Drove 17 hours for 2.38 minutes

Drove 17 hours for 2.38 minutes

So when an eclipse happens you don't simply stay home, you go and meet it where it's at it's best. I drove way too long to see something way too short and it was very worth it. Did I mention the waffle house?

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Wedding workflow

Wedding workflow

So this post is geared towards photographers out there, specifically wedding photographers. This is my workflow. It's simple and it works. I basically import, sort and process. This is a little bit technical and you'll appreciate it this only if you know Lightroom or are planning on getting Lightroom. 

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I accidentally went on vacation.

I accidentally went on vacation.

I went to Hawaii for work and I accidentally went on vacation. It's a slippery slope to relaxing when you're out here. Wanted to write a little bit about my journey even though I still have a tad bit of jet lag. Feel free to leave comments. 

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Marketing

Marketing

So every once and awhile i'll ramble on to people about how I market. I really don't mind giving away my secrets if that's what you can call it. If i'm giving away my secrets and someone copies me then that only means I have to get better which I always welcome. Anyways here's some of my marketing plans that I usually work with. 

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Business cards and why mine is the best.

Business cards and why mine is the best.

So I posted the design of my new business card and everyone had great feedback on it. I wanted to write about my design choices a bit more and explain myself and not have it get lost within the thread. So here's some of my marketing choices and design choices wrapped up together. This blog has cost me two Venti Cafe Mochas from Starbucks btw.

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Filters are for the lazy.

Filters are for the lazy.

Going to be pretty straightforward in saying that filters can ruin weddings. Look in your phone at the photos from a year for two ago at the filters you were using on your photos, some are pretty cringe-worthy. Some photographers use filters as a crutch or use it because they're lazy. Photographers who de-contrast and play with highlights / adding a yellow filter over a photo are a dime a dozen.  The goal should be correct color reproduction and using your skill as a photographer to produce compelling images through composition, knowledge and also being in the right place at the right time.   

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We're not going to get everything.

We're not going to get everything.

You're going to have your dream wedding, you've even selected what your wedding photos will look like via Pinterest, various wedding blogs and Google image searches. So you can have all of this but you may have to spend some time doing during your wedding. If you're getting married you'll want to read this. I'm writing this through my own personal experience. My number one goal is to make a bride and groom happy and also being very truthful with what I can offer.

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BirchTree Bread Company

BirchTree Bread Company

BirchTree Bread Company is a one month old bakery in Worcester that seems to be crushing it.  Delicious breads and a fresh take on a bakery / place to grab a coffee with a friend. Don't even bother reading this and go and check it out yourself. 

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Joy Clarkson

Joy Clarkson

Joy Clarkson does so many things for so many. She is versed in the following, swedish massage, lomi lomi massage, pregnancy massage, hot stone massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, herbalism,  power of crystals, ritual smudging, shadow work, breath work, sound therapy, chanting, various styles of yoga. Here is out photo shoot from last month.

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Europe - Barcelona for the day.

Europe - Barcelona for the day.

A full day in Barcelona with everyone's favorite wedding photographer Mike Hendrickson. 

Spent most of the day shooting street photography and the sites. I'm exhausted but want to make sure I get this post and photos out before I leave tomorrow morning for Paris.

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The unseen unheard photographer

The unseen unheard photographer

Are you that photographer who only uses natural light, shoots on P and won't talk to his bride and groom or interact with them at the wedding.  You are paid to be awesome, you spend the day with the bride and groom and you're tasked with giving them an awesome experience. 

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EB & Ian

EB & Ian

So part of my wedding package is the engagement shoot. This is time when we get to bond, know each other and have fun. I want to be more of a friend than of a photographer for your wedding day. I want you to be completely relaxed and unguarded and enjoy your wedding day. This is a few pictures of Ian & EB's engagement shoot a few weeks ago.

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LB Wheaton, Sigma 150-500

LB Wheaton, Sigma 150-500

So if you're thinking about buying a lens or want to check out some cool equipment then head down to LB Wheaton. I stopped in and had no idea that I would be walking out with a super telephoto lens. Being able to hold it in my hands and experience it was enough to put me over the edge. Great experience at LB Wheaton.

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Ashley & Matthew

Ashley & Matthew

So for this engagement shoot I thought we would shoot somewhere completely different, Green Hill Park in Worcester. I've only recently visited this park, seeing it from afar for my entire life. I was surprised to find it clean, spacious and welcoming. There is a small petting zoo, a Vietnam memorial, ponds, woods and picnic tables. We spent some time walking around and getting used to the process of having ones photo taken. Here's the photos.  #engagement #wedding #greenhillpark #worcester #unitymike

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