Today’s Bride Bridal Show

by on Dec.30, 2009, under Front Page

Did you attend the Today's Bride Bridal Show in Cleveland on January 17th? If so, here's some additional information about our studio:

To download a copy of of our 2010 Client Information Sheet, click here. 

We look forward to speaking with you soon!

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Horton Plaza

by on Dec.29, 2009, under Front Page

The last few HDR's from San Diego that I thought turned out cool. There's an outdoor mall in downtown San Diego called Horton Plaza. The plaza is architecturally interesting because all of the hallways are ramps to other floors and they intersect at different angles. If you like to photograph abstract shapes and patterns, this place is a must. Hope you like them as much as I had fun shooting them.
 

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Album Delivery Day

by on Dec.28, 2009, under General, Photo Talk

As Steve said in his previous post, we have been really busy with some back-end work for the upcoming season. Every once and a while it is easy to be distracted by our passion. I can’t say how excited I was today when the UPS man shows up with this!

Graphi Shipment

GraphiStudio does a great job of getting their Italian Leather albums to us in a very timely manner. We have been doing business with Graphi for a few years now, and I can tell you, they deliver nothing but the best. In the next few months, we look forward to sampling some of their other album styles.

One of the most rewarding things I get to encounter is the delivery of our printed products. Unfortunately, we aren’t often provided the opportunity to hand deliver each and every album, but opening each one and doing a quick Quality Assurance check brings me back to each wedding day. If I could deliver your albums personally, I am sure that would be my favorite part of the job, but since I can’t, this is the next best thing.

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Some Shots to Keep you Warm…

by on Dec.23, 2009, under Uncategorized

This week, we’ve been diligently working on numerous projects in order to prepare for our upcoming photography season. Album designs, new web site development, new products, and countless other to-do list items have kept us all busy. Chris is in Texas (I’m totally jealous) and Brad and I are gearing up for the Kaufman Kramer trip to Nashville for the Imaging USA Conference. We’ll be hanging out with our friends from A-Team Productions in Nashville, so we’ll keep you all updated with the cool stuff we find down there.

Since it’s cold outside, I thought I’d post some fun shots from San Diego that I love, and that should evoke thoughts of being warm :) Enjoy!

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(This is my FAVORITE shot from my trip to San Diego on Thanksgiving)

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The Courthouse

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The Gaslamp District

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12.12.09 – Help Portrait Day @ City Mission

by on Dec.14, 2009, under General, Portraiture

Help_Portrait

This past Saturday was a very special day for me.  It was the first day for a lot of things.  It was the first time that I have done any serious charity work. It was the first time I really appreciated what some families in this country are dealing with in these hard economic times.  It was the first day that I felt that I really gave something back using my gifts.  It was the first day for the world-wide event Help-Portrait. Help-Portrait is the idea of Nashville photographer Jeremy Cowart.  Instead of trying to explain what Help-Portrait is, it would be better if I can show you… (continue reading…)

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Downtown HDR’s (Part 2)

by on Dec.08, 2009, under Photo Talk, Travel

When I’m walking around looking for things to shoot, especially for HDRs, I am looking for architecture that stands out against the skyline. I love lines, color, and contrast, so if I can find all three in a particular scene, I’m going to try and see what I can come up with.

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When processing HDR’s you have to be careful not to over-process the image. Now, on my HDR’s I am intentionally going for a more surrealistic look, since that’s what I like. However, if for example you are being paid to shoot interiors of a building, and you want to expose the inside of a room versus the windows facing outside, the surreal look just won’t work. In this case, you have to be very careful to make sure your shots are well-exposed and merged properly. If you look at good real estate photography, you’ll notice that when you’re standing in a room and looking outside, you can always see the room clearly and the outside area clearly. HDR’s are perfect for that kind of thing, and certainly much easier than hours upon hours masking in Photoshop.

If you notice in the image below, while it is a cool HDR, it’s slightly over-processed because of the “ghosting” around the buildings. Sometimes it looks cool, but in this case it’s a bit much, so I would bring this back through my editing process to eliminate how extreme that looks.

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On this image, I love how the HDR brought out the detail under the archway. You can see all of the wood rafters, as well as into the building.

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Here’s an example of how lines can create an interesting graphic element within the scene. The tall building in the background looks like a grouping of emerald crystals when standing far away. I thought it was cool to show it as a part of the block in downtown San Diego. Compared to much of the South-Western look of the downtown area, this building it seems to grow out of the ground and makes a striking addition to the San Diego skyline.

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Hope you like this set of photos! More to come!

-Steve

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In San Diego (Part 2)

by on Dec.06, 2009, under Travel

While I was at Balboa Park in San Diego, I got a chance to walk through the Spanish Village Art Center. This is an area of the park where many talented artisans display their work. You can find everything from sculptures, hand-carved wood work, jewelry, paintings, and much more. The great thing about this area is that it provides photographers with lots of great colors and interesting textures to photograph. I love to visit places like this. County fairs, craft shows, and farmers markets are always great places for people watching, and forces a photographer to think about different angles and perspectives.

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