Southern Hospitality

Posted by Mike On Jun 19, 2013 In Blog

HOWDY!

My family and I are getting settled in nicely since we moved to Round Rock back in March.  The weather has been exciting, especially the thunderstorms…  we didn’t get many of those back in California.  Surprisingly too, the kids aren’t bothered by the thunder at all!

So, now that we are in the south and so many people have been cordial to us, I wanted to offer some southern hospitality of my own! Read more →

Father’s Day – Austin Family Photos

Posted by Mike On Jun 16, 2013 In Blog

I am so STOKED! I was able to get more candid photos of my dad in the few hours he was over than … well, EVER! The kids love Grandpa and I am sure you can see that he loves them too :)

We had a good time. I tossed a couple rib steaks (that’s how they were labeled from the butcher) on the grill after prepping them simply. I covered them in coarse-ground himilayan salt while they thawed out to room temperature. Once they were nice and thaw, I rubbed in some olive oil and topped them with fresh-ground pepper. They turned out really tasty! Afterwards, we hung out watching last night’s UFC event on the xbox.

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Happy Father’s Day – Some of my family photos

Posted by Mike On Jun 16, 2013 In Blog

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It is not that easy to get a photo of my dad – he is illusive and IF you can get one, it usually involved him replacing his face with a LARGE birdie finger :)  Here is one of him goofing with Grace when we moved to Austin back in March, I was able to sneak this one in because she had him otherwise occupied!

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Mikey’s First Day of Soccer – Family day out in Austin/Round Rock

Posted by Mike On Jun 15, 2013 In Blog

I am happy to have been around to photograph another FIRST for our family. Mikey set out to the soccer pitch today to learn some skills. Like any other 2 year old, his attention span was about as long as normal – maybe 2 minutes – but he seemed to have a lot of fun when he was engaged! Heather had to chase him down at one point and he had his little baggy of cereal with him to start but in the end, he had a blast!

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Burgers from ONE cow – Austin Family Photography

Posted by Mike On Jun 15, 2013 In Blog

If you are like me and my family, you mainly get your beef from the grocery store. And from time to time , like us, you’ll grill up some burgers. Well, today was something unique for us. We have been on a food-related documentary movie mission over the past year or so and one thing that stuck out to me in the movie Food Inc. was that a typical package of ground beef could come from up to a HUNDRED different cows!

Not long ago, my dad too his two cows to the butcher and now, we had to buy a freezer to contin the bounty! Tonight, we had our first BBQ with some of the meat and I have to say, it was good. Very lean, tasty and what FELT the best is that we knew how the animal was treated and fed. The coolest part is that we ate the ground beef from only ONE cow.

Nothing fancy, just some onion soup mixed in and topped with colby jack cheese, YUMM! Everyone loved them! – Pesh


Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/2 @ 1/80 ISO 200


Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/2 @ 1/320 ISO 200


Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/2.8 @ 1/250 ISO 200


Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/2.8 @ 1/250 ISO 200


Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/2.8 @ 1/400 ISO 200


Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/2.8 @ 1/125 ISO 400


Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/2.8 @ 1/125 ISO 400


Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/2.8 @ 1/640 ISO 400


Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/4 @ 1/60 ISO 200


Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/4 @ 1/50 ISO 200

Hanging with family in California

Posted by Mike On Jun 11, 2013 In Blog

Every so often you have to go through a tough patch… We just got back from California, on a trip to put Heather’s dad in his final resting place. We made sure to spend as much time as we could with friends and family. It seems to bring more attention to the time we have with each other more, when you are around a funeral or a sick family member. Looking around, it was as important to have photos around. There was an entire table taken up of photos of Heather’s dad… being a dad, being an Army Soldier and being a Grandpa. Below are some of the photos of him from back in the day :)

Families are important, our memories of our family are priceless and so are the photos that bring out those often buried memories.

Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 200 mm | f/4.5 @ 1/200 ISO 800

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Here is a sweet moment between my aunt Barbara ane Mikey and Grace :)

Austin Family Portrait Photographer – My Daughters

Posted by Mike On May 20, 2013 In Blog


I really have no words for this… I came into the living room after a good stretch of work and found Grace and Heather on the couch. Grace was talking and playing with Joy… I heard her say “I will feed you and take care of you because you are my sister”. No words….

 

Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/2 @ 1/125 ISO 3200

Austin Photography – Bat Bridge

Posted by Mike On May 17, 2013 In Blog

On a whim and MUCH past the kids beadtime, we decided to stop by a local bridge that houses a colony of bats. Each night around dusk, the colony heads out to feed. There are 1.8 million of these little insect vacums that hit the skies each night and gobble up close to 30,000 pounds of insects! With that much activity, you’d wonder why you get bit by even ONE mosquito!

As the time drew closer, we spotted a hawk soaring above, just waiting for his dinner to emerge. At just about 8:15 tonight, they came streaming out and over the small group of watchers that gathered there silent, even the kids… EVEN MIKEY!

Here are some photos – given the subject – bats – I wanted to make some spooky looking photos. Grace had borrowed a rubber bat from a person there who was from the American Bat Conservancy and was playing with it….

Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/2 @ 1/80 ISO 2000

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If you look at the lights under the bridge, you will see the bats zipping around there…
Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/4 @ 1/30 ISO 2000


Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/2 @ 1/80 ISO 2000


Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/2 @ 1/80 ISO 2000

Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 35 mm | f/2 @ 1/80 ISO 2000

Austin Area Family Photographer – Dancing moments

Posted by Mike On May 16, 2013 In Blog


Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 85 mm | f/2.8 @ 1/160 ISO 1600

There are times, actually quite often, where I look at the photos of my kids and think back to them at the moments of those photos. I am glad that I capture these moments. Without them, I would likely remember how mikey plays with his food but not have the visual; or recall how silly grace can be but again, not have the image….

I take pride in documenting my children as they grow, learn, cry, annoy, test, achieve, succeed, enjoy, laugh, giggle, improve, play, teach … There is no better way to appreciate your family than through continual interraction, touch, play and photos.

Take this test: look at a photo of someone you love dearly…. and ask yourself. “If you lost that photo, what would you give to have it back?”

If you are like me, there is no limit to what I would give for a photo of my Grandma or Aunt…. This is why I do what I do for my family.

If you would like this caring attention to your family, kids or high school senior photos, contact me at 949-436-7374 .  The number is still a California; I will change it soon to one here in Austin.

Now, here is Mikey dancing with Grace :)

Austin Photographer – The LAST thing arrived from CA today

Posted by Mike On May 15, 2013 In Blog


Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 50 mm | f/8 @ 1/2500 ISO 400

For the past 2 months we have been a 1 car family. Shring a car means that Heather sometimes has to take me to work, pick me up, make my lunches, tuck me in at night…. kidding. I do feel like less of a man and more like a kid but it was necessrary. Well that ends TODAY! I was fortunate enough to be working from home and I saw from my office, the delivery truck that held our minivan from California. For those of you who do not know, getting the van here has been quite the adventure but let’s just leave it at… it should have been here at least a month ago.

So, Grace has been counting down the van’s arrival for the last 5 days or so and I am not sure if she was excited or not :) Heather did a happy dance of her own too – which is GREAT to see! I know I didn’t drive the darn thing here but if it makes her happy, I’m taking credit!

Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 50 mm | f/8 @ 1/1000 ISO 200

Photo info: NIKON D3 using the 50 mm | f/11 @ 1/250 ISO 100