19Jun

The Night Before the Wedding

What does a photographer do the night before a wedding? I was thinking about all the things I have been preparing both mentally and physically to answer that question in this post, and I came to a rather obvious and humorous answer.  Charging.  I found that throughout my gear packing, formatting, cleaning, and organizing I was always charging.  So there you have it that is what a photographer does the night before a wedding.

All jokes aside tomorrow is the first wedding that Shawna and I will shoot together since we merged our businesses.  We both look forward to the second camera being there, but I am sure we are going to learn a lot about each other and how we shoot.  When it comes to styles and eye for the camera we are very different, which is why we thought combining efforts would make something truly amazing for our clients.  We know tomorrow’s photos and the wedding will turn out great.  We’ll upload a few previews the next couple days while we are editing, which will follow with the official Photoset.  Till then…


05Jun

Flash or No Flash?

I recently watched a great Kelby training videos on how to use your on camera flash more effectively.  As annoying as the teacher could possibly be it was actually very helpful.  The gist was that direct flash on any object is terrible looking.  Therefore your on camera flash should be bounced off walls and object left, right, above and below the object as much as possible.  It will definitely set your photography apart from others.

With this in mine I shot for the first time with this perspective.  I had the perfect scenario.  I was heading to the city for a good friends bachelor’s party in the City, and I knew we would be in tight and dark locations.  I brought my wide angle lens and on camera flash to give it a try.  Below are two examples in which I bounced the on camera flash off a wall and ceiling to get the shot.  Both are still not perfect, but I like my results of the second images than the first, which had no flash. Take a look and if you have any questions or comments put them below.


05Jun

Beginning Photography Workshop – July 20th – 22nd

I have been wanting to offer a photography workshop for some time, and the time is now!  I will be holding a Beginning Photography Workshop on July 20th-22nd.  It is three night class at my home.  The first night will be an introduction to digital photography and knowing your camera better.  I will have a slide show of pictures that I have taken showing different elements of photography.  The second night will be some more class time and then we’ll take our cameras outside for some shooting and practicing what we learned in class.  The third night will be a time for you to show off your images taken the night before.

This is an introductory class for people who want to learn how to use their cameras and how to shoot better.  We will go over basic camera techniques and learn how to capture the shots that you see with your eye.

The cost of this workshop will be $25.00 per person and a maximum of 10 people in the class.

If this class is a success, I would love to offer more classes teaching other techniques and ways to use your camera other than just in auto mode.  Future classes will cost $60.00 per person, so don’t wait! Contact me as soon as possible, because the introductory price is only for the July class.

shawna@swaffordphotography.net


05May

Charities Choices?

Last Friday, Shawna and I sat down and had the first of many meetings about the new direction we are taking our photography.  One thing we discussed among the prices, packages, and workflow was giving.  We both felt it was appropriate that with every package that a client chooses a percentage will go directly to some kind of local charity.  We both feel like all business should be giving, because living peacefully with ones finances, whether rich or poor, is never achieved unless one gives.  I was particularly feeling like we should do something like this because of quote I read recently: “Those in positions of power have no increased privilege, only increased responsibility.”

Since we are going to be doing this the next step is finding a solid local charity or service to give back to.  This is were you the reader come in.  We can only do so much research, but you may have a connection or have heard of some organization that is really great or one that just needs some more support.  If you know or can think of anything reply in the comments.  We will take a look at the comments and our research and will let you know which one we decide to go with.

Cheers.


01May

Grabbing Those Highlights

So I officially finished editing Ivy’s and Ryan’s wedding photos, and they turn out great.  Really excited to be getting them in their hands this weekend.  One thing that I did not think concerning shooting was Ivy’s dress.  On the wedding day of a shoot your mind is in a million places at once, but this one is good to remember.  Thankfully, I didn’t ruin any images of Ivy in her dress, but she had a very detailed dress that was distinguishable to the human eye, but hard to pickup on the camera.  I really wanted the images to show depth in Ivy’s dress, so I literally went in post and made some changes.  Thanks Aperture.  Look at the images below in her dress and you should be able to tell the difference.  Never forget to grab the highlights.



28Apr

To Sature or Desaturate…

I am getting near the end of Ivy’s and Ryan’s wedding photos and for my own artistic musings I thought it would different to have the guy’s prep images in black and white (desaturated) and the girls prep images to bright, punchy, and colorful (saturated).  That way when the images are seen interchangeably in a slideshow it would be a visual stimulus because of the constant contrast back and forth.  Below are two images.  One of the girl’s prep and one from the guy’s prep as examples.  What do you think? Does it suck or is it great? Would you have noticed in a slideshow the contrast between the images?


24Apr

Ivy & Ryan: Preview

Last Saturday I had the privilege of photographer Ivy and Ryan’s wedding out at Hessel Church.  I had great time with Ivy, Ryan, the wedding party, family, and friends.  What made the wedding really great is how in sync Ivy and Ryan.  You could tell the just had fun together and that made taking images of them really easy and enjoyable.  Above is one of my favorite images and I am really getting excited about getting these all done and into the hands of Ivy and Ryan.  See the rest of the images soon