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Izzy and Alex get married!

Rhode Island Wedding Photographer Seth Jacobson at The Hyatt Newport RI

Stephanie and Nick got married at the Hyatt in Newport RI earlier this year this is a small showcase from their beautiful wedding!

Portrait and Wedding photographer Seth Jacobson: self portraits with phone

My series of self portraits highlighting the disconnect that I see around me from the use of the little magic boxes we all carry with us. I am guilty of this myself from time to time. These images are meant to show me missing out on the beauty around me because I’m looking at my phone. To steal a quote from John Lennon, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans” I do love what my phone allows me to do. Please don’t mistake my intentions, I just need a reminder (as I believe many of us do) to put the phone down sometimes and take in the beauty around us

Castle Hill By Seth Jacobson Photography

Castle Hill By Seth Jacobson Photography

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet by Seth Jacobson Photography

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Mount Hope Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Mount Hope Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

Trinity Church Newport RI by Seth Jacobson Photography

Trinity Church Newport RI by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Old Lyme Inn by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Old Lyme Inn by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Newport Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Newport Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Chanler Newport RI by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Chanler Newport RI by Seth Jacobson Photography

Portraits, Weddings, Bar Mitzvah’s OH MY 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, here are just a small taste of the photos we created during 2013! Dig it!

Taste of The Towers In Narragansett: Wedding Photographer Seth Jacobson

The Towers in Narragansett in Hosted their annual event “Taste of the Towers” featuring the regions best catering companies preparing food and drinks for all to enjoy. This has been a favorite of mine for a long time now. I make sure to arrive hungry and they didn’t let me down! I was wowed by some incredible food, thank you for all the great tasting, finger licking delectables!

Here is a list of some of the great companies represented  with links to their websites

West Bay Gourmet

Coastal Gourmet 

Blackstone Catering

Decadent Catering

Cozy Catering

The Shelter Harbor Inn

The Meadowbrook Inn

Simply Devine

Wildwood Catering

Parnzi Catering

The Matunuck Oyster Bar

Ripe Hospitality

Tom’s market

Glorious Affairs

The West Valley Inn

McGrath Clambakes

Gay Marriage makes it to Rhode Island! Seth Jacobson Gay Wedding Photographer

Gay Marriage was made legal yesterday by the state of Rhode Island! I am so proud to have witnessed this historic event! I want to tell you a short story of the changes I have seen in my lifetime in public opinion regarding gay folks.

In 1991 when I was 17 years old and a senior in High school, I was given an assignment to give a persuasive speech to my fellow students. The topic I chose: Gay Rights. As a young person living  in conservative Wisconsin, this seemed like a worthy topic, and something that seemed SO basic and easy to explain, but as it turned out, I didn’t persuade very many people. In fact I really angered quite a few folks. I should say that I am not gay, but just for suggesting that gay people ARE  people, and deserved a basic level of respect, I received a huge amount of grief from the community. A fellow classmate of mine punched me in the face, I got death threats written to me, and people left terrible mean messages on my family’s home phone machine, saying they were going to beat me up and cut off my hair (which was quite long at the time) etc… Being the stubborn person that I am and supported by a wonderful group of friends and family, I pushed back against that bad behavior and thumbed my nose at those people. Somehow I got my hands on a button that said “bend over, I”ll drive” I wore this to school and my friend Karl and I walked down the hallway holding hands. I was a rebellious young man and it felt at the time that I was making a difference, or at least I was speaking the truth in the face of bigots and that felt right. Looking back, I don’t think it changed anyones mind, or helped make any bit of a difference but I could hold my head high and know that I stood up for what was right.

