Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Meinke Car Care Bowl Highlights

Bradley Starks catches one of the many touchdown passes.
The first quarter reminded me of a run and gun basketball
game with each team charging down the field to score.

Former Heavy-Weight Boxing Champ George Foreman attended the game as the official spokesperson for Meinke Car Care Centers that sponsored the game.

Pat White flashes me one last smile in his final game as a Mountaineer. What a classy guy, putting his team and education before many other options that he could have taken.
I'm looking forward to getting more shots of him in an NFL uniform. Good Luck Pat!

What a busy and great 2008. I'm looking forward to 2009 to be just as busy.
We are heading off to Phoenix next week to attend Imaging USA. It looks like a great lineup of speakers and Arizona in January is always a good thing. This is the third year in a row I've been fortunate enough to spend a week or so of winter in Arizona and it really helps break up the long cold West Virginia winters.

Mountaineer Fans

Ran into some friends at the Bowl game from Elkins.

Matt Fair formerly of Elkins and now lives in Port St. Lucie, Florida
shows that he is still a Mountaineer at heart.

The Kiess boys Trevor, Christopher and dad Jeff show real Mountaineer spirit.
Jeff you should really have done the wig thing too!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Steelers Vs Cowboys

T.O. not a happy camper after the Steelers pull off a last minute victory on a very cold night.

Pac Man is back or is he? First game back from suspension, the former Mountaineer was doing real well until he got smashed, this time on the field. It happened about 10 yards in front of where I was. He was physically crushed into the bottom of the pile on a kick off return attempt. The whole Steeler defensive line was on top of him and all the sudden one of them pulled him out of the bottom like a limp rag doll. He came back in later in the game but I guarantee he was hurting worse than any hangover in the morning.

Steeler Deshea Townsend shows his true feelings after making the game winning play.
Heading down to Charlotte to shoot the Meinke Car Care Bowl, WVU Vs North Carolina.
It should be an event. Hopefully I will have victory photo's to post! Go Mountaineers!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Family Portraits

I have been covered up lately shooting anything and everything. Families, Children, Seniors, Football, Basketball, Cheerleaders and of course Christmas portraits already.
Never a dull moment. I've recently been described as the ADD photographer since I don't really concentrate on a single subject.
Here are some WVU Football shots taken by myself and my family members.
This one was taken by my son Kris. It was his first WVU football game as a student and
he got to shoot it from the sidelines with me. Not a bad gig for a freshman! He did a real
nice job.


The above image was taken by my son Greg who was setup in the end zone and I took the image below from the sidelines at exactly the same time.

The image below is one of the favorites I have taken this season.
The image below is the best Pat White photo I have ever seen and unfortunately I didn't take it. My wife Christie captured this one. Everything is perfect the stance, the light on the face, the logo on the football is perfectly placed and the black stuff coming up from the turf. I have literally hundreds of great Pat White shots after four seasons but this one is awesome. I printed it on metallic paper and framed it last week for my collection.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

What a photographer does on his day off....

After taking several thousand shots of the Forest Festival, what did I do on my first "day off"?

Took more pictures....The fall colors were so beautiful I couldn't stay inside. Here are a couple highlights.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Craig Morgan and Lady Antebellum

Craig Morgan and Lady Antebellum performed at the Forest Festival Country Music show this year and here are a few of my favorite images from that show. Craig played alot of new tunes from his new album coming out this week.

I saw Lady A perform at the pregame show of the Steelers/Jags game last winter. It was freezing and the snow was blowing like crazy and they had to perform. I had never heard of them then but now they are all over the charts.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Forest Festival Begins Again

Been real busy lately. Lots of Seniors, lots of football and soccer kids. Last weekend we attended the PPWV fall convention in Princeton, West Virginia. I was one of the judges in the print competition, we had a great turnout.

Wow, I don't know where the times goes but its time for the Forest Festival to get started. In just the last few days the leaves have been changing quickly and the air just feels like fall. It will be a hectic week as usual. My job is to pretty much go to every event and document with photographs what went on. Its a great job this week when all I get to do is shoot but next week we will pay by spending days organizing and preparing the photo's for the albums.

Here are some shots from tonights Eddie Money concert. The blonde singer is Eddie's daughter Jesse, very talented.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Steelers win regular season opener against Texans

Its time to play football and the Steelers are starting out on the right foot.

Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger gives some advice to his new backup QB and former Marshall star Byron Leftwich.

Former Mountaineer Steve Slaton makes his regular season pro debut playing for the Houston Texans. Its weird to see him in number 20 after being number 10 for WVU for so long. He played alot for a rookie but the big guys in the pros didn't give him much of a chance to take off down the field like he did at WVU.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Trip to Maine

Just got back from a mini-vacation to Acadia National Park in Maine. What a beautiful place, or as the locals would say "It's wicked gawjus".

Everywhere you look is another scene out of a travel guide. I really want to go back when I have more time to explore. I really wish I could have made the trip in about 30 more days to catch the foliage. The coast was still very green but on I-95 between Bangor and Augusta you can already see the change beginning.

Above is a shot of the Somesville Bridge, this is the WV equivalent of the Glade Creek Mill. All photographers are required by law to photograph it. I would love to shoot a bridal session on this bridge!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Class of 2009

Elkins Senior Moriah-Brought some really great outfits, I had a hard time picking a favorite image. Doesn't she look like Eliott on Scrubs?

Elkins Senior Courtney- I've photographed Courtney since she was in pre-school. Man, I am not that old!!!! What a great smile!

BUHS Senior Tanner-I've taken his photo since he was in Little League. Super nice guy, I don't think he was real excited about the whole picture taking thing but by the end he found out it didn't hurt a bit and it was more fun than he thought. We did some fishing shots and football and he's coming back soon with his truck.

Harman HS Senior-Travis-He really brought the stuff! Snowboard, Baseball, Golf! This guy does it all! We got some great snowboard shots....indoors in the middle of August.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Every Wedding is Different....

Every wedding is different and this one sure was! A few weeks ago we shot the wedding of Elizabeth White who I've photographed for I don't remember how long and her new hubby Jason Ferguson. This wedding was not your average wedding. The colors were pink and orange which reminded me of sherbert ice cream. It doesn't sound great but it sure did look super! The bride and groom arrived at the reception in a little British car called a Moke followed by the rest of the bridal party in golf carts. The cake top was an acrylic statue made from a shot we setup at their engagement photo shoot. The brides parents made very realistic manequins of the couple using the costumes we used in the engagement session and made the faces from shots also from the session. The guests were invited to take photographs with the manequins and they certainly took advantage of that opportunity. The manequins even made it out to the dance floor by the end of the evening. The highlight of the wedding for me was the couples first dance. It was a show that the bride and groom had secretly choreographed together and it was a huge hit.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Talk about a Grand Entrance!

Talk about a Grand Entrance! This past weekend Greg and I shot the wedding of former WVU Mountaineer Mascot Derek Fincham and his bride Hannah Swecker. As the newleyweds were announced Derek fired his musket and the couple ran into the reception in true Mountaineer fashion. The crowd went wild!
The wedding was held on the gorgeous family farm outside Beverly, West Virginia. You couldn't have asked for a nicer day. The highlight of the day was the presentation by the brides father of a beautifully restored John Deere tractor as a wedding present.
This is the second Mountaineer wedding we have done. Greg and I shot the wedding of Scott Moore and Jennifer Hedrick a couple years ago. You can always guarantee a good time at a Mountaineer wedding!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What I've been shooting lately.....

The last month has gone by quickly! We've mostly been shooting big jobs lately baseball teams and individuals, prom, dance groups and last minute seniors but we have had a few other interesting studio shoots too.

Rachel Franks is the newest cast member of the American Mountain Theater. The Theater is a Branson-esque music theater that is taking our area by storm. Elkins is quickly becoming a major tourist area for West Virginia and the show is putting Elkins on the map.

Geno Austin is a very intersting and talented character. I shot him for the cover of his upcoming CD.

Alaynah is such a cutie and you might have guessed from the photo that she is six years old.

I also had a great bridal session with Ashley Clingerman who is getting married next month but I can't show the images until after the wedding. We don't want Marc to see her ahead of time.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


What a blood bath! Photographed Professional Boxer Kenny "Mr. Opportunity" George last night and what a fight! It was a real close match but Kenny pulled it off. Both guys looked like they had been hit by a truck at the end. Both fighters and even the referee were covered with blood and the ring looked like someone had been butchering hogs.

