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Getting Directed by Kevin Costner and Modern West

When Kevin Costner and Modern West kicked off their latest tour, I got the call to photograph the concert at the Lakeland Center.

It’s pretty exciting stuff, truth be told.

It’s quick though.  You get in for the first three songs and you’re escorted out.  Most times, I don’t even remember what those songs were.  It’s a 10 minute blur of time when you’re looking for tack-sharp images.

It’s waiting for for a fracture of a second to make an image where the mic isn’t covering the performer’s mouth.   Where some fan’s hand or head isn’t featured prominently.  Where the stage lights and your camera’s metering system find common ground.  Where there is some kind of action, motion, or an element about the performance that makes it a moment worth photographing.

Those ten or so minutes quick and you check your LCD to get a quick idea of whether you got the shots you need and whether your client will be pleased.

They were.

Kevin Costner Blowing Kisses to the Crowd

Kevin and the band are great showmen and, based on the reaction of the crowd, excellent musicians too.

      I digress.

This isn’t really about the show itself, rather the show before the show and how I got directed by Kevin Costner.

It was the first night of their tour.  Opening night.  When I accepted the assignment, I had asked whether I might be able to get some pre-show access to the band.   Of course, I got no guarantees, but did get invited to go to the “meet and greet” where select guests were able to shake hands and pose with Kevin backstage.

Meet and Greet with Kevin Costner backstage

I didn’t hold out much hope that I’d be able to get anything more than these images, but I knew that since it was their first show in the tour, I might get lucky.

After the meet and greet, the band disappeared into a room and closed the door.  I knew my chances of getting any intimate images was waning, but I stayed backstage anyway.

“Come on in,” the manager said.

Success.

The thrill is kind of  immense when you are allowed to access very personal, intimate moments like that.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a  wedding shoot with a very cool couple or a real A-list Hollywood Star letting you make a few photos with them.  ( Robin Hood, JFK, The Untouchables, Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves, Waterworld, 3,000 Miles to Graceland, The Bodyguard, etc) .

I changed my camera lens to a 14-24,  adjusted my white balance for the color temp of the room and as discreetly and doe-like as I could adjust my 200-pound, way-over-40 frame, started shooting.

Backstage, under bad lighting, with Kevin Costner and Modern West

It was almost perfect.

The band acted like I wasn’t there.  I kept quiet, stayed out of their way and just shot.  NO motor drive back here.  One frame.  Discreet.  One frame.  Discreet.  One Frame.  Pause.  One frame.  Discreet.

They had an opening show to perform in minutes.  The last thing I wanted to do was draw attention to myself or interrupt their focused moments.  Worse, get kicked out.

I knew I wouldn’t use my flash.  I knew it would do all the things that I didn’t want to do.   I also knew the light where they were standing was horrible.

There would mounted lights on the ceiling and pointed toward the walls, but there was very little light falling on the band in the center of the room.

Kevin Costner warms up with violinist Bobby Yang.

In a case like this, I’ll shoot with whatever light I can get.

I didn’t realize was that Kevin Costner was not only aware of my dilemma but he also had a solution.

“Would you like us to move to the other side of the room where the light is better?”, he asked.

“Yes,” I said out loud.

Inside, I screamed, “YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES”!

He was directing the shoot.  He’s not only an A-list Hollywood actor, he’s also a director with incredible knowledge of scenes and backdrops and moments  and film and, most importantly to me, light.

The band moved to the other side of the room.  Costner leaned against the red wall, almost directly under one of the overhead spotlights.

The  band formed a semi-circle around him as they warmed up their voices and their instruments.

I thanked God and KC under my breath, knelt down,  and pushed the shutter.

Kevin Costner directs the shoot.

I had about 3 minutes with the band under that light.  I thought the series of  images was pretty powerful.

So did Rolling Stone magazine.

They published it here:

http://www.rollingstone.com/random-notes-2012/kevin-costner-and-modern-west-0358177

Thank you for your direction.

I think the credited image should look like this:

True image credit line.

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Whirlwind Wedding Photojournalism

Whirlwind Wedding. Nicole and Dennis.

   Nine tornadoes touched down around Tampa Bay March 31, 2011.  They tore roofs off of homes, overturned semi-tractor trailers, RVs and some elderly men and women and knocked out power to thousands.

  They also had the local TV networks covering the storms wall-to-wall beginning about 4am, reminding us constantly the mayhem raining down outside our doors.

