I’m very proud to announce that I’ve become an uncle for the second time. My sister Erica gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Elijah. So as a favor Nicole and I told Erica that we’d take some Newborn photographs of Elijah. The photo shoot went awesome Baby Elijah was very quiet and easy. Erica was really impressed with our previous newborn photography photos so she was enthusiastic. Nicole and I couldn’t believe how content Elijah was during the whole photo shoot. First, we got a few regular newborn photography poses out of the way. Secondly, we shot some different wide angles trying to use my creative side in newborn photography. Finally, we did a couple of photographs of Elijah in a cute hat that Erica wanted us to use. Here at Kevin and Nicole Photography we always want the subject to pop out and work around it by not using many distractions from the focal point. So we wanted Elijah to be the main focus and by accomplishing this we shot Elijah in black and white. Lastly, the photo shoot of Elijah Mensch took about a half hour and using my lighting equipment and Stratta ii triggers along with my flash units we accomplished beautiful lighting inside Erica’s house.
After doing Ashley and Dan’s engagement photographs Niki and I decided to take a picnic in the Boston common. This photograph of the Boston Common with the buildings and skyline in the background came out great with minimal editing. What makes this photo is how quiet and country it can be in a fast pace loud environment city like Boston. The sky was real dark and cool on that summer day as you can tell from this picture. This is the same day that Isabella got her pictures done in the Boston common and last day we went to Boston before we moved to Melbourne, Florida. the colors of the buildings really give it a contrasting feel with the clouds. Boston is a beautiful city and one of the most historic cities in the United States.
Scanning through some websites and came across this article. well written. Great article from Wedding Photographer Natalie Norton. You can check out more from Natalie at natalienortonphoto.com.
1. Light Right:
If you haven’t already mastered lighting and proper exposure, I REALLY, TRULY recommend shooting in Aperture Priority. If you struggle with Aperture Priority, well you’ve just got to shoot in plain oldAutomatic. And hey, that ain’t always such a bad thing if I do say so myself. The bottom line is that you just cannot afford the chance of improper exposures when the dude (or nowadays the chick) says “you may kiss the bride.”
2. Under Promise, Over Deliver:
If you’re going make this work, particularly if this is your very first wedding, you’ve got to set yourself up for success by managing expectations. You recall the adage, “you get what you pay for?” Well friend, that doesn’t really hold true for brides. They generally expect to get what they want. Period. I’m not knocking brides. It’s their WEDDING DAY for Pete’s sake. They should get what they want on this great day of days. But you can’t assume that just because you’re shooting for next to nothing (or in fact nothing) that there won’t be high expectations for you and your work. Under promise, over deliver. You’ve got to set clear expectations that you know beyond a doubt in the Heavens you’ll be able to achieve. If for example you really believe that you will be able to deliver 100 knock out images for each hour of shooting, promise only 50. That way when you show up with 75 awesome images from each hour you shot they’ll be ecstatic!
3. Don’t Go it Alone:
Get an assistant to come shoot with you. Two cameras are always better than one. Particularly if you’re not all that familiar with yours. It’s VERY important to have a back up to make sure you’ve got two chances at each key shot.
4. Request an Infiltrator:
Have the bride/groom assign someone to you to be sure you get shots of all the key players. Its important that you document all the key attendees, especially if you’re familiar enough with the family that you should (but don’t) know them all by name. If every time your bff talks about her favorite Aunt Bessie you’re only half listening and don’t have a clue who she is, you better be sure you’ve got someone there to point her out so you can grab that shot of her wiping her eyes during the ceremony.
5. Click, Click, CLICK:
Take pictures until your trigger finger bleeds. If you’re not totally sure, check that LCD and try, try again. You’ve got to nail it. You only get one chance at this. There isn’t going to be a do-over. Shoot and shoot and then shoot some more. In this new digital age, particularly as of late when storage space is so cheap on memory cards, you really don’t have a single reason I can think of NOT to shoot like a bat out’a hell.
