Virginia & Destination Wedding Photographer: CHKD Charity Car Show

Last weekend was a busy weekend for me, besides shooting my first wedding of the season. (More on that in a future post!) I had the opportunity to photograph a special event for charity. Shanice, a friend of mine from high school put together a car show to raise money for The Children's Hospital of Kings Daughters

Kings Daughters is special to me. Being a severe Asthmatic I spent a lot of winters and Holidays there as a child, they've saved my life more than once. So when I saw what Shanice was doing I wanted to be apart of it. It was an amazing event with a lot of NICE cars. The turn out was amazing and Shanice did a fantastic job putting together this event.

Thank you Shanice for putting this event together and Thank you Kings Daughters for making my eleven hospitalizations as a child safe and caring.

Enjoy the photos!  

Shanice and her car! 

Shanice and her car! 

Triple Mint Green! 

Triple Mint Green! 

My Favorite Little Person!

The older she gets the funnier she is! When she's not watching Spongebob or eating her favorite food...white rice of all things, she's talking and asking why? I love my little niece. When I was a kid I used to hear kids in elementary school talk about their niece's or nephew's. When I got older I realized I wasn't going to get one for a very long time. Being that I only have one sister and she's younger than me, but on April 6th, 2010. I was blessed with my little Niece Leyona. Although I'm not anyone's father yet, she's shown me what it's like to have a child in your life that you actually care for. I can have the worst day in the world but when I come home and she runs up to me and ask how I am today, I can't say horrible with her smiling at me! Even though she can't read this I love you buddy and can't wait to watch you grow up! :) 

Virginia & Destination Wedding Photographer: My First Camera!

I catch a lot of slack from industry friends and peers for shooting Nikon. As I always say Nikon choose me, I didn't choose it. Years ago at my day job a woman was selling a Nikon camera. At the time I was just starting out and had no clue what a professional or novice camera was. I just knew I wanted a camera. badly! The woman was selling the camera for $650. I didn't have the money, my girlfriend at the time went on craigslist and found the same camera in Williamsburg for $500. That afternoon I asked my Dad to take me to Williamsburg and I bought the camera. I shot everything from plants to soda cans I had around my room! (I'm a guy that lives by himself, what can I say  i'm a little messy at times .) After I realized I sucked...and I do mean those pictures we're horrible! I went to the internet a read everything I could about using a DSLR in Manual Mode.

After the cruel realization of seeing that I was not  by any means going to get hired to shoot anyone's wedding anytime soon, I took my little Nikon D3000 with me everywhere! I practiced aperture, shutter speed, and ISO...until I could finally shoot in manual mode. I really just want to thank that camera today, because without it I would have never learned anything I know today. So here's to Nikon! 

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