  Even by Tampa Bay standards, it was a day of wicked, wicked weather.

  Like everyone else who could, I was glued to the TV set, watching and waiting to see if one of those tornadoes was headed for my home, one mile from Indian Shores.  And, by about 3pm that day, there was one barreling straight in from the Gulf of Mexico, heading for Indian Shores.  It was still over water, so it was really only a water spout.  But, once it comes on shore, it IS a tornado.

  I wasn’t too worried, honestly.  I knew those things moved around a lot and didn’t necessarily come on shore where they’re originally headed. 

  This one, thank God, went one mile north.  It caused lots of damage along Ulmerton Road, one of the hardest hit areas that day.

  Truth be told, though, I wasn’t that worried about it. 

  I had bigger worries on my mind.

  I had a contract to shoot Dennis and Nicole’s beach wedding at 5pm on Treasure Island. 

  Yep.

Nicole and Dennis

      Nicole and Dennis were not to be denied.  I talked with Nicole several times that day.  The LEAST I could do was let her know that I was ready and able and quite willing to photograph her wedding. 

  Understandably, she was quite worried about what lay ahead. 

  Understandably, I thought deeply about how to take advantage of those magnificent, powerful clouds in our pictures. 

Great clouds, Loving couple = Great Pictures

But, first, we had to get through the ceremony.

  First, it was moved to 6pm.  By that time, the worst of the storms has passed by.  It was still raining, but luckily the Bilmar Beach Resort  has a nice tent out back for their receptions on the beach. 

  The ceremony would happen there.

  Photographing a wedding is a huge obligation and responsibility and if you’re a professional, you better be ready to shoot it when, where and in whatever weather it happens in and deliver images that have power, romance, impact and emotion.

    The weather actually made my job easier.

Nicole watches the weather

  So did the beauty of the Bride.

  The beautiful, soft light that’s hitting her in the shot above is courtesy of soft, cloud-covered sunlight.  I actually always hope the skies are overcast for photographing beach weddings.  It’s such a flattering, soft light.  Perfect for photographing a bride in white.

  The sky becomes a giant softbox or lighting umbrella, diffusing the sun and making natural-light photography ideal.  The larger the light source, the softer the light.  What’s larger than the sky?

  What’s prettier or beautiful than Nicole’s face, a mix of stress, anxiety and femininity lit by the world’s largest softbox?

  Not much.

Nicole, lit by the world's largest softbox.

      Believe me, there was a lot of stress during the hours before the ceremony.  Dennis was worried about Nicole and where to have the ceremony if the tent on the beach flooded.    The Bilmar Beach Resort staff was worried about not having electricity,  nor phones as well as the water that was creeping into the reception site. 

  Nicole was stressed about everything, but kept her cool, her smile and her attendants and family close to her.

  Until it was time for her grand entrance.

Nicole and her father

    I usually don’t use photos in which someone’s eyes are closed, but I made an exception in this case.  Why?

  Nicole’s father’s downturned mouth and closed eyes tell a story.   You can almost hear his heart break for his daughter’s dismay. I won’t dare write about Nicole’s feelings.

  I think her face says it all.

  But, then, something incredible happened.

  She saw Dennis, her Air Force stud,  waiting for her to marry him and for those few moments that they said their “I do’s”, she forgot about the rain, the tornadoes and the water leaking into the reception room.

  And, they remembered what was truly important.

  They were getting married.

What severe weather?

    It’s always great to experience a gamut of emotions and everyone was ready for a good, releasing laugh.  I don’t remember what was said or happened here.  I only know I’m happy it did. 

  It’s one of those fleeting moments, over in under a second, that helps to build the storybook of a wedding day. 

  Of course, there were more somber, tender moments during the ceremony. 

  THIS moment, was literally four seconds later, according to the time codes on my images.

Gamut of Emotions

  The bottom lines are these:

  1.  Great emotions make great pictures.

  2.  Great weather helps to make great pictures (and great lighting for shooting those pictures).

  3.  Great couples make great pictures.

  4.  Good photographers make great pictures when they have emotion, great lighting and great couples in those pictures.

De-stressing the wedding party

  5.  Love and laughter conquer all.

Love and Laughter Conquer All

Shooting The Bieber

    OK, I admit it.

    I came down with a touch of Bieber Fever last night.

