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!!
Westport had it’s second fitness and health day on main street this week and the turnout was very good. This year Fleet Feet added a 5k run earlier in the morning, which I think is a great idea. They basically shut down main street Westport and have fitness demonstrations, giveaways and information on how to be fit.
Street photography is very enjoyable and it can be very sneaky at times. You really want to go unnoticed because you are looking to get the most natural images you can. A lot of times when I raise my camera, people will automatically become aware and strike a pose. This is where the “sneaky” part comes in. A quick focus, and a quick shot and then move on. It works 90% of the time
Photographing for architects and builders is very enjoyable for me. In most cases, these jobs take a half day or a full day of photography. Unlike with real estate photography, this is a little slower and more thought out. The angles are always very important but the lighting set up is different. For real estate you have only an hour to shoot all rooms, but with architects, it might take an hour to do a single room. Why? It is because the lighting is now more unique lighting setups and in many cases… light painting.
In both cases I will try to do my best to get the “feel” for the environment by choosing light and angles that will make the space look flattering. Windows with a view, close ups of a wooden floor. These are special things to capture because someone ( the architect ) went through a lot of trouble to showcase a specific thought, or design.
I have been fortunate to work with many builders and architects and they all want to showcase their work. To do a right, you have to hire a photographer that will capture and show their visions. This is why I enjoy photographing for these professionals. I have photographed many properties for Michael Greenberg and it is total satisfaction to present photography that shows his vision.
I really enjoy photographing while biking. I can get a bike into almost anywhere and when I see something, I can easily pedal on over and get the shot. I use a Fujifilm x20 for all my biking photography. This camera is very light and simple to use. It has a built in zoom so I can cover a lot of area and be as creative as I need to be.
I also enjoy riding the Rail trails in this area. There are plenty of books and webpages to investigate and ride. This trail is part of The Empire State Trailway which when finished, can take you from one end of New York to the other.
There are many apps out there for riding. I like to use trail link. It is very easy to use and very informative. Enjoy the ride!
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
Here is a perfect example of branding photography. I photographed The Awesome Toy Store in Westport for Westport Lifestyle Magazine. The clients were so happy that they purchased the images from me and are using them for their website and marketing campaign.One of the most important things a photographer has to do on a shoot is make the client feel comfortable so that you can get images that look natural and unforced.
Branding photography is a must when you need content for your website and marketing. These images could and will be used for social media. It is always a win win to do this for your business.