Your Best Photographer—The Sky Is the Limit

For beautiful pictures of you and your life

Psalms 90:17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us.

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Your business, organization, university; your products, services and your pursuit of satisfying the needs of your customers, your students—these are all worthy building blocks making America and the world greater and better.

You, your business, your board of trustees; your advertising campaigns, products in your catalog and on your web site—you all deserve the quality, creativity, and reliable photographic performance delivered by your best photographer.

You have a mission that you believe in, and that mission can be furthered through my mission.

My mission is providing you with dedicated and detailed services in corporate photography meeting and exceeding your needs.

Pictures of You

Does there seem to be something wrong with this page? Yes, something is terribly wrong! The pictures of you are missing.

This page demonstrates what your life would be like without often hiring your best photographer to take many photographs of you, your life, hobbies, and everything you do.

Your life is like an incomparably wonderful, beautiful, handsome, and magical book. Each page is interesting and intriguing, and the anticipation of seeing what will be on the next page is palpable.

But there is one rule of this magic book which is your life—you can never turn the pages back.

The moral of this story is that every day, no matter what the reason, your wonderful, beautiful, handsome, and glorious life is worth treasuring and keeping in photographs made for you by your best photographer.

At whatever age you are, you look your best right now. You look beautiful right now. You look handsome right now.

Now is the time and today is the day. Every day is a new day, still beautiful and handsome, but tomorrow and yesterday will never be quite the same. Celebrate with your photos today.

It is never too soon. This one is about you, and you are worth it. Don't hesitate another second. Set up your photo shoot and get your pictures now from your best photographer.

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Psalms 8:1
O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

All the gardens and flowers and trees, nature and all landscapes, are among my favorite scenes to photograph.

For countless hours I have trudged through snow, sun, rainy and dry weather, for the pictures that God gives us every day, unique and non-repeatable.

Genesis 1:20
And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Your pets can be a member of your family, too. I am a photographer that understands that.

Photography for your loved ones: Works of Heart

You love your children. You love your grandchildren. You are willing to spend thousands of dollars giving them everything important in life— priceless trips and memories, your time and attention, and most of all your love.

All of these things are so special to you, but they drift away in time, and the only thing you have to remember your loved ones by is a few precious snapshots.

Pictures are worth a thousand words and are worth much more than dollars and cents to you.

But it is so hard to find a photographer who feels the same, who even begins to understand. You would be willing to pay the costs of the very best photographers with $10,000s of dollars of equipment. But if they produce art without heart, then you would be better off with blurry snapshots and an aching heart for all the dear moments that were missed.

Who has the skills, experience, and camera equipment, but most of all the ability to create not only works of art, but also works of heart?

The answer is Your Best Photographer, from a loving family of 12 children, someone who understands that there are depths of love that we cannot know until Heaven, but that family gives us a small taste of that love on earth.

Sometimes, no one but the best will do. When the race of a century is won, when the world record has been broken; when there is an awed hush in the screams of the thrilled crowd, when finally, perhaps, we, together with the world's greatest athlete, can start breathing again—this moment of glory depends on the right photographer to preserve it for the rest of the world and the rest of time. When there's only time for one more shot in the game, make sure that it is Your Best Photographer taking the shot!

Perhaps no other area of photography is so hard.

Opportunity is as difficult as it gets. Athletes, by nature, are making it as difficult as possible to take a photograph.

Results, however, are worth their weight in gold. Who can help but shed a tear when looking at the their boy or their girl? To their moms, they'll always be kids.

Touching all of our hearts, are these accomplishments that require the ultimate wrenching pain driven by a power deep in one's heart—the only way possible that someone could endure the torture of 400 meter hurdles, an 5-hour tennis marathon, or a track and field decathlon.

Success is sweet, and in the difficult world of sports photography, sweet is sweet indeed.

Wedding photography? Your choice is as clear as A-B-C!

