This shoot was one for the record books. Although It's Spring here in upstate NY, you wouldn't know it. We had to deal with 25 mph wind gusts and a wind chill temp of 18 degrees. Seeing as I was cold while bundled up in my jacket with thermals underneath, I couldn't imagine how Lisa felt in her dress! On top of it all, this was an extended shoot, lasting a little over 2 hours! When all was said and done, I couldn't have asked for a better couple, they laughed in the face of the cold and were extremley cooperative. OVerall I think we had as good of a time as you can have in weather like this, and ended up with some great images that they will get to cherish for the rest of their lives.
The next two images are part of my "Signature Creative's". I will be taking a few images from each shoot and adding a little extra to them to create a piece of art that is sure to be unique.
I had a great time putting this magazine together ( It's always great when I can mix my two favorite activities Photography & Graphic Design). This is the digital version of my 2014 Senior magazine. I plan on printing hard copies up next month and distributing them to the up coming 2014 Seniors. If you know any Juniors who will be looking for senior pictures and are looking to display their style with a creative fun session, send them my way! My goal is to do away with the old school senior portraits most of us have had when we were younger and provide a diverse set of unique images from beautiful locations around the area.
Below is a preview of the magazine, for a high quality look at the magazine, click on download link at the bottom of the page!
Do you or someone you know have what it takes to be a Picture this 4 Life Senior Model?
Picture this 4 Life Photography is looking for 3 senior's who would be interested in becoming a S14 model. Some benefits that you would receive for this, is a free 1.5 hr session at a location of my choice with in 40 min of the Albany NY area, you would receive a sheet of wallets and 1 8x10 as well as one digital image of your choice to use as your Senior Yearbook submission. Not to mention you will be used to help promote the key features of our Senior Portrait business, which are Style, Unique & Artistic. To apply, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once I have enough submissions, I will reply back with a form for the applicants to fill out. The selection will take place in May.
Download a complementary digital issue of my 2014 Senior Magazine below.
Nikon 70-200mm VR II F2.8
In my opinion, if you're a wedding photographer, this lens is a must-have. I use it for around 25% of my images at any given wedding, but they are important ones. The focal length and the fact that it is F2.8 through out the entire lens is what makes this lens so special, it allows you to capture shots at the ceremony without you having to get right in the bride and grooms faces. I can easily work the sides and back of the venue and zoom in to capture these important images.
With a 200mm focal length, I also believe this lens allows me to capture very genuine moments, because people tend to show more emotion and act as themselves more when they don't have a camera pointed in their face.
The only time I really don't use this lens is for getting ready shots. I feel for these images I want to use a wider angled lens so that I can capture much of what is going on around and in the room....Which leads me to another great lens below.
Nikon 24-70mm F2.8
This is my work horse. It's reliable and very versatile. I use this lens for about 60% of my images. This lens will be on my camera at some point during every part of the wedding (getting ready, first looks, portraits, family/group shots, ceremony, reception, etc) The focal length of 24-70 is very useful.
The focal length of 24-70 has also helped me capture some of what I call my "Signature Images" these images usually are shot at a wider angle and will show off the subjects incorporated with a large sweeping landscape.
Even though this lens and my 70-200mm are f2.8 and can shoot pretty well in dark situations, it is still advised that you have atleast one the following in your bag....Prime Lens (see below)
SIGMA 35mm DG F1.4
This is the newest weapon in my arsenal. You will notice right away, that unlike my other two lenses, this one can go as low as f1.4. This may not seem like a big deal, but the difference between 1.4 and 2.8 is greater then one would think (at 1.4 your camera's sensor can collect 4x more light then at F 2.8) To make this very simple......This lens can see in the dark (OK not literally), but during those very dark situations you encounter when shooting weddings, such as reception lighting, portrait sessions at night with very little ambient light, etc, this lens will get you very high quality usable images.
On top of all of this, the lens is extremely sharp and produces very nice bokeh, only down side is with it being a prime lens, you won't be able to zoom in and out (well you can, but it requires you moving your feet!)
It was a very exciting day today for many reasons. It felt good to donate my time to Saddlewood Elementary School to help raise money for the school and it was nice testing out a new service Picture this 4 Life Photography will be offering this year, a Photo Booth! Everything went great and it appeared that everyone was very happy with the 4x6 images that were printed up for them. I got to work with plenty of beautiful smiling children and loving families. I have noticed that photo booths have become very popular at wedding receptions, but I do not see why it has to stop there. The photo booth would also be great for birthday parties, school functions, really just about any gathering. Below are some examples of the shots taken today.
FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: I have read many different articles on how to set up a photo booth. I thought this setup worked perfectly. I used a black backdrop (For weddings and future events, I look to get a backdrop that has more of a contrast in the design to really help the subjects pop more. Black worked just fine, but there were times where the subjects hair or clothes blended in a little bit), my Nikon D800, and two soft boxes (one with a sb600 speedlight and other with a sb910 speed light). For this event, I did not use a tripod, I wanted to be more of a part of the shot, so I shot each image handheld. Flashes were set to TTL, lens used was my trusty nikon 24-70mm f2.8. Aperture varied between f3.5 & f4.5, shutter speed between 1/80 to 1/100, iso 200. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me.