Monday, January 28, 2008

Jessica & James

This fine couple will be tieing the knot this coming July. We spent the day together a few Saturdays ago and did an engagement session in the city. These guys were so cool. they let me do some creative stuff, (I cut my teeth on this) and we just took over the town. Lots of chemistry between the two. Didn't even have to ask them to pose most of the time. They just knew what to do........

Jessica is from New Mexico and thats where we will be shooting their wedding. Once married, She will be moving over to our side of the country to be with her new husband. I'm sure she will be missed. Enjoy the photos. ****Disclaimer: No melons were hurt/injured during this engagement session.****

Friday, January 18, 2008

Addicting game

Well it’s Friday and I have about 5,000, (no really this is the real number) pictures to edit. No edits means no new blog entry. Sssoooooo, in place you get this. A very addicting graphic paint thing….ummm yeah. Just click the link, you’ll be there for at least 5 mins. Happy Friday.

Paint Game


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Keyes/Johnson Family

My favorite one in the set

I had the pleasure of photographing a very special family a few weeks ago. To the friends and family who frequent my blog often, you will know who they are. To all the others, Pastor Randy Keyes is the Assistant General Superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church otherwise known as the UPC. I remember growing up and hearing this man preach, buying his tapes and then memorizing SEVERAL of his messages. Though thousands heard his messages, my audience comprised of stuffed animals and an occasional hairbrush. And here years later I get the opportunity to have a photo session for him and his wonderful family. Brother Randy Keyes has been an icon in our movement. Being with him and his family was like being around royalty. After being around them a few minutes I saw that they were a down to earth loving family. Really great people.

Pastor Todd Johnson was one of my, (as well as many of my preacher buddies) favorite young preacher growing up. I remember him preaching a youth camp I was at with his title being "Can you worship with a knife?". Bro Johnson if your reading this I never forgot the message. It had a great impact on me as many other that were there that morning. In the middle of his message he pulled out the biggest Ginsu you've ever seen in your life. Scared the fire right out of us. For those wanting to known what the message was about, buy the tape and sell it not. Here's a ink to their great church, Revival Center.

I love this one below! Pure child magic.

Check out the little ones expression. Pricless.

Suave dude isn't he?

Monday, January 7, 2008

OMG! Hilarious, Sad and then Hilarious

No words......really. This is so funny on so many levels and then just.....I don't know just click on the link.

Get ready to be shocked.

Click HERE!

Another visit from Mr. Stork

Ethan's' Test ~ Aug 2004Jon~Paul's Test ~ Jan. 2008

Well this may be a little belated however it still makes for good fodder and another blog entry. This will make numero 2 for the Hassas household. If all goes according to plans, Ethan and Jon~Paul won't have any other brothers or sisters. Were both pretty much decided on Jon~Paul being the name for the new one and oh yeah, it's a boy. Funny, Moni bought a "pink" pregnancy test with Jon~Paul. I think it was kinda wishful thinking on her part. When we were with at the doctors getting the ultrasound done and he announced that it was a boy Moni had a little moment. She says she will miss being able to do girlie things with a daughter. She has already designated herself as wedding planner with some of the girls from our church. She has to get her fix somewhere.

As for me, I will have 2 partners in crime to take over the world with. Telling Ethan about his new brother has been a challenge. You can already see some of the tendencies that take place with an only child that now has to share the 2 greatest heroes in his life. I think he'll do just fine. Neither Moni nor
I were only children. You kidding me, Moni is half Mexican and I'm Middle Eastern, (Afghani). Both races breed like rabbits. I have one older brother, 2 sisters and a half sister. Moni has one brother and 6 half brother and sisters. Talk about the Brady Bunch.

During Ethan's first year I had taken over 10,000, (yes 10,0000) pictures of him. "Cheese was one of his first words. I think many pro~photographer get there start in photography by taking a gazillion pictures of their own families first. That was the case with me anyway. Look for future blog entries with "the boys" in the not so distant future. BTW Moni and I are kinda undecided on a middle name. We have set up a little poll with several would~be names we can decide on. Help us out and vote on your favorite. Check out her blog here. My choice happens to be Zion. Thanks guys!

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