Monthly Archives: January 2010

Best of 2009 Contest

Admittedly, I got this idea from another photographer, but it seemed like it would be a ton of fun. Below is the voting booth to select the best moments from 2009. This was REALLY hard for me to pick one image from each wedding in 2009…REALLY hard! There are a mix of fun, emotional, serious, portraits, and all sorts of image types.

So, each wedding from 2009 has one image and the image that gets the most votes wins. The first place winner gets a 16×20 canvas print from their wedding and a $100 $200 Visa gift card. The second and third place images will each receive a $50 $100 Visa gift card.

Here are the rules and how it works:
– Voting runs from Saturday, January 23 to Friday, February 12
– You can only vote once per computer
– Results are not shown and will be announced Wednesday, February 17
Make sure you leave a comment below to attract more votes to your favorite images!


UPDATE: Almost 400 votes already! Holy cow! Keep them coming still plenty of time to vote!
UPDATE 2: WOW almost 500 votes after one week! I HAVE RAISED THE PRIZES!

dcim virtualization - February 15, 2013 - 1:20 PM

I have read so many articles or reviews concerning the blogger lovers except this article is in fact
a nice post, keep it up.

Janet Griffin - February 9, 2010 - 2:17 AM

Good luck Bridget and Jeramie!

jeff Pollmiller - February 7, 2010 - 5:01 PM


Lisa - February 7, 2010 - 5:08 AM

I hope Bridget and Jeramie win!

Beth - February 7, 2010 - 4:27 AM

Love it!!

Jeff - February 6, 2010 - 7:15 PM

I love the Holt picture! Bridget and Jeramie

Jeff Kazanchy - February 4, 2010 - 12:47 AM

Great Picture Bridgit!!

Una Griffin - February 3, 2010 - 8:51 PM

Lots of luck to both of you!

Jennifer Martin - February 2, 2010 - 10:28 PM

Rachel is just beautiful!!! Good luck you two!

Kathy Donato - February 2, 2010 - 3:39 AM

Great pictures

Anne M Cahill - February 2, 2010 - 12:26 AM

Best of luck to you both.

Jack Sheplak - February 1, 2010 - 9:00 PM

Great idea! May they live happily ever after.

Annmarie Starace - February 1, 2010 - 8:16 PM

Bridget what a beautiful Irish bride

fran curtin - February 1, 2010 - 7:13 PM

I VOTED FOR BRIdget and Jeramie the picture is great

FRAN CURTIN - February 1, 2010 - 7:12 PM

I vote for Bridget & Jeramie the picture is great

Leigh & Suzanne - February 1, 2010 - 7:09 PM

Kevin & Karen:

Great photo glad to help.

Leigh & Suzanne

Jeannie Poggi - February 1, 2010 - 6:31 PM

What a pretty picture – hope you win!!

Katie Katsigiannis - February 1, 2010 - 12:29 AM

The pictures of the wedding are terriffic!

Flora Sundermann - January 30, 2010 - 2:55 PM

This was one of the most beautifully planned weddings I have ever attended. Kudos to the bride and groom and their families!

mitchell - January 30, 2010 - 1:18 AM

Megan and Luke are the clear winners

Ronald Melvin - January 29, 2010 - 12:13 AM

Meghan and Luke, Thank you for the opportunity to share in your marvelous wedding day. It was a honor to add a little color to the celebration. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself (smile))

Mel in cold Florida.

SUSAN PRICE - January 28, 2010 - 2:54 PM

It was an emotional but FUN day and a lot of that was due to Craig’s creative ideas for photos. Thank you for the wonderful photos from our daughter & son-in-law’s wedding.

Jacki - January 28, 2010 - 1:09 PM

I love how Meghan is giving Luke bunny ears.

Lisa - January 28, 2010 - 2:09 AM

YAY Meghan and Luke are a great couple and had some great photos at their wedding. I love them and they certainly get my vote!

Katie Wilson - January 27, 2010 - 11:22 PM

I vote for Meg and Dave!

Mary - January 27, 2010 - 5:54 PM

Megan & David are having more fun than anyone at their own wedding. What could be better? I love the image of downtown Philadelphia in the background. What a Dynamic Duo !!

Nellie - January 27, 2010 - 4:47 PM

Megan & David are just delightful. They get my vote:)

Nora - January 27, 2010 - 2:15 AM

Kelly and Brian–Great Pic.

