Adam Stevens Photography

December 24, 2011

Christmas with friends….

You might have seen this post.  We had a blast, and the folks at Eagle Wings were kind enough to invite us come and shoot another event, their annual Christmas Party.  As you enjoy this Christmas season, take a minute and enjoy the photos of some other folks, who really enjoyed themselves a few weeks ago.  I had a blast, not only were all the folks at the party happy to be there, but I got to shoot it with my brother in law!  He seemed to have a great time as well, and I’ll point out what frames are his, cause he had some great ones!!

Here’s one of his frames…  There are a couple more…

All in all a great time!

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August 5, 2011

The Galloping Gardner…

Filed under: Portraits — Tags: , , , , — photobby @ 11:49 am

Another ‘right on’, ‘yea!’ or ‘amen!’ moment.  I did a full wright up over on the Farm Blog…  Check it out.  For a quick shot here is Pat and Graham Kerr enjoying a break between services…

If you get a chance, do check out his site. I am hoping to see some photos of the garden at some point!!!

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July 22, 2010

Family Photo Session Pre-View!

So, we finally got to meet them!!  We have know A&E for years.  In fact, we knew them BC.  (Before Children).  We get to see them every 12-18 months (now that they are back state side).  Last time we saw them, they were 5 strong.  E’s comment to me was “well, now we are outnumbered”, “wow, how is that going?”, “Fine I suppose, were all here!!”.

Never ones to leave well enough alone, answering “the call” they adopted three brothers.  Just as things were getting close to the end, the earthquake hit Haiti.  Boom.  No idea if the three little boys they were all but ready to go pick up were even OK.  Thank you internet, we were able to watch them video chat just a few days after the quake, all set up by a local Portland news agency.  Incredible.  And thanks to the US government (did I just type that out loud?) the adoption got expedited and they were holding their little ones way sooner than they would have otherwise.

Here is the family- you can see how they all keep it together.  Funny, sense of humor and they are all looking for chances to have a good time.  More images to come…  There were just too many cute ones not to put more up!

June 2, 2010

You should see the other guy….

Filed under: Family, Kids — Tags: , , , , — photobby @ 8:27 pm

Ok, so not really.  A little fella I know managed to go missing both his front top teeth at the same time.  He was very proud of his WWF smile..  Ah the simple things that bring joy to a child!

May 31, 2010

The Good Doctor.

Filed under: Babies, Projects — Tags: , , , , , — photobby @ 2:33 pm

We got a little pre-view of a birth center that’s slated to open up later this month.  How did we swing that?  Well the “Good Doctor” was our midwife for our second little bundle of joy!  We opted to have a birth center birth a year ago in April with our youngest and hope that next time we don’t have to drive all the way up to Bellingham.  They have a wonderful birth center there, but you can hear Canada from up there (nothing aginst the Canadians).

The new birth center is going to be really nice, two BIG birth suites with tubs, normal beds and plenty of seating for the folks who really should be there.  The best part for me?  They painted the ceilings WHITE!!  I love natural light, really and truly, but as I am hoping to be shooting a few brand new little one’s up there, I am looking forward to the options a big ol chunk of white ceiling will give me at o’dark thirty.  Once their site is live I’ll put a link up.  She was telling us about some of the interior 360 views they have put together for it and I am looking forward to it!

So here she is, Dr. Antonich, I don’t think I’ll ever forget her saying “well then you better get going” when I told her my wife’s contractons were about 8 min apart at 4 in the morning…

She was kind enough to let me sit her next to one of their lovey big soft windows when we were there.

Hopefully a few of my prints and canvases will grace their walls over the course of the few weeks.  We got some sad news the other day that is going to be tying up some of her time, we are hoping for the best for her and her family…

Edit:  The site for the birth center is live!  Check it out here:http://www.mountvernonbirthcenter.net/index.html They have a grand opening later this month,

come and visit and you’ll understand why so many people are opting for a more natural birth!

May 21, 2010

It’s almost out of my system…

Filed under: Film, Kids, Personal — Tags: , , , , , , — photobby @ 10:46 pm

Almost.  I have really enjoyed my little trip back into the world of film.  I don’t know that I will make a habit of this.  I can see myself shooting a lot of stuff for myself with film.  It’s really let me be part of the moment, not just watching it.  It’s nice though to shoot, and not deal with post till, well, later.  If at all.  At most, the shots I have up here in film (the entire site) are just shot, scanned, and uploaded.  I will nuke a dust spot if it’s really distracting but that’s it.  Oh and I crop just a bit.  Sometimes.  Deets: Nikon F5, 50mm 1.4, 400NC.

May 18, 2010

Not trying to compete…

I hit one of those “moments” that photographers look for.  Henri Cartier-Bresson is…  OK, I am not going to try to get him summed up here.  Instead look here, and here.  Look cause otherwise the whole “moment” thing is going to be lost on you.   And frankly I think this shot stands on it’s own.  This is a moment, and an expression that I have been trying to capture for several years.  Totally candid, and yes.  Her shoe was wet.

