Why I Love This Work!!!

January 06, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Hello again, it's Bryan. I want to talk a little bit about why I love this work. As if the blog title didn't give that away lol.

First PlaceWinner  All Eyes On Montreal 2012First PlaceWinner All Eyes On Montreal 2012First PlaceWinner All Eyes On Montreal 2012

This is crop of one of my all time favorite pictures. It won All Eyes On Montreal in 2012 and is permanently displayed in The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It was also shown in The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and in the Musse D'Orsay in Paris. And I sold 100 limited edition prints. It marks one of the high points of my career.

I have to be honest and tell you I don't think most photography is art. Photography is an art but with so many pictures out there today very few of them qualify as art in my opinion. Most of the time people take a picture to show you whats there, or to alter it into what they want it to be using Photoshop or filters and the like. What makes me special as a photographer is that I LOVE having the chance to show you the world the way I see it. Without computer tricks. Just take a picture and have it feel like you are seeing it through my eyes.

Adwork for Calvin Klein Eternity!Adwork for Calvin Klein Eternity!Adwork for Calvin Klein Eternity!

Because I like to attempt to make art I end up with a lot of commercial opportunities. The above picture is for an ad for Calvin Klein's Eternity perfume. And I love having the chance to do this kind of work. It's exhilarating and exciting and challenging. But it's not the biggest test of skill. I'm in a controlled environment of a studio, I typically have almost $500,000 dollars in equipment. And assistants, makeup artists, hair dressers, and a lot of fancy props and very beautiful models on hand. Stevie Wonder could get a great picture. 

I love this picture but the real test is making art in the moment.

My nephew HarlanMy nephew HarlanMy nephew Harlan

Something like say a 10 year old boy in the middle of a busy family Christmas gathering. When I pulled my nephew Harlan aside to take this picture my sister told me she had a picture of him with the Christmas tree, what was the point of another one. I told her let me try. When I gave her this picture she saw the point.

I like being in the real world, in all the chaos and making art. And I believe that everyone no matter how tall or short, no matter how thin or fluffy, absolutely everyone deserves to be gorgeously captured on their wedding day. We go out of my way to make that happen for our clients. There are two pictures below. One was shot with a remote camera using traditional settings and at the same time I shot one by hand with the thought of creating a more dramatic look.

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These pictures were taken within 1 second of each other. Same exact time of day, same setup, same lights. But one of them is a picture and the other is art. Let us do this for you. Let us make your special moment into art.

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Christmas Wedding!!!

December 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Who: Megan and Rick

What: Christmas themed wedding at private residence

Where: Private Residence

When: December 28th

 

I Love Christmas Weddings!!I Love Christmas Weddings!!I Love Christmas Weddings!!

I love, love, LOVE weddings that fall around Christmas and New Years. Something about the energy of that time mixed with the blending of a new family seems so sweet to me. And this wedding was super cute and super fun. I've done weddings in Mikanos and Athens but never seen such a vibrant Greek Orthodox church. Make sure to zoom in on that picture as the colors really come alive. When I did their site inspection the priest was considerate enough to walk me through the entire church and tell mel the significance of each painting. And they had three cakes (all made by the bride) plus cupcakes and chocolate covered strawberries. One of the best weddings I've shot in years!

 

 

Love the detail in this church!Love the detail in this church!Love the detail in this church!

He knows this is the last time he can be surrounded by this many beautiful women and it doesn't lead to trouble!He knows this is the last time he can be surrounded by this many beautiful women and it doesn't lead to trouble!He knows this is the last time he can be surrounded by this many beautiful women and it doesn't lead to trouble!

 


Three Simple Instructions

December 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hey guys, let me preemptively say Merry Christmas! I hope Santa brings you everything you want and then some.

At this point I just want to be in the bosom of my family and watch the kiddo tear through her presents. I am exhausted. Looking forward to a few days in the office not doing much. But before we get to that I owe you guys a blog post. Sorry for the delay but the time difference (8 hours ahead) has been killing me and of course I'm going to get adjusted just in time to get home.

So what I want to talk about is three simple instructions we give our clients on their special day. Every couple can use them and they are easy things that make a really big difference. We give you these instructions when you book us, when we shoot your engagement session and as we are shooting your getting ready pictures so by the time the show starts you've had time to practice and you've heard it a few times so it's easy.

The Rings The Thing

Ok I promise at some point I'm going to get over these corny subheaders. Probably in another 100 years. In any event let's talk about the moment that ring goes on your finger. Even though there are no faces in the pictures below they feel really intimate, personal and meaningful to me. It just goes back to that age old idea of taking someone's hand forever you know? So I walk my couples through exactly how to get the second photograph below. I'd explain how to do it here but part of the reason this blog is late is because I wrote 5 paragraphs and it was still super confusing. It's simpler easier to show you.

