Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Announcements/ Upgrades

Phyllis and I are happy to be making announcements about upgrades that will be taking place over the next few weeks. The first such announcement is that in an effort to improve the viewing experience for our clients online, we have changed our hosting company. We have signed up with Smugmug and we will now use their interface to post our images.

This change has a few advantages. First, Smugmug offers a larger image size which makes viewing easier and hopefully more enjoyable. Also, we have more control over the images. We are now able to keep our images posted online for longer periods of time in order to showcase a particular gallery or change the content to keep the galleries interesting. Another advantage is that we can now offer a much wider selection of products and image sizes for people to purchase. This product line includes images printed on canvas, or coffee mugs and many other surfaces. The last and best advantage is that we are able to offer the same high quality while keeping the prices lower. This means we can offer prints at a lower cost to our clients. We will keep trying to improve our products to give our clients the very best possible experience. We will keep you informed of other announcements as they happen. Have a great day!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Image of The Month

We at JP Brandano Photography wish everyone a Happy New Year! A new feature we will be showing is the Image of the Month. Each month, we will pick an image that we enjoyed making and viewing. We will try and explain what was taking place and share our thought process.

Our first image is from a wedding we photographed this past October: the wedding day of April and Edwin. This was a really fun couple to shoot and if you view the images from our galleries, you can see that they really enjoyed their day.

In many weddings, the first time the bride and groom see each other just seconds before the ceremony, can be very emotional. In this image, April is being escorted by her dad, Joe to where Edwin is waiting. As April and her dad reached a point where she could see her future husband standing there, it started to happen. When April saw Edwin in his tuxedo waiting for her, she started to react. Looking through the eyepiece of the camera, I could see her reaction clearly. First, she had a slight smile then her eyes started to fill with tears. (I focused on April and kept shooting).

Then the moment happened. Overcome by the enormity of this wonderful day in her life, April became overwhelmed and in trying not to cry but loosing the battle, thrust her bridal bouquet in front of her face. I remember thinking what a great image to tell the story of this moment. Normally, I would be upset at not capturing the bride's facial expression, but not this time. I think we can all tell what April was feeling at this moment.