Archive for June, 2011

Jenna & Brian: Married; Aldrich Mansion, Warwick

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

(above: catching happy tears)

(above: a butt slap on the way out for a job-well-done)

Jenna and Brian were married last weekend at St. Bernard’s Church in North Kingstown, and after a quick stop over for a round of beers at Fat Belly’s Pub in East Greenwich, made their way to the Aldrich Mansion where their reception was held.

It was such a wonderful day, full of emotion and laughter! I started down in Green Hill at the family beach house, where Jenna and the ladies got ready for the day. The fog was thick, but once we made our way to North Kingstown, it had all cleared and a gorgeous day was in store. The ceremony was held at St. Bernard’s Church, which has been recently redone and is absolutely stunning inside and out. The bridal party briefly took over Fat Belly’s Pub for a quick beer (and a round of Car Bombs) as well as a few toasts before heading up Warwick.  As usual, the grounds at Aldrich Mansion were perfect!  The bridal party was boisterous and fun, and formals were a blast.

The Aldrich always does such a nice job making sure everything goes off without a hitch. Guests enjoyed the cocktail hour outside on the patio overlooking the bay, then went inside the historic mansion for dinner and dancing.

Jenna & Brian: your wedding was a blast! It was such a fun day from start to finish – thanks for inviting me to be a part of it!

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More Images from Linden Place in Bristol, RI

Saturday, June 18th, 2011





I’ve really enjoyed looking through the images from last weeks’ Linden Place wedding! I knew I’d want to share some more as time went by. So here are just a few more from Meg and TJ’s big day. You can view the first group of images HERE. And as always, become a fan on facebook for more updates!

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Meagan & TJ: Married at Linden Place Bristol, RI

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Above: Meg is looking to get a peek of TJ as he walks to where they’ll meet for a first look.

The first look.

A spontaneous kiss in the doorway while waiting to be introduced.

I’ve been looking forward to sharing these images all week! Meagan and TJ were married last weekend at Linden Place in Bristol, RI on what was almost a wash-out of a day! The rain held off just long enough to hold the ceremony in the garden, then as they went inside for cocktail hour it started to sprinkle. It was so touch-and-go, they set up two sets of chairs for the ceremony, one indoors, and one outdoors.

Meg and TJ opted for a first look before the ceremony on the docks in Bristol. Then they made the short walk to Linden Place for formals, then the rest of the festivities. The grounds looked even more spectacular than I remember, I’m sure due all the rain we had over the past few weeks. Everything was so green and lush.

The reception started with some touching and funny speeches by TJ’s brother and best man, as well as Meg’s childhood best friend. They were some of the best speeches I’ve heard at a wedding. The Block Head Band played some rocking songs all night, including one where TJ took the lead vocals for a fantastic cover of Guns & Roses Sweet Child o’ Mine.

Be warned – there is a good chance that there will be a Part II blog post from this wedding, there are that many images that I really loved. But for now, thanks so much to Meagan and TJ for having me at your wedding celebration! It truly was great.

(Please follow Brad Smith Photography on Facebook for all the updates and more images as I add them.)

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Mike & April: Engaged

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Below: My favorite!

I spent a little time the other day out and about in Providence with a friend and fellow wedding photographer, Mike. I photographed him and his lovely fiance, April on a beautiful afternoon last week. We started in Roger Williams Park then travelled up to India Point in Providence to take some sunset shots. I had a great time – it’s both fun and nerve-wracking photographing another photographer.

These are a few of my favorites from the evening. Thanks, Mike and April!

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Let It Rain

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

It’s always fun to just play. Finding time for shooting things like the above images is important to the growth of any photographer.

I called my friend and fellow wedding photographer, Seth one day and told him about this idea that i had. I wanted to shoot a relatively dark image (unlike most of my other work which is considerably brighter in tone) that featured rain that was back lit to create a stunning display of individual rain drops. I wanted to light the subject simply and dramatically. I originally thought of finding a model to come in and pose while I made the shot, but after talking to Seth about the idea, he suggested using himself as the model. Photographers generally don’t work well in front of the camera, but Seth was good at making the transition. He brought along a fantastic black trench coat and hat that helped transform the look of the shot to something darker and more menacing.

I set up before sunset and waited until the sky went dark to capture this series of images. The main light was an Elinchrom Quadra Ranger to my left, shot through a grid spot towards Seth’s face to control the light falloff. The back light was a Canon 580exii to illuminate the rain. I varied the composition in some frames to allow the flash to be seen in the background, and in others I obscured it with Seth’s body. The “rain” wasn’t rain at all. It was a run of the mill garden hose, clamped to a step ladder, and pointed upward. The falling water created the rain effect.

I thought about how bummed a couple can get if the weather doesn’t cooperate on their wedding day. So I tried to think about how I could incorporate this technique into a rainy wedding day. I think it’d be a pretty smooth transition, actually. I’d have the bride and groom hold the umbrella and set up the lights similarly, and you’ve got yourself a very dramatic image that will likely be a pretty fantastic shot for an otherwise gray, rainy day.

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