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iPhone Day! 3gs

06.19.2009

Shot with my new iPhone 3Gs (got the 32GB black one). Sorry the video is a little shaky, hard to hold that sucker still. Please leave a comment with the answer to the question at the end of the video. Thanks so much!

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Don't Honk

04.21.2009

Honking is so flipping annoying, and it's basically pointless. Aside from the occasional courtesy honk to let the guy in front of you know that they light turned green while he was busy updating his Facebook Status on his iPhone... what's the point? When people honk, just to honk when traffic isn't moving, what are they hoping to accomplish? I...

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Slap Chop

02.08.2009

Ok folks... help me out! You've seen this guys below pitching the Shamwow... which I have no interest in getting, but this Slap Chop thing looks interesting. Or am I crazy and I've been watching too much TV? Does anyone have one? What about the Magic Bullet? These commercial crack me up and remind me of the carny pitchmen at the fair. "Fitz" is...

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iPhone +DirecTv = me happy!

01.22.2009

I found a very cool little gem today. Maybe this has been available for a while, but it's news to me. I can now set my fake Tivo from my iPhone. If you go to m.directv.com, it brings you to a mobile site where it is easy to set your DVR from away from home. I also just saved the bookmark to my home screen and now have a cool little button for it....

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Brevity

01.08.2009

One of my New Years resolutions is to read more and watch less TV. So far, so good. I actually really enjoy reading, but with my crazy busy schedule, I have a hard time getting through an entire book in a short period of time. I often start a book, then finish it weeks later and then some of the original concepts are forgotten. Or sometimes I just...

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100K miles on my FX

12.27.2008

Yesterday I passed 100,000 miles on my Infinti FX 35 and I have to say, it's been a pleasure to drive. I've had the car just over 5 years now, and I have had virtually no problems with it (knock on wood). While I am planning on getting a new ride this spring, I can't recommend the Infinti highly enough if you are shopping for a car in that...

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Facebook and iPhoto

12.08.2008

Hey Facebook & Mac Fans, This may be old news, but it's new to me and I wanted to share. There is a free App/plug-in thingy that goes into iPhoto that lets you easily upload your images to your Facebook Profile. You can add captions, even tag your friends right from iPhoto. Of course Facebook makes it really easy to do all of that online, but...

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Stuck up service or cool?

11.26.2008

The other night, I was dining at a hip Hollywood hot spot and there was something on the menu that really got me thinking. I felt a little rant coming on, but then I just thought I'd share my experience and then see what y'all thought. So I don't want to mention the name of the establishment, because I don't think I want to give them any...

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New York City Wedding
Back on 08-08-08, I shot a wonderful wedding in Napa Valley for a gorgeous couple who came from two incredible families. I still show the sample album I created...

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New York City Wedding
Wedding at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe
I want to wish a very happy first anniversary to Max & Lexi who tied the knot at the Ritz Carlton in Lake Tahoe on June 1st, 2013. The groom, Max Thieriot,...

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Wedding at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe
St. Louis Wedding photos
When we found out we were expecting last October, and that our due date was June 1st... Ashley was devastated that she wouldn't be available to shoot the June...

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St. Louis Wedding photos
St. Louis Wedding
I shot a gorgeous wedding for a super cute St. Louis couple over Labor Day weekend. The ceremony took place at St. Ambrose Catholic Church on the Hill, and the...

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St. Louis Wedding
Callaway Winery Wedding
Last weekend I was back in Southern California shooting another wedding at Callaway Vineyard & Winery in Temecula. It was a pleasure working with Jessica from...

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Callaway Winery Wedding
Newport Beach Wedding
This past Saturday I had the honor and pleasure of photographing the wedding of Newport Beach's mayor pro tem Kevin Muldoon to his lovely bride Heather. It...

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Newport Beach Wedding
Santa Ynez Wedding at the Gainey Vineyards
This was a very special wedding for me. It wasn't the first wedding of the 2016 wedding season (my 20th year as a wedding photographer), but it was my first...

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Santa Ynez Wedding at the Gainey Vineyards
rancho del cielo wedding
Last weekend I was in beautiful Malibu, California for an absolutely gorgeous wedding at Rancho del Cielo. I had the pleasure of working with Erika & Lauren...

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rancho del cielo wedding
St. Regis wedding
I kicked off my 18th season as a professional wedding photographer this past Saturday with a gorgeous wedding at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. It was an...

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St. Regis wedding
Audrey Taylor turns 2
Two years ago, Ashley and I became parents as we welcomed Miss Audrey Taylor into the world and our lives changed forever! I can't believe how fast time is...

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Audrey Taylor turns 2
Six years of pursuing a healthier lifestyle
On the left... December 18, 2010 at 285 pounds. On the right taken this morning, December 18, 2016 at 189 pounds.

