A classic portrait will stand the test of time as will the best relationships. Robert and Christopher were able to officially put rings on their 24 years together last Saturday in a bright, breezy wedding ceremony on the roof deck of the new Eastside Exchange. They had the first wedding to be celebrated there, splitting it between the sunny roof and the well designed ballroom a couple of floors below. When the cocktail hour was winding down, I kept them back for a few minutes of private portraits. Since the roof deck is wide open to the sky, the perfect backdrop was the side of the elevator shaft… it gave us a good balance of light and dark for a simple, classic portrait.
The Eastside Exchange is a sweet new venue at the east end of the Burnside Bridge… the views of Portland’s waterfront and skyline are wonderful! Vibrant Table’s Kurt Beadell is the man behind the curtain in this new venue so you can bet the events will run like clockwork and the food is always stellar.
I love that my job is in a different place every day!
Time to dress up? Might be just the time to do a Google search for the tricky bits. Hannah had a long, gorgeous teal sash to go with her wedding dress and after a few failed attempts, her mom went online to google the process… a few minutes later, they were able to finish the sash and fine tune the bow in the back. Aria offers a few sash styles to choose from.
I ran into this same situation a few years back with a group of groomsmen… a bow-tie can be a pretty foreign concept these days and a Google search offers several really good guides for working with just about any style of tie. The Art of Manliness is a good place to start for various dressing tips.
Personally, I think you should do the homework ahead of the wedding day so that you can avoid that sinking feeling as you realize that time is running short. ;0)
Get dressed and have fun!
For me, road test is my description for taking a new camera or lens out into the world to see how it performs. It is the second step if you count the first step being the one where I shoot around my house in an utterly familiar environment. In the road test I try for something brand new… something I can’t predict too well.
The new camera is a Lumix GH4 by Panasonic… a snappy little camera with a lot of muscle under the hood. So far, I am very, very pleased. Yesterday found me at Fort Vancouver for the first time. I have been on Officer’s Row a gazillion times but never had a chance to go into the fort. This image was taken in the blacksmith’s shop in natural light and I couldn’t be more pleased. The only caveat here is that Adobe doesn’t support RAW files for this camera yet… the workaround for now is to shoot RAW + large JPGs and save the RAW files for later. That means that as nice as this version looks, I can’t wait to get my hands on the RAW file and see how it flies!
My unending thanks to Mark Toal, the Panasonic rep who has given me so much of his time and information… I have been looking for something small and fresh for a few years and he suggested I look at this line.
Ultimately, this little camera is going to take me places I want to explore… sure, I could pack my Nikon bag but sometimes it seems like too much to carry… like it’s too much work. Since play is what I’m after, I may extend the road test for awhile. ;0)
Mixed metal wedding rings have been working their way into the mainstream for a couple of years and I am very happy to see it. For so long, rings and cakes were pretty predictable… to see them take off in many design directions makes this photographer happy. The Knot has an article about choosing your wedding rings and then I found this article about mixed metal jewelry… both are worth the read if you are about to start your shopping.
When I got to Hannah’s mother’s condo for the getting ready pictures, I started with the ring shots that she had requested… I did a few in a beautiful ceramic bowl but then I turned around and saw a great metal sculpture on the wall. No contest! Oddly enough, mixed metals were laced all through our Seattle engagement session last April. All of our locations had fabulous metal sculptures and walls to use as context for their portraits.
On a separate note, this was taken with a mix of camera bits… I recently bought the newest Panasonic mirrorless camera. With an adaptor, I am able to use my older Nikon macro… it was a treat to play at a different level last Saturday and I believe it is part of what keeps me fresh. ;0)
I sure would like to talk to you if you are planning a wedding… there is a lot to consider.
That moment in the mirror when you are becoming Bride… the blue jeans are on the floor, the jewelry and the veil are in place, that’s the moment it really starts to register. You may have been thinking about this for a very long time but until you are face to face with that mirror, the impact will turn you around to marvel, with your friends and your mom, that the wedding day is on.
Many brides will ask if getting ready pictures are necessary and I always tell them that this part is. It’s one of the high points of the day… I don’t know that it’s all that important to be underfoot during the hair and makeup but this particular part of the getting ready pictures is pretty darn sweet. This article talks about many of the things you might consider important for the getting ready pictures… it will certainly be a little different from bride to bride but the gist is that you ought to consider what YOU want and talk to your photographer accordingly.
Come talk to me… I’d be happy to tell you what I know. ;0)