  The kid’s a 16-year-old cultural phenomenon, boosted to dizzying media heights by legions of  Bieber-Feverish fans and media outlets always looking for ways to sell newspapers, magazines, web site hits and photographs.

    My Fever was borne of the latter, but truth be told, I also just wanted to shoot this kid. 

Justin Bieber, December 20, 2010.

     There’s no telling if his talent or popularity will sustain.  Twenty years from now, will he still be drawing large crowds like the 20,000 that packed the St Pete Times Forum to capacity last night or will he be more like former teen icon Leif Garrett whose current appearances are on “Celebrity Rehab”?

  I hope it’s the former.  I hope Justin Bieber matures and grows as a performer, keeps his celebrity status in check and has a very long and successful entertainment career.

   St Petersburg Times music critic Sean Daly inferred very strongly that Bieber lip-synched much of the show.    I couldn’t tell and I was right in the front of the stage.  Of course, I’m not a critic.     I don’t photograph a lot of concerts and, when I’m shooting, I’m in a zone of focus, thinking about light, apeture, shutter speeds and capturing the moments that make great images. 

    Most times, I cannot even recall afterwards what songs were performed while I’m shooting a concert.  I can say that that was not the case last night.  Media photographers were allowed to shoot the first three songs of his show before being ushered out.  One of those–“You Smile, I Smile”–did permeate my masculine veneer somehow.  I’m suprised I’m admitting it.

Justin Bieber performs December 19, 2010.

           From a photographic standpoint, the show was outstanding.  Press photographers were allowed to stand right at the front of the stage.  The lighting added a nice ambiance to the images.

"You Smile, I Smile"

    

Justin Bieber performs December 19, 2010.

    There’s no doubt the fans loved the show.  Without a doubt, it was the loudest concert I’ve ever been to.  I had to cover my ears in the moments as the lights lowered and Bieber got ready to take the stage.  The cheering voices were piercing. 

  Justin Bieber had arrived.

Bieber Fever arrives in Tampa.

What is Wedding Photojournalism?

  First, let’s talk about what wedding photojournalism is not.

  Wedding photojournalism is not photographs of people standing around looking into the camera.  Wedding photojournalism is not a simple shot of the bride and groom as they kiss at the end of the ceremony.  Wedding photojournalism is not a bland photograph that the viewer simply glances at and goes to the next shot.

  Wedding photojournalism is capturing the emotions of the day as they happen.  Wedding photojournalism is shooting photographs that evoke an emotion.  Wedding photojournalism is capturing the joys, the laughters, the tears and the looks of love that a couple exchanges with each other and also with their guests and families.

   It seems as if every photographer’s web site I look at has  line that says they’re a wedding photojournalist, but all of their galleries show photographs of people posing for them.   Look closely for claims of wedding photojournalism.  If you don’t feel some emotion while looking at their photographs, chances are it’s not real photojournalism.

  I had the pleasure of photographing Kyle and Roxanne’s wedding at the new Tampa Museum of Arts last week.   It’s wonderful to have a beautiful, interesting venue to shoot a wedding in, but to me it doesn’t matter where the couple gets married.  I’m so much more interested in the way they look at each other, the way they interact with their guests and whether or not they’re able to forget I’m there and let their true emotions come through.

Mother and daughter before the ceremony

   I got a little emotional when I first saw this photograph of Roxanne and her mother comforting one another before the ceremony.  I actually got a lot emotional when I saw it.  My first thought was:  THIS is a photograph.  My second thought was:  THIS is why I do what I do. 

  But, how quickly things can change. 

Three seconds later

   According to the time code on my image data, this shot is exactly three seconds after the top shot.  The two shots are literal definitions of the term “gamut of emotions”. 

  Roxanne and Kyle’s wedding day did run the gamut of emotions.

Green elevator, green dress

  This shot is Kyle’s sister as she stepped into the green elevator with Roxanne to go to the ceremony.  That’s the actual color of the elevator.  Kyle’s sister said she could blend into it with her green dress.  She tried to.  Roxanne reacted to the much-needed comedic moment. 

  Photojournalism.

  There were rules about shooting in the Tampa Museum of Arts.  You could not photograph the exhibits.  They are protected by copyrights.  There were, however, ways to use the Museum’s beautiful interior and exterior design to enhance the photography.

Waiting to make their entrance to the reception.

