Alexei & Noelle Wedding (VIDEO) | Epping Forest Yacht Club

Alexei and Noelle had an amazing wedding last month at Epping Forest Yacht Club surrounded by family and friends. These two had some of the best wedding vows I’ve ever heard. I wish I could have included the entire length of them but unfortunately ran out of space for this song. But I love it when vows get pretty emotional because it always makes for an impactful edit. This is one of those videos.

Join me in congratulating Alexei and Noelle on their special day!

Dawson Dance Portraits

So it’s been a while since I’d say I had an opportunity to do a photo session I would consider “fun” for me. Not to say I don’t enjoy what I do when I’m shooting weddings, but what got me started in photography in the first place was actually just taking pictures of landscapes. Me with a beautiful sunset, a tripod and my camera. Ahhhh, so relaxing and peaceful. The images I got were just whatever I wanted them to be and if I messed something up, it didn’t matter because I wasn’t delivering them under the stakes of a high paying client—particularly something like a wedding which cannot be reenacted.

Ok I digress. The point is, sometimes in the photography world if you do the same thing long enough the reality is your artwork can start to go from a feeling of passion, to a feeling of labor. Yes it is still VERY rewarding to get a very dynamic wedding photo and when the bride and groom see it their eyes light up in excitement, but since that had started to become a fairly common photography experience for me the last several years, it had a lost a bit of it’s impact. (Sorry for my self-therapy session. If you’re still reading this I am impressed.) So when this opportunity to shoot something new and different came along, it actually sparked a bit of that original passion in me that I hadn’t felt in a while.

Admittedly, I know very little about dance. I am a pretty good musician so you’d think the rhythm aspect of that would carry over but for some reason when I am on a dance floor, it more closely resembles something like someone who just stepped on one of their kids legos in the middle of the night on the way to the bathroom. But I still have to say that I am impressed with people who can dance well and perhaps have always been just a bit jealous of them. So I may not be able to dance, but the next best thing would be to capture some unique and interesting photos of it. Insert Dawson.

I can’t say enough how impressed I was with this kid. His dance ability is obviously incredible but when you look at the pictures below, keep in mind he has only been doing this for 3 years or so. And he is also very humble, genuine and an all around good guy. Something we can all learn from. Bravo Dawson! And thank you for an opportunity to re-ignite a bit of that spark in me for my photography.

Edward & Karen Wedding (VIDEO)

Edward and Karen had a beautiful wedding in the backyard of their new home together. They worked REALLY hard to decorate their property for the wedding and I have to say, I was incredibly impressed. It looked better than some of the actual venues in town whose entire purpose is to have weddings. So hats off to these couple for an outstanding job. On top of that, their ceremony turned out amazing under perfect clear weather. Join me in congratulating this amazing couple on their big day!

Desperate Prayer

This is a sermon from several years ago by Pastor Joby Martin from Eleven22 during a series called Miracles. I remember watching this in person and by the end crying like a baby. I recently dug this up for a friend of mine in Scotland who’s going through a particularly difficult situation right now and I re-watched it last night. Again, cried like a baby.

Are you currently in the middle of a desperate situation? This is for you.

Please watch all the way to the ending. It’s important.


Chris & Laurie | The Lodge Ponte Vedra Wedding Photographer

If I remember right, I was stopping at Target on my way home from work one day to find my wife a birthday present and while I was enduring the challenge every husband faces of “which candle scent have I NOT bought her yet” my phone rang. Chris initially found me through a Google search but we went on to find out we are both Eleven22’ers AND he has done the same Panama mission trip that I’ve done. (By the way, after viewing this post, if you haven’t already then go look at the PANAMA post too. You won’t regret it.) So we immediately hit it off! I got a chance later on to sit with him and Laurie together as they decided to hire me for their wedding.

Chris and Laurie had an amazing beach wedding surrounded by close family and friends at Ponte Vedra’s Lodge. They are a wonderful, compassionate, genuine and beautiful couple who I can honestly say I am glad I had the privilege of meeting. Take a look at their big day and join me in congratulating these two on many years of marriage to come!

Infinitely Valuable - Night to Shine Fan Film

This past Friday night I got to experience the Night To Shine event put on by the Tim Tebow Foundation and…..


All I can say is, I don’t know what you were doing that night, it may have been something fun, but it could not have been better than this. I will never be the same. Multiple times while filming this I was holding back tears.

