Whoa whoa whoa…..whoa. I forgot how much fun it is to shoot on location! Wow. When C contacted me for a session she said she wanted to be photographed in a place that has meaning for her and her fiance. So off to the suite they’ll be staying in the night of their wedding!
Of course this as like letting me loose in a designer shoe store. I just didn’t know where to start first. My typical m.o. when presented with an opportunity to think outside the box is to become overwhelmed and try to fit tons of stuff in. But I’m happy to say the session flowed wonderfully. There were so many wonderful spots with awesome light to photograph. We fit in quite a few outfits and this is just one. Wait till you see the lady in red! Goodness me….
Wow this gal had a smile that lit up a room! Beautiful inside and out, N was full of fun and laughs all throughout her session. In fact, my favorite series of photos is when N was giving the lens an awesome stare down when I told her to roll her left shoulder a bit more and she rolled her right. That happens ALL the time with every single client and when I said….nope…your other left, she just burst into laughter and I caught the most awesomest photos of the day. LOVE that smile!!
Oh me oh my….I want to introduce you to the wedding day of Shaina & Itche. WOW was this a day to grab onto with both hands and not fall off. And it was such a beautiful day. So many hugs, so many giant smiles, laughs and a few tears too. Not only was this a fun day to photograph but John and I had never photographed an Orthodox Jewish wedding till this day and whoa it was interesting.
The day is a very gender-divided day, which was really interesting to watch. What I noticed instantly was how close the women were. It wasn’t just walking up and talking, it was walking up, arms around each other with noses almost touching while they talked. And it was much like this for the men as well. Shaina had her events to be a part of while Itche, who is a rabbi himself, had his. They were together for the ceremony, never touching or talking to each other until they were wed. They dined together at the reception, but otherwise were apart as the room is divided into 2 so that men celebrate with men and women celebrate with women. It was even requested that I not come onto the men’s side to photograph. So John and I divided and conquered. ;-) Whoooooaaaa and the dancing. Just take a look at those photos! Swinging, “jumproping”, standing on chairs, tables and anything else that could hold weight. It was a fun night.
They day starts with prayer for both Shaina & Itche. Then Itche must go through is own ceremony and Shaina is greeted by each female guest to offer blessings. Then Itche is walked to Shaina in a procession to place her wedding veil on her head. Then Shaina receives blessings from the fathers and grandfather. Itche then walks to the chuppah with the men and Shaina is processed afterward by the women. Then it’s an all out brawl to get to the chuppah so we could get some photos. ;-) The photo you see of Itche placing the ring on Shaina’s finger is the first time they ever touched.
Then we took a bazillion photos and the evening festivities began. I was exhausted just watching it all!
Grab your coffee and have a look at this wedding day. It was lovely, touching and so very emotional. I was part photographer and part spectator for this day and it was awesome.
So I’ve been playing around lately with light. I do this a lot but not so much with artificial light. I’ve been working with natural light for so long that it’s very easy for me to bend it here, push it there, block it, enhance it and manipulate it to do whatever I need it to do. I looooove natural light. It’s soft and sweet to me.
Every once in a while I push myself outside of my comfort zone and play with artificial light. I borrowed John’s video light, hooked it up to a stand and played around with it to see what I could do with artistic nudes. I’ve recently started collecting these photos at my sessions when I get the chance and I’m excited to get some in the natural light as well but this session was more about experimenting. It all started with a session I had last week that was yoga-focused (see the post below this one). I wanted to add a moody element to it so I shut out all the light and used one video light (more to come on that). It was fun and I wanted to play around a little more with it, so as such I asked a friend to help me out and be my model for a day. We had a great time. I bent and twisted her like a contortionist and got not one complaint.
My my my….what a fun little sneak peek I have for you today. I got pushed a little outside of my comfort zone for this session and wow did I have good time. N here is a yoga instructor so it was really important to her to express her beauty in the form of yoga during her session with me. My immediate thought was to use shadow and lighting to highlight her beautifully toned body. I’m really excited to say it all turned out lovely (PHEW!)
Exercise in any form can sometimes be difficult to make sexy, depending on what you’re doing (um…nude downward-facing dog anyone?) so N and I really worked together to bring out the best in these poses.
Well…I certainly hope you’re not tired of me posting photos of beautiful women! Because L here was just dyeing to jump out of my digital darkroom and up on my blog today.
Wowza was L a trooper. She decided she wanted to give her fiance the gift of her gorgeous self. Little did I know that she reserved her session on the day they were coming back from a 6 hour flight from a vacation in the sun and surf. Yikes. So you can imagine when she arrived she was a bit tired. Just a bit. But she put her big girl panties and on and ROCKED it out. As you can see…she did a pret-ty good job of it. ;-)