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Disciple Now (DNow) Conyers 2014 – held at Heritage High School March 14-16, 2014

Praise band from UGA Baptist Collegiate Ministry

Nathan Unger Music


Paul Braun - Nathan Unger Music

Paul Braun – Nathan Unger Music



Pastor Andy Futch

Pastor Andy Futch


Nathan Unger Music

Nathan Unger Music



Paul Braun - Nathan Unger Music

Paul Braun – Nathan Unger Music

Nathan Unger Music

Nathan Unger Music





Here are a few of my favorites from Disciple Now Conyers 2013.  Hello August led the worship and Wes Springer delivered the message.

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“Altar Call”

With over 1,000+ photos taken at this weekend’s Disciple Now Conyers 2013, it was difficult to keep up with taking, processing and posting the photos as quickly as possible.  Of the 1,000+ photos taken 110 were quick-processed and posted to Facebook.  Of those 110, one captured the scene, emotion and essence of the entire weekend.  This is the type of image photographers dream of, that one image that expresses a single moment.


Hello August led worship and Wes Springer delivered the message to over 300 students from in and around Rockdale County Georgia.  Watching these young men worship was awe inspiring.  During the final moments of Saturday night’s session, one scene began to emerge as a crowd formed around the stage just after the initial altar call.  What takes place in this image is dynamic and full of expression.  The faces, postures and reality of the moment, the greatness of God, was sealed in a single image.

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The image in its original form was rather unimpressive.  As I was processing images for that session, I was deleting more photos than keeping and this image was not enough of a standout to justify not hitting the delete button.  The color version was washed heavy in blue from the stage lighting creating an extremely saturated image.  The slow shutter speed permitted extreme motion blur in the images preceding and after, yet this one, for whatever reason, cemented itself.  Something inside me told me to keep pushing and see what can come from this image, there was simply too much going on to let it go.  After applying a filtered black and white process, it was obvious to me the potential.  Slight adjustments to the contrast and light balance revealed numerous telling features in the photo.  A final crop of 16:9 revealed the final product.  There, on stage, the lead singer from Hello August submits to the moment and the reaction of the crowd is evident.


Call me crazy, but I love to study this image over and over and every time I see something new.


“If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit.” – 2 Corinthians 5:13



Family Portrait – Newmans

Being able to take an artistic and technically proficient photograph is only part of the job.  Scouting areas, coordinating with the client and having a reasonably pleasant personality are also just as important.  If a photographer appears unprepared, is running late and isn’t much for conversation, it doesn’t matter how good he is, people won’t hire him.

First, I’m nearly late for my photo shoot with the Newmans.  I took a right when I was supposed to take a left.  Second, the areas I scouted were occupied by a large group.  Third, being late and finding all my scouted spots taken, I found myself in an ornery mood.  Only two things can be done – improvise and get over it.  As it turned out, we found some dramatic backdrops at the same location and though we had to wait for the occasional fisherman or hiker to pass through the background, we were able to capture some solid photographs.

I returned to the orange gel on one of my strobes again.  I liked it so much the first time, I figured I’d try it again, and the accents on the photos paid off.  I am very appreciative of photographers utilizing available light and recreating the purest light possible, however, I don’t like to be like every other photographer.  My photos need to be different and unique.  When I asked Terran what she had in mind she said, “Something different, but not so different that Mom won’t understand.”  Right up my alley.

Panola State Park at Alexander’s Lake offers a number of unique perspectives.  This location is a retired golf course.  Our first location ended up being a tee box (red, I’m assuming).  The lake offered a great background, though the late day sun created some challenges with a washed out sky.  A couple maneuvers and we captured a nice moment with the family.

A quick walk down the cart path we found a wood bridge which crossed over from the tee box to what would have been the green.  This bridge offered unique perspectives and I wanted to try and capture a high-drama look, sharp lighting and have the bridge (which looks like a path in the background) be a metaphor for the journey families take together.  You can see the impact of the orange gel strobe on the right side and the white umbrella strobe on the left.

Halfway across the bridge there is a drop point for those golfers (much like me) sinking one into the lake.  Here we tried a few shots of the family, but the intense sun created too many obstacles.  We were able to catch a few shots of the boys here.  I switched from a fixed 50mm to a macro-vario 70mm to try and get a more pronounced depth-of-field.  Unlike the bridge above, the goal was to eliminate some of the background and focus on the subjects.

It’s October in Georgia, and that means some days will be hot, others will be cool.  Today chose hot.  With it being over eighty-degrees, it was time to have a seat in some shade for the final poses.  Again, I wanted the metaphor of the “family journey” to be in the shot, but the narrow bridge made it a bit of a challenge.  The photo of the Newmans at the bridge above could be interpreted as arriving, or about to depart, this one could depict a moment along the journey.

Many thanks to the Newmans for letting me photograph their family portraits.  If you would like to have your family portraits done by us please contact us.  We’ll be happy to talk with you about the variety of options available.

Senior Portraits – Zach

Senior portrait season is in full swing.  This week I photographed Zach.  We returned to Olde Town in Conyers, Georgia.  This photo shoot offered unique challenges finding suitable lighting.  The late day sun offered sharp contrast on the backdrop.  In fact, the contrast in some photos was too much.

The best part of photographing in Olde Town are the numerous choices for backdrops.  There are colorful buildings and all sorts of stone / brick buildings.  The next photo was taken in a narrow alley using two strobes.  One strobe was on an umbrella flash, the other served as a bounce of the adjacent wall.

As we were wrapping up our shoot, the sun showed up through the trees, giving a unique highlight.  We had to shoot quick before the sun moved lower and we lost the contrast.

This last photo was pleasant enough in color, but I opted to convert to black and white, cranked up the shadows and cropped tight.  Post process also included adding a platinum effect and a bit of Gaussian noise for some added drama.