Jennifer Engle - January 27, 2010 - 1:11 AM

Vote for Bridget&Warren!!! They are the my best friends in the world and you can see how much they love one another and had FUN on their wedding day. How could you not vote for Warren w/his trimmed beard?!…

Pat Biesty - January 27, 2010 - 1:02 AM

Bridget and Jeramie made the clouds clear and the sun shine.

holly - January 26, 2010 - 5:32 PM

Everytime I see your Wedding pic’s it gives my goosebumps, such a beautiful day!! XXOO

mina fulton - January 26, 2010 - 3:10 PM

Adrienne & Marc need a room:) Their wedding was a blast…

Meghan Price - January 26, 2010 - 2:36 PM

I LOVE this one too, Craig! It looks really great with the whole series of funny-face photos you took against that wallpaper. Thanks for your original ideas that day!

Caitlin Grady - January 26, 2010 - 2:17 PM

Great pic!

Bill Engle - January 26, 2010 - 12:14 AM

Phil is a wonder to look at! Vote for Phil and Mandi!!!

Corinne stoltzfus - January 25, 2010 - 10:40 PM

YAYY! Vote for Kelly and Josh Fenton!! Great pic =)

Angel - January 25, 2010 - 7:23 PM

Great Wedding! Vote for Bridget and Jeramie!!

Monet Dobrovolec - January 25, 2010 - 6:36 PM

Kelly and Brian’s photo is adorable… the way they are looking into each other’s eyes…

Lillian LeDonne - January 25, 2010 - 4:54 PM

Great pictures!! Hope you win!!

Kevin Finnegan - January 25, 2010 - 2:24 PM

Great picture!

Karen Finnegan - January 25, 2010 - 3:21 AM

Your photos of Bridget’s wedding were simply wonderful. We had sun, we had rain. It didn’t matter, it was a perfect day. Thank you for giving us great photos to remember such a fun day.

Rose Kehoe - January 25, 2010 - 1:57 AM

Best of 2009 wedding contest – vote for Bridget and Jeramie Holt

My favorite from my childhood

I am rereading a great book, God Is at Eye Level, by Jan Phillips. It is a great book about how photography is an emotional process and sometimes a healing art. It has helped me become a photographer of moments at weddings. I am always looking for those moments between the couple, with family, and family. After I had mastered the art of classic portraiture and getting those all important family portraits it has been this book that helped me become who I am as a wedding photographer.

In the first chapter of the book it has the reader try and recall what photography meant as a child. There are two distinctive memories I have about photography. The first is going to the picture drawer in my parents room. In their desk, the second drawer on the left, was the picture drawer. It had pictures jammed into the drawer as well as a large box of pictures of the family and our trips. I would spend hours just looking through the images and remembering, or being told, what was going on in the image.

One image that is also one of my best memories, is this picture.


It is me and if I remember right it was taken at a lake in Michigan, close to where I was born in Elmhurst, Illinois. My dad took it and the large print of it hung next to his dresser in his room. I always loved looking at it, and of course being competitive that it was me and not my brothers. When my dad passed away I asked my mom if I could have it, and she agreed. When our youngest son, Daniel, was about the same age as I was in the image, he insisted that it was a picture of him.

So those are two memories as a child that has made me into the photographer I am today. What is your favorite picture as a child? How did images impact you when you were growing up?

Great article about wedding photography

This is a great article from Seattle Bride Magazine about why hiring a real wedding photographer is better than hiring a friend with a good camera! Read the article HERE. The part of the article that struck me the most was this

“He knew how to manipulate the room’s light and reflective surfaces in ways I never would have dreamed of, transforming what I thought was an unremarkable setting into a photo studio with endless possibilities.”

Yeah, we don’t see an ugly hotel room, we see possibilities!

Ahhh film…

I might be part of a dieing breed of photographers that still use film as part of the wedding experience. While the majority of what I shoot is digital, I still shoot a few rolls of black and white film, and sometimes color film, at weddings. You might be thinking…wait can’t you just do that with Photoshop with digital images? Yes, to a certain extent, and if you like sitting in front of the computer for long hours editing images to look like film.

I prefer the method of actually shooting film. The way I am able to make it happen, is with the help of Philadelphia Photographics. One of the last professional labs left in the Philadelphia region. The process the old school way and are amazing. So, instead of spending hours at the computer, I drop my rolls of film off at Philly Photographic and they develop and scan the film, than mail it back to me. Pretty awesome!

Caroline & Josh’s Battery Gardens Wedding

Working with Caroline and Josh was meant to be…long story short both Caroline and Josh knew one of my past couples. So, after spending time with them in Washington, DC for their engagement session I learned about how awesome their relationship truly means to each other. So, on a cold and windy day I headed into New York City with my friend Erik Matey. We had a great time, almost froze walking back from the reception, and got some amazing images of their day. First, here are a couple of my favorites from the day…then the slideshow below

So here is their story…