much for having us guys!

Check out the rest of our favorites from Abby and Spencer’s wedding here.

Margaret + Erich’s Wedding

12 March 2008

Floral design: Dr. Delphinium
Catering: Belo Mansion
Entertainment: DJ David Allen
Cake: Panini Bakery
Videographer: masonjarfilms

Margaret and Erich, Intro from Chris P. Jones on Vimeo.

View all our favs from Margaret + Erich’s Wedding.

Q4 WPJA 2007

11 March 2008

So many familiar names, and multiple entries too!!! Kudos to Ben who earned the highest points in the WPJA Q4 2007 wedding photography contest. Well done everyone!

We are excited to place a few images, there are so many awesome and fierce photographers in this contest.

From Regan + Kendall’s wedding.

From Yinette + Tri’s wedding.

From Jane + Billy’s wedding.

From Brittany + Zach’s wedding.

Brides Against Breast CancerTM

11 March 2008

Donate your wedding dress to Brides Against Breast Cancer – one of the to dos on my friend Emilie’s pink list.

That is it!!! I have been wanting to do this for a long time now and I finally did it!!! I found a good place for my wedding dress (it is a 9 year old dress but I promise it is one of those simple dresses you can still wear today) and 3 of my bridesmaid dresses I wore a few years ago.

Here is one of the dresses that are on the way to Making Memories Organization. Photographed by Scott.

By the way, it was the wedding I doubled my roles as a bridesmaid and a wedding photographer.

I used my birthday as an excuse to pack and ship it all out. It was such a great feeling.

The Foundation Workshop 6

5 March 2008

What a week! We just wrapped up The Foundation Workshop 6, which is an intensive hands on workshop for wedding photographers who wish to step out of their comfort zones and get a new perspective on shooting and telling a picture story. The workshop was lead by an amazing group of photographers from all over the country(Huy Nguyen, Greg Gibson, Amy Deputy, Tyler Wirken, and Brooks Whittington). This year’s group included 5 teams of 5 students, each with a team leader, two shooting mentors, a team assistant and a crew of volunteers and support staff.

Photographed by Ben Chrisman.

Scott and I have been participating and volunteering since Fw2, we always look forward for this time of the year as we get to see old friends and make new ones. ^_^ This time both of us wore a different hats; in addition to both being the archivists for the workshop, I was assistant to Brook’s team and Scott was an A/V technician, and also was critiquing portforlios/website for the participants.

Being part of a team and in the company of so many amazing photographers is humbling and inspiring and we can’t wait for FW7 to come around. We have so many new ideas to make everything even better next year!

Check out some images shot by various people at the workshop:

Me and Anna Kuperberg.

Greg Gibson.

Mark Adams for LaCour.

Emilie; one of lovely mentors from my team. Photographed by Allegra.

My wonderful friend and team lead; Brooks. Photographed by Joe Dickie.

To all my team, Kerry Ryan, Anil Tohani, Ande Aguilar, Joe Wang and Aga Agnieszka. Thanks for letting me be a part of your lives and thanks once again for touching mine.