Saturday, August 29, 2009

Wedding Part 1

As I mentioned before, I was so excited to be able to help photograph a wedding back in June. I posted a collage from the wedding, but I wanted to post the full photos that I love.

I, obviously, was not the main photographer doing this wedding, but I was there to help in any way that I could. The main photographer is not a professional either, but had more experience doing this and knew the family. We decided to split up the tasks. I was assigned to do the bride getting ready, the groom getting ready, help out with pre-wedding shots, capture the up front ceremony shots, and then the reception. But, as all of the festivities started, the both of us were there to capture whatever we could, in the moment it happened. It made me realize that no matter how much you plan, you have to be flexible, go with the flow, and capture the moment. I found that I thrive in that environment. I am soooo much a planner, but when it comes to photography, as long as you have an idea of what you want, you just have to roll with it.

And, roll with it we did! Here is a sample of some of my favorites!

I really love this shot. I was sitting up front (hidden beside the piano) to capture the moments from the front of the church. The ceremony was around 45 minutes long, so I had plenty of time to practice some creative shots and see what I could come up with. And this was one of them...

The 'shoe shot' is also a favorite and everyone that sees it has a reaction. I love that! I think it turned out awesome.

This is another angle of the shoes!

I love the depth in this picture.

Then, there is the bride. I have told many people that I am only doing weddings going forward when the bride is gorgeous! It sure helped in getting some amazing shots! (just kidding, really)

The stained glass window that I spoke about earlier was a challenge, but as the sun started to set, we were able to get some amazing light. The light was casting a gorgeous shadow over the bride's face and some shots turned out fantastic! We also got some very traditional pictures as well, but these are my favorite artsy/creative shots!



So, that is a little glimpse into some of the photographs I was able to capture at the wedding. I will post about the very HOT reception soon! Remember, I am an amateur and have SO much to learn about this art, especially my editing software, but that is a whole other post!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Just a test...

I am trying to learn how to upload larger photos on my this is my test! I hope it works!

This is what it normally looks like uploading through Blogger with the image set to large.This is Photobucket with no changes.Maxie
Ok, that was really large...

Let's try this. I resized to large in Photobucket. Photobucket
Much, much better! Thanks Vicky and Anita for your help.

Still practicing...This was uploaded using blogger with the image set to large.
Wedding Collage

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I know, I new blog! My wonderful blog designer is a little busy right now and not able to get to my blog just yet. Ok, I can't lie. She is waiting on me to make a decision and I just can't decide what I want to do. So, in the meantime, I am going to continue blogging here until I actually realize I no longer live in Europe. *sigh*


I have been wanting to post about a little project I worked on in June. Many of you know my love of photography and I was so excited when I was approached by a friend to help with a wedding. I have never (ever) done anything like this before and to say I was nervous...well, that is an understatement. I was at the church every night the week before the wedding getting adjusted to the lighting, lenses, flash, camera settings, etc. The wedding was at 6:30pm and there is a beautiful stained glass window above the alter. It is absolutely gorgeous, but a photographer's lighting nightmare!

However, the wedding went off without a hitch and I got some awesome shots! It helps when the bride is so dang beautiful that it is hard to get a bad shot of her!!!!

And, I am hooked to this whole photography biz! I had so much fun capturing and sharing this day with the whole wedding crew. I will have to post about the OUTSIDE reception in JUNE, in MEMPHIS...yes HOT HOT HOT!
What do you think? Oh, and because I have no idea how to use my editing software, these shots are straight out of the camera with no editing!