At a recent wedding we shot (and one of my favorites), I was reminded of something I was once told: "Every wedding will have surprises." Things you assume won't happen often do, and things you assume will happen often don't - and sometimes things you never even think of will take place. Those surprises can be good or bad, but the trick is to just roll with it. No wedding in this history of humanity has ever gone exactly as planned - but that's not always a bad thing. Sometimes an unexpected change can give some great moments! But some surprises are subtle. Some happen and almost nobody notices. They have nothing to do with timing or a crisis or whatever. Just things rolling along, and something happens that no one really thought about, that's just how it happened to work out. The garter belt "section" of Erika and Azael's wedding, to me, seemed to be one of those cases. It didn't happen the way I expected it to - and I was THRILLED with how it happened. I actually noticed it when it was happening, but I am fairly certain most others didn't notice - they probably STILL don't realize how it was different. It was actually two surprises in the one section. The first was Azael himself. At the engagement session we did with them and for the entire wedding day, Azael was very quiet. He seemed almost shy. I just assumed he was a reserved and private man - which is fine (I am that way myself for the most part). But when it came to this point in the wedding, it was like someone flipped a switch! They brought a chair out for Erika to sit in, and Azael was standing in front of her.... and then the music started. As I recall, the song was "Hot In Here" by Nelly. As soon as it started, Azael suddenly walked around behind Erika as he took off his jacket. He didn't just take it off though, he did it with flash and energy - the change in his demeanor was sudden and extreme - and very fun to watch. This was his moment, all eyes were on him, and he suddenly seemed VERY comfortable in the spotlight! All this made the next part all the more suprising. Typically, this portion of the wedding can seem a little awkward if ya think about it - usually the groom will lift the brides dress dangerously high, often take the garter off with his teeth, with the bride laughing as well as the crowd (who often is getting some fairly intimate views of the bride.) And all of this is fine - it's all in good fun, and if the bride and groom want it this way, well - it is their day, after all! But one thing has always seemed a little odd to me. Almost always, one of the people watching this take place is the bride's father.... I have NEVER heard of any problems arising from this moment - it has become a fairly common tradition - and I have zero problems with it. I have just always wondered what the father thought of the spectacle (of course, he probably did the same thing at his wedding lol!). Azael handled it differently though. Remember, the song was "Hot In Here" and Azael had basically sprung to life and was really playing to the crowd as he walked up and knelt before his bride and reached up under her dress.... and then pulled the garter down off her leg. No, I didn't skip anything there. He didn't raise her dress up, he didn't use his teeth or anything like that. Azael managed to play to the crowd and keep the moment modest all at the same time - and everyone loved it! It just seemed like a very classy move to me. Like I said, I have ZERO problems with the way it usually goes - everyone usually has a good time, and nothing inappropriate actually happens. It's just this was so different in such a classy and elegant way - and I am not sure anyone really noticed when it happened (probably due in large part to the way Azael had controlled the room during this time - he would probably do well in show business!) For me, it was a great surprise and I was thrilled to be able to photograph it :)
So this morning I was running and errand, and it was just one of those moments - you have your camera with you, the light is really nice, and you see something that really grabs your attention. Ya see, in the Inland Empire, we have this city called Norco. It's kind of an odd place - it's a "horse town." They are very into horses there, and they seem to embrace all that goes with that. As a result, the entire city seems a little out of place in the IE - but Sixth Street? That area takes it to an entirely different level! On that street, cars sort of seem out of place! I mean, it's NOT a small road. Two lanes, each side, full size dividing lane in the center and normal stop lights... but their are horse paths on each side of the road, ALL the businesses are (to one degree or another) done in a western/cowboy movie motif. It's pretty cool actually. Everything there looks interesting - but THIS wagon just really jumped out at me! It made me realize that I would really like to shoot a country style wedding someday :)
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Well, local ones anyway. I am offering FREE photoshoots for cosplayers right now. There is no catch. This is an area I want to expand my portfolio in, so I figured I would offer free photoshoots in order to get more cosplay pics in my portfolio. We will do a 30-45 minute photoshoot at a location we both agree on (I usually composite in different backgrounds, so the location isn't critical anyway), and you can pick any picture you want and I will do a full edit on it. You will get a CD with that picture on it plus any others I edit from the shoot. Thats it - nothing to buy, no catches, no hidden costs - nothin!
