Photography Challenge: Day 3- Black and White

I have to say that this is probably going to be one of my favorite days thus far.  Even though I'm only on the third day The task for Day 3 is black and white.  I absolutely LOVE black and white photography. I love the limitless things that you could do with it.  It mutes the extra distractions from the picture and ultimately focuses on the subject.  A black and white picture brings so much more emotion and anticipation.  As a photographer, I feel as though I can express myself as a person so much more when I shoot for black and white.  There are times when I have put my images in black and white so much that I have to force myself to use color sometimes.  To be completely honest, most of my images from this challenge will probably be in black and white.

I personally play around with black and white styles depending on the way I have taken the image.  Like the picture that I had taken yesterday for example.  I wanted the violin to look so much more dramatic, yet important.  So I used a preset to make it a warmer, black and white color in addition to making it a little more sharper.  I believe that image really set more focus on the violin than it would have it I made it to be in color.  I will post the unedited image in addition to the black and white one that I have done for the violin.


This isn't even the image that I'm going to use for Day 3, but I really wanted to use this as an example because I didn't use the same black and white preset for the picture that I took today.

As I continue, here is the image that I am using,  this one is unedited.  I took it of the lamp post that is in my front yard.


It's pretty distracting considering the flower bush on the side and the tree behind it.

There is a difference between the two in where your eye lands in comparison with the last image with color.  Probably the only distracting part of the image is my logo,  but other than that, most likely, your eye is going to go to the lamp post because it's in the front and that's where I focused the image.   The potential of a black and white image is so unpredictable, it's amazing!

Rachel - Jerry Falwell Library - Lynchburg, Virginia

I have to say that this was probably one of my favorite sessions that I've edited in a while.  I think for one because this was the second time that I've shot someone that I haven't met prior to the session.

I held a contest a few weeks ago and Rachel was the winner.  We met at the new Jerry Falwell Library and did our session there.  I absolutely love the landscape of the library and since not very many people have done session there yet, I figured that I might as well give it a shot! 

The weather was absolutely perfect for this session and I had an amazing time!  Rachel is very photogenic!

Here are some of my favorites from this session

O'Donnell Wedding

This has definitely taken far longer than I had anticipated, but I am really glad to finally be able to post a blog about this wedding!  I feel most comfortable with natural light so when I found out that this wedding was going to be taken place outdoors I was really excited about it!   

I second shot this wedding with Ashley of Ashley Wiktorek Photography on a pretty warm Sunday in September.  I had the opportunity to meet the Bride and Groom, Ryan and Emily the night before the wedding.  They were very relaxed and you could tell first hand that they loved each other! I knew the wedding was going to be a blast! 

Like always, I want to get started with some of the details!

Emily had a really beautiful dress.  I've never gotten detail shots of a wedding dress before, so I was really glad to have gotten these!  



Simplicity was definitely a strong suit for their wedding! They decorated with Mason Jars and flowers! It looked amazing! 



I absolutely LOVED how they had a carnival themed wedding. They had corn hole and cotton candy! How does that not scream fun?


Here are few of my favorites from the Bride and Bridesmaids getting ready! 



Emily's nephew was about a few months old at the time of the wedding! He was so peaceful! ImageImageImageImageImageImage


Here are a few of my favorites from when Emily revealed herself to her father! It was very sweet! Their relationship is precious!ImageImageImageImageImage


I also loved Ryan and Emily's first looks! I just love how their excitement shows through these!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

The bridal party was a very goofy bunch! You could tell that they all enjoyed being around each other! 




Then of course there was the ceremony and the reception! This was definitely my favorite part (I mean, why wouldn't the wedding ceremony be your favorite part?)




The first dance was amazing! I feel as though the shots that I got from here were my favorites from the whole wedding! It was definitely hard to choose which ones I wanted to put here, so I practically included all of my edited ones!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage


I really liked the concept of doing the Father/Daughter Dance and the Mother/Son dance at the same time.  I feel as though it brought a lot of unity to both families! They danced to Ben King's "Stand By Me"  ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage


I had a blast shooting this wedding! I wish Ryan and Emily the best! 

O'Donnell Wedding Sneak Peek

A sneak peek of the O'Donnell's Wedding! IMG_8963