How beautiful is this guy? His lovely main and freckled neck, he was lovely to watch! He belongs to Caroline and they jump and ride together. I've spent some time photographing him for some wall art. I'm excited to see how this turns out.
Keegan is a senior at Lubbock Cooper High School. I recently donated a Gift Certificate to a benefit for a little boy with cancer. Keegan's mom won the session and decided that her kid needed graduation pictures. I'm so glad she did, because I needed to photograph Keegan!
I'm such a voyeur of humans. I love dissecting their faces and their ticks and the things that make them unique creatures. We are all created so differently and crafted by His hand in such unique ways. It's kind of like a game for me. You know, let's figure out what makes this human special. I mean we all have eyes, body parts, etc. What makes this one different?
Right away, 2 minutes in, I noticed that Keegan can totally pull of "the squinch". You'll notice it in the photos I'm sharing here on this blog. And he does it without much coaching at all, I might add. He lost his cousin in a horrible accident a while ago, and in honor of her, he has a tattoo on his wrist. I really wanted to find a way to showcase that in his session because it's such a part of his life. And that sideways smile? Hello! I'm convinced it's because he incessantly chews on the inside of his lip.
Keegan brought along his friend, King to his session. I encourage grads to bring friends, family members, along for motivation, help, and extra set of hands. King did mighty fine holding my reflector to help bring in some interesting light to many of these images. Thank you, King! And despite the horrid mosquitos that night, overall it was a great night!
Please make sure you read through Keegan's Q + A. The questions are in bold, Keegan's answers follow and my commentary is in parenthesis.
where do you go to school? Lubbock Cooper High School! Class of 2017
the most kick ass teacher you've ever had and why you love them so? Mr.Tabor! The reason is because he was a mentor to me and a role model I learned so much from him. (I love teacher's like that!)
plans after graduation? Attending a college out of Lubbock and moving out of Lubbock. If not then attending SPC and living with friends in Lubbock.. (I'm a big believer in getting out of town and on your own. You grow and learn so much. Nothing against TT folks.)
what is your idea of perfect happiness? When your happy with yourself and you have things that make you happy and you enjoy your career. (I totally agree...it's the "happy with yourself" part we all struggle with.)
when and where were you happiest? When I was dating a girl that changed my world, it made my life so much better. If wasn't for her or her family I don't know where I would be in life. I'm a lot better now, but they helped through a tough times! My friends also helped as well!
greatest fear? Being alone and being Ignored. (uh, HELLO! I could have typed this myself.)
what is the trait you most deplore in yourself? That I have a big heart and I always there for someone no matter if I'm matter or not at them. (definitely not something you should deplore in yourself. Compassionate hearts are where it's at, bro. Yes, it means they are easy to crush and hurt, but it's how we love. And love is the greatest!)
what is your greatest extravagance? My phone bill. (I soooo hear you.)
what is your favorite journey? When I went out of town with my friends to camp at lake Allen Henry. (I LOVE a good road trip!)
what do you consider the mosts overrated virtue? Money (agreed...it should not be the measure of success by any means. Happiness and love should be instead.)
on what occasion do you lie? If it's nessary and it's not something hurtful or big.
what do you dislike most about your appearance? My weight and my nose. (your nose? HELLO! You've got a great nose! It's god given, just roll with it. And as for the weight? Didn't notice it, but I can sooooo relate.)
which words or phrases do you most overuse? I'm tired.
what or who is the greatest love of your life? I don't have one I'm a loner. (mine right now, is down and dirty tortellini from Orlando's. Can't give it up. Need to, obsess about it.)
which talent would you most like to have? To be able to sing
if you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My weight and be better educated (this one makes me go, hmmm...I think there's a story here.)
if you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? To not let the small things get in the way! No matter what we are family we always be.
what do you consider your greatest achievement? Becoming a manger and supporting myself a little. (BRAVO!)
