Thursday, January 31, 2008

Inbal More Photography =)

I had lunch with friend & photographer Inbal More at the Red Dog Cafe in Silver Spring, MD. It was so awesome getting to hang out with each other and learning a lot about how we do business. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I feel that building relationships with vendors in the wedding industry is a key factor to my success, including photographers!

Educated in Fine Arts, Inbal is a very gifted artist who graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of MD. Check out her website and enjoy her work!

Thanks Inbal for hanging out with me & Jordan today! We look forward to our next meet!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Who's excited about the "LOST" premiere? Here's a cool youtube video that sums things up, and it goes by quick so pay attention!

My brother Andy who was on his way home to Hawaii had a stopover at Atlanta. And guess who he runs into... actor Michael Emerson who plays the villain on LOST, Ben Linus!! Mr. Emerson was kind enough to let Andy take a quick snapshot together on his camera phone... so cool!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Erin J Photo!

Today I spent some time with an awesome and talented photographer - Erin of ERIN J PHOTO in Alexandria, VA. We talked business at her home while our kids played and listened to Baby Einstein :) We enjoyed learning more about each other and how we work within our industry. One of the things we agree on about the DC/Baltimore market is the minimal camaraderie among photographers. Erin & I agree that the wedding and portrait photography business has changed, as well as our client expectations. I feel the digital age has a lot to do with that. The traditional methods and cut-throat competition seems to do more harm than good. I believe networking with fellow photographers enhances our value in the market by sharing our knowledge and learning from one another. As a result, our clients will benefit from that, and in turn, so will our businesses.

I love Erin's work, her photos show great moments and real personality. I asked Erin to be one of my second shooters in a few upcoming weddings this year. I really look forward to working with her! So check out Erin's work and blog and leave her some blog love!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Stacey's First Maternity Photo Op (19 weeks)

I had the privilege to capture some beautiful photos of the early stages of Stacey's pregnancy yesterday. She looks fabulous (19 weeks)! No surprise though since she's a dance instructor :)

Stacey commissioned me to take photos showing her progression, including my Year In The Life of Baby package. Denise & I are so happy and excited for her and look forward to the next session!

Stacey let me experiment with some "on-site" textures and off-camera flash :)

Thank you so much Stacey for letting be a part of the beginning of an amazing journey ahead!

Camera body: Canon 5D
Lenses: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L and 85mm f/1.8 (24-70mm f/2.8L used for wide room/sofa shot)
Lighting: Natural window light, except "door" shot (off-camera flash wireless trigger system)

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Value of Your Brand & Service

I love what I do and enjoy delivering what I love to my clients who have high expectations, not only in product, but in you. It's always a challenge to meet those challenges. Therefore the importance of delivering premium service and knowing and "showing" your brand cannot be emphasized enough. A recent survey conducted online where brides had a chance to provide feedback on photographers indicated that communication and the level of service was a concern.

Here's a little video about my take on the subject.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Nate's New Bed

While I was watching the NFL championship games yesterday, I built Nate's new bed we picked up from IKEA. I wish I had one of these when I was little! I still need to organize his room more, but we're glad it's in place.

Jordan loves her brother's bed too!

Friday, January 18, 2008

What's In My Bag?

Here I am opening my back of tricks for the entire world to see :) Let me know what you think of the video, maybe I'll make some more!

You can learn more about my equipment by clicking on the links in the left navigation panel.

Snowed Yesterday

A snow storm came by, the heaviest part being north and west of DC. So why not bring out the 70-200mm f/2.8L!

I want to get out one day after a good snowfall and really search for some landscapes, but these shots outside my doorstep will have to do for now. We didn't get a lot, maybe 1-2 inches.

Love the weather sealed features of my Canon lenses :)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Pay for Wedding Packages Using my P3 System!

Well I have been meaning to do this forever! My P3 account with Pictage is now set up! My simple CHECKOUT page will remain active for those that prefer PayPal or Google Checkout.

So now clients can pay for their wedding photography packages online and it can be split up into payments! All with the click of a mouse pretty simple and so convenient. So check it out I think you just might agree!

Visit enter the studio ID (AD055) as the login value and the password is guest.

Here you'll see all the packages listed. Select the one you booked.

You can even pay for album upgrades separately, especially if you decide on it later after booking your date! This is great for those that booked my Fun Package and want a little extra in their album.

Here's a screen shot of the Inspired Package, it lists out what's due now and your installment payment schedule! How awesome and convenient :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Ever Wanted To Fly Like Superman?

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Grace & Jason

A few weeks ago my friends Grace & Jason came to D.C. to visit with some friends & family. It was a very rainy and dreary day, but Denise, Jordan & I managed to meet up with them in Arlington for a little bit to catch up and talk business. Naturally I couldn't resist taking some fun shots of them! It turned into a mini-engagement photo session, but we still plan on shooting some more next time we meet up before the wedding :). And I am stoked about shooting their wedding in September!!

Grace & Jason meet Jordan for the first time :)

Now for a little goofiness!

It was a rainy day, but that didn't stop us from having some fun with the camera!

LOL, Jason couldn't resist "showing" things off a bit!

A few relaxed shots of Grace :)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

A Few More Moments From Catrina & Eddie's Wedding

I was doing some final edits for Catrina & Eddie's photos and album before sending it to Grace and I felt like sharing a few more favorites!

First dance moments...

I love how we got the rim light to really show off Catrina

This was such a cool shot Noah got of the guys before the ceremony watching the engagement session slideshow inside the church... and giving Eddie a hard time about it, lol!

And of course, me & Catrina! She looks fabulous even after a very long day!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Enjoying Photography

It's nice to just have my camera and take pictures just for the fun of it. Don't get me wrong, I DO enjoy shooting weddings and portraits, but once in a while you gotta do something for yourself...

Denise, Jordan & I went downtown and walked around the tidal basin and the FDR memorial. Armed with my Canon 30D, 85mm f/1.8, and 24-70mm f/2.8 I was ready!

Jordan starts her day with some easy reading :)

Shot this medevac chopper in the air above the Tidal basin

A shot from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial looking at the Washington Monument

We happen to come across some wedding photographers with their clients :)

Love this shot with the sun peaking through the columns

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Japanese pagoda at the tidal basin

These statues at the FDR memorial symbolize the Great Depression. I converted these images to B&W.

"The Rural Couple," a sculpture by George Segal

"Breadline" (created by George Segal). The sorrowful faces of the life-size statues are a powerful expression of the times, showing the inactivity and troubles of everyday citizens during the Great Depression. Many visitors to the memorial pretend to stand in line to have their photos taken. I opted to just attach my 85mm lens and take this photo of Segal's work.

I used my 24-70mm for this shot

The five-paneled "New Deal" mural is a collage of various scenes and objects, including initials, faces, and hands.

And of course I couldn't resist a few shots of my favorite girls :)