Nikon F5, BW400CN, 50mm

March 19, 2010

“in the frame” Randy Phillips…

Have you ever wondered what happened to the wacky guy who drug you all over the US, Canada and into a foreign country in a 12 passenger van when you were in high school?  You know, the guy.  If you remember all the way back to high school.  He (or she) was probably the one adult that seemed to “get you”.  He’d let you think you were getting away with more than your parents would have.  And you could tell him things that you would not tell anyone not born in your decade.  He actually listened to some of the same music, but was up front to point out that some of it was, well, nasty junk.  He’d say “do you hear what they are saying?” and your immediate reaction was to re-listen to the song, not kick out with a “whatever (insert parental authority figure of choice), you just don’t get it”.  Yeah, that’s the guy.  For me that guy was Randy Phillips.  He took over the youth group at the Church I grew up at right before I stepped into the awkward bumbling stage that I managed to live all through high school. From Seattle, to Canada, to Colorado to Ecuador, he was around to keep me from killing myself not that I was suicidal.  Just a regular guy trying to prove something.  He had a front row seat as I managed to repeatedly make a fool of myself, and while I think he enjoyed the antics he always seemed to enjoy more the conversations we had about how I might have handled a situation better.  In a nutshell, he let me make safe mistakes right in front of him, and was always willing to be a sounding board as I figured myself out

Is he different now?  Well sort of.  During a hiatus from ministry he started his own highly successful consulting business.  Check him out here: http://www.redpointleadership.com/ he’s also on FaceBook, and if you know him I would recommend keeping in touch with him there, I don’t think he holds still very long.

Back to the consulting, I have always been a bit skeptical of consultants.  Our lunch the other day changed that forever.  Over a flash back filled lunch at Taco Bell, he gave me more to think about with respect to my photography business than I can grind through in a month.  I’m still working on the first two big points he made for me. In fact I was so engrossed in our conversation, it wasn’t till I realized that I needed to have left 10 min before that I even pulled out my camera! He kept talking while I shot, we must have looked kind of ridiculous, and I only had a couple of keepers.  I had no luck filing all the rich information he had poured into my head enough to think about anything but grabbing a roughly appropriate exposure, and as to the other “things” I try to bring to the table photographically, I crashed and burned. I supposed in the end it worked.

The crazy thing?  Looking through the photos, he looks exactly the same as I remember him.  Whatever he’s using.  I want some.

December 3, 2009

The next step…

Filed under: Portraits — Tags: , , , — photobby @ 8:57 pm

Hannah, you will go far.  Any time I think of that transition between High School and what’s “next” I am reminded of the book the neighbors gave me just after I graduated.  Dr. Suess “Oh The Places You’ll Go”.  Hannah, with your heart for service and that smile, I don’t think you’ll ever lack for opportunities!  God bless you on your way.

Oh, and I hope it’s OK if I use the great location you showed me again!

November 19, 2009

Fall colors.

Filed under: Kids, Portraits — Tags: , , , , — photobby @ 8:54 pm

I am no fashion mogul.  When I match, it’s because my wife managed to point me in the right direction, so when I actually look put together you can be sure she had more than a little to do with it.  What do I really love about this?  My kids always look like they walked out of a Gymboree catalog. Even with hand-me-downs.
We have a maple in our yard that has been dropping leaves for a week now. In a momentary flash of inspiration we decided to shoot out youngest’s 6 month photos in the fall setting. Did it take any prep, or re-dressing of the little model? Nope. She was already wearing a very season appropriate color palate, and looked cute doing it.

Playing the game "put the leaf in the mouth, have mommy take it away, pick up another and repeat."

So with this and a one of big sis, we should finally finish out the frame that my wife got back in June. Just in time for me to move it to a different wall, cause furniture get’s board if it stays in one place too long (or that’s what my sister in law says).

November 6, 2009

Boo!

Filed under: Babies, Family, Kids, Personal, Portraits — Tags: , , , , , , , — photobby @ 10:15 pm

I am trying to get caught up and clear some things out… And replace the flooring in about 60% of the house. Among other things. I wanted to get these posted last week, when it would have been a bit more timely, but there you go. I truly must stop biting off more than I can chew.
So here is Halloween. Most of the usual stuff, the gem for me was my youngest in a pumpkin. She’s older than our first was for her first Halloween and I am glad I didn’t have to carry the gourd to the truck at the patch (thanks Bro-In-Law!!) My wife decorated some cookies and made a really nice skeleton cake. I truly wish I had taken the time to get a better shot of the cake, it was a work of art! I did grab a nice artsy shot of some of the cookies she frosted. She loves making cakes, and is the official family baker. I think she should offer her services decorating wedding and birthday cakes, but she (in her true wisdom-beyond-my-ability) feels that she is just a bit too busy with the kids, along with all the other stuff she does. She’s probably right.

Yummy!

Here’s the little punkin! Apparently pumpkin tastes good! She though it was so much fun, and did just barely fit in the pumpkin.

The Lil Punkin!

Edit:  My wife suggested that I post a shot of your youngest not eating the pumpkin.  She happily sat in the gourd for about 20 min.  Here was one of my favorites.

Happy little Punkin'

October 13, 2009

Staff Shots.

Filed under: Portraits — Tags: , , , , — photobby @ 8:22 pm

I had a blast a couple of weeks ago shooting some staff portraits for our church.  We got started a touch later than we wanted, so the idea of halving folks spread all over the play structure had to go, we improvised though and had some fun.  The individual shots were in the sanctuary and I liked the way they turned out, which is kind of a personal victory.  I’ve shot events in the sanctuary and it’s dark, even with the lights on.  Great for contemplation, not so good for photos.  It’s got great atmosphere though, and is a little more “environmental” for the head shots.  As usual, when I was editing the shots, I lost track of time thinking of other ways to have shot the folks.  Next time!

This was particularly fun for me, as I get to self direct all a large portion of my work, having some constraints was a fun challenge. Below are a couple of the outdoor shots, I don’t know if they will get any visibility, but the interior shots are all visible on their site.  Here’s the link to the main page: www.wbfmc.org and to the page with the interior portraits is HERE.

I got the go-ahead from most everyone to use the shots here on my blog, but figured I’d rather send you to the church’s site to see the shots in their final form.  Great also to see them in place so quickly!

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