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Brian & Jen – Married

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Cleveland, OH – Hasselblad 500c 80mm f/2.8

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  1. QMB

    These are superior

Adam & Kristen – TRAILER

Five Months – Behind the Scenes

As photographers and parents we LOVE capturing images of #babyderkin. George is our constant muse and source of joy, he makes it easy (along with an iPhone) So naturally, we discussed ideas of how we should create an image for each month of his first year (feeling somewhat compelled to do so by the current trend of parents and images FILLING the internet.) Prior to his birth many brilliant and creative ideas were discussed, then George was born and we found one ingredient lacking…time. As it happened Benjamin took several Polaroid images during our first month as a family and thus the tradition began.
Today we are sharing with you the behind the scenes glimpse at the making of a monthly Polaroid. Benjamin got creative and fancy with month number five, using his Graflex 4×5 Speed Graphic camera testing out his New 55 film. Happy Monday and happy five months George!

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  1. Such stunning photos and a ridiculously adorable baby! What a perfect way to cherish these moments that fly by so fast. Keep em coming! :)

  2. Ashley

    LOVE IT!!!!

  3. Qmb

    Fabulous darlingk


My friends are inexcusably AWESOME. I love them, I love the work that they pursue, and I love taking pictures of them. Happy Wednesday friends! -B


Graham & Ashley \\ Scobey Photography \ Art to Aid


Tim & Simi \\ The Micro Harvest (we blogged about them here too)


Lily \\ Lily Glass Photography


Christa \\ Christa Kimble Photography


Michael & Melissa \\ M2 Photography \ Gethrr


Josh & Jenny \\ The Happy Family Movement \ Wanderlust Watercolors


Benjamin \\ Ben Lowry Photography 


Rowan \\ IPS Photo


Cliff & Sharalee \\ Cliff House \ Sharalee Prang Photography


  1. You’ve got some cute friends ;)

    This post made me happy because it’s pictures of so many good people…and you’re a super talented dude.

  2. Film turned out great! Ben Lowry looks bad-ask! Thanks for sharing, Ben!


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  1. qmb

    Christmas 2013 was very special…these are great!


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I’m just gonna come right out and say it. I have some awesome friends! Not just the guys that I hang out with on a weekly basis (though you know I love you guys too) but in the photographic and artistic world, I have AMAZING friends that encourage and challenge me to serve you better in every part of this awesome business. After going through a few rolls of film that I just got back I just thought I’d share a few of my friends with you. Be warned, they are very cool people and you might need to expand your blog roll.

(above) Jim \\ Nashville, TN

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Josh & Jenny \\ Kansas City, MO \\ (shot in the Dominican Republic during What If )

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Levi \\ Columbus, OH

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Richie & Natalie \\ Gilbert, AZ \\ (shot in the Dominican Republic during What If )

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Graham & Ashley \\ Atlanta, GA \\ (shot in the Dominican Republic during What If )

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Rowan & Jocelyn \\ Portland, OR

(all images shot on the Hasselblad 500c)

  1. so lovely! next time, I’ll make sure to get a portrait of you and your lovely wife :)

  2. Ahh! This makes us so happy!!!! We love you!!!!!

  3. Rowan

    You’re a big thumbs up in our book too!

Ax Camp \\ 2013

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May 2013 \\ West Virginia \\ Yellowood Design Studio‘s Ax Camp

This year marked the premere of Yellowood‘s Ax Camp. An invitation only camp out, where skills are put to the test and the soul’s inner adventurer can roam free. We didn’t just randomly “chop down a tree” (though that is awesome too), we went to a place where new friendships were formed from the shared experience of exhaustion, exploration, and basic living. We “tended the soil” and had a blast in the process! Everyone went home with a nickname, awards were given, and we were all filled with the joy and gratitude of being a part of the inspiring Yellowood legacy. -benj

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Hasselblad \\ iPhone \\ 5D MK2 \\ VSCO (film & cam) \\ Pic-Tap-Go

Adam + Christine \\ FILM


April 2013 \\ Austin, Texas \\ Adam and Christine’s beautiful wedding, captured by the Hasselblad 500C

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  1. Jax

    I am straight-up swooning over these. Particularly that first portrait of Adam and the close-up of just Christine. And the two following the one of just Christine. And the last one. And … all the rest. Good job.

  2. Christine

    I love them so much Benjamin! They are AMAZING! The ones of my cousin Tim and Joel look like they came out of GQ :D lol

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February 2013 – Dominican Republic \\ What If Conference


( I like making people laugh with me for photos because it is an easily accessible way to get really close to someone.

The following laughs are real, but they were also slightly contrived. )


  1. That image of Jenny and Josh blows my mind!!!!! These are all so great!! Miss you guys fiercely. xoxox



Hasselblad 500C \\ I got some film back today, more of a blog on that soon to come, but I wanted to post this photo today along with this thought that I have been encouraged to be mulling over; there is peace, kindness and beauty in each moment. I’m looking forward to spending some time this weekend doing nothing more than enjoying some moments. Happy weekend friends.