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Tuesdays with Eli – My Goals for 2010

Posted: January 26th, 2010 | 5 Comments »

It’s a new year and I have some big things planned. First, I want to start blogging more. I hope you will all stick around and enjoy the ride with me. I’ve decided to start a “Tuesdays with Eli” blog. My plan is to release a new blog every Tuesday, that lets you get to know me a little better. Some with pretty pictures, some with just boring ol’ words. Most of the time I will probably talk about what I did that week, new movies I see, family stuff, planning for my wedding with Les, or whatever is on my heart. I want to encourage my readers to give me some feedback if you feel like it. I really enjoy when you guys leave me some love, offer suggestions, or ask any questions. : )

Okay so for the first “Tuesdays with Eli” blog post, you get a treat. I am laying out my goals for the new year. This list is actually not complete, but this is a good start.

1. Attend a Jose Vila Workshop
2. Book at least 25 weddings
3. Second shoot for at least 7 weddings
4. Teach Leslie to drive a standard transmission
5. Upgrade my camera body
6. Develop my wedding turn-around time to under two weeks
7. Do a bridal portrait session during busy Rivermarket (any takers?)
8. Make revisions to website and logo (small re-branding)
9. Teach Leslie how to shoot a DSLR like a Pro
10. Set up 2 small workshops for non-photographers (maybe next year I’ll be teaching other photogs)
11. Book wedding location (my wedding)
12. Book photographer (my wedding)
13. Book honeymoon (my wedding)
14. Blog at least once a week (Tuesdays with Eli)
15. Book keeping every month.
16. Make trip to see my brother Geoff in Arizona
17. Make a trip to Colorado just to visit and take photos
18. Try a new food I’ve never had
19. Help someone who is just getting started in photography
20. Volunteer at the Pulaski County Human Society
21. Take photos of the adoptible animals
22. Shoot a portrait session with my grandma
23. Find a bigger place to live
24. Give away all my old clothes
25. Get some new clothes
26. Call my parents once a week and tell them I love them
27. Sell some of my old gear (let me know if you are interested)
28. Book 6 senior sessions
29. Take photos of my products for the website
30. Audiobook- “Never Eat Alone” (Thanks Geodun)
31. Take weekend get-away trip with Leslie
32. Orginize monthly lunch meet-up for photographers
33. Attend an Autocross event
34. Buy food dehydrator
35. Develop my own brand of Beef Jerky
36. Audio book – “Fast Track Photographer”
37. Find a new location to shoot portraits every month
38. Photograph a total stranger (with permission)
39. Buy a new office chair
40. Attend a John Mayer concert

So there you go. Like I said it’s not complete, there are still a million other things I would like to do this year, but its a start. Also sorry about the strange order. I was brain storming, and it was just flowing that way. One more treat for you guys. I just shot some really great bridal portraits on Monday at Marlsgate Plantation, blog coming soon, but I wanted to share with you the sunset that evening. So Bang! First Tuesday with Eli and you get a pretty picture too. Haha

2010 Winter Sunset Photography

2010 Winter Sunset Photography

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Lauren & Ryan Vintage Wedding- Arkansas Wedding Photographer

Posted: January 22nd, 2010 | 6 Comments »

I’m very excited to say that I am blogging my first wedding of 2010. I have a really great feeling about this year! Lauren and Ryan picked the super great wedding planner Jessica Kersey to make sure that their wedding was something to remember. The reception and catering were at Next Level Events, and I can testify, the food was great! I was happy to have my good friend Geoff Duncan as a second shooter along side me. All in all this was an incredible wedding to start the new year with. I was honored to be a part of such an important event to begin with, but at the end of the day Lauren’s mom welcomed to be a part of her extended family. I had such a great time at Ryan & Lauren’s wedding. I hope you guys enjoy some of the photos! For more info on all the details of the wedding check out Finishing Touch’s Blog here.

Here the girls were getting ready at Studio XS Salon.

Studio XS Salon Bride

Studio XS Salon Bride

Bridesmaids Getting Ready

Bridesmaids Getting Ready

Arkansas Bride Flowers

Arkansas Bride Flowers

Here’s a little teaser from the “First Look” You can see the rest of it here.

Classic Car Bride & Groom

Classic Car Bride & Groom

Arkansas Wedding Photography

Arkansas Wedding Photography

Groom throwing football

Groom throwing football

Groomsmen Sunset

Groomsmen Sunset

Modern Wedding Photography

Modern Wedding Photography

Arkansas Wedding Photographer

Arkansas Wedding Photographer

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride

Ceremony

Ceremony

Little Rock Wedding Photography

Little Rock Wedding Photography

Finishing Touch Event Design

Finishing Touch Event Design

Next Level Events

Next Level Events

Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake

Chocolate Bar

Chocolate Bar

This was my favorite part of the reception. The engagement photos that we took back in November had their own display!

Engagement Photos Display

Engagement Photos Display

Modern Wedding Photographers Arkansas

Modern Wedding Photographers Arkansas

Bride & Groom Leaving

Bride & Groom Leaving

You can view all of the photos from the wedding and order prints here.

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My Proposal Story….(the way I remember it)

Posted: January 12th, 2010 | 7 Comments »

This blog is just a bit overdue. I proposed to Leslie Harding, my girlfriend of three years on December 16, 2009. Here is our story.

