Fuji Adventure at Red Rock Canyon

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Fuji Adventure at Red Rock Canyon

Last week I had a fabulous time with two of my favorite people & models, Ryann and Savannah. They are part of the newly formed Waffle Fries Fashion Creative Group.

We choose Red Rock Canyon State Park to get away from the city and hope for fall color. Most of the leaves had fallen during the wind storms the previous week, but we managed some color in the shots from the red colored canyon.

The crew spent the day trying different lighting, outfits and locations to portfolio build and enjoy the last warm temperatures of the state. Of course, we didn’t know that after the recent cold front the weather would be sunny and warm again in Oklahoma.

Highlighted are clothing from Disney, Shein, Maurices, Francescas, Marshalls, Target,

Special thanks to Gloria’s Kitchen in Hinton, OK for a great place to eat and relax for lunch.

Here are a few images from the day. Be sure to follow us on Instagram for more images in the future.

Robert Trawick @fujifilmphotog @trawickimages

Ryann Thornton @ryanntaylorrr

Savannah Hays @hays.savannah

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Midlife Crisis Passion - Fujifilm Photographer

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Midlife Crisis Passion - Fujifilm Photographer

Good Morning People!

It’s a beautiful day and the promises of love fulfilled with another wonderful wedding is pushing me forward through my coffee addiction. I’m sure you all know how much I love coffee.

The title doesn’t explain the recent direction change in my life, passion and photography, so let me try to explain a little better. I’m not changing anything fundamentally about my life… so my photography, love for coffee and pushing life’s zest are not changing.

In case you missed the “Video that No One Noticed”, I’m switching to FujiFilm cameras. This has been in the mix for about four years since “someone” gifted me a X100 to carry on motorcycle road trips. Later I realized that it originally belonged to my talented photographer friend, Leia Smethurst. Talk about a gift that keeps giving, the little camera is still a valuable part of my collection.

I’ve been actively using the new system for over a month exclusively for work and personal projects. There is a large learning curve, mainly with menu term differences and the daily disbelief this smaller camera frame will get the job done to my standards. I’ve have more than a few issues with relearning how the TTL flash system functions and understanding the built-in tone curve adjustments. However, in moving to a compact, lighter and faster camera system inherent with mirrorless bodies, I’ve been over the moon in love with Fujifilm’s technology.

The next transition will be diving into more fashion and creative exposure projects, as well as, increasing my education circuit portfolio. I’ve created a new website - still in progress - to showcase those moving forward - Fujifilm Photographer. Most of theses ideas congealed during Bedford Camera PhotoExpo in Memphis, Tennessee, where I was teaching a class and leading a photowalk on world famous Beale Street.

You know that these types of radical changes are never done alone even if it seems that way. I must thank Jessica and the fabulous staff at Bedford Camera & Video for all their support, Jackie from Fujifilm USA for always encouraging me to look deeper into their line, Leia for leading the way into full-time shooting with Fujifilm, my darling talented photographer wife Terri for always supporting my crazy ideas and my Voxer tribe “Royal Flush” for pushing me forward.

See you on the other side of Fujifilm happiness rainbow!

Special Thanks! to Jamie from Photoville for always capturing my “best” side in BTS pics

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Operation Welcome Home - Early!

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Operation Welcome Home - Early!

 We were ONLY a few feet away from Paul's proposal spot in March 2014.

We were ONLY a few feet away from Paul's proposal spot in March 2014.

There are a few times in a relationship when you are able to pull off a surprise that will leave your partner speechless.

One of those times should be the proposal and Paul managed that surprise back in March 2014 when asking Kristal to share their lives together.

Of course, the second time was an early arrival from months away from Oklahoma on duty with the US Army overseas.  It was fitting that during the planning, that was very flexible and challenging, of his surprise appearance during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at McNellie’s. 

Check out the preview of their wonderful wedding despite the raining, cold weather that day.  If you are wanting to show off your surprise skills, check out Paul’s proposal images!

