Monthly Archives: May 2011

Cindy & Ray’s Heidelberg Country Club Wedding

Cindy and Ray came my way thanks to one of my wife’s best friends, Jamie, and I have had a ton of fun working with them. Their wedding was part two of two for the weekend, and I’m happily relaxing with a few Aleve and a beer! Cindy and Ray had a perfect day, despite a drizzle during the ceremony (good luck of course), and I hope they had as much fun as I did. Here is a snapshot of their day…

Sam & Kyle’s Radnor Country Club Wedding

I have known Sam (or as we know her, Rummy) for years through our church. My wife and I have watched her go from a goofy middle schooler, to a gorgeous bride. It was an honor to capture her day, and I was honestly nervous as all get out from Thursday through the entire wedding day. It’s one of those things, when I know the couple really, really, well I want to make sure I get everything perfect. Hopefully you will enjoy the fruits of my nervousness!

First Communion Portraits in Chester County

I have photographed a few first communion portraits back a few years. Now, friends of ours are starting to have their kids go through the first communion, so I’m back in full swing. To be honest, I LOVE photographing these. It’s a kids first real significant event in their church lives. My friend Missy’s sister, Jen, whom I’ve done lot s of work for in the past, asked me to take some shots of her daughter for her first communion. Here are a few of her amazing images. Jen just emailed me and said how awesome the 16×24 print we had done looked at the party…the gorgeous gold frame we got for it also looked stunning!

You can tell her Aunt is a professional model…no problems with the camera

and again, no problem with direction at all! Even when she had an audience of her neighbors watching
This was the family favorite in the 16×24 print!

I told her to pretend one of the cute boys at school was walking by…she laughed

and a little attitude…very cute

Amanda + Evan’s Lancaster Central Market Engagement Session

First, let me begin by saying that 2011 is the year of more engagement session blogging. My apologies to my awesome couples from 2010 and 2011 who’s engagement sessions haven’t made it on the blog yet! So, Amanda and Evan asked me to take their engagement photos at Lancaster’s Central Market, one of my favorite places to shop. It was a great afternoon and we ventured around Lancaster downtown, I think we got some awesome images. Enjoy!

They needed to get warmed up, so a few veggie purchases helped them relax…

Alleys are cool…

America’s next top model!

This was fun waiting for a group of kids to come running by, I think their teachers thought we were creepers…

Evan likes Amanda’s legs…so here you go

She won…

Isn’t Evan a handsome guy

Deep thoughts

Fuji x100 Pros and Cons for Wedding Photography

Sorry folks for the technical posts of late…some awesome engagement session images are about to be launched! To follow-up my initial post about the new Fuji x100 camera, here are my summaries of it, in terms of Pros and Cons

– files are awesome at ISO up to 6400 and in either JPG or RAW now that Lightroom supports it
– colors are wonderful out of the camera
– white balance is pretty darn good, but I haven’t compared it to any other camera, but it looks pretty good
– it’s darn quiet…in fact essentially silent for practical purposes, which is EXACTLY what I wanted, even better than my missed Voigtlander R3A which of course adds the sounds of the shutter cocking
– viewfinder is perfect, customizable, and bright
– AF is better than I’d expected, and using manual focus is fantastic when combined with the rear focus button which allows AF in manual mode and focuses from macro to infinity!!
– I could go on and on, but that’s enough for now

– battery…sucks big time, but easily solved with an extra battery…in these days of battery technology how they screwed this one up I have no idea
– manual focus ring on the lens is WAY too slow, but feels like it’s a potential firmware item
– the grip could be a little more substantial, but that is a nit, not a complaint

Can’t wait to put it into full use at a wedding, which is the main reason I purchased this camera!

UPDATE: Since the firmware update, I can say it’s almost like a new camera. The little things that bugged me are totally gone…with the exception of the cons listed above. The little things that bugged me were the change of ISO from modes, settings being forgotten after power off, and a few others. But they were little.

Brian Kraft - May 16, 2012 - 4:10 PM

I gave the X100 a go for a wedding and got these results. It was a challenge, but really fun too.

Kevin Mullins - August 17, 2011 - 8:06 PM

Great little review. I’ve been using mine for weddings for the past month and it has revolutionised the way I work.

Stealth – Fuji x100 as a perfect wedding photography camera

An odd title for a blog post, I know! One of the attributes I pride myself on when photographing weddings, is stealth. When reading the recently published book, “The President’s Photographer”, Peter Souza, the current White House chief photographer, points out that transparency is key to getting true emotion in his images.

Although he goes on to poke fun at wedding photographers, his words (and the words of many former White House photographers) rings true for the best wedding photography. Capturing true emotion and the feeling of the day revolves around transparency and stealth.

To that end, I have just begun using one the most exciting cameras to come out in a long time. The Fujifulm x100 is the blend of very high end rangefinder cameras and digital technology. What makes this camera so perfect, FOR ME, is that it’s fast, QUIET, unobtrusive, and makes my work so much more consistent and real.

I’ll be using it extensively in the coming month and look forward to seeing how this camera will accent my existing cameras. Let me be clear, this will be my third, stealth, camera around my neck for moments that require more stealth.

The camera is so quite that my wife, who usually hates me taking her picture in this situation, didn’t even know that I was snapping test shots while she was watching TV…but I don’t have permission to post:)

However, here are just a couple simple, walk around, shots from my first day with the camera.

UPDATE: Real people…

I have now used this great camera with real people! I have also learned a few pros and cons of the camera design. In fact, I was the first person to call Fuji USA Pro support to discuss the camera, WITH a camera in my hands! Great guys that work there and were super helpful. So, first a few images.

it IS possible to get action with this camera, and YES I purposely picked a slower shutter speed for action blur!!

one of the great discoveries I found with the camera is that when in Manual focus mode, and using the rear focus button, you can focus in macro WITHOUT being in macro mode! sweeeeet!

quickly switching to the rear display for the viewfinder was wasy and allowed me to quickly get this, and a series of other images, from my little engineer

Very quick moment and the camera allowed me to get it…a second later it was gone

making Mother’s Day cards for grandma, using the rear focus button allows for some quick targeted focusing and then clicking away on the shutter without affecting the focus is exactly what I am used to with my DSLRs

gordon - May 17, 2011 - 1:43 AM

Looks perfect for photographing people and family members plus being a stealthy cam is very useful.

Me - May 10, 2011 - 6:39 PM

it’s ideal for candid moments, it’s silent which is extremely useful

X100 Enthusiast - May 6, 2011 - 5:14 PM

Could be useful for candid moment right?