  This is Kyle and Roxanne as they waited on the second floor for their cue to make their entrance into the reception.  To me, there’s something about the annonymity of the shot, combined with the graphic elements of the Museum that make me love this photograph.

  Kyle is a very personable and charming man and I think this photograph of him chatting with Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and her husband shows captures those qualities. 

Kyle chats with Mayor Pam Iorio.

    Of course, you must shoot some posed photographs, even as a photojournalist, but I believe in adding some photojournalism even to the posed portraits.  They don’t have to look posed.

  Again, classy, confident Kyle posing, in an un-posed way.

Zimmerman, Kyle Zimmerman

  This was actually a portrait I did of Kyle while dialing in my exposure and lighting and waiting to shoot Roxanne.  I told him I thought he looked very James Bond-ish.  The minarets of the University of Tampa loom in the backround. 

    Again, a posed moment with a photojournalistic angle.

Photojournalistic Portrait

  I’ve found out that very often, the almost-kiss is much more romantic and dramatic than the actual kiss itself.     

    Of course you have to photograph beautiful portraits of the bride.   I really love this shot of Roxanne standing alongside the Hillsborough River looking confident, beautiful and completely at ease.

Roxanne by the Hillsborough River

  I love shooting everything during the wedding day, but particularly love the emotions of the reception.  By that time, the stresses of the day’s preparations have melted away and it’s time to relax and have fun, surrounded by the most important people in a couple’s life.

  The bride is always the center of attention as these two anonymous young men unknowingly helped to illustrate during the reception.

The center of attention

    I always say that I can only photograph what’s there.  This reception celebration had ample opportunies to capture the stress-less moments following the planning and execution of a wedding day.

The reception.

 

Toasting their guests

    Light is the seasoning of a photograph.   If you know how to do it, a photographer can greatly enhance the quality of the photographs by using it well.  In the shots above, the disco lights used by the DJ add to the ambiance of the shots, as do the backround lights of the city of Tampa in the overhead shot. 

  I also knew that the Tampa Museum of Arts had colorful lights on the exterior of their building but they were not lit while we were doing the exterior portraits of Roxanne and Kyle.  I had truly wished to incorporate them into the portraits.

  It wasn’t until later that I noticed Kyle and some of his buddies outside the Museum, taking some time for man-talk and play.

  The exterior lights had come on by this time.    I used them.

  Good photojournalism is telling the story of a wedding day through the photographs.  You have the emotions of a mother and daughter together in the last, few moments before the ceremony.    You have the laughter of a bride and her bridesmaid as she tried to blend into a green elevator.  You have the drama and beauty of the romantic portraits.

  You have to leave and call it a day sometime.

  I think this shot of Kyle is a good close to the story.  He’s married the woman of his dreams. 

  He’s the king of the world in a $1.99 LED headband.

The King of the World in a $1.99 LED headband

  Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your incredible day.

Senior Portrait Session with Brielle

  Brielle wanted something different for her senior portrait session. 

  She’s getting ready to graduate from the University of  North Carolina School of the Arts and wanted nothing to do with the average in-house portraits.  She wanted to express herself in foilage-filled backdrops and along the beaches.

  I agreed, but also knew that Brielle didn’t need great backdrops to make people look at her photographs.  All she had to do was show up.

     Brielle has a confidence about her that’s well beyond her years. 

 

    I like to say that a photography shoot is a 50-50 proposition.  The subject has to give me the moments and looks to photograph.  I have to have the technical abilities and knowledge of light to capture those moments when they’re delivered.

  I told Brielle and her mother that this shoot was a 75-25 in Brielle’s favor.  Almost anyone with a working knowledge of photography could shoot her well. 

   That became even more apparent when we sat down to make their photo selections.   We had agreed on a delivery of 5 of their favorite images for her senior portrait session.   That would have given them a variety of poses and looks to capture that important time in her life.  When we started going through the images, it was very soon apparent that Brielle couldn’t take a bad photograph.   

  We were all overwhelmed with the session.  They ended up taking more than 130 images.

 

    I knew Brielle was a dance major at her school and I knew that we’d have to incorporate some of that talent into the session.    How do you do that?

  I turned her loose.

  I picked the area and told her to walk along this straight section of the boardwalk and to walk back and forth along it and let her emotions out.  She did.  This is one of my favorite frames from those moments.  To me, it expresses the carelessness of her youth and the beauty of her talents.  To me, it expresses freedom.

