Monthly Archives: April 2012

Abstact Sunrise

These are a few photos from my first morning shooting photos in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the photo workshop trip I took with Monte Nagler in October 2011. I took these photos at about 7:30am or so at the marina in St. Ignace Michigan. It was quite cold that morning, and the marina was very still, allowing for some great abstract shots using the reflections in the water and the bright morning sun. Here are just a few that jumped out at me as I browsed my DVD of photos this evening.

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Oh Baby!

My cousin and his wife had their first child last year, and as their son approaches his first birthday I thought I would post a few images that I took of him early this past fall at the request of his mom. He was about four months old here. He has changed so much in the months since, its hard to believe he was this tiny once! So, continuing on the life themes of first come love, then comes marriage, here is the baby in the baby carriage!

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To Unite This Couple

Another wedding that I photogrpahed…only while these photos are all mine, I was not the “official” photographer. This was my sister’s wedding, and I was standing up in it. So I do not have any photos of the actual ceremony. What I do have are photojournalistic images of the details of my sister’s unique wedding timeline. My sister had two different dresses,  a “first look” moment, followed by a “pre-ception” held before the ceremony. The ceremony was then held at the Hope College Chapel in Holland, Michigan, and a cake cutting and bouquet toss was outside immediately following. Finally, a dinner reception complete with Contra dancing and live band was held at the Holland Arts Council. A packed schedule filled with bright colors and sweet treats.

This was in May of 2010.

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We Gather Here Today

Continuing with my previous post, here are some shots from the first wedding I ever photographed. This was in May 2009, and I was assisting Cheryl Willard in photographing a wedding at St. Florian’s Church in Hamtramck, MI.

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Dearly Beloved

Its Spring time now, and getting close to wedding season. As I have some friends getting hitched this year, I thought a wedding photo post would be appropriate.

Weddings are fun to shoot in that you can catch some special moments. As a photojournalist by trade, the action shots are what I enjoy capturing the most. I love catching the hands holding together, a look on a parent’s face during the ceremony, how a bride’s dress train flows down the aisle, and of course the dancing at the party after! I find the “posed” shots more difficult. It’s hard to wrangle up and entire family, or wedding party, and keep their attention and patience long enough to get the right lighting and smiles out of everyone. With my photography I like to photograph what it was like to be there, and what the personality of the couple getting married is, not just who showed up and where they stood and what they were meant to wear. Sometimes, couples are very creative, and want to take the photography to the next level by experimenting with locations and poses while dressed in their finest. Then it becomes more of an artistic and presonally expressive portrait session.

The first wedding I shot was in May of 2009. I was the “second shooter” on a wedding in Hamtramck, accompanying my friend Cheryl Willard. I remember I was very nervous and sweated the whole time, and by the end of the night I was down right exhausted. I did get some beautiful shots of the historic St. Florian Church in Hamtramck.

Since then I have assisted Cheryl on a few more weddings. I then photographed her wedding to her husband Dave in 2010, with my cousin Scott Lockard acting as my second shooter.

The wedding photography business is an interesting challenge of logistics, stamina, creativity, and proficiency in your trade. It is probably almost as nerve-racking to the photographer as it is the wedding party. But if you stay organized, have a good helper, and keep your eyes open to special moments, great shots can happen.

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A wedding in Birmingham, Michigan that I was second shooter for Cheryl Willard. September 2011.