Thursday, March 31, 2011

Photo Tip #18

Uncle John & his fancy camera.
Back Off Jack-

This is a tip for those advanced amateurs wishing to get into the photography biz.  For those folks who are great with the camera but still not confident to take on a full session alone. Your family & friends may know you're a photo guru & have some awesome equipment so they call on you. They call on you to candidly & ever so quietly creep behind the professional.  They maybe told you it would be a good chance to experience & learn how the real photographer poses, works with the kiddos & adjusts the lighting. You know all those detailed tasks that the pro has spent years understanding & perfecting. So while he's completed everything & the conditions are just right you & your expensive SLR camera can then (over his shoulder or to the side) take your own photos.  Are you sensing some sarcasm here?  lol  This is one of my biggest pet peeves ever.  This is just so wrong in so many ways, but honestly I have been there. In the beginning I did this same thing & regret it badly.  You may not even think much about it at the time. Innocent enough it seems right?  The sad reality is that I've found some people are totally fine with mediocre results from an amateur just to save a few dollars.  I have never implemented a (no other camera policy) as most other wedding photographers do in their contract. After many instances in the past I will now stress my concern to potential wedding clients so they know my stance on this. At a wedding, I do not in any way expect there to be no photos taken by family or friends by their point & shoot cameras. There is a slight problem when I see camera bags full of SLRs, zoom lenses, flash diffusers, etc.  This happens mostly at weddings but occasionally I will get this at a regular session which is very inappropriate. I try very hard to be a happy go lucky guy who avoids any confrontation but this is a time where I will nicely have to let the competing tag-along know that it isn't welcome. What is a good way to approach this situation without being too rude?  I'm still trying to master this, but passive aggressiveness seems to work thus far. A light hearted mention with a smile usually does the trick.  
I once said... "how would my dentist feel if I brought in my personal hygienist in to my dentist appointment to help assist.  Or if I brought my own saxophone to a wedding reception & joined in while the band played." Ok maybe a bit far fetched, but it's something to think about.

I usually keep my blogs up-beat without too much preaching but I thought this would be a perfect tip to those who think about doing it. My tip...dont! LOL    Have a great day all...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Don't miss the Bridal Event at Chandor Gardens!

Our historic Chandor Gardens will be hosting it's very own Bridal Event on Sunday, March 20, 2011. In the courtyard & inside the house you will see many local vendors set up.  There will be cake & food sampling & many other various businesses & of course photography! Mark it on your calendar to stop by...even if your not wedding shopping.

Engagement Session

These are a few of the engagements photos of Brandi & Brandon that we shot last week. These are from our Urban #2 location shown on our main web site  HERE.

Just A Thought....

I rarely post anything political but I got a funny but insightful email this week & thought I would share it. 

I  have a job.  I work, they pay me.
  I  pay my taxes & the government
distributes my taxes as it sees fit.
    In order to get that paycheck, in my case,
I am required to pass a random urine test
(with which I have no problem).
  What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my
taxes to people who don't have to pass a urine test.
So, here is my question:
 Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check
because I have to pass one to earn it for them?
  Please understand, I  have no problem with
helping people get back on their feet.
I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping
someone sitting on their butt - doing drugs while I work..
 Can you imagine how much money each state
would save if people had to pass a urine test
to get a public assistance check?
I guess we could call  the  program

 P.S.  Just a thought, all politicians
should have to pass a urine test too!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Re-visit New York

If you've looked through our "This & That' galleries on the site or FaceBook, then you may have seen a few our New York photos.  Here are a few maybe with a little different edit.

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