Sunday, December 20, 2009

Windows 7 64 Bit Upgrade Complete

I've debated on whether or not anyone would find this remotely interesting, but in the interests of saving other professional photogs a few days of their life, I thought I'd update on the peaks and pits of my upgrade experience. I was running Vista Home Premium 32 bit on a Dell Inspiron 530 w/ a 1TB internal drive and 4 gigs RAM. I opted to go with the 64 bit operating system to get access to my full RAM (4 Gig expandable to 12). For those of you on a 32 bit operating system, no matter how many gigs of RAM you cram in under the hood, your computer is only going to see/use around 3 or so. You can say what you want about why, but that's the way it is with 32bit systems.

In order to upgrade to Win 7 64 bit, you have to do a clean install. I used Windows backup in Vista to completely backup everything. Don't worry, Win7 will read your earlier backup if you choose "restore from different version." Some posters said you couldn't. You can. So as to not blow away Vista, I attached an eSATA 500 gig external drive and using Computer:manage, got it up and running. Then, you put in the Win7 disk and tell it to install to your new eSATA drive which becomes your new boot volume. When you boot up, boot manager will give you the option to boot Win7 or Vista. Because not all the programs run well on Win7 (e.g. Roxio 2009, Quickbooks 2009, etc.), you can go back and forth as needed with security.

I didn't have all the driver problems that everyone talks about with the exception of my 10 year old Visioneer scanner I bought for $25. Good excuse to upgrade! The install was quick and painless. Then the fun begins. You've got to do clean installs of all your earlier programs. If you were running upgrade copies, you get to enjoy the fun of going back and installing the earlier qualifying versions and then the upgrades. When I got to Outlook, I simply imported my mailbox and contacts which I saved as an export before starting the process. All my emails and contacts were alive and well on the new drive.

I'm running a Buffalo LinkStation Quad 8 TB NAS server, and I sent most of my wasted hours jacking around with it, network settings, static IP addresses and various backup programs. I was looking forward to Windows 7 because it has a moderately acceptable backup program which will facilitate a bare metal restore. But, it wasn't seeing any of my three WD MyBook 1 TB USB 2.0 drives. As a result, I went hunting for a decent Win7 backup program.

I tried GFI backup, Cobian and Comodo. GFI was the only one of the three I cared for. It is a little buggy but works. However, with the volume of data I'm moving across my Gigabit network, it was just plain slow. I mean after 3 days, I'd only completed 40% of my backup. I got tired and quit. I later discovered (after much searching), that Windows 7 backup will only let you backup NTFS formatted external drives. The WD drives were FAT 32. So then I had the fun of migrating all my data off them and reformatting them as NTFS. After that, Win7 backup saw them all and let me run the backup program to include them in the backup. Win7 is chugging along backing up now and is going much faster than GFI. What I liked about GFI is the email notifications for successful backup and backup failure. Backing up daily is critical for me in the photography business.

I love Win7. It boots up FAST, seems robust, and all the little bells and whistles like "troubleshooter" programs, which on Vista meant "click here to waste your time and get no results", actually work. The searching features are rocket fast and the ability to reframe windows splitting the screen is very useful. I think MSFT got it right with this program. While I've probably spent days longer than I should have getting this set up just right, it's going to pay dividends in increased productivity, data security and ease of access. I'll keep you posted. Let me know if any of you have had similar experiences (good or bad) with your Win7 installs.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Rochelle & Patrick's Wedding - Holy Trinity and the Diamond Room - 10/10/09

Rochelle & Patrick had a lovely wedding at Holy Trinity and reception at the Diamond Room. Before the wedding everyone ventured out to the Art Museum and Phelps Grove Park for a super photo shoot before the ceremony. The ladies looked ever so lovely and the light was perfect! Take a look at their wedding video and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lauren & Brian - E-Session