 

      We shot more of her dance as the sun set.  Brielle loved the photographs, but was very particular about her form in the shots.    She was a perfectionist, looking at her leg position, her arms and hands.  She only wanted the frames that were technically perfect in their form.  I loved the drama of beauty of the shots.  I had always wanted to shoot a dancer at the beach at sunset.

 

    This last frame is a little too centered for my liking, but I’m adding it anyway.  It’s a great closing shot for the series.    We had milked the day of its light.  It was time to say goodnight.

 

  Thank you Brielle.

The Pictures are Everything

  A man called me a few months ago and said he was getting married soon and wanted to meet with me about photographing his wedding.     He said he and his fiance “loved” the photographs on my web site. 

 His deep, gravelly voice said:   “The pictures are everything”.  I figured him for a lifelong smoker. 

  I was wrong.

  His name was Randy and he told me that it was to be a very small, private wedding.  There was not going to be a videographer and none of the guests would be taking photographs.

  “The pictures are everything”, he said again.

  We set up an appointment to meet at his home.  It was just a few miles from my own.

  I knocked on his door at exactly noon.  The door swung open, a massive man of a man walked out, extended his baseball mitt-sized hand and said, “Hi, I’m Randy.”

  “I know who you are,” I said. 

  He didn’t acknowledge my comment, but invited me in and introduced me to his lovely fiance, Lynn.  They offered me a drink.  I accepted.  Randy went to get it.

  “That IS Macho Man Randy Savage, isn’t it,”? I whispered to Lynn.  She said yes.

  Now, for the first time in a very long time of meeting clients and potential clients, I was nervous.

  He wasn’t the first celebrity I’ve ever met, but he was the first international celebrity who wanted me to photograph his wedding.    I had photographed HSN’s Lynn Murphy’s wedding last year, but had known her as a friend for a few years, so it wasn’t  the same.  Plus, HSN is only shown in the USA.

  Macho Man Randy Savage was an internationally-known professional wrestler and celebrity. 

  This day, and every other day we met for planning sessions and talked on the phone, he was just Randy.  He wanted nothing more than to have incredible wedding photographs for his bride.  

  “The pictures are everything”.

Lynn and Randy pose on the beach following the ceremony.

  The wedding was planned for Lido Beach in Sarasota at 7:15pm, about one hour before sunset.

The view from the Lido Beach Resort 7th Floor

  Beach weddings can be dangerous affairs.  You have to be concered about storms moving in, high winds, overeager, pasty-white  beachgoers creeping into your shot and bright sunshine that makes the couple squint or have harsh shadows on them.  The latter is always my biggest concern and I shared that with Lynn and Randy.

  “The pictures are everything.” 

  They meant it too.  They empowered me to direct the location of the setup of the bamboo trellis so it wouldn’t be directly backlit by the setting sun.  They trusted me to help choose the correct time of day to minimize the harsh sunshine. 

  They gave me everything I needed to capture the beauty, romance, emotion and incredible moments of the day.

  Most of all, they gave me themselves.

Lynn and Randy pose in the seagrass after the ceremony

    Their reception was to be a sit-down affair inside the glorious Lido Beach Resort.    The pair had met near there many years ago and wanted to return to that site to seal their union.

    The room was lit only by candles, as Lynn had requested.   

Elegant Reception Room

     Most of the reception photos were shot by that candlelight, allowing the glamor and mood to remain, enhance and maintain the dignity of the event.

Elegant Lynn Photographed by Candlelight

   Macho Man Randy Savage didn’t attend the ceremony.  He wasn’t even invited.

  It was very clear that this wedding was no different than any other union.  Lynn was the focal point. 

Bride on the Beach

    One of the first things they did after seeing their photographs was to place an order for a 24 x 36″ canvas wrap for over their piano.  I was incredibly flattered to have something that large being placed as one of the focal points of their home. 

  Randy reminded me that during our first meeting I had gotten a little cocky and said to them that one of my goals was to replace the large art print that was then hanging over the piano with one of their wedding photographs.    Success.

The Kiss photograph is now one of the focal points of their home. I could not be happier.

  “The pictures are everything”.

  I completely agree.

  (Please be advised that these photographs and all other photographs on this site are registered and protected by US Copyright laws.  I vigorously pursue all infringers)

Shannon Mulaire and Randy Scott’s Wedding Day

  A wedding is a monumental occassion.  I know from talking with my couples that there’s immense stress involved with the planning and an incredible amount of anxiety involved from worrying about whether everything is going to go off as planned on the special day.

