Downtown Chicago

by on May.26, 2009, under General, Travel

Hey there!

I just finished processing another cool downtown Chicago shot that I made. I found the old Oriental Theatre when walking around with Tim, so I figured…ooooh….that’s cool. Let’s set this up. Unfortunately, out of the 30 shots I made, only 1 series of 5 actually made it into Lightroom because the other photos had raindrops on the lens. However, the photo in the end was well worth the effort, and it just goes to show you, all you need is one!

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Hello from Chicago!

by on May.15, 2009, under General, Travel

Hello all. I’m here in Chicago attending the ANGEL user conference for Ashland University. The thing is, ANGEL just announced that it was purchased by Blackboard (something we’re not to thrilled about at AU) So, there was some unexpected downtime where I actually got a chance to walk around the city and shoot a bit. (Can’t go to Chicago without a camera…right?)

I was walking around with Tim, (who’s an excellent photography assistant I might add) and we found some really cool sites around the city to photograph. We were staying at the Mariott on the Magnificent Mile (great location) and we found that Millennium Park wasn’t too far away. So, despite the impending thunderstorm, we ventured out. Low and behold, as soon as we get to Millennium Park, it starts pouring. Actually, it was kinda cool to see a thunderstorm pass through a downtown area, since all the skyscrapers have lightning rods, it was quite a show.

Here’s some of my favs from the shoot:

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Overall, some cool stuff! Hope you like!

-Steve

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Danielle and Matthew

by on May.04, 2009, under Client Slideshows, General

Hi everyone!

Brad and I were down in Columbus a week ago for our latest engagement session for Danielle and Matthew. Danielle and Matt picked out some cool locations toward the downtown area of Columbus. We walked around the German Village area and got some great back-alley shots. We love to put our subjects in warm light with colorful backgrounds, and downtown Columbus is full of detail-rich places to shoot. The shoot was a a lot of fun and we are definitely looking forward to the wedding.

On engagement sessions, it important to keep things easy going and relaxed. It’s a delicate balance for photographers because on the one hand, you want to get as many setups in as you can before your light is gone, and on the other, you don’t want to rush your couple because it sets up a negative atmosphere where they can’t be themselves. Brad and I kid around all the time with clients, tell lots of stories, and generally just make fun of each other. “If you can’t laugh at yourself…right?” It’s important to keep the conversation going and to make sure to take this valuable one-on-one time to build raport with each couple. Often, as a photographer, you only get to work with the client once before the wedding day, and that day may be a year away! So…make it count.

Here’s a preview of their engagement session. Enjoy!

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