Jenna & Brandon get married in April, but they wanted to go ahead and get their engagement session photos taken in the Fall so they could send a photo out for the save the date cards. So we decided to do the session at Brandon’s family farm.
Well, when I pulled up to the farm house and the dogs (all 4 of them) were let out one at a time to greet me and give me the sniff over, I knew this was going to be a different kind of shoot. The first place we went to was the site of their future home and a grand oak tree. Now when we first pulled up and I hopped out of my vehicle I noticed an angus bull about 30 yards away. I distinctly remember Brandon saying “that bull is pretty old, he won’t bother you”. Well I had grandparents that were farmers and I spent every summer on the farm as a kid, so I’m used to livestock…but I don’t like bulls…and they don’t like me.
We took our photos under this amazing oak and as we head out of a tight fenced area through thick brush, the bull appears. Now I’m not sure who was startled more, him with his limited sight and large amounts of testosterone or us. But there we were about 10′ from 2000 pounds of angry bull and it got real intense-real fast. We all just froze with this massive angus bull snorting with his head lowering up and down and stomping back and forth, I thought for sure he was going to charge. The 20-30 seconds of intense stand-off seemed like forever. But as quickly as I plotted which direction I was going to run, it was all over. And after all that, no…I didn’t get a photo of the drama even though my camera was gripped so tightly in hand I probably had impressions on my skin.
The rest of the shoot went smooth as silk and we got some amazing and fun shots. It was definitely one of the best and most memorable engagement shoots I’ve ever had…and that my friend is no bull!
While my roots began in Texas, moving to Mobile in 2005 has given me a whole new appreciation for our beaches and bays and beautiful flowers and trees. It’s a gorgeous place to live.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think my passion for photography would turn into a career, but in 2008 the market crashed and I lost my job. But like they say, when one door closes another one opens...and that's the day my photography career began. It's been one of the biggest and best decisions I've ever made. My entire perspective on life has completely changed and I've been able to enjoy much more quality time with my wife and be heavily involved in raising our son and daughter.
I'm truly blessed and I love how my work touches so many people in such a positive way. It's very fulfilling to me personally. Ask any of my clients and they'll tell you how much I care and how passionate I am about my work. Commercial work is some of the most challenging work I do, but that's a good thing. It takes discipline and creativity to get good results, and you have to have a good understanding of lighting. I also love photographing weddings! Truth be told my favorite part is the first glance...it's such a private moment and such a big emotional release when the bride and groom see each other for the first time. It's a beautiful thing to photograph. The hardest part of a wedding for me is when the father of the bride gets the first dance. You'll usually find me with my camera tucked up VERY close to my face since it tends to tug at my heartstrings. I have a 17 year old daughter who means the world to me and I know someday I'll have to give her away too...insert crying emoji here.
I draw inspiration from many things - from the smallest details, to my client's grand vision for the day. I want my photos to express emotion, movement and tell a story. Obviously there are many ways to achieve this but I prefer a blending of styles. I would define mine as lifestyle, photojournalistic and candid. At some point in a wedding you'll need to shoot in several different styles, and a good photographer can do all of that...and do it flawlessly.
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Brad did an amazing job with both our engagement and wedding pictures!! I could not have asked for better pictures to have to remember such a special day!
- KINSEY C.
Brad was awesome!! Everyone loved him, he stayed all day and night long and we could hardly get him to take a break for a few minutes to even eat. He did a magnificent job and I recommend him to everyone!
- Allison H.
Brad has a lot of experience and talent. He's very laid back and can give you as much or as little direction as you need. He's very easy to get to know and you feel like you've known him forever after meeting with him. The pictures he takes are phenomenal!!
- Rachel H.
Brad is a great photographer! I planned my wedding from three states away, and he was helpful and patient every step of the way. My husband and I felt very comfortable with him, and the photos all turned out beautiful, we couldn't wait to get them framed! I definitely recommend!
- Leah L.
Brad is such a pleasure to work with! On a hectic day with people pulling us in all directions, he and his assistant were the cool, calm, and collected breaths of fresh air we needed. He's got such an artistic eye and knows how to be the most helpful when you don't know how to model or are stressed out. 10 out of 10 would recommend!
- Chelsea A.