Saturday, September 26, 2009

New Website

I've been waiting for the summer wedding season to come to a close so I could finish editing all the pictures and get them to my fantastic clients. Once that was done I was gearing up for a remake of my website. I'd toyed around with a few new ideas over the summer, but never had the time to finish them off, and they just weren't doing it for me.

Thursday this week I came across a nice simple, non-flash (so no 'Loading....'!!) slideshow that I thought would be a nice touch to my website. Two days later the new site was finished (record time for me!) and it's up and live. Feel free to take a look - .

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Show me what you look like!

As mentioned in my previous post, I've been taking classes from International Master Photographer Kenneth Linge. Aside from a LOT of learning and inspiration from him, I've really been able to look at my photography through a more-trained eye, as well as others work. I like to google random wedding photography sites and see how they're doing; basically take a look at my competition.

I just breezed over a wedding photographer who had a pretty fancy site with nice quality pictures. But guess what was missing from his gallery? The people! Not literally, but it wasn't until the 29th image in his Engagement gallery where the couple was actually looking at the camera. His opening image was basically a pretty landscape of the Golden Gate Bridge with two miniscule people kissing in the bottom left.

Now, I'm not saying that all your pictures need to be you two looking and smiling; those candid shots are very entertaining and can be very emotional. But please, don't forget that YOU are the highlight of the event. It seems as though the new trend in photography is cool angles, fun poses, neat landscapes and bright colors. But as the the genre heads this direction it seems as though it's leaving behind the core of wedding photography - YOU. The people. The ones that are in love. Don't let your wedding photographer get too carried away on the cool shots that they forget to show YOU off. Your smile, your eyes, you.

With my recent completion of the Photographing People series, I've learned a lot about showcasing faces, what's important in portraits and how to seek the light in all my photographs. As your wedding photographer, I promise to make sure that YOU are still the center of my photography - not the location or the 'cool factor'.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Photographing People

Over the past several weeks I've been taking classes taught at the International School of Photography in Orem, Utah. The teacher is Master Photographer Kenneth Linge and he is incredible. So far I've completed classes 1 and 2 which are basically a full Saturday of instruction and practice. I've learned so much about lighting, seeing the light, using the light, light layers and more. Can you tell what the main theme of the class is?

The eyes and face are the single most important part of a portrait - but are generally the worst lit. This makes obvious sense, but it was never brought to my attention until now. I'm excited to apply what I've learned in my classes to my upcoming shoots and projects. I know I'll have very noticeable results.

I have several weddings booked for the summer, including a trip to Washington DC in May for Nate and Emilee. I'm very very excited to go! I also noticed I haven't updated my blog since November, but it's not because I've been gone. I redid my website again a little while ago and was busy with that. Now I'm focusing on my portfolio more, refining some of my favorite shots over the years. I'm excited for what 2009 has is store for me, so far it's off to a great start.