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The “Faces of Freedom” Project – Navy Chaplain Captain Craig Wesley Rench

Hi Friends, Another portrait in the “Faces of Freedom” project – my pastor and dear brother, Craig Rench – a 30-year veteran of the US Navy. Please thank a veteran today… Thanks for dropping by! J

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“The Faces of Freedom Project” – Honoring our Veterans

Hi Friends, I’ve had this project on my heart for some time: a series of simple black and white portraits to honor our nation’s veterans.  Just a small token of thanks for their service and sacrifice. I approached our local VFW / American Legion post last week, and the commander is happy to let me […]

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The Men of the 122nd Fighter Wing – The Blacksnakes

Hi Friends, While visiting family this week for my niece and soon-to-be nephew’s wedding, my nephew, David, arranged for a visit to his workplace: the 122nd Fighter Wing (“The Blacksnakes”) stationed in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The airmen of the 122nd were terrific! Showed us around the shop, took us out to the flight line to do […]

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Portraits: USAF Airman First Class – David Haas

Hi Friends, My niece and her fiance, David, were out to visit last weekend to shoot a series of engagement portraits.  I’d asked David to bring his USAF dress blues for a portrait to add to my gallery of military / emergency services personnel.  My favorites: Though not from this specific portrait session, the lighting […]

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Low Key Edgy Portrait

Hi Friends, My son’s getting in the spirit for an airsoft overnighter next weekend, and while I had the lighting setup, thought we’d do a new portrait. He was going for the “Medal of Honor” video game look… Here’s the setup: Key light: SB-800 in a Bowens beauty dish with diffuser and grid, high and […]

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USMC Portrait Event – Smiles Across the Miles

Yesterday, our Smiles Across the Miles team had the opportunity to provide free professional portraiture for US Marines and their families from Camp Pendleton at an honorary BBQ/picnic hosted by Mariners Church in Irvine, CA.  These young men are deploying to Afghanistan in about 3 months. First, my heartfelt thanks to the Marines and families […]

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Our first Smiles Across the Miles Event: over 300 USMC families served!

[youtube=] Hi Friends, Some of you have been hearing about our new photo philanthropy volunteer venture: Smiles Across the Miles (  Our mission is to provide free portraiture for the families of our deployed military to keep them in touch and connected with their loved ones who are risking all to protect our freedoms here […]

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Daniel and Michael – United States Marine Corps Aviators

[clearspring_widget title=”” wid=”46928cc51133af17″ pid=”495e9a2b5b44cf2d” width=”432″ height=”260″ domain=””] Hi Friends, In the summer of 2007, I had an opportunity to photograph Daniel and Michael: twin brothers who had just graduated from Annapolis Naval Academy. They were home for a few weeks before heading off to flight school in Pensacola. As they’ll tell you if you ask, […]

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