Saturday, November 29, 2008

Deleted Scenes

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

This evening while I was relaxing in my living room with Dora the Explorer on TV (Jordan's a big fan lol) and Denise out to a party with some friends from work, I got to thinking about the extra footage from my video that ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor. So I thought why not create a deleted scenes clip! This has some spontaneous moments, nothing spectacular, but just some more insight into what I was thinking when producing this video. I experimented with a few video FX just for fun as well. All this was done in iMovie. If you haven't seen the final result, be sure to check it out on my blog or my website!

Enjoy! =)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New Promo Video on My Website

Hello readers & loyal followers! I added the promo video everyone was waiting for! Get a raw look behind the scenes of me at work. Check out my website or just play it here. Enjoy =)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Kristie & Corey's "Day-After" Session

Kristie, Corey and I braved the cold and blustery temperatures to capture some post-wedding images, a.k.a. "day-after sessions". The autumn afternoon light was perfect and the couple was so awesome to work with as always. Enjoy a few favorites!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Albums, Albums, Albums!

It's that time of year we're designing & ordering wedding albums. Here's a GREAT video made my DoodleDoo, an album design company, unboxing a KISS Wedding Book - one of my FAVORITE wedding album vendors. I think anyone who's curious about album design & delivery will find this video helpful =)

Note to clients: Albums are known to last a lifetime, maybe even several lifetimes if cared for. They are also known to warp, even high quality professional books such as these. This can occur over time, under very humid conditions, dry conditions, and through the seasons. It's dependent on how you care for the album, how you store it, etc.. It's recommended you store it flat. As you watch the video, DoodleDoo addresses handling & care at 11 min & 55 sec.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

DVD Folio by Neil Enterprises

Ted Suss at Neil Enterprises sent me a really nice sample of his Supreme DVD Folio. This is a great package for disc presentation to your clients. Durable & thick, it should make for a lasting keepsake. Check them out in Las Vegas at WPPI in February of 2009!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Jessica & Austin's Wedding

Jessica & Austin tied the knot over the weekend at the Mormon Temple. They were one of the most fun couples I've worked with this year! We were expecting rain, but were blessed with some partly cloudy skies to capture some fun portraits. Their charm really made this session a memorable one.

Thanks so much Jess & Austin for letting me capture an important part of your lives!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Shooters Invade National Harbor

My friends & fellow wedding/portrait photographers got together with me and spent some time at National Harbor to share ideas, sharpen skills, and build partnerships. These get-togethers are meant to be FUN while learning, networking, and just being with others that share the same passion for photography. It's not a workshop (it's free to attend!), not necessarily "professional" or formal (we're a laid back bunch), and definitely not stuffy or an uptight group. So if you're a professional or amateur, contact me or join my FACEBOOK group to stay on top of the latest news and updates on when our next get-togethers will be!

One of my clients & bride-to-be, Maggie, was gracious enough to be our model for the afternoon. Of course we also snapped some fun shots of each other! We later had dinner at Fuddruckers in Alexandria and really had fun winding down. If you're already on FACEBOOK, you can see more photos from the day & evening there. We had a totally rockin' time!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Caitlin & Troy's Whitehall Wedding

Caitlin & Troy had a gorgeous wedding on a chilly but beautiful fall afternoon. The sunset ceremony at Historic Whitehall Manor was incredible with the autumn sunlight spilling all around the couple & their guests. Their families & friends were some of the most welcoming and warmhearted people I've ever met. It was an honor to be a small part of this awesome wedding. And I really enjoyed working with the Whitehall staff again. It's by far one of my favorite venues! A big thanks to my friend Jessica del Vecchio as my second shooter for the day!

So many great photos to go through, so I chose over 100 shots for a cool slideshow, along with a few favorite ceremony images. Check it out!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ethan's Senior & Football Photo Op

I specialize in wedding photography, but once in a while I'll get referrals for other gigs including portraits and of course, family member shoots! My nephew Ethan's last football game is tomorrow and will be graduating from high school in 09. His mom (my sis-in-law) wanted some cool photos as momentos so who am I to refuse? =)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Thank You Everyone!!

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes today, especially on Facebook!!

It was a historical day for our country and a great birthday for me with my family! And as many already know, Denise gave me an early birthday gift a couple weeks ago...
I'm loving my new iPhone 3G!

Thanks Denise!

And here's a great shot taken my by good friend Kenny Kim, Chicago-based wedding photographer. This was taken inside a barber shop in Hyde Park where Barack Obama is known to get a haircut. A historic photo for sure!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Kristie & Corey's Wedding Day Slideshow

As I mentioned in a previous post, here are the highlights from Kristie & Corey's spectacular event at Herrington Harbour Marina. Catering manager Jessica Lisbon & her incredible staff did a fabulous job keeping everything running smoothly. Sweet Sue's provided 21 awesome cakes! One main cake, plus a cake per guest table! Evan was great to work with as the video guy, and DJ Sam Badilla kept the party rockin'. The night was capped off with an impressive fireworks display and sparkler send-off. As soon as I find out who provided that service, I'll add it to this blog.

Church: Friendship United Methodist Church
Reception Venue: Herrington Harbour Marina, Jessica Lisbon
DJ: Mango's Party Production (
Videography: Evan Taff Productions
Cake: Sweet Sue's Bake Shop

A huge thanks to my good friend & wedding photographer Sarah Hodzic for braving the tough wet weather conditions with me and being my second shooter for the day!

Thanks Kristie & Corey for the chance to capture your great wedding!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Jessica & Austin

I recently met up with an awesome couple, Jess & Austin, for an engagement session at Glen Echo Park in Maryland. This good lookin' pair are having a "destination wedding" in DC this month which I look forward to covering!

Here are a couple of fun slideshows I put together. One in ShowItWeb format, the other in format. Animoto is an online tool that you can use quickly to throw together a slick little slideshow. ShowItWeb allows the customer to order a DVD of the slideshow, which isn't new. But what IS new is that the slideshow now lets the customer order a ShowItBook - a custom made 5x5 picture book! I am so amped about this new offering!

Enjoy the slideshows!

Just a few of my favorites from the e-session