Sunday, April 27, 2008

My wifes spring hobby

After our 6 month long record 100 inches of snowfall here in Wisconsin, it no surprise to see that growing things make us happy. My wife, Sarah, in particular goes a little crazy about this time of year and sometimes she needs a Saturday morning to go to Home Depot, buy some dirt, and proceed to fill several flower pots with soil. I stand back and try not to get in the way, knowing full well this is her time...and besides, I get to take some fun pics when the results bloom.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

At least Chicago is warm and sunny

I am once again out on a shoot, 3 states and 8 planes in the last 3 weeks. I love this job.

This time I am in Chicago at Northwester University. Diana and I are shooting a story for the Multi Ethnic Department about diversity, evangelism, and justice. Why not, you can’t get one without the others right? Anyway… we, a two man team are taking a ton of gear and trying to run around a campus that is physically spread out and technically challenging (since it is private we need a lot of permissions) while trying to capture the story that is here.

It is not like we are the movie crew on campus though, there is a feature length film being shot as well, our two man team disappears compared to their 50+ team, several trailers and catered meals...I mean they have a trailer just for their light stands, I just have half a bag.

1st wedding of the season

Last weekend was spent on a small town in New York State known as Wellsville…for a couple interesting stories take a look at the family blog here, here, and here. But I was there for a wedding. I had a blast and I think I am really looking forward to this season of weddings.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

It is hard doing what I do...

We (Nate and I) are on a shoot here in Charleston SC for twentyonehundred productions, so I had to take a look at the Atlantic and touch warm sea water for the first time. The hard part was waking up at 5:00am, but the reward was worth it.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

And the wedding season officially started

Even though I have been booking weddings for several months, today the wedding season officially started with my first pre-wedding portrait session (standard in all wedding packages.) And what a day to start on, one of the warmest days in a long time, a break in the rain, perfect sunlight and a great couple. Joe and Jen were supper easy and obviously happy to be getting married.

Tech: I used a full gamut of lenses as well as off camera flash, all images but the last walking shot I used an off camera strobe fired manually from my on camera strobe. It was good to have Finn there to help out with the lightstand, made it easy. I tried to shoot all poses/locations with at least two focal lengths, which worked really well and gives variety to the couple.