Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A little Captain inside

Here's the last picture for a little while of this series.

I had an absolute blast working with this couple capturing the start of their young marriage.

We even had a little fun. The bride tried this pose first, but unfortunately, you could never tell with that dress on, but the groom. I think you can tell, there might be a little Captain in him after all...hehehe

Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Framing with your surroundings

In this next photo, We found this beautiful stone arch door. I decided to use it to frame the couple. The black zoot suit did make this whole day a challenge. It was almost impossible to get the exposures to show him clearly.

We live and learn.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

This what it's all about

The almost kiss. Is there a better story?

This is my favorite picture from the shoot.

Romance is in the air.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A Day to Remember

I'm going to show this one first. I caught this scene twice.

In this first view, the couple shares a very romantic moment. This marks the return of the fountain.

Finding a shutter speed that would smooth out the water, but not blur when the couple tried desparately to stand still was very hard.

I'm happy with this exposure, but tomorrow I'll be sharing my favorite picture from the day.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Finally - Now I'd like to intoduce the bride & groom

I just loved this path. The lighting that day was a beautiful overcast day. This allowed me to let the background fade to black. Light can be so much fun to play with.

The hardest part of doing any of this shooting today was the groom's tux. He was definitely dapper, but black in such a dark place made it tough.

I do now understand why many wedding photographers have an assistant. Getting everything just right is hard.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Siting while gazing

We took a break and had them sit down and relax for a while.

I found that when I just let this couple be themselves, you could see the happiness in their faces.

This was not a staged shot, just a couple sharing a moment.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Heading into the future together - Part 2

A different part of the trail heaing to the garden.

I really liked the light coming down the stairs and the moss covering everything.

Again, this was a candid shot. Thankfully, I was walking with my camera in the ready position.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Heading into the future together

Not quite ready to show you the faces of the bride and groom.

This picture he wasn't staged at all. We were walking out the garden where the fountain is located with the bride and groom leading the way.

I was really taken by the sidewalks look.

A fun candid.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Finaly - The Bride & Groom - Sort Of

Here's they are! The bride and groom!

Well, sort of.

This pose was the work of the groom. I couldn't let it go by. Of course he wanted to share a private moment with his bride and there was this crazy man with a camera following them around.

He he!

I think this picture turned out fantastic. Just enough heads so you know they are probably humans, but enough modesty to just melt your heart.

Yeah me!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Water Fountain

In the garden at the Plummer House is this fountain. I really wished I could spend more time shooting just his, but alas, someone was paying me NOT to do that.
I tried 3 different poses. I'm thinking I like the top right exposure the best, but I'm not sure.

If you ask Mark, at Mark Parry Photography, I can be very frustrating when judging my own photographs.

This shot at the right was done with a longer exposure then the other with a much tighter look.

This last frame is a wider view of the pond and fountain. Later, you will see that this was the backdrop chosen by the bride and groom for many of their posed portraits.

Which fountain do you like best? What are your favorite ways to photograph scenes like this?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

A Couple in the Distance

The garden at Plummer House is really a spectacular place. The city of Rochester, MN maintains the grounds. They do a fantastic job and keeping the jewel just spectacular.

I wasn't really sure about this shot when I took it. The subject seemed too small. But in time, it has grown on me.

This is one of those times I wished I had more then one camera body each with a different lens on it. As it typical for me, I had mounted on my camera the 17-85mm Canon IS lens.

Friday, September 12, 2008

A Portrait of a Thinker 2

After his initial surprise of being photographed while reading and a little small talk, my subject went back to reading.

I again found another great opportunity to snap a portrait.

The Plummer House is actually a great place for a shoot. My greatest difficulty was lighting, ain't it always?

Neither of these first two shots were done with a flash. I am also displaying them here as shot. I'm not sure I'm getting the exposure quite right. These web browsers suck.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Portrait of a Thinker

This past July, you will remember, I had my first paid gig. Damn, that was exciting and extremely nervewracking! 

I fear legal retribution. There, I said it. I had hoped to share some of those pictures from that paid gig a while, but it wasn't until recently I got all my ducks in a row.

Here is the first in hopefully a fairly long series of pictures of what my camera and I did this summer.

This first picture is of the grandfather of the bride. He's also my former boss and great guy. I've always had great respect for him. This shot was really quite candid. I snuck into the library at the Plummer House and snapped this before he was the wiser.

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