I had a most amazingly wonderful Memorial Day. I spent it in the company of a lot of fun people, one good looking guy, and a hell of a lot of trees.
I also immersed myself this week in thoughts about what people do on Memorial day. War is sombre. Is there really anything to celebrate on Memorial Day? Nobody celebrates the death of a soldier or anyone in service at home or abroad. May we never forget the soldiers that went to war expecting to come back but didn’t and the shocked, sobbing family and friends who knew it was a risk but would easily keep their son, father, grandchild home instead of sending them to war had they known.
I hope one day in the future, days like Memorial day will fade into a history wrought with war and we settle into a future fueled with both tolerance and peace.
I had the pleasure of shooting Samina & Moe’s engagement shots this past Saturday. I was really looking forward to it since I’d been absorbing all the wedding and engagement posts on every wedding photography website trying to plan my own wedding. I had filled my head with several new ways to shoot and even rented a lens for the explicit purpose of practicing even if I didn’t yet own the equipment!
Aren’t they a lovely couple?
I still have about 75% of the photos to go through but here are a few that I managed to dabble with this weekend.
Doesn’t Samina just look stunning in her sari?
Shooting in bright sunlight is one of my weaknesses but I was intent on turning it into a strength. I think I might have actually succeeded. I was pretty thrilled that at the right angles, the sun beautifully illuminates the subjects and produces a subtle haze over the image that I love.
Samina and Moe wanted to incorporate one of the photos from when they first started dating into a couple of shots. It doesn’t appear that Samina’s smile has diminished event a bit from their early dating days. Here’s the proof!
We mosey’d on to old Duluth, the fountains, and the railroad tracks as well as shooting in a cafe. I had so much fun with these two and can’t wait to go home and process more photos.
Working with the crazy lighting around the fountain was tough but I found that it makes for stunning black and whites if the subjects are lit in the right ways.
Also do they not look super romantic?! *swoon*
These two were naturals. They took direction so easily I swear I thought they were pros!
This is one of my favorite art photos from the shoot. A warm black and white seemed just perfect.
And didn’t Moe do just a fantastic job with the engagement ring?
I was a bit paranoid about shooting the ring on a railroad track but I just looked at it and didn’t want to do it anywhere else. Everything was perfect.
I still have a couple more settings to work through but I will have more to share this week. I am so bad about posting on my professional site (or here, for that matter) but I plan on working on a blog section so people can see my work as I do it.
I dunno. Recognition is always nice but since I don’t do photography for the pay as much as because I am so in love with it, I am terrible at promoting myself. Jeremy gets on my case for that a lot. I appreciate him pushing me to charge appropriately and to keep my web and social presence fresh.
Why not? If it gets me more gigs where I can help capture people at one of the happiest parts of their lives as well as bust out every fresh technique I learn It’s win-win for me and the client, right?
Here’s to photography, you sexy mindsuck, you.
My coworker Steve was kind enough to let me rent his Canon 70-200mm f2.8L II lens for a shoot I have this weekend.
OH MY GOD I WANT ONE.
Look at how awesome it makes my furball. The lens feels so natural in my hands.. like we were meant to be best friends forever.
I was verbally ogling and drooling over it on the phone and the first thing he says is that we’re definitely buying me one once we’re done with the wedding.
Do you see why I am marrying this man?
It’s because he sees my real wants and desires and wants to step in and help me get them even if they have no real personal value to him. <3 God help me to not sprint down that aisle in September.