New look for AndyBuckner.com + Collages + Polls!


To celebrate the new look for my blog, I put together a few collages with a some of my favorite photos from each of these categories: Portraits, Nature, Automobiles, Athletes, and Animals.

Be sure to take the poll at the bottom and vote for your favorite! Also, leave a comment with your thoughts on the new look & feel of the blog!

This change up comes in anticipation of the new year and my recent relocation to the greater Denver, CO area. The change has made me and my family happy, so this is a bit of a happier look for my site! 🙂

Best viewed LARGE, so click to enlarge.

Portrait Collage
Portrait Collage
Nature Collage
Nature Collage
Automobile Collage
Automobile Collage
Athlete Collage
Athlete Collage
Animal Collage
Animal Collage

 

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How do you choose when there are so many good choices?!


Seriously. This particular portrait session I came away with so many that I genuinely liked, that it was hard to narrow it down to these in this post! I guess that’s a good problem to have. Laguna beach rarely disappoints when it comes to golden hour photos. On this particular day, there was a high surf warning and huge (to me) waves! This made grabbing some of the shots next to the water a little hair-raising, but Darlene handled it like a pro!

Beach Portrait

Beach Portrait

This shot above was actually an “accidental” shot in that Darlene was not trying to pose. As she did her thing, I was looking for potential shots. Times like these make a pose that may not look natural seem natural because the subject is not trying or forcing a pose. I like these moments.

Beach Portrait

This image above is one of my all time favorites. This image looks great in color too, but it is just so classically beautiful in B&W to me. Love it.

Beach Portrait Beach Portrait

You can see above that the surf is a bit feisty in the background! It was fun and we made sure to watch each others’ backs when doing these shots. There were a few times we had to stop what we were doing and brace or flee!

Beach Portrait

Having fun, a necessity on a photo shoot!

Beach Portrait

OK, is that next set of waves going to take me out or do I have time?….oh and this is fun!Beach Portrait

🙂Beach Portrait

So this is another one of my newly acquired all time faves. 2 from one shoot?

Beach Portrait

Beach Portrait

Beach Portrait

This was Darlene’s idea and I really like the way it turned out!Beach Portrait

Beach PortraitBeautiful colors going on here. This was during the last 15 minutes of sunlight.

Beach Portrait

Beach Portrait

Such a simple but powerful image.

Thank you for viewing, let me know what you think!

Teaser – more to come


I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with my friend Darlene and create some awesome images. We were treated to a beautiful Southern California evening in Laguna Beach. There are a lot more from this shoot that I can’t wait to share, but for now here is one to hold you (and me!) over.

As the sun was setting it cast a beautiful golden light that really made Darlene’s eyes pop. More soon!

Portrait at Dusk

Evening at the Irvine Great Park


I thoroughly enjoy spending time at the Irvine Great Park in South Orange County. Yeah, it isn’t turning out to be what the original intention was, but it is a very nice park still. This orange balloon below takes patrons up high into the sky for a great view of the surrounding area. I still have yet to make it up since on this trip it was not flying due to visibility issues. Even when it is stationary, it is still a pretty site. If you are ever in the area, give this place a look if you have not already!

My other photos from this evening were full of my 2 dogs, so I will spare you those..or you can check out my Instagram linked on the right –> 😉

See ya!

Irvine Great Balloon

Mushroom View

 

Life & Death


Let’s get real for a sec, cool?

We are constantly surrounded by the cycle of life and death, both in our world of humanity and in the natural world. This process will continue until the end of time. Don’t fear death, every human/animal/plant that has ever lived and will live has/will experience it. It is a wonder!

More importantly, don’t fear living because not everyone achieves this state of being. Living and existing are both a state of mind expressed as choices. Choose wisely in each moment which you will operate in because you are trading a moment of your life for the result. Nothing is worth the cost of your happiness; not money, status, power, cars or things. Be empowered and a victim to no one or thing.

Live your life on purpose and not by accident!

Life:Beauty

Flowers

Death:Beauty

Dead Leaves

That [brotherly] awkward moment


I like this photo. And not for ANY of the reasons you may be thinking! You see, this is my brother. This shot captured the moment when it hit both of us that we are down at the beach taking shirtless photos…’sexy’ photos, if you will. And yeah, it was awkward and funny. But hey, that’s what brothers are for, right? Do the things together that you would be too uncomfortable to do with strangers – but in the end it is actually way more uncomfortable. Perfect.

This is Matt and he is my big brother!

Brother

Change has most certainly arrived


Well here we are 2 months into 2014 and I have been dealt my first large dose of change. I can’t say that I am entirely surprised, there was a part of me that knew this could happen any moment for the last 3 years. However, surprised or not, it is hard to be fully prepared for change…that’s why it’s called change! The best I can do is be as ready as I can with how to process a life blip.

Different can be scary, and right now it is scary. 

But, there is this other part of me, deeper inside me and not in my moment to moment thoughts, that knows this is good.Why? Because I value personal growth, rebirth, newness. Not in theory, but in reality and practical terms. I know that from this tearing down of my once manicured routine, I have the opportunity to reshape and rebuild – to grow. Sure I could have done this on my own before, but I didn’t. Now, I have been lovingly ‘kicked out the door’ to make this happen, ready or not.

Well, I’m ready.

This is not a crossroads. Full steam ahead into my great unknown.

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Pretty Girl Portraits + Pretty Girl Poll


Catchy title, right? Got you in here! But hey, at least I am not lying.

So I was able to spend some time in the studio a few weeks back and I am just now having the time to share them with you. I was really happy with the way the session turned out. These two lovely ladies happen to be sisters, good genes if you ask me! For this particular session, we did not have an overall theme we were shooting for, but really just going with the flow and seeing what we could create. With that in mind, check it out below and let me know what you think!

BTW, the first and last picture are the same image, just one is B&W obviously. I felt like this particular image worked so well in both styles that I had to show both to do them justice… Poll below for which you like better, I am super curious at which is preferred in the eye of the beholder!

I & A Studio Session-45_2

I & A Studio Session-72_2-3

I & A Studio Session-95_2

I & A Studio Session-23_2

I & A Studio Session-101_2-2

I & A Studio Session-36_2

I & A Studio Session-200-4

I & A Studio Session-45_2-2

 

Azra in the studio


I recently spent some time in the studio and had a blast. I got some great shots that I will be showing you over the next few days.

Here’s one that is so simple but beautiful at the same time. It reminds me of a Calvin Klein piece!

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