I've got to give local EMT Robbie Howell a big thanks! He saw I was having a hard time finding a good vantage point to shoot and gave me his spot ringside. What a nice thing to do and I really appreciate it!

Lets learn a lesson from this and watch for opportunities during the day to do something nice for someone. That really made my day and made me think I need to watch for opportunities like that every day.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Wedding Weekend

Wow, It looks like I missed the blogging month of March!
March is usually not a hugely busy month but this one was. Maybe it was because Easter was early. We had some extra basketball leagues this year and the seniors have been coming out with the spring weather. Its been mostly guys lately that have been busy with sports all year.

This weekend was wedding weekend, Christie and I both had separate weddings. It was the girls against the guys. Christie and Casey (our newest employee and graphics designer) shot the wedding of Katrina Mullenex and Lee Groves in Elkins while my son Greg and I shot the wedding of Jasper Carpenter and Michelle Tippett in Buckhannon. I haven't seen Christies images yet but Greg and I got some great shots. Christie loves weddings and does the bulk of our wedding photography but this year everyone seems to be getting married on the same weekends so we are shooting in separate teams several times this year.

Here is a shot of Michelle and her sister/Maid of Honor. I won't tell anyone that her sister actually lost/misplaced the grooms ring. It was later found and presented to the groom in the receiving line. This is the kind of thing that makes a wedding special for the couple and they will be able to laugh about it together for year to come.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Whats been going on?

Been pretty busy and got behind on my blog entries. I've been shooting WVU Basketball games and some local basketball and wrestling leagues and we made a last minute decision to go to PMA in Las Vegas to look at all the new goodies. (PMA is the biggest photography trade show in North America....all the new cameras and lab equipment are announced at this show.)
We were looking at the new lab equipment and picture framing stuff to expand our framing department.

While exploring Vegas I ran across the gallery of one of my favorite nature photographers, Peter Lik and they were doing a charity event with another artist that featured some fantastic boxing art work and 'Gentleman" Gerry Cooney and Ernie "The Black Destroyer" Shavers were making an appearance. In case you don't know they are heavyweight boxing icons from the past. I lucked out and had my picture taken with them. They are both really friendly guys and very big dudes and look like they could still kick some butt.

We took a little side trip out to Death Valley and got a few decents shots but I made a huge mistake by leaving early and not waiting long enough for the sunset and missed some spectacular evening light that would have made some great images. Oh well, next time I'll bring some snacks so I won't be tempted to leave early.

Whats next? I'm speaking at the Professional Photographers of West Virginia spring convention being held at Lakeview in Morgantown next week so I've been working on my program and I'm the print chairman this year and have alot of responsibility for the operation of the print competition. If you are a professional photographer you really should try to attend. We have several great speakers (not me) that will be in attendance. Check it out at

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Mountaineers WIN FIESTA BOWL!!!!

Wow, what a week! We started out arriving in Phoenix last Saturday. Not many Mountaineer fans to be found until about Tuesday before the game. Usually the Mountaineer bowl experience includes the chant of LET's GO .....Mountaineers everywhere you go but not this time. It was unusually quiet and Oklahoma fans were everywhere.

Media day was alot of fun, the team was very relaxed and the stadium was state of the art. They are putting everything in place for the Super Bowl coming up in a few weeks.

Kicker Pat McAfee interviews Coach Stewart and Pat White at Media Day.

Then came game day.......the pre game tailgates were nice but we seemed to be way out numbered by the Sooner fans.

Brady Campbell fires up the crowd of Mountaineer fans before the game.

The seats filled up with a respectable number of blue and gold fans , the team took the field
and when time ran out the Mountaineers were victorius by 20 points in what I'm sure will
be called one of the top football games in Mountaineer history and certainly the most exciting BCS Bowl game this season.

One of several sacks on Sooner Quarterback Sam Bradford.
Darius Reynaud scores with no Sooners in site.
Coach Stu gets a ride after the game.
Coach Stewart celebrate the victory with his son and a few thousand of his new Mountaineer fan best friends.
Pat White and Reed Williams show of some new hardware.
Keilen Dykes and Noel Devine are all smiles at the post game press conference.

Coach Stewart makes his point after the game.

We are now in Tampa and will be attending Imaging USA this week.
The class line up looks good with plenty of Photoshop classes. I'm
looking forward the most to hearing Sports Illustrated photographer
Peter Read Miller's program on Tuesday.