Friday, August 31, 2007

Family photos in LBI

These girls were sooo cute!! I just could not get enough of them. I actually photographed this family almost exactly two years ago, so it was so great to see them again - the family has grown - Kaitlin is one year old, and her big sister Lauren was only a year old last time I saw her, and now she is 3 and just full of personality.











And here is Lauren, back in August of 2005!

Through the Lens - Advice from the photographer's point of view

Part 2 - Wedding Timeline

Your wedding timeline is a very important part of the planning process - when it's carefully thought out it can really make your wedding a lot less stressful. Here is a quick suggestion.

Don't forget your receiving line! If you're having a receiving line after the ceremony, it can take anywhere from 15-45 minutes. This is a huge chunk of time that is often unplanned for - and this is simply because it doesn't seem like it would take that long. Even now as you're reading this you're probably thinking, 45 minutes, no way! But it does happen, and quite often. I can totally understand why, too - it's a wedding, everyone's so happy and excited and many guests probably haven't seen each other in a while. Most of the time it's not just a quick "congratulations" but tends to turn into conversations and really takes up a lot more time than the bride and groom bargained for.

Most of the time, the "formal photos" part of the day doesn't have to take very long. If you want someone in a group photo, make sure they know where and when it will be taking place. Remember, the day goes by SUPER fast - and it's easy to say "oh.. we'll get a photo with grandma at the reception" but sometimes it's very hard to make that happen once the reception festivities are taking place. I cannot stress this enough - make sure your grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc. are in your formal photos, because later on it's very difficult to get groups together.

And of course - the more time you devote to photography, the better! It's difficult to accomplish when all that's left is 15 minutes, total, to do it all. I have done it, and I can do it, but it's just so much better when there is more time to be creative!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Reese and Bobby - 8/17/07

Thursday, August 23, 2007

One more from Erin's Wedding

Monday, August 20, 2007

Jamie and Jason - Beach Engagement - LBI

Jamie and Jason are getting married next May at the Bradford Estate in Hainesport, NJ. I met them at LBI for their engagement session and we had a fun time!





Friday, August 17, 2007

I'm off!

In just a few minutes I'm leaving to photograph a wedding at Lucien's in Berlin, NJ. I'm so excited about it - I actually just recently saw Reese and Bobby at a wedding I photographed and they are such a cute couple. I'm sure it's going to go great!

The whole weekend will be busy with family stuff, engagement shoots etc. so if you email or call me today you may not hear back until Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Camera Phone Pic

I was so anti-camera-phone for a while.. but then one kind of landed in my lap, haha, and I have really been enjoying snapping little photos of random things. Here's my dog, Mastodon, on our way back from a long walk on the beach - Island Beach State Park allows dogs, so every once in a while I make the drive and walk with my dog for a few hours.

Availability for the rest of 2007 and 2008

Unfortunately, aside from a few weekends in December, I have no open weekends left in 2007. I am, however, available for boudoir, engagement or portrait shoots and client meetings during the week.


2008 Availability:

Weddings - April and May are totally booked. Also, I am doing no more than 3 weddings per month next year, so most remaining months only have 1 opening for a wedding.

There's no limit to engagement and portrait sessions since they can usually be done during the week (at sunset) and are only about 1-2 hours. However, if you would prefer to do your engagement session on a weekend, it is important to schedule these as far in advance as you can.

Of course I am still going to do Boudoir sessions next year, but I will be limiting these as well to no more than 2 per month, since they are usually all-day affairs. I prefer to do them on Sundays or a weekday if possible.

I believe that limiting my services next year will allow me to devote more time and give my full attention to each assignment. I will also have more time for new clients!

2008 booking will be closed very soon, and I am now booking for 2009.

Thanks everyone for your continued support :)

Cindy - Trash the Dress











Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Melissa and Archie - Beach Engagement

I had been speaking with Melissa for months but we didn't get to meet because she lives out of state and often works overseas - and finally we got to meet at the engagement session! We met one morning in Cape May and had a really fun time.

Melissa and Archie's wedding is next month in Cape May - and i'm really looking forward to it!



Representing their home state of Delaware:




Melissa wrote "Love" in the sand and then we filled the groove with tiny rocks and shell pieces.


Monday, August 13, 2007

Labels!

Finally I figured out how to do this, LOL!! I made a change to the blog which makes it easier to look at exactly what you want to see. The labels and corresponding links (on the top right of the page there) make it easier to see Boudoir, Engagement, or Portrait samples without having to sift through pages and pages of Wedding posts. Yay!

Audrey andJon - Engagement

This was such a fun shoot! I went out to Lewisburg, PA to photograph Audrey and Jon at Bucknell University where they met on the first day that they moved in to the dorm. They became friends instantly and just ten days later they started dating. And now, 8 years later (as of September 1st) they are engaged and will be married in April!



The Campus theater was where Audrey and Jon had their first official date.


A sunset kiss near the spot where they first decided that they would be a couple :)


Hanging out in front of the dorm where they met.


This photo reminds me of a photo that my parents have - age 16 or so, sitting on a window ledge of their high school where they first met. They have been married for 29 years and they still have that photo - I wanted to create something similar for Audrey and Jon that I hope they will treasure 30 years from now!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Visitor

My sunflowers have become a buffet for birds and bumble bees. This morning after walking my dog I noticed this repeat visitor - so I grabbed my camera.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Fun with Photoshop

I wanted to do something different with this image:



Here it is with just a few subtle edits -


converted to black and white:


sepia:


added some glowy stuff:


cropped and changed the saturation:


started over to give it a dreamy look:


and the most dramatic change - added a bunch of stuff to make it look like an antique photo


Well that was fun :) I love photoshop.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Wow!

So my blog has been up for just a little over a year. My first post was in July of 2006 and it took a while to get it going but now - I just checked my traffic for the first time in months and it looks like I'm getting an average of 40 unique visitors a day! Of course this is NOTHING comparing to the likes of Mr. Perez Hilton (haha!) but it's still pretty cool to know people are actually looking at my blog!

I'd love to see more of you post comments too.

Thanks for the support!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Erin and Steve - Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, NJ

Just hours before her ceremony, Erin looked out the window of the Presidential Suite and saw that it was pouring rain. Everyone reassured her that it will pass and that it will help bring the humidity down. The rain did in fact pass within just a few minutes!




As she was getting her makeup done, Erin received a present from Steve - a beautiful locket which held a photo of the two of them. Her present to the groom - she gave him an album of boudoir photos the night before the wedding!


A couple more "getting ready" shots:







On to the ceremony!


I really liked Erin's program - I really wanted to share it so I blurred out all the last names for privacy -






After the ceremony, the bride and groom hopped in a firetruck - Steve is a fire fighter - and we went down to 59th street in Ocean City for some photos on the beach.














And then we headed back to the Flanders - where a beautiful reception awaited. Here's Erin and Steve's table, centerpieces, and some other details:







And - on to the rest of the festivities!








Steve and Erin's mom watch as she dances with her dad:



And the finale -


It was a great day! Thanks Erin and Steve for allowing me to capture it :)


(click the images to see them a bit larger!)