May 12, 2013
It rained and rained and rained, then POOF! The sun came out. Thank you, Pastor Rick.
Jackie Jircitano and Alan Kerstetter were married at one of my favorite places: Lily Manor in Mifflin, PA. They decided on a “first look” before the ceremony, so we could get a lot of the photographs done early.
The ladies were ready for anything.
February 10, 2013
Before you put your wedding dress away forever, wouldn’t you like to wear it one more time? How about a “rock the dress” shoot? You’d have a lot of fun, and you’d get to show off that gown again.
If you were on the gymnastics team, we could photograph you – in your dress – on a balance beam. Or we can go somewhere you didn’t have time for on your wedding day: a field of sunflowers, for instance.
A couple of props from your closet? Some old things from your mother’s attic?
If you’re really adventurous, we can do something like the shot below. But there’s no need to trash your real dress. You can pick one up on eBay for $20.
December 30, 2012
November 11, 2012
Gotta love warm days in November, right? An outdoor ceremony in beautiful, golden sunlight … and my fingers don’t get cold.
Shelby Reisinger and Dustin Freyermuth were married at Lily Manor, a beautifully restored mansion, circa 1794, in Mifflin, Pennsylvania.
July 1, 2012
Who knew that M&Ms would make such a great background for wedding rings?
Becky Kauffman and Zach Allen were married on a warm (OK, hot) day at Lily Manor in Mifflin, PA. The flowers lining the aisle were gorgeous, the green accents everywhere were perfect, and I learned something: Sunscreen burns when it drips into your eyes.
Don’t you love the personalized hanger?
This is Austin, the ring bearer.
June 10, 2012
After a week of strong thunderstorms, the sky cleared for Breann Reismeier and Alan Snyder.
Lily Manor was beautiful (it always is) and everyone had a great time.
Alan and Breann brewed the beer as favors for their guests. The photograph is from an engagement shoot we did last fall.
Hard to believe, but I didn’t have even one piece of candy.
I did have a piece of wedding cake. Delicious!
March 21, 2012
I just received Nikon’s newest, best camera! The D4 produces images that are sharper and more detailed, with great skin tones and vastly improved performance in low light.
“The D4 is a game changer,” says the incredible photographer Joe McNally. “Right off the bat, I was impressed with the file. It was, in a word, smooth. I know that’s not a techy description, but I was impressed by the detail and the creaminess of the pictures. No sharpness of contrast, or harshly defined lines of demarcation between highlights and shadows.”
The D4 is all about getting shots that someone else won’t, and it means your photographs will be better than ever.
For more, please see the “In My Bag” page.
March 9, 2012
I like to shoot as many candids as possible, but posed pictures are an important part of your day, too. Here are a few simple tips that will make you look better in your pictures:
● Position your hips and shoulders at a 45-degree angle to the camera. This is flattering, graceful and slimming. Facing the camera head-on, you’ll look like Lindsay Lohan in a police mugshot.
● Put your weight on your back foot. This gives you a curvy, relaxed look.
● Point the toes on your front foot. Even though your gown covers your feet, this makes a difference. Look at any female celebrity on a red carpet: front foot pointed toward the camera.
● Stand up straight. This may seem obvious, but it will make you look tall and elegant, and it will show off your gown to its best advantage.
● If it bends, bend it. Move your elbows out from your body. Not so much that it appears you’re doing the chicken dance – just a little. This, too, is slimming and looks graceful.
March 9, 2012
I recently came across a great article called “10 Ways To Spot a Fauxtographer,” written by Traci Turchin in Colorado Brides magazine. It’s worth a look. Click here.
Do you want a photographer with hobbyist skills, hobbyist experience and hobbyist equipment?
For my thoughts on the subject, I invite you to check “Choosing a Photographer.”
March 4, 2012
Let’s continue the look at favorites of 2011 with Stefanie Rynkewitz and Joe LaPolla, who were married June 4 at Grace United Methodist Church in Lewistown, PA.Their reception was at Lewistown Country Club.
As I’m writing this, the temperature is 38 and the wind is whipping. Looking at these shots gives me spring fever.