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Sooooooo.... the other day, my wife and I went into Image One Camera (a local camera shop in Riverside) and just kind of looked around. I ended up talking a bit with one of the guys behind the counter, and I mentioned that I was interested in doing over the top, epic pictures. He immediately mentioned a guy named Gregory Crewdson. This guy is a photographer who takes pictures on a movie like scale. He shuts down multiple city blocks at a time, hires actors and entire production crews - all for one picture. It's like he's directing single frame movies. Now, his exact style isn't exactly what I am going for - I am looking for more dramatic scenes. Maybe reminiscent of action or horror movies and such - but the concept is what got me. Mr. Crewdson is very close, conceptually speaking, to what I want to do - and I am glad I know about him. So I saw lots of cool things at Image One Camera - but I think the most valuable thing I got from that store was the name Gregory Crewdson. By the way, the picture above, that is one of Mr. Crewdson's photos.
If you go look him up, just understand, he is kind of a strange guy - and his work isn't for everybody.
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As some of you know - I used to be in a band. For a long time actually, and several bands. I loved everything about being in a band except one thing... I hated doing photo shoots. I hated them with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns! As a result, I was fairly difficult at photo shoots. I didn't wanna be there, I didn't wanna get my pic taken - and I didn't care who knew it. Well, the other night, I had the rather surreal experience of taking some promotional shots for the band Chasing Legacy. These guys couldn't have been better to work with. They were as different from the way I was as they could have possibly been. Now, I don't know if they wanted to be doing a photo shoot, but I do know they were cooperative, professional and all around cool to be around! What I didn't realize way back when, was that the photographer is only half the story - one part of the team. The photographer needs the subject or subjects to work with them in order to create amazing pics. Thats what these guys were doing - they were helping me, working with me so we could create some great shots for them to use to promote their band!
I really enjoyed shooting the band - it was kind of nice to be involved in the music scene again in some way, and I really hope to shoot more bands and musicians in the future!
If YOU are in a band - or know someone in a band that needs promo shots - let me know, and we can go from there!
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Just wanted to remind all you Inland Empire couples - we are having a special for February: $25! This will get you a 30 minute shoot, and 5 fully edited pictures on CD (we can do prints as well, but that will raise the price), But starting March 1st, our rates go back to normal. Space and time are limited, first come, first served!
So, I have enjoyed doing a few couples shoots (the above pic is from a shoot we did with Alex and her boyfriend Ruben), and Nat & I have been talking about taking something like this to the "next level." We are going to try and do some movie inspired portraits for singles, couples and families. For instance, we are gonna do a "Twilight" inspired shot for some friends of ours very soon. Some of these shots are gonna be our attempts at direct recreations of a movie scene or poster, others will be "inspired" by a movie. So we need some volunteers. If you want a shot done - let us know. It would be best if you had a specific movie (and scene or poster) that you wanted to do, but if not, thats ok - we can come up with it. We aren't charging for this yet - we have to get the techniques down and such, so worse case - ya end up with some free pics :) Just let us know.
The above pic reminds me of a movie poster/DVD cover - but I can't quite remember which one.
I had a few couples shoots lately and they were pretty fun. It's kinda cool to be involved in creating something special for people who care about each other. It's funny - I always thought I would be really into landscape photography - which I still think is cool - but I am constantly amazed at how much I enjoy taking pictures of people. I don't even know why, I just do. Couples shots is something fairly new to me, but I am enjoying it and would like to do more - so hit me up if you are looking to get some shots done :)
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Heya everyone! Sorry I haven't posted much - going through a relapse of that cold thats going around. Right now when I cough - it feels like my head's gonna explode! But I am done with the full edits from the Rachael shoot - 45 fully edited pics, and about 295 basic edits, for almost 40 hours worth of editing! But they look great!
