Brides Choice Award 2013 – JMK Photography

Wedding Wire Brides Choice Awards - JMK PhotographyBrides Choice Award 2013 – JMK Photography

We could’nt possibly be more thrilled to have been chosen and we can’t possibly thank all of our wonderful couples enough for taking the time to leave their reviews, thoughts and comments on our weddingwire site.

The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ recognizes the top five percent of local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ are determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds.

 

Brides Choice Award 2013 – JMK Photography

Glacier National Park Photography {Two Medicine}

glacier national park photographer - wayne murphy
Goodnight Two Medicine - Glacier National Park, MT

Spring time in Glacier National Park breathes new life into the Two Medicine Valley after a long winter!  I wanted to capture both the beauty and the unpredictable spring time weather that most people would never see in Glacier National Park.  Most visitors to the park tend to travel when everything is perfect…. birds singing, big blue skies full of warm sunshine and perfect mountain sunsets.  For those of us that live here that is our four weeks of summer.  I tend to look at those perfect photos and feel kind of uninspired.  Give me a crazy sky full of clouds, wind, light and drama and then I get excited about a photo.

Patience – For this photo I had to wait and wait and wait for the sky to get dark enough for a 20 second exposure.  Why?  Two reasons.  I wanted to be able to see the movement of the clouds and I wanted the lake to photograph smooth.  There was just enough wind that I could see the waves in the water with any faster shutter speed.  The problem was I didnt want to wait for the sun to get so low in the sky that there wasn’t any of the cool light behind the clouds.  So this is when a photographer needs to make a choice.  I had already knocked down the ISO as low as my camera could go, ISO 100, and even at ISO 100, f/22, 20 sec this photo would have been terribly over exposed.  I could have photographed this scene using HDR techniques and got the sky I wanted but I would have sacrificed the smooth water with too fast of a shutter speed and if I would have used a 20 second exposure to get it smooth it would have still been over exposed.  So this was a moment for filters.  I have two ND filters in my kit, one is a 4 stop and the second is a 2 stop that I stacked on top of each other cutting 6 stops of light from the scene and at f/16 I was getting closer to my 20 second exposure but still not quite there.  I could have stopped down to f/22 but the sacrifice is sharpness in the photo, at f/22 my lens of choice would have looked good but not as sharp as I wanted.  So I decided to add a polarizing filter to my ND stack cutting a couple more stops of light.  This got me down to about a 15 second exposure so there was nothing left to do but sit and enjoy Gods glory while waiting for the light!

Glacier National Park Photography {Two Medicine}

Hip Hop comes to Kalispell on the bus called Skull Church

I’ve always been kind of a classic rock, jam band, bluegrass kinda guy and I never in a million years thought I would say I loved hip hop.  That was until Reach Records recording artist Trip Lee hit the stage at Skull Church on January 4, 2012.  He blew me away!  More passion for Christ than I had ever heard in music before.  Hip Hop has now found a genre on my iPod

William Lee Barefield III, better known as Trip Lee, was born and raised in Dallas, TX. As a young boy, Lee had dreams of being a professional athlete or famous rapper, and he began to hone his lyrical skills at the age of 12. “I rapped about random stuff…how hot I was, how many girls I could pull,” Trip says.  But upon giving his life to Christ, at age 14, his focus changed from fortune, fame, and women to serving and ministering the Gospel.  (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trip_Lee

 

Hip Hop comes to Kalispell on the bus called Skull Church

Spiritual Rebirth at Skull Church and Luminate

“Unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” ~ John 3:3

Skull Church is amazing!  It gives me goosebumps right now just thinking about the experiences I have had either sitting and listening or running with camera in hand to catch a shot.  The tears of joy from parents as they watch their children walk forward to the stage to accept a public  invitation to Christ, lost souls finding hope or the intensity of being wrapped in prayer at “The Watch” (check it out!) and last night was no different.  Levi and Jennie had just days before welcomed their fourth daughter to the world and it was no suprise that Levi found himself reflecting on childbirth and spiritual rebirth and the parallels between them.  With viewers from every state and around the world streaming live on-line and downloading podcasts, God is using Fresh Life Church in amazing ways and I’m proud to be part of it.

Once Is Not Enough – Skull Church (February 2012) from fresh life church on Vimeo.
 

Luminate ~ Live at Skull Church

The word love is often used far too carelessly in today’s society. As a result, what once was the ultimate expression of affection and concern for another is now diluted. Tyler, Texas-based pop/rock act Luminate is on a mission to change that. For Luminate, love is an action.

“Love isn’t just a word we say to be cool and trendy,” says Luminate frontman Sam Hancock. “It’s an action that demonstrates the love of Christ. After all, Jesus didn’t just talk about love, He lived it through His actions.”

 

http://www.myspace.com/luminate | http://www.luminatemusic.com/ | http://www.facebook.com/luminate
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/come-home/id412752371

 

 

Spiritual Rebirth at Skull Church and Luminate