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Lake Michigan sand dunes, Silver Lake, MI

Monday, June 25, 2007
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I was pretty annoyed with myself when I went off on the first day of the workshop and left my favorite lens back in the hotel. I ended up not having anything longer than 55mm which forced me to shoot a bit differently than I usually do with portraits. It's especially difficult to shoot wide when there are a dozen other photographers around with long lenses as you always have someone else in your shot. I did end up including more scenery than I usually do, but I don't think that's a bad thing when you have such beautiful locations.

Here are a few more photos from our first day shooting. It's pretty wild to go to Michigan and find beautiful sand dunes, but you can! These dunes are in west Michigan next to Silver Lake village. It's not easy to trek across sand dunes, but it was worth the trouble as this turned out to be my favorite location.

More workshop photographs
More workshop photographs

More workshop photographs

More workshop photographs

More workshop photographs

More workshop photographs
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Light Sable Point Lighthouse, Silver Lake, MI

Monday, June 25, 2007
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I had a busy but wonderful time in Michigan and can't wait to share some of the images! First I need to give a shout out to Danielle, a friendly 11-year-old that I met traveling by herself on the plane from Charlotte to Detroit. I also want to thank Sandra Reed who was kind enough to share a ride with me in Michigan and Dustin Francis who gave me a ride back to the airport. They're both really great people so anyone planning a wedding in Ohio or Michigan should look them up.

Now for some photos! Of course I shot a LOT of images and choosing favorites is very, very difficult. I plan to edit a few from each location as I have time so check back for more posts later. These first shots were from an afternoon shoot on Lake Michigan. That day, we worked with a couple of amazingly talented models who mastered the art of looking sexy and beautiful even with full sun in their eyes. Caroline even climbed up to the top of the Little Sable Point Lighthouse and stood right by the railing in strong winds. I am SO glad it was her and not me up there.

Judging from my favorites, can you tell that I LOVE veils? This was actually a large piece of fabric, but it looked amazing against the blue sky.
Michigan Workshop Photographs

Michigan Workshop Photographs

Michigan Workshop Photographs

Michigan Workshop Photographs

Michigan Workshop Photographs

The following photos were taken at a second beach location (Golden Township Park) and include both Caroline and Tiffany.

Michigan Workshop Photographs

Michigan Workshop Photographs

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Home, Seymour, TN

Monday, June 25, 2007
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Happy second wedding anniversary to Lona & Keith who were married in an evening ceremony at the home of Lona's sister in Seymour. For the ceremony, guests were seated around the pool and on the deck. They then enjoyed a dinner buffet and live music on the lawn as the sun set.


Hutchinson/Garner Wedding Anniversary June 25

Hutchinson/Garner Wedding Anniversary June 25
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Fountain City, Knoxville, TN

Monday, June 18, 2007
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From time to time, I'm asked if I went to school for photography. I've always been creative and loved art class in high school, but I, like many great photographers, didn't study photography in college. I considered it, but the classes being offered at that time were still film oriented topics like darkroom technique. If they had offered photoshop classes or digital workflow then it would have made more sense.

Althought I didn't take college classes for it, I wouldn't say that I'm exactly self-taught either. I use all sorts of educational resources (magazines, books, forums, DVDs, tutorials), and in that way I am constantly learning from some of the best photographers around.

This week I will be attending a workshop by Kevin Kramer and David Beckstead (who was named one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world by Photo Magazine this year). The workshop will cover a growing trend in the wedding industry, fashion photography. I will be watching two amazing photographers work on location and will have my own opportunities to practice what I've learned. When I return home, the fashion style will be another part of my shooting repertoire.

I am leaving tomorrow and will return to work June 25. I don't expect to have access to email while traveling so all calls and emails will be returned next week. I am sorry for the inconvenience.

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Hebron Presbyterian Church, Jefferson City, TN

Sunday, June 17, 2007
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Yesterday I photographed the wedding of Emily Morse and James LePage in Jefferson City. The ceremony was held at Hebron Presbyterian, a quaint, rural church established in 1875. Afterward, the couple traveled by horse and carriage to the LePage's Mountain Valley Farm where a sit-down dinner was served under a large tent with fantastic, pastoral views.

Moments after being pronounced...

Morse/LePage Wedding June 16

Morse/LePage Wedding June 16
Morse/LePage Wedding June 16
Morse/LePage Wedding June 16

Morse/LePage Wedding June 16

Morse/LePage Wedding June 16
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