Monthly Archives: May 2011

john & lizzie’s wedding bush blooms only once a year

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The fog was thick and soupy, the makings of a magical atmosphere for photographing. However, not so easy for human subjects, because even though there was no bright sun to make you squint
(yeah!) the ground was super soaking wet from 4 days of rain and for the shot I needed them to sit on it! To make things even a little trickier this blooming bush that John planted when he and Lizzie got married only blooms for approximately two weeks each spring. After coordinating with john to get us together for a photo,  the challenge was heightened as we had deal with mother nature’s mood swings and wait out the 5 days of torrential rain. On a monday night,  a super foggy sunset minus the sun, we did it, we literally went inbetween raindrops and made these photographs.

And the four legged memebers of the family- well, they didn’t mind the wet ground at all!




seeing with new eyes

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MARS- Mid Atlantic Region School of Professional Photography

I have been attending school in Cape May, May 1st to May 6th, for the past five years.

This year I decided to be a class assistant and I really wanted to take Tony Sweets class

He had not been there since the first year (2006) I attended MARS and I had been waiting. well it was worth the wait- what an amazing week.

Tony set the mood with his authenticity and incredible skills and so the class was stupendous. The work produced by this group was extraordinary everyone was great.

We had someone come in from Geramny to be there!

Our daily schedule was dawn and dusk sessions everyday except for wednesday for the shoot out competiton and then we went to dinner as a group.

Mostly we shot in Cape May:ie the cove, the shipyard and sunset beach but we also went to Ocean City, to the 59th street pier and met up with a friend of Tony’s named Jim Indelicarto, a pro photog in that area, check his website it’s awesome

all this to say after the sunrise shots we went to a quaint breakfast spot where I thought we were gona get kicked out cause we were so very loud. We did a lot of laughing.

The technical side of things to name a few were studies in  long exposures , digital sandwhiches, HDR ( High Dynamic Range) and stich pans. I have only begun to scratch the surface of whats possible.

For those of you who will be doing sessions with me this summer I will be trying out some of these techniques and software manipulations. Lots of cool stuff to help make pictures even more magical.