rob hills: husband+father+entreprenuer+author

Rob Hills is one of those immensely talent people. He is a computer expert, web master, and entrepreneur. He is a loving husband, father and he also finds time to mentor young men. He’s a dedicated member of his local church, where he is  the media director. Rob is  the owner of HBCC, Hills Bros Computer Consultants.  And to top all of that he is often the muscle for his wife and mother’s event planning business. All of this as he is currently writing a self-help / awareness book. (As you can see, he is an expert time-manager…whew!) For an upcoming project, we decided to capture the many facets of his life. Here is a peek of our session. 2013-12-28_0001.jpg
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a day at chautauqua

We took trip up to the Chautauqua winery in Defuniak Springs, FL for a day trip and wine tasting. It’s a small, quaint place off of interstate 10. they specialize in muscadine wine. The staff is friendly and the shop has many souvenirs. If you ever find yourself traveling on I-10 westbound, stop in and say hello.
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Stephanie and Tracy

When Stephanie contacted me about photographing their wedding, I knew this was going to be something special. When I met Stephanie and Tracy, I was completely honored that they asked me to photograph their ceremony.
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When one meets them, it is immediately evident that they are madly in love! And they are so cute together!
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These two overnight celebrities have made appearances on the Ellen Degeneres Show, Cosmopolitan, and a host of other local and national media outlets! Once you have been in their presence, you immediately understand why the world is excited about them!

Here are a few images from their engagement session
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Dani D.

There are not many times when I meet another person with my same initials, or  same nick name “Danny D”, but  I had the pleasure of working with NHS senior Danielle D. or “Dani D”.  Danielle is a great model!  She is a  natural, if you will!  We had a great mini-session and captured some great images! She is a track, volleyball, and basketball player and a stellar student! When I arrived for the session, she was doing homework!  She immediately shifted  into model mode and created some great images!

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Val’s Fitness Star

With Spring in full bloom and Summer just around the corner, many of us are focusing much of our time and energy in getting our physiques together.  Valarie is owner of Val’s Fitness Star.

Val’s Star Fitness is a program that teaches fitness in a fun way! A new fitness program offered is called Theater Fitness. It is a combination of acting with exercise.

Val’s Star Fitness is a fitness program that offers fitness classes as well as acting classes to people in the Okaloosa County Florida area. She also provide tips on how to eat right and stay healthy. Val will work with you one on one to help you live a more healthy lifestyle.

 

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Val is a AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor and Certified Turbo Kick Instructor. She teaches different types of fitness classes to all different ages and body types.

 

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Rutorrestt and Jill

13 years. They celebrate 13 years today. 13 years of matrimony. Rutorrestt (pronounced “rue-tore-rest”) and Jill have been happily married for over a decade.  13 years. They were married at the Justice of the Peace. Many do that.  She loves him and he loves her. 13 years. They have a beautiful family. Three beautiful children. Been through the ups and downs that families go through. The one thing  Jill wanted was for her father to walk her down the aisle. A daughter wanting her father to take her to the man God has set a side for her, giving his blessing on the man that would replace him as her covering. 13 years. Jill got her prayers answered. Her husband,who loves her so dearly, planned this ceremony on their 13th wedding anniversary, and surprised Jill. Her daddy would walk her to him, give his blessing, and they would complete the cycle. Giving his daughter in Holy matrimony, in a renewing of wedding vows. She had no idea it was planned to this extent. We men can learn a lot from Rutorrestt. I did. Talk is cheap. It’s never too late.  13 years. 13 is not so unlucky after all…

 

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15 Mins With My Fisheye

Today I did something I haven’t done in a while. I put off getting ready for my shoot tomorrow until later to do this. I shot just for me. I gave myself an assignment. I had 15 mins to go 1.5 miles from my home and capture anything I could. I don’t have a 15mm prime lens, so I used my 16mm fisheye. I call this “15 mins with my fisheye.”   I met some great folks and had a great 15 mins! I hadn’t shot with my fisheye for  sometime now. We got reacquainted.

 

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The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C.

With the celebration of  Black History Month, this blog post features guest blogger Diane Jones Dillard.  During recent travels to our nation’s capital,  Diane shares her experience from a visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial.

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Dr. King’s memorial is located in our nation’s capital in the West Potomac Park near the Tidal Basin in the greater National Mall. The official address in 1964 Independence Ave. SW commemorating the year that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law.

After 20 years of planning, fund raising and construction, it opened to the public on August 22, 2011, but the dedication ceremony was postponed until October 16, 2011 due to hurricane Irene.

The total cost of the memorial was nearly 120 million dollars.

The memorial consists of three main components. The Mountain of Despair is symbolized by two huge pieces of granite depicting a mountain with a pathway that visitors pass through to enter to The Stone of Hope which stands 30 feet tall with the likeness of Dr. King gazing out at the Tidal Basin. The Inscription Wall expands on each side of the Mountain of  Despair inscribed with 14 quotes from Dr, King’s speeches and writings. The memorial covers 4 acres all together.

