The short story behind this first photo is that my family and I rented an AirB&B in a small town called Vains which is directly across the bay and the closest to Mont Saint-Michel across the the water. To my surprise, when we arrived at our rooms in the evening, we put our bags upstairs and I saw a window up high which was in the direction of the Bay. I had to climb on a window seat to look out and go on tip toe and really stretch!
There are no words for the sight I saw. Le Mont was lit up and glowing in the middle of the Bay. It was other worldly, magical and maybe even mystical. I quickly grabbed my camera and took this shot on tippy toes while my husband spotted and steadied me. It was hard and I had to use a slower shutter speed than I wanted without a tripod, held my breathe as I raised the camera over my head and took a bunch of photos looking only at the digital viewer of my Lumix mirrorless camera. (Still kicking myself for not wanting to carry my heavy Nikon gear to europe, but could be another post to explain why I made that decision!)
I never got a clearer of view of Le Mont from this vantage point during our stay because of mist and fog the rest of our days there in the evenings, so I am so happy I took the time and energy to at least grab this shot! Our visit to the island the next day made us understand why the attraction to this site has become a place of pilgrimage and historical significance.
I made this photograph at about 10:30 pm at night. The sun sets there at 10 pm in May so that is why the glow of sunset is still in the photo. Our AirB&B hosts told us it was best to visit the site in the evening but before sunset because parking is free after 7, there are less people and the light is spectacular. They were absolutely right! This photo will not win any awards, but this experience and the photos of my experience at this place is why I believe photos are so valuable to us. An image of a place, a person and/or of a particular time in our lives that we want to remember is often the only physical representation we have to jog those memories. Memory is funny, isn’t it? It can change through time, but a photo can bring back feelings, scents and sometimes echoes of the sounds that we had actually experienced. This is why I am passionate about photography and enjoy sharing it and helping others to remember their lives and their people.
Thanks for stopping by the blog! Next time I will be writing about family portraits... fall is a great time for that!
Here is why:
- High School Seniors have more time in summer than in autumn. Less school stress and more fun because autumn semester is very busy.
- We can photograph a wider range of 'looks' when it is warm outside. You may bring that cool varsity jacket, prom dress, boots, sandals, shorts and more!
- Most High School Seniors love how they look with a tan and so relaxed in the summer. You can even bring a buddy!
There are discounts for Rising Seniors who sign up early for late June and July dates!
Call today ! Contact me now for a complimentary meeting to discuss your High School Senior Portraits; we can set a date for summer if you decide I am the right photographer for you. These sessions fill up quickly! Come in and meet Kim- she will show you the cool stuff you can do with your photos.Here are a few shots from an EO Smith High School Senior that I photographed last year. Meet Ryan, a football star and great kid all around! We had a great time on his senior safari. View MORE senior portrait samples HERE.
Ten Ten Tips For The Aspiring Wedding Photographer:
- GEAR and SKILLS: This is the MOST important of the ten tips for the aspiring wedding photographer. It takes time but please do it. First, learn what good light is and how to find it or create it. Be in complete control of your camera settings and exposures so you don't have to look at the camera to find them. The camera must be professional in quality with high ISO capability, auto focus and at least 2-3 lenses that are fast. You will be working in low light situations. Have lenses that are at least f 2.8 and that cover wide angle from at least 24mm and one that can zoom to 200mm, I carry two zooms -24-80 and 80-200mm, plus a 105 macro lens for details. You must have at least 2 flashes and know how to use them ON AND OFF the camera.
- ASSIST a wedding photographer to see how the day flows. Preparation is key because you don't have time to think sometimes at a wedding. Moments happen and you have anticipate and be ready. I am happy to be a resource for anyone who needs help or guidance.
- JOIN at least one of these organizations: Professional Photographers of America organization. This is a national organization with local state chapters, and one in CT. There is education here plus equipment and indemnification insurance that come with membership. Networking with other photographers in you area is helpful as well. Also join WPPI. This is 'Wedding and Portrait Photographers International'. Visit their website, go to their convention next year and see what is happening in the world of Wedding photography. This experience was what got me off to a good start in my Wedding Photography business.
- BACKUP: Have two of everything with you at each job. Two Cameras, at least 2 flashes, 2-3 lenses or more, if one malfunctions, you still have something to shoot with. have extra batteries for everything. Bring many memory cards with you incase one corrupts or you you run out of room on them. Have a good bag to hold all your gear safely.
- TEST all your gear at least 3-5 days before a wedding so if something is malfunctioning you can rent something. Nothing will sap confidence on the day if you are not sure something is working perfectly.
- MEETING with your clients in person. Get to know who they are, what they want and make a timeline plan with them. If you are not on the same page as your clients, there may be misunderstandings and you may not be able to give them what they were expecting.
- SCOUTING the venue before the wedding day is essential. Bring your camera to test out places for portraits, or trouble shoot issues and prepare. Call ahead - most venues will welcome you so, make an appointment with the event manager there and they'll help you gladly as they want the best for their client as well.
- THE CHECK LIST: Make one and check it three times so you don't forget something that day. A snack is a good thing to bring as, too.
- CONTRACTS AND INSURANCE. This protects you and your clients. There are sample contracts on the PPA website that you can personalize to your business available to all members. Get Insurance to protect you. This is also a PPA benefit with membership.
- PRICE IT RIGHT: Starting out you may not be able to command very high fees, but you do NOT want to undercut your fellow photographers by doing free or very low pricing as that devalues what you do and brings everyone down. Get the knowledge you need, practice your skills, study with a mentor. Then you can charge a reasonable fee - you will be working very hard and very long hours before, during and after the wedding day.