Archive for August, 2007
Today I’ve been contacting most of my remaining Brides (except the ones that have hired Jaime Johnson because she takes care of all that for me! She is awesome!) and thats 5 to be exact! These last 5 weddings are going to be amazing and I love that I’m finishing up my wedding season in Hawaii!
I then decided to see what I had booked for Oct. and Nov. and its looking really slow! I don’t like to be sitting on my butt for long periods of time without using my camera. So I figured the best way to get the word out would be to post something on my blog. So here is what I want to offer………
All you new couples out there that just became engaged and want an SWP lifestyle session here is your chance for a deal. The session will stay $300 for 1.5 hrs of shooting. But I will give you a free SWP art image from the session! The print does have to be an 8X10 or smaller.
I’m also going to be getting into the modeling photography/business. If you know anyone who needs to update their modeling portfolio, or someone who wants to get into modeling please send them my way. The sessions last 3 hours and includes unlimited clothing changes and locations with 5 retouched images for $350.00.
Please pass on this info to friends and family. My business is mainly successful because of “word of mouth” marketing from great people like you. Without my past clients recommendations I would not be where I’m at today.
I hope everyone has a great long weekend and thank you in advance for passing my info to everyone.
August 30th, 2007
(Ok so I have been playing around with my logo for my blog pictures. Please let me know what styles are your favorite)
Amber & Darby had a very large wedding at their private residence in Sandpoint, ID. A lot of their friends flew up from Los Angeles just for the wedding. I’m sure this wedding filled up all the hotels in the area. The ceremony was absolutely gorgeous! The people were a blast, Amber looked gorgeous and the overall wedding went perfect! Theres lots of pics below so enjoy.
First of many of you are probably asking “why this picture below”? Well if you know me personally you know I love PUMA. So when I saw this sweet puma purse I had to take a photo.
I love the feeling of this image!
Ambers first look into the mirror.
Darby getting a little help.
I was following Amber down the stairs when I noticed the long verticle lines in the wood. I really wanted to push the composition of this image, what do you think?
Check out this wedding party!
I loved the umbrellas so much I decided to use them in a couple of my casual portraits. Isnt she adorable?
A shot of me in action
First Dance. 85mm at 1.2
August 28th, 2007
Some of you might think April looks familiar and she should. She was the model I used for the Cover of Northwest Bride & Newlywed. I’ve known April for a long time now and I was honored she chose me to shoot her wedding. It was a very intimate ceremony at Manito Park in Spokane. Reception was held on the roof top of the convention center.
Check out these great shots!
After the ceremony we all headed downtown Spokane to so we could get some urban images. Shooting on a Sunday was a blast. The streets were empty, and tons of open space (without cars) to get creative. First is one of my signature 2007 couple images.
I found some cool “negative space” by using this guard rail. I love simple images.
I then walked around April & Matt to find some more angles and found this one.
Around the corner and down the alley I found this cool green loading door to play with.
by this time we were really hot and ready to head to the reception. As we were walking through the convention center I noticed the sun coming through the windows. I told them to go stand in the sun and…….
Thank you once again April & Matt!
August 25th, 2007
I can still remember when Chelsea called me last winter to let me know that she was getting married and wanted to use me as her photographer. I was so excited because I knew this was going to be a sweet ranch themed wedding! You might remember Breanna and Blakes wedding from last year (also wedding #4 on my website), Chelsea is Blakes beautiful sister. The location was here parents beautiful ranch in Hayden. As you can guess with any Jaime Johnson Event, it was top notch all the way. With small cowboy boots as center pieces, hay bails as ceremony seating as well as reception lounging, this wedding was one of a kind! Carissa from the Art of flower took her flowers to a new level as well! I feel so lucky to be working with these two amazing vendors. Check out the pics!
The first site !
Something a little different for the ring shot.
The bride and bridesmaids were brought out on this cool horse and buggy.
I love this angle!
Some of Carissa’s unique flower ideas.
After the ceremony Sam and Chelsea took some alone time. I was sneeky enough to find them and get this shot of Chelsea coming down the stairs. I shot this with my 85mm f 1.2 at 1.2! I love the small depth of field in this image.
Doesn’t everybody have a hay bail couch with throw pillows at their wedding?
Love this cool cake!
Check out these cool center pieces.
Ron (father of the bride) figured he would have a hard time doing his speech to Chelsea. So he hired a videographer before hand to film his best wishes to Chelsea. It was a great video and everyone loved it!
Best of wishes Chelsea and Sam!
