Monthly Archives: July 2010

Mike and Elisa

Mike and Elisa are a couple that just feels good when you meet them. You know what I mean. I am aware of the marriage stats and they aren’t good… But I have no worries when it comes to Mike and Elisa they are in love and it shows! We have been meeting for over a year now and now that the wedding has come and gone in a funny way I am a little sad because now it’s over. But I plan on being in their life for a long time to come, I hope! Mike is actually a great photographer himself and you can see his photos here I have had such a fun time talking shop with Mike every time we get together we “geek out” and put poor Elisa to sleep chatting about Photoshop/lightroom and apertures/shutter speed type stuff… Anyway we had the wedding yesterday at Aster’s Beechwood Mansion in Newport RI, and what an amazing day we had!!!

Ferns and Flowers provided the over the top beautiful flowers  here is their website

Blackstone Caterers provided the food and as always very nice! Here is their website

Nancy Palino and the Black Tie band ROCKED the house I LOVE them!!! Here is their website

Adornment Jewelry Store

I am happy to announce a new photo up at Adornment Jewelry store in the South County Commons, Wakefield RI!!!

I just went by there to drop it off and It looks great!

For those of you who don’t know about Adornment it is a locally owned and operated store. Adornment  specializes in unique and extraordinarily beautiful pieces of adornment. They showcase a vast selection of modern and classic jewelry made of natural gem stones and precious metals.  When you go in you will be greeted by Calvin’s smiling face and won over by his high level of service.

Here is their website

And here is the photo I put up in the store.

The Towers Narragansett RI

As many of you know I love the Towers in Narragansett RI! Here is a recent photo of it for you to enjoy!

How to create a great portrait

This beautiful photo of my daughter was taken in afternoon/evening light. The sun was getting pretty low in the sky and directly behind her. I had an 85 mm lens on the camera. My aperature was set at 1.8 which makes that wonderful blur in the background shutter 1/640th of a second ISO 100

I was about 6 feet away from the subject, and just off to my right about 3 feet away from her was a gold bounce gently pushing light back on her. Very simple but effective

Manya’s Bat Mitzvah

Ashley and Kevin

Ashley and Kevin fell into my life literally and figuratively both. Kevin’s uncle is a great family photographer and was all set to photograph the wedding when he fell and broke his elbow leaving him unable to lift his camera. So when Ashley and Kevin called me they were in sort of a panic. After chatting on the phone I told them that friends help out friends in need and while they weren’t my friends yet I planned to make it that way so was glad to help! And I believe that I have made some excellent friends. I am glad to have had the opportunity to photograph their special day! (minus the accident of course so sorry to Kevin’s uncle) They are wonderful people but if you are family or friends reading this you already know that don’t you…

It started out at the Hampton Inn at South County Commons for the Bride Here is their website

Then we went to St. Thomas More in Narragansett for the Ceremony Here is their website

and finished the day at Quidnessett CC for the beautiful reception Here is their website

How to create a beautiful wedding portrait

Here is a beautiful portrait RIGHT out of my camera. NO adjustments at all on the test shot or the final version.

I saw a big window with some nice afternoon/evening light coming through but the curtains were big and unmoving so I had Kevin the Groom step in as my assistant and hold the curtains back. then I took a test shot to see what it looked like

beautiful light but WAY dark on one side so I had Stacey my assistant come in with a reflector and bounce a little light just off camera to my right and fill in that other side here are two photos from my iPhone showing the set up.

My settings on the final shot were ISO 250, Aperature 2.8, Shutter 1/50th

and again this is straight out of my camera

Marcia and Tom