Congrats to Amanda and Jason!

Jason and Amanda were married at Vesuvius Vineyards in Iron Station, NC. Vesuvius is a great new venue that offers many possibilities for photos. Amanda and Jason took full advantage and it paid off.

Here are a few of my favorites…

This blog post would not be complete without a picture of Jason in the glasses Amanda loves so much…

Here are a couple of her bridals, also taken at Vesuvius Vineyards….

Congrats to Mary Blake and Raymond!

Mary Blake and Raymond were married at Carmel Baptist in Matthews, NC and held their reception at Longview Country Club in Waxhaw. Yellow was the color of the day and featured throughout both venues and in the attire.

Here is Mary Blake’s bridal portrait that was displayed at the reception….

Mary Blake also requested the Igo Photo Booth. A breakthrough in science and technology, the Igo Photo Booth brings out the best in anyone with its patented mix of light, shadow, gauze pads, duct tape, and 40 weight ball bearings. A technology so advanced, I cannot say more.

Here are some of my faves form the booth…

And for the first time ever, a picture of yours truly on this blog.

Congrats to Alessandra and Beau!

Alessandra and Beau were married at St Andrews Church in Mt Pleasant and held their reception at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, SC.  This group was up for anything and then some as shown by some of the pictures below. We ended up braving the spotty weather and shooting a bit around the aquarium.

The reception featured a large reef aquarium that I decided to turn into a large accent light via remote flash. (bare flash on aquarium with all other flashes using incandescent gels, giving it that nice rich blue color for you photo geeks). The reception also featured cigars that were hand rolled which I will be enjoying later today, thanks guys.

Wedding planning and decor was provided by Duvall Catering and Event Design.

Here are just a few of my faves of the day…

Congrats to Jessica and Oteil

Jessica and Oteil were held a fantastic multicultural ceremony and reception at the Graylyn in Winston Salem, NC. Their wedding was planned by the dynamic duo at Carolina Wedding Design. The ceremony included traditions from Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism to celebrate their diverse ethnicity. Many of my clients are artists themselves and give me full artistic license in return, which I am always appreciative of!

Split Second Sound provided the music and the dancing went late into the evening.

Here are just a few of my favorites of the day…

…and here is the bridal portrait Jessica chose to display at her reception, also taken at the Graylyn.

Congrats to Rachael and Drew

Rachael and Drew were married at the Westside Chapel and held there reception at George K’s in Greensboro, NC. Thay are an awesome couple with a great group of friends and family that are sure to give them plenty of support in the years to come.

Here are just a few of my faves of the day….

The Glow Stick Wedding Exit – How To

I have had a few emails lately asking about glow stick exits from receptions.  Its all the latest rage. Here is a recent example, followed by how it was accomplished….

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1. Make sure the venue exit is dark. And when I say dark, I mean DARK. Any ambient light will interfere with the effect. Glow sticks are much dimmer than any light bulb. If there is any ambient light (notice the orange glow from the dim lobby overhead light above) it could interfere with the photograph.

2. Use the long skinny kind that really move when you wave them, the more motion, the better. Remember, the key here is movement.

3. Unlike sparklers,  glow sticks will not provide enough light to stop any motion in the picture, especially not a running bride or groom.  So unless you are going for something especially creative, you are going to need to drag the shutter, big time. If you have never dragged the shutter before, you will need to practice before the wedding day.

To give you an idea, the above image was shot at ISO3200, 1/10 shutter at F2.8. I tend to shoot them wider angled to keep as much of the crowd in the shot as possible, just a personal preference. The Flash is on a TTL Cable, allowing for more directional lighting, again, personal preference. The flash is firing rear sync, to help keep any ambient motion off of the subjects.

Here are the glow sticks I recommend. They are HUGE and will make for an amazing photo memory!!