Scott D. Weaver Photography launches brand new website

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I launched my brand new website on August 19, 2015. I switched from my Joomla-based website that I had used for several years to Wix.com, a cloud-based HTML5 platform with easy drag and drop features. Wix is the number one website design platform for photographers according to websitebuilderexpert.com. Wix offers several templates for commercial, event, sport, travel, and wedding photographers.

Patty, my brilliant and beautiful wife, designed my new website to give it a simple, contemporary look. The site features links to six photo galleries of my recent work – Faces, Places, Spaces, Sports, Events, and Tearsheets – as well as my Bio and Contact pages. All of the galleries have been updated with large, hi-res images.

I’m thrilled with the new website and I encourage everyone to look through it.

-scott weaver

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the 2015 k-state football media day

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K-State’s captain and wide receiver Stanton Weber poses for a portrait in the Vanier Football Complex during media day in Manhattan, Kansas on August 8, 2015.

-scott weaver

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kelly and mark get married

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Kelly and her bridesmaids practice yoga on the morning of her wedding.

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Groomsmen Jason McGhee wrestles with Chris Powell in their hotel room.

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Mark reads love letters from Kelly before their wedding ceremony.

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Kelly talks with her nieces, Madelynn and Abigail, on her front porch.

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Kelly puts on her garter belt and shoes before leaving for the church.

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Kelly freshens her makeup in a full length mirror before leaving her house.

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Madelynn McHugh watches for the limousine to take them to the church.

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Kelly’s brother, Michael, helps her out of the limousine at the church.

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Kelly waves at guests in the lobby before she sneaks into the church.

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Mark and his groomsmen huddle moments before the wedding ceremony.

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Mark and Kelly exchange their vows during their wedding ceremony.

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Mark and Kelly kiss in the church lobby after their wedding ceremony.

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Wedding guests blow bubbles as Mark and Kelly walk to their limousine.

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Mark and Kelly kiss in their limousine as they drive to their reception.

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Mark and Kelly pose for photos at the KSU Gardens before their reception.

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Kelly and Mark prepare to cut the cake during their wedding reception.

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Groomsmen Jason McGhee and Kevin Stewart swing dance at the reception.

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Groomsman Chris Powell dances during The Isley Brothers’ “Shout”.

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Kelly sits on best man Kevin Stewart while Mark removes her garter.

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Wedding guests give a group hug to Mark and Kelly during their last dance.

My friends, Mark Stewart and Kelly McHugh, asked me to shoot their wedding in Manhattan, Kansas on July 31, 2015. I was honored to document their special day.

-scott weaver

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1000 miles through california

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Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, California on July 16, 2015.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California on July 17, 2015.

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The Lone Cyprus in Pebble Beach, California on July 17, 2015.

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel, California on July 17, 2015.

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel, California on July 17, 2015.

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel, California on July 17, 2015.

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Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur, California on July 18, 2015.

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McWay Falls in Big Sur, California on July 18, 2015.

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Hare Creek Trail in Big Sur, California on July 18, 2015.

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Limekiln Trail in Big Sur, California on July 18, 2015.

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A California State Route 1 sign in Big Sur, California on July 18, 2015.

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Elephant seals in San Simeon, California on July 18, 2015.

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Hearst Castle’s Roman pool in San Simeon, California on July 19, 2015.

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Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California on July 19, 2015.

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Paddleboards in Santa Barbara, California on July 19, 2015.

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Old Mission Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California on July 20, 2015.

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The Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California on July 20, 2015.

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Joshua Tree National Park in southeastern California on July 21, 2015.

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The Getty Center in Los Angeles, California on July 22, 2015.

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Hyatt Regency Orange County in Los Angeles, California on July 26, 2015.

Recently, Patty and I took a working vacation to California because I had been hired to shoot the Alpha-1 National Education Conference on July 24-26, 2015 in Los Angeles. We rented a car and spent seven days driving down the California State Route 1, better known as the Pacific Coast Highway, from Oakland to Los Angeles.

Once we left the airport, we stopped for lunch at In-N-Out Burger, a California institution. Then, we traveled to Santa Cruz where we walked along the beach at Natural Bridges State Park. We ate great seafood at the FireFish Grill on the Santa Cruz Wharf and spent the night at the Carousel Beach Inn, a charming hotel directly across the street from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Amusement Park.

