Behind the Lens

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged.  There is only so much time in a day and like all people, I have to choose my priorities in life. A lot has happened this last year.  I am now officially a wedding photographer!  I am no longer only taking leisurely shoots, I have to do responsible things like registering to become an official business, buying insurance, making a website, advertising on the Knot.  I am not going to lie, I am doing a new thing and it’s scary, but as my husband says, “be scared and do it anyway.”

Anyway, I was asked to do a behind the lens blog post so here I am.  I believe it’s different for different photographers and their style of photography can vary vastly. I would label myself as a lifestyle photographer. I can only share my experience of what goes on in my head as I look for opportunities to capture, “the perfect moment.”

Capturing emotions: You have to look and be ready for it, anticipate big moments and be there to capture it when it comes. The third picture below captures the look of happiness on two grandparents’ faces at a wedding.  The second picture captures the bride when she sees her son all dressed in a little tux. Weddings are not just about the bride and groom, it’s also about people who are there. Bride and grooms want to remember what the day was like and the special moments that occurs.

 

Capturing movement: some my favorite photos are images that have a lot of movement.  When the subject is moving, that’s when they are the most natural because something is happening. Movement tells you a story of what’s going on at that moment in time. These are my favorite pictures of our beach vacation in Michigan.  I sat down on the sand with my dslr and zoom lens and quietly watched as the kids played. They weren’t given any instructions or told what to do.  When I look at these photos, they remind me of how happy the kids were playing.

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Capturing Light: When our eyes see light, it is not nearly as dramatic as when the camera captures light.  Learning to see where light comes from and putting your subject in it is a creative way to enhance your photography. See the halo on the couple in the first picture and the beautiful light that surrounds the bride as she’s getting ready?  That was done on purpose.  In each and every photo, it is all natural lighting, no extra lighting equipment needed.  Light is all around us all the time, train your eyes to see it.

 

Frame your subject: People always move out of the way when I am around with my camera.  What they don’t know is that I want them to frame my subject for me.  When I purposely put the subject in between other things, I want to draw your eyes to what I want them to see.  So thanks for trying to being considerate… but I need you to stay where you are!

 

Tell a story: Including details in your photos allows you to tell the story of what happened throughout the day. A picture of the sign tells me that it’s a Novak wedding; the first picture was of the bride driving in to see her groom for the first look.  Step out of the scene and show who was there by taking a picture of the whole party.

 

Often times special moments do not happen without lots of preparation and work; it requires moving the bride and groom to a location that is better suited for photos, moving a hair out of place, running back and forth waiting for the carriage to come and then running back to an empty barn to shoot details while everyone is away.  There, I’ve said it, behind the lens, there is a lot of hard work, preparation, and anticipation of what’s to come.

 

I have set a goal for myself; it’s always good to challenge yourself to be better.  In the future, I want to be a little more edgy and less in the box with my photography. Not quite sure what that means exactly, maybe step out in faith a little more and be willing to accept the imperfections which can make photos more authentic?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did an engagement session for this lovely couple two days ago. I love that they chose to do it in Belleview where they just bought a house. I am glad it was a location that is meaningful to them. Congratulations to you both on your wedding tomorrow!

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The dress and the hat were really perfect for the day’s shoot.

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Add a vintage car to it and you have a perfect shot.

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Belleview, MI has a really nice lake nearby.

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I love the combination of the colors, so vibrant and fresh.

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True happiness looks really good in photos.

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We wanted the doggie to be in the shoot so we went to a park.

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It surprised me that these ones were some of my favorites too.

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How do you not love this picture on the bottom?

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Cute, she’s trying to make him look.

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We had a fun morning and a very successful shoot. Raluca and Kent, best wishes to you two and God bless!

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Rebecca and Benjamin

What I love about this wedding;

  • awesome couple (we got tipped! Yes, you can tip your photographer!!)
  • beautiful church
  • gorgeous day
  • ring shot
  • groomsmen shots
  • beautiful window shot
  • CAKE, love her cake!  One thing I secretly want to do at every wedding but don’t, eat a piece of that expensive cake.
  • Industrial group shot
  • Bride and Groom exit with bubbles, (Love the guy in the back who photo boombed!)
  • Bride and Groom exiting from the Mellwood Art Center

Leave a nice comment and make my day : )

Yawn…good night.

