Baby Mama

A shot of Bethany I took at the Getty Villa last week in Malibu.

The Wifey

My Hope On Saturday

Spent some time on Saturday with some of my favorite people. What did you do?

On a Saturday Pt. 1
The Sun Sets in California
Smile
Forever The Sickest Kids
Consumerism
Abe Pt. 1
Abe Pt. 1
Thinking Family
Rap and Religion
On a Saturday Pt. 2

A Wife and a Wave

I shot another wedding in San Diego this weekend and since were making the trek down there we figured we would make a weekend of it. After spending some time at our favorite Seaport Village, we took in some of the ocean scene in La Jolla. It was actually kind of nice to just drive up to the edge of the water, park the car, and sit around on the huge rocks and take some snap shots. I know many other photographers feel this way, but I definitely don’t do enough pleasure photography. We’re taking the week off to be with family, so maybe I’ll have some more time this week. Anyways, here’s a few shots from our time (captions below the photos):

A Wife and a Wave
This is my bride. Though I was shooting a wedding, we were also celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary this weekend. If you’re wondering, she’s about 22 weeks pregnant with our first born.

Stay Classy California
Ahhh… Christmas in California. Side note: it was seriously 75 degrees when I took this photo. 75. In the middle of December.

Y-M-C-A
It’s always hard to for me to take pictures of guys surfing because I prefer shots of them when the photographer is in the water with them. Shooting from the shore just doesn’t do that sport justice.

Between a Rock
There were about 9 surfers out while we were there and they were catching some great waves. I caught this guy as he was heading out of the water. I felt like the rocks framed him from where I was standing.

Waving Goodbye
There was a great spot where the waves would flow right up in a huge break in the rocks. I just love the power and beauty of the ocean.

Bethany
Bethany had her camera out too — she’s cute.

Me vs Everything
This is one that Bethany took of me while I was shooting the waves crashing up against the rocks. Initially I was shooting with tight, telephoto lens, but I realized quickly I got much better results from a super wide lens.

Take the Hill
Here’s the angle that I was shooting from in the photo above. I don’t believe it’s the same wave that Bethany shot, but I just loved how this one turned out. I shot it with my super wide lens.

Don't Feed the Birds
Though I love this shot, it doesn’t do justice to what was actually going on when I took it. Bethany and I, and another couple that were walking on the boardwalk were basically running and covering our heads because a TON of seagulls were flocking around this lady that was feeding them. We thought for sure we were moving targets.

There Are No Atheists During an Ultrasound

Son

The old saying is, “there are no atheists in foxholes,” but I’d like to modernize it a bit and say “there are no atheists during an ultrasound.” This is not to say that I’m an atheist — cause I’m not, but even as a believer in the God of the Bible and His creation of man, I was seriously overwhelmed yesterday as I got to see pictures of my future son (pictured above).

Though he was a bit camera shy, my wife and I got to watch video of our son in real time as the doctor walked us through the incredible miracle that is human life. We were able to zoom in on the chambers of the heart and see the blood flow, then view the little black dots that were his kidneys, and even see his mouth, ears, and nose (to which my wife said in her sweetest voice, “I think he has your nose!”). At one point our little growing boy even shook his head as if to say, “hey, quit bothering me!” It’s an experience that many other families have probably had, but for us it was the first time witnessing this. It’s not like the movies, or even reality TV. Even then you’re disconnected from what’s going on in the room, and more importantly the new feelings that first-time parents are experiencing. As I held my wife’s hand and watched the black and white monitor I realized that it must be pretty hard for people to attribute the miracle of life to nothing.

It’s simply God at work, and I struggle with how people could stand in that room and literally see a miracle happening before them and attribute it to some “accident” or think “well, it’s just how it works.” It’s no accident, and it’s not just a bunch of atoms that happened to get together — it’s God’s hand and we get the privilege of being a part of it and to watch it happen before our very eyes. David wrote in Psalm 139:13-14:

For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.

I saw some weaving going on yesterday and my soul definitely knew it well.

Some Things You Missed

Here’s a few things you’ve missed:

That day I made my her laugh
We Laughed

That one really late night
A Shay in the Night

That place we used to live
Security Detail

That day we moved
We Moved

That day I finally fit
Tons of Leg Room

That time we were small
Just for Fun

That other time we were small
Sippy

The day we played with friends
Big Man, Big Remote

That day we got away
"Backyard"

That night we just relaxed
Popcorn

That day at the beach
IMG_3328

That day we picked a winner (or two)
Orange You Cute

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