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Oct
22
2012

Happy 1 Year Anniversary Sunny and Neeva!

by Jody on October 22, 2012, posted in Sneak Peeks

It was one year ago today that we were outside of the DC area shooting the wedding of Sunny & Neeva! Congratulations, you two, on your one year anniversary!! It was a joy to b able to capture the memories of your special day. What a fun and memorable wedding to shoot! Cheers to many more years!
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Oct
16
2012

Dramatic Studio Lighting | Burst Shoot

by Zach & Jody on October 16, 2012, posted in Photo Tips & Tricks

A few months back we had the privilege to shoot a commercial gig for BurstClub.com that happens to be owned by our dear friends Nathan and Jenni Oates. These guys were amazing to work with and we all had a blast on the shoot! The images are for their new promo material and for their 4 DVD set. The images needed to be very slick and styled, so we had to change up our shooting style to get the job done!

 

This shoot was a lot different then what we normally do for wedding images where our brides want that soft, pretty light that makes their skin look painted on. This shoot needed much more of an edge to it with the lighting, but also keeping some of that Zach and Jody style with the soft buttery look. So the first thing we did to achieve that look was to not use our typical 24×32 Wesctott soft-box that we use on all of our lit wedding portraits, and opted instead to use a 22 inch silver beauty dish from Paul C. Buff.

 

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Oct
11
2012

OC Workshops are Complete! | Re-cap

by Zach on October 11, 2012, posted in Photography Workshops

Our Orange County Shooting and Post and Light workshops are over and Nashville is about to begin this coming weekend! We had an amazing time with our students there that traveled from all over to come and hang with us! We had students from the OC, Canada, and even Alaska come out to join us!
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For the next 4 weeks of Tuesday Tips and Tricks, we are going to be talking about lighting styles for your wedding and portrait photography. Lighting styles are the direction you choose to have your light hitting your client to create different styling on them. You can make a client look 30 pounds lighter (or heavier) just by your choice and direction of your lighting. These style work with natural light, and with flash, but we are going to focus in on the flash side with these posts. But do remember, you can simply replace “soft-box” with sun, reflector or any other light source you encounter.
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So, if you have ever shot in the studio, you may have shot images on a seamless backdrop which is a simple way to get great looking images without much distraction from you client. You can also easily cut clients out from a seamless if you need to do a composite. Sometimes though, you need a classy, simple shot on a pure white or gray seamless, and although it may seem straight-forward, it can be very tricky to nail it.
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