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Laying Low

12.31.2008

I love the week between Christmas and New Years. I don't do a whole lot, but in fact, I do accomplish a bunch of little things during this week every year. I give the staff the week off, and have some nice alone time. I just like to organize my life a little bit during this week. My room is as clean and organized as it's ever been. I donated...

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Year End Engagement Photos

12.30.2008

These two will be tying the knot in March. I shot her brother's wedding back in 2004 and I look forward to another wedding keeping it in the family.

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Top 10 Blog posts of 2008

12.29.2008

I think my favorite thing about blogging is the fact that I now have an archive of my life. It's so fun for me to just go through past posts and relive my experiences. Since May of 2005, my life is pretty well documented and available to the public. Although I didn't blog every day in 2008 like I did in 2007, I still had almost 500 posts between...

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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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Christmas Recap

12.26.2008

I had a wonderful day with my family yesterday and hope y'all enjoyed your holiday too. I got up super early so that I could be there when Caden opened up his & Addison's presents (he helped her since she just tried to put everything in her mouth). We had a nice relaxing day. Lots of presents (those kids are spoiled). Good food, good times, and...

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The real meaning of Christmas

12.25.2008

I saw this over on Gabriel & Carlie's blog and had to repost it. Whether you believe in the religious portion or not, it's a very powerful message. Merry Christmas to you all! The Advent Conspiracy Promo Video from theadvance on Vimeo.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

12.24.2008

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all so much for your continued attention and support. I hope you all are surrounded by loved ones this holiday season and I wish you the very best in 2009. Here's my environmentally friendly Christmas card slideshow with a look back on the highlights from 2008: Merry Christmas from the becker on Vimeo. I...

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The [ b ] Logo is 10 years old

12.22.2008

Wow... it's hard to believe the [ b ] logo is 10 years old this month! Back in the summer and fall of '98... in just my second season as a wedding photographer (my first full year in business), I was lucky enough to connect with an incredibly talented individual, Mr. Tim Holmes. When I met him, he didn't ask me if I needed a new logo or if I wanted...

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Sundance

12.21.2008

Last week I went on an inpromptu trip to Utah to just get away and relax at the Sundance Resort for a day or so. It was absolutely gorgeous. Cold, but simply beautiful. It was totally a last minute trip, and the resort was amazing. There wasn't a Robert Redford sighting, but the place was so cool. The cabin was spacious yet cozy... it had a steam...

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Last weekend I was in Chicago for a beautiful union of not only 2 lovely people, but two wonderful families. When the bride originally contacted me, she...

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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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Wedding at Washington University
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St. Louis Engagement Photos
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Black Friday Deals for Photographers
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Becker's Website
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WPPI 2011
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photo friends with benefits
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A very special wedding in Italy
Happy Mother's Day
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Happy Mother's Day
Five Years of Fitness
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Five Years of Fitness
Lazy Man's Challenge
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Lazy Man's Challenge
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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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Ashley's Maternity Session
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Review Preview
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The Engelken's Christmas Portraits
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The Engelken's Christmas Portraits
A wedding in Corona del Mar
Last Saturday my camera and I witnessed a beautiful wedding between two amazing people. The groom is the younger brother of one of my brides from 9 years ago...

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A wedding in Corona del Mar

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