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    I have been working as a professional
    photographer in North Alabama and the southeast region for 14 years. I spent 7 years as a photojournalist and then worked 8 years as a photographer for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

    It is very important to me to create the most unique and beautiful images
    that I can for each of my clients. If it is possible....I care more
    about your photos than you do!

    I strive always to be professional and patient. There is no ego to sidestep. There is nothing but a 33 year old photographer with a love for God, his wife, his
    family, his dog, and his photography. 

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Josh and Amy – Huntsville, Alabama Wedding

Ceremony Venue:  Southside Baptist Church
Reception Venue:  The Huntsville Museum of Art
Caterer: Main Event Catering
Florist: In Bloom
Cake: Couture Cakes
DJ:  Info to come  :)

I guess if I want to stop leading off blog posts with lamentations over how old the images are I should starting blogging more frequently.  Also a sign that I’m not blogging enough is the fact that I used the word “lamentations” just like it was nothing.  Just for fun….I’m going to try and fit in another word or two that I NEVER actually use in real life.

Josh and Amy are both pharmacists.  So as usual I attempted to secure myself a lifetime supply of phenergan and zithromax.  These guys weren’t budging.  They kept muttering something about “legality” and “ethics.”  I really had a good time getting to know them both but the next time I am puking or have a cold that probably doesn’t even warrant antibiotics…I’m calling you Josh – night or day.

To the photos!

Huntsville,Alabama Wedding Photographer,Huntsville Museum of Art Wedding,Couture Wedding Cake

Huntsville,Alabama Wedding Photographer,Huntsville Museum of Art Wedding,Couture Wedding Cake

Huntsville,Alabama Wedding Photographer,Huntsville Museum of Art Wedding,Couture Wedding Cake

Huntsville,Alabama Wedding Photographer,Huntsville Museum of Art Wedding,Couture Wedding Cake

Huntsville,Alabama Wedding Photographer,Huntsville Museum of Art Wedding,Couture Wedding Cake

Huntsville,Alabama Wedding Photographer,Huntsville Museum of Art Wedding,Couture Wedding Cake

I posted the image below on Facebook….feeling pretty good about the image.  The first comment was “Elmo!”  I hadn’t even noticed it until then.  To this day I’m really not sure why he was there….Elmo I mean.  I know why Josh was there.

Huntsville,Alabama Wedding Photographer,Huntsville Museum of Art Wedding,Couture Wedding Cake

Huntsville,Alabama Wedding Photographer,Huntsville Museum of Art Wedding,Couture Wedding Cake

The groom’s cake was quite the topic of conversation at the reception.  For a while there we were all just standing around staring at it.  The folks at Couture Cakes did an extraordinary job with both cakes!

Huntsville,Alabama Wedding Photographer,Huntsville Museum of Art Wedding,Couture Wedding Cake

Huntsville,Alabama Wedding Photographer,Huntsville Museum of Art Wedding,Couture Wedding Cake

It looks like amazing weather in the photo below.  At this particular moment…it was not.

Huntsville,Alabama Wedding Photographer,Huntsville Museum of Art Wedding,Couture Wedding Cake

Huntsville,Alabama Wedding Photographer,Huntsville Museum of Art Wedding,Couture Wedding Cake

This was the view that they were looking at in the previous photo.  What you can’t see are the rain drops falling on Cosby and I.  Did I forget to mention Cosby was there?

Huntsville,Alabama Wedding Photographer,Huntsville Museum of Art Wedding,Couture Wedding Cake

I’ve often talked about the awkwardness that is the “I’m Going To Fist Bump You But You’re Going To High Five Me Moment.”  I didn’t realize until just now that I actually captured that moment between Amy and a groomsmen in this next photo.  Luckily Josh was looking the other way and didn’t have to see that.  Awk-ward.

Huntsville,Alabama Wedding Photographer,Huntsville Museum of Art Wedding,Couture Wedding Cake

Well here’s a belated congratulations to you both!  I wonder if you got all your thank you cards written and mailed before I got your wedding blogged?  I’m just being farcical* with you guys.

*special thanks to Thesaurus.com

John - A very stylist set of photographs that will be treasured for a long trime

John
JMF Disco
Wedding DJ and Mobile DiscoDecember 14, 2010 – 2:09 AM

Frank Barker Is A Helicopter Pilot – Decatur, Alabama – Commercial Photographer

Frank is a helicopter pilot.  Not just any helicopter but a Sikorsky SK58T helicopter.  There are only about 14 others like it in service within the U.S.  It’s used by Solley Crane Service in Decatur, Alabama and can carry up to 5000lbs on the hook.  Frank’s been flying these type helicopters for 23 years and has no idea how cool that is.

