15th Annual Kingfish Shootout 2018

The Kingfish Shootout is a huge annual event that takes place in Carrabelle Florida every year. Each year fishermen and women go out and compete in catching the largest kingfish that they can bring home. There was food, drinks, music, great view of the bay, raffles that included a grill and a real nice boat, and awards to those who caught the biggest fish. 

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It as great to get to see this ole guy. His name is Dakota Massey. I played football with him back in the day. He was in a horrible car accident that should have claimed his life. But through the grace of God, he is alive and doing well. He even fished the Kingfish Tournament and help to raise money for this cause. 

 These guys of team Outta Sight caught the largest King Fish of the tournament weighing in at 39.1 lbs. If you would like to see the rest of the competitors and their big catches follow the link below.   http://www.c-quartersmarina.com/index.html

These guys of team Outta Sight caught the largest King Fish of the tournament weighing in at 39.1 lbs. If you would like to see the rest of the competitors and their big catches follow the link below. 

http://www.c-quartersmarina.com/index.html

Panhandle Outdoors was also at the event and designed a video covering all the action including a special interview with Mr. Jimmy Crowder himself. You can watch the video here.  

The food was spectacular, the raffles prizes were great, and the family atmosphere was wonderful. But let's not forget the sole reason why we invest our blood, sweat, tears, and funds to the Kingfish Shootout ever year. 

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This entire event is about keeping a promise to a daughter in order to raise money for research to save the many other mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters and sons out there. All proceeds of this event go to the Leukemia Research Foundation. This year they broke their own record of raising over 1 million dollars. There were so many tears when it was all said and done. We are all Team Lisa Crowder, and we are all fighting for a cure. 

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To view more photos from this event check out the link below. https://jbmercerphotography.pixieset.com/kfso2018/

The Adorable Eldridge Family 2018

One family that I have come to love is the Eldridge Family. Every year, not matter what. They come back and book me again. They believe in me and they trust me to create awesome portraits of their family. Portraits that are worth their time, energy, and money every booking. At one point in time they was just a family that I had met through my local church looking for a decent photographer, now they are part of my family. 

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"You can't shoot film indoors, in low light," they said.

Heard about a new film that was recently released in 2016 that was specially designed for low light. I just had to test it out! Its called Cinestill. It comes in speeds of 800 and 50. 50 speed is not good for low light fyi, but 800 is supposed to be great. 

A local church a few blocks down from my dad's church had 2 people get saved and were in need of a baptismal pool to baptize them in. Their pastor asked my dad if they could use our baptistry. Dad saw this is a great idea for both of the churchs to come together and have a joint service. So dad welcomed the idea and I got to witness to entirely different and diverse church bodies come together as one just like the Book says. The service was all going to be indoors, so I used this as my perfect opportunity to test out this low light film and see if what everyone said was right or not.  

 

 All my life, dad has always had a massive desk and tons of preacher books.

All my life, dad has always had a massive desk and tons of preacher books.

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 O Father, circa 2018 right before an epic sermon.

O Father, circa 2018 right before an epic sermon.

 Self Portrait. The old school selfie. 

Self Portrait. The old school selfie. 

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 My babe and her fantastic personality. 

My babe and her fantastic personality. 

 My discovery:Film performs very well indoors, in low light situations. Wether your using Kodak Portra 400 pushed, Portra 800, or using Cinestill 800. As long as you use the light thats available and take your time behind your camera, you will be able to get great shots that will blow your own mind and the minds of your clients. It's always wonderful to see the church come together and worship the same Savior.

My discovery:Film performs very well indoors, in low light situations. Wether your using Kodak Portra 400 pushed, Portra 800, or using Cinestill 800. As long as you use the light thats available and take your time behind your camera, you will be able to get great shots that will blow your own mind and the minds of your clients. It's always wonderful to see the church come together and worship the same Savior.

Purdy Girl Jenkins Goes to Disney

For the holidays each year we go and visit one side of the family for one holiday such as Thanksgiving and then for the next holiday we go and visit the other side. This way we are able to visit both my side of the family and my wife's side of the family each and every year. It has been a great idea and allowed us to stay close with everyone that we care about. This last 2017 year my wife's side of the family, "The Jenkins Clan" as I call them. Decided that they wanted to do a big Christmas trip together this year since we wouldn't get to see each other for Christmas and instead of buying each other gifts we would spend it all on our trip to Disney. It turned out to be a great idea and we had a blast seeing Disney all decorated for Christmas and the reaction on my little nieces face. As we were planning al of this, I purchased my dream camera and being the family photographer. I was compelled to bring it along and test it out. Thats right. I brought a heavy pro grade film camera to Disney and carried it around my neck all day long and it was worth every little minute. Here is a video of the images below featuring one of my favorite songs Pennies From Heaven by Louis Prima. 

The Melting Smile

"Why do you take so many photos of me all the time," says my babe.

"Because I love you," I respond.

"But why?"

"Why do I love you or why do I take so many photos of you?"

Her face quickly turned to that hot and sexy sassiness that I love and I knew that she wanted another answer to her first question.

"As a photographer I capture the things that mean the most to me. The things that I desire the most. The things that I want to take with me. The things that would greatly damage me if I lost. And you are those things babe," I said tenderly but yet as a matter of fact

Her intensely sassy face quickly began to melt away into an epic loving, beaming, "I love you", smile. These are some of those smiles.  

