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The worst thing about shooting bridal sessions is that you cannot share the images until AFTER the wedding!  We have been absolutely dying to share this FANTASTIC bridal portrait session of our now wed bride, Meredith Zeller (formerly known as Meredith Weiss :).  With Meredith’s experience in modeling and pageants, and with her killer hair and makeup thanks to (Ashlea Hunter & Andrew Pentacost) , she knocked this shoot out of the park!  There were so many amazing shots that it was a real challenge to narrow it down to a few to give you a highlight of the shoot!

To view Jake & Meredith’s fantastically awesome wedding one the images become available online, sign their virtual guest book HERE.

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Way to go, Meredith!  You make our job too easy :)  So glad we were a part of your story and we look forward to putting up some images of your amazing wedding day!  Congrats to you and Jake!!

May
22
2010

The Dyersburg, TN Wedding of Sara Jo & Ben!

by Jody on May 22, 2010, posted in Featured Weddings

You had your sneak peek and now it’s time for a closer look into the Tennessee spring wedding of Sara Jo Mason and Ben Ferguson!

Ben & Sara Jo got married in Dyersburg, TN and what a fun wedding it was.  Great weather, great people, great family, fab couple – you couldn’t ask for more!

Enjoy the glimpse into their wedding day!

To view their wedding images as soon as they become available online CLICK HERE to sign their virtual guest book.

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Ben & Sara Jo chose to see each other before hand which allowed us lots of time for pictures of them two, something that was really important to them.

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For those of you who know Sara Jo it’s hard for her to achieve a serious look like the one below :)

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Congratulations you two!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We are so happy for you both and can’t wait to see you guys again!!!!!!!

May
21
2010

Friday Fun – Motorcycle Madness!

by Zach & Jody on May 21, 2010, posted in Friday Fun

My wonderful mother, Eileen, just came to town to visit the Jodster and I for a few days last Monday! Mothers are awesome because not only do they give you life (you would not exist without them), but they are your mom for your whole life. They help you financially when you need it (even if you are twenty one years old :), they take care of you when you are sick, they teach you awesome things like how to walk, talk and be an all-around cool person, and they do all of this while sometimes working two jobs. That is my mom! She is pretty amazing and I was sooooo excited to have her here this week!!

My mom is also really cool because we like some of the same things. We both have a love for music, we are both people people, and we both love and ride motorcycles! Many of you may not know this, but I have been riding motorcycles since I was about 13 years old and have owned a few bikes in my day. Unfortunately, I sold my street bike about 5 years ago right before Jody and I got married. I did not sell it because I needed to grow up and get married, mind you, but rather because it was a 1980 Honda CB750 custom, and while that sounds really cool and retro, the bike’s days were numbered and she pretty much just fell apart on me. I got tired of working on her and gave up and sold her. Ahhh…. I miss that bike and have not really rode since.

So, on Wednesday, my mom (yes, who also rides and recently bought a new bike) went to the only rental place in town and got us a few two wheeled cycles! My mom got a nice and easy Honda 250 street bike, but I needed something a little more substantial. So, behold, all new for 2010, coolest bike ever made on the planet….. The FURY!

I rented this bad boy, put my super hot wife on the back, and had an absolute ball. I couldn’t help but wonder if everyone who saw us was staring at Jody, or the bike? Either way I felt pretty manly hogging up some sound waves and roadways on this puppy!

This 1300cc powerhouse sounds as mean as it looks too. It drives like a dream and is chopped out to a sick 6 feet in length. Oh, and this is a Honda. Yep, you heard that right! A Honda! Not a custom built chopper, or Harley, but a Honda (the guys that make the Goldwing touring bike for old dudes, you know?).

Check out some more hotness…

This last bike shown here, is the matte metallic silver custom job with red strip rims, and I want it bad!!

We cruised out to Leiper’s Fork and back (with the oh so cool Mark McCoy from McCoy Made and his Harley) and had soooo much fun! I miss being on a bike and can’t wait to get out again. I am thinking long and hard about buying one of these bad mama jammas!

Here we are just before we headed out! You can see the beautiful Fury right behind us!

A nice little action shot that Jody took with our point and shoot while cruising down the road.

Me and my babe!

Ah, good times!

Mom, thanks for the gift of loving motorcycles!

Using the right lens for the right job is critical in not only getting the shot you want or need, but evoking a certain type of feeling when you do. There are many things to consider when it comes to purchasing and using certain lenses, and some of the things to look for in a lens when buying are how it affects the look of your shot, how fast and easily it focuses (without good focus you won’t get the shot), how clear is the image you produce with it and how does it represent the color of the image.

Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite lenses and why and how we use it!

Let me introduce you to the Canon 16-35mm L 2.8

Oooh! Ahhhh!!

This lens is great for the photographer who wants to get everything in the shot from a close distance and create high drama. This lens really distorts reality by stretching everything on the sides and drawing it into the frame. I love it! Check out some example images from a wedding we did last fall to see what this baby can do!

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In using this lens, composition becomes all the more important because you really can see EVERYTHING in the shot.  What you put in the frame becomes vital and can either add to the shot or actually distract the viewer’s attention from the main subject.  You also want to make sure you avoid putting anything you DON’T want warped near the outer edges.  For example, take this shot I took of Jody awhile back:

This shot is not the best representation of her features, and in shooting brides, the last thing you want for them is to look warped in a bad way!

On the other hand, you can take this lens and make the stretching of the edges work to your advantage to create a really cool, dramatic look.  Take for example this shot of bride, Clover:

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Using this lens, and shooting lower, really makes this shot so much more dramatic and lengthens Clover.  You would never guess that Clover is about 5’3″.  We often use this lens to shoot our cool groomsmen shots.  The guys always love looking extra tall and cool :)

WARNING – If you’re used to shooting more portrait length lenses and get one of these babies, it definitely is an adjustment.  Don’t automatically write it off – give it some getting used to – it’s awesome!!

Stay tuned next week as Jody shares one of her favorite lenses! In the meantime, tell us what your favorite lens is and why! Do you shoot Nikon? Let us know what the good lenses are!!

To view the 16-35mm lens click here!

It all started with an email…

…and then it was a chance encounter (ha ha, chance?…yeah right) a little over six months ago in New York when we ran into Ginny Corbett amid thousands of other photographers there…

…and thus the seed was planted.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Do you feel like you just need to get away to be refreshed and revived?  Well, the time has come!

How does getting away in the mountains of Oregon sound?  How about gathering not with just other believers but believers who are photographers who all know and understand where you are coming from?  How about not only getting spiritually refreshed, but having your love for photography and your business reignited once again?

God laid this vision on Ginny Corbett’s heart, and now it’s time for the 2nd round of the For the Love!

Not only will there be amazing times of worship but we, as well as fellow believer, photographer, and speaker, Mike Larson will be leading shooting and business workshops throughout the course of the five days.

Do not miss this amazing opportunity the first week of November.  Registration opens June 1st, and buckle your seat belts – it’s going to be an amazing ride!!

For more information, visit For the Love Workshop.