Archive for Apr 2012

First and foremost, congrats to Shaula and Philippe on the healthy birth of their beautiful son. Welcome to the world Jules Jude Blancheton!

When a bride tells you a few months after booking, that she is pregnant, I could only think of a wedding day that may be a little bit more interesting than any other wedding day. With Shaula expected to give birth a day after her wedding, one might not expect all the traditional events of a wedding. This couple, and their supporting families, accommodated to the alternate traditions and cultural festivities starting from the Chapel of The Roosevelt Hospital to the grounds of beautiful Water’s Edge; everything except for the fact that the bride wasn’t present during the reception, which was understandable considering the circumstances.

I usually photograph to tell stories and help my clients relive their wedding day through emotional contact with the images I produce, but this was the first wedding where I hoped to connect the bride with her own wedding and help her experience the day as if she was right there.

The air in the room was filled with a joyous melancholy, with a speech so touching from Shaula (recited by a family member), that everyone was brought to tears. Family and friends from around the world made the best of an unforgettable day, and they rocked it out on behalf of Shaula. I could not be more grateful for being able to share the experience with this family. Congrats again Shaula and Philippe!

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SPBlog 1 Waters Edge Wedding: Shaula and Philippe

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Simultaneous hugs between couples are pretty rare during weddings. Hugs usually occur between the couples just a few seconds apart. It would make my life a lot easier if all my couples practiced their timing…but then what would make them so hard to capture and rare to witness right? Well try doing a four image panorama on one. Yup! This is a 4-image panorama of a “Double-Hug.”

With a D3s + 35mm f/1.4 at the waist, I had a fast 85mm f/1.4 in my hand as this was happening. I knew there was no way for me to switch cameras in time to catch this, so I dared to grab four images, and it was successful. More to come from this phenomenal and emotional wedding of Shaula and Philippe’s.

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Hugs The Fleeting Double Hugs

Nikon D700, 85mm f/1.4 @ f/2,  1/125, ISO 2000

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to work with some fabulous models alongside Rushmila. I took the liberty of documenting a few hours of the process and ended up with the results below. Enjoy!

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So I’ve photographed on this roof plenty of times before and this time around I wanted to force myself to think outside the box to create an image that was different and would never give off the impression that it was shot in the same area. With all the hoopla over the Mad Men series and recent season premiere, I could only think of a grunge-type-look that would suit his outfit.

Portrait 2 Personal Project: Creating light and a little grunge

So the idea was to put my newly attained Pocket Wizard Flex tt1 mini and Flex tt5 to the test and utilize my SB-900s to create my own light in an image. We wandered into the stairwell where the sunlight was pouring in.

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I placed one speed light through one of the skylights to create a spotlight effect. I wanted to eliminate the ambient light so that the light of my speed light is all that’s shown, so the shutter was set to 1/2000 and high-speed sync came into play.

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Then I introduced a speed light attached with a honeycomb grid to light the smoke. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonades, right? Well i know I wanted to have the smoke stand out and contrast the image, so I wanted give it a cool color since the majority of the image has a slight warm tone. I don’t own a set of colored gels (time to get some now), so I placed a blue see through credit card to emulate the desired effect. The image below was the final image achieved.

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