Ah one of my new favorite spots around Atlanta for an engagement session, Lullwater Park at Emory! No where near as busy as the two “big” parks: Piedmont Park & Centennial Park, and still inside the city limits with lots of green grass, trees, lake, and even a little creek with a waterfall! We headed back to this great spot earlier this Summer for Jani & Mike’s engagement session to get warmed up before the wedding (which just happened and I need to preview blog those as well)! Here is the full blog post from this amazing couple’s session, where the chemistry between these two was so strong that all I had to do was point my camera in their general direction for some amazing photos!
Sharing another wedding from our super busy Fall/Winter wedding season with another engagement! Well, not an engagement in your traditional sense I guess you could say as this Bangladeshi engagement party included a ring ceremony, amazing performances from Ria & Saifur’s friends, great food, and an all around party! Here are a small selection of a few of my many many favorites of the beautiful Serana & Saifur on their engagement night at Elaborate Events! Makeup by iShadow Studios, they rock!
Ahhh so hard to pick just a few for now, many many more favorites coming soon in a full blog post about this amazing Bangladeshi engagement ceremony!
While the sun glares down on me from Dunkin Donuts this morning, he is another blog post! As you maybe can tell from all of these wedding posts our Fall was super-duper busy with weddings almost every single weekend from August to December, and that doesn’t mean the Summer was any less busy either from April to July! The first weekend in October I had the pleasure of being the photographer for Suzanne and Andy’s wedding at the Atlanta History Center. It was great to be outdoors and shoot a wedding in daylight with a beautiful couple. Here are a few sample favorites from the wedding day before the full blog post comes in the future!
Congratulations Suzanne and Andy! It was my pleasure to be witness to such an amazing wedding day!
A few quick photos on the blog for Zeenat and Ayaz’s Imam Zameen and Nikkah ceremony which took place at the Jaffari Center of Atlanta. The day started earlier at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta in Downtown which luckily is only about half a mile from home for us! We still had to drive though haha, since we were heading straight to the ceremony after they got ready. Beautiful ceremony for a beautiful couple, here are a small handful of some of my favorites!
Congratulations Zeenat and Ayaz! More wedding photos on the blog soon!
While I wait for the computer to do some CPU crunching with this wedding video I’m working on, I figured I would do a quick real world review of our latest toy, the Sony A7R Interchangeable Lens Camera! We are primarily Canon shooters using the 5D Mark III for wedding photography and videography, but even when taking photos of our son Miles around town or on vacation we have sort of become accustomed to a certain level of quality. We bought the Olympus OM-D E-M5 for that very reason, a higher end compact system camera that would surpass our iPhone 5′s camera and be light enough to carry anywhere, and honestly I still enjoy the camera. The Olympus 45mm f/1.8 is a dream lens and if I bought the new 17mm f/1.8 lens to replace our Panasonic 20mm I think I would be set with the Micro 4/3 system.
My only gripe with the E-M5 was the file’s flexibility in editing and really pushing the dynamic range. The few times I took the E-M5 to shoot time lapse or any time I really pushed the RAW files around it just wasn’t the same experience as the Canon 5D Mark III’s files. Of course, this is comparing a $3500 full frame camera (5D Mark III at launch) with a $1000 micro 4/3 camera (OM-D E-M5) and a $400 lens (Olympus 45mm or Panasonic 20mm) with a $1500 lens (Canon 85mm f/1.2L or 50mm f/1.2L). For photos of Miles being a kid it was fine but I did crave something more and wasn’t totally in love with the system (though the newly announced Olympus OM-D E-M1 seems to address any concerns people had with the E-M5). Being a casual reader of Trey Ratcliff’s Stuck in Customs travel photography blog since I took his HDR workshop a few years back, it was interesting to see him create amazing imagery with the tiny Sony NEX-7 that he switched from using huge Nikon DSLRs over to shooting with these tiny mirrorless cameras. This put Sony on my radar and upon hearing the rumor and eventual launch of a full frame mirrorless camera, I pre-ordered the Sony A7r on the day it was announced. We got our camera as soon as Amazon shipped it along with the Sony Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 ZA lens at launch. I also picked up the Metabones EF to E Mount Adapter Mark III to be able to use all of our existing Canon lenses with the Sony A7r, another huge selling point of switching from Olympus Micro 4/3 to the Sony system.