Here are some images from the “Welcome Home Operation” planned between Joe, Christin, and Paul.  I may have helped a little, since I wanted this to happen in the exact place as the proposal and almost was blown when Kristal spotted me with a camera.

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Flamenco Dancer - Personal Project

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Flamenco Dancer - Personal Project

Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

This is a wonderful time to reflect on the wonderful things, people and places that have influenced my life.  Of course, you probably already know that I was born in Sevilla, Spain.  Before you ask... No, we don't eat tacos there and tortillas are a completely different thing.  

My mother was full blooded Spaniard, falling in love with a young USAF airman from North Carolina and BAM! the world got me.  That was a very long time ago and while I lost my mom to cancer over 30 years ago, she has never been away from my heart.  

I think most people have fond memories of their parents and I'm no different in that way, but I remember some of the smallest moments with great clarity.  My mother overcame many obstacles to become a naturalized U.S citizen in the '60s and the challenges of being a single parent to two rambunctious boys.  Yes, I have a brother that was in love with Cleopatra.  Give it a minute... you will figure it out.

I recall with joy was my mom's passion for the arts.  She is an avid artist in her youth and constantly doodled anytime a pencil was in her hands.  I remember she would do little drawings in the margins of the checkbook register.  I loved visiting local museums with her and she amazed me with her explanations of the paintings, sculptures, and lives of the artists. Her face would always light up when telling a good story not found in my school textbooks.

She was a talented dancer, and in Spain - We Flamenco You can be sure I was more than a little excited when my Tita Maria - my auntie - sent my mother's custom flamenco dress from the '50s.  She was so tiny!  I can almost hear the click-clack of shoes popping the wooden floor during a performance.

It has taken some time to find the right model that can fit into the outfit and has the Spanish look to bring the art of the dance to my photography.  We found Cayden at a pageant in Tuttle, OK.  She has that the fire of perfection in her eyes!

On this Thanksgiving holiday, I'm especially grateful for my mother, who influence me as an artist and fueled my curiosity of the world.  Your legacy of the arts continues with me and I will pass along to my children.

Here is an example of Cayden working my mother's flamenco dress in the studio at Six One Six Studios in Moore, Oklahoma.  I'm sure you will see more of this personal project including a street shoot in Kansas City, MO., sister city to my hometown.

I would love to hear your comments below.  Wishing you all a fabulous holiday!

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Cody + Becca = the Fishing Knot

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Cody + Becca = the Fishing Knot

If the title is surprising, you might need to get the pre-wedding story from a previous blog post - GROOMS - Step It Up.  Yep, this is the "fishing groom" we were bragging about.  Cody is his name and Becca is his newly wedded bride.

We had the great honor and privilege of covering the wedding activities for this fun loving couple. Their ceremony and reception were held at Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma.  I have to mention that besides the beautiful surroundings of this church and the tenderness of the staff, this church had an awesomely cold A/C.  It was that cool air that kept us inside comfortable and dry from the Oklahoma humidity.  One more thing, I've never seen a facility with better landscaping.  Kudos to the yard people!

We also want to give a big shout-out to the vendors that helped make this day extra special with their caring attitude, professional spirit, and quality services.  

Jennifer Klakulak - Wedding Coordinator - klakklan@gmail.com

Susan - Uptown Grocery Co. Catering - events@uptowngroceryco.com

Cindy Keeton - A Better Bloom - (405) 309-3300

Nicole Dionne Willis - Ibrow Studio - (405) 348-2769

Bridal Gown - Pomp & Pageantry - (405) 631-1927

We don't want to miss mentioning and giving a "high-five" with a round of applause to our talented photographic team that made it possible for us to be in multiple places at once.  They are like MAGIC!

Vanessa Wells - Vanessa Wells Images - (405) 210-4518

Jamie Cobb - RentPhotoVille - (405) 370-1268

Now that you make it through all the kudos and kind words, here are some teasers from Cody & Becca's wedding day.  Enjoy!

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