Marilynn + Josh Kaplan Wedding. Lake Lure, NC Wedding

hello world, Today I bring you images from Marilynn & Josh Kaplan’s wedding that I photographed at the  Lake Lure Inn, NC. Some of you may know this place from the film Dirty Dancing, but from now on you will remember it from Marilynn & Josh’s wedding day. Shay Brown planned it and killed it […]

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losing control

Hello world, The term “losing control” always seemed to have a negative connotation in my mind. Loosing control of ones car…Bad. Loosing control of ones temper….Bad. Loosing control of ones bladder….Really bad. Ok, so we have to always stay in control. Right? I am sure that there are some of you that have been through an […]

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  • Cindy Shaver - July 19, 2011 - 11:17 pm

    These are awesome. I’m now ashamed to own a Holga!ReplyCancel

  • Jorge R. Gonzalez - July 20, 2011 - 1:25 am

    The third one is amazing. It would take work in photoshop to obtain the results that you got by just letting go of control. Great stuff. I also like the one with the flag and the seagull.ReplyCancel

  • Angela - July 20, 2011 - 4:21 am

    Gorgeous. I’ve been drawn to film lately and your post make me even more intriuged. Lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Ricki Ford - July 20, 2011 - 11:34 am

    Thats what i love about film its raw and uncut……No Photoshop!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Shomsky - July 20, 2011 - 4:59 pm

    You freekin’ amaze me every time…. total inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Michael - July 20, 2011 - 5:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I agree that it’s super important to (sometimes!) let go of our controlling tendencies and just shoot for inspiration. Plus your photos are great.ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Penny - July 20, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    Love all of them-especially the ferris wheel and of course the beach scene. Glad to see you lose control. I mean you wouldn’t have inherited that trait from any of us or anything :) ReplyCancel

  • Mom - July 20, 2011 - 9:03 pm

    You know Parker, in some states it is illegal to drive and click!! Great pictures, I love the double exposures.ReplyCancel

  • Dean McLachlan - July 21, 2011 - 5:32 pm

    Excellent, right I’m off to buy some film so I can do my homework :-) ReplyCancel

  • Stuart Townlsey - July 22, 2011 - 1:14 am

    get an LC-A (hell I will lend you mine) you will love it.
    Also just got a holga lens for canon SICK!

  • Sansaara - July 23, 2011 - 10:39 am

    Just unreal…love the holga shots!ReplyCancel

  • Marylou - July 23, 2011 - 4:59 pm

    These are utterly awesome. Drooling over #2/#4.ReplyCancel

  • drea - July 23, 2011 - 10:56 pm

    Thumbs up! Winky face.

    Seriously, so loving the Holga black and whites!
    I have half a roll left in my Holga. Now I want to finish it.
    Smiley face.ReplyCancel

  • Richard Israel - July 25, 2011 - 6:42 am

    Amen! I can’t pick a favorite, I love ‘em all. Seriously.ReplyCancel

  • Kevin Lubera - July 25, 2011 - 2:28 pm

    “Zero photoshop.” That’s my favorite part. ;)

    How are you, buddy?ReplyCancel

  • Lara White - July 28, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    great post Parker, couldn’t agree more. I think that’s really the dark side of pro photography-we tend to spend so much time at the computer photoshopping images, that after a few years go by, we begin to feel that the joy has left the building, and we are still chained like a slave to the production.

    Being a pro photographer can really get in the way of the simple joys of seeing and creating images.

    p.s. really diggin the double exposure ferris wheel to heaven…


  • Julie Mikos - July 28, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    Gosh, Parker. I was so glad to see you finally on the AP top ten list. Long time coming. It’s also been a long time since I’ve looked at your work. You are a true photographer and artist and it’s wonderful to see you still have passion for it. Gorgeous work as always.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - August 7, 2011 - 3:08 pm

    I am so happy to learn that you now have a blog!!! These photos left me breathless as your work tends to do to me. My holga pictures NEVER EVER look like these. Will be checking back often.ReplyCancel

  • kristi - August 10, 2011 - 9:23 am

    wow, parker that Portra 400 is Fabulous! ( and your artistry, always so wonderful to see)ReplyCancel

  • Miguel Rosenstok - August 11, 2011 - 1:45 pm

    Execelent work!!!

    I miss film :(

    Keep this magic work of yours
    Best regards

  • Chris Buechner - August 18, 2011 - 7:52 am

    that porta film has a beautiful quality to it.
    Loving your personal work.