Had a fabulous engagement session with Lauren & Brian on Saturday morning. It was a balmy 45 degrees here in Springtown. We had to quickly slip Lauren in and out of her winter coat for these super cool shots (thanks to Caitlin Ball my assistant on the shoot for keeping track of the coat) and occasionally rub the goosebumps away. Brian must be warm blooded because he didn't even shiver. They're getting married in a few weeks so these may be the last pictures of them single!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Success Magazine

What a great experience I had shooting and assisting legendary photographer Christopher Barr on this wonderful editorial shoot for Success Magazine. The Osteens were fun and full of life. Check out the cover story in the current November issue in bookstands now.
-Steven Landis
Apple Studios

Jessica and Guy

Jessica and Guy married September 12th at Temple Baptist here in Springfield. It was a beautiful and special day for both of them. It was really one of the best weddings I've been to all season. God's presence was definitely felt. Please enjoy a short video of their fabulous day.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Who doesn't love outdoor weddings?

The smells, the breeze, the sky, the romance, the sun - outdoor weddings have it all. And with Steve and Craig at Apple Studios as your phographers - IT NEVER RAINS! Seriously, we love outdoor weddings and we'd love to photograph your outdoor wedding as well. For a sample of some of this year's outdoor wedding photographs, click on the link below for a short video.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Today from 10:00 to 2:00 we will be on the MSU campus at the Plaster Student Union exhibiting the stone to be given away!! Come out and see it.

Hundreds of bling seekers will converge on downtown Springfield on Oct. 10 in search of answers to clues that will result in a $10,000 diamond ring prize. Sponsored in part by Apple Studios, the Diamond Dash is a fundraiser for Camp Barnabas. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the East Plaza Amphitheater at Jordan Valley Park and concludes with a celebration at 2:30 p.m. at Justice Jewelers, 3520 E. Battlefield in Springfield where Apple Studios will be giving away a $2,000 wedding photography package to one lucky couple. Teams of two will receive clues and riddles via text message directing them to local landmarks, where they will answer specific questions and score points toward winning the diamond ring. Any mode of transportation is encouraged except automobiles. Teams are encouraged to be very creative in their participation. Participants may register in advance online at All of the $25 entry fee goes directly to support the programs of Camp Barnabas. Located one hour west of Springfield, this organization offers life-changing opportunities for people with special needs in a Christian camp setting. We expect 200 teams to participate! Come out and support Camp Barnabas. Hope to see you there.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Carrie & Clint - Peabody's Farm - October 2, 2009

Carrie and Clint's wedding day started out to be the windiest day of fall, but as if by magic, as Carrie came walking down the isle in her beautiful gown at sunset, the wind subsided and all was perfect! The red bard and grounds at Peabody's Farm were an amazing backdrop for Carrie and Clint's fabulous wedding. Enjoy the video of their day.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fantasia Weddings Promo Video

I love Debra at Fantasia Weddings on St. Thomas, USVI. She does a beautiful destination wedding. Here's a preview of the promo video of the Larry and Melissa Hillhouse wedding (April 5, 2009) that we're working on together.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Jennifer Mais and Tom Weber Wedding - 8/29/09

Jennifer and Tom's wedding was AMAZING. Enjoy this teaser video. Pictures should be ready in about 4 weeks at Go ahead and register and Pictage will notify you when the event is released. Tom and Jen are honeymooning in Aruba!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Destination Wedding Anyone?

June is filling up fast. Book now. We were in St. Thomas last April, Arkansas in June and are off to Virginia and back to Eureka Springs soon.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Look Out New Orleans!

Just heard today that Pictage has invited me to speak at their Partner Conference for photographers in New Orleans! Very excited to be honored with this selection. For those of you going to Partner Con 2009 -- see you there. I'll be leading an hour long discussion in the Photographer's lounge on legal issues facing professional photographers. For more details you can click here. It will be casual and laid back, so come with all your questions. See you November 3 -5 at the Astor Crowne Plaza.
See you at Pictage Partner Conference 2009 New Orleans

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Three First Place Prints!

