MARFA

When my buddy Bradford invited Hannah and I to join him and our friend Mo to trek out to Marfa I wasn't initially that thrilled. I heard everyone ooh and aah over Marfa for years and I just assumed they liked things I didn't.  The thing is, my mother is from Midland.  My early formative years, the ones where my memories feel like vaseline has been smeared over the lens, were spent there.  I have this thing where I pretty much crave water, rain, and trees insatiably.  Still, I was excited to experience something new and spend time with my friends. Looking back on that time now I am surprised by how refreshed being out in that far west Texas.  I hadn't been there in twenty years but it felt like home in many ways, and the open skies and crisp air gave my mind and soul room to breathe.  I often get this feeling living in Dallas where I can imagine all the feelings and thoughts of the some seven million people surrounding me are all crashing in the air and the sound can be lively and fun but also cacophonous and emotionally discombobulating. I am extremely pleased with the entire process and results of photographing this trip.  I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I do.  You are welcome to come check out prints of Marfa for sale. Thank you and enjoy...

Karsen 1

For the past three weeks the black backdrop has been set up over and over again.  Moving our furniture in our house has become completely passe at this point.   We don't even think about it nor hesitate.  When your living room double as your studio you do what you have to do.  Everytime I do this shoot I end up tinkering with my edit of the shoot even though the lighting doesn't change all that much.  I am still working out what exactly it is that I am wanting to do.  Do I even want it to be narrow in definition?  I think I want it to be narrow, but perhaps not singular in definition and boundary for a season.  We shall see.  For this session with Karsen I used my favorite 3D Look Up Table to get the teal orange look I enjoy.  It's subtle, but I love the balance between the warmth and purity of her skin tone juxtaposing against the cool blue in the shadows and her hair. [caption id="attachment_51831" align="aligncenter" width="1638"] Karsen photographed by Nicholas Laning, the HYLNDR of Laning Photographer.[/caption] SaveSaveSaveSave...

Eric & Heather

The Promise.  That was the name of the song they danced to during their first dance as a married couple.  The Warwick Melrose Hotel's ballroom set a gilded, turn-of-the-20th century scene that something to behold.  A decade of wedding photography often means few things surprise me.  That's part of why we are exceptional at what we do.  We a re prepared and know what is coming and nothing is going to shake us.  We are ready.  Yet, in a good way, every now and then, I am surprised by an emotion during a wedding, and that is the case with Mowry wedding during their first dance.  At first I thought it was Johnny Cash singing but no.  Once the dance was over and the couple were taking a break I was so moved by the moment I had to ask who the singer was of the song.  Sturgill Simpson.  Go give it a listen and you'll be as surprised as I was.  It was a special moment to remember.   Nicholas L. Laning   ...

NATE & CAIT

Nate and Cait.  We loved them from the first day we sat down with them at a pub in Plano to discuss wedding photography.  I just sat there, marveling at the sparkle in their eyes when they looked at one another. They were fun, grounded, and laughed A LOT.  I still have a smile on my face as I remember it. We had an incredible time with them as we photographed their engagements as the sun set with the Dallas skyline in the background.  They laughed and danced and kissed. A LOT. At the very end, I asked them to say a prayer for their relationship. I had tears in my eyes as I snapped the photos of them, huddled together, holding hands, eyes closed as tears ran down their own cheeks. This is what I love about them.  They have fun and laugh and obviously enjoy each other's company, but they have a depth to their love and relationship that is so beautiful and moving to see. Fast foward to the wedding day.  We had chills as we walked up to the gorgeous chapel that was a perfect replica of a 16th-century chapel in Tuscany, and knew it was going to be an amazing day, full of emotion.  I went with Cait to photograph her getting ready, while Nick stayed with Nate and the groomsmen.  The joy that spread over Cait's face as those doors opened and she saw her groom waiting for her at the altar still brings a smile to my face and tears to my eyes.  Their wedding was beautiful and sacred.  We spent the rest of the night laughing, partying and dancing to celebrate the new journey these two began. Nate and Cait, may God bless and lead you and fill you with joy. SaveSave...