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photo of the day
I had the distinct honor of photographing a wedding on Sunday at the Towers in Narragansett Rhode Island. Marcia and Tom are a lovely couple that I met a couple of years ago when I photographed Tom’s brother being inducted into the marine corps. Since then I photographed a family portrait for them as well. As what happens often for me when I spend time with families at these wonderful junctures in their lives I feel so connected to them, and their well-being. We originally had this wedding set for Oct. when Tom’s brother Tim was ordered to go to Afghanistan in July. So we moved the wedding ahead in order for him to attend. (side note: please be safe and come home quickly Tim)
Lynda Williams from Formal hair design did all the lady’s hair. Here is her website. Don’t they look great! Wonderful job!
Joy from Flower Thyme did the flowers and as always did a fantastic job!!! Beautiful!!! Here is their website
The event happened at the Towers in Narragansett. My favorite place in Rhode Island. Here is their website
Pranzi was the Caterer, the food was wonderful! Thanks for feeding us so well Here is their website
Donna from Make over artistry did the make up for the lady’s simply beautiful! Here is her website
All around a Great Day! Thank you to Tom and Marcia for being so wonderful and having me as your photographer!!!
Beth and Mike got married yesterday at The Glen Manor in Portsmouth RI It was a lovely day for two wonderful people. If you haven’t been to the Glen Manorm, it is spectacular! What a beautiful place! Simply Devine Catering was prepared the food and Robin Hollow Farm prepared the flowers. Everything went off perfectly we photographed all the formal photos before the ceremony, which was outside. Directly after the ceremony we gathered up all the guests and I took a big group shot of everyone and then the cocktail hour started a which was inside and within seconds it started to rain! What amazing timing. We just made it! No problems at all! I think we ended up with some really beautiful photos, don’t you?
I have been seeing alot of HDR photography lately on the web and frankly most of it is pretty boring to me. Like a new toy photographers have gotten it is over used as of late. But some HDR can be really great. So I thought I would try my hand at it. I hope I didn’t fall prey to the siren song of HDR. If I start posting lots of these types of images please remind me of this post…
For those of you who don’t know about HDR or what it is. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and it combines multiple exposures into one final photo. I took three photo at Astors in Newport at a wedding a few weeks back and took some time to blend them using the new Photoshop CS5 HDR I like it. Here are two images dark and light that I started from I also took a middle exposure not posted but I think you can get the idea here.
And this is what we ended up with. Let me know what you think?
Bunches of wonderful Caterers descended on the Towers last night for a fantastic night of great food, and drink in this wonderful location right on the Ocean. My estimate would be 300 guests, and everyone was smiling! What a lovely night it was! You can see the Towers website here
K.C. Bishop from West Bay Gourmet was the coordinator for the event, you can see their website here
Also the other business represented were
and Weed Weavers
Decorations from Exquisite Events
A wonderful event that I was proud to be a part of. Here are the photos from that wonderful day!
More in my series showing the behind the scenes of portrait sessions. Working with pretty people always helps… Lucky for me I had a beautiful woman to work with. I was using 3 lights for this portrait. two up and behind her about 5 feet away from her with no modifiers on them at all, just the speed ring/reflectors. For those of you aren’t photographers that is just a small silver ring to generally point the light one direction. I was shooting in an office building see the florecent lights and power strip on the wall … I just over powered the lights in the room with my lights so you aren’t seeing any of those in the final shot. My main light which was a light shot thru an umbrella was set up above her and to my right but as close as I could get it to her about maybe 3 feet away, because I wanted that light to be as soft as possible. I used the regular green wall as a backdrop. We ended up with a dramatic image! Dig it!
Mission impossible photo style.
I went down to Connecticuit recently to Aspen Restaurant. You can see their website here I was asked originally to photograph some food for new marketing materials they will be putting out soon. But when I arrived after almost a 2 hour drive the Manager asked me to photograph himself and the head chef as well. Ok no problem but the restaurant is open so we can’t photograph in the dining room. They do have a spot down stairs that is empty but guests will be arriving in 30 minn, and it is SUPER dark down there… So I went to work… First I composed the shot in my head. Set up a tripod for my camera and put it in place took a test shot to make the exposure right for the ambient light. As you can see it was DARK
Then I set up two lights one off to my right up about 10 feet in the air and about 10 feet from the subjects. And another way back off from them to my left about 15 feet back. To avoid lens flare I put a snoot on the light made out of an cardboard box I found in their kitchen. If you look on the left of the Chef’s Face you can see that second light. I had them step into the frame and took the portrait, both of them were great and we got a wonderful portrait. Then I quickly set all the lights down and got out just in the nick of time! I think we ended up with a Great photo!
They by the way have AMAZING food. One of the perks of photographing for them was a meal at the end. I was left with one word, WOW!!!
Here is a recent portrait I did. I am very happy with what we got! Yes that swan was really there… Here is how we got the photo. Linda and her son were were near the edge of the water. The boy was sitting on a stool Mom standing behind him. It was about 3:00 in the afternoon on this mid April very cloudy day. The sun was coming from up high and behind them, but very diffused because of the heavy cloud cover. I had a light set about 6 feet away from them about 6 feet in the air off to their left and just a bit in front of them. The light was going through an umbrella. See the diagram I made. Sorry about the terrible drawing…
For those of you who are interested in what goes into a portrait…
We showed up at about 5:15 pm so the sun was getting lower in the sky on this April evening. I put Brianna with the Sun behind her and off to my left a bit. See her shadow in the 1st photo. All these shots are taken at ISO 320 this is because I wasn’t paying attention close enough and forgot to change it back from the last shoot I did where I needed a higher ISO… Lucky for me the Nikon D2x doesn’t get grainy at this setting! 1st shot was taken just to get a read on the light and check out the exposure I wanted for the background for the real techies out there it was 250th shutter and F-7 the lens was my 70-200 VR zoom taken at 70mm the final shot was taken with the zoom set to 105 mm and I was standing up on a ladder
Then I added a light from directly to the right of the model. A beauty dish set about 10 feet away from her up about 8 feet in the air pointed down at her. Powered by a battery pack as we were out in a field…
This is the end result! I was very happy with the portrait! I love how the man made light source takes on a look of the sun and the light behind her head looks like a fake light but the opposite is actually true… There you have it a peek behind the curtain!
I had the pleasure of photographing a very talented model this weekend. These photos of Brianna I think are really beautiful. Thank you to Ed Lefkowicz for letting me use his lights and for helping with the shoot. We worked well together and I hope to do it again soon. It is worth noting that the photos at the end of the end of the day were taken down by the Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett RI and it was REALLY windy and REALLY cold but Brianna was a totally good sport about it and jumped right in without even the smallest complaint. I think we ended up with some spectactular photos because of it.
This is the Court House center for the Arts in Kingston Rhode Island, taken on my phone. Click here for a link to there website!