The next morning, we drove one hour south to Monterey where we toured the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Also, we circled the entire Monterey peninsula along the 17-Mile Drive and stood on the 18th green at Pebble Beach Golf Club. We hiked through Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and saw some of the Golden State’s most beautiful coastline. We ate lunch at Cindy’s Waterfront at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and stayed at the Comfort Inn Monterey by the Sea.

We woke up on Saturday and drove three hours through Big Sur to San Simeon. We stopped to admire the Bixby Creek Bridge and then continued to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park to hike the McWay Falls trail. We stopped for lunch at Nepenthe to enjoy great food and a gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean. Then, we drove to Limekiln State Park to conquer the Hare Creek and Limekiln trails. We ended our day by watching elephant seals on the beach near our hotel, The Morgan at San Simeon.

Sunday morning, we drove four miles to the Hearst Castle, the 90,000 square foot home of former newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Unfortunately, a rare California thunderstorm prohibited us from touring the gardens, but we were able to view the lavish interiors of the individual mansions. After the tour, we stopped for an awesome lunch at Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill in Cambria. We detoured into San Luis Obispo to walk through Bubblegum Alley, a tourist destination where two walls are covered with used chewing gum. We shot some selfies in the alley then continued to Santa Barbara where we slept at the Castillo Inn on the Beach.

After breakfast, we toured the Old Mission Santa Barbara, a beautiful Spanish mission founded by a Franciscan order on December 4, 1786. The church is still used for worship today. We stopped for lunch at Honor Bar and ate their amazing steakburgers. A few hours later, we stopped for dinner at Duke’s in Malibu and soaked in the ocean view one last time before heading into Los Angeles.

We drove up to the Griffith Observatory to see the panoramic views of the downtown and catch a glimpse of the Hollywood sign. Then, we checked into our final hotel, the Hyatt Regency Orange County, an elegant resort near Disneyland.

Early on Tuesday morning, we drove two hours east to Joshua Tree National Park. The road through the park had been washed out from recent rains but we still saw some amazing rock formations in the northern half of the area. We returned to the Hyatt Regency to split a tasty pepperoni pizza at TusCa Ristorante.

Finally, our last day of vacation was spent at The Getty Center in northern Los Angeles. We picked up Patty’s great aunt from her home in Encino and then we toured the museum’s gardens on Wednesday afternoon. We worked up an appetite so the three of us ate dinner at the Lakeside Cafe and Restaurant in Los Encinos State Historic Park. The restaurant has great food and overlooks a nearby lake.

We hope to visit California again soon, so we can experience more of her beauty.

-scott weaver

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the 2015 alpha-1 national education conference

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Alphas listen to speakers during the National Education Conference.

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Dr. Charlie Strange greets Alphas during the National Education Conference.

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Dr. Robert Sandhaus greets Alphas during the National Education Conference.

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A young adult Alphas group meets during the National Education Conference.

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A panel of liver experts speaks during the National Education Conference.

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Dr. Richard Casaburi speaks during the National Education Conference.

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Genetic counselor Kim Brown speaks during the National Education Conference.

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Alpha-1 Project director Jean-Marc Quach talks with Dr. Robert Sandhaus.

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A Marilyn Monroe impersonator entertains Alphas during closing ceremonies.

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Alpha-1 Foundation co-founder, president and CEO John Walsh speaks during the closing ceremonies of the 2015 Alpha-1 National Education Conference.

I photographed the 24th annual Alpha-1 National Education Conference at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Anaheim, California on July 24-26, 2015.

Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is a genetic condition in which the body does not make enough of a protein that protects the lungs and liver from severe damage. The condition can lead to emphysema and liver disease, often before age 40.

Symptoms of Alpha-1 lung disease include shortness of breath, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and wheezing. There is no cure for Alpha-1 and the only treatment is a weekly IV infusion of the missing alpha-1 antitrypsin protein.

Augmentation therapy has been shown to reduce the rate of declining lung function, however it is not a treatment for Alpha-1 liver disease.

Instead, health care practitioners concentrate on treating the symptoms of Alpha-1 liver disease by instructing patients to get regular blood and liver tests. Patients are also advised to avoid smoking and alcohol, as well as eating a balanced diet, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight. If an Alpha-1 patient develops severe scarring of the liver (or cirrhosis), a liver transplant is usually their only option.

Despite the grim diagnosis of Alpha-1, the patients, the families, the physicians and the administrative staff at the conference were warm and outgoing people.

