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Random M9 Shots.... Abbeville locals

I had the chance to take off the afternoon this past week and shoot a little in Abbeville, LA. Everyone was extremely friendly and we had a blast... From a biker with a record shop, some local wrestlers, and just an 92 year old nice man. Such a diverse group of characters. Here are a few... Blessings. Jason

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Norway Wedding...

Hilde & Harald had a beautiful wedding just north of Oslo, Norway. I shot the entire wedding with just my Leica, so I thought it would be interesting to post the entire wedding in b&w (other than the first time).

Thanks so much to Riccis Valladares for having me, and the couple and their family for being so welcoming to us. It was an amazing trip.

Blessings. Jason

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The bride & grooms son...l1005182.jpg Leica M9 | 50mm Summilux

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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 30 - Creative Shoot

I had the opportunity to schedule a shoot while my good friend Ben Spell was in over the Christmas break. I had been wanting to do something like this for a while, and everything ended up falling into place for this one... Our real hope was just to take the time to set up things and not rush from one shot to the other... Special thanks to Keri & Tory for coming out and modeling for us. Here are just a few of my favorites. 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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Day 26 - 9th Ward Revisited

This was also shot in the 9th ward in New Orleans in an area where Hurricane Katrina had done some of the most damage in 2005. It was amazing to me to see the contrast of life in the area where this lady was compared to where the gentleman who I posted a couple days ago (Day 12). Blessings Jason.

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Day 21 - Snow + Sled = Fun

One of the biggest things that Jen (my wife) was looking forward to more than anything was sledding. It was so cold that after I got off a couple shots I ran into the van and turned up the heat :) I guess I am just really not made for the cold... Blessings. Jason

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