Archive for February, 2010

How I use video at a wedding.

February 24, 2010

While I am primarily a photographer, I do incorporate some video into my wedding day coverage. I don’t shoot enough to replace a videographer, but I feel the bits of video add a little more action and depth to a slideshow. It’s a little more like video portraiture than actually documenting the day. The new video technology available in today’s cameras gives me the ability to use video images to supplement my still images and give me more ways to visually re-create your wedding day. Though it is perfect for weddings, it is not limited to weddings, I have used it for children and high school seniors too.

Snow Portraits

February 23, 2010

The weather was perfect for snow portraits yesterday. The snow was sticking to the trees and it wasn’t too cold. These are good examples of outdoor portraits in the snow and cold, much more authentic than setting up a snowy backdrop in a studio. Although, a good backdrop has it’s place, nothing beats the real thing. Within a few minutes I was able to get three or four completely different looks and moods. I like the expression in the first one as it really shows Eric’s personality. However, this is a good example of how you have to control a portrait session. The trick is getting the subject back to where you can dictate the pace and the mood and get the expressions and the looks that you want.



Red Shoes Reflection

February 22, 2010

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A little while back I shot a bridal shower and took some formal portraits of the groom and bride to be. They wanted some outdoor pictures on the golf course however Mother Nature seemed to have other ideas because it rained off and on most of the day. We caught a break as the party was wrapping up and were able to go outside. I placed the couple in a chair at the edge of a very large and deep puddle hoping to be able to use the reflection and capture the shoes. I instructed them to kiss and got this portrait.

Evan’s Career Choice

February 21, 2010

My youngest son Evan recently turned 5 and like most 5 year old boys is determined to be a fireman when he grows up. Just before his birthday we were able to get some time on a local firetruck and try on some gear. He is also wearing his favorite shirt because he is tough, just look at his expressions here!

Fireman Evan-8407-EditI added some color effects and texture to this one and decided to leave some of the texture on his hands and face because it looks to me like he just put out a fire or some other fireman type dirty work.

Fireman Evan-8546-EditThis one he is deeply contemplating his career choice.

Fireman Evan-8377-EditThis one he his looking into his future driving the Firetruck.

Black and White Ball 2010

February 15, 2010

Black and White Ball

Back Row (left to right): Lake County Councilman Ernie Dillon, Keith Matasovski, Senator Frank Mrvan Jr, Northtownship Trustee Frank Mrvan III, Owner of Miss Print Rick Baltensberger, Mike Berdine
Front Row (left to right): Margie Dillon, Cynthia Matasovsky, Jean MrVan, Owner of Miss Print Amanda Baltesberger, Attorney Lisa Berdine.

Last weekend was the annual Black and White Ball benefiting the Ophelia Steen Center in Hammond, IN. The Ball was held at the Dynasty Banquet Hall also in Hammond. I would like to thank Mr. Rick Baltensberger of Miss Print Sign Co. and his wife Amanda for giving me the opportunity to setup and photograph at the Black and White Ball.

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