Day 31 - Childhood Friend

Growing up it was always a dream to have a Great Dane. I remember like it was yesterday driving on that rainy day right before my 13th birthday to pick up my dog. As a 13 year old life could not have been any better...I decided to name the dog after my favorite super hero, spiderman. I was a bit of non-conformist so I decided to name him Spyder. This past May, Spyder had to be put down at the ripe old age of 13 years due to old age (which is well over the average life span of one). Right before my dad went to have him put down I went over to shoot a couple images. It was among the hardest things that I have ever had to shoot and I cried like I seldom do. To photograph someone just hours before the time at which they will be no more.

Looking back I am reminded of the purpose that I have as a photographer. To capture life through the  good and the bad. That life is not just full of joy and laughter, but also through sorrow and tears.

Over the last 31 days I had a goal to simply shoot and share more of life. I just want to say thanks for allowing me to  take this month to share more than just my professional work. Thanks for the encouragement that I have received from so many people and I look forward to sharing more in the future.

This month has encouraged me to get more into the story that is constantly around me. I hope that this encourages  you as well, whether or not you are a photographer, to seek out to capture the stories that we have the privelidge to live in every day.

Blessings. Jason

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Day 29 - Orchid

This is a sight that I walk by almost every day in my office but when I walked in earlier this week the sight of the light pouring in and the contrast of the deep red on the wall spoke to me.... Makes me wonder what images that I pass everyday with familiarity... Blessings. Jason

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Happy 2010 & Personal Work January :)

I have been thinking about doing this for a while now, and I figured that since the new year is starting it would be a great opportunity to actually go through with it.... So here it is..... Every day in January I will post at least one personal image and share a little bit of the story behind the image.  Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in just going through the day-to-day that it is easy to forget why I got into photography in the first place, which is to be behind the camera. Personal work has a huge effect on all of the other types of work that I do and I notice that as I get away from shooting personal work, I start to get low on creative juices to go into other shoots.

My primary job as a photographer is simply to capture story. I hope that through these images in the next month I can bring you into the story that I hope to constantly seek to find everyday.

This month is just an experiment of sorts for myself, that I would be able to #1 keep up with blogging every day (7 days a week :) & #2 to get out and shoot for myself. I hope that you would check back every couple of days and feel free to leave comments as I would love to hear your thoughts.

Blessings. Jason

Out for the weekend...

I just wanted to throw something up quickly as I will be out of town for the rest of the week and will be back in next week. Here are just a couple images from a trip that I just took to NYC.

Blessings. Jason

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M8 Random Shots...

I hadn't posted much personal/random work, so I thought I would just post an interesting collection of images this week. Here are just a couple and a couple of them are even worth writing a little about :) Blessings. Jason

A random guy who had semi-wild horses on the beach when I was in the bahamas....l1020723.jpg Leica M8 | 21mm Summilux

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Some really drunk people in Laguna Beach and Jory Cordy. Jory and I just got finished beating them in doubles ping pong after they had been heckling us & talking smack :) They were more than happy to pose for a picture :)l1020183.jpg Leica M8 - 24mm Summilux

Tim Landry - a local Lafayette Photographer

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I think she said something like, "just don't put this on the internet"l1018987-2.jpg Leica M8 |24mm Summilux

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My dad and his 13 year old Great Dane (Spyder). Just a little while before he had to put him down...l1017633.jpg Leica M8 | 24mm Summilux

South/Central California

Just a a couple images from the rest of our trip... Looking forward to getting back in town and sharing some recent weddings! Blessings. Jason

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Portland, OR

Jen and I had the chance to get out of town for a little vacation and will be driving down the west coast for the next couple of days... I hope to post every day or so and will be back in next Friday. I hope that everyone has a great weekend! Happy 4th of July!

Blessings. Jason

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You can use your imagination on this one :)l1019567.jpg Leica M8 | 15mm CV

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This shot pretty much sums up Portland :)l1019609.jpg Leica M8 | 24mm Summilux

Kansas City - Part 2

I just wanted to put up a couple more images from my trip. It was really great to get a break and I feel so refreshed coming into this weekends weddings (even with the lack of sleep from last night's late night critique). Who needs more than 45 minutes of sleep after all? Blessings. Jason

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Jamie actually shot this one with my camera... This is right after the death match between Jason Domingues and myself in racquetball. You can just guess who won :)l1018004.jpg Leica M8 | 15mm CV

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We were waiting in the airport on the way home and they had a fallen soldier who had come in on the flight. It was an extremely somber moment in what is usually the hustle and bustle of the airport. l1018170.jpg Leica M8 | 15mm CV

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Kansas City - Day 1

I am spending a couple days this week visiting my good friend Jason Domingues with Jamie for a much needed break and some R&R. The plan is to shoot a bunch and drink a lot of great coffee :) I am hoping to post a couple images once a day or every other day so make sure to come back for updates. Have a great week! Blessings. Jason

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m8 shots of the week - Evie Boudreaux

My good friends Kristen & Bryan Boudreaux had their daughter this week and I had a chance to stop by the hospital. She was absolutely beautiful and I just wanted to share a few. Congrats! Blessings. Jason

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Random m8 shots of the week - Camera Club

I haven't had a chance to share anything from our last couple Camera Club meetings and just wanted to post a quick few. We have really had an amazing time and I can't wait until our next one! I know that our next meeting will be on May 7th and feel free to email me if you would like more information or would like to be on our mailing list.

Also thanks to my amazing lab Fotoworks Pro for sponsoring our meetings and donating the prints. If you are a looking for a lab to do prints they are the best!

Blessings. Jason

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M8 shots of the week - Ernest Babineaux

This week I had the opportunity to spend some time with my good friend Ben Spell, who was in from photography school in Massachusetts, shooting some for Parish to Parish and other personal work. On our way out to Parks, LA we passed by a house that caught my eye and I knew that we had to stop in. Mr. Babineaux gladly allowed us to photograph him and his house and shared a bit of his life with us in the process. Right now I am entering the craziest time for me in the year and it was so refreshing to slow down, take out my camera, and spend some time with a stranger. I need to do that more often. Below are just a couple images that were my favorites.

Blessings. Jason

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NYC - 2nd Set

Some more from New York City...

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NYC - 1st Set

I had the chance to spend some time in New York City this past week shooting, both personally and for clients, and it was so refreshing to spend so much time in front of the camera. I had such a blast just looking out for the small things and shooting strangers on the subway. One of the most amazing things that I realized was that every time I would see something it was for the first time, and I would try and shoot it as if it was completely new to me. Previously unknown. Some how I need to figure out how to approach everything that I shoot like this. I will be posting a bunch of the images every couple of days so make sure to check back.

Blessings. Jason

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