6. Tell the Story:
There are a handful of shots you’ll need to be sure to include. Clearly you’ll need to cover the ceremony in it’s entirety. ie rings, smooch, tears, cake cutting, bouquet toss etc. Beyond that, be sure to get a good establishing shot of the venue, some good detail shots of all the stuff she spent WAY too much money on to decorate said venue, some good detail shots of her dress (don’t forget the shoes . . . oh and the rings!!), bride and groom with their groupies, a zillion pics of the bride alone and with her man, and then any and everything else you can possibly think of.
7. Know Where to Go:
Check out your venue before hand. Make sure that you know EXACTLY where it is, even where you’re to park. It would not be a happy day for you to come out from your pro bono wedding only to have to fork out $200 to get your car off the impound lot. It’s also a helpful rule of thumb to know what you’re getting yourself into for a shoot. Try to visit during the same time of day the wedding will be held. Check out the lighting situation. Ask about the seating and be sure you’re going to be able to photograph from the proper angles without obstructing the guest’s view.
8. Get the 411:
Talk to the individual who will be performing the ceremony. There may be rules about photographing in a certain cathedral or religious reasons you can’t photograph certain parts of the ceremony. It’s your responsibility as the photographer to make sure that these concerns are addressed with the Priest etc before you show up on the wedding day.
9. Cover Your Bases:
It just may be a good idea to have a contract. I know it seems like an awful formality, particularly between friends. It’s a wise step however to solidify expectations (an extension of what we discussed earlier about managing expectations) in order to preserve the relationship. You really love this friend of yours, as evidenced by your willingness to shoot his/her wedding, protect that relationship by insisting on a contract.
10. Go for it!
You’ve made the commitment already, now jump in with both feet. Don’t let your fear and anxiety plug up your creativity. You’re going to be great!
So today was totally disgusting out raining all day soaken wet. But the clouds provided some good shade. Nicole and I decided to take a drive to Melbourne Harbor next to downtown Melbourne I found this spot while cycling a few days ago. It is absolutely gorgeous on a sunny day all the yachts and expensive boats on the docks and under the bridge there is this cool little spot for pictures I think. Perfect place to do some off camera flash photography. Nicole helped me unpacked and we decided to take some photographs of Isabella. To our surprise she was really good throughout the whole session. We even got a couple of great pictures doing her own poses. the flash was set up camera right and Isabella lit up the camera with smile after smile. In a few of the photos you can make out where the railroad bridge is behind Isabella it says more love. Nicole thought that was so cute. New photo up on our website. www.kevinnicolephoto.com
So Nicole and I decided it was finally time to get ourselves into investing in some lighting equipment. It seriously took me all morning and night to compare and price out exactly what we wanted and researched it. For our wireless transmitters and receivers we decided on Phottix Stratta 2 they we’re 90 dollars for the pair and the transmitter is TTL capable and is a remote shutter. The Phottix Stratta 2 got great reviews from Steele Training link here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVvtXsXV8ZY. Also, Flash Raw has a good in depth review here is the link http://flashraw.com/review-phottix-strato-ii-multi-wireless-flash-trigger. Next, we wanted a Cheap Speedlight(Flash). We bought a Bower sfd926n for our Nikon for another hundred dollars. Finally Nicole and I decided to get a light stand, bracket, the 5 in 1 reflector, and 3 three umbrellas to do some Strobist lighting that totaled only $50 dollars for all of it on Amazon great purchase. Not bad for a total of $240 for everything. Oh by the way, in the local store it would have cost well over $500 dollars for the Pocket Wizards and comparable Flash itself.one final note if you are into off-camera lighting check out the strobist blog at http://strobist.blogspot.com/ they have great articles.
Here is a quick Maternity session I took of my sister. Having just picked up a 5 in 1 reflector we decided to incorporate it into the shoot. Nicole and I couldn’t have been more pleased about how quickly and easy the reflector was to use. Plus, my sister was real nice about the whole thing. We set the shoot directly out back of her house by the pond the reflector is camera right we used the highlight reflector to make her pop in the photo. The shoot took all of fifteen minutes to complete and she was super excited about it.