Archive for January, 2012

Kerry & Matt: Engaged

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Most of my clients opt to schedule their engagement session for the spring, summer, or fall – but not Kerry & Matt! They waited until the first big snowfall of the year to hold their session. We met at Goddard park which seems to be a fantastic spot to photograph in and around during any season. We explored the snowy woods area, found some picturesque pine trees that were still hanging onto their white snow accents, and finished at a perfect New England stone wall. Kerry and Matt, being the Patriots fans that they are, changed into jerseys and finished the session by making snow angels in the snow while wearing their team’s colors. I’m so excited for their September wedding! Thanks guys for braving the cold & snow!

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2012 WeddingWire Award

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

{Warwick,RI} – January 24, 2012 – WeddingWire is excited to announce Brad Smith Photography has been selected to receive the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 for Photography!

The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry. While many industry awards are selected by the organization, Brad Smith Photography was selected based on its stellar reviews from past newlywed clients.

Brad Smith Photography is recognized as part of the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire local vendor community, comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States and Canada. The Bride’s Choice Award recognizes the best local wedding vendors across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is thrilled to honor the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Since the launch of the Bride’s Choice Awards™ program four years ago, thousands of outstanding wedding professionals have been recognized by the bridal community for their supreme service and dedication to the wedding industry. It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Brad Smith Photography for their continued professionalism and commitment to enriching the wedding planning experience for engaged couples.”

We are happy to announce that Brad Smith Photography is one of the very best Photographers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Project Wedding,, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. Thanks to their positive feedback we were able to receive the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards for 2012.

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Katherine Quinn @ Club Fête

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

I had the opportunity to hang out with my friend and fellow photographer, Seth Jacobson for a bit the other day at a brand new Club Fête in the Olneyville section of Providence. We were there to take some images of Katherine, a talented musician who happens to be opening up for Pat McGee in a few weeks. (If you know me, you know I’ve been a fan of Pat McGee for a very long time. I might have to get out and check out that show!)

This was part of Seth’s RI Portrait Project that he’s been working on over the last several months. We were given full access to the club, which was expertly decorated and very interesting visually, throughout. These are a few images that I took during my time there. The above image was taken with my brand new 43″ Octabox (with the Elinchrom Quadra light inside) up and overhead and the image below was taken with the same Octabox and Quadra off to the left, with a small strip light behind and to the right.

Below: Just a cool detail shot of one of the wall decorations at Club Fête.

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Sharing a Studio Setup

Monday, January 16th, 2012

I photographed a past bride back in December and we finished with a couple of shots in more of a studio setting. I wanted to share quickly how I made it work.

The studio was actually in her living room. What’s nice about a seamless backdrop is it removes all the clutter from a background and allows the viewer to focus just on the subject of the image. I used a dark grey background color. (“Thunder Grey”, as a matter of fact) It’s really the opposite of what I’m usually looking for in a photograph. I generally look to bring the environment into my images when I’m shooting, but in this case I think the simplicity really lets the subject stand out that much more.

The lighting was simple, as you can see below. I used my Elinchrom Quadra through a very large (60″) shoot-through umbrella. I like the directional light that it gives off – and the way that it creates highlight and shadow on the subject. The umbrella is just one tool I could have used, but I chose it for the quality of light it gives off. A soft box would have focused the light more on the subject, and the background would have been darker. The flash head with nothing over it (referred to as bare-bulb) would have created very hard, harsh areas of light and shadow on the subject, which would take away from the look that I was heading towards.

It’s really the simplest of lighting setups, but a very effective one for studio work. I had my subject stand where she was directly lit by the light, but far enough away from the background so that the light would fall off a bit before hitting the seamless. That lets the background get a bit darker rather than looking like it’s lit as the subject is lit.

The image above was taken at ISO 200, f/8, and 1/160 of a second.

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Mystic Model Session

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

I attended Mystic Seminars last weekend. This is the third year now I’ve made the drive down to Mystic, CT in January to see some amazing photographers speak on a variety of subjects ranging from lighting and posing to business and customer service. While the event is chock full of speakers, vendors, inspiration, and networking with local photographers, there isn’t any actual photography involved. So for the third time, myself and a couple of other photographers organized a little shoot. We met up with Niky and shot around a bit down at UCONN’s Avery Point campus. These are some of the shots from the time we spent photographing. It’s nice to get out and photograph for the sake of photographing every once in a while.

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