Headshots

Headshots

You may hate having your headshot taken or you may love it. A good headshot can be used to identify you across many different social media platforms making you much easier to locate. It also lets people know that you take your image seriously enough to have taken the time to have professional photos shot of you. This process doesn't take long, anywhere from a few minutes to a half hour. It all depends on you and what you want to put into it. 

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Hoodie and winter cap.

Hoodie and winter cap.

Meetings should be casual. Imagine if you went into a bank to discuss a mortgage which is a very serious matter. If the person across from you was wearing similar clothes to you and was able to sit there and walk you through the process of a mortgage wouldn't you feel a bit more confident and relaxed? That's what I think at least. When I meet a bride and groom I want them to be relaxed and honest with me so that I can give them the best price possible and also get to know them a little bit quicker because I'm going to be spending an entire day with them later in the year. 

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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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6 hour wedding photography sucks, here's why.

6 hour wedding photography sucks, here's why.

So you want to save some money on your wedding. Where can you make the cuts in your budget? Photography and videography are what you're walking away with on your wedding day. In two months, two years or a decade you're not going to pull out the cake or the two dozen songs that play at your wedding. What you will look at is the photos of your wedding day. Wouldn't you want to tell the whole story of your wedding day or just six hours of it.

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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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Want to become a better photographer? Shoot weddings!

Want to become a better photographer? Shoot weddings!

Want to become a better photographer, shoot weddings. 

This is a marathon, a crucible of photography. Locations, settings, light, people, equipment, you are the one making all these mini decisions and changing the outcome of your photos. The more you shoot these, the better you'll get.  Sure it can be stressful, but once that's gone it's nothing but fun.

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Food photography

Food photography

So i'm a wedding photographer but I love food. So combining that into food photography is pretty damn easy. Here's a few things i've learned while doing food photography. BTW most times i'm shooting photos of food i'm using my iPhone. 

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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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The cold.

It's cold and I want to take photos still.

 

Typically most of my shoots are done outside, in the elements; rain, shine or calamity.  Now that fall is passing and winter on the edge I have to consider where I will shoot. I have lots of new toys, lights and lens galore. Studio work is easy but costs none the less. 

I do plan on finding some space this winter but I also plan on personal projects a lot for the coming cold months. One thing that I don't mention or bring up as often as I like is that I do photography for myself first, second the client. When I shoot a wedding it's images that I think are beautiful and secondly my client will think are beautiful. I trust that part of the reason they hire me is because of my portfolio and my vision. I do wedding photography for the love of it and also the money that affords me to buy lens and gear to further my art.

This winter I want to be very creative even if it's in the cold, I will not go on hiatus nor hibernate through what should be an admirable winter season. You have been put on notice by my declaration today which at least ten people or may read.

 

 

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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