This weekends rainy downpour caught me on a boat with 12 other people heading to Cedar Point Yacht Club for a surprise party. The plan was for me to board a boat at Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club and take family photos on Cockenoe Island with the birthday girls family. On the way to the island we would stop by the yacht club to grab something. That is when the rain started, a torrential rain. We saw a sailor slip and fall into the water and we also saw Chris Tait keep the 12 people dry by getting them safe and dry using a few table umbrellas. It was a very memorable night.
It is exactly as the title says. This is when you engage with a couple and produce images that they want to use for announcements, save the date or just a nice image to frame on the wall. It is also a great time to get to know the couple so the day of their wedding you have a sense of familiarity with them. The couple wanted a place by the water where they can take pictures with their dog. I know the right places.
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Megan is the owner of MLR properties. A design and construction company based in Fairfield County. Branding photography is no longer just a bunch of headshots. Now you have to tell a story behind the images. Locations help a great deal. An architect at their build, a swimmer at the pool or a landscaper in the garden. Half the fun of photographing a subject is coming up with the type of look or pose that the client will look natural and approachable.
Megan in her clients wine cellar that she designed.
picking out products.
Megan on site.
Weddings, proms and graduations. It is that time of year and thankfully we are all celebrtating these events and not locked up in a home or quarantining. I photographed this group of models using the Canon 5d mark 4 which is my go to camera these days. People say that the DSLR will be obsolete soon, but that is another story, I still like the feel of the camera. My lighting was my Godox200 pro with an octobox and as you can see, it gives us very soft light to work with.
I grew up in Westport, Ct and I have a lot of experience photographing people. Groups, solo, on location…. you name it. My children now attend the same schools as I did growing up. So when I was asked to photograph the seniors for the Staples Baseball team, I was very happy. Happy to try out my new Godox 200 set up which allows me to control the settings from the camera. This is a game changer for me. No more pausing the shoot to adjust the flash settings. I can now talk with the client while I adjust my settings. Brilliant!!
The neighbors caught me lying on a blanket on my front lawn just inches from my subjects. I have a great macro lens that I use for my close up photography. I heard about this lens while I was working in Florida at One Kreate. The top photographer down there recommended this lens to me and I have always been happy with it. It is a 50mm canon 1.5 lens, an oldie but a real goodie.
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. -Margaret Atwood
What can I tell you except that this week in Connecticut felt more like a week in London. I guess with the changing temperatures and the precipitation it is only inevitable for some foggy conditions. It is also a great time to capture some dramatic images. Here is an interesting video on shooting in the fog.
Never let the rain or fog keep you from capturing photographs, you can achieve some interesting images with the light.
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I photograph many people in my studio. I will do a bunch on location as well. It really depends what kind of look that you are going for. My studio images are a little more like “headshot” mode, but I am really looking for expressions of the face. I always like to say, ” let’s go for the approachable look”. Friendly etc….. In honor of International women’s day, I would like to introduce you to Andrea. Andrea is working in sales and came to me for a professional portrait.
These are amazing! Wow… I’m SO HAPPY with the way they came out!!!Andrea
Living in Connecticut is such a joy. As much as I enjoy Florida or California, I really like having four seasons. The changing light, foliage and colors gives me an opportunity to capture ever changing images. Winter is one of my favorite times of year because of the crisp air and clear nights. I still would like to do a star trail shoot before spring so hopefully I will get that up here too. I will research youtube and other photographers to get an idea of how to pull it off and make it look exciting and fun.
These are a few of the many images that I have taken over the winter. Thank you for looking.