More than 500 people attended the conference. Several speakers, including pulmonary specialists, professors of medicine, genetic researchers, internists, gastroenterologists, physiologists and pharmaceutical reps spoke about the latest medical trials, breakthroughs and treatments available to Alpha-1 patients.

-scott weaver

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a photo shoot with k-state’s akela jones

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Recently, I photographed Akela Jones who won the NCAA 2015 Division I heptathlon in Eugene, Oregon on June 11, 2015. The K-State junior from Barbados scored 4,023 points during day one competition to smash the old record of 3,942 points set by Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1985. Jones finished with 6,371 points. It was just the second heptathlon of her collegiate career.

For Akela’s portrait, I lit her with three White Lightning X1600 flash units: a key light with a large umbrella directly in front of her and two kickers with medium softboxes on either side of her. Also, I placed a medium-sized gold reflector behind her as the symbolic representation of a gold medal since Akela is an Olympic hopeful for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

-scott weaver

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krav maga: 2nd brown belt

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One brown belt cost me $18.00 at Old Navy but the other brown belt cost me three months of intense training including bruised ribs and a bruised right quadricep.

Patty and I joined a martial arts studio in the summer of 2013 to learn Krav Maga, an Israeli military self-defense system that mixes techniques from boxing, Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling. Although Krav Maga students try to avoid confrontation, we are taught skills to finish a fight quickly with vicious attacks to the most vulnerable parts of the body including the face, throat, ribs and groin.

This belt test was the toughest one yet. Our instructors pushed us through a four hour class. We had to perform different choke defenses, headlock ground defenses and arm bar submissions. We also did some light sparring to demonstrate several kickboxing combinations of punches, elbows, body blows and knees.

We passed our test on June 20. Now, we’re working towards our 1st red belts.

-scott weaver

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from the archives #9

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The Colorado Rapids’ Nat Borchers and Kansas City Wizards’ Josh Wolff compete for a head ball in Kansas City, Missouri on September 25, 2004.

The popularity of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup made me think of the two seasons I covered Major League Soccer for Icon Sports Media in 2003-04.

Icon Sports Media, now Icon Sportswire, is a photojournalism wire service founded in 1999 that provides daily sports images to major national and international publications, books, websites, and major advertising campaigns.

When I shot the match between the Colorado Rapids and the Kansas City Wizards (renamed Sporting Kansas City in 2010) at Arrowhead Stadium on September 25, 2004, I set up on the sideline near midfield. As I covered the action, the Rapids’ Nat Borchers and the Wizards’ Josh Wolff came together for a head ball. Borchers tried to block Wolff and grabbed a handful of his jersey. While they battled for position, Wolff’s jersey was pulled over his head. The play made an interesting image.

Ten years later, both men are still with Major League Soccer. Nat Borchers plays for the Portland Timbers and Josh Wolff is an assistant coach for Columbus Crew.

-scott weaver

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The ROAR of the Jacksonville Jaguars

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Recently, I photographed Claire, a former dancer with the Kansas State Classy Cats, who is now a professional cheerleader for The ROAR of the Jacksonville Jaguars. She graduated with an accounting degree in May 2015 and her first game with The ROAR will be against the Pittsburgh Steelers in EverBank Field on August 14, 2015.

For Claire’s portrait, we shot in the main tunnel at K-State’s Bramlage Coliseum in front of its huge, rolling steel door. It provided a cool, neutral backdrop against Claire’s uniform. I lit her with four White Lightning X1600 flash units: a key light with a large umbrella directly in front of her, two kickers with medium softboxes on either side of her, and a background light with a 10 degree grid on the door.

-scott weaver

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the 2015 lawrence busker fest

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Jamey Mossengren jumps his unicycle over a volunteer at Busker Fest.

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The USA Break Dancers perform on New Hampshire Street at Busker Fest.

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The Voler Thieves of Flight display their aerial acrobatics at Busker Fest.

I photographed the 7th annual Busker Fest in Lawrence, Kansas on May 31, 2015. The three day event featured dozens of street performers, comics, dancers, escape artists, sword swallowers, magicians, fire eaters, jugglers, acrobats and musicians.

The word “busk” comes from the Spanish word “buscar” which means “to seek” because buskers seek fame and fortune. Buskers are also known as troubadours.

Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting have been known to busk in disguise.

-scott weaver

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