A Beautiful Wedding

Photographing two people who have such a strong love for each other is an honour and a privilege.  When we were asked to capture their wedding day we were over joyed.  Jessica and Kevin’s wedding was filled with lots of family and friends who have known the couple for years.  Sometimes when we get asked to photograph couples or events it doesn’t always go very smoothly.  Sometimes people do not feel comfortable in front of the camera and many other reasons.  We had a great time capturing their day because Jessica and Kevin, along with their wedding party, were so easy-going and always ready to participate and have fun.  Everyone looked amazing but most of all, Jessica, the beautiful bride, was stunning.  From make up to dress, head to toe, she was gorgeous.  Pre wedding-4

One of my favorite parts of photographing this wedding was capturing the “getting ready”.  Everyone was excited and pumped about the wedding.  The bride was all nervous and excited.  It’s great for capturing pure emotions.  Jessica had a very fun, but relaxed “getting ready”.  Everyone congregated at her parent’s house and got ready all together.  She had a great make up artist and hair stylist that seemed to have everyone done and all pretty with time to spare.

Pre wedding-22You could tell all the bridesmaids have a strong connection with Jessica as they all comfort her nerves and compliment how great she looks.  They all helped her get ready and dressed and they had some great laughs too.  Once everyone was ready we photographed around her parents house and took some really fun pictures.

 

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Driving to the ceremony was different.  They had the opportunity to get driven in Jessica’s grandparent’s nice 1965 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible.  She arrived in style and her driver, who was also her dad, couldn’t be more proud to have the job of getting her there.Parkwood-26

They had a touching ceremony then it was quickly off to Parkwood Estates for the formal pictures.  This place is a beautiful historic site that looks great in photographs.  When we heard that Jessica and Kevin’s wedding pictures would to be taken at this location, we were very excited to say the least.  It made our job easier and made their pictures more beautiful.  We had great weather and even though we only had a short period of time to work with, we made it work.  Scouting the location before the wedding helped us prepare and not rush with the little time we had.

Photographing Jessica and Kevin’s wedding was an amazing experience and we feel proud of our work.  We hope the lovely couple enjoys reminiscing one of the most important day of their lives.  Thank you Jessica and Kevin for including us in your day.

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A Winning Trick That Everyone Should Try

Having a new perspective on anything in life is a great experience.  It’s discovering a world that you didn’t know existed.  Or if you did know it existed, you took it for granted.

Sometimes you have to make do with what you have.  I have always wanted a macro lens.  I have never been able to justify getting one yet because they are very expensive (as is all camera equipment) and specific.  There’s something so unique and intriguing about seeing such small subjects so close.  It gives you a perspective that, unless taking the time with a magnifying glass or macro lens, we would not have noticed the amount of detail that so many things have.

Insects gross me out.  I think I’m not alone in feeling that way.  Spiders, ear wigs, potato bugs, centipedes, and many many more are the bugs I stay away from.  But, at a “safe” distance (meaning as long as they aren’t crawling on me) they can be fascinating.  We’ve all seen those photos of the magnified common house fly.  Everyone I know takes every chance they get to swat at them,  but when you view them up close, you see how amazing and detailed their eyes are, among other things.  Something so common becomes something so unique.

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In this photo’s case, I was gardening in my yard.  I went to go get my gloves and there he was.  This beautiful little caterpillar.  I quickly grabbed my camera and went to take a shot.  The result was so boring.  It just looked like a big yellow glove with a pipe cleaner on it.  How could I get closer?  I remembered something I learned about shooting a macro shot without a macro lens.  I then removed my 18-55mm lens from the camera and flipped it around to take the shot.  Since the lens does not screw on backwards, I had to hold it firmly to the camera and block the light out with my hands.  Also, since it doesn’t attach to the camera, you can’t properly focus.  So I had to move back and forth towards the caterpillar in order to get it in focus.  I finally arrived at the proper distance and caught him perfectly.  The detail was amazing.  This creepy caterpillar morphed into a beautiful picture.  It has always been one of my favorites.

More recently, there is this digital photography website that holds challenges for photographers to enter their work in.  This particular challenge was called MACRO CATERPILLAR.  I entered the above picture (even though I didn’t shoot it on a macro) and hoped for the best.  31 people entered the challenge and 486 people voted.  I was very proud and excited to hear that my photo got in first place!!  This just goes to show you, you don’t need the best equipment to take great shots.  If you are creative enough, and you have a passion, you can achieve great results.

On a side note, does anyone know what kind of butterfly this turns in to?  I would love to know.

I recommend people who own an DSLR to try this out.  Who needs a macro lens (though it would be nice)?