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More of the journey…

Based on the photo above, and the previous post, can you tell we have new Photoshop Actions to play with?  It has been fun to plug in photos we have taken to see how they look.  I am going to state right here, we are by no means trying to work them into our brand.  I like photos straight up, no fuss, the way that they happened, and I hope that is what you take away from our website.  I am not afraid to have a little fun though, and I am always up for learning something new!   One part of our journey has been learning Photoshop.  It is a tricky monster if you go in blind.  Thanks to the Internet, and understanding color correction from previous work in photo labs, I think that I have a good handle on the program.  It ain’t easy though, and we have come a long way…David and I. 

Another part of our journey as ABJ Photography has been building our business debt free!  We buy new equipment when we can, and we rent the stuff we love locally at PPR.  We are excited about our new friend the 50mm 1.2 (used on photo above)!  This is a huge asset to our business, and a wonderful go-to lens.  I use it all the time, so we knew that it would be a great place to start our lens arsenal.  I cannot wait to use it to showcase some of our new photo books!  Check back soon for those….

My belated Valentine

I have no shame putting this post up one day after Valentine’s Day.  What is the point of the holiday if you only celebrate it one day?  That is why I like Christmas and Thanksgiving…you get to celebrate their happiness more than one day.  I would not call David and I “Valentines” kinda people anyway.  I do not expect more than a good meal, and we get those all the time, so it is kind of  like we celebrate love all year.  Maybe that is why I love him so much- I get to be his Valentine all year.  And, Tess is well aware that she is loved.  So we all win.

It never hurts to say it out loud though, or even on the internet.

My Birthday Snow

Sorry for my lack of blogging!  I get so excited when I have new photos to share, and when I have time to sit and blog new stuff!  But, we have been busy working, meeting new clients, and going to scheduled events… so getting time to share new stuff online just has not happened as often as I would like.

In other news, yesterday was my birthday…the big 2-8!  All of Atlanta was buzzing, not because of me, but because of the glorious snow that we got all afternoon!  I must admit it was so great to not have rain!  It was enough to get out, build a snowman, take some pictures, and watch the neighborhood turn into a winter wonderland.  Also, very appropriate for the opening of the winter Olympics.  The news guy said that 49 of our 50 states had some accumulation of snow yesterday.  I kinda feel bad leaving Hawaii out.

By the time David got home (around 3pm) Tess and I were dying to get out and play and take some photos!  I was having some trouble getting Tess to look at me for a picture.  Sometimes she just wants to play…like other dogs…and not have her photo taken.  But, with David’s help she humored me and we had fun enjoying my little birthday gift from the heavens.

I love the many faces of Tess.  Here she is like What? I don’t get what you are saying.

I made Tess play with me.

Then, I made David take pictures of me spinning around…

And, acting like Mary Poppins.

It was a good time.  These two love me well… not sure what I would do without them!  It was a great day all around.

David and I both swapped around the camera some, but he got some great shots later on last night and this morning.  Here are a few, and a slide show of more of our shenanigans.

Patti - Sweet boots……

Featuring : Receptions

I had a wonderful conversation with a bride yesterday that got me thinking…

She asked very thoughtful questions in our conversation regarding our process, products, and how we would fit into the mold of her wedding day.  Then, she asked the question, “can you show me more reception photos”? In my head I had bells going off ding, ding, ding as she continued with the question.  You see, we spend the entire wedding day with couples.  But, we always produce the most images during the reception.  Granted in many cases there is a greater concentration of people, and everyone is free to let loose, dance, eat, and be merry.  It is consistent in my posting, and in the other blogs that I read that we as photographers focus on the details of the reception.  Or, possibly even focusing in on just the bride and groom…all with good reason, those details are important too!

What a great idea to blog about though, and what an opportunity to showcase the people attending the wedding, as well as the couple having a good time post nuptials.  Here are some photos from three weddings we photographed last summer.  Each unique in style and detail.  Each wonderful to look back on…First up, Blake and Katie!Next…Allen and Whitney!

And last but NOT least…Brian and Kelly!

Thanks for indulging me…what a journey.

Trip to New York City – Part 2

I do not think that I mentioned this before, but I have never been to NYC (or, maybe some of you have heard me say that a lot!).  I have had friends live there and ask me to come up, I have always had a desire to go, and I could never get it together enough to make the trip.

David and I started having conversations about going on a trip several months ago.  We turned our sights on NYC around New Years, thinking that we would make a whirlwind New Years Eve trip.  But, as we planned we realized that waiting a couple more weeks might be a good idea.  We cannot help that we are practical people, saving a few bucks is always good in our books!  Anyway, we have not been on a real vacation since our honeymoon…that was May 2008.  I am so thankful that we ended up going and that we had mostly amazing weather and really got to see so much!  A lot of these photos are your typical tourist shots.  When you only have a party of two and a little hand held digital camera a lot of the shots are scenic or might have only one person in them.  I think that we documented well though and I have looked through them a million times post trip.  Makes me remember walking the streets all over again.

We stayed at the Hudson Hotel on 58th street, right near central park.  It was very European, and hip.  Always low lit and cool music playing.  The kind of place that makes cow heads on the wall look cool.  I got to see central park, 5th Ave., Rockefeller center, ride the subway, eat a street vendor hot-dog, visit ground zero, Grand Central Station, the Statue of Liberty, Wall St., China Town, Time Square, go see Lion King on Broadway, and eat lots of yummy food!  I learned that knee high boots really are super cool b/c everyone has them, and that it is cool to wear athletic wear on the weekends, and that only skinny people live in that city.  I also got to see that all my expectations were met and that it still blows my mind that all those tall buildings are so condensed on an island, and that they do not sink into the subway tunnels below.  I love the aspects of old world architecture that are still all over the city, and how it reminded me of the great generations that came before us.  I am already planning our next visit!

Here is a slideshow that I put together with our new slideshow program for our blog!  Hopefully we will be using this feature to show off the weddings, engagement sessions, ect. that are coming up this year.  Thanks for checking it out, and have a wonderful weekend!

Holly - i’m so glad y’all had fun and got to experience that great great city! i need some pointers from you, pro, on how to maximize my point-and-shoot! 🙂

Margarita - Love it, A! My favorites are Grand Central, the Statue of Liberty and the empty subway station. Someday we’ll go together!