The Jersey Shore comes south.

I was contacted by a young woman who wanted me to photograph their wedding. She said that she and her fiancé were headed down to NC to get married in the mountains. I noticed her accent and asked where she was from and she said from the beach/shore section of New Jersey. She said that she wanted to assure me that they were not like the people from the show on MTV. I just laughed and said I am more familiar with the Bruce Springstein mental picture of the shore than the fist pumping or snooki spotting. They were an awesome couple who brought along two of their best friends who were equally as fantastic. Here is to Ana and & Chris, thanks for having me along for the ride.

 

Wise Sewcial Ties

I was asked to do a shoot for Wise Sewcial Ties(www.wisesewcialties.com); They make handmade upcycled clothes and gifts from a pretty unique perspective. We had a blast during the shoot, and the model(s) and the owner are so awesome. I highly recommend them for anyone wanting something unique to wear or give to someone as a present.

The Queen for the Queen City

Here are some out takes from the Bridal shoot in Charlotte, NC. All of the Brides/couples that I work with are fantastic; Kristin was no exception. Kind, considerate, and great sense of humor. I had the pleasure of meeting her soon to be husband during the engagement shoot a few months back, and he is just as awesome; they make a great team.

The days are getting warmer

The days are getting warmer and it is becoming the perfect weather for the outdoor portraiture season. SCCA Rookie of the Year (Alex Gaines) is wanting some head shots done soon, so I talked him into to some spur of the moment test shots while we discussed when to schedule the actual session.

His car we used as the prop was just to nice not to get a solo shot itself

Rob and Lisa/ The Cute Charleston Couple

We recently traveled to Charleston for a Wedding. I can’t tell you how much fun we had, here are a few pics from the wedding.

I love the fact it started raining blossoms when she sat on the bench

The mansion was closed but they were nice enough to let us shoot out front with no hassle. 

The Groomsmen comprised of cigar buddies and family. These guys needed no direction at all, it is almost like they knew what I was going for.

Thanks to Rob, Lisa, their family and friends. They really made us feel welcome.

Groundhogs are not scared of shadows

This weekend was the first time I really understood what spring fever was all about. It was just warm enough to make you wish it would not drop below 65degrees again. As it turns out we may have some exceptional weather (besides the wind) for just a little while longer. 

While it was warm enough we took advantage of it and had a photo shoot with my wife and her/our niece. The pictures are actually for a birthday surprise for my sister in law for when she gets back from out of town (my niece’s mom, other wise it wouldn’t make much since then would it).

Ahhhh, Winter Break- Time to Work/Time to Play

Winter can be an especially hard time for photographers making a go at it for a living. It gets eerily quiet and you wonder (at least once) “what if no calls come in for summer weddings?” They always do, but it can be scary.

I use this time to plan and advertise because when spring/summer gets here, it gets really hectic. There is an upside to this lull though. It gives you time to be a little creative and do some stuff maybe you did not have time for during the summer. Here are some photos that I did just to pass the time between the planning, scheduling, and to be honest the worrying. The rain idea came from Aaron Nace; I mentioned him in a previous post. Hope you enjoy.

White Christmas

I do not remember really having snow on the ground for any of the Christmas holidays that I have been around to see. They have said that this is the first time it has snowed here on Christmas day in 40+ years; I guess I will have to take their word for it. I got out to drive a little in it this morning, my intention being to get some shots of the Christmas lights around town and on some houses. Unfortunately I got stuck and was a little to frustrated to take any. So,Here are some shots from the family Christmas get together yesterday instead. Anyway fun was had by all.

The Reality

I was asked recently why photographers only work a day or two a week and charge what they do. The work ethic of a photographer is scrutinized in this way from time to time and is a common misconception. Please understand that it is not unusual to work 12 hour days/ 5-7 days a week in this field, but most are in it because we love it. The graph shows and is true that we spend most of our time behind the computer editing photos to make sure they are perfect, creating, responding to emails, bills, research and other things to make the business work. In addition, as one of the comments posted after reading, “The graph does not reflect the ones that have a family” i.e. kids,husband/wife, dog, cat, camel, emu, etc…    I sometimes try to explain everything involved, however; I feel as if it comes across a little like Linus (not my dog) from Peanuts trying to explain the “Great Pumpkin” to Lucy, Sally, and the rest of the gang.

I was researching a little and came across this pie chart. It explains the perception and reality of the day and the life of a photographer and it comes from a survey of about 50 photographers courtesy of the ISPWP and can be found here:  http://www.ispwp.com/the-secret-life-of-wedding-photographers.html

The Perception 

The Reality

Todays Blog is brought to you by the letter V for video. The video included is from a person whose name is Aaron Nace. If you have not heard of him “yet”, I am sure you will be soon.

