Thursday, April 15, 2010

photo of the day: sneak peek

I'm going to cheat on this one, and just give you the link to the rest of the sneak preview from Saturday's fantastic wedding. It's my birthday, and while the to-do list is somewhat the length of my arm, I'm going to take a little time off to celebrate the last birthday of my twenties. Here's to living a life you love, peoples!

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Monday, April 12, 2010

sneak preview for h&t

This bride is a friend of mine and coworker: we are both employed by the local Starbucks. I shot their engagement photos last fall, and I was thrilled when they asked me to do the wedding photos as well. I discovered during their engagement that this bride looooves the camera, so I was looking forward to a very chill time together, and they didn't disappoint. There were so many details of this wedding that I just loved, and I especially fell in love with the butterfly theme that was carried throughout.

Someone mentioned that they love my shoe pictures. Um, you can tell what I love.

I got myself an assistant! He managed to take a particularly accurate (and therefore less-than-flattering) shot of me holding a camera.

The butterflies!

I saw this pink building by the side of the road and was all "Must! Use!"

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Friday, March 26, 2010

photo of the day: thirds

Last week was career day for Wicomico County freshmen at Salisbury University, and I was privileged to present for (I think) the third year in a row. I'm supposed to talk about what it takes to have my career (photographer) and I do, but I like to take a good portion of the time and show the kids simple ways to make their photos more effective. After all: they're the same age I was when I picked up my first real camera, and about 95% of them have access to a camera of some kind (I asked). So anyway, I went over several points with them, and thought I'd share at least one of my examples here: the rule of thirds.

If you've messed about with photography at all you've almost certainly heard of the rule of thirds--place your focal point on the third line instead of in the middle--so it's nothing revolutionary. I actually had a hard time finding illustrations for this point, since I almost inevitably shoot with lots of negative space in my images. But then I happened across this pair of pictures, and they're an excellent example of several things, not just the rule of thirds.

Part of being a photographer is choosing what to show in photos, and a good photographer can make a really bad venue look impressive. I was shooting at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens here, but as you can see from the first image, it's still possible to make an incredibly beautiful location look lame! Distracting foreground, unattractive walls, and a bland pose combine to make the first photo incredibly eh. (Yes, "eh" is a technical term.)

So I moved a little closer, stood up a little taller, turned my camera to make a vertical instead of horizontal, and added action to the photo, and it turned into one of my all-time favorite images. I mean, look at that expression on the left! Gold!



So I guess I'll sum up this post (and this week!) by telling you what I told the kids last week: I don't care what kind of a photographer you want to be; your job is to see things differently. If you see the way everyone else sees your photos will look like everyone elses. Push yourself to see in a new way.

See differently, people.

PS: I have three photoshoots lined up for the weekend, so there will be much activity next week! It's getting to be wedding season again, so we'll see if I actually manage to keep posting with any kind of consistency at all. But being busy is a good problem to have, right?

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

photo of the day: camera (wo)man

One of my favorite things to do at receptions is take pictures of people taking pictures. Meta, I know. I particularly love watching how other people use their cameras, and, well, if they've had a little alcohol the results can be rather amusing. Trust me: I understand that expression on her face all too well. I'm sure I've had it before.


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Monday, March 22, 2010

photo of the day: last-minute

I promise that after tomorrow I'll be done with images from this wedding, but I was going back through these this weekend and found a couple of images that I just love. Technically this one is pretty weak, but I love the sense of urgency communicated by each person, as well the general sense of confusion. This is what weddings are, usually: a bunch of waiting interspersed with frantic hurrying. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

hustle and bustle

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

photo of the day: jump

Last autumn my husband and I shot a reception in Cambridge, and while I was doing formals the couple's little son was getting antsy and cranky, so J took him off to the side for his own private photoshoot that involved much running and jumping. I love this one.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

photo of the day: starting young

One of my favorite things to do at weddings is take pictures of people taking pictures. I love those memories. So when I saw this little flower girl point the camera at herself while we were getting ready, well, I had to laugh. They learn quickly how to do that these days, it seems! The rest of that wedding is here.

