Wow, it has been quite some time since I posted a wedding. Actually, I was a little burnt out on blogging and shooting until a couple really cool things happened.
One: I got to work with Elizabeth and Cameron. David and I met Elizabeth at a wedding we shot last fall for Kevin and Jennifer Freeman (two of my all-time favorite clients). Elizabeth was the maid of honor in their wedding. She really got both David and myself's attention with her speech (along with the whole room). Now I've seen a LOT of wedding speeches, so I'm not impressed easily, but when the whole crowd is rolling in laughter you have to give some credit. David and I told her we loved the speech and what do know... a few months later she calls to book her own wedding with us. I knew it would be a fun one, but I didn't know that I would be introduced to her Australian husband and his whole Australian entourage. I'm a big fan of brides with a sense of humor along with an abundance of Australian accents. So their wedding was great. I had never shot a Quaker Square in downtown Akron before, but it is a really cool place with great photo opportunities. It was awesome to spend a day with such a fun couple and always great to see a past client (Jennifer and Kevin) in love and going strong. So to recap; the first thing to get me motivated to enter this year with a new sense of passion was Elizabeth and Cameron's wedding.
The number Two influence was the last week I spent with Mat and Jim at WPPI in Vegas. It was my first time attending and it was amazing. It was funny that on the plane I asked Mat if he really thought we were going to learn anything - with a somewhat presumptuous tone. I mean I already know all about Aperture and Shutter right?:) Besides really getting an assault on the right brain with new ideas and info for business, I also unexpectedly got something much more valuable. I was inspired by people with awesome hearts and a love for people. You would think we went to some sort of revival conference. Silvana Frammartino (the best wedding pro in the world:), Jasmine Star, David Jay, Jesh De Rox and many others spoke to my heart and made me realize that what I do is my purpose in life and it can be used to not only document love, but inspire it. I'll gush more about it later, but for now meet Elizabeth and Cameron...
Elizabeth and Cameron had the wonderful idea of riding the train with all their guests from Cleveland to downtown Akron. The day was beautiful and bright and began at the train. Many couples are worried to see each other before the ceremony, and I respect that; but from my observations it seems the bride and groom get to spend so much more of the day together enjoying themselves when it is done the way of Cameron and Elizabeth.
Along with my new-found inspiration, I've decided to develop a set of new photoshop actions to package this year for photographers. I've been doing this type of thing for a while, but I really am dedicating some serious time to it now, in order to nail the style I'm going for. Let me know what you think of these two recently developed actions:
First "Classic But A Little Crazy"
Next: "Vintage Romance"
Just so you get the idea, here are those 2 shots before I loved them up.
And a few more of my faves from the day
Another application of my new action: "Vintage Romance" inspired by Cameron and Elizabeth's awesome style
This one on the left is my favorite of the day. Feel free to argue with me one that:)
These next 3 photos also have been processed with a new action I've created. It' called "Better Together" and is basically and contrast/sharpen/saturation bump
The whole group with a fisheye from a ladder!
Finally, some wonderful first dance moments in my new black and white actions "Bentley BW" and "Cooper BW"
Congrats Cameron and Elizabeth. Best wishes in Australia!