Morgan and Alex

So far so good, I haven’t met a bride and groom I do not like.  And it’s the same for Morgan and Alex, they are a handsome couple who is down to earth and awesome to work with.  I really love my job, when I go to work, it’s exactly where I want to be. Thanks for a wonderful time at your wedding Morgan and Alex!  Also thanks to Jaime Abitz of Jamieabitzphotography.com for asking me to shoot for her once again.

While updating my portfolio, I’ve also been thinking about what makes really good wedding photography. I did some searching on the web and looked at some of the beautiful work created out there. Of course, doing that can be a bit overwhelming when you see the amazing skills some of these people have. It made me think about my own work, however, and what I want to showcase to people who will potentially be my client.  The photographer’s work is their signature, with their specific artistic taste on display; the more I looked, the more I was convinced I should put work on my page that I truly love, even if nobody else does.  After all, shouldn’t my portfolio showcase not just my work but the art I think is truly beautiful?

I’ve really been very lucky to have found a friend who lets me shoot with her. I want to give credit to Jaime Abitz from Jaime Abitz Photography for allowing me to work with her once again.  The following pictures are some of my favorites from the previous wedding I took.

LOVE the matted look. This photo has a filmic quality to it.

Downtown Main Street, Louisville, KY. Bride and Groom, Wedding.
Riverfront Louisville. Groomsmen, wedding.
Bride and Groom dance, Louisville wedding, Science Center

Sometimes I like my black and white to look clean and crisps.

Groom and Groomsmen, Louisville wedding, Walking Bridge

These people really knows how to have fun which makes my job a whole lot easier.

reception dancing, Louisville wedding at the Science Center.


See what I mean?

Wedding at Science Center, Louisville.
reception dancing, Louisville wedding at the Science Center.
Kathyln and Brian (3 of 3)
garter toss, Louisville wedding at the Science Center.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of your special day!

Kathyln and Brian (2 of 3)
bouquet toss, Louisville wedding at the Science Center.

Happy Birthday to my little man. Cake Smash Photo Session.

I can’t believe he’s ONE!  Where has the time gone? A year ago, Ben and I received a baby into the world. Even though he was 6 weeks early, he was a hefty 6 pounder.  We named him Ezra Lee Bartlett and he is my little man.  Ezra is a happy little guy. He is very playful and curious and he gets into everything.  He’s generally content but has a wicked loud cry until he gets what he wants.  Ezra brings me so much joy and I am am very blessed to be his mama. (BTW, his first word is Mama!) I Love you little man, you really are my little sunshine. Had so much fun making the little smash cake for him and shooting his first birthday photos.

Cake Smash Shoot - Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography
Cake Smash Shoot – Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography
Cake Smash Shoot - Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot – Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot - Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot – Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot - Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot – Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot - Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot – Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot - Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot – Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot - Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot – Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot - Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot – Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot - Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot – Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot - Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot – Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot - Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot – Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot - Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY
Cake Smash Shoot – Photography by Samantha Bartlett Photography in Louisville, KY

I was so lucky to be asked to second shoot for Jamie Albitz from Jamie Albitz Photography.  She is not only a really good photographer, she is also very kind and was willing to share her experience with me as a wedding photographer.  The last wedding I second shot for her was really fun. It was my first time second shooting and I couldn’t have ask for a better photographer to work with.  Now I want to share some of the photos.  I choose to display these in black in white because I love the way they capture the main subject of the photos.

 

Beth and Chris’s Wedding in Louisville, KY

Now that I’ve done a few weddings, I know that every one of them is unique with it’s own challenges.  With wedding shoots, you have to be prepared and have your camera ready at all times or you will miss some key moments. One of the biggest adjustments I’ve had to make is to constantly be thinking about the camera setting, sometimes I miss the shot or get overblown images because it was on the wrong exposure.

I have to say that I’ve been very lucky because the brides I’ve worked with in the past have been really sweet and easy going. I loved shooting Beth’s wedding because super nice and easy going. One big challenge on that day was that it was sunny; although it was a pretty day, some of the images were overblown. I have since learned from my mistake of not checking my camera setting nearly enough.  With that said, here are a few of my favorites from the Wedding, thanks for allowing me to share!

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