Always begin your wedding plans by finding the right photographer. Next to you and your loved one, the photographer will be one of the most important parts of your wedding day. You need a photographer who can take photography to a higher artistic level that will thrill you with the sheer joy and beauty of your engagement and wedding. The right photographer must have an enormous degree of artistic talent, creativity, and vision. Equally important, the right photographer must also have the technical expertise and professional equipment to continuously make beautiful, precious-for-a-lifetime photographs even in the difficult, rapidly changing, dynamic moments of special importance that occur on your wedding day. Once past, those instants of beautiful magic will happen no more forever. Such tender and heartfelt scenes, the beauty and grace of your wedding day, are the very images which few wedding photographers are able to capture. Yet these are precisely the most important memories worth preserving! As the song was written, "Memories are made of this."

But, the wrong photographers will ruin all these wondrous memories. The great majority of those who call themselves wedding photographers cannot consistently produce the best images in the demanding, unpredictable environment of wedding photography. Dry, formal poses and traditional photo checklists are not enough. Just as there is more to love than four letters, there is more meaning to your wedding than drinking toasts and cutting the cake. A wedding photographer should always be in action, taking thousands of pictures throughout the duration of the wedding. Yet so many times one catches other wedding photographers with their cameras down. (A common deception among countless wedding photographers is to offer "unlimited" images of the wedding, but only to take a few hundred. One should never consider hiring such a photographer.) There are many golden opportunities for photographs in each minute of a wedding. And, if these unique opportunities are once missed, then they are lost and gone forevermore. Rare is the photographer who can catch these fleeting moments of time: for wedding photography, the age-old adage is exquisitely true, "Opportunity knocks but once."

Certainly, you have only one opportunity to find the right photographer. Your Best Photographer is the right choice, as clear as A-B-C! The best wedding and engagement photographs are a priceless treasure not only to you, but also to your family, friends, and relatives. Your precious memories of your lovely wedding day will be preserved in enduring, beloved images, just as true love endures forever.

Better equipment helps one obtain better pictures. Moreover, the improvement is many, many times more than the increased cost of the equipment.

That is true in at least two ways:

  1. A better camera can respond faster. This includes time for the first shot, time to accurately focus and calculate exposure, and the time interval between each shot in a sequence of photos.
  2. A better camera offers better image quality for each picture that is taken. They have larger sensors which collect up to a hundred thousand photons per pixel, allowing for much greater fidelity and "signal to noise" ratio, translating to better color, sharpness, and detail.

You may well be doubting the benefit of spending the better part of $10,000 on a single camera body without even so much as a lens.

It should only take a moment to clear this up. As you have surely experienced, consumer-grade cameras have notoriously slow reaction times—try to press the shutter release at just the prize-winning moment, and sometime about one-and-a-half seconds later, you might get a picture of someone's back, 30 or 40 feet away. Heartbreaking failure.

On the other end of the spectrum, the camera pictured takes less than 1/14th of a second to respond to your press on the shutter-release and take the first photograph. And the frame rate of continuous photographs is up to 14 images per second. Are you convinced yet?

The image quality question also gives these expensive cameras a decided advantage. Did you know that a normal camera has an image sensor that captures about 28 square millimeters of light? Image quality comes from light, and thus is directly proportional to the amount of light recorded, if all other factors are equal (picture in focus, properly exposed, and so on).

Learning about "noise" and "low SNR"

Image quality is degraded by false signals called "noise." Every pixel generates a certain amount of "noise," depending on the image sensor technology. If the amount of "good" light received by each pixel does not dominate the noise that the pixel generates, then the image quality quickly becomes unusable. This is called a low signal-to-noise ratio, or simply 'low SNR' for short.

Compare the number 28 to the image sensor of a "full-frame" professional digital camera which captures nearly 900 square millimeters of light. Each pixel of the larger camera does not produce any more noise than each pixel of the smaller camera. But the larger amount of light caputured is able to fill every pixel with plenty of good light to greatly outweigh the "noise," thereby achieving a hugely higher signal to noise ratio, SNR.

