Melanie and Matthew have been together for two years, you can tell they bring each other a lot of joy when they're together. They're session was a very intimate one. While we walked a private beach near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge we talked about how they met and what they meant to one another. The location was very peaceful, so peaceful they opened up to my camera very easily and allowed me to see how much in love they really were. I was glad to be apart of their special occasion.
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It was a warm Spring day, the perfect weather for a wedding day. As Ivelisse sat in her childhood home surrounded by her family getting makeup applied she smiled sweetly to herself thinking about the man she was about to marry. Just two days prior Ivelisse picked up her future husband from a long deployment. After months apart Ivelisse and Jonathan were finally about to profess their love for one another in front of all their closets family and friends.
I couldn't be happier to have been apart of such a special day. Thank you two for letting be apart of your day and photographing all of your precious moments.
Congratulations and Best of Luck...Will
It's 4:58 am April 25th, 2014. I woke up not to long ago with a lot on my mind, I couldn't sleep so I grabbed my laptop and Googled everything wedding photography. It's nothing out of the ordinary for me, I search things about wedding photography everyday. The reason for my temporary insomnia is self doubt, fear, and failure.
What if you can't make it? What if you really just suck at this? What if you never be half the man your Father is? Or see any of the success he's seen. All of these thoughts came racing through my head at 3:07 am. So I began to listen to them and began to feel worthless in a sense.
After watching my fourth episode of Friends I began to think some more. These thoughts we're more positive. If you couldn't make it you wouldn't have done the things you've done thus far, If you sucked at taking pictures then why do many people see so much potential in you? You're not meant to be your Father...you're you! , And more importantly your success is not his and his is not yours.
So with that being said I've decided that it's time to stop worrying so much about the future and live one day at time. There's nothing I can do about the future except hope I'm there to see it and do everything I can in the here and now to make sure I have a great one. As long as I have my Faith, my Family, and Photography everything else will fall into place. So here's to insomnia, self doubts, and brighter futures!
Last weekend was a busy weekend for me, besides shooting my first wedding of the season. (More on that in a future post!) I had the opportunity to photograph a special event for charity. Shanice, a friend of mine from high school put together a car show to raise money for The Children's Hospital of Kings Daughters.
Kings Daughters is special to me. Being a severe Asthmatic I spent a lot of winters and Holidays there as a child, they've saved my life more than once. So when I saw what Shanice was doing I wanted to be apart of it. It was an amazing event with a lot of NICE cars. The turn out was amazing and Shanice did a fantastic job putting together this event.
Thank you Shanice for putting this event together and Thank you Kings Daughters for making my eleven hospitalizations as a child safe and caring.
Enjoy the photos!
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I recently had the opportunity to photograph Bridal Portraits for my friends at Show Bride. The day started with a drive to the Ft. Eustis Club , this is the venue that will host Show Bride's May 18th Bridal Show. I had a fun time photographing the beauty that is Christina Ellis, she makes any photographers job easy. Tablescapes and Floral Design were made by Dreams 2 Reality. Makeup was effortlessly done by my friend Terria Galvez of GBG Boutique and Hair made beautiful by Shaconda Ratcliff. Jamie from The Inspired Bride let us use one of her immaculate dresses. Without further adieu here are the results this fantastic team made possible.
I catch a lot of slack from industry friends and peers for shooting Nikon. As I always say Nikon choose me, I didn't choose it. Years ago at my day job a woman was selling a Nikon camera. At the time I was just starting out and had no clue what a professional or novice camera was. I just knew I wanted a camera. badly! The woman was selling the camera for $650. I didn't have the money, my girlfriend at the time went on craigslist and found the same camera in Williamsburg for $500. That afternoon I asked my Dad to take me to Williamsburg and I bought the camera. I shot everything from plants to soda cans I had around my room! (I'm a guy that lives by himself, what can I say i'm a little messy at times .) After I realized I sucked...and I do mean those pictures we're horrible! I went to the internet a read everything I could about using a DSLR in Manual Mode.
After the cruel realization of seeing that I was not by any means going to get hired to shoot anyone's wedding anytime soon, I took my little Nikon D3000 with me everywhere! I practiced aperture, shutter speed, and ISO...until I could finally shoot in manual mode. I really just want to thank that camera today, because without it I would have never learned anything I know today. So here's to Nikon!