Franck & Kris

29 10 2012

On Saturday, September 29, I photographed Franck and Kris’ wedding, held at their home on a lovely fall afternoon. The entire event was pretty unique, very laid back and a lot of fun.

Franck and Kris each have two sons who served as attendants. The most memorable moment—Franck’s eldest son piloted a remote control helicopter around and over the guests during the ceremony and it delivered the rings to the bride and groom. He had been practicing all week and Franck told me before the ceremony that he wasn’t sure if Kris would give final approval for this unorthodox delivery of the rings, but at the very last minute she agreed!

The officiant was Kris’ very tall brother, who wore a bright orange suit—I heard that it was custom made and had something to do with celebrity Johnny Knox but I didn’t get the entire story. And finally, the bride wore a bejeweled black evening gown (a first in all the more than 100 weddings I’ve photographed), but it worked beautifully for this event and she is very photogenic as is her handsome husband! Once the music started, the dance floored was filled and stayed that way the entire evening with a very lively bunch of guests. Hats off to Franck and Kris for creating a memorable and very personalized special day for their family and friends!

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Tina & Tom Hamblin: Taking the Plunge

14 01 2012

Tina and Tom Hamblin are featured on the cover of the January/February 2012 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine, published by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).

HLAA member Tina contacted me in fall 2010 after seeing the wedding photos I shot for Todd and Abbie Hlavacek in September 2010. Todd and Abbie are also members of HLAA and Abbie wrote her cover story for the May/June 2008 issue of the magazine. Learn how I found Abbie here. Read about her Hearing Loss Magazine debut here and see the fun glamour shots I did of her and her cousin Patty after our cover photo session here. See some of the wedding photos I shot of their wedding at the Sayen House and Gardens in Hamilton, New Jersey here, here, and here.

I first met Tina and Tom when they arrived for their engagement photo session at my favorite location to shoot, Green Spring Gardens, in Alexandria, VA this past spring. After we did our portraits around the garden, Tom started doing cartwheels (he’s a gymnastics coach) and I captured him in full motion—making it the first time I’ve ever photographed someone doing anything gymnastic. I captured him in his wedding finery doing some handstands and cartwheels on his wedding day as well!

My colleague Ed and I photographed Tina and Tom’s wedding on October 8, 2011 in Kurtz Beach, Maryland. They were blessed with a truly beautiful fall day in a lovely setting alongside the Chesapeake Bay. I’ll be posting a full collage of images from that event shortly, so stay tuned!

I asked Tina and Tom if they would write a sort of “his and her” story for the magazine about their respective hearing loss, how they met, and how they support each other. “Taking the plunge,” the title of their article, refers to both the  turning point in their friendship and their recent marriage.

They were introduced to each other by Fran, a CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) reporter whom Tina met while attending Towson University. Fran told Tina about Tom and suggested they meet. They became fast friends and in late 2005, Tom asked Tina to attend the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point Park in Annapolis in January 2006. According to Tina, “I accepted because I wanted to watch Tom plunge in the freezing water. However, he told me that no spectators were allowed—which I later found out wasn’t true! Basically he was telling me that I had to also take the plunge in the freezing water. So, I called his bluff and went with him, took the plunge, and raised some money for the Special Olympics. Tom and I went out on a date that night and we have been together ever since!” Tina is a bilateral cochlear implant wearer and Tom wears hearing aids. He proposed to her two days before her first cochlear implant surgery.

The cover photo is an image I shot at Green Spring Gardens last spring that they used it as their engagement portrait. I think they did a great job on their collaborative writing effort and we’re very pleased to feature them in the magazine.

You can find Tina blog’s at www.yougottabelievehonornot.blogspot.com and Tom’s all-things-gymnastic blog is at tumbletech11.blogspot.com. They can be reached via e-mail at hamblinfamily@ymail.com.

Their cover story is available in pdf format here: Tom&TinaHamblin Feature





Congratulations, Tina & Tom!

11 10 2011

I photographed Tina Fifer and Tom Hamblin’s wedding this past Saturday, October 8, at Kurtz Beach in Pasadena, MD, with the assistance of my friend Ed Fagan, a veteran wedding photographer. The wedding site was great (a gazebo on the deck overlooking the Chesapeake Bay), and the reception was held in the Bay Room, a light-filled banquet hall. The weather was beyond amazing—around 78 degrees or so! The happy couple are on their island cruise honeymoon now while Ed and I begin the lengthy sorting and preparation of hundreds and hundreds of photos. More to come…

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Six degrees of separation

30 06 2011

The July/August 2011 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine (HLM), which I design and produce bimonthly for the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), is hot off the press! This month’s “cover guy” is my friend and fellow blogger from Oslo, Norway—Ulf Nagel, accompanied by his handsome son, Oskar.