Forget harps and fluffy clouds. If you want to know what Heaven will probably be like, it’s this event. Do yourself a big favor next year and do whatever you can to be there. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Ty & Mary | Bowing Oaks Plantation Wedding Photographer

Ty & Mary. Two very awesome people. That’s how I’m choosing to open this post.

I can’t say enough how impressed I am with this couple. When we first met for their EPIC engagement session, we all hit it off right away. Like me, Ty and Mary are fellow Jesus people and it is always an added blessing for me to get to work with other Christians. During their engagement shoot I asked for the story behind their proposal and found out they were doing a couple’s bible study together on Romans 12 and afterward, Ty got down on one knee and popped the question. Boom! That’s how it’s done folks. They also incorporated their faith into their wedding in many other ways too. My personal favorite was the creative spin they put on the traditional guest book by instead having their guests sign their bible and highlight a bible verse in it. SOOO awesome. (By the way if you’re looking for a good one to study for yourself, I recommend Romans 8:1. Here is a video about it that might just change your life.)

Ty and Mary had a stunning winter wedding at the beautiful Bowing Oaks Plantation in Jacksonville, FL. The temps were a little low but luckily the clouds cleared out and the sunshine helped warm us back up just a bit. Join me in saying a very big congratulations to these two and wishing them a very long and wonderful marriage!

And thank you to the very talented Janet Chrys Photography for coming along and shooting alongside me. Go check her out!

Kirk Family Homecoming

So on Thanksgiving day I got an email from Jenna about this awesome opportunity to capture a unique family moment on video. Her husband Jesse is in the military and went on a 7 month deployment. During his deployment Jenna gave birth to their first-born child, a beautiful baby girl named Jianna. Now, I am a dad to two little girls myself and so I can’t even imagine what it must be like for military families who end up going through these kind of situations. Getting connected with Jenna gave me a whole new appreciation for the sacrifices they have to make.

So real quick before you watch the video, I need to give a BIG shout out to Alex Slupski who stepped in and at the last minute filled in for me and filmed the actual event. (What you’ll see I merely did the edit for.) I was originally supposed to film but after Jesse’s return was delayed by a day due to weather, my schedule no longer allowed me to make it out. Alex stepped up and on very short notice got the job done. He is seriously, THE MAN. He is crazy talented and you should check him out by going to Hiring him for a video project is money well spent!

Ok that’s all for now. Join me in saying a very big CONGRATULATIONS to the Kirk family on their homecoming! Now grab some tissues and take a look!

Ty & Mary | Washington Oaks Gardens State Park Engagement

So….this one was special. Here’s the story…

Neither Ty or Mary are from Jax but they’re getting married at Bowing Oaks in January. After they hired me to be their photographer, we had to wait until a good opportunity for them to be in town in order to do their engagement session. She is on a rescue team for SeaWorld and he was recently drafted by the St. Lous Cardinals. (That’s awesome.) It happened to work out that this past weekend was the best for their schedules. We decided on Washington Oaks because it has a great variety to get both tree canopy shots in the park with an epic rock covered beach right across the street. (Not something you see a lot of in Florida.) I’ve shot there a few times before and I’m ALWAYS fighting for position with other photographers, especially on the rock beach when the sun is setting. Well, not this time…

I don’t know how else to explain it other than, God smiled on these two and I happen to be the lucky one who got to capture it. Never in my 10+ years of doing this have I gotten an ending to an engagement shoot like this one. We walked out to the beach and over to the rocks at sunset and……..NO ONE was out. We had the whole thing to ourselves. On top of that, ZERO wind. ON THE BEACH! So I was able to put my light stand up WITH an umbrella attached to it and walk away and not worry at all that it would tip over. And then to top it all off the most AMAZING firey purple pink orange sunset I have EVER had AND it was right over our heads. Plus it was 70 degrees and no humidity, IN FLORIDA. That combo of conditions just does NOT happen EVER. Period. God smiled on these two.

Oh and I’d like to also point out, as we were wrapping the shoot I asked Ty how he proposed. His answer? Well it went something like this. “We were reading Romans 12 together and then I got down on one knee and asker her to marry me.” Folks, that’s what you call…The Man.

James & Katie Wedding (VIDEO) | Epping Forest Yacht Club

James and Katie had an absolutely stunning wedding on the river at Epping Forest Yacht Club this past weekend. Katie was the makeup artist for a couple of previous weddings I’ve shot which is how she found me and I’m glad I got the call because this one has turned out to be one of my favorites. Join me and wishing these two a very big congratulations and a wonderful future together!