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Image of the Week | Mr. & Mrs.

Occasionally the bride and groom will bring their own props to incorporate into a few of the images on their wedding day. I notice this happening more and more lately, probably from a wealth of these images flooding the internet through facebook, pinterest or instagram. This is great because it tells me they care about the message the images express, which is always one of my priorities. It also provides me with an opportunity to come up with fun ways to incorporate the props.

Image of the Week | Lens Effect

Choosing the right lens for the job is key. Much like post-productions image effects, it’s all based on opinion and over-using any special effect can be a bit much even if the effect is nice. When I am experimenting on the job, it’s important to get the safe pictures first before I attempt to be creative if the end result is not the way you remember seeing it. This effect is done through the lens and can not be corrected in post-production. Knowing your gear is critical when envisioning an image or duh, you wouldn’t know how to create it in camera and will only exist in your mind.

Here I have included two different shots of the same image shot with different lenses. I was backed up against an array of bushes when I shot these and could not go back any further. I chose to shoot this image both with a wide angle lens and a fisheye lens. If I had shot the first image any wider to capture the entire mansion’s width, the couple would be even smaller in the frame and that would not work. The fisheye lens is a much wider angle of view and I was able to move in a bit closer, which made the couple larger in the frame. What also happens is the edges of the image get distorted due to the very wide angle of view combined with the roundness of the glass and that is the effect of the optics.

Both are nice images, I kinda like the fisheye image myself, but it’s all about taste.

Feel free to let me know your thoughts.

Image of the Week | Vintage Bride

One of my favorite post-production techniques is to style the image with a vintage/retro look when the image allows it. I aim for this when I am shooting certain images and I love it when it works. It is a technique that can easily be overused and I take care not to. This particular image was shot in an old mansion with vintage décor. Place the bride in front of an old oversized window right before she is about to walk down the aisle and click. I literally walked out of the room after snapping this shot and ran down to catch the start of the ceremony.

Image of the Week | The Wedding Singer

This weeks image is one that is almost impossible to figure out the context unless you are actually familiar with the subject. This gentleman happens to be the lead singer of a kick-ass wedding band named The Times Square Orchestra. The message this image conveys for me is this; If the singer of the band at your wedding puts on a Michael Jackson glove and starts singing Billy Jean, there’s a chance the bride and groom may want to remember that.

I Do

Preparation coverage can be very interesting because I document all the little details that the bride and groom have chose to include in their special day.

The Wedding Album

The wedding album is the icing on the cake for me when it comes to wedding photography. It’s the ultimate presentation of the favorite images and it better be pretty damn awesome. Which is why I enjoy designing these books so much.

Some time after the bride & groom have seen their images, they will select their favorites for the album or allow me the power so select these images, or a little of both. In either case, I then get to work on designing a book that begins as a single blank white page and becomes a carefully designed masterpiece filled with some of their most cherished memories of the wedding day.

Three Reasons We Love Fall Weddings

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Fall is upon us (or at least that is what we keep telling ourselves) which means fall weddings are right around the corner! Now, you may not share our enthusiasm for that season weddings, but hear us out and you may start to agree with us before you know it.

Perfect Fall Wedding Reason #1: Amazing Weather

Seriously, how many of us have had to sit through sweltering ceremonies? The bugs, the a/c going out at just the right moment and hair and makeup going to waste within five minutes of stepping outside is enough to make anyone go crazy. Well, you don’t have that problem in the fall. We love it when a crisp bit of air makes its way through a wedding reception and cools everything off to the perfect temperature. Our hair stays in place and there is nothing that can’t be cured with a little shawl or cardigan. We can even dance without becoming drenched in sweat. What’s not to like?

Perfect Fall Wedding Reason #2: Amazing Foliage

Mother Nature seriously gets down to decorating in the fall. The deep reds and the yellows become interspersed with a tiny bit of green and leaves us breathless every year. Fall foliage is the perfect inspiration for wedding colors and you can even save a bit on décor since we all know we can try to compete with Mother Nature but she definitely has the upper hand. Don’t be afraid to steal some of her ideas for your reception either, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Perfect Fall Wedding Reason #3: Amazing Food

Fall is when we can begin to bring out the homey, baked with love foods. Can anyone say pumpkin pie? So many flavors are right at home during this time of the year that our mouths begin to water the minute the seasons change. I don’t know about you but give us a sweet potato pie and crab bisque over petit fours and tea sandwiches any day.

So, there you have it. We have proclaimed our undying love for fall weddings. The days of fighting sweltering heat are done, Mother Nature’s natural beauty is allowed to shine again and the food. Everything is just spectacular!

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Nice Engagement Session

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Had a nice engagement session with Angela & Mark this past weekend. I look forward to documenting their wedding. More images to follow….

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Building relationships with your camera.

I met Kelly & T.J. while they were planning their wedding and new lives together. Eager and careful when choosing their wedding services, they knew exactly what they were looking for. We met for a little over an hour discussing details and interests and I realized they just wanted to feel comfortable in knowing they weren’t just getting a cookie cutter wedding package with a stranger showing up on their wedding day. They were getting something that fits them.

We ended our meeting having discussed a lot of wedding stuff and they wanted to still discuss amongst themselves before making a decision. I received an email 10 minutes later while they were still on their way home that I was chosen as their photographer. They were gracious and kind and we began to build a friendship before a single image was even taken.

Fast Forward – It’s been almost two years since we first met. Their wedding album is now complete and in two months they will be blessed with a new edition to their family. All the best to you guys. You are awesome and have been nothing but good to me.

Thank you and Congratulations!

Hit he play button to see Kelly & TJ’s wedding album.

To continue my series on reflection images, I thought I would include this shot as…

To continue my series on reflection images, I thought I would include this shot as I feel it can be important to the preparation images. Most often when covering the bride getting ready, it is tight quarters with people and stuff everywhere. It can sometimes be difficult to capture candid images of anyone when there is no where to hide…..always in their face. This is another situation where a mirror can really help. I was shooting some detail shots of the dress, shoes, etc. I hung the dress right next to the mirror on the closet door and I opened the door so my angle of view was of the bride having a moment to herself before she put her dress on. Simple and Effective. Without the dress in the composition, you wouldn't even know she was a bride. She could be tying her shoes getting ready for a run.

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