This past week I headed back home to visit my dad. He lives in the DC area and although he often comes to visit me up north I felt I was long overdue to visit him. My gf Jenny and I headed down there, her first trip there in a very long time. We got lucky with the weather the first couple days, but the next were pretty cold. Nonetheless, we powered on and explored quite a bit.
By the end of the trip we both agreed to visit again soon as there were tons of sights still to see. I also saw this as an opportunity to take some photos. I didn't take a ton, but a few here and there. It definitely re-energized me from the winter blues and makes me want to explore locally with my camera.
As I write this we have about 8 inches of snow on the ground and probably another 6-8 on the way. But, that's New England for you. One day it's 55 and sunny and the next you have to dust off your snow shovel. No matter, always happy to post some photos on here. I know I've been a tad distracted this winter and haven't posted much. I started another blog and a youtube channel on some of my interests and that's also kept me quite busy in the non-wedding season.
I'll be posting on here more regularly as the weather improves and can't wait for all the photo sessions and weddings I have lined up for this year.
But, I'm getting off topic. I'd like to share some photos from my trip and possibly a couple from a previous trip that I never posted.
These next ones are from my recent trip to DC.
Recognize any of these places?
All photos taken with a Fuji Xt1 and 23mm 1.4
Last month I was contacted by one of my previous clients letting me know her son was a senior and needed some photos taken. Of course, I was happy to hear from her and said "he's a senior now?". Time does fly.
So we scheduled some time that worked for both of us and I headed out towards Dudley for the session. This time around we decided on taking photos on their property. I had been there before and I knew it would be a great location for photos.
When I saw Dan I thought to myself, this is not the same guy that was there at the last session with his brother. He grew about 5 inches and easily looked four years older.
To me this is why having senior sessions, and others before and after, are so important. People grow up so quickly nowadays.
So, please check out some pics of the future graduate.
Have an amazing senior year!!
I just realized that I've been photographing weddings for over a year now with only my Fuji setup. When I first made the transition I was a little nervous on how quickly I'd learn to use them, would they compare, and how they would perform with my style of photography. Now, I've already written several blog posts on why I made the switch and tons of reasons to convince myself I had made the right decision, but now I can actually step away a little and really see how I feel about the whole thing.
With my other camera setup I had 2 cameras, 7 lenses (although I only used 4 during most weddings) and a couple flash guns. I thought having a huge lens made you seem important or more skilled in a way. Of course, that is all false and gear is only gear. The end result that you present to the client is the most important thing. Can you consistently produce good work that you're happy with and the client loves! New gear and expensive gear is always enticing. Will this make me better? Will my photos look better? Will this new gear make me more creative? Perhaps the answer is yes to all of these, but only during that honeymoon phase. After that you go back to your old ways and it becomes gear again and not this mythical object that will change your life (as well as your pocket).
But, I went off on a tangent there.....
This past year I tried several different Fuji cameras and I used a variety of lenses, but now that 2015 is over I am down to a core kit. I'm using 2 Fuji X-T1's which I love, yes I know a new model just came out, but I'm so in tune with these cameras. I learned a lot with them and know them super well and how they will behave in different lighting, movement and on the big screen later. I've also gone down to using only 2 lenses. Mostly this was due to convenience, speed and optical quality. The 23mm 1.4 and the 56mm 1.2 lenses are just stunning! Hard to compare cost vs results between this and what I was using before. These two focal lengths get me in close when further away when I need to, and did I mention how sharp they are? I'm super pleased with Fuji continuing to roll out firmware updates to improve the gear along the way.
This past year I've gone more the traditional photojournalist style with a little less posing and more observing and documenting. The gear that I use helps me do that very well. Without all the gear and lights etc I appear more like a wedding guest than a wedding photographer. I can blend in a little more and be unobtrusive. My gear is smaller and silent as well, so it allows me to get up close and personal if need be and quickly get out of the way.
Everyone has their own style, and I have found mine.
Less is more.
A little over a month ago I had the pleasure of photographing Jenn and Sean's wedding at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA.
I was so pleased when Jenn contacted me about photographing her wedding almost a year ago. She's a really good friend of my cousin and of course I was going to say yes. I met Sean a couple times at my cousin's house and it seemed like they had been dating for many years.
They chose such a nice venue for their wedding, right off the water in Danvers, Ma. The day was just beautiful and everything just went really well. I also got a fabulous meal!
Please enjoy some highlights of their special day!