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4th of July Fireworks, Independence Day, Gulf Shores AL
4th of July Fireworks, Independence Day, Gulf Shores AL

The fourth of July is notorious for a couple of things: beer, BBQ, ‘Merica, and of course, fireworks. This year my camera, tripod and I headed over to Gulf Shores with some family to catch the show on the beach. Pyrotechnics over water is always a fascinating sight and I had fun experimenting with the […]

Hangout Fest Sunday (Day 3), Gulf Shores AL
Hangout Fest Sunday (Day 3), Gulf Shores AL

  Link to full gallery of 150+ images here. Finally. I know, I know. These images have been sitting on my computer partially edited for over a month and I just couldn’t bring myself to finish them. Part laziness, part busyness, and part just not wanting to admit that Hangout Fest 2014 is actually over, […]

Hangout Fest 2014 Saturday (Day 2), Gulf Shores AL
Hangout Fest 2014 Saturday (Day 2), Gulf Shores AL

Link to full gallery of 150+ images here. Link to Friday’s (Day 1) overview here. On Saturday, there was a noticeable increase in traffic on the way to the festival grounds as those concertgoers who were unable to escape the 8-5 grind the day before made their way into town. A couple of my most […]

Hangout Fest 2014 Friday (Day 1), Gulf Shores AL
Hangout Fest 2014 Friday (Day 1), Gulf Shores AL

  Link to full gallery of 150+ images here. Armed with some fancy new rental gear (oh how I miss that 70-200 2.8 already… *sigh*), I hit the beach early Friday afternoon to begin covering the first full day of music at Hangout Fest 2014. There were quite a few acts early on the schedule […]

Hangout Music Fest 2014, Thursday Kick-Off Party, Gulf Shores AL
Hangout Music Fest 2014, Thursday Kick-Off Party, Gulf Shores AL

  Link to full gallery of 100+ images here. A storm rolled through the gulf coast of Alabama on Wednesday afternoon, May 14th, and brought with it a cool front, dropping the forecasted highs for the coming weekend to the mid-70s/low-80s. With a light breeze, white sand beaches, clear gulf waters, and not a cloud […]

SouthSounds Music Festival 2014, Mobile AL
SouthSounds Music Festival 2014, Mobile AL

  Link to full gallery of images here.  SouthSounds Music Festival kicked off this past Friday at bars and music venues all around downtown Mobile. Founded in 2010, SouthSounds is dedicated to showcasing new Southern music and bringing up-and-coming talent to Mobile. This year there were some truly incredible acts slated to play all weekend; […]

Woofstock 2013, Mobile AL
Woofstock 2013, Mobile AL

Woofstock is easily one of my favorite days of the year. It’s THE premier annual event for animal lovers in Mobile and is the biggest fundraiser for the Animal Rescue Foundation. There’s a doggie costume contest, wiener dog races, small dog races, great live music all day, and tons of other fun activities for humans […]

The Tip Tops, Hot Air Balloon Festival, Foley AL
The Tip Tops, Hot Air Balloon Festival, Foley AL

After I had finished taking photos of all the gorgeous balloons at the Gulf Shores Hot Air Balloon festival, I walked over to the stage area where local cover band The Tip Tops were entertaining the crowd. Yes this is “just” a cover band and not someone you’ll ever hear on the radio, but they […]

Hot Air Balloon Festival, Foley AL
Hot Air Balloon Festival, Foley AL

Surprisingly I have never been to a hot air balloon festival before. It seems like one of those quintessential photo ops that every photographer has done but this was the first time I have been able to make it out to one. It was obvious the minute I arrived why this is such a popular […]

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