Saturday, July 26, 2014

New Illustrations Are Here!

That's right folks - new designs are out for your kids' clothes. 
Check out the second of two on etsy here!

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Illustrations Are Here!

That's right folks - new designs are out for your kids' clothes. 
Check out the first of two on etsy here!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What I learned: First Wedding

An incomplete list: 

1. Don't leave ISO on 100. If you're shooting manual, set it to go up to 800 or so, to get some light in the dark interior shots.

2. Shoot at least 1/60 inside, unless you're tripoding or freaking steady handed. 

3. Need front focus? Flip that setting on your camera. Need back focus? Flip that setting on your camera.

4. How far back to you need to be to see everyone in the wedding party? Find out at the rehearsal.

5. Shooting outdoors? Say it's 7pm, sun's down - shoot 1/80 or faster with visible. If the sun's still up and visible in your shot, shoot at least 1/100, if not faster.

6. Shoot people you don't know. Know the bride? Good job. Shoot people you don't know. 

7. Get more close-ups. I know you love the epic landscape. Shoot close-ups anyway.

8. Get some cool shots of the bride and groom. Bride looking away, Groom looking at camera.

9. Need the pastor to move for a cool shot? Have him practice getting out of the way during the rehearsal.

10. Get some shots of the B and G not smiling. Go all arty.

11. MOVE. Eye level is great. So is ground level. So is bird's eye view.

12. You think 1/160 is good enough to shoot dancing? Think again. Think faster. 

Want the basics, like ALWAYS HAVE A SECOND CAMERA, or more from experts? 

Read up like this or this.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

For Elise

Good luck with everything, E. B.! I'm excited about what's next for you, and hope you get some restful  let's-watch-the-sun-set-on-the-Hudson moments mixed in with the hard projects you're tackling.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Brunner/Wiley Wedding Finale



sunset after setup

let them eat cake!

new name

getaway dress

getting ready at the church

exchanging letters
In case you missed part of the series: 
Part 1, Rehearsal  
Part 2, Bride and Groom
Part 3, Wedding Party
Part 4, Ceremony
Part 5,  Wedding Party
Part 6, Bride and Groom
Part 7,  Reception

mr. & mrs.
Best wishes to the happy couple!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Brunner/Wiley Wedding Part 7

The mother-son dance warmed things up, and the guests took it from there :)

Can you believe I got that shot? Me neither :)

The football is the small yellow smudge at the top of the tall tree in the second shot (right, above).

Cowboy boots abound - cupid shuffle to cha cha slide and back to country...

I'll finish this out tomorrow, for real. Just a few still lives you have to see!

Missed part 6? Why'dja do that? ;)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Brunner/Wiley Wedding Part 6

Tomorrow will be the last day of this series, friends. Hope you're having as much fun with it as I am - have a few winners from the reception for tomorrow's post.

Missed an earlier post? Check out #5 here.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Brunner/Wiley Wedding Part 5

I have an innate inability to frame objects in the center of the composition. 
Must get over this when I'm shooting weddings.

Are all wedding parties this photogenic, or were we just lucky?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Brunner/Wiley Wedding Part 4

You know the shot you want to get, and the moment you realize you didn't get it? I've been going through that this week. Then I went back to my files today and find that I *did* get it, above. You don't get those moments every day, friends - what you thought was lost was never lost at all. 

I've added a few gems from the ceremony below. I'll be trying to keep myself to a theme each day for the rest of the week. If all goes well, we'll have some wedding party shots ready tomorrow...

People loved this, still laughing as the flower girls finish their walk down the aisle :)

I'm realizing that I love epic photography. 
I want the Moment, 
the expansiveness of the church where all lines lead to and focus on 
the bride, 
making her entrance. 

If only I'd shot this in manual. How'd we get down to ISO 1600 when we're at 5.6? C'mon. Open it up.