Sunday, September 28, 2008

Michelle's Bridal Shoot

Remember the bridal session I shot for a special client that I couldn't really show this summer? Read on...

In August Michelle & I got together to shoot her bridal portraits in Old Town Alexandria. I'm so happy to finally post some of our favorite images & her slideshow now that her wedding day is done and Jared & Michelle fly off to Key West for their honeymoon. Last night's wedding was incredible with some unexpected encounters with D.C. tourists, plus the live band that rocked the Monroe House inside the Arts Club of Washington, Liquid A, that played everything from Young MC to Metallica to Ring of Fire ... yep, they were awesome and the guests loved them. Definitely one of the best bands I've seen at a wedding.

More pics from Michelle & Jared's memorable D.C. wedding will come, but for now enjoy her bridals and some teaser wedding pics =)

Some teasers from the wedding ... a gorgeous dress with purple shoes ;)

And the tourists must've thought they recognized her from somewhere because a whole busload of them raided my photo shoot like vultures!
One of them even grabbed a bouquet!

There were 14 groomsmen. Here are a few of them cuttin' it up ... and no worries, the tourist being carried was not harmed, LOL.

Of course with 14 loud groomsmen, 6 bridesmaids, the bride & groom, and two dozen tourists following us, US Park Police stopped me immediately.
Permit presented, checked & approved... I could get the shot I've been wanting to get for a while. Thank you Michelle & Jared!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Importance of Branding Your Photography

Big companies like Target, Apple, General Motors, Sprint, and many others spend millions on advertising, marketing, and branding. Why shouldn't a photographer? Okay, maybe not spend millions, but if you could afford to, seek out branding & marketing agencies like Hinge, Iterative Designs, and Your Elevation. These agencies specialize in helping you create brand identity, brand packaging and marketing. Identifying what makes you unique and marketing it is one of the keys to growing your business. Identify yourself and your target client & market are some of the things I talk about in this video. Hope it gives you something to think about! Jordan was giving me something to think about halfway through the video, I think she had something to contribute =)

Here are some pics from the shoot

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Herrington Harbour Fun Night Shots

My associate photographer Noah Hayes second shot for me at a wedding recently at the Herrington by the Bay. It's a great venue and has some awesome places to shoot. Noah had the Nikon D3 so we had some fun shooting in the dark when we had a break from the reception...

Here he took an impromptu shot of Denise who wasn't quite ready for Noah's sneaky ways =)

ISO 3200, f/3.5, 1/8 sec, Nikon D3

Here's a shot of the Herrington from the Marina

ISO 4000, f/2.8, 1/13 sec, Nikon D3

BTW, the Nikon noise level is quite low at high ISO settings. Impressive =)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Michael & Anna Costa Photography Visits DC

Last week our DC & Baltimore PUG (Pictage User Groups) gathered to welcome Michael & Anna Costa to DC as guest speakers focusing on standing out in our industry. I met them back in March at WPPI and am a member of their forum, Photo For the People. Be sure to check out our DC PUG blog for more pictures from the event. Photos are courtesy of MBK & Associates.

Michael & Anna shoot film AND digital, resulting in a unique hybrid style. Check out their portfolio to see for yourself.

Thanks to my friend and PUG leader Geoff Chessman for taking the group shot at MBK's studio.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Seeing Old Friends & Making New Ones

I just got back from second shooting a wedding with Paul Price. We had a blast!

What was really sweet was seeing old friends and past clients at the wedding. My friends and happy brides continue to spread the word evangelizing for me... way cool! This reaffirms how personal my industry can be. As a wedding photographer it is extremely important to be yourself and true to others. It's all about keeping it real folks!

Speaking of evangelizing, Jessica's niece Mallory (who was also a brides maid in Jessica's wedding) was a guest at tonight's wedding. Mallory has had her eye on me since Jess' wedding and expressed strong interest today to shoot hers next June!
Can't wait to chat about her day =)

Here's Mallory ... she will no doubt be a gorgeous and stunning bride!

I grabbed some candids of her earlier in the day

Congrats to the future Mr. & Mrs. Reading!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Grace & Jason's Wedding - Part 2 of 2

As promised, part 2 of 2 from Grace & Jason's wedding story. This was one of my favorite weddings this fall and just had to blog it! The couple was up for anything and they took really good care of me on my trip to Minneapolis.

Watch the slideshow to see almost 200 images that highlights their wedding day. To view the images individually, mouse over the "BROWSE" icon.

GUESTS: Pre-register at to be notified when the entire gallery is available for viewing & ordering. I also posted some personal favorites below!

Grace on her balcony suite

A little text love from Jason to Grace

Grace was stunning!

Father of the Bride

Laura Williams of Loda Designs did a fabulous job with the flowers!

Jason & I are car guys. Couldn't resist a spin around the block in the Porsche 911 Cabriolet

The SOLERA was an awesome venue

The party was a riot. Check out more in the slideshow!

The slideshow was a hit at the reception =)

You know how I love my night shots =)