Low SNR causes grainy, dark, blotchy images, while high SNR creates smooth, beautiful photos. The SNR image quality advantage is in favor of the professional camera by more than a factor of 30.

Multiply these numbers together, 14 times 30, to get 420. The likelihood of being able to get the best image at the point of highest action is 420 times higher with this expensive camera than with the pocket camera that you or I may normally use for snapshots.

And so far we haven't even mentioned megapixels, focusing speed, aperture, or any of those other features that are equally critical to achieving a good photograph. Added all up, these factors give an advantage thousands of times over to the professional cameras, to the point that it is simply an impossibility to take pictures of difficult moments, like theater or indoor sports, without the necessary professional equipment.

In those cases, the value of my professional camera is priceless to me because I can take pictures that would otherwise be impossible to capture—like Jamie House setting the Kansas pole vault record, or Cassie Craig coming out of the blocks in the hurdles exactly like Lolo Jones.

And even in other cases, although my camera may cost one hundred times more than your camera, it gives me the unique blessing of being able to provide you with pictures thousands of times better. Which is bigger, 100 or 1,000? The answer is obvious that professional cameras are actually so efficient in what they do that they are an outstanding value, providing returns in image quality and opportunity that are many times larger than their pricetag.

My artistic life story goes back in time beyond my ability to trace, through generations of artists of many nationalities. These skills and perceptions were passed on to me through my mother, Nellie. An incredible artist with a Fine Arts degree from Emporia State University, her artwork and illustrations have been published since the 1970s in Teens, The Dallas Times Herald, and other nationally-known magazines and newspapers.

My own life with a camera started when my older brother won the Halloween coloring contest with dynamic artwork which added a flaming crescendo to the starting point of a haunted house. The grand prize for the citywide contest in a population of one-third million was a fine Kodak camera.

At the time I was only four years old, and nothing seemed more interesting to me than that camera. One time I snuck into the shelf where Matthew's camera was, and I inadvertently took a photograph, partly of my foot, partly of the floor, partly of the shelf.

Another major point on my photographic journey was being a model. One fine fall morning four years later, a Friends University photography student stopped me as I rode my bicycle down the sidewalk carrying my three-year-old brother behind me. She asked in her nicest voice if she might take a picture of us riding by in the street. Well, normally we weren't allowed in the street, but for such a request, who could say no?

By the time I was 15 years old I was taking photographs for Emergency Medical Service classes, mechanical engineering, and AIAA community events. On into my 17th and 18th years of life I became one of the photojournalists playing the most crucial roles in covering the nationally televised pro-life events in Wichita, KS, including Operation Rescue, and the Summer of Mercy Renewal. Years before, I was also present for the original Summer of Mercy where hundreds of lives were saved from death. Pro-life event photos from my photojournalism assignments were featured by national magazines, including Life Advocate.

A major blow was delivered to my photography career by the current depravity of the art world. My mother caringly let me know that if I majored in art, there would be classes having models indecent to the 100th degree, and that there I would be forced to draw images of them, paintings, etc. This was unacceptable to me. That is immorality, not art.

So I absolutely could not major in photography, and I instead majored in math, the subject in which I actually scored worst on my ACT. But I carried my camera with me around my neck everywhere I went, for tens of thousands of hours. Through it, I have been through the photography school of real life, since the darkness of the current world of art would not admit someone who had a Christian conscience.

Moving on to the years of 1999 and 2000, a picture I took at a very young age won the national prize in the Rand McNally and Wal-Mart "Millennium Edition Photo Contest." My photograph was printed at the top of the inside front cover of the official nationwide road atlas, and I received enough money to purchase my first Nikon SLR and lens, with enough left over to pay for 24 rolls of Kodak film.

Today I am a photographer with the experience of thousands of long, fun days of photography, catching every moment as it comes. Every scene and opportunity brings new visions for pictures that have never yet been imagined. There is no limit to art, because true and pure art is found on the path leading to God and illuminated by God's endless light through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 4:18
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Revelation 21:23
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
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