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O'Donnell Wedding Sneak Peek

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

Taylor Wedding

I am happy to finally be able to post these! I second shot with Ashley Wiktorek of Ashley Wiktorek Photography for Drew and Nikki Taylor's Wedding late this Summer.  Ashley and I were on the same hall during my Sophomore year at Liberty. She needed a second shooter and I was definitely all aboard with helping her out!  I was really excited about having the opportunity to learn so much and definitely did!  The day was fantastic!

Here are some of my favorite shots from the Taylor's wedding.   I want to always start with the details! I feel as though its the little things mean the most on a day like this!

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One thing I absolutely loved about the details of this wedding was how she integrated her favorite color: Green

with other coordinations of black and white.  Since I am biased to the use of Black and White (especially with my editing),  I really liked capturing those details!

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After this wedding, I realized how much I like first looks.  I believe that I will actually want to do the same for my wedding.  I believe that it helps save a LOT of time.  Here are a few of my favorites!ImageImageImage

Nikki had a BEAUTIFUL dress! I managed to help Ashley in getting a different angle of her bridal session before the ceremony.Image

Here are a few of my favorites from the ceremony. ImageImageImageImageImage

After the ceremony, we went back to where they shot their first looks and grabbed a few post wedding portraits.  I really loved how these turned out. ImageImageImageImageImage

Here are a few additional favorites from the reception!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Congratulations Nikki and Drew!

You can check out the Facebook Post here:

Iphoto... *Designer Launch Party*

So I am in the process of getting new software for my Mac for editing, so I had to edit these series of images through Iphoto.  I feel as though that word is like death to fellow photographers, but that was what I had to work with this time.  To be honest, it really did a LOT better than I thought it would.  I mean, it isn't going to get down to fully complete editing to fit my style, but it was nice to do basic editing.  If your composition and everything is basically straightened out as you shoot and you just wanted to bump up more contrast or something of the sort, then Iphoto would work fine.  However, if you want to do more with your images, we all know that Iphoto is definitely NOT the route to go.

 

Well, anyways,  I have been asked to be the photographer for the FACS Association Fashion show in April of next year. I'm pretty excited about it because I have the opportunity to get so much more things for my portfolio and I have something additional to do.  I will be taking shots of basically the whole process leading up to the Fashion show.  So the first event was the Designer Launch Party.  I was able to get some REALLY nice ones.  I also used my new flash for the first time.  I still have some things to learn, but I was really impressed with how much it had helped me with shooting indoors.  I think me and indoor shooting are going to become friends soon!

 

Well, here are some of my favorite shots of the evening

 

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Nathan-Assessment Shoot #1

I must say, I was really excited when I was editing these and then shifted for some time to look at my first shoot with Nathan 3 years ago.   While there is room for improvement in the shots that I've done this go around, I am very excited to see how much I actually have improved (I mean, other than the fact that I actually have a better camera).  Here are basically some of my favorite shots from my first shoot with Nathan. 

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At the time, I really felt as though I did a pretty good job.  But when I was sitting back assessing everything and making comparisons to the most recent shoot, I was amazed.  Here are the photos from the most recent shoot

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I took a little bit more of a specific editing direction in this shoot than I have done in the past.  I think when I first started shooting and editing, I got photoshop preset happy and would experiment with as many presets as I could.  But lately, I have finally gotten to pinpoint exactly what I want to do as far as the levels are concerned as well as the coloring. I think I really like the "redder" tint with some of these photos.  

I'm getting closer to figuring out my editing style. 

As far as composition is concerned, I do feel as though I have done so much better composition wise.  Getting in close when I needed to, but then understanding when to use the closure.  

Well, I have a few others that I going to do and will be posting in the upcoming weeks.  I am really excited about this project!

1,623

1,623.... That's the number of pictures I managed to take in 6 hours at a wedding this afternoon.  I was asked on Wednesday if I would be able to help out and shoot.  Definitely something on a whim.  I really wanted to get some more wedding experience as well as build my portfolio so I went ahead with it.

So, what does the number have to do with anything?

Well, throughout those 1,623 pictures, I have learned so many different elements about wedding photography that I simply couldn't read about or learn from someone else.   Well, a lot of the things I have read about, but it's still not the same as just getting out there and doing it.

1. NEVER shoot a wedding with one lens.

 Right now, I only have a 50 mm 1.8. I know I need another one. While I and several other photographers would tell you that every photographer NEEDS to have this lens, I would say that it should not be the only one that you get. Especially for a wedding. I managed to get some pretty decent pictures with my 50 mm, but not a lot of closeups (To be honest, I had other limitations that prevented me from doing so, but that's fine).  I've seen it being mentioned, but the 50 mm also has focus issues.  I had to switch in and out from auto focus and manual focus just so I can get the shot that I needed to take

2. Get in the way

The first wedding that I shot, I pretty much stayed in the back.  I didn't want to get in anyone's way or be distracting to anyone.  Needless to say, I only really got one perspective.. which can get kind of boring.  This time, I moved all over the place.  Believe it or not, it was not that distracting to begin with.  Everyone is literally zoned in on the bride and groom.

3. Use the flash

I tell so many people that I HATE using my flash.  I mean, to be honest, I was being kind of lazy when it came to using it.  However, things got to the point where I HAD to use my flash.  To be honest, those were some of my best photos of the night.  I was very excited when I reviewed them.

4. Don't be afraid to bump up the ISO

Another thing I hate.  Bumping my ISO.. I would SO much rather have focus issues than grainy photos.  Well, this time, I had to deal with it.  On the real, it did not come out so bad.

5. Eat before you get started

I got blessed and was offered food during the reception.  But I don't think every photographer would be so lucky.  If you do a long wedding day, make sure you eat, because your judgment and creativity can easily be blocked.

6. The importance of having a second shooter

While I managed to get some really good shots, I felt as though my creativity had to become slightly limited just because I had to rush back and worth making sure I got the details that I needed to have.  I really think that having a second shooter can definitely be a major difference from having just one shooter

There were so many things that I actually wish I should have done differently and will do differently next time.  I'm just really glad that I was able to have the opportunity to add another wedding in my book =).  I will be posting a sneak peak up either tonight or tomorrow of the wedding.  It's time to go through my 1,623 pictures!