Archive for January, 2010

An Ocean Cliff, Newport, RI Wedding

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

I recently had the pleasure of shooting alongside RI Photographer, James Hazelwood at a wedding at Ocean Cliff in Newport about two weeks ago. It was a lot of fun, even if it was a chilly 15 degrees outside. These are just a few of my favorites from the day. Thanks to Jim for having me along.

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Model Shoot: Providence, RI

Monday, January 25th, 2010

I spent a good portion of Saturday inside an unheated strip-mall storefront in Providence photographing these three wonderful models. We shot in a yet-to-be-completed skate shop, which features an entire wall that has been transformed by a graffiti artist into an amazing work of art. That provided a colorful backdrop for many of these photos.

We had a lot of fun shooting and were able to get some impressive images. Many thanks to the models for a good cold-weather performance!

And for the record, the model with the cool curly hair: No photoshop was done on her eyes. They’re that awesome in real life.

More images can be seen on my facebook business page at http://tinyurl.com/smithbrad.

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A Model Shoot In Mystic

Monday, January 18th, 2010

As you may know, I spent a couple of days in Mystic, CT a couple of weeks ago, while I attended a wedding photography conference there. While I was there, myself and my good friends at Strawberry Road set up a quick model shoot with Sarah, a lovely model from the South County, RI area. We spent some time walking around, finding interesting shots in an otherwise drab hotel interior. Here’s just a few shots from our session.

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The Importance of Pictures

Friday, January 8th, 2010

I attended a photographer’s conference this past week called Mystic5. All of the speakers were inspirational in their own way, but David Williams really stood out to me.

One of the topics he spoke on was the importance of having tangible prints made – REAL images – not just a series of 1’s and 0’s on a disc somewhere in the back of your closet. In this age of saving images to hard drives instead of printing them and holding them in your hands, David Williams warns that we may have a whole slice of family history with no actual prints, very soon. It was just a half of a generation ago when pictures were taken, prints were made and put into albums and shoe boxes. Negatives were stuffed into a drawer, but they still contained tangible data that could be read many years in the future. That may not be so for your digital images. I have always, and will always include albums in all standard wedding photography packages for this very reason. Though it might seem like an unnecessary added expense to create an album immediately after a pocketbook-emptying wedding day, this may just be what your grandchildren and great-grandchildren (and beyond) flip through when they want to look back at the good old times. How would you go about viewing pictures on a 5 1/4 inch floppy disc? It was only a little over a decade ago that we used those to store information. I can still thumb through my grandparent’s wedding album from 1950, today. Sure the pages are a little yellowed, but the people, faces, and the celebratory feelings of that day still hang on to those pages.

Another photographer, Judy Beedle, who also attended Mystic5 wrote on her blog about how this same concept affected her:

One of my favorite quotes from one of the presenters, the amazing David Williams, is “Put your hand up if you have EVERY picture you want of the ones you love.”

No one raised their hands.


And every time I read it I literally get tears in my eyes. I think of my father. On Feb 2 it will be 5 years since he passed away from Mantle Cell Lymphoma. His death is still a very painful thing for me, and it certainly seems hard to believe I’ve been carrying this pain around for 5 years. But I remember that scramble to find photos of our family to share. That was my task. Logical, considering I’m a photographer. It was painful for me to realize how long it had been since he and I had been in a photo together. I found one from my wedding, the end of the night (we never did the father/daughter dance, sadly), on the dance floor we leaned in and smiled, my lips were bright red from the ring pop I had been eating. It wasn’t a great shot of either of us. And, it was 5 years old.

The last photo I took of my father was on Thanksgiving 2004. He was sick, but we didn’t really know why yet. He sat on the floor leaning against the couch, because it was the only place he could get comfortable. My nephew had climbed up on the couch behind him and was rubbing has hand across the top of my father’s head. He said something and my brother started laughing. I took the picture. My brother said “He just said your head is square!”

We all laughed. We have always teased my father about his square head. I have been accused of having one as well. No surprise there, since I look like him.

It’s not a great photo, but it’s the last one I took of him so I remember that moment.

The point is – Take Pictures and Print Your Images!
 

Whether they are your snaps from weekend family get-together’, or your wedding day, print them! Technology changes so fast, the only tried and true method of insuring that your images will be readable by future generations is to print them. 

I understand that it’s tough to think about the added expense of an album when budgeting for your wedding, but please consider it a historical record if nothing more. You owe it to your kids, grand kids, and great-grand kids to makes prints and albums of your images.

Walking away with just a disc is not enough.

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If you haven’t seen it yet…

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

If you haven’t seen that I’m currently doing a photo-of-the-day blog aside from this blog, please check it out! Point your browsers to www.smithbrad.wordpress.com to see the first 7 day’s images. It will run the entire year and will be a simple photo from each day. Nothing fancy. These images might be simple snaps from my iphone, or an image from that day’s shoot. Either way, I’m going to do my best to post something every day. Check back daily for updates. It’s great fun so far, and I’m looking forward to what this upcoming year may bring.

I’ll continue to use this blog space for full posts about weddings, portraits, and senior sessions.

Also, if you or anyone you know is recently engaged, please make sure and point them to www.smithbrad.com. I would love to speak with them (or you) about wedding photography coverage.

Thanks for looking – and here’s to a great year!
Brad

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