I guess before I take you right to the proposal night, I’ll give you a little history of about us. December 16th 2006, I was hired to shoot Brad & Rachel Bate’s wedding. I had zero connections with Rachel before I met her, after that night, things changed. Rachel and Brad are both from Arkansas, however not all of their wedding party was. They both attended Harding University in Searcy where Rachel met and became suite-mates with Leslie. Leslie was born in Texas, raised in Nashville Tennessee and only choose Harding because of the name. Just kidding. I think she decided to go to Harding because it’s a great school, either way…I’m sure glad that she did, because if she had gone anywhere else we may have never met each other. Leslie and Rachel were suite-mates for one year, and I guess they hit it off pretty good because when Rachel decided to get married in December, she asked Leslie if she would be a brides maid in her wedding. The story gets better I promise, and like I said I’m sure glad certain things happened the way they did.

So, December 16, 2006 my best friend and I were gearing up for what I thought was just another wedding. The day started off fairly normal, bridal prep, ceremony, formal pictures, and then the reception… this is when the night got a little different for me.  Now when Leslie tells you the story, it started with the rehearsal. She spotted me the day before and in her words “had her eye on me”.  Not to say that I didn’t even see her, but I wasn’t exactly there to pick up chicks. Haha. Those who know my fiance’ know she is a go-getter, and once again. I’m sure glad she is, because if she didn’t take the initiative that night to let me know she was interested, then I may have not written this blog post. Long story short, as the reception went on, Leslie and I talked in between shots. I gave her my number and it went from there. We dated long distance for two and a half years. While she lived in Nashville, then Memphis, and now here in Little Rock.

Proposal night: December 16, 2009 the date we first met 3 years ago. This took a little bit of sly workings because Leslie somehow always seems to know when I’m up to something. I did have help too. My friend Geoff Duncan drove up to take the photos and help with lighting the candles. Flynn Smith who worked inside the Pavilion in the Park helped me get in after hours and let me move some things around for the set up. Brad and Rachel had their reception here in the Pavilion in the Park, so I figured that would be a great place to do it. Geoff and I started setting up the candles and rose pedals while Leslie was still working. After she got off, I left to go pick her up. I told her I wanted to take her out to eat for our “anniversary” but first stop by “our place” for nostalgia and I also told her there was a geocache hidden there and we could try to find that. I planted a geocache with a fake ring, a love note, and a photo of us. After she found it and she was still in a state of confusion I brought her inside where the flowers and candles were ready.  I did my thing and she said Yes of course!

We did a quick little photo shoot with Geoff, and then joined my entire family and some close friends who were waiting for us at dinner. Funny thing was, they thought I was throwing Leslie a surprise birthday party. Haha, so it was a very surprising evening. I guess that’s the way I roll when I propose.  Thanks everyone for reading all of this. Enjoy the photos! Sorry ladies I’m off the market.   -Leslie, I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you. I love you, Eli.

Candles and Roses

Candles and Roses

Real Proposal

Real Proposal

She said yes

She said yes

Little Rock Proposal

Little Rock Proposal

Engagement Ring

Engagement Ring

Kiss

Kiss

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Bride & Groom First Look-Sneak Peek

Posted: January 6th, 2010 | 14 Comments »

During my first meeting with Lauren & Ryan they were both opposed to seeing each other before the Ceremony. After a few more meetings and some careful planning with their wonderful wedding planner Jessica Kersey, they were now both convinced that a “first look” would be best for their wedding, and I am so glad that they did. This was one of the most beautiful moments of their wedding. Lauren was glowing with excitement to see Ryan and her expression certainly said so. Ryan just about came to tears. I’m not going to say that every couple should do a “first look” for their wedding, but I really like the idea. It gives the bride and groom a chance to soak up the moment. The entire wedding day speeds by so fast. The first look is a quiet moment to embrace each other before the excitement of the rest of the day. Geoff Duncan was helping me shoot Lauren & Ryan’s wedding, we both had our long lenses on and stayed out of the way. We wanted to make sure we photographed the reactions just as the happened. The rest of the wedding was just as wonderful! Stay tuned and enjoy!

Red Classic Chevy Wedding\

Red Classic Chevy Wedding

Groom waiting for Bride

Groom waiting for Bride

Bride & Groom First Look

Bride & Groom First Look

First Look Photography

First Look Photography

Happy Bride Little Rock

Happy Bride Little Rock

Groom with tears

Groom with tears

Arkansas Wedding Photography

Arkansas Wedding Photography

Modern Wedding Photography

Modern Wedding Photography

Little Rock Wedding Photography

Little Rock Wedding Photography

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Lauren's Bridal Portraits Downtown Little Rock

Posted: January 5th, 2010 | 5 Comments »

Saturday was Lauren and Ryan’s wedding day. I cannot wait to show off some of their wedding photos on the blog. Since Ryan has seen his bride and I don’t have to hide the Bridal Portraits anymore…here you go. Enjoy! Don’t forget to check back soon for the photos from the wedding.

Bridal Portrait

Bridal Portrait

Bridal Portraits Capital Hotel

Bridal Portraits Capital Hotel

Capital Hotel Bridals

Capital Hotel Bridals

Bride in Window

Bride in Window

Beautiful Bride

Beautiful Bride

Bride Little Rock

Bride Little Rock

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