So, as I go through the over 300 pics from my shoot with Rachael, I realized something... there is NO way I will be done by this Thursday, the deadline I set for myself lol! We created so many shots that I like, that I was having a hard time deciding which ones to do the "in depth" edits to, and which ones to do a basic clean up of. Rachael is such a talented model that even right out of the camera, most of the shots are great - but I like the shots to be kind of an over the top, epic, dramatic style. So I am doing full blown edits to as many as I can (I don't want to make Rachael wait too long before I give her the disc with the pics). As I was going through them, I ran across this one and tried something a little different - I went for a "grungier" feel for the edit. It's different from what I usually do - but I like it! What do you think?
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So I have asked this a few times - and it's likely I will ask again: Where's a cool place to take pictures? Pictures of people in particular. You know - like portraits. Let me ask it this way - if YOU could have pictures taken of you anywhere in the Inland Empire, where would it be? I mean, what's a spot that you have seen, and you think would make a cool location to have your picture taken at? I have lots of spaces in mind - the Municipal Auditorium, the Orange Empire Train Museum, the Power House ruins in Norco - I would LOVE to shoot at the Norconian! There is a cool new wedding space in downtown Riverside (I don't know what it's called though). What locations have YOU seen?
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So, as I mentioned on Facebook yesterday, I had my first official model shoot. Using a website called "Model Mayhem," I was able to get in touch with a model who was willing to do a photoshoot with me. I was actually a little nervous right before the shoot, but I couldn't quite put my finger on why - but my wife figured it out. Before, if the shots didn't come out well, it only really affected me - they were shots for my portfolio. But this time, the model (her name is Rachael) also intended to use the shots for her portfolio. We are both intending to use the shots we created together to further our respective careers. Once Natalie and I started setting up the gear though, my nerves calmed right down. The shoot went great, Rachael is a very professional model and knew what she was doing - and my wife (as always) was a HUGE help. We all worked together and got some great shots! I have a few hundred to go through - now, many are almost identical, but even so, Rachael and I will have many shots to use. I will be posting a few here (on my website) and even a couple on Facebook over the next few days :)
The location we used was the "Back To The Grind" coffee shop in Riverside. The owner, Darren, was nice enough to let us use their downstairs area (for free!) for nearly 4 hours! That was very cool Darren, thank you!
I am very happy with how the shoot went, and the pictures we got! Immediately after a shoot, I am exhausted - it's actually kind of bizarre how much a photoshoot takes out of you (I can only imagine how tired Rachael was afterward - she had to go to work after the shoot!). But now, a day after, I am even happier! Well, I gotta get back to editing these pictures :)
If you are a photographer anywhere the Inland Empire area of Southern California and you need a model, Rachael was the exact opposite of some of the diva/model horror stories I have read. She was on time, she was professional, she worked hard and stayed in a great mood throughout the nearly 4 hour (!) shoot - and she is a sincerely nice person as well. Her Model Mayhem number is 3450170 and her Facebook page is: Rachael Hughes Modeling.
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So I have my first "real" model shoot coming up on Thursday. So far I have had mainly my wife model for me - and she has done an AMAZING job, and it doesn't hurt that she is incredibly beautiful! And my wife will continue to model for me - she likes making cosplay and steampunk outfits, and I like to take pictures of her in them. We also have had friends model for us. They have also done fantastic!
But this shoot is different...
See, my wife doesn't really aspire to be a model. "How does that matter?" you may ask. Well, I aspire to be a professional photographer. I practice, I study, I learn, I work to become better at what it is I want to do. My wife, who is beautiful to begin with, has taken the initiative to learn the basics of posing and make up techniques and such... but modeling isn't her goal. It's not something she strives toward. An aspiring model does strive toward mastering this. They would have worked on poses and expressions and such. We both plan to use the pictures from this shoot to further our careers (on opposite sides of the camera), so we both have a lot riding on the shoot. We both want to work to create the best pictures possible!
So, I am very excited about this - and maybe a little nervous... It's not just my career in play here lol. I'm sure it will go great - and I will be posting pics (of course!) afterwards :)
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