give a girl a camera

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

photo of the day: first look

At this wedding we did most of the formals prior to the ceremony, so the bride and groom had a first look before we started. The groom was really reluctant; he kept finding excuses not to see the bride! But when we finally convinced him to come into the sanctuary, it was worth it, because we were able to capture this look. I love.

first look

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

photo of the day: the aisle

This was taken at my January 2 wedding, moments before the bride walked down the aisle. I love her expression as she focuses ahead, ignoring me, looking toward her future.

right before she walks down the aisle

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Friday, February 12, 2010

photo of the day: old school

For today's photo I went waaaay back to my very first "trash the dress" shoot. For this one I put my sister in law in my own wedding dress (she's the only one it would fit) and we went down to the house my dad had recently purchased. I pulled this image out and re-edited it a tiny bit, and it's mind-blowing: what I once considered one of my better images is now just "meh." I wasn't shooting RAW, so the detail isn't nearly as sharp as it should be, I was still working on mastering shooting into the sun, and my model looks so young. Compare the rest of the set to her senior photos. Yeah. Those were taken two years later.

But I still love this image, despite all its flaws.

bride at sunset

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

photo of the day: snackable

This wedding took place on Kent Island, and was a rip-roaring good time. It included one of the best candy tables I've ever seen, and as we were waiting for the cue to walk down the aisle, none of us could resist a swedish fish. Or two. The bridesmaids were no exception. The rest of this wedding is here.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

pic(s) of the day: old school

Since yesterday I was busy having a very awful day, I didn't manage to post a picture of the day. So I'm making up for it by posting two today. These images are both taken from the same shoot, one I did nearly three years ago. (!!!) I ran across them while looking for something else, and while I still love the pictures, I wouldn't shoot the whole series at all the same way now. Or process them like this. It's a good thing, I think, to grow as a photographer.

I do remember that while doing this shoot the sun was much, much stronger than I was hoping for, and I had almost no experience shooting in those conditions. Consequently most of the pictures have really hard shadows. But I think it was this shoot that started me learning the joy of backlighting. You can see the rest of the shoot (and prehistoric editing) here. Lots of learning, no?
jump for joy
I used to edit everything in photoshop, the early version is here. This one was done with Lightroom. Regardless, I love the sense of life in this.

sparkles on the water

I actually hate the framing on this picture. But I love the light and I adore the sparkles on the water.

The moral of the story is: practice makes perfect! Or at least much, much better.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

pic of the day: say cheese!

This wedding was a little stressful for the couple: their outdoor setup got rained out. But they rolled with the punches and we ended up having a glorious time.
This was snapped at the reception venue as we waited for the rest of the family to join us for group photos. I love these expressions: they're both such hams! Love you guys. The rest of their photos are on facebook.
say cheese!

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

the wedding of j&a

This is the couple where everything went wrong at their engagement shoot. But they kept smiling and laughing, and we ended up with some amazing photos. So I knew this was going to be a GREAT wedding to end the year with, and it SO WAS.
The bride is from a family of girls, which I love of course, and the groom surrounded himself with his brothers and football buddies. The guys went shooting, the girls had homemade cinnamon rolls, and everyone danced like there was no tomorrow. In addition, there was a chocolate fountain, smith island cake, a cookie bar, and a party bus. It doesn't get much better than this!

The guys had a blast with the skeet shooting.

J is a total ham, and so is the ringbearer. AWESOME.

I personally think this is a great way to deal with boredom!

mmmmm, homemade. So, so good.

There were a few wrinkles with the reception setup. Hehe. (Sorry, couldn't resist the pun.)


Her sister sees the bride in her dress. I love this image.

Choosing the right pearls.

The bride's mother escorted her down the aisle.

I love this look.

down the aisle
Aren't they a gorgeous couple?

Smith Island Cake!

J is an amazing dancer, as we got to witness.

chocolate fountain!

bouquet toss

the littlest guy busts a move
Check out that ringbearer's moves!

isn't she lovely?


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