I discovered Ulf’s insightful, well-researched and painfully honest blog, Becoming Deaf in Norway, on Abbie (Cranmer) Hlavacek’s blogroll a few years ago. After reading Abbie’s blog about her hearing loss journey, I knew we had to feature her in the magazine. Abbie wrote her feature for the May/June 2008 issue of HLM and I spotlighted her on this blog here.

A few years later, she and future husband Todd hired me to photograph their wedding in October 2010. Learn how I first met Abbie (and her friend and bridemaid, Jennifer Thorpe) here, read the first recap of Todd and Abbie’s wedding day here, view Abbie’s stunning bouquet crafted by her friend and “second mother” Phyliss Hendley here, and see more wedding photos here, here, and here.

The Internet and the world of blogging has introduced me to so many wonderful people from all walks of life and I’m always fascinated by the way stories and people weave in and out of those experiences. Discovering Abbie Cranmer via her blog resulted in her being featured in the magazine and me photographing her wedding just two years later. Abbie was an Advanced Bionics (cochlear implant manufacturer) mentor and was helping Todd’s brother, Gregg Hlavacek, through the process. Gregg introduced Abbie to Todd Hlavacek via e-mail during the mentoring process and the two fell in love online! Abbie and Todd are expecting their first baby, a boy, in late September.

I discovered Abbie’s friend and future bridesmaid, Jennifer Thorpe, on Abbie’s blogroll. I then met and photographed Jennifer and her lovely family at the HLAA Convention in Nashville in 2009. A year later, Jen wrote her feature article, I Am Simply Me, for the July/August 2010 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine. Click here to download the pdf of that article from HLAA’s website.

And the connections just get better—as a result of the photographs I shot of Abbie & Todd’s beautiful wedding, HLAA member Tina Fifer and her future husband, Tom Hamblin, hired me to photograph their wedding this October! Last month I posted their engagement photo on my blog here.

Tina just happens to work with HLAA member Mike Royer. I met Mike Royer at a stock photo shoot for HLAA three years ago, then photographed his adorable family in my studio here and here. Mike and Alicia asked me to photograph the birth of their youngest child, Ashley, in August 2008. In her spare time, Alicia is an artist and a blogger, too. I wrote about her pastel work here.

Mike later suggested that we profile the acclaimed and prolific painter, Charles Wildbank. Charles and I have connected through e-mail and Facebook and have become friends. He will be featured in a future issue of Hearing Loss Magazine. I wrote about Charles and his artwork on my blog here. Do check out his work—it is nothing short of stunning!

And finally, Jen’s blogroll listing led me to Ulf’s blog!

I wrote to Ulf and asked if he would be interested in sharing his story with Hearing Loss Magazine readers. With editing and compilation assistance from The King of Texas (who also moonlights as my father, Hershel M. Dyer) and beautiful photos by Anne K. Haga, Ulf’s story—From Silence to Sound: My Quest to Hear Again—is now in print.

Read the full article by clicking on the link here: Ulf Nagel Feature.

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Tom & Tina

6 06 2011

This afternoon I had the pleasure of photographing Tina and Tom at Green Spring Gardens for their engagement portrait. We’re so thankful that the weather cooperated and we had the nicest light for the session. I’ll have more photos to share later in the week, but just had a chance to work on the one I like best for possible use for their announcement. The wedding is this October and I’m excited to be photographing the big event for them!

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More scenes from a wedding

17 11 2010

Abbie & Todd, 9.12.2010 © Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.







Scenes from a wedding

19 09 2010

These are just a fraction of the many photos I’ve been working on from photographing Todd and Abbie’s wedding last Sunday (happy one week anniversary today, you two!). I’ve got a lot more to prepare, but wanted to share this compilation on my blog. Enjoy!

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After the rain…

15 09 2010

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Bling!

14 09 2010

Earlier this summer, bride-to-be Abbie posted a request on Facebook for friends for submissions of brooches and pins to include in her bouquet. I crafted a bejeweled headband with loads of pins, charms and baubles (some dating back to my high school days, so this baby is an antique!) for my own wedding last October (see my headband photos here), so I just knew by her description that it was going to be a beautiful bouquet. My headband wasn’t lightweight by any means, but her bouquet was heavy enough to double as a weapon! 

