Celebrating, Capturing & Remembering Life's Special moments
I have looked forward to the day I would get to take my first wedding pictures, for a long, long time. I finally got the chance a few weeks ago *squeal!*. I've heard that wedding photography is hard, and it is. Was it worth it anyway? Oh yeah! Would I do it again? You bet!
It was so invigorating. I loved the challenge of constantly looking for the next moment, the next creative angle and not having any lack of meaningful moments being carried out by beautiful subjects all around. Not only that but all this wonderful beauty was expecting to be photographed. I learned so much from the experience and I VERY much look forward to my next opportunity(contact me!)! 
Needless to say I had beautiful models, the wedding was gorgeous and I also had a really great second shooter/assistant (Becca McBride). Becca worked just as hard as I did, didn't hesitate to make imagined concepts reality (running really fast with fire) and also managed to capture some really awesome moments with my second camera herself.
So thank you Austin and Erin for trusting me with your beautiful day, thank you Becca for being so awesome. Without you my dream/goal of photographing a wedding would not be such a wonderful reality just yet. :-)

If you are reading this and are anything like me when reading/looking at photography blogs. You don't really come to read, you come for the pictures.

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I've been playing with some of my Spring pictures in Photoshop. Blending different layers and applying different filters. It is fun to learn more about Photoshop's powerful features this way. So much more intersting to experiment for myself than to read about it in a book. This is what I did recently.
My mother in law told me the edited images look like napkins. Anybody work for a napkin company that wants tulip pictures? :-)

P.S. These are the flowers that came from the buds in my previous spring post.
I've had so much fun with my most recent pictures this week. The whole process from snapping them to color correcting was invigorating. I feel like I am starting to be able to create the images I see in my mind, rather than just trying things "al azar" (randomly) or through trial and error. While we were outside I let my self play with sunlight some, as it was low on the horizon and creating beautiful backlight. I was a little nervous that they wouldn't work and would be unusable, but I am so happy I tried! I was also using my new camera, which also made me somewhat uneasy. I am realizing how tuned in to my old camera I am.

The shutter on the 40D is much quieter, and sounds a lot like the shutter would on my Canon Rebel XT would when it was slow shutter speed. With the 40 D I kept thinking the exposure was too long and the images would be blurry. The knobs and buttons are also in different places. On my XT I became so familiar with the layout that I could change settings without even looking at them. I suppose that's what happens when you use a tool for almost 6 years (wow! I can't believe it's been 6 years!).  So as much as I am LOVING my new camera, I am still getting used to it.
Even though I worked in some unfamiliar territory I am very satisfied with the results, and super excited to give the pictures to my friend.

One of my favorite parts of this shoot was right before little "J" and Dad went to go get ice cream (his treat for doing so well  even though he was sick). His mom came out wearing a white skirt and pretty white shirt. Little "J" stared at her with his mouth wide open and said with wonder "Mommy, you a princess!". Then he danced with her, looking up in awe and telling her repeatedly that she was a pretty princess. Is it just me or how many other 3 year olds with strep and ice cream waiting take the time to dance with mommy and tell her she looks like a pretty princess?

On Saturday I rented a photo studio for the first time to take pictures of my brother in law's family. The experience was quite fun, and came to a close far too quickly. Not only did we get to rent the studio, but also got to use the studio's lighting equipment, which was REALLY fun. Having never worked with studio strobes before I learned a lot, and looking back over the pictures learned even more and can't wait to get back to put into practice what I've learned. I love learning about photography, it is one of those inexhaustible subjects of study. Once I think I know something, I find how much more there is to learn.
The place we went was UClick studios in Chanhassen, which I plan on going back to. Not only is the concept of having a space and really nice lighting equipment available nice, but the people there were friendly and quite helpful.
So here's a few of the pictures!

I love citrus! It feels rather like eating sunshine, and I need sunshine since it has been an awfully long snowy winter.  I have been enjoying a whole bunch of citrus fruit my Grandpa brought back from his road trip to Arizona. I used one of the lemons to make a lemon pie for supper yesterday (with Grandpa's new recipe) and just couldn't resist taking a few pictures! I meant to get pictures of the pie too, but time got away and then it was all eaten. If you're interested, I wrote about the recipe and my style of cooking on my other blog here.

These are rather plain shots, but Spring officially starts today! Hopefully longer days and warmer weather will bring more interesting photos opportunities right along with them.

So I took some time to try out a new photographic technique yesterday. It is called freelensing. By taking the lens off of a SLR camera you can get some of the effects of a tilt shift lens, which allows for much more selective focusing. I also played around with turning my lens backward which produces some VERY close up macro like shots.

I haven't just played around with my camera in a long time. Over the last few months I have been trying very hard to take high quality pictures that I can sell on stock photography sites like Fotolia. Although it is fun to slowly start to see images sell, it sometimes takes the fun out of just taking a picture just for the joy of it.

So I broke out of the box and tried something new. Something that would never sell on a stock photography site. And I did it just for the sake of photography, fun and learning.