Evy & Drake's Rustic Spring Wedding

My friends Evy & Drake got married last Thursday and I was blessed to be there to document their special day! It was a day full of joy, family and rustic accents. Here are some images from it, enjoy!

Unreleased Images!

Promised today I'd share some unreleased images and add some funky edits to them, so here they are! 

Image number one was shot in Denver with Grace Peters, an agency model there who really reminded me of myself, she felt like she needed to pursue what was in her heart so she moved from small town Kansas and got signed to a modeling agency there in Denver. She has a huge heart and is really fun to work with.

Images two and three are from this summer with Julie Stewart, she is one of my favorite people to shoot with because she can get on the same wavelength with me in my strange fashion posings and is such a natural at playing along and getting outside the box.

Images four through six are from a studio loft shoot I did with Riley recently, it was about 2 degrees outside so definitely afforded the opportunity to get outside my comfort zone and do something new with the indoor shots and a camera flash. 

Winter Weddings I

Excited to share some images here from Chynna & Tristan's big day! 

Since I've been friends with Chynna & Tristan, I've known them to be warm hearted, sincere and gentle people. Their wedding had that feel throughout as well. It was a small and intimate day, and their love for one another was apparent to all, shining through brightly. 

Here are some highlights!

 

 

August Adventures

The month of August was a complete whirlwind for me. So many cool things I got to do and new things I accomplished. Met some dope people and traveled a lot too! I could do a variety of collections here but for the sake of time and sanity want to share my favorite images of the month with you all! Enjoy.

 

Summer Daydreams

The dog days of summer can often affect people in very dramatic ways. For me it brought out a determination to see the world in a new way, if only as a personal growth experiment. I feel that as an artist I must defy every limitation I feel I operate under, to grow as much as humanly possible. My determined effort at growth and exploration led me to crafting emotional, black and white images.

This is my first ever public release of black and white images as it is a medium I had not previously dabbled in. My hope is that they contain the same gusto and punch that my color images do and provoke your mind to thought and feeling. Enjoy :)  

Why The Eye?

To everyone reading this, thank you. The support I have received this year is astounding and energizing. If I could roll my bedroom with wallpaper made of all the encouraging words people said, I totally would. On the topic of making compliments into wallpaper, I have a unique mind. If this creates intrigue in you, I'm happy to have you here. My hope is that being authentic and raw can stir something in you to be yourself.  Many people use blogs to promote their work, to increase the amount of people seeing their art and to gain notoriety. While those are intelligent goals, I decided to start a blog to share more about myself, my process, and what moves me. I want this to be more feeling and less obligation. I may never blog about a single event, but more likely introduce specific emotions or perspectives as focal points of discussion. 

           I believe that everyone has unique gifts and talents...perhaps my unique perspective is mine. I want to use this blog to share some of how I see the world and stir others to follow their dreams. Dreams are wildly invigorating but never easy. There is often hardship, pain and tears within the quest of the dreamer. As Mike Tyson once said, "everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face." I want to share at times instances when my plan became worthless and how I allowed that to refine me instead of ruin me. 

 

                   To be authentic in this day and age often means you'll be misunderstood, if you want to embrace your genius and individuality, you'll have to make peace with the bittersweet nature of that. I created "The Dreamers Eye" to not only define myself and my quest but to serve as a banner to fly for all dreamers, to create intrigue concerning the perspective of artists and what makes them come alive. Bringing a heartbeat to things typically more felt in life than seen. Often people asked me how my view of the world is so different...how it comes off so unlike most others. I respond by saying that you can only be unique if you're willing to fully be yourself and not care what anyone thinks. I may be accepted or rejected based on who I am, but I am unwilling to be judged or measured for who I am not. 

 

                             Ever since I started pursuing art intensely last summer, I became fascinated with the eye...making them the focal point of each image. I loved drawing as much emotion out of them as possible. This was important to me because I wanted my art to remind people of humanity..not merely blank faces. I did not set out to be optimistic or pessimistic in my rendering of human emotion, but rather let the emotion come out as it would. 

                                       To me, the beauty of art is that the stirring made within each viewer is different. Maybe in one image the disposition of the eyes reminds me of a moment in time, but you, of entirely another. This is the beauty of being a creator, to leave some things undefined or self-defined if you will...allowing art to simply be art. Too much of life is measured and weighed for value against finite expectations, the beauty of art is that it only has to be. I have included a set of images that speak to me in that way, a collection intended to express a variety of emotions and provoke thought and intrigue in the viewer. Enjoy :)