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My Passion & My Work

Hey there and welcome to the Blueye Photography blog. My name is Troy and I'm a wedding and portrait photographer located in Austin Texas. I love making photos that are real... real moments, real smiles, real love. I'm not sure that I can put my photography style into a single category, but you can be sure that I'm looking for the best light and the most creative angles I can.

In my blog you'll find everything from sneak peeks of client sessions to personal information. My life is (almost) an open book and I like to share as much as I can. Most entries will include photos... this is a photographers blog after all. I also love feedback about my photography/posts/website/life so please comment as much as you like. I read them all and try to respond to each and every one.

After you've read through some posts and gotten to know a bit about me feel free to check out my portfolio site using the portfolio link above. The blog is updated more frequently than my site, but you won't want to miss checking out my portfolio either.

Thanks for stopping by.

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You can find, friend, and follow me on Facebook (therealtroy), Twitter (blueyephoto), Last.fm (blueyeguy), and AIM (oversight7).  Yeah, social networking rocks!

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Monthly Archives: January 2009

January 28th, 1977

Oh how the years have flown by. My Mom told me I was born during a blizzard… fittingly Lancaster is getting snow today and we just had ice in Austin. I snagged these photos from our wedding DVD (we had the videographer put a slideshow at the beginning of the disk of photos we gave him).

My parents look so young… and I look so innocent :-)

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Bella Sunday

I hope y’all had a great weekend. The weather here in Austin wasn’t that nice so Melanie, Bella, and I hung out at home and watched movies. Last night was Swing Vote and tonight was Hancock… both good movies (though my bar is pretty low when it comes to movie appreciation… I just want to be entertained).

I also grabbed a few photos of Bella tonight… one can never have enough :)

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News and Other Bloggy Things

I’ve been a bad blogger lately and really it’s not because of a lack of motivation. Really it’s due to a lack of follow through. I have these thoughts for blog posts and then I look at the clock and it’s midnight and I need to get to bed (those who know me know that I don’t get nearly enough sleep) and then the post doesn’t happen the next day and a cycle begins. So today I’ve vowed to be in bed by 11:30pm so I have about 15 minutes to get this post done and published (check the published time to see if I succeeded).

Today’s post is just going to seemingly random hodgepodge of things… news bits and goings on in my life recently… and at the end of the post I’ll point out a few new features recently added to the blog.

The weather here in Austin was amazing today… 80 degrees! Hard to believe, but even worse to experience when you are stuck in an office building all day… booo :(
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I have been going to the gym about 5 times a week for the past 3 months in an effort to get fit. I’d like to shed some fat and just feel better overall (I was noticing a lot of aches and pains from doing normal things that I thought were premature). I’m happy to report that I’ve lost about 7 pounds, all of my clothes are fitting better, and I am definitely getting stronger (leg pressing 350 pounds, bench pressing 185 pounds, and able to go 4 miles on the elliptical machine in 45 minutes). The only real place that you can visibly see that I’m stronger is my arms. Maybe I’ll post a photo sometime… maybe not (I’m not that vain).
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Watching the inauguration this past Tuesday was amazing. I was blown away by the sea of humanity that the Mall in DC turned into for the event. Truly awe inspiring. And I love the fact that the new administration is complaining about the lack of technology in the White House. It’s about time that government got a technology jolt (and not from the military).
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This past weekend I updated the theme on the blog and introduced some new features that should help with the usability of my site. Here’s a quick overview of the new features. Leave me a comment to let me know if they are useful.

1. New navigation… easier to find, read, and use. The about me section is now hidden by default and can be expanded by clicking on the About Me link. There is a built in contact form that will send me an email. And the nav is hooked into my Twitter feed (sweet!)
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2. The comments section on each post has been updated to be easier to read… much easier to read.
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3. There is a new ShareThis link at the bottom of every post. This will make it easier for you to share any particular post with your social network.
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4. At the bottom of the page there is a section that taps into my LifeStream. This is a summary of my social networking life… tying together Facebook updates, Last.fm songs listened to, and YouTube video posts.
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Go Eagles!

As you may or may not know I was born and raised in Pennsylvania… somewhere in the eastern half of the state… closer to Philadelphia than Pittsburgh… and I went to college in Philadelphia. So, I’m just a little bit of an Eagles fan and they have a huge game coming up in about 10 minutes against the Arizona Cardinals for the right to go to the Super Bowl. I’ll be downstairs yelling at my TV for the next few hours and just wanted to post some good luck love to my Birds. Go Eagles!!


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WPPI?!

To all my photographer friends out there reading this, are y’all going to WPPI next month? I still haven’t decided. Leave me a comment and let me know if you are going and if I should go too.

So this post has a photo here is a photo of Kendra and Jeremy’s new baby boy, Jayden (thanks to grandma for sending me the photo) and his parents from their e-session. Congratulations guys!!

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The Savitsky Family

There are few sounds in the world as pleasant to hear than the sound of a baby laughing… and boy did we here a lot of that yesterday during the Savitsky family photo session. Baby Ian was a dream to work with and entertained us (and himself) the entire time we were there. He was smiling and laughing through the whole session and we got so many great photos of this awesome family. Thanks for having us out and enjoy the sneak peek guys!

love, Love, LOVE this one

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Hello 2009!!

Happy New Year!  It’s hard to believe that it’s already 2009.  Where does the time go and who can I talk to about slowing it down a bit?

New year’s day is always a mix for me.  I’m not a fan of pork and sauerkraut nor black eyed peas so I’m unlucky in both Pennsylvania (where I grew up) and Texas (where I live)… I look forward to setting goals for the year ahead… and I like to look back at all of the accomplishments that me, my family, and friends have made over the past year.  I’m happy to be moving forward… making progress, but I’m also sad to say goodbye to another wonderful year.  So, for the first time on this blog I’ve put together a “Year in Photos” slideshow.  It has over 250 photos and moves very fast so hang on (and if it stops a few times to load try pausing it for a bit and letting it download the rest of the show). I don’t really have a resolution list for 2009… I do, however, have an ever growing to-do list (containing boring things like get an annual physical, hang new light in guest bathroom, get to the endodontist to get my crown checked, etc).

Whether you have a to-do list like me or a more traditional resolution list, here’s to accomplishing everything we plan to do in 2009!

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