It’s time.  I took some much needed vacation during the holidays, but now… now I need to do my stretches and start running the race.  Here are some images that I really enjoy, some I’ve never posted before.   Hopefully they will do their job in motivating me to bigger and better things for 2010.  I realized as I went through these images, I have had quite a few jobs that have changed the way I approach photography.  I think that’s a positive thing.  I pressed hard into looking for the connection between people… I tried to look for the unique qualities in my subject that made/make them interesting and beautiful… and I tried to do all of those things while balancing my fledgling technical skills.  Far to go, far have I come.

One thing I am going to do with my blog is pose questions for the tens of people who read it.  All self-deprecation aside, I think it will give me a great opportunity to peek inside the minds of you all.  Hopefully it makes me a better photographer.

Question for you — what is the #1 thing you would want your wedding or portrait photographer to understand about you before the shoot happens?

  • January 25, 2010 - 10:59 pm

    Mary - I wish this was like FB and I could go through the post, “Thumbs Upping” along the way. 😉 So many good ones in here! Can’t wait to see to see what oh ten brings for you.

  • January 25, 2010 - 11:01 pm

    daron - what a great set! the girl with the ring… wonderful.

  • January 25, 2010 - 11:17 pm

    Diana - Answer to your question. I am a person before I become a photo.

  • January 25, 2010 - 11:24 pm

    John W. MacDonald - A. Make me look like me… but better.

  • January 25, 2010 - 11:59 pm

    jayeads - thanks mary!!! invisible thumbs ups are duly noted and greatly appreciated 🙂

  • January 26, 2010 - 12:00 am

    jayeads - thanks daron. her name is taylor and cameras love her to death!

  • January 26, 2010 - 12:21 am

    BethanyAnne - That first picture of Benj & Maddie made me almost cry. So beautiful. snif. Great work here Jay.

  • January 26, 2010 - 1:01 am

    Peter - Did you use a tripod for that shot of Jordan, or did your 1.2 get it done?

  • January 26, 2010 - 1:11 am

    Melinda Handy - These are really great, Jay. I really especially love the first hammock shot. The thing I’d want my portrait photographer to know is how incredibly uncomfortable I am in front of the camera. I need someone who is good at talking me into not hunching up my shoulders.

  • January 26, 2010 - 6:42 am

    jayeads - melinda… is that a hint that i didn’t get that right with you? 🙂 good tip!

    peter — no tripod. i really never use one. the shot of jordan was at 1.6 on my old 50mm 1.4, ISO 100, and 1/20 of a second, but i handheld it.

    BethanyAnne — that made me smile.

  • January 26, 2010 - 10:13 am

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  • January 27, 2010 - 12:10 am

    Melinda - Jay: NOT AT ALL! You did great with me and getting me to relax. I’m not an easy subject. 🙂 Thanks again. Still loving the shots you did for me.

  • January 27, 2010 - 3:18 am

    jobeth / bootsmc - jay – love your question. all these are stunning and unique…which speaks volume that you see your clients as the unique individuals they are.

  • January 27, 2010 - 5:38 pm

    Jeff Marsh - One of the best blog posts i have ever seen…

  • January 28, 2010 - 4:45 am

    Kylie - Jay, I am such a fan. Your lighting makes my eyes so very happy.

  • January 30, 2010 - 8:39 pm

    jayeads - thank you guys!!!

  • January 30, 2010 - 9:35 pm

    Heather Elizabeth - When I play with my flashes and softboxes… I think “I want to be as awesome as Jay”.

    You are so ridiculously good.

  • February 1, 2010 - 4:06 am

    jayeads - heather… that’s an amazing compliment. i think it’s silly, but i’ll take it!

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