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Random Thoughts and Old Cameras // Syracuse Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Hello friends and fans. It's been a couple of months since I last posted some new content. I know that you've all been lost without my posts, so I decided to throw up an update of sorts to clue you in on what's going on in my world. The past year has been a whirlwind (how cliché). I finally asked the love of my life to marry me. I hurt my back. I got a dog. Oh and how can I forget, I kicked off this new business and reunited with an old friend. Let's cover these things one at a time.

First things first. I asked Samantha (I never call her that) to marry me. Sam has been waiting a long time for this one. I'd like to say she's been waiting her whole life, but that's just silly. So instead I'll tell you the truth. She's been waiting about 3 years. We've been together for 5 now, but I'm not going to be so audacious as to say she's been waiting since day one. There had to be a break in period where half of her was saying this is crazy and the other half was saying he's the one. The story of how we met varies from time to time and person to person. I like to tell people we met on an internet chat room. She likes to tell people we met while she was pulled over on the side of the road with a blown radiator hose and I came to her rescue and repaired it with just some duct tape and a Swiss Army knife. Truth is, there's some ambiguity about how it started, but I've concluded it doesn't really matter. What matters is that I've found someone who makes me happy and she's found someone to make her laugh and that she can count on. I've also found someone who really gives me a run for the money when it comes to sarcasm and wit. Let's just say she's on point and brings her A game. She tells it how it is and I like that. So the moral of the story...We're getting married next year and I picked the best Wedding Photographer in Syracuse - Tom Harmon Photography.

Next on the list is my back. I'm a big baby. When I get hurt, I cry. I also tend to whine a lot. I'll save you the details and just say my back hurts. Who's doesn't?

Dutch. He's up next as a topic. Dutch came into our lives February 22, 2011. He's an awesome dog. He's a mutt, he's a loud mouth, he wants to party all the time and he loves to snuggle. This was a big move over here. Having a dog is a lot of responsibility. I'm sure if you're friends with my on Facebook, you've seen about 1000 pictures of him.

Now onto the business. This little photography business is awesome. I love it. I love taking pictures. I love learning new things and techniques. And most of all, I love meeting all the new people. If you don't know by now, I'm a people person (most of the time).

I'd like to give a shout out to my PIC (Partner in Crime), Mr. Tom Harmon. Over the last year, we shot almost every wedding either of us had together. I learned a lot from my old pal and though he won't admit it, he learned a little from me too. The learning continues...websites, SEO, posing, gear, techniques and blah blah blah. The best part is we have fun. So allow me now to shamelessly plug the Dynamic Duo package. If you want the best experience and you want US to have the best experience, book the Dynamic Duo Package.

The real reason I posted this diarrhea of the brain was that I wanted to share a little history.

The first camera I picked up was an old Kodak that belonged to my mom. I never put a roll of film through it. I just walked around clicking and clacking. I didn't think anything of it at the time.

The second camera I picked up was another Kodak. This one was all mine. It was a sweet little 110 film camera. I don't think I have a single picture from it.

The third camera I pick up was another Kodak. I've got about 700 pictures from that bad boy. None of them are composed well or exposed right, but I've still got 'em and they're all mine.

The most important camera I ever picked up was my Dad's Pentax K1000. This one changed me. It planted a little tiny seed in the back of my mind that would later sprout into Kegan Shattuck Photography. Keep in mind, it's still a sapling, but it's growing to this day.

Now, onto my most recent camera experience. Yes, I did get a new camera that is going to provide you the client with an amazing product, but I also picked up an old camera with some still untold history. My Grandmother recently bequeathed to me my Grandfather's Rolleiflex and Rolleicord cameras. These cameras were unlike anything I'd seen before. I didn't even know where to begin. Finally I worked up the courage to put a roll through them and develop it myself. Theres something extremely rewarding about waiting for film to develop and not just looking at the back of your camera to see the picture. The results are not by any means perfect, nor are they the most pleasing to the eye, but there was something emotional about picking up Grandpa's camera and making it work.

Here are the results as well as a couple of glamour shots of the Rollei's.