Columbus Bridal Expo – February 28, 2010

by on Feb.23, 2010, under Front Page, General

Date: February 28, 2010

Time: 11 am to 4 pm

Location: Columbus Conventsion Center – Battelle Grand, Columbus, Ohio

Admission Cost: $8/per person

Fashion Show Times: 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm

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We look forward to speaking with you soon!

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Griffins Floral & Event Design

by on Feb.23, 2010, under Recommended Vendors

While we were participating in the Columbus Bridal Expo at the Aladdin Shrine Center, we came across Griffins Floral & Event Design. Russ Griffin did an amazing job of putting together elegant table and floral designs, so I wanted to share a little bit of what we saw so that our couples could get a few ideas.

From their website:

Griffin’s Floral & Event Design, Columbus Ohio, promises a diverse range of floral décor and events concepts that are unique and distinctive to our array of clientele in the Columbus Weddings & Event market. [They] can plan your family gathering big or small, including weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, or your next large corporate event. [They] pride [themselves] in offering imaginative and unique floral artistry as well as cutting edge, client-specific concepts. Wedding Flowers, Wholesale Linen Rental, Lighting, Invitations, Event Design have never been easier.

Check out their site at www.columbusweddingflowers.com

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Need some Inspiration?

by on Feb.15, 2010, under Photo Talk

It's cold outside! I've been spending a great deal more time inside (more than I want to) working on some business stuff. I'm definitely in the mood for summer, but until then, I like to stay inspired by checking out some of my favorite photographers. Now, I'm often asked by other photographers, or sometimes even clients, as to who inspires or motivates me? I think it's safe to say that most photographers draw their inspiration from other photographers strengths, at least initially. When I started to shoot weddings I had an idea in my head of what I thought wedding photography should be, so I went out to search for it.

I immediately identified that I loved the "California" style of photography. Now, what do I mean by "California"? I'm talking about bright colors, amazing locations, lots of contrast, shallow depth of field, all that stuff… Now, I know we're in Ohio (most of the time) and to produce that kind of look takes a bit more effort. But, that's what I like, so that's what I seek to produce on shoots.

Here are some examples of photographers I continue to check out on a regular basis:

Mike Colon http://www.mikecolon.com

Jessica Claire http://jessicaclaire.net

Now, I have to mention up front that I do not advocate copying another persons work. That's not cool at all, and it shows that you can't think outside the box. However, I do think it is very important for a photographer to identify what they like about certain types of photography and more importantly, why they like it. It's through the industry as a whole that I developed my sense of style and what I think looks good. I tell brides all the time, "if you see something in a magazine that you love, rip it out, send me a link, etc…". Knowing what your client thinks is great photography only serves to help you raise your personal bar even higher. Get inspired! Read blogs, check out magazines, network with other photographers, whatever it takes. You'd be surprised how much your photography improves when you can truly establish your personal definition of amazing.

I think some of the best photographs I've taken have been in situations where I hadn't been to the location before and something happened unexpectedly. It's my formula for awesome photography. Take a great couple, add a new location, and make uncertainty your friend. Great stuff, every time.

We've been talking about video on our blog for quite some time now, and I always like to share some video work that inspires me. We have some photographers that follow our blog, so hopefully these videos inspire you as well. The more I see Canon 5d and 7d dSLR footage the more I want one. I've been looking for some Nikon D3S footage, and Chris sent me a great link that showcases the Nikon D3S in action. (Gotta give some praise to Nikon after all…)

Check out the Nikon D3S video here: http://nikonusa.com/d3s/

Here are some additional Canon videos that I really like:

Roger and Hayley – Short eShoot Clip – 5D Mark II from Matt E on Vimeo.

Vera & Aleksander – the highlights from Catch The Motion on Vimeo.

Again, I think this kind of stuff is going to revolutionize videography. I can't wait for us to get our first video dSLR!

Hope you like the vids. Definitely check out the photogs who produced them. Very good stuff.

-Steve

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A Cold Night in Nashville

by on Feb.09, 2010, under Travel

We had some time to shoot in Nashville the last night of the conference and so we decided to have a little bit of a contest. Our goal was to go out and shoot for a couple hours and to see what we could come up with. Chris and Jeremy went off in one direction and Brad and I went off in another. I love walking around new cities. I think that being in an unfamiliar place with a camera really does allow your creativity to shine.

Our photos turned out awesome and I was really happy to see that everyone went for something a little different. Chris went for abstract art, texture, and shape whereas I produced some HDR photos, interesting color, and some portraits for people I met around town. I met a very nice lady named Abby who was playing spoons in the downtown area just up the street from the original Grand Ole Opry. She was gracious enough to let me photograph her playing. It was about 10 degrees out that night and I had to commend her on her willingness to entertain out on the street. She loved to play, and I loved to shoot. That's dedication to your craft.

There's so much detail to be seen if you just stop and look for it. A cool angle on a building, an interesting texture on the street, or a passing glance from a stranger… the point is to get out and shoot! You might be surprised what you're missing.

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Back from Nashville

by on Feb.09, 2010, under Travel

Brad, Chris, and I met up with Jeremy, from A-Team Productions to head down to Nashville Tennessee to attend a fantastic photography conference, Imaging USA. For those of you that don't know what Imaging USA is… it's run each year by Professional Photographers of America and was created to serve as a place for photographers to learn, network, and explore new technologies in the industry. We got a chance to meet some of the best and brightest photographers in the industry.

Some of our favorite lectures were delivered by Joe Buissink, Denis Reggie, Dane Sanders, Allison Rodgers, Jeff and Julia Woods, and Clay Blackmore. There lectures spanned a wide variety of topics such as studio management, marketing, creative identity, inspiration and style.


Joe Buissink and Steve

If you haven't seen Joe's work, you've got to check out his web site. Click here.

I heard many photographers give excellent presentations, but Joe's really stood out to me. The reason why I like listening to Joe is because when he talks about photography, he talks about it as a passion, not a job, and that's exactly how photography should be. Of course, it's a means to pay the bills, but there is so much more to it than that.

In his lecture, he said, "Every time I snap the shutter, I leave a part of myself in that image." He also went on to say, "I grab the moment between moments…the amazing instances…" Wow. It's funny to think about how many photographers call themselves photojournalists these days, and I think it's obvious when photography is overly posed. If I see an opportunity to put my subject in good light, I'll step in and make it happen, but what I've found over the last few years is that my most popular prints are the ones where my subject wasn't even aware that I was there. Joe's got it right. Capture the moment between moments…

"Put your passion first, and your business second." – I seem to remember a college professor telling me that once…

-Steve

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