Welcome to Joanna & Ivan’s wedding blog. It is with great pleasure that I am able to write this blog so quickly after their wedding. I began as a film and slide photographer in the early years of my career which affords me the luxury of “getting it right in the camera”. My editing is already complete without spending countless hours in front of the computer. Phew, I would much rather be behind my camera working with my next client than in my office looking at a monitor. So, our story begins…. It was a beautiful day this past Saturday for a wedding. It was not too warm or humid which is a rare luxury for July in New England. The bride was beautiful and the groom so dashing. Their wedding sermon focused on love and respect for which this couple are truly a role model. The love and friendship they displayed towards their friends and family was evident in the images taken that day. I feel so very blessed to have been a small part of their spectacular day. Enjoy their love story and fairy tale wedding.
Sheila & Marquis came to me through a referral site I use on the internet called Thumbtack. It was a true blessing to meet them both because they honestly give me the best laughs possible and are such a sweet couple. I truly can’t wait for the wedding. They also bring Sheila’s dad to all the meetings we have had and he was my light helper at our recent engagement session. Thanks Dad for working with me! You were a trouper. And to Sheila’s sister and boyfriend, you helped as well carrying “my stuff”. Thank you , thank you!!! I hope you all had fun as well and learned a thing or two:)
I met Cassandra and Nathan recently in a coffee shop in Connecticut, It’s a Grind, to discuss their wedding photography. The contact came through a wedding referral site online called Thumbtack. I was so thrilled to be chosen as their photographer after that meeting. I always find it amazing how I can feel an instant connection with some clients. It was definitely one of those moments. We scheduled our engagement session at Forest Park in Springfield. I wasn’t sure if the weather would cooperate but living in new England and being used to unpredictable weather issues we gave it a shot. We beat the rain and had a fabulous shoot. I wanted to find some more remote areas in Forest Park and I believe we did just that. I might also add I just absolutely adore working with engaged couples. I love to see the interactions that I capture on film and the love and friendship that is always so evident. Who said “fairy tales don’t exist”? Not me, I live and breathe it everyday in a career I absolutely love!
I finally had the pleasure of shooting in a location I had passed by several years ago on the way to a wedding in Connecticut. The location was so beautiful and it so happened I passed by the first time around sunset. It was absolutely stunning. There was a beautiful building jutting into the water which I thought, wow, I would love to photograph there. When I entered the location I was traveling to Saturday evening into my GPS, I was surprised that I was heading towards Bradley Airport. I just assumed I was going past Hartford. I kept my fingers crossed hoping it was where I thought I might be going. I was so excited as I recognized buildings I had driven by to that particular wedding. Maybe, just maybe I was going to that body of beautiful water. As I got closer I knew for sure this was where I was heading. I was so thrilled. What could be better than a beautiful location with a beautiful couple. We hadsuch a ball. Thank you to my groom for helping carry my equipment. You were a trooper!
Last week I spent a whole day watching Jim Garner, a very talented wedding and portrait photographer on Creative Live. Creative Live is a site for professionals to learn new techniques to apply to their businesses. There is always a live broadcast running and a variety of learning is available. I am interested in how other professionals perform so I truly enjoyed this particular broadcast. It was so interesting to see such a different style of photographing weddings. Jim uses a story telling style to photograph his weddings and always sells an album of this to his clients. It was also enlightening, no pun intended, to see how he used light to photograph his subjects. Today’s photography has gotten away from using on camera flash. I have been doing a lot of experimenting with natural light, off camera flash, reflectors and video lights int the past year to get different looks from lighting. I LOVE all effects but truly love when the response is “Wow”..that just means I have captured the light in the right way. I should add there is no right or wrong way to light a subject. As long as you achieve the look that pleases both you and your client you have used the correct light. Jim also taught about energy in story telling. Maybe not those exact words but those are the words I will use to showcase the images in this blog. When telling a story to me its about capturing the energy and personality of a particular client or couple. I often hear,” please tell me what to do”, as a response when we are shooting. I learned from this broadcast to “let the client play” . Play relaxes people and allows them to show more of who they are as a couple or individual. Sure, you still have to offer instructional posing at times but it appears to me there is far more energy in images that are light hearted and fun. I guess you should be the judge. The following is a mock engagement session.