Other cameras at the wedding?!

June 11, 2010

What to do?! What to do!!!

Well, for anyone who’s photographed weddings before, you know the feeling; you go in for a photograph and there are hoards of the bride and groom’s family and friends there with their own cameras! But they hired you!? So what do you do? What should you feel? Should you say anything?? Well, I found this discussion interesting and have had it with other photographer friends of mine before. Check out this article from WPJA.com. It addresses this very subject and does so very well!

WPJA.com is a great resource for wedding photojournalists. Check it out!


Cool Photo Blogs

March 24, 2010
http://www.chromasia.com/iblog/

Beautiful images found from the blogs on Cool Photo Blogs. Photo taken by chromasia.com/iblog/

Today’s site is called Cool Photo Blogs. I found this site a long time ago and I have to say it is an amazing site that showcases blogs from around the world.

I like to go there weekly and find new photo blogs. These sites showcase photographers work. They aren’t necessarily instructional or helpful in anyway. They are however gallery sites. They are true photo blogs. It is inspiring to see so much good photography from around the globe. Of course, there are great amounts of poor photography as well. But that is expected on  a site like this.

The premise of this site is to showcase photo blogs, but it is also a site that allows viewers to vote on the sites that they like and then in turn the site awards the winners. It is really a great place to find photographers that in my opinion I would never find otherwise.

If you have a photo blog, I would suggest checking it out and even submitting it to this site.


Antisdels Photography – Fresh and Contemporary Portraits

March 15, 2010

About eight years ago, I was shooting portraits in Louisburg, KS and had a conversation with an older woman who told me that she had twin granddaughters who lived in Chicago, but flew into Kansas City to have their senior portraits done by a studio called Antisdels. She also told me how much they spent on senior portraits and as I recall, she said it was somewhere in the ballpark of a couple thousand dollars. I was in disbelief. I couldn’t believe someone would come that far for senior portraits and secondly that someone would pay that much for them. That was until I saw their work and have now come to realize who they are.

Antisdel’s Photography, located in Louisburg, KS, a suburb of Kansas City, is a portrait studio that specializes in children and senior portraits. They are also founders of Senior Portrait Artists, or SPA as they are more commonly known, an organization dedicated to art and business of senior portraits. 

Antisdel’s photography to me is really what senior portraits and children / family portraits are supposed to be all about. They are bright, colorful, youthful, vibrant, fresh, new, contemporary, stylish, cutting edge, emotive and the list could certainly go on and on and on. If you haven’t heard of Antisdel’s, I highly suggest checking their work out and also checking out SPA. It will be well worth your time!


Roadside Families – Pay It Forward Project

March 12, 2010

Photographers, one question: How often do you and your immediate family get your portraits taken? Probably like most, not that often. I photograph families every single day of the week and I rarely get our family photos taken.

A while back, I ran across a site called Roadside Families and it is still going strong. The premise behind this amazing site is photographers photograph others and their families but rarely find the time or opportunity to photograph their own families. So, you get your family photographed by another photographer and then you do the favor for someone else by doing the same exact thing.

Roadside Families is the creation of forward thinking photographers, John Michael and Dalisa Cooper of AltF.coM. They have a long history of bringing creativity and ingenuity to portrait photography and the photographic community.

So, if you are a photographer and want family portraits and want to help other photographers make memories of their families, then Roadside Families is for you and you should get involved. Just go to the Join In Page to find out how to join and what to do next.


Furtographs – Pet Portraiture

March 9, 2010

Today’s post is one of my favorite pet photographers in the world. Andy Stolarek, the guy behind the lens, is the genius of Furtographs Pet Photography. I wanted to feature Andy’s work as it is really great studio pet portraits. It seems in today’s photographic world, most photographers are taking photos of pets in natural light. This is one of the draws to me of Furtographs. It is professional. It is classy.  It is perfect for owners who want to really have photos of their beautiful animals in a way that only you could get in an enviornment like this.

If you photograph animals or are a studio shooter, I highly suggest checking out Andy’s work. What I feel makes his images so strong are their simplicity, great composition and effective lighting. His images are very telling of the pet’s personalities. Just look through his galleries and blog. They also have a very distinctive look that is easy to spot.

Andy’s work is also on display at D Pet Hotel.  It’s a luxury hotel for pets, which is a perfect home for the gallery worthy prints that you’ll find on display there.


LJ – Street photographer

March 4, 2010


As a portrait photographer, usually working in a studio with paying customers, I know that the most important aspect of my work is connecting intimately with my subjects.

I don’t normally get that feeling or idea from street photography. In fact, often times, the subjects you see in street photos are walking away or looking awkward towards the camera.

However, this is certainly not the case at all with today’s artist. LJ, a photographer I love from flickr, shows what street photography should be all about. His connection puts you in a place that unless you’ve been there, you never really get to see.

It’s so powerful and telling. His photography, lighting and processing are all perfectly crafted to show who his subjects are. His photography should be an instruction course for those seeking to connect with their subjects,  not only street photographers, but rather all portrait photographers.