month: September 2009
perhaps with a slip or two outside the lines…..
This was a no frills shoot without lights, backgrounds, or planning. I used a 50mm and an 85mm using natural light. I knew from the beginning this was only to be in black and white, and the young man’s face would never be seen. My goal was the lines in any way they presented themselves. I gave little to no instruction to him. It was a 30 minute shoot.
I am quite used to doing intimate shoots with women without any hesitation. I was nervous for this one. Just goes to show what certain curves do all of our imaginations
What’s a mental health day readers might ask. They are days where you go do anything and everything on a whim. Wednesday was such a day. I grabbed a friend and off we went. Camera tucked in the car of course. The best way to describe my mood was with this image.
A gloomy cloudy dark dreary day with pond scum on the river? Oh, man! Perfect!! It fit my mood perfectly. I am a DIGS kind of person (Donna’s instant gratification syndrome) and since when did life ever deliver the changes life has for us on our timetable? I’ve a flair for the dramatic. So! Off I went.
The day included retail therapy purchasing, a new top, a moody colored scarf, pumpkin pie fudge, jelly bellies, typhoo tea, a coffee/hot chocoalte mix, horseradish mustard, and mango butter. Amazing things happen after a little retail therapy.
To add to my day of retail therapy there was of course Lay’s Chips so I got my oil/salt fix. The day and the evening was shared with a friend and we ended it with Mexican food and Blue Moon.
Funny, I forgot why I needed a mental health day after all that. Oh, come on! You know you have mental health days too. <smile> They work wonders in accepting the things you can’t change!!
St John Vianney
Davenport Country Club
Studio D Photography
Master DJ Tanner
The Princess Bride
This Sunday was a teaching day for Lexie. No pressure you understand! Just shooting with the studio owner breathing on your camera looking at every image. Lexie did great.
Rob and Melissa were married September 5, 2009. I wanted to give them a little gift of images taken when the pressure is off. Wedding days rarely if ever afford the couple and the photographer to play for over an hour. Day after shoots is all about romance, fun, the passion of a brand new union, and some silliness too! It can be whatever you want it to be, but the intended results are always capture the excitement.
For me it was hard to give up actually doing the shoot. I shared with Lexie the very best I could. I did hear the word “bossy” a couple of times.
Proofs from the entire shoot can be seen following this link. The password is the groom’s last name in lower case
“So! Why do we need __(2 or 3) photographers to capture our wedding”? During the interview process it is a frequently asked question. Phrased another way we are asked what our assistants do.
One photographer can cover one thing at a time. Something is going to be missed. Just a simple statement of fact. Adding extra people photographing the day’s events means broader coverage. It really is that simple.
Lexie caught this image while lights were being tested for formals. It was going on out in the lobby. This young lady pretended and played “bride” all day. She loved everything wedding!
I grabbed this shot with a groomsman from Kansas, and he was totally into the John Deere Pavillion and all of the equipment. His friends were not about to curl up in a tire. He on the otherhand had seen a 4 year old do it, and he wanted to do it just for fun. Where were the other photographers? Grabbing shots in another area of the pavillion totally out of site from us.
Tony grabbed this shot while I was shooting formals and Lexie was outside getting shots of the church. Tony saw the light and played. Our job is to NOT cookie cutter produce the images. We avoid formulas for capturing the day.
St Pius X
Jumers Hotel Casino Rock Island
Hy-Vee for florals
John Taylor Salon for bridal hair and makeup
after the tease of two previous posts……..
Sunday we shot for a local wedding linens vendor…… “linens for any occasion” being the theme.
We were blessed with a young lady that loves the camera and the camera loves her. You would have to work hard to get a bad angle on her. Add to handsome young men with great bodies…… a boat dock at sunset.. a glass of wine……. a diamond ring….. and whole host of people watching and cheering us on….. you have new images that you will start seeing for another company.
I am fairly certain we will all be together again along with another couple of guys wanting to be in front of my lens. For sure there were several hot looking young guys floating around Sunday.