Archive for February, 2012

Theresa & Christian: Engaged

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

I had the pleasure of spending some time with Theresa and Christian at Theresa’s alma mater, Salve Regina. We walked around the gorgeous Ochre Court building, then we went inside to explore and see what the interior had to offer. It’s such a grand building, and it’s really the perfect setting for an engagement session. I’m really looking forward to working with Theresa and Christian! Christian was actually a guest at a recent wedding, and a groomsman at another. Some of my best dancing pictures feature him. I’m looking forward to grabbing some new dancing shots with him as the groom. They are getting married in Fall River, Massachusetts and having their reception at the Westin in Providence.

Thanks, guys, for having me along! Enjoy the pictures!

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Heather & Ross: Engaged

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

The snow was in the air last week as I met Heather and Ross in Narragansett to photograph their engagement session. It ended up just being flurries, but we were up for anything! We started at the rocks at the end of Newton Ave with the wind whipping off the water and the snowflakes swirling every direction around us. Heather and Ross did great despite the cold temps and the frigid wind off the water. Next stop was the Point Judith lighthouse where we used the jagged rocks as a backdrop for more pictures. We shot back towards the lighthouse from a nearby vantage point after that and ended up at Sand Hill Cove to finish off our time.

One of the reasons I love shooting engagement sessions is the way I get to connect a little bit with the couple to avoid any uncertainty on their wedding day – it’s tough to have a camera pointed in your face for that amount of time! If we can get some of that out of the way beforehand, it’s good for the images and it puts the couple at ease on their wedding day. Heather and Ross were instantly comfortable in front of my camera. It helps that I’ve known Heather for many years, but I think the real reason is that she and Ross are truly in love and weren’t afraid to show it during our session.

These are just a few of my favorites from their engagement session! Thanks Heather and Ross for spending some time with me last week! I’m looking forward to June!

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‘Light The Way’ Lighting Workshop

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Photographers: Want to learn more about lighting techniques and posing in a dynamic, hands-on workshop?
Want to experiment with new equipment (or better understand the equipment you already own) in a fun, supportive environment?

Bring your camera and your lighting questions to Light The Way at Club Fête in Providence on March 24 from 10am – 3pm. Hosted by Brad Smith Photography & Seth Jacobson Photography, the program will include strategies for creating dynamic & dramatic lighting scenarios. There will also be an opportunity for peer feedback and review of your work. We believe in learning by doing, so this is not a lecture. This is an interactive program with a strong emphasis on play. We will have models and lighting gear on hand and participants will have the opportunity to immediately test and apply what they learn in a creative, supportive setting.

JOIN US!
The cost is $100 for the 4 hour workshop, and the registration deadline is March 10th. We will have a break for lunch (Wes’ Rib House is right next door!), but participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch and continue through lunch.

Please email workshop@smithbrad.com to secure your spot.

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Before & After

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

(Straight out of camera above; edited version below)

There’s nothing too earth-shattering going on in this image of Katherine Quinn at The Fete Club in Providence, but I wanted point out the difference in a “straight out of camera” image and one that’s been touched up to be the best that it can be. The image straight out of camera is a well exposed image, a little cool color temperature-wise, but otherwise pretty good. I warmed up the white balance a bit in Lightroom, increased the black levels a bit, and cloned out a few imperfections in the red cloth that I found distracting. I added a touch of grain to give the image a little more depth – I felt as though it was sharp looking. (I don’t know how else to describe it, but the added grain takes that edge off a little bit)

So, what do you think? Do you like it, do you hate it?

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Photograph your kids!

Monday, February 6th, 2012

My little one:

…on the phone…

…in the clothes hamper…

…in my shoes… (all ways to get him to stay in one spot for more than a milli-second!)

…tantrum time, but milk should make it OK.

Photograph your kids! … Or better yet, hire a professional to do it for you!

I’ve seen first hand over the last (almost) two years how fast a little one can change. It’s crazy really. I’ll take a photograph of him one week, then another the next, and there’s a clear difference between the two. He’ll look older in the new image, for sure. And for that reason, I make it a point to try and photograph him all the time, as much as possible. Whether it be on the iPhone, my Digital SLR, or my Fuji x100 point and shoot camera, just making sure I take pictures of him on a regular basis is the key.

I don’t always set up a backdrop like the images above, as a matter of fact, most times I photograph him we’re just playing out in the yard kicking a ball around. But every once in a while, I’ll take the time to schlep all my gear upstairs and set up a nice clean background like this for a simpler shot.

I’m trying to decide now which one to send off to my canvas company to be made into a beautiful wall portrait. Because what good are the pictures if not printed out for everyone to enjoy?

Take pictures of your kids and your family – then PRINT those pictures of your kids and your family, and hang them on the wall. If you think you’ll never get around to taking and printing those type of pictures, call me or another professional photographer to do it for you. I’d be more than happy to help!

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Yelp PVD 2012 Elite Squad Inaugural Bash @ The American

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

I was able to photograph a great event last week at a brand new restaurant in Providence called The American. The party was thrown by the website, Yelp.com – they’re an restaurant and local business review site – for their Elite Members. Yelp Elites are folks that contribute a TON to the site. In return for chatting up local places online, they have these fun parties thrown for them! Not a bad deal, if you ask me!

The American Restaurant has only been open about 6 weeks, but already I can tell that it’s going to be a great local destination for fantastic food and tasty drinks. The owner, Jerry, and the rest of his staff took care of the party-goers (and the help, as well!) by making sure their drinks were never empty and their plates were never bare. Food was coming out of the kitchen faster than it could be consumed – and good food, too – scallops wrapped in bacon, stuffed mushrooms, oysters rockefeller, and my favorite, barbecued pork ‘wings’. I’m already planning a return trip to try some more menu items!

It was truly a great night – those Yelpers (Yelps?) really know how to have a good time! Thanks for having me out – I look forward to working with you all again!

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