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Why do you take photos? We all do it, but why? Something as simple as learning the why will give purpose to your photos and cause you to have even more fun than before.

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Purdy Girl's First Day at the Beach

We took the Rose (aka my niece) to the beach for her first time ever this summer. The beach  was a huge hit with her! She loves the sand, the salt water, and she even enjoyed getting into deeper water. At least as along as there was a family member near by for her to climb on of course.

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No matter how intense and manly his career makes him, she always knows how to make him smile. 

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Yes. I did get into the water with my camera. But this shot, and that smile was totally worth it.

Upcoming Personal Projects

Personal Projects are the key for any artists to explore their own creative skill while also simultaneously exploring their favorite medium. For me that medium is the art of photography. Personal Projects are a way to grow quicker and more effectively than any college course, online class, or text book can teach you. It's real hands on experience and it's fun. Here is a list of my personal projects that I will be crushing for the rest of 2017.

  • Faces if Chichigalpa (portraits of some personal friends in Nicaragua all on film)
  • 1925 Project (fine art photos from the ole 1925 Brownie)
  • Film Testing (learning to expose it, develop it, scan it, and edit it)
  • Family Portraits (my family is always first)
  • Building the Portfolio (my style has changed)
  • The Rose (a book about my experience as a photographer through the life of my niece)
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Nicaragua 2017

God was so good to us this year. We made it in and out of the country safely. 

We also:

  • Had 31 people accept Christ
  • Had 3 people baptized our first day there
  • Visited 150 homes
  • Had 107 people visit for Vacation Bible School

Of all the many things that we experienced, my most favorite was the kids. 

Black and white or Color?

The whole purpose of a photograph is to document a message, a moment, or at the very least a feeling. With black and white photographs this message or theme is more easily conveyed to the audience because there is less in the photo to dirstract you from it. Every photograph you will ever see will have colors, composition, at least 3 elements, and a theme that will make up that photograph. Unless of course it is a black and white photograph. By using black and white photographs instead of color the artist removes the distraction of color, causing the audience to unknowingly look at a specific element of the photograph. Doing this conveys the feeling more directly than if you were taking a color photograph. It is a very simple eye manipulation that can drastically change what you want your audience to see. 

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What does this portrait make you feel?

Vacationing with My Favorite People: Family!

How could I be a family portrait photographer and not enjoy documenting my own family? Besides documenting them will keep me sharp and focused as I continue mastering my craft.

 

 My wife and my niece. These girls have so much fun!

My wife and my niece. These girls have so much fun!

 The niece got a big waterslide as her summer toy complete with a water canon. She enjoyed shooting us more than sliding :).

The niece got a big waterslide as her summer toy complete with a water canon. She enjoyed shooting us more than sliding :).

And what is summer fun without bubbles?

 I love getting to have coffee with the seasoned and experienced. They have so much knowledge and wisdom about things I have never thought about. Pops told me about making the best Po-boy sandwich I've ever had!! Smoked Boston Butt + Toasted French Bread + Honey = Gloriously Delish!! Probably really bad for me, but this is called vacation for a reason! 

I love getting to have coffee with the seasoned and experienced. They have so much knowledge and wisdom about things I have never thought about. Pops told me about making the best Po-boy sandwich I've ever had!! Smoked Boston Butt + Toasted French Bread + Honey = Gloriously Delish!! Probably really bad for me, but this is called vacation for a reason! 

 This little babe has taught me a lot about photography. Because of her epic adventurous speed, I can now capture brides on the move with ease during a wedding ceremony. 

This little babe has taught me a lot about photography. Because of her epic adventurous speed, I can now capture brides on the move with ease during a wedding ceremony. 

 We've grown since last year, but ultimately we are still our goofy rambuntious selves. 

We've grown since last year, but ultimately we are still our goofy rambuntious selves. 

 One of the best lessons from my family that I am continually learning, is the fact that we need each other. No matter how goofy, annoying, frustrating, sad, or mad we may be. Without our family we are lost. Someone once taught us how to do the simple things. Things that get taken for granted. Like brushing your teeth or waiting patiently for the bacon to finish cooking. Without that someone taking the time to teach us, we would still be lost. I'd rather be found any day of the week with the people who mean the most to me. Family. 

One of the best lessons from my family that I am continually learning, is the fact that we need each other. No matter how goofy, annoying, frustrating, sad, or mad we may be. Without our family we are lost. Someone once taught us how to do the simple things. Things that get taken for granted. Like brushing your teeth or waiting patiently for the bacon to finish cooking. Without that someone taking the time to teach us, we would still be lost. I'd rather be found any day of the week with the people who mean the most to me. Family. 

Unfocused

This is an image of a Christmas tree taken so out of focus, that the lights are made into circles of color creating an entirely new image that appears nothing like a christmas tree. 

It's fascinating how we can often become so unfocused on God's will that we choose to see something entirely off base of His direction and claim that it is His will when really it is simply our own.

Christmas Lights

If you like this photo and would like to see more of my fine art portfolio, please follow the link below. 

http://jbmercerphotographyllc.pass.us/fineart/i-s74F7406970765