Posts Tagged ‘brides’

Emily & Brandon: Lexington, KY Wedding, Part 1

August 24, 2011

I’m not so sure there has been a sweeter, southern bride or one more excited to be marrying the love of her life. Brandon, her groom had to be one of the nicest gentlemen I’ve run across for awhile too. Emily’s wedding day was filled with smiles, hugs and laughter from the moment I arrived at the hair salon. She was there with all of her maids as they primped for the ceremony at the Carrick House later that afternoon. Once Emily was ready in her dress, garter and veil in place, she met Brandon on the front lawn for a “first look.” After they dazzled each other, and took formals the ceremony commenced on the front lawn, the reception in the grand ballroom. And it was grand! T

After the final touches, it was out to the lawn for the bride to meet her groom.

 

Part 2 of the Green wedding coming soon!

Lady in a Grand Hall

August 22, 2011

I often wonder where HDR has a place or even if it has a place in wedding photography. Wedding world, a woman’s world so soft and delicate…does it have room for something so loud, detailed and dynamic? The answer: yes. But those shots are not many and must be carefully crafted in thought, camera set-up and post process. In the end, Caroline is stunning…don’t you think?

Stacey & Kent: Lexington, KY Engagement Photography

August 17, 2011

Stacey and Kent’s full story will be up shortly. How about that evening Kentucky sunshine? What a beautiful rim light:)

High Dynamic Church

August 16, 2011

This is St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Louisville, KY. I find that HDR really opens up a space and adds that extra “WOW!” It turns a photo into a piece of fine art.

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I Did Some Intense Training: Cliff Mautner’s Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp

August 13, 2011


I thought I knew what good photography was: even light, smooth skin…then about 3 years ago I happened upon an article in Shutterbug Magazine about one of the world’s top wedding photographers. I didn’t care to read about him because I couldn’t get past the photographs he had taken. They were different; made my eyes “think” and I couldn’t stop staring. His photographs made me…feel. I still have that magazine article today and keep it to be inspired. The man behind the lens was Cliff Mauntner. His work reminds me of the old movies and the Italian painter Caravaggio.

I wanted to create images that lasted, that were like his, that were…different. He offers a three day intensive workshop, Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp. I knew I had to go. In a world saturated with “wedding photographers” with the same style, the same poses I wanted to stand out. A wedding is a powerful event in a person’s life and should be remembered that way. Cliff reminded us that all the wedding magazines are leading us astray with the photos of details and such. Photography is about capturing moments. Special, one-of a kind pieces of history we can never get back but only cherish in a print.

There were 19 of us so teaching was really personal and we all became close. From 9am- about 10pm we learned about technical and artistic skill and business. Cliff was so helpful and open about anything we wanted to know. One afternoon we worked on outdoor shooting, the next was indoors with off camera flash- both in Philedelphia. He’d hired real models to make working and learning that much better. And not to be unsung, breakfast and lunch were provided each day and those had to be the BEST chocolate chip pancakes ever!

Below are some images from my time at the bootcamp. I can’t wait to put these skills into practice in my work.

Caroline & Michael: Louisville Engagement Photography

July 20, 2011

Caroline and Michael are from southern Indiana. They drove to Lexington on a hot early summer afternoon. They were such sports as we waded through tall grass and climbed horse fences. I’m a little behind on blogging, of course, so you’ll be seeing them recess down the aisle in only a couple short weeks. What a fun afternoon with a sweet couple.

Our relationship starting during our junior year of high school in 2003. We hung out with the same group of friends and eventually started talking to each other a lot, spending hours on chatting online when we weren’t together. Michael became interested in me but I didn’t feel the same way so we remained friends for a few more months. Eventually, though, his charms won me over and I started to develop some pretty strong feelings for him as well! We have been inseparable and in love since.

My best friend, her fiance, Michael and I planned a weekend trip to Chicago last September. Michael had planned for he and I to go out to dinner together and to meet up with my friend and her fiance later. The four of us ended up meeting at a marina, boarding a sailboat, and taking a three hour boat ride on Lake Michigan. During the summer, fireworks go off over Navy Pier at 1030; Michael had timed it perfectly for the two of us to climb to the front of the sail boat just before the fireworks went off. It was there that he proposed, I said yes, and the sky was lit up! A very memorable night to say the least!


