August 2011

Emily & Brandon: Lexington Wedding, Part 2

Here is the second part of Emily and Brandon’s wedding day story:


Have you ever seen a single guy THIS excited for the garter? He gets the Man of the Year Award. Oh yes he does.

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Moments

It’s something you’ll never be able to get back no matter how hard you try. You can’t replicate it. It’s history. I moment in time. It’s a moment, a treasured piece of your life. Hold the moments dear; treasure them, live them, remember them.

 

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Emily & Brandon: Lexington, KY Wedding, Part 1

I’m not so sure there has been a sweeter, southern bride or one more excited to be marrying the love of her life. Brandon, her groom had to be one of the nicest gentlemen I’ve run across for awhile too. Emily’s wedding day was filled with smiles, hugs and laughter from the moment I arrived at the hair salon. She was there with all of her maids as they primped for the ceremony at the Carrick House later that afternoon. Once Emily was ready in her dress, garter and veil in place, she met Brandon on the front lawn for a “first look.” After they dazzled each other, and took formals the ceremony commenced on the front lawn, the reception in the grand ballroom. And it was grand! T

After the final touches, it was out to the lawn for the bride to meet her groom.

 

Part 2 of the Green wedding coming soon!

Stacey & Kent: Lexington, KY Engagement Photography

I’ve known Kent for a couple years now. The first bridal show I had a booth at happened to be his first as well. He’s a talented fellow photographer here in Lexington. His company is Ashley Portraits. How could I be more honored and humbled that he’d ask me to photograph his wedding day? Not only is he good at what he does but he’s a genuinely nice guy. It’s no wonder Stacey, sweet and cute, should fit him so well. I’m eager to spend time with them and see them pledge their lives and love to each other during their wedding celebration. September is awfully soon:)

I asked Stacey and Kent to share about how themselves, how they met/ and or how he proposed. This is what Stacey said:

God-centered, love, laughter, sarcasm, fun, spontaneous, unexpected, sweet … these are all words that come to mind when Kent and I try to describe our relationship.  Kent initially had to put forth some effort to get my attention, but did so in his own, outgoing way.  He had noticed me from a distance at church and was curious about me, so he and a mutual friend planned a New Year’s get together for a group of friends.  He made sure I was invited.  😉  He ended up coming over that night to help me work on a puzzle. (What I didn’t know at the time was that he HATES puzzles!)  We proceeded to text much of the next day.  I realized that evening that Culver’s™s had my favorite flavor of the day so I decided to stop by there on my way home that night.  He  informed me that ice cream is always better with good company so he invited himself!  That turned out to be our first date, and  we hit it off quickly.  I found out later that he was afraid I wouldn’t say anything because I was quiet in group settings we had previously been in, but he was pleasantly surprised to learn the opposite was true!  We have been falling in love more every day since!  We are so blessed to have such a great friendship and faith as the basis of our romance!

Lady in a Grand Hall

I often wonder where HDR has a place or even if it has a place in wedding photography. Wedding world, a woman’s world so soft and delicate…does it have room for something so loud, detailed and dynamic? The answer: yes. But those shots are not many and must be carefully crafted in thought, camera set-up and post process. In the end, Caroline is stunning…don’t you think?

Stacey & Kent: Lexington, KY Engagement Photography

Stacey and Kent’s full story will be up shortly. How about that evening Kentucky sunshine? What a beautiful rim light:)

High Dynamic Church

This is St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Louisville, KY. I find that HDR really opens up a space and adds that extra “WOW!” It turns a photo into a piece of fine art.

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It Begins With a Dress

I don’t know too many brides who don’t get their dress as the first piece of their wedding. The dress does make the bride after all. The dress is striking…the bride, well, she is breathtaking:)

I Did Some Intense Training: Cliff Mautner’s Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp


I thought I knew what good photography was: even light, smooth skin…then about 3 years ago I happened upon an article in Shutterbug Magazine about one of the world’s top wedding photographers. I didn’t care to read about him because I couldn’t get past the photographs he had taken. They were different; made my eyes “think” and I couldn’t stop staring. His photographs made me…feel. I still have that magazine article today and keep it to be inspired. The man behind the lens was Cliff Mauntner. His work reminds me of the old movies and the Italian painter Caravaggio.

I wanted to create images that lasted, that were like his, that were…different. He offers a three day intensive workshop, Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp. I knew I had to go. In a world saturated with “wedding photographers” with the same style, the same poses I wanted to stand out. A wedding is a powerful event in a person’s life and should be remembered that way. Cliff reminded us that all the wedding magazines are leading us astray with the photos of details and such. Photography is about capturing moments. Special, one-of a kind pieces of history we can never get back but only cherish in a print.

There were 19 of us so teaching was really personal and we all became close. From 9am- about 10pm we learned about technical and artistic skill and business. Cliff was so helpful and open about anything we wanted to know. One afternoon we worked on outdoor shooting, the next was indoors with off camera flash- both in Philedelphia. He’d hired real models to make working and learning that much better. And not to be unsung, breakfast and lunch were provided each day and those had to be the BEST chocolate chip pancakes ever!

Below are some images from my time at the bootcamp. I can’t wait to put these skills into practice in my work.

Kermie, the Green Xterra

 

I had a Jeep Liberty named Lucy for 7.5 years. In June, I was hit by an SUV and she was totaled. I loved that Jeep. There really isn’t a replacement for a Jeep, especially since the new Liberty body is horrible ugly! The next best thing…my new green Xterra. It has to be eccentric, different…loud. I’m an artist- it’s my nature. So…meet Kermie:)