Sikorsky SK58T,helicopter,Decatur Alabama,David Higginbotham Commercial Photography,Solley Crane

This is the second helicopter of it’s kind to be in service for the company.  The older generation may look familiar to any of you who used to watch the television show Riptide.  Check out the video at this link to see that helicopter, along with the finest version of cool that 1983 had to offer.

For my fellow photo nerds….here’s a nuts and bolts of the setup….

The main lighting on this image was an SB fired into a 28″x28″ Westcott softbox at camera right…another bare SB way back and high to camera left as a kicker.  Finally a third SB was firing towards the company name on the side of the helicopter from the far right.  That was all of the lighting for the base image.

Six other shots were then composited into the final image to add detail to the rotors, cockpit, sky, the tail, and the ground behind the helicopter.  The camera was on a tripod and I walked around firing a single flash on those specific areas….except the sky…I just used an image from earlier where there was still detail.

Big thanks to my friend and fellow photographer Jonathan Moral for being another set of hands for me at this shoot.

Photography by Jef - Really good work. And thanks for the setup. Interesting that you composited it. So the light from behind the helicopter was a composite shot. Huh … cool.November 19, 2010 – 2:36 AM

Vicki - The picture of Frank with his helicopter was AWESOME!!!

You do such a great job.

Enjoyed the music tonight. Love, VickiNovember 19, 2010 – 9:45 PM

Justin and Micah’s Four Year Anniversary Portraits – Decatur, Alabama Wedding Photographer

Our friends Justin and Micah recently celebrated their 4th wedding anniversary.  Justin surprised Micah with a bridal/groom-al session.  Big thanks to Diann Anderson with D’nani Makeup Studio in Huntsville, Alabama for doing Micah’s makeup.  Justin did his own.  :)

Decatur,Alabama,Wedding Anniversary

Decatur,Alabama,Wedding Anniversary

Decatur,Alabama,Wedding Anniversary

Decatur,Alabama,Wedding Anniversary

Decatur,Alabama,Wedding Anniversary

Decatur,Alabama,Wedding Anniversary

The image below didn’t jump out at me during my initial edit but during my final one it quickly became one of my favorite images from the evening.

Decatur,Alabama,Wedding Anniversary

Jessica’s Decatur, Alabama Bridal Session

It was July….July!  How long ago does that seem?  Anyway…it was back in July when Jessica came to Decatur along with her bridal entourage for me to shoot her bridal portraits.  The location was perfect but given the temps in the 90s outside…it was brutal inside.  I’m glad fall is finally here.

There were many great ones but here are just a few of my favorites.

Decatur,Alabama Bridal Session,Bridal Gown,Bridal Photography,Wedding Photographer

Decatur,Alabama Bridal Session,Bridal Gown,Bridal Photography,Wedding Photographer

Decatur,Alabama Bridal Session,Bridal Gown,Bridal Photography,Wedding Photographer

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Jessica and Hunter’s wedding was last month so I will be posting those images in March.  Okay seriously…I’ll post those soon!

I’m 32-years-old

I turned 32 on Tuesday of this week.  I decided on Tuesday that I should start taking a portrait of myself every year on my birthday.  This is obviously so that in 20 years I can look back at all of them and sadly realize that it’s no longer cool to spike your hair.

The 32nd year of a man’s life is not a major milestone like 30 was.  But for some reason this year I felt like I may look back at this portrait and realize that it actually was a pretty important year.  God has blessed me so much it makes me nervous.  How can He choose to bless me so consistently?  I have a wife that went to a tremendous amount of effort to make this birthday special.  She’s an extraordinary woman who guides her competitive nature into a contest of “Who Can Give More.”  She wins a lot.

I hesitate to even use the word blessed as it has become one of the most overused words in Facebook status updates.
It’s almost like it means nothing anymore.  So please understand that I’m not tossing that word around without regard for what it truly means.

We tend to look at photos of ourselves and classify them based on *That was before’s*.  “That was before I finished college” or “That was before I met Anna.”…etc…

I wonder what the portrait below will be before.

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I’ll return to normal photographer bloggy type stuff soon.

Phil Harwell - “This was before I shaved that week.”

Seriously though, congrats. For everything. I too am blessed beyond belief. (and I think that word is unfortunately overused as well)September 30, 2010 – 7:42 PM

David Higginbotham - Ha! I actually thought something similar when I was posting it! Great minds….September 30, 2010 – 8:54 PM

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