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First and foremost, I can’t take credit for this idea.

But my memory is so absolutely horrible, I can’t for the life of me recall where I either read, heard or otherwise became aware of this idea. If someone knows, by all means let me know and I’ll gladly pass long the credit.

It’s now my favorite standby technique to get some super fun shots of the couple. The concept is to have either one of the couple whisper something incredibly dirty into their partner’s ear on the count of three. That’s it. Focus on the recipient’s face, and viola! Completely non-rehearsed, honest emotional response.


This set courtesy of Stefanie and John’s San Diego engagement session a couple of months ago. Kinda cute aren’t they?


Till then darlings ~


It’s Monday.

And that calls for something completely serious.

This is a collection of my favorite behind the scenes shots of people, places and weird things I find that never (usually) make it to the blog. I absolutely love getting whomever I’m taking photos of at the moment laugh hysterically. Ten additional points if they snort.

The first photo is one of my all time favorites, and therefore gets it’s own full sized spot at the front of the line. This was one of several attempts at a quick family shot during a wedding last year. It was blazing hot, full sun, kids were absolutely not wanting to stand still, add to that the candy someone had slipped the kids a bit earlier, and thus was born this shot. I absolutely love how each person’s face in the photo tells a completely different story.

The mother, bless her heart, stayed focused on me the entire time. Stay strong mom. Little sister obviously wasn’t a fan, little brother number 1 on the bottom left, howling his disapproval at wearing a tie and being forced to stand still, the father, whispering sweet and gentle reminders to little brother number 2…..and there it is…

Little brother number 2. Little Rocker Dude. Brother screaming, sister pouting, heartfelt instructions coming from dad directly overhead, 100 degrees F. in the full sun, jacked up on sugar….and at the last minute, he throws his arms up and tells the entire world what he thinks about this particular situation.

Rock on little dude. Rock on.


  • Kelley - Those are awesome:) I love the first family shot! I’d say 99% of the ones we attempt of our family turn out something like that… which we’ve proudly displayed on the wall.ReplyCancel

  • Kyle Isenhower - I like how you slipped the banjo pic in there.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Stewart - Why didn’t I read this post before. This is a great post and shows the other side of photography that no one else sees. I love it.ReplyCancel

I absolutely loved this wedding.

Michele and Matt are two of the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet, and their day went beautifully!

Many sincere thanks to the always awesome wedding designer extraordinaire, Cherrie Denney for a beautifully done day from start to finish, complete with working around a huge downpour during the reception.

This also was my first chance to meet the incredible people from Aloha Productions, Inc who provided the bar service and SUPER talented dancers for the evening’s entertainment. Absolutely loved working with them.

The wedding was held at Paradise Cove in Orlando, FL.

In the continuing trend of avoiding all weddings completely on the blog, I’ve decided to go with Mary’s bridal session today. I’ve had this for a bit, but wasn’t actually able to blog it until after her wedding, which was a couple of weeks ago.

I’ve honestly lost count of how many times she’s been in front of the lens. When you become friends with a crazy photographer, you get phone calls in the middle of the night that go something like this:

Me – ” Hey. ”

Client-turned-friend – ” mmmphgqz…..zzzzz ”

Me – ” Listen, I know you’re probably asleep, but I have this REALLY freaking cool idea I need to get out of my head. We should go shoot tomorrow. I need a model, and the Model Mayhem people scare me. ”

CTF – “…mpphkk..ssnrrt…uuhmmk….zzzzz”

Me – ” Sweet! Thanks! ”

Uber thanks to Mary’s mom (hi mom!) for lugging all kinds of quilts, equipment, etc around during this shoot.

Mary, you absolutely rocked it my friend.


  • Jeremiah D Spray - These are amazing brett, warm and beautiful. I really hope I get to work with you someday. Awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Tom - Great shots as usual!ReplyCancel

  • Tanya - …you had me at “the Model Mayem people scare me…”

    Fantastic work!ReplyCancel

  • mary - thank you so much! it was a super fun experience. and if you have anymore crazy idea that you just are dying to try and you need a model, you know i’d always love to help! (and garrett too!) even if you call me at 2 in the morning. haha!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - wow.. always love reading your blog, but wow. Beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - These are amazing!ReplyCancel

I know what most of you are thinking.

“Aren’t you that guy that fought the rock in the ocean for half an hour?”

Yes. Yes I am.

But aside from that you’re probably wondering why I’ve posted 3 engagement sessions in a row. And to be completely transparent with you…I have no good reason. As my grandmother used to say, ” Go to school son, they don’t let fat kids be movie stars.” And while not at all relevant to this blog post, sometimes you just have to give a shoutout to your grandma.

Michele and Matt were one of those magically refreshing couples to work with. Wedding photographers, whether they admit it openly or not, experience some form of creative-funk burnout towards the end of the season. You can only see so many khaki pants and white shirts on the beach, only hear ” All the Single Ladies” when the bouquet is tossed, only have your second shooter witness a rather hefty bridesmaid remove her undies on the balcony of the reception venue so many times before it’s all one big blur.

{*side note – the latter actually happened, but I’m not entirely sure how to blog about. I will, it just takes tact. And I’m fairly certain I left mine in Key West.*}

And so when I went to Tampa to meet up with Michele and Matt, it was completely refreshing. Their personalities are absolutely awesome, they are in crazy mad love with each other, and it all came together for an awesome e-session. Throw in the 6:00 AM sunrise session the following morning in 40 degree weather, during which I lost my credit card, and it was a completely memorable weekend.


  • Christina - Awesome as always really like the one where the word love is spelled out on the ground.ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - You left your tact in Key West? Or your underwear? 😉ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten - 1) Tampa has streetcars?? OMG!! 2) ROTFL yet again… 3) You. Are. A. Kick. Ass. Photographer. That is all.ReplyCancel

  • Brianna Phelan - This couple is having so much fun together and you’ve done a great job capturing that. The shots are beautiful and very honest. I love the street car one.ReplyCancel