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Six years of pursuing a healthier lifestyle
Green Gables Estate Wedding
This past Saturday, Ashley & I were down in the San Diego area at the Green Gables Wedding Estate for a charming wedding for the younger sister of one of my...

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Green Gables Estate Wedding
Holiday Family Portraits
It's that time to start thinking about family portrait sessions for those holiday cards! I'll be back in Sunny California from November 11th through...

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Holiday Family Portraits
martha's vineyard wedding photography
I've always wanted to shoot a wedding on Martha's Vineyard so when Chuck & Brittney contacted me about their wedding... I jumped at the chance! Apparently Chuck...

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martha's vineyard wedding photography
San Diego Wedding Photography
This past Saturday I was down in classy San Diego for an intimate wedding at the Naval base on Point Loma. The bride was a bridesmaid in a wedding I shot...

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San Diego Wedding Photography
Martha's Vineyard Engagement Session
Here's a few of my favorites from the super fun engagement session I shot on Martha's Vineyard a week or so ago. Such a fun, cute couple and Ashley and I are so...

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Martha's Vineyard Engagement Session
Hermann Hill Wedding
This past Friday Ashley and I headed an hour or so west of St. Louis to shoot a lovely wedding at Hermann Hill Village & Chapel. Even though it was a bit warm,...

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Hermann Hill Wedding
Santa Ynez Wedding at the Gainey Vineyards
This was a very special wedding for me. It wasn't the first wedding of the 2016 wedding season (my 20th year as a wedding photographer), but it was my first...

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Santa Ynez Wedding at the Gainey Vineyards
PhotogRefers.com
On this day in 2007, I launched this blog and I've shared pretty much every shoot I've done since then right here. Over 900 posts and a million visits...

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PhotogRefers.com
Black Friday Deals for Photographers
I think you've gotta be a special kind of crazy to go out and actually shop in the real word on Black Friday. Don't even get me started on the folks who camp...

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Black Friday Deals for Photographers
new-york-london-paris
My 2012 is already off to a very fast start. I've already been to New York, London, Paris, Munich... everyones talking about... Pop Musik! Apologies to M and...

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new-york-london-paris
Becker's Website
This post is dedicated to all of my photo friends out there in blog land. I wanted to have a single page where you can find out about all of my speaking...

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Becker's Website
WPPI 2011
The week is spend in Las Vegas for WPPI each winter is always one of the highlights of my year. This year was no exception and it marked my 15th year in a row...

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WPPI 2011
photo friends with benefits
Good news photo friends... the new & improved [ b ] School 2.0 is alive and kicking! We are absolutely thrilled with the response the site has gotten from...

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photo friends with benefits
bon voyage
I'm off! Tomorrow I am headed to London (for the first time ever) to speak at the SWPP Convention. I am really excited. I have 3 speaking engagements and I am...

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bon voyage
The [ b ] School turns 2
Today, thebschool.com celebrates it's 2 year anniversary. I can't believe how time flies. I am so grateful to all of our wonderful members, because without...

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The [ b ] School turns 2
A very special wedding in Italy
Next March I'll be heading back to Italy to shoot yet another wedding over there. Some very good friends of mine, who are also wedding photographers, will be...

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A very special wedding in Italy
Audrey Taylor turns 2
Two years ago, Ashley and I became parents as we welcomed Miss Audrey Taylor into the world and our lives changed forever! I can't believe how fast time is...

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Audrey Taylor turns 2
Six years of pursuing a healthier lifestyle
On the left... December 18, 2010 at 285 pounds. On the right taken this morning, December 18, 2016 at 189 pounds.

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Six years of pursuing a healthier lifestyle
Audrey turns 1
I cannot believe our baby girl turns 1 today! This past year has been the most significant year of my entire life (getting married and having a kid) and it has...

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Audrey turns 1
Happy Mother's Day
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! I want to start this post by wishing a special day to my mom... who I miss very much now that I live almost...

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Happy Mother's Day
Five Years of Fitness
5 years ago today I made one of the most important decisions of my entire life. I weighed in at 285 pounds on December 18th, 2010 and I knew I was on a...

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Five Years of Fitness
Lazy Man's Challenge
Nutrition is a controversial topic. Like politics and religion... it's based on our own personal belief system and it's up to everyone to decide for...

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Lazy Man's Challenge
Audrey Taylor has arrived!
Hello world! I want to introduce you to my daughter Audrey Taylor Becker! Today is her actual due date, but she was born this past Wednesday, May 27th at...

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Audrey Taylor has arrived!
Ashley's Maternity Session
Last month while shooting a destination wedding in Jamaica, we took a little time to shoot some maternity photos of Ashley while she was 31 weeks along. I...

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Ashley's Maternity Session
Barcelona
After speaking at the SWPP convention in London last week, Ashley and I popped down to Barcelona for a couple of days as neither of us had ever been there. I...

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Barcelona

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