Phyliss Hendley, Abbie’s friend and “second mother,” made this stunning bouquet—as well as Abbie’s feather/flower headpiece. At the bottom of the bouquet, you’ll notice “something borrowed” hanging from a satin ribbon—Abbie’s late father’s Mason ring. I think this qualifies as one of the most beautiful wedding bouquets that I’ve ever seen!

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The wedding party signs “I love you”

13 09 2010

I love this photo—had fun photographing this group yesterday afternoon by the koi pond at the Sayen House and Gardens in Hamilton, New Jersey. Left to right: Jennifer Thorpe, bridesmaid and Abbie’s closest friend; Brian Stewart, Todd’s brother-in-law; Patricia Strohmeyer, bridesmaid and Abbie’s cousin; Gregg Hlavacek, best man and groom’s brother; Natalie Gray, matron of honor and Abbie’s best friend; Todd and Abbie

How I Met Abbie and Patty
I design and produce the Hearing Loss Magazine, published by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). In early 2008, I was surfing the web looking for blogs by people with hearing loss. I stumbled upon Abbie’s blog, Chronicles of a Bionic Woman, and was immediately impressed—she’s a great writer and very funny. Her blog chronicled her hearing loss and subsequent cochlear implant surgeries. I asked my editor, Barbara Kelley, if we could profile her. I contacted Abbie to see if she would be interested, and she ended up driving from New Jersey to Virginia, bringing along her cousin Patty (bridesmaid shown above), for a cover photo session. Abbie wrote the article for the May/June 2008 issue of the magazine. You can see the results of the cover session (and download the article) on my blog here. Check out the glamour shots (which included playing with wigs!) I shot of Abbie and Patty after our cover session was done here. Because of her writing skills, Abbie was recruited as the official blogger for the 2009 HLAA convention in Nashville.

How I Met Jennifer
I found Jennifer Thorpe’s blog, Stereophonic Bionic, on Abbie’s blogroll and that’s how I became friends with Jen (bridesmaid shown above), whom I finally met in person at the HLAA’s 2009 convention in Nashville. While there, I photographed her with her lovely family for the cover of our July/August 2010 issue of the magazine. Read all about that issue and see the cover here. We were talking about her (wonderful) height (she kept taking her shoes off so she would tower too much over her fellow bridemaids) and she told me she’s the shorty in her family—her parents are 6’2″. I would love to have some of that height! 

As Fate Would Have It
So here we are, three years later, and Abbie is asking me to photograph her wedding. And to think this all came about simply from perusing blogs on the web! Isn’t technology just grand? Here’s a cool fact: Abbie became an Advanced Bionics (AB) mentor and mentored Gregg (the groom’s brother) when he got his cochlear implant. Then Todd decided he wanted to go the implant route and Gregg suggested he contact Abbie so she could mentor him through the process, too. During his best man’s toast, Gregg said that initially the three of them had an e-mail trifecta going, then after awhile he wasn’t included in the e-mails as much—which made him wonder what was up! Eventually, his suspicions were right—romance was blooming between Abbie and Todd! Again, all through e-mail—a bond was formed. They write about how they met on their wedding blog hereOnce again, isn’t technology just grand? 

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Congratulations, Abbie & Todd!

13 09 2010

What a whirlwind weekend we had! We hit the road early Saturday morning and were back home late Sunday night.

I photographed Abbie and Todd’s wedding at the Sayen House and Gardens in Hamilton, New Jersey. Michael and I left Virginia on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m., checked out the gardens in the late afternoon (scouting for shooting locations), then joined the rehearsal dinner at 5:00 p.m. We were up early Sunday morning to photograph the makeup/hair preparations, then on to the Sayen House by 10:30ish. The ceremony was to take place outdoors at 12:30 p.m. at the Temple Garden under a stone and wrought iron gazebo, but the weather wasn’t cooperating—it had been drizzling since about 7:30 a.m. that morning. The ceremony was moved inside the Sayen House. It was a beautiful ceremony nonetheless. When Abbie and Todd recited their wedding vows (spoken and in sign language)—they were sweet, heartfelt and very funny. Abbie looked lovely (as expected) and Todd was beaming continuously!

There were lots of very personal touches throughout the wedding: Abbie’s stunning handmade bejeweled wedding bouquet (photos to come), Todd’s handiwork with the tree-shaped wood cupcake stand and wooden signs, silkscreened shopping tote bags for the wedding party, and illustrated coffee mugs for the wedding party and family members, just to name a few (photos to come).

