Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Image of the Day

My assistant captured this moment - the bride and her grandfather, right after the ceremony - what a great shot!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Barbaro

I don't usually put news items here, but as an animal lover and a horseback riding enthusiast, this story makes me so sad! Barbaro, the horse that was injured at the start of the Preakness last May, was euthanized today. He was such a beautiful horse and he's been through so much in the past 8 months, and the whole country had high hopes for his recovery. Unfortunately his injury and complications proved to be too much.







Yahoo News Link

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Getting in shape?

It's that time of year - we are getting inundated with diet and exercise advice from every possible medium - and it can be overwhelming. Here is a great article I found off of Digg.com - some very realistic and simple suggestions on how to get in shape! Whether you want to lose 5, 10, or 50 pounds, this advice will help keep you grounded and keep you on track.

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First Dance

Friday, January 26, 2007

Image of the Day


It's about 10 degrees outside today. Brutal!

Remember, summer is only 4 months away!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Photoshop

I wanted to share this very interesting photo with my readers. I came across it on another blog and I was very intrigued by it. This is Gwen Stefani before Photoshop. You can click the photo to see a slightly larger version (if you dare!)



A little scary, right? I think I was taken aback by this photo, because of how we usually see celebrities - flawless and almost surreal. This photo is not really too far off from what a real woman looks like first thing in the morning! In this case it is shocking because we never see the un-edited versions of celebrity photos.

I couldn't find the edited version online, so I took it upon myself to see what she would look like, AFTER photoshop. I thought it would be an interesting challenge. So I spent a little bit of time on the photo and came up with this:



I could have done better if I had a higher-resolution image to work with. I know this is a little extreme, but, it was fun and it shows how just a little bit of Photoshop knowledge can make a huge difference!

And I wanted to share this with you to show that, well, celebrities are not flawless. The photos that you see in magazines - including the bridal magazines - have all been edited to perfection. Those photos are edited for hours, if not days, before they make it into a magazine. Every detail is scrutinized.

I think that real wedding photos deserve the same kind of attention. I believe that every bride deserves photos that belong on the pages of InStyle Weddings or Grace Ormonde. So, I take that special care of each and every wedding I photograph. Of course not every image is "airbrushed to oblivion." However, as I go through wedding photos, I pick a selection and really spend time to make them stand out and look amazing. I think every bride deserves to look like a star! With me as your photographer, there's no need to worry about a blemish, a stray hair or wrinkle. Even if you happen to get a spot on your dress before the ceremony, the spot won't be in your photos.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Perfect Wedding Guide


Look out for the spring issue of the Perfect Wedding Guide! In September I photographed Jay and Jen's wedding in Cape May, and they are going to be featured in the issue. A selection of my photos will be showcased.

Image of the day

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Help teachers across the country

I'm taking a quick break from the usual photography posts to talk about something that is very important to me.

I have the utmost respect for teachers. I always felt that when a teacher is dedicated and excited about their work, it makes learning so much more fun. And I know that there are a lot of teachers out there whose budgets are limited, the school budgets are being cut every year, and they are limited in what they can offer their students.

I have recently started working with Adopt-A-Classroom, a nonprofit organization that enables individuals and businesses to make contributions directly to a classroom teacher. The organization passes 100% of the donation to the teachers in need. Teachers use the funds to purchase critical resources and materials that enable them to transform their classrooms into vibrant centers for learning.

I would like to encourage everyone to contribute to this organization. If you're a teacher, I encourage you to sign up with Adopt-a-Classroom and ask for help!

I have been in touch with two of the teachers that I have contributed to, and so far the response has been great. One of the teachers, Clara, works in a school in Kyle, South Dakota, in one of the poorest counties in the U.S. She has expressed that most of the children in her class come from low-income families and they are having trouble obtaining jackets and gloves for the winter, let alone school supplies. She listed school supplies as her greatest need right now. I have been in touch with her through email on almost a daily basis and I have sent some supplies to the school already, which was so appreciated. It's amazing the things we take for granted, and how much they mean to others who may not be able to obtain them as easily. And as just one person, I know there is a limit to what I can do, so this is why I decided to spread the word about this.

If you would like to donate to Clara's classroom, click here: Clara's Adopt-A-Classroom homepage - you can also mail supplies directly to the school at the address provided.

There are also schools in need in Mississippi and Louisiana that have been devastated by hurricane Katrina and are still recovering. Or perhaps you can find one of your teachers that has made an impact on your life, and now you can make an impact on theirs.