Kids are great. I wish I had something extremely insightful to say about having kids, but the fact of the matter is that I am not a father yet. I am an uncle though, and a teacher and I love interacting with kids to see how their untrained minds comprehend situations. They see things in such an unbiased way that makes for a lot of fun, unless they heard you say something and then you are extremely embarrassed later (My sister-in-law claims that I am the culprit who taught her soon how to say "booger" haha). Well I had the extreme pleasure of photographing the Branfuhr family to help celebrate finding out what the gender of their soon to come addition would be. Read More
Every photographer has a tool in their gear bag that they feel most confident with. This tool is something you can pull out of your bag and a matter the situation I know you can handle it. For photographer like David hobby, sure that tool would be some type of light source, for someone like Zack Arias, i'm sure that would be a Fuji Range finder camera. For me that tool is the 85 mm 1.8. Read More
Buying used gear can be a very scary experience, especially if you're not well-versed on the equipment that your purchasing. Buying from reputable dealers such as B&H or adorama takes a little bit of the fear out of the equation but you still don't know exactly what you're getting until it comes in the mail. The used market doesn't have to be scary though; when armed with enough knowledge about the product, you can feel more confident about where you're spending your money. To help, here are a few tips that will help you purchase used photography equipment and not get screwed: Read More
Throughout history, The technology of photography has grown leaps and bounds. We've moved from chemical web plates to film and from film into digital, but the digital world itself has grown tremendously in my lifetime. This is a history lesson, we all know that even the entry-level cameras nowadays have more capability in the professional digital cameras from 15 years ago. The photos that I have seen be produced with cameras such as the Nikon D3200 astound me. As of around 2008, The full frame sensor market arrived and started to change the way people at professional digital photography. ISO range became much bigger, depth of field got even thinner. Fast forward to now and we have all types of cameras on the market with full frame sensors and they can practically see in the dark. Read More
Some call the Eiffel Tower the "Scar On The Face Of Paris". The famed French writer, Guy de Maupassant, is even remembered for eating dinner at the restaurant on the upper deck of it because "It's the only place in Paris you can't see the Eiffel Tower". Though I do agree that the colossal metal monument doesn't really fit with the historical feeling that Paris is known for, it really is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. Like Mr. Maupassant, I also am a very big fan of the views of the city from those heights. From so high up, the city is almost unrecognizable. Because of this, I wanted photograph the city with miniature feel that envisioned. Here are a few photos from my time on the upper deck. Read More
Everyone has a favorite place to stay in Myrtle Beach for vacation. Well Ocean Lakes is a place many call their favorite destination place when coming down on vacation. It's a gated community that allows the interior to be safe from traffic coming through as well as enjoying their private beach and family friendly facilities. Above all else though, many people enjoy time down on their own miniature version of the famed Myrtle Beach Boulevard. The preferred mode of transportation is golf carts and after dark every night, they all line up to play their music and have a good time riding around. Being a family friendly resort, nothing ever gets out of hand because there are just as many parents and small children as there are young adults and teenagers. Read More
Street Photography is increasingly becoming one of my favorite pastimes and my location of choice for this series is Market Common.
I love the mixture of low country spacing and southern metropolitan architecture. The mixture of people this time of year is very nice too. Right before the troves of folks come in for spring break and summer breaks loose, there is about a 3-4 week period where the weather is gorgeous and the only people here to enjoy it are snowbirds who have spent their winter here and us locals. This is my favorite time to enjoy Myrtle Beach because everyone is out of hiding and the town looks halfway populated. Sure it takes a little longer to get to work but it's worth it to actually see people! Read More
Continuing with my Abandoned Myrtle Beach project, I decided to head over to Broadway at The Beach which is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach proper. This is a place millions come on vacation due to the many shops, restaurants and attractions that are located within it. There's the Hard Rock Cafe thats shaped like a pyramid, Celebrity Square, Ripley's Aquarium, Wonderworks and many other family oriented places.
This is a place that has made it in the itinerary of almost of every family vacation to Myrtle Beach, a place to watch fireworks a couple of times a week. It has very strict policies on operation so almost every business is open year round, but with minimal staff that just sits there hoping they dont get laid off too. Times can be really rough here in the winter. Read More
Traveling is something that I feel I was made to do. I have had many opportunities to see different parts of the world, but still one of the easiest ways to feed my addiction is picking a place fairly close to me that allows me to get a couple hours away from home and immerse myself in a culture that is different than my own. Charleston is a beautiful old city and is very well known for it's historical significance here in the south.
Home to numerous colleges including the Citadel and the College of Charleston, a day in there is filled with just as many slouchy beanies and fixed gear bikes as there are seersucker suits and mint juleps. Make sure to watch the video and enjoy the photos! Read More
The Grand Strand has been my home for 25 years. I grew up in Conway just 15 miles inland for the beach. After graduation I went to the beach for work and college. Since I was 17 years old I have had a job in Myrtle Beach and have made quite a life for myself here. I can remember as a kid going to The Pavilion and seeing the buzzing of the boulevard; seeing Peach's Corner and the rest of the downtown area lit up like a Christmas tree. There is no better childhood memory than laughing and playing with my family down at the beach. I am sure that my memory is not a very unique one. See, Myrtle Beach is place that many people call their home away from home. Every single year, Myrtle Beach says hello and goodbye to 14 million people and after labor day, we are left by ourselves to clean up the messes and hold things together until summer comes around again. With only 27,000 in our population, the city is very empty in the winter. After all the glitz and glamour is frozen over, we are left holding down the fort waiting for the loneliness of it all to fade away. Jobs are hard to hold on to and even harder to find when the tourists leave. The stores close. The water parks dry up and the roller coasters start to rust. Read More
On February 15th, the Myrtle Beach Marathon did not goes as easily as it had in the past. The 6:30 AM start was cold, raining and a pretty strong wind. By 8 AM many of the runners were passing through the first check point, a quarter of the way through the 26 mile run. I chose a place that was not very popular for the press as to get photos that others didn’t. The Market Common is a place that I work for and also one of the companies I was shooting for on Saturday. I loved capturing the faces of those working so hard and I hope to do more of this type of work in the future. Enjoy the photos! Read More
Britton's Neck is a little place in Marion County, South Carolina. If you were privy to the information, you have probably passed through it while traveling to Myrtle Beach. What most people don't know is the rich history of such a small place. Within the epicenter of this very small community is a fire tower and at the very core of that fire tower's story, is the life of my great-grandfather. Read More
The steam plant in Conway has been a part of the landscape since before I was born, but it is now coming to an end. Due to a clean air act, the EPA had to shut down this facility due to too much cost in converting the plant. My dad and I took a scary highway hike to get to the island in the cooling lake across from the plant for some sunset photos. Enjoy the video! Read More