  • Pierre Graf - August 25, 2011 - 7:55 pm

    Truly inspirational.
    I love the grain of those shots.ReplyCancel

  • Terri - February 14, 2012 - 12:12 pm

    Thank you for your honest and AMEN to loosing control. I’m finding the more I’m willing to give up control and get out of my own way, the more I free my mind to truly see what is around me.ReplyCancel

The benefit of Culture. LEAF

Hello world, So a couple of weeks ago I donated a bit of time to the Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF). They had planned a benefit fashion tribute for their LEAF Outreach Program and asked me to photograph the hand made designs by Brooke Priddy of Ship to Shore. Together with local uber-talents including but […]

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  • Erica - July 13, 2011 - 5:23 pm

    Even with the lighting mishap, these are still gorgeous! It obviously takes talent to not even remember the shoot and to still have shots like these :) ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Penny - July 13, 2011 - 7:17 pm

    Incredible pics. Love that you got to do this!ReplyCancel

  • Amber Hatchett - July 14, 2011 - 2:29 am

    Thank you for being such an important part of this event. The memories have been created and the pictures have cataloged all of our hard work for this wonderfully deserving event and organization.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly G - July 14, 2011 - 5:35 am

    Beautiful images that illustrate an “Asheville” vibe!!ReplyCancel

  • esenam - September 12, 2011 - 8:10 pm

    Incredible portraiture, I admire your work and talent, Bravo!ReplyCancel

play date. no pixels allowed

Hello world, After spending the week on the road shooting a wedding in 98 degrees, a high school senior session and a portrait session, it’s time for a big fat post.(and a pbr) All of those images later. This post is about playing. Right before I left I headed down to Charlotte to have a […]

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  • [...] Play days with my buddy Parker J. are always good times! We had two gorgeous models, Adriana and Arleen from Evolution Model Agency, “real” vintage dresses given to me by my friend Amy, a bag of film, and no expectations other than to make beautiful photographs. We took it in turns to choose a location and each shot both girls at that location. It is very interesting to see how we both responded photographically, see Parker’s photographs here. [...]ReplyCancel

  • G-Photo Design / Gary - July 8, 2011 - 4:37 pm

    Very, very nice. Always a pleasure to review images from someone with spirit. Seeing both Richard’s and your images allow a person to better understand unique vision. My 17-rolls that were recently shot in both San Francisco and Miami will be breaking cover very soon, the results I know will be beautiful.ReplyCancel

    • Parker J Pfister - July 9, 2011 - 2:25 pm

      Hey Gary,
      Thanks for your kudos. I can’t wait to see your 17 rolls. I wouldn’t want your lab bill though!ReplyCancel

  • Another Wedding Photographer - July 9, 2011 - 3:54 am

    Really beautiful stuff. I haven’t figured out how you do it yet :-) just sublime imagery and processing..ReplyCancel

  • michael schuhmann - July 9, 2011 - 2:58 pm

    awww shit, you did it again. i want the chevy, with the girl….ReplyCancel

  • Paul - July 9, 2011 - 4:43 pm

    Love it…great session…thanks for sharing!


  • Jeff Preston - July 9, 2011 - 6:38 pm

    Amazing work as usual. That 200mm f2 and the Ektar 178 are ridiculous!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Vining - July 12, 2011 - 7:13 am

    I want a PLAY DATE! No fair. These are SPECTACULAR!! Don’t forget about us little folk, cousin Jed!! Remember…I know your deepest and darkest secrets about your ‘dream wedding…’ – I’ve got some sweet spit cans we can use as centerpieces. :) HA! Okay…kidding. AMAZING WORK though…y’all are brilliant! xoReplyCancel

  • kristi - July 13, 2011 - 11:03 pm

    love these, parker. PBR on me next time! We are overdue for a meetup…ReplyCancel

Slow down, we move too fast.

hello world, 2011 has been a year of change for me. One of which is that I have made a conscious effort to slow down, evaluate and take stock. Lots more shooting for myself and playing with light and silver. Lots more observing and waiting for a moment to start or end. I am starting […]

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  • Ricki Ford - June 22, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    love the film work! Amazing!ReplyCancel

  • bryanrapoza - June 22, 2011 - 12:56 pm

    I’ve recently had a rennisance of my own, going back to film as a medium for the first time in ten years and thoroughly enjoying the aesthetic, and more importantly the originality and permanence of the negative and print. Digital doesn’t exist! It relies on electricity and a display. A real photography simply “is”.

  • neal carpenter - June 22, 2011 - 1:36 pm

    I completely agree. Shooting silver has slowed me way down. Thanks for sharing these beautiful images.ReplyCancel

  • Jim Pruett - June 22, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    Hey Parker, nice, makes me wonder why I ever sold my Hasselblad. I really miss that camera sometimes. Must have thought it was a good idea at the time. These are great, love love love the arcade shot!ReplyCancel

  • Jessi - June 22, 2011 - 1:45 pm

    It is surprising how hard it really is to slow down and shoot for yourself…thanks for the inspirationReplyCancel

  • karey miller - June 22, 2011 - 3:45 pm

    WOW! You never stop amazing me!ReplyCancel

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  • Andy Morrison - June 30, 2011 - 5:55 am

    Dude these are quite spectacular!!

    I found your blog a month or so ago through Jonas Petersen (a fellow migrant to Auz) and your acheivement in the top 10 wedding photographers in the world (incidentally and accolade most deserving for both of you!!)

    Love your work and style! Building my own blog as we speak and looking forward to buying some of your actions at some point.


  • Sansaara - July 5, 2011 - 8:46 am

    Unreal…just unreal…Amazing work as usualReplyCancel