Here I am now 22 years later living in RI and yesterday Governor Chaffee signed into law the Marriage Equality bill. I was on hand to see this historic gathering with a TON of Media, and about 1,000 other folks. It was a joyous and happy event. It is amazing to me that so much has changed in my lifetime. I can only hope things continue to move in the same direction for all people. Look at this couple  if you can’t read the notes they are wearing it says “waiting since 1976” WOW

Gay Marriage finally reaches Rhode Island

Gay Marriage finally reaches Rhode Island

Wedding photos at The Waterman Grill Providence RI

wedding photo at The Waterman Grill Providence RI 

 

Wedding and Event Photography- Bridal Tasting at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet is one of the last of the great dance halls left in America. A venue that used to house the likes of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. While Rhodes still houses many wonderful concerts it also serves as a fantastic place to have your wedding! Russell Morin Fine Cateringis the exclusive catering company working there and last week they hosted a tasting for bride, grooms and their families to come in and see what a wedding could look and feel like!

This great event was sponsored by a bunch of great wedding and event folks that I was proud to work with!

Mike from Artistic Wedding Video did the Video. I got a sneak peek and it looked amazing!

Golden Gate studios  made the stunning flowers!

Felicia’s perfect setting provided the beautiful decor

Russell Morin Fine Catering did the food and WOW did it taste great!

Groove Entertainment provided the wonderful music to set the mood just right!

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet by Seth Jacobson

Wedding Photos of Cranston Country Club

Taking advantage of the beautiful fog rolling in after a pretty overcast day, I created these two beautiful photos at Cranston CC tonight while second shooting for Kelly Meyer of KM photography We worked with the very fun Daylight Production Video company check out there website!

Which one do you like better? I can’t decide…

beautiful wedding portrait at Cranston CC

Beautiful Wedding portrait at Cranston CC

Photos from Taste of The Towers wedding sampler

The Towers in Narragansett RI put on its annual Taste of the Towers event tonight featuring a wonderful array of fantastic food prepared by the region best catering companies. Here are some photos of this wonderful event.

Here are some of the companies featured here with links to their websites!

Westbay Gourmet

Coastal Gourmet

Tom’s Market

Blackstone Caterers

Pranzi 

Simply Devine Catering

McGrath Clambakes

Decadent Catering

Wild Wood Catering

The Shelter Harbor Inn

How to plan a great wedding!

How to create a beautiful wedding!

A Simply Stunning Wedding: How to Design a Perfect South County Celebration

A Simply Stunning Wedding: How to Design a Perfect South County Celebration Webinar
Recently, Adornment Fine Jewelry hosted an informational workshop for Brides, Grooms and their Families.  Representatives from local bridal businesses and event planning experts shared trends, tricks, and techniques: virtually everything a bride and groom should know before they plunge into planning their event.

This seminar was not a sales pitch, rather it was an open forum that will gave information and guidance to couples on helping them plan their special event in South County.

Please take a look – you will be surprised by the great information contained within!

Guest Speakers

Calvin Campany: Jeweler and Owner of Adornment Fine Jewelry

Seth Jacobson: Photographer

Ginny Cauley: Owner of AAirline Express Limousine & Car Service, Inc.

Joseph Farias: Celebeautique Hair Spa, beauty expert

Brandi Lacoste: Blissful Events, Wedding Planner

Ann Petronio: Annie’s Escapes, Travel Planner & Escape Artist

Wedding Contest Winners at The Garde Theater, New London CT

Congratulations to Kristen and Jason who celebrated their marriage yesterday at The Garde Art Center in New London CT. I was honored to photograph this event that was a wedding give away put on by The Day Newspaper Grand prize was a complete wedding for Kristen and Jason and 50 guests, thrown by The Day! The wedding was held on Sunday, March 25.

It was quite a lovely day with a lot of people putting in a lot of hard work that all ended up  FABULOUS ! I am super happy to have been a part of this event that was donated my some very generous people!

Wedding photo at The Garde Theater New London

The prize package included:

* Hair and beauty for the bride provided by Bella vita Salon
* Ceremony and reception location provided by the Garde Arts Center
* Catering by Coastal Gourmet
* Photography by Seth Jacobson Photography
* Rings provided by Mallove’s Jewelers
* Entertainment by Pierce Productions
* Cake provided by You Take the Cake
* Linens and place settings provided by Arrow Party Rental
* Videography by Marsal Studios
* Dress provided by Pentangle Fashion Boutique
* Tuxedo by Colin’s Tux Shop

*Flowers by Adam’s Garden of Eden

The Towers Narragansett RI, Wedding Photos

The Towers in Narragansett see quite a few of weddings but not very many of them get to have dinner outside! Here is a look at what a wedding looks like from the Towers if you have your reception outside in the courtyard by the Fountain! Super Cool ha!

