Monday, July 25, 2011

Boys will be Boys

And, of course, boys will be boys too. And what do boys like to all the time? Well, they like to goof around, kinda like in this photo! Funny boys.

Girls will be Girls

Yes, girls will be girls, and what do girls like to do at weddings, well....they like to be cute and stuff. Kinda like this photo! Cute girls.

The Gang is All Here

Still working on these wedding photos (the perfectionist in me is working overtime on this project). Here are some good shots of the bridesmaids and the groomsmen looking very regal. I like how well coordinated the wardrobes are. The little white tops on the girls to match the white of the bride's dress and the blue patterned shirts and pants to match the groom. Very nice you guys!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Detail & Whole

Some more shots from the first wave of edits for the wedding. Photographing a wedding it is important to get the details, the little moments between people and the graceful and sometimes forgotten gestures, as well as the whole picture, the full scene and the environment. It is essential to do this in order to tell the full story of the day.

Bride & Groom

So, you were probably wondering when I was going to post photos of the actual people who got married. Well, here they are! Ben and Kaitie! They made my job real easy because it was next to impossible to take a bad photo of either of them. They both looked great all the time the entire weekend. True story. More to come...

Mormon Temple

At the wedding I photographed a few weeks ago my friends got married in the Mormon Temple in Washington DC (because they are Mormon in case that was confusing). It is a beautiful temple and it is tucked away in a residential neighborhood. You drive through a regular community with nice houses and such and all of a sudden you take one turn past a huge gate with a guard house and BAM, you run into this beautiful temple! I was so mad that I was not allowed inside because I'm not Mormon. My architecture side wants me to convert just so I can go visit it but I think I will have to stay content with viewing the outside. But just imagine, it would be pretty cool to get married inside this gorgeous structure!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Tying the Knot

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of two of my good friends from SCAD. The reception was in New Jersey where they both live and everything about it was beautiful, just like a wedding should be. Practically everything that was at the reception was made by the bride and groom (with the help, I'm sure, of quite a lot of friends and family). It was a very fun time had by all because besides the usual dinner and dancing there were also lawn games and other fun activities. Above is the bride's bouquet and the wedding cake. There were also lots and lots of cupcakes for all the guests, but this was the cake that the bride and groom cut at the wedding. Enjoy these for now but stay tuned for there will be more to come!

Cool Cats

I'm currently taking a class called Color Technique and it is my last class for the photography minor. For the class I'm shooting on color negative film and this is a first for me. The images above are from one of my first rolls I shot for the class and I was lucky enough to run across these two cool cats. Funny thing is, I'm allergic to cats. Some people have told me that they think that's so sad but I'm not really a pet person myself. With that being said most animals still seem to like me and as you can see these cats were willing to pose for me, or as close to posing as a cat can. I think they turned out pretty well and its my first real attempt at animal portraiture. My color correcting could still use a bit of practice but then again it's my first attempt at that too. Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The End of an Era

So, I know I have posted an image of this castle before, but I wanted to post this image in celebration of the last Harry Potter movie that comes out tonight at midnight. I can barely think of a time in my childhood when Harry Potter was not a big thing. First the books, then the movies, and now we have a world famous theme park! I grew up reading Harry Potter, along with practically my entire generation. I picked it up when I was eleven and Harry turns that same age in the first book, and as each subsequent book came out I was the same age as Harry each time (or really close to it). When I was going through the pains of adolescence, so was Harry. I know its kinda strange to relate my life so closely to a fictional character but I bet 10,000 Galleons that there are millions of HP fans out there who feel the same way I do. So enjoy the photo, enjoy the end of an era, and live on in the new age, and if you need a refresher going into the last movie watch this trailer I made of all the old trailers.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Islands of Adventure

Here is another photo from my recent trip to Islands of Adventure. This photo is a panorama showing all the main islands that touch the center lake. Jurassic Park is directly behind me and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is behind me to the left and does not touch the main lake. A few years ago this view would have had two Jurassic Park themed ferry boats that would carry people from the Port of Entry (in the center of this image) to Jurassic Park. I don't know exactly why they took them out but I think its because they were never really used since its more fun to walk around the park and its not really that far to any given place. In this view you have (left to right) The Mythos Restaurant in the The Lost Continent (which was divided in half to make room for Harry Potter World), Suess Landing, Port of Entry, Marvel Superhero Island, and Toon Lagoon. If you are in Orlando sometime you need to go. It has been rated the best theme park of 2010 and 2011 and has the best theme park restaurant (Mythos) and best new ride (Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey). Plus my Dad helped design the Port of Entry and Marvel Superhero Island! Awesome!

Human Disco Ball

So, as a part of Operation: Weekend Awesome, my roommate and I also went to City Walk. This surreal urban promenade creates the entry to the two Universal parks and it is alive with activity at night. We stayed in the park till closing and then walked around City Walk for a couple more hours and ran across this awesome street performer. It took us awhile to figure out exactly what we were looking at but the best description we came up with was that it was a human disco ball. We don't know how she was able to see but that did not matter because it was pretty amazing to watch. The area of City Walk where this was is filled with night clubs and bars and there are other areas with cafes and shops and it even has a movie theater. Its a pretty cool area and even after a long day at the park its hard to leave because you want to explore City Walk too. Coincidence? I think not.

Operation: Weekend Awesome

Long time no see! My parents have been worried about the lack of posting lately so I thought I would make a quick post. I went to Islands of Adventure this past weekend with my roommate and we had a great time. We dubbed the weekend Operation: Weekend Awesome and it was just that. Here are two of the better photos from the park. The first is in the Jurassic Park area. I think its funny that the scariest movie trilogy that Universal used for designing the park inspired one of the most kid-friendly parts of the park. There is only one real ride and the rest of that area is either stores, food, or playground stuff for kids. Still pretty awesome that you can visit a "real" Jurassic Park. The second photo is the entry way to Spider-Man the ride, which is my favorite ride in the entire park. Even after 10 years the technology holds its own when compared to other more advanced rides like the new Harry Potter ride. Its really fun. Hope you enjoy.