Mr. Nace is a Digital Editor and Photographer. He also teaches  Photoshop, Digital Enhancements/Editing and other mad skills online; you can sign up and see his work via his website-  www.aaron-nace.com  (Links also below).                                                        

Due to the power of the webcam he has students all over America and the world, so it should be easy to buy a ticket and jump on the digital train since there is no driving or classroom to go to.

Be forewarned- when you go to his website you need be prepared to be staring at the screen for awhile, the pictures and the editing pretty much suck you in and time will pretty much drive on by without even a honk and wave.

I know this Blogs main focus is photography, however; this video was too good/creative not to post. Hope you don’t mind Mr. Nace.

http://www.aaron-nace.com/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aknacer/

I wonder, Did Auntie 'Em ever watch Nat Geo?

I have to admit, I do have what some may call an addiction to documentaries. Even though my wife is not what you would label a “lover” of them, she will occasionally let me get my fill as she reads a magazine or something. I have to say, I never thought they would come in useful for anything; but just in case jeopardy calls I will be ready.

On Tuesday afternoon, I wasn’t feeling the greatest so I decided to go to bed early. My wife had called and said that there were tornado warnings in our area, and her class was being held there in class room until they expired. No big deal, I let her know that I would be turning in early and would be asleep when she got home. I laid in bed listening to the pouring rain, in that weird zone in between sleep and awake. That is when the local train was coming down the tracks. “It never fails” I thought, “Every time I lay down to sleep or nap the train comes by”; it is like the conductor knows what I am trying to do. Then I noticed something weird, the rain just suddenly stopped. I thought back to the mental catalog of Nat Geo, “didn’t I see something on a documentary about tornadoes sounding like trains, and rain sometimes not being in a tornado?” I looked out the window just to see in the unlikely event that one may actually be there.

As I pulled the blinds apart, I saw the night sky light up blue from one transformer to another exploding off the power poles. And in the light from the explosions… Behold, there it was; about 300 yards from the window- spinning; just like what I had seen on National Geographic. Folks, I have always been one of those people who like thunderstorms. The feeling in the air, the blue cast of the lightning. Well, that all changed the other night, just about the time I found myself huddled in the downstairs bathroom with Linus “the wonder pup” (just like the   documentary said I should be doing), telling my wife that I did not know what was going to happen but I loved her and was sure that Linus did too. After that the phone and power died.

The rumbling was getting worse, I could hear roaring and the pressure felt like the house was about to bust.( Side note- In cases like this, it is true what you have heard 20 seconds does feel like a eternity.) Then all of a sudden silence. No rumbling, no rain, no thunder. I walked out the front door only to be greeted by everyone in the neighborhood, walking out of their front doors looking around and trying to get a grip on what was happening. I looked up to the right (twilight zone moment) and the sky was clear, the stars were out. I looked to the left and there it was ,the back end of the tornado spinning and spewing green lightning; God help me GREEN LIGHTNING! Thank God my wife finally made it home shortly after, I can’t recall the last time I was so glad to see her.

The one thing I took out of this whole situation… documentaries are not just for when Alex Trebec calls. Even though it was a little too hurried to get you pictures during the storm , I went around the neighborhood and took some pics of the damage the next day. 

Looks fast even though it's sitting still

I got a chance this weekend to take some shots for my racing friend. When I was trying to come up with an idea of where to do the photos, the plane museum that we have here in town came to mind. It turned out to be a really great shoot. The cars and fighter jets have more in common than what I realized. At one point this summer, after he got a chance to take a ride around the track; his father said, “When you brake in these cars and it knocks your forward, it reminds of when I used to land on carriers in the service”. 

Found it, and it wasn't under the cushion like you said!!

With a bridal shoot looming in the in near future, I knew that there was a key piece of equipment that I needed to make it a success. I have scoured the usual websites for quite a number weeks now, and finally this morning; there it was. With the added benefit of being reasonably price and never used. I contacted the person, set up a meet time and public destination for the exchange, and I am off.

I have always been somewhat self conscious of meeting someone for the first time. However, when I met up with this person, they made me feel at ease instantly. It may be that they had such a warm disposition about them, or the fact that that just came across as a very genuine, good natured/hearted person. We discussed the normal things like stuff we have in common, photography, etc. Judging from the accolades and publishing that they have received; they are obviously pretty good at it. Hey, I was impressed; and the people (person) who follows this blog may know, impressing me “ain’t” the easiest task.

All in all, it turned out to be a pretty nice day. GOD is good, I woke up breathing, I found new equipment, I met someone who gave me a new perspective for the rest of the day. Game,Set,Match. 

By the way; I do not have any photos prepared about the day, so here is one of my dog instead.