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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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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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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What a photographer's day is like.

What a photographer's day is like.

So I thought this may be interesting to some of you out there. Being a photographer is awesome but most of it is the hustle. You have to work your butt off and throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks. On top of that is communicating with anyone who you may come across on social media, phone, e-mail, text message or smoke signals. It's being proactive and taking risks at times and other times playing it safe and doing things by the book and also knowing the difference of when to do which.  A typical day in most full time photographers lives means being flexible and nimble. Here's what a typical day looks like for me, give or take a few details. 

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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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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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Why do I NEED an engagement shoot.

Why do I NEED an engagement shoot.

Your engagement shoot isn't just a few photos to share in the newspaper or on social media. This is a trial run for your wedding photographer, are they up to the task. Here's a few thoughts about engagement shoots and the importance of them. 

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The infamous Best Man's speech.

The infamous Best Man's speech.

Sure, you're going to roast your best friend, he deserves it after all. Thats the best part of a friend's wedding is the chance to throw him under the bus, to give payback for all those years of your friendship. Here's a few pointers on how to make your best man's wedding speech shine a bit. You want to make your speech a mix of comedy, heart and entertainment.  

Enjoy and feel free to comment, what was the best speech you've ever heard at a wedding?

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My favorite place to work.

My favorite place to work.

It's hard working from home sometimes, instead I choose Starbucks. While i'm there I pay for the coffee, wifi usage and I have a time limit to work before I'm that creepy guy on his Facebook in the corner.  I always tell my friends, peers, clients about my chosen work place. 

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Mishka and his mice.

Mishka and his mice.

Out of all the toys my cat has, there is one that stands above all the rest. The $1 Ikea plush mice. This non-cat toy is in the kids section of Ikea and it's the only toy that my roommates dog doesn't tear up. The Boston Terrier that we co-habitat with treats these small plush mice like a baby, carrying it to her bed and cuddling. 

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So you just bought a DSLR

Going to keep this one short and sweet. At various street festivals around Worcester MA I always see lots of people with DSLR's. I always, always want to go and correct every one of them in some manner or other.

So here's some basic things you should know. Don't change your lens with your body facing out into the air, treat it like an open wound while in-between lenses.  Change your lenses as quickly as possible to minimize dust and debris floating in. Dust on your sensor will show up in every single picture you take.

Don't put the camera around your neck, loop it under your arm. Having it under your arm and at your side allows you to protect it a bit better.  No longer will your camera swing into random things everytime you turn your body. Black Rapid makes an excellent camera strap called the R Strap and it allows you to leave your camera hanging down at your side at all times.

Pop up flash, don't do it! Shooting someone with flash straight on ruins the picture, think about a deer in headlights; no ones happy. Pop up flash is okay for crime scene photos or documenting a grizzly murder but when it comes to your photos you don't want anything to do with it. Consider hopping on amazon or ebay and finding a flash gun for your DSLR. Basically a flash that slides into your hot shot on your camera and allows you to bounce the flash off a ceiling or wall or other to create something far more pleasing. There are also many adapters for your flash gun such as reflectors or Gary Fond light sphere or a mini softbox. You can also use a cord or pocket wizard to bring the flash away from the camera long enough to get the right shot.

Take off the lens cap. You can scrap the front element all you want and it won't effect your pictures, just don't mess with the rear element. If you make one little scratch in your real element, kiss good pictures goodbye. Lens caps should only be used for storage. Don't be lame.