We’re Back!

It feels like forever since I’ve posted.

*Looks back at the date of last post.

I guess that’s because it more or less has been.

 

So, without further ado, I want to get into the point of this post: an awesome e-session with Cang and Vy in Boston proper.

Pentax 67 165mm f/2.8 Kodak Portra 400 and I souped it myself.

I really love working with couples who are comfortable, or at least become so as the shoot wears on, in front of the lens. As a photographer who does this regularly it’s really easy to fall into routine and habit when it comes to posing and arranging couples and it is a breath of fresh air when a couple is willing to take a little of the burden on themselves. I think that the couple’s personality and chemistry often come out far easier when they can relax and move naturally. If it weren’t for the shotgun blast decibel levels of the Pentax 67 shutter, I think that most of the time they forgot that I was even there. That’s kind of how I like it.

For those of you who’ve been following along, I’m off to law school this fall, so this season is more than likely my last season shooting professionally. I’m really looking forward to it, both because I have an awesome group of couples this year and because I’m pretty excited to be shooting exclusively for myself in New York City.

That’s right, I’m going to law school at NYU with the class of 2015. I was lucky enough to gain admission after beasting my third attempt at the LSAT. I was also selected as an AnBryce finalist, and though I wasn’t ultimately given that scholarship, I was made a very generous offer and my decision was basically made for me.

We wound our way around the Boston Common and Beacon Hill and shot a bit on Acorn. After we finished up in the Beacon Hill area we tried to shoot in a few other locations along the river, but the midday sun was really starting to degrade the lighting. And, to be perfectly honest, we had been at it for about three hours, and that’s hard on even the most patient of couples (not to mention the photographer).

For the photo nerds out there, the shoot was conducted with a combo of Nikon D700 for the digital, primarily with the Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 and the 50mm f/1.8 as well as the Nikon F100. The medium format film work was accomplished with my trusty Pentax 67, with either the 105mm f/2.4 or the 165mm f/2.8, and Kodak Portra 400. I’m really loving the Pentax the more I get out to work with it.

Unfortunately, my TTL prism took a tumble onto hard cement while we walked to a new location and now the meter indicator is unstuck. Interestingly, I can still meter with the prism, I just have to hope that the meter indicator is in a visible area of the viewfinder. I’ve decided that I’m not going to replace the prism, since it works, essentially, but rather than I’m going to spring for a new handheld meter. I decided to go this route as I have a number of meterless cameras, particularly the Mamiya C330 and Rolleicord Va, and I figure it’d make more sense to buy one far more accurate meter to use with all of my film and digital gear than to buy one camera specific component for more or less the same price.

All film was souped here in my apartment, painstakingly, just one roll at a time and then scanned. It took all of Saturday after the shoot and most of Sunday. I love it.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I’ve got a few more posts up my sleeve for the coming weeks, including a review of a couple of cameras, and a few plans for the future. Until then!

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Lisa and Sean – September 24 2011

I had the pleasure of shooting Lisa and Sean’s engagement photos what seems like many moons ago and the couple tied the knot last weekend at the Asa Waters Mansion in Milbury Mass.

 

Lisa and Sean went with a very traditional wedding and the bride, groom and wedding party were all dressed to the nines.

And, while the day may have been fraught with the usual nerves and obligations that proceed most weddings, once the sun went down and the music was turned up, the guests and party showed me that they knew how to let go of the busy day and make one heck of a great night.

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Jackie and Brie, Provincetown

Jackie and Brie have to be two of my all time favorite brides and I was lucky enough to be their wedding photographer on September 10, 2011 (With a ceremony at 12:13pm, for those of you wondering that’s 9/10/11 12:13).

Honestly, probably the hardest thing about this wedding was picking out my favorite shots. There were so many solid photos that the job really came down to a matter of just picking for the sake of reducing the total number.

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Anthony and Ginger

Anthony and Ginger are a great couple who just tied the knot last weekend within hours of Hurricane Irene’s passing over. Despite the wind and the rain the wedding party, friends, family, and a dynamic duo of photographers had a great time. Here is a brief teaser from the wedding including some good ol’ film shots developed at home.

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Hughes-Lynch

Last weekend I headed up to Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire to shoot  a wedding with an awesome couple, spectacular group of guests in an amazing location. I took a few rolls of film along for the ride in addition to my regular digital arsenal. Here’s a preview of some of my favorite shots from Saturday.

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