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Special Tulips

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My friend Jason....who I have literally known my entire life...called me the other day with a request. His neighbor had lost her husband unexpectedly and one of his last projects around their home was to plant some tulips. As you can imagine these are very special to her and Jason wanted a photo of the tulips while they were in bloom for her to have. How long do tulips stay in bloom? Neither one of us knew so we scheduled a time to shoot them a couple of days later. This was my favorite one from the few I shot.


I thought this was a very sweet thing to do for someone. I can't imagine the loss she is feeling but hopefully Jason's gesture will help give her comfort.

Matthew 25 says:
34"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' 40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

It's not always water....food....clothes....or visits that people need. Sometimes you need to help folks out in an unusual way. Jason taught me a good lesson.

posted by Dave
Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Justin and Micah

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

From time to time I have request from people to shadow me on sessions. I've never quite figured out the best way to make this happen that won't short change my clients or the people who come along so I decided to set up a little instructional session. To say I "set up" anything is being fairly generous considering all I did was find a couple for a session. It wasn't a workshop by any stretch. Just a few other photographers who tagged along.

I've known Justin for a really long time and have gotten to know his wife Micah as well. They were more than willing to help out. Now if I could only figure out a way to get him to return the favor.


I had grand ideas of cool, spring sunlight, backlit photos but mother nature had other ideas in mind....like cloud cover for most of the session. So I improvised and created my own....ahem...square shaped sun.


This also gave me an opportunity to crank up the ISO on the D3 for a change....we certainly are a long way from the Nikon D1 I started out with in my digital career.


If you have never asked someone you go to church with to crawl on top of each other....I suggest you just don't. It makes for awkward Sunday mornings....the up side...it makes for nice photos!




Justin claims that he doesn't arch his eyebrows like this on purpose. Whatever...it's clearly his secret wife gettin' weapon.



I don't know what these bushes below are called...but they should be called Fry Guy Bushes.




Thanks again for your help Micah and Justin! If you need insurance....or a personal trainer...these two have got you covered. Whether you are planning on your body falling apart...or trying for it not to....they can help either way!

posted by Dave
Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Kaitlyn and Josh are getting married

I heard someone on the radio this afternoon say "I could care less what they think". This person should absolutely know better. I know that I do my fair share of butchering when it comes to the English language but come on! It's "I couldn't care less"....COULDN'T!!

Take a deep breath Higginbotham.

Back to the reason for this post...

I met Kaitlyn at a bridal showcase back in January and she and her fiance Josh met up with me in Decatur several weeks ago for their engagement photos!







posted by Dave
Tuesday, April 28, 2009


The E Family

Friday, April 24, 2009

Sue and her family had some photos from several years ago that were shot at The Old State Bank building here in Decatur, Alabama. Well the kids look much different now so she wanted to do more images back at the bank. This bank doesn't have suckers anymore though....not sure they ever did to be honest. It closed as a bank in 1902. Anybody have any idea when the sucker was invented? I mean...I know one is born everyday...but I digress.







I enjoyed shooting with you guys!! Thanks!!

posted by Dave
Friday, April 24, 2009


Dave's Thought #424

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Most people have had countless thoughts. Not me...I've managed to keep mine under 500.

I came to a realization a few years ago....shortly before this photo was taken at a hockey game in Huntsville...


I don't want to be sitting at my retirement party watching the slide show and be bored. If all I did in every single picture was look at the camera and smile....how boring will it be for our kids to look back at their father's life? So I made a promise to myself (Brooks/Blazy 1989) that I would strive to go the extra mile in every picture I am a part of.

Below you will see an early adopter of my theory...Mr. Bart Smith. We figure that a thumbs up puts a positive spin on every photo in which it is displayed.


Sometimes just the extra effort of just taking a photo does the job....as seen below in this picture of myself and one of my heroes.


Sometimes a gesture can simply be informative. "What are these guys having their photo made together for? Oh....they are pointing at each others respective vest...I get it."


Some people are just begging to be pointed at....whether it be because of awesomeness or unawesomeness. In the example below...Paul Thorn is awesome....thus the point.



Sometimes one's gesture or posture can answer a question. "Is Dave serious about wearing that cape?" The question "Is Dave bowlegged?" could also be asked in this instance.


How will folks know if we are happy if we don't illustrate it in some way?


Ok this is just a picture of me tossing a ziploc bag full of chicken breast in the air....no real explanation needed really.




When you see the three finger gun and a thumbs up in one photo....somebody's having a good night.

The suit

You know when players are being carted off the football field after a season ending injury and they give a thumbs up to the crowd? Everyday people do that too....you know...to put the lady on aisle 7 at ease.


So here is my challenge to all of you.....take your photos to the next level. Don't just lean in and smile like a Phi Mu on bid day....show me something interesting.

posted by Dave
Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Chase and Brittany

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

It's really getting ridiculous. It is getting to where hardly a day goes by that I don't run into someone who is a blog reader. My blog? Nay. The wife's blog? Yeppers. This motivated me to do three things.

#1..don't do anything stupid that might wind up on your wife's blog....


Crap....nevermind #1.

#2....try not to embarrass Anna on your blog.


By the way her name card says "Anna 'Fire Twirling' Higginbotham".

#3...post more to my blog so I can benefit from the popularity of Anna. Just call me Kevin Federline.

Back to the lecture at hand....

Chase and Brittany are getting married! Brittany wanted some images for some Save the Date cards...and who am I to say no?










Here are the Save the Dates too....in case you decide you need DHP to design your Save the Date!



Oh and by the way....if I had chosen to break the gender barrier and become a feature twirler like my dear wife was....I would have rocked it son.


posted by Dave
Tuesday, April 14, 2009