We’re fortunate that the rain stopped shortly after and we were able to get our dreamy garden shots outdoors with the couple and the wedding party. I was so relieved that I was able to shoot outdoors in such a beautiful space! I have a ton of photos to sort through, culling them down to the “best of the best.” I’ll share photos as I go along and within a few weeks, I’ll have a complete gallery to share when the images are all done. I wanted to share this particular image first because I think it encapsulates what the whole day was about: a happy, multi-talented, fun-loving couple—clearly crazy about each other—embarking on a new life together!

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My favorite Polaroid transfer image

28 05 2010

I launched a “win free notecards” contest (but you had to submit a story as the entrance fee) in May of last year. I got a few interested folks who said they had a story to submit, but I didn’t get any bites. Nary a one.

Do you have an idea how many of these notecards I still have in my storeroom? (I used them as a promo years ago and still use them for that purpose, as well as for gift-giving—-even used them as favors for our guests at our wedding in October!) Take pity and submit a story so I could send you some. Have a heart!

If you’re interested, click here to read the contest rules & regulations. Shucks, I’ll take a page out of the Payless Shoes book (BOGO—Buy one, get one)) and make this a WOGTWO (Write one, get two) deal and throw in an extra dozen cards for the winner. I may get loopy and choose two or three winners. You just never know. Remember, if you don’t enter, you can’t win!

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Parents, plants and partying

22 03 2010

Best parents in the world, shown at right. It’s true. It’s really, really true. Wouldn’t trade ’em for nuthin’. Check out the latest photos I’ve posted on our wedding blog here.

Speaking of blogs…check out my dad’s blog, The King of Texas. He waxes rhapsodic about his family, revisits his childhood (with amazing recall for details), comments on current events (political, celebrity, media and more), and aims to right grammatical wrongs (one visitor at a time) with his occasional lessons on the subject. Check out his archives for some of his essays. I introduced him to blogging almost a year ago and he has become a prolific poster. He has always loved to write and it shows in his lengthy and detailed essays. I just knew it would be a great creative outlet for him. I realize I’ve created a monster, but I am so proud of my grasshopper! Whether you agree or disagree on any particular posting, he welcomes feedback of any kind (but thrives on kudos in particular), so don’t hesitate to comment—he always responds.

Out in the garden…my hellebores, snowdrops and crocus plants are in bloom—after a long, cold, way-too-much-snow winter. I predict some flower photos appearing on the blog shortly. Michael and I cleaned up most of the front yard (gathering six bags of debris!) on Thursday and my friend Tom helped me with a good portion of the back yard garden on Friday. There are lots of empty gaps in the garden this year, so there will definitely be some restructuring of the various beds in an effort to refresh things. I bought a slew of bulbs at Home Depot last night for the front yard garden (liatris, crocosmia, tigridia and lilies). I’m waiting to plant when I’m sure there’s no danger of frost! I also want to try out some new perennial choices so I’ll have some new specimens to photograph this year.

Speaking of flower photography…check out my buddy Ed Vatza’s stunning photos here of the elusive Himalayan Blue Poppy, which he photographed at Longwood Gardens recently. Wish these beauties weren’t so temperamental—they would be in my garden in a heartbeat if they were easier to grow!

And on to the partying…Nanda, one of my Garden Club Weedettes, hosted a knitting party late this afternoon (with wonderful Indian munchies). Yours truly was introduced to knitting today. Boy, was that ever a challenge! I think I’ve gotten the hang of it (sorta/kinda), but it’s definitely seems harder than my basic crochet skills. I’ll post a few photos of my newfound knitting friends and my work-in-progress (I think it’s a scarf—hard to tell at this point!) shortly. Sigh…as if I needed another hobby.

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West Virginia wedding

3 02 2010

In 2003 I photographed the wedding of the daughter of some friends in West Virginia. The wedding was held outdoors on their 33-acre farm, and for July, it was remarkably nice weather! The bride’s best friend was supposed to shoot the wedding as a gift to her, but her parents gave her a trip overseas as a graduation present and she just couldn’t pass it up. I had already volunteered to help with decorations and flower arrangements, so my friends asked me if I would consider covering the event for them. I was very happy to do so. It was my first wedding shot in digital format—utilizing my (then new) Fuji S2 camera. I also wanted the opportunity to do some of the more popular and more casual “photojournalistic” style now popular in contemporary weddings. The majority of the 100+ weddings I’ve shot in the past were a bit more traditional (I even had a list of specific poses to cover when I worked for a wedding photographer one summer!). Obviously, I still covered the traditional group shots (just a few are shown below), but I had the freedom to shoot whatever caught my eye, too. Below is collage with just some of hundreds of images I captured that beautiful day.

