2015 was an amazing year. I didn’t realize how much shooting I did until I had the idea to show one image from each project I worked on all year,and then I realized that it worked out to over 100 commissions!
I got to shoot so many different things – of course weddings, engagement sessions, bridal sessions, an adoption (not pictured), kids birthday parties, births, family portrait sessions, headshots, graduations, a zombie halloween party, baptisms, Nigerian traditional wedding ceremonies, oh did you see the bridal session with the horse? (thank you Larissa!) a birthday party on a boat, product photography, a fashion show, concerts, the museum after closing hours and I even made time for a personal project. It’s been a blast! I love what I do because it makes a difference to the families I work with and it’s always something different, always something awesome.
Thank you so much to all the other professionals, coordinators and venues who helped make this happen, and a HUGE thank you to all the clients who chose me out of everyone else to work with. I appreciate it. Here’s to an even better 2016!
The same wedding was also featured on Bella Naija – I actually spoke to a few people who said they found me on there, which was pretty cool. Click the image below to check out the link.
So… it was a pretty cool surprise to have a wedding featured on Munaluchi Bride yesterday. Here’s a link to their post:
I’ve been talking about making some changes to my web site for a really, really long time. It’s finally here, and I hope you like it. If you do, it was all my idea, and I’m very awesome. Enjoy the site, and you can stop reading here.
Now, if you don’t like it, here are the people responsible:
Adam Woloszyn from Webmovement LLC
Cristian Rodriguez from Graphostudio
Deji Osinulu from Data Ensemble
Stephen D Jaeb
But seriously, I wouldn’t ever have gotten this done without their help and patience. Thanks guys!
The first time I saw a letterpressed card, I knew my next set had to be special. To be honest, they’re pretty expensive, and I cheaped out by trying to have them done inexpensively. That’s a bit of a major confession, considering that I spend a lot of my time convincing brides that investing in their photography is essential, and they’ll get what they pay for if they skimp on this important aspect of their wedding. Well, it turns out I was right – I tried 2 different places who were offering cheap letterpress work, and I got what I paid for. I was then introduced to John and Jennifer of Workhorse Printmakers, and I was certain that they could do exactly what I wanted.
They even invited me over to their press and I got to take a few pictures of the process. The cards aren’t cheap, but watching the process, I completely understood why. There’s the mixing of the ink, cutting the paper, then setting up the press – and in my case, there were 3 separate dies involved, and 3 separate manual, hand-feeds, and 3 drying times. It’s an incredible amount of work, and I was amazed at the level of attention to detail John and Jennifer paid to my little project. I’m completely delighted with the final product – I think it’s a great way to show a prospect from the first time we meet how important quality work is to me.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with Doyin of Events by Doyin a few times, and she’s a really talented decorator and event coordinator. Here’s a post of some images I created for her at Arcodoro in the Galleria area – in her own words.
I was really excited to be a part of Georgy’s second wedding reception. Very seldom do you find people with her type of selfless and loving personality. It was a great opportunity to design and plan her joyous occasion.
The wedding reception, which was unique in itself being the second wedding reception she was going to have, was warm and intimate. She had gotten married in her hometown, Indiana, some months previously, but her close Houston friends decided to organize another reception for her to welcome the lovely couple to their new hometown.
The venue was a cozy Italian restaurant in the chic galleria district. The bride was not a fan of bright colors so we decided on brown and gold as our main colors with ivory and green accents. Tulips were used as centerpieces, symbolizing true love, peace, happiness and much more.
The mood was romantic, the food was fantastic; the perfect way to celebrate this true love story; congratulations bride and groom!
I’m having new business cards made, and they’re going to be ready soon! I’m so excited! I’ve been wanting letterpressed cards for ages, and for all sorts of reasons, it didn’t happen until now. In the meantime, here’s a look at all the cards I’ve handed out over the years, in chronological order. It’s funny how I’ve evolved towards a more and more simple design. It’s been really interesting tweaking my cards over time. Once, a bride called me and set up an appointment – when she came in, she was clutching a really old version of my card, and she told me that she’d kept my card for years, and she’s always known she wanted me to photograph her wedding. I was completely blown away – I hadn’t even seen that version of my card in at least 3 years.
I’ve just had a prospective client ask to see 5 of my favorite images. I generally post some of my favorite work on the front page slideshow or on this blog, so if I were to pick out 5, they would be images he’s already seen – so I decided to go with 5 of my favorite images from my last wedding. I think I’l narrate them a bit, and also I might do this on a regular basis. It’s a pretty interesting idea.
It’s always an interesting challenge to creatively shoot the bride’s dress and shoes – there are so many parameters and so much going on during the getting ready – there’s makeup flying around, bridesmaids and maids of honor getting things done and of course the bride. It’s always fun to find a nice quiet moment to shoot the details. This was shot outside the bride’s hotel room, while I was waiting for her to get halfway into the dress. On the right, sometimes a great image (in my opinion) is not defined by how much is lighting the scene, but sometimes areas of dark as well. This was shot by lovely, soft window light and a little kiss of light from inside the room.
I love images that hold emotion. It’s important to stay attuned to the events of the day as they unfold – in this image, the coordinator tries to help the bridesmaid (the groom’s sister) as she reads a poem written for the bride by the groom. It was beautiful. In the background, the makeup artist holds the emotional bride’s hand as she applies finishing touches.
It’s important that images tell a story. Each image is a building block of the story of the day. In this frame, the groom’s other sister waits for the right moment to present the bride with a little gift from Tiffany’s from the groom. It’s all about the anticipation. On the right, the couple is bathed with light from a single spotlight in the reception hall. It’s always lovely to see the connection between the couple. There’s nobody in the world but the two of them at that moment.
I’ve been away from my blog for quite a while now and I’m going to try to post more often. Now that I’m back at it, it’s only fitting that I post about something near and dear to my heart – food! I shot a three day wedding in Dallas recently and my amazing clients K&D picked up the tab for my stay at the W hotel downtown. This was not such a good idea, because my favorite restaurant in the whole world is in that hotel! Craft – Dallas. For a foodie like me this is like dying and going to heaven. I got to eat brunch, breakfast, lunch and dinner there for 4 days. I tried not to repeat a meal so I really went through their menu. One of the most amazing things I had there, which was a first for me, was the Pork Belly. Amazing. I got to sneak in a few images of the restaurant on a couple of trips. Enjoy! And watch for more posts coming soon.
I’ve been pretty busy the last couple of months – I was invited to beta test the latest incarnation of Adobe’s ubiquitous Photoshop. I started using Photoshop back in version 2, when there were no layers and pretty much everything worth doing required an intimate knowledge of layers or later on, Kai’s Power Tools and other great plugins. I wish I could say I was selected to test CS5 because of some fantastic quality of mine, but I think I just won a crapshoot! It’s been a great experience, except for the constant downloading of new builds and retesting reported bugs to make sure they’re gone. I’ve done quite a lot of work using it lately, and it’s always been rock solid and only a little quirky at the beginning. Below is a quick before and after of a wooded area I shot recently – I used a few familiar tools as well as a couple of brand new groundbreaking tools, which I cannot name, confirm or deny 😉 (Seriously! It’s in the contract!)
Basically, there isn’t anything that couldn’t be done with an older version, but now I can do these things SIGNIFICANTLY faster, more efficiently and more accurately than ever before. It’s pretty amazing! I think it’s definitely worth the upgrade. Less time editing = more time shooting – yay!.