I was so honored when Trisha asked us to photograph her and Craig’s wedding! Trisha has been my hair stylist for a long time and we were more than excited for her to be marrying Craig. They decided to have a small, family ceremony at Craig’s family church in Quincy with a reception at the Wenatchee Golf and Country Club where Craig spends a lot of time. They allowed us to go out into the middle of nowhere to a place that we had wanting to photograph for a while. Although the weather didn’t cooperate with us, we still enjoyed photographing their love! Congratulations you two!
We know that you will all be coming from different skill levels and wants from the class. This is why we will be having multiple workshops going on at the same time. You can pick and choose what you would like to learn on Saturday. But first, on Friday night we will all get together to discuss ethics in photography, basic photo 101 skills, and a short history lesson on photography and digital cameras. Although some may be beyond 101 level, I think it’s always great to revisit the foundations of photography.
On Saturday, we will have workshops for you to choose from:
*Editing in Lightroom/Photoshop
*File handling (a file folder management system for storing your pictures on your computer that will ensure you don’t loose your pictures)
*Posing babies and children
*Wedding Photography: posing couples and tips for running a successful business
*Strobes & Lighting
*Getting to know your camera
Phil and Jessica Bentz of Stone Castle photography are Nikon shooters, while we are Canon shooters. We will have all of our gear there so you can see the differences between these two, along with just playing with the gear. We will have everything that we ever use including camera bags, lights, little toys. We will have a Q&A time about gear and computers (they use Mac, we use PC). You will experience of the differences between the two.
Last, but not least we will be discussing insurance. Yes, a very boring topic! But for photographers it is very important! Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional, we are spending a lot of money for our hobby/craft and we need to protect our investment and ourselves. (What if a light stand falls over and hits your client or even family member in the face? What if you take the wedding rings to go shoot them and one accidentally falls out of your hand and into a crack in the floor?) It’s important to us that we give you this information so you can be aware and make an educated decision that works best for you. We will have an insurance expert talk about these and the differences between being insured locally or through the Professional Photographers of America.
Today we get to show off Tim and Kelley’s lighthearted wedding. You can see how the beginning of their wedding day went right here. After and adventurous morning, things settled down and everyone enjoyed a wonderfully emotional ceremony and reception. Tim and Kelley now live in Washington DC. Seeing so much of his friends and family who chose to fly across the country to witness them get married in Kelley’s hometown was a testament to their character. We enjoyed photographing all of the details that Kelley and her family made. It’s already been almost 3 months since they have been married! We wish them all the best as they pursue their careers in DC.
Welcome to my office! Notes from my kids taped to the side of my desk, empty glass from my coffee that morning, cables running everywhere from my (gasp!) PCs, books elevating my too-short monitors.
I posted a picture a couple of years ago of our office in our old home. Now that we’ve moved I wanted to share with you all my workspace. For my fellow photographers who follow nationally known photographers and other professionals like them in our industry, you have probably seen pictures posted of their amazing offices: perfectly decorated, color coordinated and it is even so cool they call it their “studio space”. I would look at their offices and dream about what mine could possibly look like some day. I started to feel inadequate because my “office” at the time was a Craigslist desk in the middle of our basement from 1986. It was less than stellar.
Photography is one occupation that must have an online presence. With that, we can all see into each other’s work and personal life a lot more easily than other professions. This leads to a lot of comparing and potentially self-doubt about our ability and “success” as photographers. Thankfully, I have a husband who keeps reminding me that our photography isn’t about how amazing my work space is. There are less than a handful of couples that meet us at our home. We have built a business catered to busy, working professionals who are getting married in a destination location and plan to do almost everything for their wedding online. If they prefer to meet in person, we try to save them time by meeting them in their hometown, usually at a coffee shop next to their office. So what my office looks like really doesn’t matter. It’s a place to get ‘er done! It’s a place to be inspired. And getting inspired means a myriad of things depending on who you are. There is a small canvas of the first wedding Ben and I photographed. I love remembering how our business came to be. There’s also a big empty space on my wall. This coming week I will be putting up a huge cork board. I have a big binder of magazine pages of inspiring images. Fun poses, cute dresses, beautiful make up… I want to put them up where I can see them daily. Seeing others create cool images inspires me to push toward where we want to be a photographers. So, if you are a new photographer out there and feeling not so great about where you work, don’t worry. Use the time and money that you would have spent on your office on your clients! Give them a personal experience that no one else can give them but you. Think about who your clients are and what your workflow needs to be to cater to your combined specific needs.
Michael and Jennifer were married at Wapato Point Cellars on August 3rd. Jennifer and all of Michael’s friends call him by his last name, Brophy. I find that that suits him much more than Michael. He is super easy going, fun and ready to party! They both work hard and love to play hard. They now live in Boston, but have spent many fun vacations in Lake Chelan and knew that they wanted to come back here to get married. It was a great mix of west coast-east coast people. I loved Jennifer’s thoughtful decorations that incorporated the winery theme. They used old wine bottles and corks on the table tops, naming each table a different kind of wine. They also wanted to make the day kid friendly, so they had kid packs placed at the tables filled with games, snacks, and small toys. Brophy and Jennifer wanted to make sure that all of their out-of-town guests had as much fun possible, so they hosted an after party at a local bar where they ate the best bar food around and sang karaoke until the early hours of the morning! We loved photographing their commitment to each other. We wish you two a very happy first year of marriage!