I trust many of you were able to tune into Fox 43 this am for my segment on ‘Tips for Mobile Photography.’ At the time of writing this I am anticipating that all went really well & hopefully you benefitted from seeing the story. And if you happened to miss it (how dare you… ha!), the below notes are for you as well.
Taking photos with your phone is no laughing matter anymore. Stories regularly surface about how legitimate journalists & photographers are now harnessing the casual yet respected ability of their iPhone to document stories as large as wars (click here for example). It’s little wonder why an entire industry has developed around mobile photography. For someone like myself who makes his living behind the lenses of camera equipment as expensive as my car, I often find my phone’s camera the perfect tool for capturing moments that would go otherwise undocumented. Thus, knowing how to use your phone’s camera is really important. Here are a few of my tips.
A few helpful links:
Maybe you have questions or have tips you’d like to add, let me know… let’s start the conversation!
When I received a call from Paige asking if I would be up for traveling to Riviera Cancun, Mexico to the Secrets Maroma Beach to photograph her wedding, I was ecstatic. “Of course!!!” First of all, I’m a bit embarrassed at how much I love traveling. Knowing that I am going to get to travel provides several months worth of motivation to work at home. And my sweet bride, Joy, has been looking forward to the warm sun of Mexico for quite some while. And deep in her heart, she would’ve given anything to be able to stay forever on the white beaches of Riviera Cancun. It was simply beautiful & clearly one of the most desirable places I’ve been. Thus, don’t be alarmed when I start putting in for job transfers to the Riviera!
Let me begin this story by stating that Brad & Paige were wonderful to Joy & I during our stay. They were so generous & not once made us feel as though we were anything but honored guests. I often found myself thinking, “Wow, how did I become so fortunate?” But enough about me, here’s how it all started.
It must’ve been fate, rather providence. Or maybe ’twas the magic that comes along with being an Auburn Tigers fan. Yet in November ’09, Paige found herself waiting for a friend to join her for dinner at a Birmingham grill. It was during the Auburn vs. Georgia game when a patron at the bar area made an awry comment about Auburn that struck a nerve in them both. A mutual smile led to an introduction, which led to Facebook friends & football games, resulting in an official status change by the end of January ’10. And they’ve been together since. It’s the story of Brad & Paige. I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to document their beautiful Mexico wedding. Here are a few of my favorites!
I could’ve stayed here forever. Ladies & gentlemen, here’s what Paradise looks like!
Upon our Wednesday arrival, we joined Brad & Paige for a beachside bonfire to welcome everyone.
Although we missed sunset, I spent some time with Brad & Paige around the resort & captures some pics of the happy couple. I wasn’t able to travel with much lighting gear so I got rather creative using video lights coupled with light fixtures throughout the campus.
Brad & Paige thought of everything to make sure their guests felt welcome. As the wedding day arrived, all was perfect.
Wedding day preparations began.
Adrian Guerra, Styling Trio Riviera Maya, is considered a makeup rockstar & I can now vouch for his skills! Might I add that in addition to his flawless work, he & his team are kind, generous & set themselves apart as fellow vendors you’d be honored to work alongside. Great work my friend!
A few details.
Paige was such a beautiful & joyful bride… I love the fact that she smiled all day!
And Brad, the handsome groom.
Moments prior to the ceremony.
Secrets Maroma’s on-site wedding coordinator, Cecilia, was top-class. Simply lovely.
Ceremony details… perfect.
As the ceremony begins.
And of course, my favorite part of the day.
Located within walking distance of the resort is an abandoned mansion. We were fortunate to photograph her for a bit following the ceremony. I love the beautiful & flawless bride coupled with such rough textures.
These stair pics are my favorites!
Okay… this may be my favorite too!
What I wouldn’t give for perfect light at every wedding… sigh.
The reception was held poolside next to a beautiful gazebo. And just to show you how thoughtful Brad & Paige are… Joy & I had no expectation to be included in the wedding activities yet they insisted we participate & saved us seats for dinner. I was overcome with feelings of blessings.
At sunset, I stole the couple away for a few moments to enjoy a bit of time on the beach. I’m so thankful they were up for it!
Yep, I’m calling this one my favorite.
Such genuine happiness.
As the sun set, I took a moment to step back & reflect upon how fortunate I am to photograph for such wonderful clients & friends. Although it’s never easy to work for yourself, occasions like this allow me to gain perspective & hope I never wake up from this beautiful dream. Enjoy!
The Knoxville Museum of Art & presenting sponsor, Lexus of Knoxville, held their 10th annual L’Amour Du Vin Wine Auction & Dinner the weekend of March 2. The event kicked off with a Sponsor Dinner held at the lovely & prestigious Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN. If you have yet to visit the lovely Blackberry Farm, you’re missing out on what is considered one of the top properties in the world. It is exquisite. Here are a few of my favorites from the evening.
Chef Dean Fearing of Fearing’s Restaurant from the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas was the guest chef for the weekend (pictured R).
Guest Vintners Mary Novak, Beth Novak Milliken and Lindy Novak of Spottswoode Estate and Winery.
The L’Amour Du Vin Wine Auction & Dinner was held at the Knoxville Museum of Art & was in full swing Saturday evening. I arrived early to capture the details.
David Butler, Executive Director of the KMA, welcomes guests.
The Novak ladies of Spottswoode.
Andy Chabot, Sommelier & Director of Food & Beverage, introduces Guest Chef Dean Fearing.
Also joining the event is Featured Artist Robert Van Vranken whose work Untitled (After the Poison Map) has served as the 2013 signature image.
Featured Artist Robert Van Vranken’s Untitled (After the Poison Map), pictured R.
The lovely Kreis Beall of Blackberry Farms takes a moment to speak to the guests.