We settled in for a quiet night at home last Friday night. Got in our PJs, poured a glass of red wine and popped Three Amigos in the DVD player. Around 11:00, the fire alarm went off in our building. We heard a loud wooshing sound above us which led us to believe it may be an actual fire. There was water dripping from the fire sprinklers in the bedroom which made us think the sprinkler system had gone off above us. I grabbed laptops, camera equipment and Henry and ran outside. Branden went upstairs to check on the neighbors, but there was no fire and they seemed to be very confused as to what was going on. We go back into the apartment to find a hole in the bedroom ceiling and water gushing out of it. Turns out that the fire sprinkler pipe in our bedroom ceiling had burst. Since the fire sprinkler system is designed to gush water in the event of a fire, this burst pipe wasn’t just leaking, it was GUSHING!! SO. MUCH. WATER. It sounded like you were standing next to a waterfall. I’m still in disbelief. Here’s the video we grabbed of the water gushing out.
For photographers that specialize in portrait or wedding photography, being a people person is almost just as important as knowing how to work your camera! Lighting, composition and editing can only go so far in creating a great portrait. You could have an image that is technically excellent, but if the subjects look awkward or uncomfortable, it will fall short. So one important skill that all portrait photographers must learn is POSING!! Being able to connect with your clients and make them feel comfortable while photographing them is SO important!! When I went to Katelyn James’ workshop last year, she kept saying how it was more of a “how to be a people person” workshop than it was a photography workshop! Posing is something that can be quite intimidating and difficult to learn when starting out. You’re thinking about so many things when shooting- light, composition, settings- it’s hard to add communication with your clients in there too! Over time, I’ve become more and more comfortable when working with clients. I’ve figured out what works and am more able to consistently get genuine and authentic emotions from my clients! So here are a few tips on how you can do this with your clients!
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by photographing a newly engaged couple in love?! These guys were such troopers for braving a chilly February afternoon for their engagement session! Although, we really lucked out to have a day where the temperature was above 40, given all the cold weather we’ve been having lately! Brrr!! But Alex and Katie were so much fun to hang out with and such a breeze to photograph! Seriously! They are so stinking cute! We walked around the back yards of the Colonial Williamsburg area hitting all the pretty spots. Even in the dead of winter, this place is still gorgeous! So bundle up on this chilly snow day and enjoy a super cute engagement session! Can’t wait for their wedding this September!! :)
Oh boy, do I love me some bokeh! All the photographers out there know what I’m talking about, but the rest of you are probably way confused! What is bokeh?? You know those pictures where the subject is in focus and then the background is all blurry? That blurry background is called bokeh! It can create a beautiful artistic effect in images that makes for a very dramatic look! I’m not always going for this dramatic look though. Sometimes I want the background to be more in focus if I’m trying to highlight the setting and surroundings. But I love to add some variety by having a few images that have that dramatic bokeh that really makes the subjects pop off the background! So how do we get this look? There a few different factors that contribute to the bokeh in an image. And you don’t need a super fancy lens to do it! You can achieve this look with a simple kit lens once you know how it works! Here are a few tips on how to get bokeh!
Once you get the ring, you start wedding planning and book your photographer. Then comes the engagement session!! This is something that many girls dream about and anticipate leading up to their engagement. They probably have a whole pinterest board dedicated to engagement pictures! This is an opportunity for you to bask in the joy of your recent engagement and capture this moment in time forever! I just love the giddy excitement that couples have during the engagement session as this is one of the first big steps in the wedding planning process! So along with all this excitement also comes the stress of planning the session! What to wear, where to do it, etc. You’ve been looking forward to this for so long, so you want to get it right! There are a few important factors to consider when planning for your engagement session. Here are a few tips to help you along the way!