if you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? Be a skinny, tan guy with abs and muscles and show people that we can change and just be happy. (I'm seeing a reoccurring theme here with the happiness. You are on the right track, buddy! And change that to "Hot Asian Dude" and I'm with you. #insidejoke)
what is your most treasured possession? My car
where would you like to live? Las Vegas Nevada
what is your favorite occupation? Technology
in a woman? Somone who is honest and doesn't cheat! Somone who can communicate and be themselves when with me.
what do you most value in friends? Their opinion and them being my supporters
who are your favorite writers? Don't have any...(seriously? What's the last book you read then?)
what is it that you most dislike? Liars and people who start drama also people who ignore you and don't communicate if they have a problem with you. (#truth)
which living person do you most admire? My father
greatest regret? Not doing more things in high school than what I did. (you've got months and several years in college to catch up. #goforit)
who are your heroes in real life? My father! (sounds like a guy I need to meet)
how would you like to die? With my significant other! (good one...I'd like to avoid it all together if I could.)
are you single? It never hurts to ask. Someone may read this blog post and HELLO! True love. :) Yes unfortunately.. (not for long, I bet)
Meet Landan, Lubbock Cooper Graduate! He arrived in his BIG Texas truck and we sure had a good time together. I've known Landan his whole life. His mom and dad are good friends of mine and yes, this is making me feel very old, but at the same time, I LOVE it! I get to watch these kids grow up and become pretty darn cool humans.
Lubbock Cooper Pirates played Weatherford Friday night for Homecoming. We won! And it was a great night seeing old faces and new ones! I love being a part of that community and building friendships and gaining new ones. It's great to be a Pirate!
But first, let's talk gear. Because, as much as I love the emotional side of photography and documenting life, I love the nuts and bolts of gear talk as well. I know that it's the photographer that makes the shot, but golly those tools sure help!
I'm a member of Canon Professional Services, and they have a loan program where you can test out gear before buying it. I've always wanted to photograph a game with a REAL sports lens. You know the ones. You see them in the end zone when the guys are replaying the touchdown and there's guys with shooter's vests and BIG lenses mounted on pods. These lenses are HUGE and heavy, but they produce such beautiful images, crisp and sharp and oh so yummy! I just had to try one. Well, it arrived the day of the game and after all the pre-game festivities, It being the Canon 300 mm 2.8 IS. I test drove that sucker. It was instant love and admiration and fear and panic all rolled into one. Love for the beautiful images I was seeing on the back of my camera and admiration for just how dang close it was getting me to the action! But fear, because I was forced to not chase the action but to anticipate it and hello! Could I do that? Would my pictures still be OK? And then panic upon realizing they were OK and OMGEEEE! How could I ever afford this lens? FYI, it retails for around 6-7K.
She performed beautifully and I added her to my "Christmas Wish" so when I sit on Santa's knee, I'm prepared. I've pulled quite a few shots here to share with you and the blogging world. Just scroll down past all the pretty girls. I hope you enjoy!
I may have gotten a bit carried away with all these HOCO pictures. I mean come on! There's over 70 posted in the blog post. I think I have a problem and coming out of denial is the first step, right? If you are a bride and you stumbled upon my website, please understand, I LOVE my Cooper Pirates, OK? I just do. So they will be here a lot and I won't apologize. Just click the "the photos" button to the left and you'll find all the pretty wedding pictures. You will. I promise.
Now back to the HOCO Show!
They crowned the HOCO Queen and King at the pep rally this year. It was really cool, having the football boys there to witness and by crowing the king at the pep rally, we actually got pictures of both together. That was cool. However, and this is a HUGE however as I don't know how hard it is to organize an event like this and keep people happy. I really missed seeing and photographing the parent's reactions. I've always enjoyed that part of the event and usually there's so much emotion and pride. AND, later, pregame, it's like the emotion was simply removed because, HELLO! Everyone knew who got queen.
But, I understand that this is a huge thing to put on and organize for our school. It is not easy, one bit. And either way, it was fabulous all the same. So, off my soap box, on to the pretty pictures.
Don't forget! Click the "down with LCP" to view many more fabulous images from HOCO 2016!!!