August 23rd, 2007
I was doing my normal Sunday routine (when I’m home and able to that it) of checking my favorite photographer blogs. When I open Chase Jarvis’s blog (an amazing lifestyle action sport photographer) he had this video of an autistic man that can see something once and draw it perfectly! I’m not just talking about one buliding, this guy does whole cities! This is amazing check it out!
August 19th, 2007
I’m writing everyone to inform them that David Beckstead and I had to cancel the 4 day workshop due to a lack of attendance. I’m not sure why it did not fill up but I do know that this is a very common issue with other photographers that had planned workshops as well.
The good news……..
We are changing it to a 2 day shooting workshop for a price of 600.00!
Dates- Sept 9th we will meet for a dinner. The 10th & 11th will be actual workshop days. A possible bonus day on the 12th At David Beckstead’s house.Maybe shoot a bride under water at Davids private lake?
Here’s how it will work. Day one will be all about shooting and improving your “style”. We will have two sets of models and force you to see light differently, learn how to shoot motion, where to find shadows and reflections. Learn how to incorporate urban elements into your imagery and make them work. You will also be taught how to shoot in EVERY lighting condition and what tools you will need to do the job right. Learn how composition alone can separate you from the rest of the pros in your hood! All this plus you will go home with some amazing new sample images!
After the shoot we will all meet up and have dinner, download images and talk about the days shoot. Maybe even have a couple beers or a libation ( I love that word ) of your choice!
Day two will start with a morning critique of images. Pick 10 of your favorites and David and I will discuss them with you. This time is really for you. David and I have been shooting for years and have gone through numerous critiques with our own work and other photographers. These sessions really help you grow as a photographer and should never be taken negatively! After the critiques are completed we will then sit down for a round table discussion on the industry, marketing, pricing, branding etc. Basically come with a list of questions and David and I will share with you whatever you want to know.
At the end we all part ways as new friends, a strong network group, great memories and a new rejuvenation to go a conquer the world with your business!
If you are interested in this workshop let me know asap! We are only allowing 15 to 20 attendants and we are half way there already!
August 17th, 2007
It’s been awhile since I have done a before and after post. So lately I’ve been saving some to share with everyone. Unfortunately I don’t have time to go over the steps right now, but if you want more info on how I “worked” any of these images please let me know and I will respond as soon as possible.
I’m off to San Diego till Monday for a wedding. Cara and Brock are a great couple and I can’t wait to see them tomorrow! Not only that but I get to hit up my favorite store…PUMA!
August 16th, 2007
I wanted to share a quote that I read recently. Sometimes I will turn to a book of quotes and read them for inspiration in life and in business. Especially in the times where I’m behind and the light at the end of the tunnel seems to be getting smaller.
- There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.
- Christopher Morley
US author & journalist (1890 – 1957)
As I read this quote I realized why I love my (so called) job. Its not only because I get to make my own schedule or because I get to do what I love for a job. It’s because it enables me to live the life I want to live. When I’m at destination wedding, road tripping with my friends on a wakeboard shoot or on my own chosen adventure, I realize how lucky I am. I have never based my success on how much money I have in the bank or material objects that I may own. It’s always been based on life experiences, time spent with family and friends and all the good-times and stories that I have from them. In my mind, when I’m 60 and sitting on my porch in Mexico watching the waves come in. It’s not going to be what I’ve bought, have worn or what I could have done business wise. It’s going to be about my friends, family and all the memories I have from them!
August 12th, 2007
I just got home late last night from a 2 day photo shoot in Ion, WA. That place is absolutely gorgeous! I was there shooting wakeboarding photos for a reason I can’t disclose right now. The images that I captured are amazing and by far some of my best wakeboard images to date! Hopefully I will be able to share some in the next couple of months.
I’m still playing catch up, but here are some of Andrea and Blake’s wedding images. The location was a private residence in Hayden Lake, ID. A gorgeous house to have a wedding ceremony and reception. Here are a couple of my favorites.
August 10th, 2007
Today I shot a senior session with Caitlan in Coeur d Alene. I’ve been looking forward to this for awhile now because I love photographing something new and fresh. Not only that but she is a great student, great kid and times have been tough recently for her family. So a good friend of mine told me that Caitlan was going to skip senior pictures because of these hard times. I was like, “yea right, I’ll photograph her”! She is such a gorgeous girl with a bright future ahead of her, there was no way I was gonna let that happen.
Well today was the day and I had only planned to spend an hour or two on this session (still trying to catch up), but we ended up shooting for about 4 hours ! We had a blast and I think these pictures show it!
These next two shots are from my new 50mm f/1.2!
The image below is from my 85mm f/1.2. These two new lens’s are amazing! I think I might sell all of my zooms and just go with fixed lens’s, they are so sharp with great color!
August 2nd, 2007