Wedding Photography

I photographed the wedding of Wilson & Lourdes, who got married in the end of June this year. It was a beautiful day filled with all kinds of exciting wedding-day activities! It was a joy to photograph the anticipation in the pre-ceremony shots, the wedding ceremony, some outdoor photos at a nearby park, and the reception.

Afterward, I was busy editing the photos and posted them to my website within 24 hours. This allowed the couple and their families and friends to see the photographs of their big day. Proofs were ordered and then delivered to the couple. From these proofs the couple ordered the photographs for their wedding album.

I recently received these final selections from the couple and they picked some great photos to include in their album! The 8″ x 10″ enlargements turned out great, too! I assembled their wedding album and sent it out today. I am sure these photographs will bring back some very happy and special memories of their wedding day and the detailed happenings of their special day.

Here are a few photos from this wedding.

What to Look for in a Wedding Photographer

I just posted an article on my website that attempts to answer this question. Many details have to be worked out prior to your wedding day and choosing a photographer is one of these important details that cannot be left to chance. Knowing what you are looking for and asking the right questions can make this selection easier.

In the article I address critical issues that you should know before selecting a wedding photographer. This is way more important than many people realize and paying attention to these details will go a long way in your satisfaction of your wedding photographs.

Read the article, share with your friends who may be looking for a wedding photographer, and let me know what you think.

Busy, Busy, Busy

I like to keep busy photographically speaking. There is nothing more exciting than to be out with my camera trying to make exciting photographs!

This past weekend I was privileged to photograph a wedding. It was an all-day event comprising the pre-ceremony, ceremony, portraits, outdoor, and reception. I took well over 1,000 photographs as I tried to document the day for the couple.

Tomorrow I hope to have a few photos from this wedding to share here on my blog. In the meantime, I have to keep editing these photographs and create an order for another customer. Life is busy, busy, busy, and I wouldn’t want it any other way!

New Nikon Lens Ordered

I just ordered a new Nikon lens; it is the 50mm f/1.4 and I cannot wait to receive it!

I have heard a lot of good things about this lens. The best feature of this lens is the ability to make photographs in available light. The fast f/1.4 aperture allows available light to create an image where no other lens will work. I cannot wait to try this lens out! I plan on using it for some wedding applications, portraits, and stock subjects. The reviews tout the usefulness as well as the versatility of this lens.

I know from firsthand experience that Nikon makes great glass. I never have to worry if my equipment is good enough. Nikon flat out makes excellent glass and I won’t buy anything else. I realize there are plenty of other lens manufacturers out there, but I am a devoted Nikon fan and will not apologize for this. Nikon is my preferred choice. I know that Canon and Olympus make excellent products, too, but I will stick with Nikon because I believe no one can beat their product line for what I am doing in my photography.

I expect to receive delivery of my new 50mm f/1.4 mm lens fairly soon and I am getting impatient already!

What Gets Your Goat?

Today I was at a wedding venue just looking around. I saw several photographs hanging on the walls representing, I suppose, those photographers who have been at this venue before. Some of the photographs were stunning. There were a few traditional poses and even the frames were of matching colors. All in all it was a nice representation.

However, there was one photograph that got my goat. It was of a newly married couple in an archway. The only problem was the archway was not straight. The photo was just slightly off kilter. At first I thought maybe the photographer was being artistic in this approach, but the more I looked at this photograph the more it bugged me. Here was a photograph in a prominent location that looked quite amateurish–not good for the venue or for the photographer.

So what gets my goat? Well, off center and out of balance photographs for one. I also do not appreciate photographers trying to be cute. Sure, Photoshop is powerful software but I’ve seen it over done way too often. Keep it as natural as possible, at least in my humble opinion.

So, what gets your goat?

Wedding

Walking through bubblesI had the privilege of photographing Pete & Jodi’s wedding yesterday. They are a neat couple with some really great friends. It was a great day even though the sky was a little gray and a few raindrops did fall. But the excitement of this couple tying the knot overcame all the shadows.

I learned a lot while photographing this wedding. First of all, the Nikon SB900 Speedlight performed beautifully as usual. I am still experimenting with this accessory and have been very happy with the results. I also enjoyed photographing some shots before the wedding as the wedding party was preparing for the ceremony. These candid and posed portraits were enjoyable to make.

Photographing the newly wedded couple as they made their way through the bubbles made for some interesting photos. Sometimes the bubbles reflected the light from my flash, which created an interesting effect. The formal portraits after the wedding were fun, too, and everyone had the opportunity to join in the fun with their own cameras to record this special day.

Congratulations Pete & Jodi!