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Tennessee Wedding

Clarksville, Tennessee has a hidden gem in the Smith-Lahearne Mansion. It really is perhaps the most beautiful place I have ever photographed a wedding. Such a beautiful couple at such a beautiful spot made my job very easy. I love doing wedding photography when it all goes right just like this.

Location weddings can be stressful. I can’t bring studio lighting or even multiple cameras due to travel restrictions. This was the first wedding I’d shot with my new Sony RX10 Markiii which is, strictly speaking, a bridge camera meaning it is relatively small and has a built-in lens but as these images show it more than held its own and allowed me to travel with a small bag containing any the camera, a flash, a flash radio transmitter, neutral density filters and a cable release. Other than that all I had with me was a small tripod and a reflector and yet I am very pleased with what we managed to achieve.


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Well, I think wedding season is over for 2010 and it was a great season with a lot of wonderful memories. I have just a couple more to blog about and I’ll do one this week and one next. First we had Nick and Tara who some of you may remember I photographed earlier in the year for their engagement.

I won’t pretend that the Lairmont Manor is an easy place to shoot. it isn’t! It is very beautiful but it is full of dark wood and dark corners out of which blurry photos may jump without warning. Nonetheless, I think we got some lovely shots.


The happy bride

One of the formal portraits

Wedding, Bride, Groom

Another formal image

Yet another formal image.


And, typical of me, lots of children!


Cool kid!


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Suzannah and Rachel.

Sunday was a really rather special day for me. It marked my departure as a double fisted photographer in the sense that I now have two cameras to shoot with so that I don’t have to keep stoppping to change lens all the time. Made me feel super cool, so it did! Nice to be double fisted as well as ham fisted. It was also my first gay engagement shoot. Rachel and Suzannah are a wonderful couple. Full of love and joy and excitement for their upcoming wedding. We met at Marin Park in beautiful Fairhaven and wandered down the railway line towards Post Point.

This was also a first in another way. With every wedding couple I advise that they look on flickr or whichever is their favourite photo sharing site and to send me any images they may find that they like and to tell me what it is about these images which appeal. Is it the lighting, the colours, the composition, the expressions, the positioning of the figures? And clients NEVER do so! Until Rachel and Suzannah who supplied eight or nine great images and using these as starting points we managed to create some really wonderful shots. It pays to do your homework, people!

Thanks, Suzannah and Rachel for being such good sports and I look forward greatly to the actual wedding day at Lairmont Manor. And remember, if you book a wedding shoot with me you will ALWAYS get an engagement shoot included in the deal.

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Chris and Crystal

Ahh, how I love an engagement shoot when it all goes right! Sunday was a beautiful spring morning and we met up at Whatcom Falls Park and Chris and Crystal are a handsome couple and although they were nervous to begin with that all soon fell away and they got really into the spirit of the day. Things went much more easily and I had a fine idea of what they wanted because they had done their homework and sent me a link to a flickr gallery full of shots they had found there which inspired them. If you’re interested in their pics you can see them here.

We enjoyed the sun and each others company and had a lovely time. and here are a few images to prove it!

In case you’re interested in seeing all the Worked On images from this shoot you can do so by going over to flickr here.

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New Lessons at Semiahmoo

August 12th brought a large scale wedding shoot at Semiahmoo, up by the Canadian Border. Boy, was that a hectic day? I took an assistant for company and off we went for eight hours of fun in the rainy and overcast day.

Jesse and Mandy could not be nicer people and their daughter Bailey-Mae and English Bulldog Lucy were just adorable. But the day was rushed. Never was there a moment to pause as we flew from one place to another, shooting shooting, always shooting. At the end of the day, when finally we left at 11pm I had 650 shots on five cards. Normally I like to shoot in what is called RAW format. For those who enjoy technical knowledge, RAW is a format that allows a great deal more flexibility in post processing. Most cameras shoot JPGs. When a camera shoots JPGs it looks at each shot and makes decisions about what it thinks are important in terms of exposure and it throws an awful lot of information away once it has made up its mind. Well, I don’t trust my camera to make that kind of decision, thank you very much! So I shoot RAW which allows me to bring in details that might have been lost in shadow or highlight. It also means 16mb images.

So what did I learn? I learned that the very next day I must sit down at my computer, go to (tip for Washington residents, is just like Amazon (it’s actually almost a carbon copy) but they have no ‘bricks and mortar’ in Washington state, hence no sales tax. Save yourself a buck or two that way!) and order a couple more cards. I now travel to shoots with ten gigabytes in my bag and a few more about my person I can raid if the going gets tough.

So anyway, back with Jesse and Mandy. I think this was head and shoulders the best wedding gig I’ve done. A first edit only allowed me to weed out a little under a hundred images. So many great images and where to start with choosing the ones to turn into prints, books, slideshows and who knows what else? We’ll see once the dust settles and we get a chance to meet.

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