A Senior Portrait….Madeleine.

I am at a loss for words to describe Maddy.  I met her for the first time last October while shooting portraits for a production of the Nutcracker.  When the instructor that was to pose the dancers for me was a no-show, Maddy stepped in and took over.  To say she was a joy to work with would be a gross understatement.  After all of the work was done, I asked her to go redress in her pointe shoes and performance costume, and we took the first two photos below (along with several others in costume).

I kept praying that they would call me for her senior photos…and prayers were answered.  Following are just a few of what we created during her session.

Maddie, you have my undying gratitude!

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Posted in Seniors

“A horse is a horse, of course, of course”

When I was a kid, my family NEVER missed an airing of Mr. Ed. We would watch the show, laugh together, and perhaps learn a life lesson from that little sit-com. While not at all surprising that I would have no clue to what my future held, it is still interesting to me that I had no idea that horses would eventually be an intricate part of my future…thanks to my little equestrian.

Photographing equestrian is somewhat new to me. I have only been shooting it for the past few years. There is much to learn. It has its own rhythm, pace, and timing. I am educating myself by studying works of other equestrian photogs I admire to learn the qualities of a great “horse picture”.

Following is a set of photographs taken from an equestrian competition in which my daughter’s barn participated this past weekend. For several of these young ladies, it was the first time they competed in the particular event in which they rode.

Sometimes, it is about crafting a spectacular portrait. Other times, it is about documenting an event that will never be repeated and capturing that moment in time for posterity. I have learned from some great photographers, it also can be about both.

Posted in Equestrian

A new site . . .

Howdy!  From a web perspective, I have finally kicked and screamed my way into this decade with a new WordPress website…and help me, a blog!

One of the top questions I get is “why 4th day” (as in why did you pick that name)?  Three reasons actually.

  • Genesis 1:14-19
    And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,
    and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.
    God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.
    God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth,
    to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
    And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
    I have always been fascinated by space.  It started as a young boy.  You see, my father worked in the space industry for as long as I could remember.  He participated in the Apollo and Shuttle missions, and for me, MY heroes have always been astronauts.  I even literally ran into Neil Armstrong as a child!
  • Because of the above, the name is also a nod towards my dad, whom I love and miss terribly.
  • The domain name was AVAILABLE!
Posted in Deep Thoughts?