Yesterday, a few us decided to head out to Providence and do a photo walk. The day started out very cloudy threatening to rain, but it didn't end up raining until we were long gone. We started at the Providence Place Mall by the canal and then made our way around. My last trip into Providence was almost a full yr ago so I was happy to be able to wander the streets.
This photo is just about the first photo I took. I was standing at street level looking down at the canal with my back to the Providence Place Mall. This is more of a skyline photo. You'll get to see more of the canal in a later photo.
This is a few blocks away as we start our walk.
This is the short building you see to the far right of the previous photo.
This is a couple blocks further down the street looking back. You can see the Biltmore building in the distance which is an easy landmark in this part of the city.
We continued our journey up some streets. I was told there were some famous hotdog carts up a head so we continued on to find them. This store front stood out to me.
This is one of the two meal trucks. Seems these are very popular. I tried the Knot Dog and I have to say, It was really good!
This is the second food truck. As you can probably tell they serve all kinds of tacos in this one. Initially we all wanted some nice Tacos, but the line was quite long. I'm going to have to remember for next time!
Having some good food in us we continued to walk along. I was told this was the first mall in the United States. So naturally I had to take a photo. There are some boutiques in there now, but I really liked the architecture.
A lot of the buildings in this area were just amazing. I could have sat and captured all of them, but I was also interested in seeing what else was around the next corner. This area is about two blocks away from the canal, but not from where we had started.
I was told we were in the financial district. Which made sense are there were multiple banks and firms along the way.
Its interesting seeing such an old building right next to a very modern one. I thought this perspective was quite cool.
The other guys stopped to grab some coffee so I just looked around. On the side of the building behind me I saw this. I think it acts as a water fountain, but I'm not sure. It just caught my eye.
On the other side of the intersection was this awesome building. To get a sense of how large the sculpture is compare it to the size of the car below.
This is a photo taken from below. Just wonderful architecture.
We continued walking and met with the canal again. This is looking back towards the mall. But, we continued on up the hill.
I found this alley pretty interesting.
This is what some of the houses looked like in this area.
This is a small patio in-between houses. I thought it was interesting with the canoe there.
After this we ended up looping back towards the canal.
I walked up the steps to the left of the previous photo turned around and saw this!
I took this photo as its really nice to see things blooming. This was to the left of where I was standing for the previous photo.
Behind this area there is a field where you tend to find people walking their dogs and is also used for city events throughout the year. So I took a photo of the mall on the right and some of the prominent buildings in the area.
Directly opposite to the mall you can see these office buildings.
This is a photo of the Rhode Island State House.
I really enjoyed visiting Providence again. Every time I visit I feel well taken care of and discover new places. One of my photographer friends lives there and says he'd like to meet up again next month. He says he has other areas to walk. I'm all for it!
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Darwin to begin why don't you tell me how you got into photography.
I grew up always wanting to create memories everywhere I go. I always had a camera on all family trips. I started off with a 110 camera and collected photos all throughout my childhood so photography was always part of my life growing up.
Who were/are you most inspired by?
On the business side, my parents inspire me. They are successful in every venture they start and I want my photography business to be successful just like their businesses.
On the Photography side, I'm inspired by Susan Stripling & Cliff Mautner.
I see on your site that you not only do weddings, but also enjoy event and portrait photography. What was one of your proudest moments as a photographer?
My proudest moment as a photographer was when I first booked my 1st wedding & my 1st destination wedding.
That's very exciting and I'm sure maybe even intimidating at first. But, I've seen your work and it really shows that you love photography.
Tell me a little bit about your style and how you came about it?
I would say my style is photojournalism. Documenting the event in a creative manner and providing couples with beautiful portraits they can share for many generations.
So what are some of your plans for your business for 2014?
I'm looking to continue expanding my business and training a new photographer.
We both know photography wouldn't be as fun without amazing gear. What is your favorite piece of gear and why?
As you know I shoot with Nikon gear. My favorite piece of gear is my 70-200mm f2.8 lens. It is my main go to portrait and event lens. It always gets the job done and is sharp!
What are you most excited about (gear wise) for the near future?
The Nikon D4s. I plan on upgrading soon!
What gear do you find indispensable? An item that is not a camera or lens.
Off Camera flash! Lighting is key!
Earlier you mentioned that you have done some destination weddings. Tell me a little bit about your experience.
Amazing and something id like to get into more! But very tiring and stressing due to all the paperwork needed to
prepared especially in foreign countries. Then, you have to scout out locations and work twice as hard because of challenging environments.