We’ve had the camera for about a week now, and I took it out for some casual shots around our neighborhood and the ultimate test, trying to keep up with our 2 year old son. I also brought it with me on this past weekend’s wedding shoot to use as a second camera. After finally having some back issues from carrying around this heavy gear for wedding after wedding week after week, I’m also very excited at the prospect of switching to a mirrorless camera that is much lighter but still delivers the same full frame experience I demand in professional work.
All photos should link back to Flickr where the full size JPGs are available to view as well.
All photos above taken with the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 ZA lens, which did reasonably well keeping up with an energetic 2 year old playing in the park. While the 5D Mark III would have focused faster, with him moving that much I think I still would have gotten a number of out of focus photos. The limiting factor is the Sony A7r’s low frames per second where I can let rip 3 or 4 photos quickly on the 5D Mark III and nail focus on a kid running around, but their is a noticeable lag on the A7r by comparison. It’s waiting for the “decisive moment” versus spray and pray photography. Shooting the A7r really makes me slow, and I don’t think that is particularly a bad thing. I took the A7r out on another evening when I was running errands around downtown Atlanta and grabbed a few wide angle Canon lenses with the Metabones adapter. Later that I went out again with my travel tripod for some night photography. I spent a little over an hour or so shooting some long exposure landscape photos in Centennial Park and got these results.
Taking a quick break from editing photos (as usual) to write up a quick blog post! Well, the break is mainly because the computer is running a tad slow backing up this past weekend’s wedding from one hard drive to another so I figured I would just write up this post while I wait =). Earlier this year I had the privilege to photograph Koel & Sanjeev’s wedding which took place at Lake Lanier, and before that I headed up to see them in New York City! We spent the day running around a bit seeing some of their old hangouts on the Lower East Side before heading over to the Brooklyn Bridge for some scenic and quintessential “New York City” photos of the skyline. Unfortunately it was on and off raining all evening, which helped the lighting situation a bit and made things a bit interesting as all three of us got soaked running around outside in the city. I really love New York City and the DUMBO area of Brooklyn is just amazing! I can’t wait to go back!
Sharing a few quick photos from another recent wedding, Zeenat and Ayaz’s amazing wedding weekend! The weekend’s event’s kicked off at the Monarch Ballroom up in Duluth. Thanks to DJ Bobby and Kiran from XtraHotDJs for providing the rocking music for the evening while Zeenat and Ayaz’s close friends and family entertained us all with their heartfelt speeches and energetic dancing!
Congratulations Zeenat & Ayaz!!
Back to back Vietnamese engagement posts! Well, the one last week was an engagement session more akin to a Western engagement session with candid and posed photos at a beautiful location (San Francisco). Today, we’re blogging the entirity of Lien and Andy’s traditional Vietnamese engagement ceremony which was more ceremonial than simply taking pretty pictures in a park =). The day started off bright and early as Lien and her girls got ready and prepared for the boy’s arrival with gifts and for the ceremony to begin!
Another blog post from a session that seems like an eternity ago! Ok, it was only back in June, but in the busy Fall season it seems forever ago =). I really wish we had more time or another day to shoot, as San Francisco’s notoriously foggy weather arrived in full force. As we pulled up to the Golden Gate Bridge we caught a few fleeting glimpses before it was swallowed by fog for the entire day. We moved over to the Palace of Fine Arts with the intent to return to the Golden Gate but every time we were sort of in the area of the bridge… fog and more fog. Let’s do a sunny Georgia session in the Spring Hang and Bory!! Though I do love San Francisco and the West Coast in general, maybe let’s go back to SFO instead? I can’t decide which would be more fun =)
Is that a tiny piece of the Golden Gate Bridge I see in the distance?
A few quick photos from a recently edited and delivered wedding, Koel & Sanjeev’s Hindu wedding which took place at Lake Lanier Islands a few weeks ago! The entire Hindu Indian wedding ceremony was held at Lake Lanier using the beautiful lake and trees as the backdrop for the Mandap. You may remember them from their New York City engagement session, I’m so glad they headed down to Atlanta for the ceremony though as it was a beautiful day!
More to come! So many favorites from this wedding day! Congratulations!