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“Spider Holster”

Just thought this would be interesting to you guys who shoot with 2 bodies is all I could see it being good for prolly not single body users… I actually thought of this a while back… I was going to use a lanyard but this is a much better idea… maybe we will get it if I find a good deal on a used 5D for a second.


Portrait session with Amanda

Amanda contacted us about doing a session so that she could give pictures to her boyfriend Adam which happened to be a good friend of mine!

Adam moved up to Grand Rapids so I just assumed she lived up there and said I wouldn’t mind coming up to do the session there so she wouldn’t have to drive and because GR has some great places to shoot…

She ended up being from kalamazoo, so I felt kind of stupid for making her drive all the way up there but it was worth it =)

We started over on Hall street so if you recognize this dumpster, sorry for invading your turf! =)

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Amanda was my first subject using the Jay-Shift method

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I actually shot this texture that day!

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She did serious very well, but she was all about having fun as well

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Pretty soon it was magic hour which happened to be around 8:15


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Found this awesomely unstable bridge and after a verbal liability agreement we got a couple great shots!

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Well done Amanda, you made it easy and fun!



My first time to Fenway after being a fan since I was like 7 years old was a great one. Even the guy at the Canadian boarder asked me, “shouldn’t you be a Tigers fan?” And I said… “I should… but no I am definitely a Sox fan.” Why? My late steph father Vic grew up in boston with his New England accent and his.. knowledge of history and whatnot =) So we always routed for the Sox even since Wade Boggs, and Mo Vaughn. Quite the experience.

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Oddly it didn’t seem new at all to me, not surprising considering how many games I had watched on TV.

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Maybe his first time as well?

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He did look as excited as I was!

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We waited around forever hoping the redsox hadn’t had batting practice but we weren’t so lucky… I did see Pap doing… something…?

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Unfortunately Brad Penny didn’t get off to a very good start… 7-0 in the top of the second inning. =(

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To add to our misfortune, The seats we go were obstructing the view of the plate which they are supposed to say before you buy the seats.. so I had to peek around a beam to see this GRAND SLAM to bring the score to 7-4

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I wasn’t all that pleased at that point but I didn’t want to complain because I was at Fenway after all… But Holly insisted she talk to someone about the “injustice” of Obstructed view not being on our ticket. Eventually she found someone nice and told them it was my first time here, and they gave us first timer stickers and plopped us down in some great new seats!! Here was the new view:

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And this is how I felt:

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=) Thanks Holly for making my experience much better! And thank you Red Sox for going on a TEAR in the 5th and 6th inning!

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Then the bullpen came into the game and it was lights out!

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I was lucky enough to get the winning strike out on video… last of a 3 strike-out inning!

It was a great time and I don’t think I could have had a better experience =)

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We arrive in Beantown late at night and anticipate exploring this great city. We actually really liked it other then trying to find somewhere to eat the first night we were there, but we couldn’t find anything other then Dunkin doughnuts open! Crazy right? The only places we could find were packed bars… So once again we settled for chicken nuggets =( It was a pretty cool drive though!

The Drive Part 1 (to boston) from Ryan Gauper on Vimeo.

I had a video but it is going to take forever to export and upload so that is to come.

We wanted to walk around downtown a bit before the game and I am glad we did! After eating a sub-par lunch for way too much money =) We found these street performers who were just amazing! This guy walked on his hands across all of them!

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After their show they did some stuff for me! I told them to email me but I haven’t heard from them.

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Smack! (not really) =)

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This dude was bonkers!

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Great time to have a fisheye… but I wish I would have had the 8fps of the D700! 4 just doesn’t cut it sometimes.

And as always when I find a great ally Holly has to help me show it off… and show my wife off =)

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Thank You!!!

MAN it’s been a long time since I have wrote anything on here! Never knew how much that long trip would take out of us and how long it would take to get back into the swing of things!

We may have been a little too ambitious to take on all the things we did but hopefully it will all pay off.

We had to pull a lot of favors the last month and I wanted to dedicate a whole post to thank all those people that really saved us this month. We couldn’t have made any of this possible without you guys!

As you might know the Radisson people were putting on a Bridal show for their preferred vendors and we were really upset when they asked us to do it because we had the New York wedding on the same day! Part of having a FREE booth was photographing the event in exchange so I worked it out to hire out someone so that we could set up our booth and be on the preferred vendor list for the year. Diana from Moxie Photography came to mind right away, and thankfully she was willing to come out and shoot the event. She got some great shots and I want to say thank you so much for coming out and doing a great job!!


Just to have the booth ready in time turned out to be a huge undertaking which required a lot of help. Thank you to my good buddy steve who is always willing to help!

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He designed and built the main wall out of two sheets of plywood and some 2×4 bracing it looked awesome!

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A HUGE thanks to Dave and Lacey who did a ton of work including setting up, painting the wall, staying up till 4am the night before to make a slideshow we forgot to do, and a bunch more you guys are amazing!

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Helping them out with a lot of the same stuff was our super friends Andy and Nicole Foster! Unfortunately Nicole got a bad migraine so she didn’t get to help at the actual show but she was still a huge help. And another help to andy for helping Dave bring the couch back home to our apt.!! Thanks sooo much guys, and thanks for being our fans =)

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The booth really looked amazing! You guys did such a good job.



And thank you to Justin who let Dave and Andy use his truck to get the couch back! Also for fixing up my civic while we were gone!!


The team Minus Nicole … represent!


Holly and I stopped in Boston to see a Red Sox game in Fenway because I have never been in my whole life and I have been a fan ever since my late step-dad was around when I was a kid. He grew up in Boston and had quite a zeal for the BoSox!

Anyway, our seats ended up being obstructed view seats behind a pole covering up the plate even though they are supposed to tell you that before you buy them. This was our view poking my head around the pole:

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I’m not going to lie I was a little disappointed… I don’t really like to complain but Holly insisted she would complain about this “injustice” for me =) The people at Fenway were very nice to her when she told them it was my first time and our situation and they moved us behind the plate midway up! Great seats!!!

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So thank you Holly for making sure my first trip to Fenway was an Amazing one!

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Now on to New York!

The only reason we even got this wedding was because Megan hooked us up with this couple who has been one of our all time favorite couples! We can’t thank you enough Megan!!!

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Thank you Orest and Morriah, you have been up there with the nicest and most accommodating couples we’ve had and I wanted to thank you for everything we love your families and you guys are going to be so happy together!! They definitely got “the love”!

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We wanted to hang around NYC for a while since we were there, and without doing as much research as I guess I should have, I booked a Howard Johnson in Newark for a cheap rate and I am sure you heard about the whole bed bug fiasco! We called up my YWAM buddy Emily and she was more then accommodating! Thanks sooo much Em for letting us stay like 3 nights at your house!!

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Thanks also goes out to Ben for letting us come play at the abandoned building he knew about! It was a blast!

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For the last leg of our trip we were off to Dallas.

As always Don and Karen insisted we stay with them for our stay. They are so much fun and we always have so much fun there! Thanks so much guys!! This was actually the first time I visited them and had just getting my first camera we did some family shots. Cole and Austin are sooo much bigger now =)

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Last but not least is the Niederhausers. They took us out to Uncle Julio’s and then we went out for a photo adventure with Cheryl and her daughter Heather. It was great fun.


We are so thankful of all the great people that we know that are willing to help. We seriously couldn’t do it without you! Much love!!

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{new birdies!!}

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I have a new birdie painting on the way!
This is the sketch of it, I just colored it in this morning to plan out what things will be. Still some details to finalize and then I will blow it up on my board! It is going to be amazing!

new birdies!

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