Something Cool I Found…

by on Oct.19, 2009, under General

I saw this video on vimeo today and I thought it was an awesome example of time lapse video of something photography-related. These guys built a cardboard model of a twin lens reflex camera. Plus, I love the music they used. You certainly don’t see too many of these cameras around any more, but it’s cool to see these guys pay homage to a classic. Enjoy! I’m totally looking for one on eBay. :)

Kiel Johnson’s Cardboard Twin Lens Reflex Camera Time Lapse from Theo Jemison on Vimeo.

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Hillary and Jim (nothing but smiles)

by on Oct.11, 2009, under Client Slideshows

One thing I love about photography is that I get the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. I especially love it when our subjects let their personalities shine. Hillary and Jim have been long- Kaufman Kramer friends, who have appeared in numerous other weddings we have shot. I’m sure it was a change of pace for them to be the subject of attention on their special day. Hillary and Jim have been awesome to work with. Hillary works at Z’s Hair Salon here in Ashland and is a very accomplished stylist. (Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to work with her this coming winter on some projects we had in mind…) It was really fun to watch her get her hair styled on wedding day. So often, the guys and I joke around about how tough it is to be the subject of a photograph instead of the shooter. I’m sure Hillary was feeling much of the same way not being in the drivers seat. The thing I like most about working with this couple is that they love to smile and joke with each other. From their engagement session, to their wedding day…nothing but smiles.

Being an Ashland wedding, we were able to bring in all 3 of us for their special day. We had Chris cover the ladies at the hair salon while Brad and I set up at the reception hall. Lately, I’ve been reading quite a few blogs about having multiple shooters on wedding day. I hear from friends who have been in bridal parties recently that the solo photographer just didn’t capture everything they could have. It’s hard to be in two places at once.

I think the beauty of having multiple experienced photographers is that we are able to accurately capture the entire story, not just the bride, not just the groom. During the reception, I’ve had numerous moms and dads approach me and comment on how wonderful it is to see what the guys were up to while the bridesmaids were at the salon, or vice versa.  Our slogan is Live Your Day, Share Your Story… and that’s hard to do with only one photographer. Again, this all relates to experience, and I appreciate sincerely the photographers who shoot solo… in fact…kudos! However, they still can’t be in two places at once.

With Hillary and Jim, we got a chance to steal the guys away for some fun group shots while the bride was getting into her dress… thus, we were able to capture the full story. :) The wedding was beautiful and was held in St. Edwards Church in downtown Ashland. It was a beautiful day all around, with sun pouring in through the windows during the ceremony.

We had a lot of fun working with Hillary and Jim and we can’t wait to see what they think about their photography. Congratulations you two, from all of us at Kaufman Kramer!

-Steve

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Krista and Scott (Rain or Shine…)

by on Oct.05, 2009, under Client Slideshows

Hi everyone!

We got a chance to shoot with a wonderful couple in Columbus recently, Krista and Scott. Now, this was an interesting story. Scott, who is currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, was unavailable (for obvious reasons) to shoot an engagement session with his finacé, Krista. Now, this absolutely bummed me out because they are both such cool individuals, I knew that we would have had a blast had we the chance to shoot with them before wedding day.

As a photographer, flexibility is essential. One of the key aspects of our business is our ability to work with a client before wedding day. This is allows us to build rapport with our client, and it really helps take “the edge off”. How many times have we had a camera pointed in our direction and we freeze? Plus… our engagement sessions rock ;) , so… you can understand why I was bummed. Luckily, I was able to cover their rehearsal dinner, which turned out to be great since I got a chance to steal them away for a “mini” engagement session.

The reason why I named this post “rain or shine” is because we had a ridiculously rainy weekend. A funny story happened to Brad and I as we were shooting. The reception hall was in this fantastic old warehouse in Downtown Columbus. It’s called “The Venue” at Smith Bros. Now, the Smith Bros. building burned a few years back, and was renovated into multiple reception sites for weddings, corporate events, etc… Wedding day allowed for enough time for Brad and I to preset our photography table with the slideshow for Krista and Scott, extra gear, etc… While we were out shooting the bride and groom at the hotel, it absolutely down-poured. Since the reception hall was an old warehouse, the roof would leak in hard rain. Luckily, one of the staff (who we owe a debt of gratitude and cookies too, btw) noticed that our photography setup was getting dripped on. She moved our table out of the way just in time… since our iMac was just about to get rained on. No harm done…but definitely a close one.

Despite the rain, we had a great time shooting with Krista and Scott, and I think they’re going to love the photography. Scott is going to be deployed shortly after the wedding for up to a year, and so I hope that both them can look back at our photos and remember what a wonderful wedding day they had during their time apart.

Congratulations you two…and come home safe Scott! :)

-Steve


Krista and Scott

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