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Over 400,000 people visit the MLK memorial each year

When I went to DC in October and visited the memorial for the first time, I wasn’t quite sure how I’d feel about it. After all there had been a lot of controversy about the choice of the sculpturer, Lei Yixin, an artist from The People’s Republic of China. Some say Dr. King’s features are slightly Asian to them. Others weren’t happy about how Dr. King is portrayed with folded arms and a stern  face.

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Dr. Maya Angelou wasn’t happy with the editing of the inscription on the side of the Stone of Hope regarding being ‘a drum major for justice’, which by the way is to be removed.   I had some reservations, however, they all vanished the moment I passed through the Mountain of Despair.

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A visitor reflects on the principles taught by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Now, as overwhelmed as I was last October on my first visit to the memorial, all those emotions were dwarfed by what I felt in January  when I visited the memorial during Inauguration weekend ! Just to be in Washington D.C. for this historic event in America was a once in a lifetime experience and for me, a blessing. There was a spirit of pride, jubilance, brotherhood, camaraderie, and hope that is indescribable. For the first African-American President of the United States of America to be sworn in for his second term on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday represents the hope that Dr. King dreamed about.

 

Diane Jones Dillard

 

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Diane Jones Dillard resides in Mary Esther, Florida. She is a mother (mine), grandmother, artist, and advocate for social change.  She is very active in her local community.  She is constantly seeking to elevate  awareness  through service and  the sharing of knowledge and information.  She also is quite the cook!

 

A sweet day with Honey Gun

Alternative, bluesy, rock, all these describe but a portion of the musical style and genius of Eric (Fly Boy Wonder), Aaron ( The Smooth Grunge Piper), Manny (Tin Man), Paul (Bass Level), and Byrd (Old Dude-Drummer Boy), who make up the Local Pensacola Alternative Band, “Honey Gun” (BTW, I made up  those nick-names, without their permission).  These guys are well on their way to stardom. They even have their own tour bus! I was thrilled when they asked me to shoot images for their new webpage. Me and my trusty side-kick, my baby boy, Torrey (well, he’s 18, but he’s my baby dude!) packed up and headed to the City of Five Flags to spend an afternoon capturing images around this fabulous town with five of the coolest dudes anyone could meet.

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Honey Gun is an up and coming alternative band in the Greater Pensacola, Florida area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It’s been a journey, but I can’t wait until we can get to the point where music is all we do”, says Aaron, lead singer for Honey Gun. They are not far from that, receiving tremendous accolades from their expansive fan base in the city of Pensacola.

Being true artists, they knew exactly what they wanted from this session. It also didn’t hurt that I’d worked with them before, on their first photo-shoot. They definitely love their city and their fans! It was important that we took photos in locations that the fan-base would recognize so we went to some of the more recognizable locations in downtown P’Cola, where the “Hipsters play”.

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Keep and eye and an ear on this group. I’m glad to know them, before they walk the red carpet to receive some prestigious awards! Success is absolutely a part of their future!

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These tracks provide a wonderful back drop for vintage photos

Torrey (Baby Dude) working the "rig" as a train passes by.

Torrey (Baby Dude) working the “rig” as a train passes by.

Welcome!!

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Welcome to my blog! I must say, after much resistance, I’ve finally  decided that this is a great addition to the Danny Dillard Photography brand! First, Big SHOUT OUT to JR customization for helping with the “New Look”! Loving it!!

Blogging is new for me and I hope to become better and better at it  as time goes on. In the meantime, please excuse my mistakes as I make the journey through the blogosphere.

For those who don’t know me, I’m Danny. I’m a Lifestyle, Wedding, Portrait and Event photographer in N.W. Florida. I have a beautiful wife, (who I’m sure will appear on this blog many times), three fantastic children, who range in age from 18 to 25, and four grand-children,  who live int the great North-Western, USA. I spent 20 years serving this nation in the United States Air Force, and I am now a proud military retiree!

I began my photography journey at the age of 10 years old, when my Uncle Dale took photos of me, a baseball card, and one of my sneakers, and developed a multiple exposure of the three images. I was hooked! I knew that was something I wanted to do!  A few years later my mother purchased a camera for me. Off I went! It was a Vivitar 110 film camera. Later I purchased a Canon rangefinder, then eventually I began using SLRs. I built a darkroom in a closet in my bedroom and spent many, many, many hours there honing my skills! I come from a long line of artist: my mother, father, uncles, aunts, and sons.  Our family is very much into the arts,  on every platform. From acting to music, sketching, to producing full length films and music videos, they cover it all.

As you can see, I have a TREMENDOUS PASSION for photography! I have a business partner in my wedding photography venture, Sharondipity Photography. Check out her work! She’s a fabulous artist! www.sharondipityphotography.com  Sharon is also a Getty Artist. Our styles are very similar insomuch, that, at times, we have a difficulty distinguishing which photos were shot by who!

Please enjoy this blog. Visit often and if you’re ever in the Fort Walton Beach / Destin, Florida area,  look me up!