  Shannon Mulaire and Randy Scott gave me the most incredible compliment when we had our last conversation before their April 8, 2010 wedding at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida.  They told me “Tim, you’re the ONLY thing we’re not worried about”.

  In other words, they had complete confidence in my professionalism to be where I was supposed to be, when I was supposed to be there and that they knew I would deliver images that had power, emotion, drama, laughter and fun….and love.

Shannon and Randy

  That’s the key to great wedding photography.  Shooting images that have passion.  Not everyone can do that.  Wedding photography is so much more than delivering images that are simple inventories of who was there. 

  Shannon is a great reporter at WTVT, the FOX affiliate in Tampa.  She knows the power of images, visuals.  I know that she would much rather cover a story that has powerful video to accompany and enhance her stories.  Randy has a TV news/sports backround too.  He’s very much aware of how important great visuals are. 

  It was incredibly flattering that this pair would trust me to deliver those kinds of images.

Shannon in her room before the ceremony

Shannon's Maid of Honor's portrait of her

  And, sometimes, it’s not just me that shoots a powerful image.  This shot above was a photograph that Shannon’s Maid of Honor was shooting of her.  I think that what makes this such a nice image is not from MY photograph, rather because the shot from the Maid of Honor is a beautiful frame. 

  You have to keep your eyes open when shooting a wedding and let any ego you have subside.  I was very complimentary of her Maid of Honor for this photograph.  I have a standing  joke with guests.  It’s, “don’t shoot anything that’s better than mine”.    Sometimes, they don’t listen.

  Shannon and Randy’s wedding was stunning in its details, location, but more importantly in it’s sealing of the union between two people who are quite obviously very much in love with one another. 

   There is nothing more romantic or beautiful than the way a bride looks at her life partner while he says his vows.

Shannon looks at Randy while he says his vows to her

 And, a kiss is never just a kiss during a wedding.  I always try to shoot the kiss with a wide lens so you can see the reaction of the guests in the backround.  I loved going through the images with Randy and Shannon when they came by to pick them up.  Looking at this kiss photograph, they were pointing out the guests in the backround, admiring her father taking a photograph, Randy’s mother (in purple between the two) gripping her hands together–beaming with more emotions than I could probably imagine.

The Kiss

  That’s one of the secrets that many so-called photographers don’t know.  A photograph can have multiple layers of interest.    A professional photographer does not want someone simply glancing at their photography.  A professional photographer wants whoever is viewing their work to STAY in the photograph.  Adding multiple layers of interest is one way to do that.

Romance on the Gulf of Mexico

    Even this silhouette photograph has multiple layers of interest.  The color and drama of the sunset adds to the beauty of the moment between the two.

  Of course, sometimes a single layer of interest is all that’s needed.

Glamorous Bride along the Gulf of Mexico

  Even this photograph has subtle, multiple layers of interest.  Shannon said that one of the reasons she chose this gown was because of it’s light and airy structure.  She knew that it would blow easily in the wind along the Gulf of Mexico.  The movement of the gown adds to the beauty of this shot.

  The Ritz-Carlton in Naples was an exquisite place to shoot.  They know how to take care of their guests and I think a lot about visuals as well.    The reception area was lit with purple and blue lighting.  The tables glowed with light.    When I saw that, I KNEW that not only would there be great visuals of the couple’s first dance and the other moments of fun during a reception.  I also knew that the color of the room would add visual impact, drama, beauty and another layer of interest.  Of course, you cannot just go in and shoot it.  You have to have a true  knowledge of light and how to manipulate it, use, enhance it.

  That’s one of the differences between a professional photographer and the guy or gal who says:  “I’m a professional photographer, I have a Nikon camera”, then proceeds to photograph an entire wedding with direct, on camera flash in automatic mode.  Doing that would have not allowed the colors of the room to marinate into the frame.   You have to use slow shutters and subtle, subtle lighting. 

Color, Details, Multiple layers of interst (The web doesn't do justice to the color in this frame)

  A wedding is a celebration of love, but also of friendships and family and new unions.   

 After it’s all over, though, it’s the photographs that keep those moments fresh and vivid in your lives.   

Celebrating their Union

  Thank you both so much!!!