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Craft Project: Boutonniere

25 12 2009

Michael models the boutonniere I made for him to wear at our wedding in October. The groomsmen wore them as well.

Craft notes:
Seafoam blue velvet ribbon hot glued onto brown grosgrain ribbon (all from Michael’s)

Velvet craft leaves applied at top of ribbons (from a great embellishments online store):

http://www.vintagevogue.com/onlinestore/item6846.htm

Copper wire and dyed freshwater pearls woven to form a bird’s nest and hot-glued on top of leaves—special thanks to blogger Cathe Holden for posting her great tutorial on how to make these sweet little bird nests:

http://justsomethingimade.blogspot.com/2009/03/little-wire-bird-nests.html

Fiddlehead fern-shaped swirl created out of thin gauge copper wire and tiny seafoam blue seed beeds, then hot-glued into place around the bird nest.

I made bird nests out of silver wire with seafoam blue pearls for the ladies in the wedding party. I didn’t have the loops made for the chains in time to distribute at the wedding. Check out more photos on our wedding blog. Many more photos to come!

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Dolphins, oh my! and snorkeling gone awry

3 08 2009

On June 2, the day after Chantell and Austin’s sailboat wedding in Key West, our entire group went back out to sea in two boats for our great dolphin watch and snorkeling adventure. As Captain Gary predicted, we did see a plethora of dolphins. He told us that they were taking an afternoon siesta—that explained why they didn’t come up really close to the boat or show their faces very often—but I still got some nice record shots.

The morning started off beautifully—smooth aqua-colored water, sun in the sky, dolphins encircling both boats. We got to the snorkeling spot and disembarked. By the time I got the hang of the mask-in-the-water-tube-above-water-don’t-forget-to-breathe procedure (thanks to Kathy), the waves picked up (making it hard to keep the salt water out of our tubes!). We knew it was getting a bit dangerous to stay out. The sky went from sunny and blue to a menacing shade of gray. The boats were rocking so violently that we had trouble even getting back into the boat when our trusty captains called us in. The snorkeling jaunt was supposed to be 45 minutes long—we weren’t in the water more than 20+ minutes before the weather ended it all. The ride back to shore was incredibly violent and the rain started coming down so hard that we were soaked by the time we got back to the dock. It was so choppy that I couldn’t even shoot photos to show how rough the weather was! Despite the rocky and abrupt ending to our adventure, we certainly had a “Champion!” morning—as Zimbabwe-born Captain Gary had promised.

The Muchemore family was on Captain Gary’s boat. Michael and I shared a boat with A.J. and his girlfriend, Christina (the couple shown in two of the photos below). A.J. is in the Army and was home on leave from Afghanistan and vacationing in Key West with Christina. The two met in Pontiac, IL (where he is from) four years ago and became the best of friends, which evolved into a “fairytale love story,” according to Christina. When he gets home in December (they’re hoping), he’ll be moving to Schaumburg, IL, where Christina majors in Interior Design at the Art Institute. She plans on getting her masters in architecture. A.J. will attend Harper Community College to finish his degree. And it appears that there’s an engagement and wedding in their future—need a photographer, Christina?

Check out these links below for more photos from our weekend in Key West, including Chantell and Austin’s wedding:

Birds of a feather
https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2009/06/05/what-20-bucks-will-get-ya-in-key-west/

A rather unusual tree
https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2009/06/11/amazing-tree-in-downtown-key-west/

Weekend in Key West
https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2009/06/04/weekend-in-key-west/

Here lizard, lizard, lizard
https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2009/06/05/here-lizard-lizard-lizard/

Cloudspotting
https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2009/06/05/cloudspotting-spinal-column/

Much more of the Muchemores
https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2009/06/11/much-more-of-the-muchemores/

Muchemore redux
https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2009/06/25/muchemore-redux/

Chantell and Austin
https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2009/06/26/chantell-and-austin-on-the-pier/

Yes, another wedding photo…
https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2009/06/28/yes-another-wedding-photo/

The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2009/06/28/the-key-west-butterfly-and-nature-conservatory/

A few more butterflies…
https://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2009/06/28/a-few-more-butterflies/

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Yes, another wedding photo…

28 06 2009

Can I help it if these two are so photogenic? I used either the “Rusty Cage” or the “Super Fun Happy” filter from Doug Boutwell Studio’s Totally Rad Action Mix to achieve this warm and dreamy effect.

