Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cathedral Rock - Sedona, Arizona

One of our favorites spots to photograph landscapes in this country is Sedona, Arizona. These are two images we made this past July. Both are of Cathedral Rock, a famous rock formation in Sedona. The area is called Red Rock territory and in these images you can see why. Phyllis took the top image while standing in the stream. This was about 6 PM and shows the great red color accented with the green of the trees. The trees also help show how large Cathedral Rock is.

I took the second image from a pull out on Red Rock Loop Road at about 5PM, a few days later. As I was taking the photograph of this beautiful landscape, I looked up and saw this cloud formation forming. You can even see rain falling behind Cathedral Rock. I recomposed the image to include more of the sky then I normally would. I think it adds drama to the scene.

(On a side note, you can see the many houses that dot the landscape in the image. When I first saw this scene about 30 years ago, there were few houses in the area. Civilization or progress I guess, made this change a little sad to see for the many who love this beautiful and unique area).

Friday, January 15, 2010

Family Portraiture

These are  images from the Fosmire family portrait session. The images were taken around 5 PM outside their home in New Hampshire. It was a lot of fun working with the family and that includes Skipper, the family dog, who was not that thrilled with the whole idea. This is a really great family with two beautiful children.

The images were lit with natural light plus one off camera light shot through a 60" umbrella. The off camera light light added that pop we're always looking for in our images.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mother & Daughter Portrait & Selective Coloring

We have been asked by a few of our brides & grooms from upcoming weddings, if we do selective coloring. Selective coloring is when you have a black and white image with some detail in color. We tell them that we do but only if the image, in our opinion, is a good match for it. We try to keep it to a minimum, never more then once or twice an event. Overdoing this effect can lessen their impact and make some images look tacky.

This environmental portrait of a very attractive mom, Allegra and her equally beautiful daughter, Amelia, was a great match for this style. (We are also proud to say they are our niece and grandniece). Enjoy!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Wendy & Antonio's Wedding at The Granite Rose in New Hampshire

This image is from the wedding of Wendy & Antonio. The wedding was held at the Granite Rose in Hampstead New Hampshire which is fast becoming one of our favorite venues to photograph. We photographed it at 11:30 PM, outdoors in one of their courtyards. The light coming from a flashlight held by Phyllis. We hope you enjoy it.

Friday, January 8, 2010


If we mentioned the following: Protect the President, Abbey Road, The Last Supper, Reservoir Dogs and a famous Axel Rose song, you would think we were listing movies and songs from our cultural history. That would be very understandable showing a great grasp of the 70s, 80's and 90's. You would also be wrong at least in this context. These were all moments from the wedding of Cassie & Bill, a very entertaining day. Throw in a Venetian style mask dance and a first dance like you'd see on Broadway, you would get a hint of this very unusual couple. It was also evident that they were very much in love.

This was an extremely fun day for us, The most interesting included Bill's wedding vows where he and his groomsmen sang an Axel Rose song, when they recreated the Abbey Road album cover and a famous walking scene in Reservoir Dogs and we cannot forget their version of protecting the president lol. A highlight came when the entire wedding party reenacted the last supper. We were laughing the whole day. What a great bunch of young people, full of life and imagination. The mask ball dance included real masks similar to the ones made famous during the festival season in Venice, Italy. We hope these few images help show the fun time we and all the guests had that day. Good luck, you two and keep singing, dancing and smiling during the years to come.