Monday, September 15, 2008


I've mentioned my friend Randy Kepple in this blog several times. For the past couple of years we have talked about getting together to shoot. For one reason or another we've never been able to do it until now.

His daughter Kara is a senior in high school this year. She wanted her Dad to do her Senior Portraits and she has such a tight schedule it had to be this past Sunday or else it could potentially have been months before they would have been able to do it again. It just happened to work out that I had free time Sunday so I invited myself along to hold reflectors, snap a few photo's and hang out.

Since Randy made the drive up from Portland I figured his tail was probably pretty numb anyway so I recommended we make the hour + drive to Sedro Woolley, WA to shoot at the abandoned mental hospital/dairy farm/slaughterhouse. I know it sounds creepy and the fact that when we arrived, a blood and guts horror movie was being filmed at the same site complete with brains splattered on a blue lit wall, fake blood everywhere, guns and more didn't necessarily help with the first impression. We had good spots scoped out in Everett so my reputation was on the line by recommending this place :) The truth is, it's a great place to shoot with a very diverse range of locations from dark and grungy with peeling paint and broken brick to tall grass with charming barns.

Kara has clearly spent her entire life in front of her Dad's camera's and even after an unfortunate mishap when she was two that involved a stool, a Hasselblad and gravity she was very comfortable in front of the camera and made an excellent model. It was a great pleasure to watch Randy at work. He is an expert at finding light in any scenario and the light was absolutely beautiful. The apple did not fall far from the tree with Kara as their sense of humor was contagious. It was a great deal of fun as well as educational and I really appreciate the opportunity to participate in the day. Here are a few pics I grabbed.

It was a great treat to watch Randy at work.
You would not believe the size of the spider she had to shoo away for this pose.

Too much fun!
Heading back on our hike we stopped for one last photo.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Andrea and Reid are married!

Friday night on one of the most beautiful days I can recall in recent history, Andrea and Reid were married at one of my favorite venues to photograph a wedding... Newcastle Golf Club. Their event was organized by a stellar coordinator Jenny Harding whom I would recommend to anyone planning a wedding with absolute confidence. The entire wedding day was flawless!

I arrived early to get some detail shots before Andrea got ready. Just to check in I found Andrea upstairs getting her makeup put on. I think she would agree with me when I say she was a little nervous though she was keeping her cool. Years ago, Andrea and her brother Ryan worked with me at McGrath's in Vancouver. We ran into each other at Alex and Trina's wedding last year and they booked me. Even back when she was a teenager working at the FishHouse, Andrea had it going on. She has always struck me as an intelligent, hard working, kind woman with a huge heart. She found her match in Reid has he seems to share the exact same qualities. Her brother Ryan was the same way, hard working, witty, and an all around good guy. Having met their parents tonight I see why. Both families were so much fun to hang around with!

They hired a killer band as well! Maurice the Fish seriously rocked it! I love getting in the middle of the dance floor and shooting wide angle right smack in the middle of all the energy. There was no shortage of energy tonight, let me tell you!

The ceremony took place outside while the sun was setting and it simply couldn't have been more perfect. Here are some photo's from the day...

Getting makeup on.

An awkward moment I stumbled upon before the ceremony ;)

Stunning view, stunning dress, stunning bouquet, stunning bride!
This little flower girl was just too darn cute not to add to the blog.
What a stunning image on these candy bars! :)

Talk about a beautiful sunset.

I love the out of focus shapes of Andrea, Reid and her Father while praying in the background.

What a view!
1st Dance
Andrea and her Dad had some serious moves on the dance floor.
Maurice the Fish...a seriously cool band!
The newlyweds are sent off in style!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Emerald Downs, Tom Skerritt and good times

On Labor Day, Lea, the girls and I drove down to the Emerald Downs race track and we had a great time! I've never been before and I found myself asking why the heck not! The horses are absolutely incredible. My gambling urge got the best of me and I even placed a few bets. I lost all but one bet when I bet on a horse to place either First, Second or Third. I paid $10, the horse came in 3rd and they handed me back $12! Woohoo! If that would have been the only bet I placed I would've been in good shape :) I suppose I should stick to playing poker.

After each race, the winning horse heads to the Winners Circle for a photo-with the owner(s) and family. It's clearly a proud moment for them all to be there. I can only imagine the money, time and commitment required to train a horse to that level. They are so fast!

One race, a horse dominated...I wish I had been paying closer attention because when the horse headed to the winners circle it was greeted by the great actor Tom Skerritt! Picket Fences used to be one of my favorite shows and reading up on his bio for this post I was reminded of how many awesome movies he has starred in. Truly one of my all time favorite actors. It was a great treat seeing him at the track. It's hard to believe he is 75 as he looks like he could be in his 40's!

10 minutes before each race, the bugle is played.
It was so famous actor Tom Skerritt shouted out in front of the crowd.."Ist that the famous photographer Mat Hayward?! Then he started snapping pics with his I-Phone. The paparazzi never leave me alone I tell ya :)
This guy is 75! Are your kidding me?!?
Aaaaaand they're off!

These horses are seriously ripped!

A close finish!