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Chantell and Austin on the pier

26 06 2009

I had such a blast photographing these two on the beach the day after their wedding. Both were spontaneous, up for anything, clearly crazy about each other and photogenic to boot. I had complete creative freedom, trusty assistants (the groom’s parents), a tropical backdrop, magical afternoon light, and easy-to-direct and very appreciative “models.” This assignment truly could not have been more ideal! I’ve photographed over 100 weddings in my photography career (most during and after college in Texas), and this one was the most laid-back, go-with-the-flow, low stress events of any of them!

Be patient and one day I might share an image or two and some really crazy stories about some of the most memorable weddings I have photographed. I shot one wedding during a tornado alert! I actually have photos of the mariachi (Mexican music) band swaying in the fierce winds with a turbulent navy sky in the background—at 4:00 p.m. on a South Texas afternoon. The bride and groom were so much in love and anxious to marry that they were apparently oblivious to the impending storm. Then there was the bride who paid half down, then went off to work as a migrant worker for a year. (Half down was $75, if you can believe that—I never charged more than $200 for a wedding—at the time, “top” photographers charged anywhere from $500-800. Those were the days, huh?) She came back with the balance in a piggy bank— we had to break it open to get the money (I can still hear the quarters, nickels and dimes as they rolled across our coffee table). Sweet couple—although a little slow on pickup and payment! Trust me…I’ve got the stories!

In those days the contemporary photojournalistic style wasn’t in use at all—we had a checklist of posed images to get and then we could play after that. I love the new approach and it suits my shooting style so much better. And we shot print film then; digital wasn’t available yet. Having immediate feedback makes the job much more enjoyable and guarantees you get the shot. It almost makes me want to hang out my wedding photographer shingle again. We’ll see.

You can view the previous Key West/wedding photos here, here, and in the posting below this one.

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Muchemore redux

25 06 2009

Here we go again! More photos finalized from Chantell and Austin’s June 1 wedding in Key West…even more to come (I’m editing and prepping photos in a folder that contains almost 1,000 images)! Special thanks to the groom’s parents, Kathy and Kevin, for their creative sand art creations for the photos.

You can view the previous Key West/wedding photos here and here.

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Wedding Collage 3





Much more of the Muchemores

11 06 2009

Okay, I couldn’t resist…with a last name like that, this blog post title was inevitable! Muchemore to come…

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Weekend in Key West!

4 06 2009

That title should explain my brief (and abrupt) exit from my blog. Michael and I flew into Key West on Saturday afternoon. We spent that evening exploring Key West, followed by a visit to a botanical garden and a butterfly conservatory on Sunday. Late Sunday afternoon we met up with the parents of the groom, Kathy and Kevin (groom’s parents), who are my parent’s neighbors in San Antonio. They had asked us to join them at their timeshare in Key West; the trip soon morphed into the impromptu sailboat-at-sunset wedding of their son, Austin, and his lovely bride, Chantell. I was asked to photograph the event and was thrilled to do so. This is just one of the photos I’ll be posting. I shot this shortly after they said their “I do’s.” (Notice the sunset behaved well for the shot, too!) It was the most fun wedding I’ve ever photographed (and I’ve shot over 100 of them since college)! Chantell and Austin—with their unbridled energy, enthusiasm, and sparkling white smiles (not much to improve in Photoshop there!)—were such a joy to photograph. Perfect weather, perfect wedding, perfect couple with perfect smiles, perfect day!

We had to get back so I could photograph an event for the American Horticultural Society (which I’m leaving for now, in fact), so we (sadly) couldn’t stay with them the rest of the week. This was our second time in Key West, but we saw quite a bit more than we did on our first trip many years ago. I felt like we were in some exotic country—almost forgot we were still in the U.S. It’s quite a different atmosphere—lizards, iguanas, roosters and chickens running loose everywhere…very laid-back atmosphere…brightly colored cottages and exotic flowers in bloom…and bicyclists and mopeds galore. It was a short but very adventurous four days!

More photos to come of botanical garden lizards and flowers, butterflies, Key West shots, parrots, Hemingway’s house, cats, boats, interesting clouds, dolphins, snorkeling…and, of course, more wedding and sailboat shots.

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