January and February Portraits

I can always tell when life has gotten a bit busy and I have started to slack in my role as “Official Family Photographer” when we got to the time to post the monthly portraits of the kids, and I don’t have a lot to choose from. These last two months were one of those times. These are perfectly fine photos and will work for the project, but definitely not my best work and I need to up my game for March.

In case you don’t know what I am talking about, I have an ongoing photo project with each of my kids where I try to take at least one decent picture of them every month, and I have done it since they were born. You can view River’s gallery here, and view Arden’s here. To me it’s really cool to see the way they have changed every month since the day they were born.

January

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February

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As you can see, a lot of staying in jammies all day seems to happen in these winter months. I hope you all are staying warm and enjoying the season.

A Beautiful Sunday Morning

Recently I have become a little bit more adamant about the importance of regular church attendance. I think it is good for your spiritual and mental health. I also believe it has a great effect on the community that is often overlooked.

That being said…some mornings you just need some family today. Today was one of those days. We were all up and ready for church when we realized that we had hardly seen each other all week. We were longing for some time with each other so we decided to play hooky and head for the hills. We found a beautiful spot on the side of the mountain and just took some pictures and enjoyed each others company. It was the perfect “church” for us this morning.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is one of our favorite holidays. It is such a beautiful time to spend with family and friends enjoying and loving each other. Don't take these moments for granted. We seriously never know what the future holds and times like these are precious. 

As a photographer I must also implore you to capture today in photos. These are moments that need to be saved for future generations. Your family history is important and it is your job as a photographer archive these memories. Don't have your face behind the camera the entire time, live in the moment, but have it nearby ready record those memories.  

Thanksgiving Playlist

We put together a little playlist for you guys to enjoy on this day with your family and friends. It is a mix of our favorite songs right now that just feel right for this time of year. 

There is also just a sprinkling of Christmas music mixed in as well. 

Grab some wine, eat some turkey, watch some football, hug your family, and soak today up. It is special. 

 

Review | MHG-XT Large Hand Grip for Fuji XT-1

The Fuji X-T1 is the best camera I have ever owned by far. I wrote a review of it here if you are interested. The only thing I wasn't a huge fan of was the way it handled. There just wasn't quite enough grip to feel comfortable holding it. The vertical battery grip helps and I use that when doing my professional work, but it made the camera just a little bit to big for everyday use. It somewhat defeated the purpose of owning a small camera in the first place. I had also owned the regular size hand grip for my X-Pro 1 and didn't really like it either. It only was big enough for your pinky and ring finger and it just felt awkward.

I then saw the announcement that Fuji released this new larger hand grip and it seemed like it would be exactly what I needed. I ordered it right away and after a couple of weeks of use, I can say it is perfect for me. It just feels right when holding the camera. It also seems to make my hand more vertical when holding the camera which significantly reduces wrist strain. It does make the camera a bit bigger and heavier but I don't think that is all bad. A little bit of bulk makes the camera feel more substantial. Lenses like the 23mm and the 56mm fit perfectly while the 35mm and 18mm now seem a bit small. It also looks really good. It fits the look of the camera perfectly. 

I am a big fan of this grip and love using the X-T1 more than ever. Pictures of it on my X-T1 with the 23mm f1.4 are posted below.