I'm also looking to do some destination weddings and aside from trying to book them it seems like they do require a lot of hard work. But, they also seem extremely rewarding.
Given that there are so many young photographers out there what message do you have for those looking to get into
Don't give up! Aside from taking great pictures work on people skills because they client needs to feel comfortable with you.
So do you have any important short term goals?
I want to book more destination weddings and more local weddings. I want to be in the 40-50 weddings per year range.
I didn't mention it earlier, but I found Darwin a while back doing research via Youtube. He had a great video on recommended Nikon gear for wedding photography. He followed that up with a few more interesting videos. But, he is now more than twice as busy as he was back then.
So, my question is, are you planning on some more videos on your Youtube channel? I enjoyed watching your previous ones.
Yes, hopefully soon. As in a week or two.
Thanks Darwin for taking the time to answer these questions. I wish you the best in this wedding season and hope you can reach those goals you have set for yourself and your business.
A couple days ago I visited the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in anticipation of Spring. I knew that it wasn't in full bloom yet, but I had seen via Facebook that a few flowers had started to come up. Having a season pass I decided to visit again. I visit pretty regularly as there are indoor gardens as well as outdoors so there is always something to see and they are open year round.
Usually on my visits I practice my macro photography and do a lot of detail type photos. This time around I wanted to take in more scenic type photos.
This is in the lower part where there is a grassy area and a fountain. As they do many functions here I would assume some outdoor cocktail hr could be held here. Above is where the ceremony would take place.
This is a shot from the side. In another few weeks this whole area will be covered with flowers of all kinds. I can't wait.
Along the path I saw these flowers. Sorry, I couldn't resist a closeup.
This is the area above. You can see where the wedding ceremony could be held and all the space available for even a really large wedding.
Heading up the path a little you can see this tree and a small garden around it.
Walking further you see this red shed and their vegetable garden. In full bloom this area is filled with all kinds of vegetables with narrow walkways to walk around. I enjoy coming by every year to see what they're growing. If I remember correctly a lot of the harvest ends up being donated.
Getting back on the path you reach the main building. This is where the reception area is, the store, TWIGS (the restaurant) and the classrooms. Off of this building are the Orangerie and the Lemon house which are indoors gardens.
There were doing a kid's story time in the Lemon House so I didn't want to interrupt them. So, I walked over to the Orangerie.
Its impressive how many plants they put in these rooms without making it look a mess. And every season they mix it up as well. Both of these rooms are used for wedding receptions during wedding season. So sometimes if you visit you'll find a lot of these plants outside basking in the sun.
This is a photo from the back garden facing the Orangerie.
This is a slightly wider shot where you can see the layout of this outdoor garden.
As you can see the daffodils were in full bloom!
Since my visit to Tower Hill we've had a lot of rain so I'm hoping that helped to boost some growth. This is easily one of my favorite places to go and will continue to visit regularly. There is so much to see outside and inside. And, as the weather gets nicer they start having more and more events for families. Please visit their site here.
Happy Easter everyone!!
Yesterday I got to spend some time with the family. Easter is always one of those fun days where you get to eat a lot of food, enjoy some laughs and hang out with your cousins. I have such a large family that only a fraction of them end up local as most of my cousins are married and have their own families. Nonetheless its still very fun and I love hanging out with my little cousins. They are all growing so fast and and have such an imagination. Also, they seem to be getting smarter every time I see them.
So we were treated with a very nice warm and sunny day and some fantastic food. I brought my Fujis with me and was delighted to take some photos.
Here's my cousin helping to hide the eggs for my other cousin. She's looking at me wondering what I'm up to.
This is Finn playing in the house outside. He loves being in there and likes to be the man of the house.
Here's Finn after he finds one of the eggs and is opening it up to see what's inside.
And here's Violet posing for the camera with her chocolate in hand.
Some more fun in the house.
We then headed inside for some appetizers. We were all ready to eat.
Here's Finn playing with the walkie talkie. He looks like a Wall Street mogul.
Now he's ready to handle some more business.
All work and no play makes for a dull day, so we head back outside.
Violet was being awesome and posed for me a little. And she was telling me stories which was nice.
Here's a portrait of Mr. Finn.
Who's ready for dessert?!
Ha. Here's my dad playing with Violet. Them two are a riot.
And here's Piper drawing a birthday cake for her dad who's birthday is today!
Two happy sisters being characters again.
At this point everyone was stuffed and ready for nap time. So we decided to head out. Piper and Violet so us on our way.
I hope you had a fun Easter as well!
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