Annie-Beth & Joe: Cincinnati, Oh, Newport, Ky Wedding Photography

July 18, 2011

Annie-Beth is eccentric at heart. Her public union to Joe could only be laced with eccentricity. Blues and grays were woven throughout her May wedding day. From her high heeled blues to the blue hydrangeas and the blue water of the aquarium. The day was overcast and threatened rain. To everyone’s jolly they were only bluffing! Those clouds were just enough to keep the sun from beating down and heating up the park. Alt park in Cincinnati was in full bloom. Annie-Beth and Joe were married under the ivy woven trellis in the Garden of Old Roses.

I’ve enjoyed all receptions but this one was the most unique! The Newport Aquarium was opened just for their guests to enjoy all the animals. Simon the penguin came out as an extra special treat for anyone to pet. The banquet room was aglow in purple and blue. The Cincinnati skyline shown brightly through the floor to ceiling windows. Annie-Beth and Joe’s families were so warm and welcoming. The room was full of friends and relatives form London, KY and Lexington. It was a most beautiful day. Thanks for sharing it with me:)

Breathtaking Blues

Guests left their thumb print and signature on the "guest tree"

A lovely ceremony at Alt Park in Cincinnati

Simon made her debute for all to pet!

The banquet room in HDR

Newport Aquarium

 

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Lightning Under Water

June 21, 2011

Newport Aquarium

 

Wouldn’t you like something unique from your wedding day? This is killer. More images from Annie-Beth and Joe coming soon!

Dining With the Fishes

June 9, 2011

Wouldn’t you like to be invited to a party here?! This is the banquet room at the Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY. It’s across the Ohio River from Cincinnati and has a beautiful Queen City skyline to view through floor to ceiling windows. There’s a great patio area to catch a breath of fresh air if the weather’s nice and the aquarium is open just for guests! Who wouldn’t want to use this venue?

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Emily & Brandon: Lexington, Kentucky Engagement Photography

June 8, 2011

Emily and Brandon are one of those couples that are best friends. They are two of the nicest, easy going people I’ve met. Emily’s cute southern accent exudes southern charm;) I love it. I had the most pleasant evening shooting with them. I can’t wait for their “green” wedding at the Carrick House in July.

Here’s Emily’s story on how they met and how Brandon proposed:

Brandon and I meet in January 2006.  We were hired at a law firm on the same day as Runners for the firm.  I was a senior at Georgetown and Brandon was a senior at UK.  As soon as Brandon and I began working together, I knew I was going to marry him.   After the law firm closed each day, we would have races around the law firm picking up the shredding for the day.  Brandon would go one way around the office and I would go the opposite way.  Each day I beat him, even though he will never admit that.  I thought if we have this much fun picking up shreddings each day, then I want to spend more time with him.

In May 2006, my best friend was getting married.   For her bachelorette party, we spent a weekend in Hilton Head.  As my friends and I were walking on the beach one day we were each talking about who we were going to marry.  I told my friends that I was going to marry Brandon Green.  At the time, it was very far-fetched.  Brandon and I weren’t even dating and I wasn’t sure at that time if Brandon was even interested, yet in my mind we were meant to be together forever.  My friends thought I was crazy.

In August 2006, right before I started my first year of teaching, he asked me out on a date.  He treated me to a delicious dinner, was a complete gentleman the entire night and I knew he was the man I was going to marry. After a few more dates we made our relationship official.

In July 2010, my mother sent Brandon and I to Hilton Head (for what I thought was a celebration for me finishing my Master’s Degree).

As soon as Brandon and I got to Hilton Head, we headed to the beach to watch the sunset.   As we were walking, on the very same beach where I had pronounced I would marry him (when I barely knew him) he pulled me away from the ocean, got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.

On July 2nd, 2011 we will be getting married! 🙂