Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Roanoke VA

I have mentioned before that I spend some time in S/W Virginia and this image was taken in Roanoke which is a great little city with some great old buildings in its downtown area.

I saw this shot as I peered down an ally way by where the farmers market is.

We don't have places like this in Phoenix and wish we did but then again Roanoke doesn't have most of what Phoenix has to offer.

Friday, March 26, 2010

No Flash Allowed!

The dreaded "NO FLASH ALLOWED" words that we as wedding photographers hear from time to time when shooting the ceremony at a church.

Personally having been a senior pastor of a church for several years I have never understood this. I can tell you I didn't force any photographers to shoot without flash. I am sure there is some tradition that has continued over these many decades, I am not sure what but I'm sure there must be.

So we do what we must and put on our 1.4 or 1.8 lenses and shoot wide open with shallow depth of field and make of it what we can.

This shot is one that I would call a more artistic shot that I can use for a backdrop to lay other images on, maybe a cover shot for an albun or in some cases it does appeal to some couples just for its artistic value.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Fine Art Slide Show

Check out my Fine Art slideshow that I created from a new feature from Zenfolio.

Mike & Steph

Here is a trio of shots taken from Mike & Stephanie's wedding a couple weeks back set on top of a background.

I love the center shot of her gazing into his eyes. He is not at an angle which shows him well but he doesn't need to be because the focus is on her, but we still know its him she is looking at.

And the flowers draped over his back adds a splash of color to the scene.

They loved this shot.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I'm Back!

Here is a shot of a fountain within the MGM Grand where I stayed. Pretty cool fountain.

Well Vegas was great but when I got there on Monday afternoon the trade show was already closing up at 4pm so I had to spend a few more hours there Tuesday so I could do what I went there for which was check out all the great vendors. Who's crazy idea was it over at WPPI to close up the trade show so early?

While there on Monday night about a dozen of us from had dinner at Diego's and it was pretty darn good. If you haven't found Photography Schoolhouse yet go there and check it out. It has a nice mixture of both Pro and non-Pro photographers sharing their thoughts.

Anyway this was just a quick update so check back soon!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Vegas Bound!

Monday morning I will be heading to Vegas for the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International convention.

It will only be for a day but I am looking forward to my stay at the MGM Grand where the convention is being held.

Vegas is about a 6hr drive from Phoenix depending on traffic at the Hoover Dam but it is a nice drive with some great scenery.

The trade show is primarily why I like to go. It gives me an opportunity to see some great new products that the many vendors will have available for display.

So wish me a safe trip and I will give you an update when I get back.