My first book!!!

February 27, 2012

Ok, so I am not very good at this blogging thing, I have been incredibly busy, and seem to put this at the bottom of the pile of to do.  I am going to make a resolve to do a better job of blogging regularly and posting new photos.

One of the thing which has kept me busy is my new book.  I recently moved back to Utah after living in Southern California for the last few years.  When I returned home I noticed how much had changed in my little home town of Plain City Utah.  I felt impressed to record the town as I rembered it before things changed forever.  I began sharing some of my photos on Facebook, and was encouraged to make a book.  After a bit of work, I found a publisher, and before I knew it I had published my first book.  You can take a look at it, and if you like, feel free to order a copy.

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Nathan and Esther

September 27, 2011

Nates Wedding 55 2 Nathan and EstherOf all the people who have helped me in my career, and kept me motivated to push on when things got tough, nobody has had as big an influence on me as my friend since junior high Nate. So it was no surprise that I was honored when he asked me to shoot his wedding. He and Esther have been a couple for years, and finally decided to make the commitment and tie the knot. The wedding was absolutely a blast. It was unique and catered specifically to them. My sons Grandfather presided over the ceremony, and they ended by each shooting an arrow into a target (they are both avid bow-hunters.) But the best part of the ceremony, was having my son Wyatt working along side me as my second shooter. He did an amazingly good job for being his first gig. Maybe I will have to change the name of the business to Thompson and Son Photography???

Here are some of my favorite shots from the day.

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Back in Utah

September 2, 2011

I am back here in the Beehive state. After spending a couple of years in Southern California shooting weddings, and honing my skills, I have returned to my home state of Utah. I had a great time In Cali, and will definitely miss the state, but I am back where I belong. While in California I had the opportunity to rub elbows and become good friends with some of the worlds greatest and most famous photographers. I learned a lot from them, and hope to continue my friendships from a distance.

I will continue to do lighting and photogrpahy workshops, but I will now start doing them in Northern Utah. If you are interested in learning to run your camera better, learn the business of photography, or professional lighting, please send me an email, and I will let you know when my first workshop will be.

Thanks for following along with this new change in my life, I am truly excited to see what the future holds!

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This weekend was Kenny and Briana’s wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony, and a wonderful reception. Enjoy a few of my favorite photos from the day.
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At last weeks wedding, I had the opportunity to shoot a couple of rolls of film durring the wedding. Although I began shooting weddings years ago on film, and I have shot tens of thousands of images on film, I haven’t shot any film in over two years. However I love film. I love the look of film, I love the smell of film, and I even love the challange of shooting film. It is much more difficult to shoot film than digital, because you cannot see your image. With digital, you can see right away if your exposure was right or wrong. With film, you need to know exactly how your meter works, how to judge a scene, and set your camera to get the photo right the first time. It is sort of like working without a net. If you don’t get the settings exactly right, then you don’t get that image because you won’t know for a couple of days.
I shot a Kodak print film, 400ASA speed. It worked pretty good, but I don’t really like the grain structrue, so I will keep trying different films.
Here are a couple of my favorite shots from the day I got on good ol’ film.

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