For any of you stopping by the photography competition at the Ozark Empire Fair this week, be on the lookout for our three first place prints! Ann won first place in People w/text for a cool picture of Abby with two sunflowers and I won first place professional people division and transportation division. The transportation division picture was from Larry and Melissa's St. Thomas wedding. Our third place still life award was also from Larry and Melissa's wedding -- the cool blue King Baby wedding ring shot some of you have liked so much. We're so excited and honored to be recongnized again this year. Thanks for all your compliments!

Craig and Ann.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Angela's Bridal -- Oasis, Springfield

Angela decided to take a modern approach to her bridal session this past week. We spent two hours enjoying the very modern, cool vibe of the Oasis Hotel/Convention Center on North Glenstone. The colors were beautiful and blended seamlessly with Angela's gorgeous dress. Her wedding is July 11th - just a few weeks away. Looking forward to it!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Larry and Melissa - St. Thomas, USVI

Larry and Melissa got married April 5 in St. Thomas. It was a privilege to be able to photograph their destination wedding. The Virgin Islands were almost as lovely as Melissa (but not quite). Their wedding is going to be features on a two page spread in 417 Bride magazine this summer. Make sure you check it out. Much credit to Debra, owner of Fantasia Weddings in St. Thomas. She coordinated a wonderful beach wedding event at Emeral Beach Resort that Larry and Melissa will remember forever! We just finished a movie of their images for the Missouri reception at Jim Stafford's house this Friday night. Click here to take a look.

Stephanie and Jason - June 13th - Immaculate Conception

Stephanie and Jason had a wonderful and beautiful wedding mass last Saturday. We had some time between the ceremony and the reception and headed out and about downtown. After refreshments at Trolley's we wandered upon this beautiful background and had a moment of fun with everyone! Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Real Weddings - Ashley and Dusty, May 23, 2009

Ashley and Dusty were married near Harrison Arkansas. We did our preceremony shots at the Hotel Seville on the square in Harrison. As you can see, we had fun making fresh, fabulous images!

Trisha and Heath - Elfindale Mansion E-Session

Monday, May 25, 2009

Ft. Worth Bridal Session

A fun time and incredible Bridal shoot! I met with Kelly soon to be Perez at the YWCA historical building in downtown Fort Worth, TX. I was not prepared to have such a bride so intuitive and prepared to model for this special moment. Kelly, thank you for giving Apple Studios this opportunity to capture your energy and beauty. Thanks to Christine (Maid of Honor) who assisted me with the shoot. See you this weekend and congratulations to you and Andres, God bless you both. -Steven

Sunday, May 17, 2009

What fun. Brittany and Zak showed us what a wedding party is! Love you both and congratulations to you.

Ross / Danley wedding

Perez Engagement

Congratulations to Andres and Kelly. We cant wait for you wedding, what a great couple to shoot! We had a great time, hope to have more..!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Ashley Edwards Bridal

Ashley was absolutely stunning at Elfindale last week for her bridal session. Larry Hillhouse of Moda and Jennifer Chadwell of Artistry by JAC did phenomenal work on hair and makeup. I met Ashely there along with her coordinator Kim Nave of Signature weddings. Ashley's mom and sister were along as well. The two hours went by in a flash. Here are a few images to give you an idea of how gorgeous Ashley looks. Can't wait until her wedding this Saturday!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lauren's Crown Portrait

Simple and absolutely beautiful!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Justice Jewelers Bridal Show

Join us Friday April 17 and Saturday April 18 at Justice Jewelers for Woody's bridal show. There will be giveaways, information, engagement rings, wedding bands and fun. If you haven't picked out your wedding rings yet, come by Justice and get a taste of their unbelievable customer service, outstanding values and impeccable quality. Hope to see you there!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Marissa and Rocky

I spent some time getting to know Marissa and Rocky during their engagement shoot. What a fun couple! Enjoy a few teasers...