I guess you have to hire us lol.

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First Kiss

This one is pretty easy. On your wedding day there are going to be roughly 165,997,708,1697,123 pictures taken of you, and thats just by your parents! However during a first kiss I typically take about 50 pictures (its a really fast camera). Because it's a moment you can't miss. So I frame that first shot really carefully and take the others just to be sure. And I give my couples the same instruction everytime: "Count one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three, one thousand four for a minimum of time. You know you've held the kiss long enough when the cheering and applause subsides. Or alternately if you feel your parents getting uncomfortable." 

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Turn It Up!

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Some of our couples have done extensive dance routines with dipping and throwing each other in the air. Well typically not each other, though I have had one wedding where both participants went aerial lol. You take my point here. And some of our couples want something less elaborate and I can appreciate it. But what we tell every couple is to make sure that you turn because if you stand still you only get a couple of first dance pictures. Thats mostly because you are in the same place, under the same light and there just isn't a lot of variation to be had. Also it causes the photographers to have to move around you a great deal more. While I can use the exercise it can be a little distracting for your guests. However, even if you just stand in one spot and turn as you dance you will get lots of variations both in yourselves and in your background.

It sounds like it should be the same no matter which way it is right? But there is more magic in moving the subjects than moving the camera believe it or not. Just take a look at the two examples above. The top one is a really good picture but the bottom one is just so much more dramatic isn't it? The way that light falls across her chin and cheek almost looks like he is shining on her doesn't it? I could show you 30 pictures of their first dance with so much animation and feeling that it would have been difficult to get moving the light and myself but were easy to get because they turned, the light was stationary and I moved.

So turn it up a bit on that first dance OK?

P.S. The last piece of advice I give everyone is a freebie. When the big day comes just breathe and relax. No matter what happens at the end of the day two I's will have formally become an US. And thats all that really matters.


Awards Season is Upon Us!

December 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Sorry this is posting a little late. Normally we don't work very much during the holiday season because we just like being at home with family and relaxing and what not but this year we've kind of changed the rules. So every week there has been commercial shoots and weddings and personal events, just go go go! Couple that with the actual family/holiday stuff and we are bound to be late on a blog post occasionally.

Anyway we just wanted to give you guys some GREAT news. There are literally hundreds of awards in the wedding industry but in our minds the three biggies are The Knot (Best of the Knot), Wedding Wire (Best of Weddings) and Brides Magazine (Photographer of the year, and best photographers). Any of these awards is a real sign of your dedication to customer satisfaction as well as your ability to take a great picture and every knowledgable photographer in the wedding space is shooting to take these babies home. Well guess what? This year we won all four!

On behalf of us, our staff, our partners and our clients and just everyone involved we want to say a huge THANK YOU! 2017 has been an AMAZING year and we can't wait to continue our achievements in serving your wedding needs into 2018!


Five Great Props for Your Engagement Session

December 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hello guys, it's Bryan again. Three weddings this weekend and two last weekend plus lots of home stuff from Helen so this is going to be a really simple and quick post.

Just wanted to give you some quick advice for props you can use to make interesting and timeless engagement pictures. You'll notice a theme here that these pictures really focus in on the props. Part of the reason for that is that these pictures are designed to capture the sentiment of the moment, your engagement. They will still be great memories 20 years from now and you won't feel that pressure to replace them with new pictures.

Scrabble Letters

This is a simple one and every one has a scrabble game. Plus you can sub in the ring as any O for a nice touch.

Scrabble letters plus the ring make an unforgettable picture!Scrabble letters plus the ring make an unforgettable picture!Scrabble letters plus the ring make an unforgettable picture!

Rope

We do after all still call it tying the knot. The rope gives you a really good representation of that.

You are tying the knot after all, get it?You are tying the knot after all, get it?You are tying the knot after all, get it?

Chalkboard

This is always cute because you can change it pretty quickly and get some fun lively pictures. It's kind of a classic.

An old favorite!An old favorite!An old favorite!

Ampersand (or letters or numbers)

I like initials and or dates but the elegant choice to ,e is always the ampersand. There just isn't much else that needs to be said is it?

I love numbers and words but the gold old & says it all!I love numbers and words but the gold old & says it all!I love numbers and words but the gold old & says it all!

Empty picture Frame

The empty picture frame lets you take any common scene and isolate the two of you from whatever is going on. It really communicates the idea that the two of you walk together through a busy world and I love that symbolism.

Doing the most with the least!Doing the most with the least!Doing the most with the least!

Bonus Item: Imagination

Now all of these are props that we bring with us to your engagement session. You only need to bring your imagination and sense of adventure.

Well that will do it for this week, tune in next week when we will have some amazing, exciting, and super thrilling news to share with you.