Wedding photo, The Towers Narragansett Rhode Island

Wedding Photo Newport RI

Here is a recent portrait from a wedding I photographed in Newport RI last weekend. We were working at the officers Club on the Naval Base at the Naval War College which has a beautiful view of the Newport Bridge! I was working with Michael David Spirito as a second shooter which was super fun! He is a great guy and fun to work with. I set up this shot and had Mike hold an umbrella (and used pocket wizards to trigger the speedlight) over the couple on a boom which gives that soft romantic light cascading over them. I  waited until the sun was over the horizon but there was still a little light left in the sky to give that beautiful blue hue to the background.

Wedding portrait Newport RI

Photoshopping behind the scenes

I get asked all the time what amount of photoshopping I do to my images and the truth is not very much. Most of the time I prefer to do my work before hand using good composition, good lighting, and just generally get the fundamentals of photography “right” in camera. But sometimes I do take extra time and really tweak and tweeze a photo in the computer to push it to another level. Also let me be clear I have NO problem AT ALL with using the computer to enhance, change or manipulate a photo. There is an erroneous idea out there that with the invention of Photoshop so came the invention of the manipulated image. This is simply NOT SO. Here two examples of people using the dark room, airbrushing, and other techniques to manipulate enhance or just change an image…

The great master Jerry Uelsmann

And Joseph Stalin not only wiped people out with guns, but in photos too…

But I am getting a little off topic here, I love the computer and Photoshop, and have no problem using them to execute my vision of what a photograph should look like. Maybe on another day I will spend some time writing about this and going into in with more detail, but for now I want to show you what I have done with this image of a beautiful woman who I photographed this week. This 1st shot is straight out of the camera no changes at all to the image. Pretty good ha?

This 2nd version has been adjusted in Adobe Lighroom 3

I added just a tiny bit of green and yellow to the white balance of the photo, removed the mole from her chest and brightened the shadow on her face just a little. It’s getting better…

This finished version was exported into Adobe Photoshop CS5 and changed a little more there.

I added a little more yellow to the photo softened just a tiny bit, and cleaned up the stray hairs on her head, and last softened the shadow on her chest. So this is my vision of what this photo should look like as realized by the computer. I hope this helps illustrate to those of you who are interested what can happen behind the scenes on an image. As I said at the beginning of this post, I mostly don’t do this much work on my photos. Because there is something to be said for a more “natural” look. But sometimes I feel the desire to push an image to that next level…

A few from this past year

Here are a few wedding, portrait and client photos from this past year in Rhode Island. It was a great year for photography! I grew as a photographer and got to know some wonderful people along the way!!!

THANK YOU!!!

Kinney Bungalow at Sunset Farm

I photographed the very beautiful Kinney bungalow tonight at sunset.

Karen and Phil wedding at the Towers in Narragansett

It was a very stormy day for Karen and Phil on their wedding day in Narragansett. But while the skies were dark the spirits were bright! And despite the weather we had a wonderful day and this beautiful couple ended the day as a married couple! The wedding ceremony was supposed to take place outside but that soon became clear that it simply wasn’t an option…

But we adjusted and moved it inside the Towers, no problem. It was a great day hosted at the Towers in Narragansett RI

here is their website

The Flowers were by Weedweavers from Wakefield RI Beautiful as always Elaine!

Here is their website

Catering by Westbay Gourmet who ran the day  flawlessly under difficult circumstances. Great job KC!

Here is their website

The music and entertainment was done by Jason from Music mixers and he never fails to get them up and dancing another slam dunk!!!

Here is their website

And here is a preview of some of the photos! Hope you like them as much as I do!!!

Kathleen and Pablo wedding photos