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The NEW Blog/State of the Biz

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

If you’ve arrived at this page, you know you’ve got the correct link. I spent some time this Winter preforming a little housekeeping within my business, this blog being one of them. My old blogger blog was a freebie-template blog, and while it served it’s purpose for a long time, the images were small and needed to be clicked to get to full size. As a photographer, I (obviously) put great importance on having large images on display. This new blog here at blog.smithbrad.com is far superior with it’s larger images and brand consistency. Please update all your links to my blog to reflect the new address and remember to update your RSS feeds if you follow this blog via a RSS reader program.

I’m very excited for what is shaping up to be a very busy and productive year working with many fabulous brides and grooms. I’m photographing weddings this year throughout Rhode Island, with a few in Boston, and others from Maine to New Jersey. I’m looking forward to each one of them. I’m excited to be offering the beautiful KISS Wedding Books again this year, as well as the same museum-quality canvas gallery wraps and of course, gorgeous prints as well.

As with previous years, I’m looking to team up with a few outstanding and outgoing local High School Juniors (Class of 2011) who would like to serve as Senior Reps for Brad Smith Photography at their respective schools. In exchange for a free session and other perks, you’d return the favor by sending your friends and classmates our way. Senior Sessions are fun, unique, and totally different than the blue backdrop, tilt-your-head-this-way style of the past. Email info@smithbrad.com for more information about being a Senior Rep.

Thank you for following this blog – and stay tuned for more wedding, portrait and senior sessions in the very near future!

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The Towers, Narragansett: Model Shoot

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

I spent some time last week at The Towers in Narragansett. It’s a beautiful venue for a wedding reception (I had mine there 5 years ago!) and an equally cool place to get some great model images. Kate at the Towers was very kind in letting fellow wedding photographer, Seth Jacobson and myself use the space for a few hours.

Brianna and Ashley were great models and a lot of fun to photograph. Thanks also to Samantha who did a great job with the hair design!

Be sure and check out my business page on Facebook for more images from this set!

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A Morning at Salt Pond Pottery

Friday, February 26th, 2010

I spent some time the other day with a local potter, Jonathon, owner of Salt Pond Pottery in Wakefield, RI. His studio was full of great photo opportunities, including stacks of not-yet-kilned bowls, raw slabs of clay, and custom ceramic tiles he’s making by hand, one by one for his own kitchen remodel. We worked on gathering some new images for his website that included some ‘action’ shots of Jonathon at work, as well as some product shots, and studio detail shots. It was a great day. Thanks Jonathon for allowing me to photograph your space!

To see more images from this shoot, please browse over to my facebook fan page, and while you’re there, become a fan! 

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Model Shoot in PVD

Monday, February 15th, 2010

As you could probably guess, the winter is a slower season for most photographers. I spend my time organizing things for the upcoming season, working on new marketing ideas and concepts, and taking care of those odds and ends that every business must deal with. While I may not be shooting the same number of weddings, portraits and senior sessions during the winter as I shoot during the warmer months, I think it’s very important to keep my head in the game and continue to photograph, light, and interact with other photographers and subjects. These images were taken as part of a series of sessions that two other photographers and I put together for the sole purpose of creating images, lighting, learning, and having some fun while we’re at it. So there’s no real continuity, just some cool images. Enjoy.

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New Album Samples

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
I wanted to share some images of my a few of my new Studio Sample Albums. The four images below are the Parent Brag Books, and are popular add-ons to my regular wedding albums. Order one for each Mom so they can share images of your wedding day with her work friends! They are 4×4 inches square, and fit right inside a pocketbook. They can be exact duplicates of the main wedding album layout, or if you’d rather, a simple one-image-per-page layout. Either way, they’re a great travel sized album, finished to the same quality standards as the larger albums.
(as always, click on the image to view it larger) 

I offer three sizes of wedding albums, 8×8″, 10×10″, and 12×12″. The following images are of the 12×12″ wedding album. Our albums are made with the utmost care and craftsmanship. The pages lay flat, with images flowing across the center gutter, uninterrupted. Each album is custom designed with simple and clean layouts for a distinct story-telling flow, from page to page. The cover and binding is 100% full-grain, natural leather selected for their grains, strength, and quality. Full-grain hides feel better and are more attractive than fake, bonded-leather covers. Albums are available in seven great colors: Virgin White, Forbidden Green, Passion Pink, Redlight Red, Sultry Blue, Smouldering Brown, and Voluptuous Black. Black is by far the most popular, with brown and white being a close second. Will you be the one to order the hot pink wedding album?
And, of course, these albums are far better seen and handled in person, so if you’d like to thumb through any of my them, please feel free to email me at info@smithbrad.com.

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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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