It’s PROM!! Well it was on Friday night for Tom and Renae, talk about looking a-maz-ing! I know I have said this before about them in last year’s Junior and Senior prom posts, but with it being their last and final prom, it was a different kind of feeling. Yes, I just said last and final prom, Tom and Renae are a year apart in school so this was their fourth high school prom. I thought going to my two proms was overwhelming, but Renae and Tom made all of their glamorous nights look so easy.
Tom looked handsome in his all black suit with a white jacket. He also borrowed a friends car so he could drive Renae around in style. Renae’s ivory lace and blush Jovani dress was gorgeous and showed off her tan beautifully. They danced and twirled under the lovely willows and whispered secrets on the bridge.
Where is the best place to take a theater couple’s engagement session? Philadelphia, of course! With Philly’s rich history and budding theaters it was the perfect backdrop for Vince and Cate. They have been together for six years and love singing in the church choir together. Vince proposed to Cate in May 2016 at Peddler’s Village in the perfect picture place, hearing Cate tell me about that day was magical and I knew I was going to have to match that magic in their engagement announcement photos and save the dates.
On a cloudy and misting morning in January, we started the day at Love park. Vince and Cate were naturals in front of the camera. You could see the love between them and how excited they were to be taking their engagement photos.
I have worked with Lauren a few times now, she is on her high school’s varsity soccer team and I have done action shots of her for two years. This year I was so excited when her mom told me they were ready to get the action collage this year and they wanted senior portraits!
We met and talked about what Lauren wanted for her pictures; she wanted a colorful fall setting, but liked the main street in Haddonfield. I was almost jumping up and down when she said she wanted to shoot in Haddonfield. I love driving up and down Kings Highway looking at all the cute little shops.
Lauren and I meet at the Starbucks and headed down to the “town center square.” The gazebo shooting towards Kings Highway made for the perfect small town vibe we were going for.
Lauren squealed with joy and excitement when I showed her a few shots.
Stay tuned for the second part of Lauren’s senior portraits.
During the summer months, Renae and Tom spend their days at the beach, playing soccer, washers, swimming, and of course watching amazing sunsets over the bay. Celebrating the start of another chapter in their lives, they wanted to capture an amazing close to the summer. We tried for a great sunset, but a storm was rolling in just as the evening started.
Don’t worry! We still had a blast walking around the sandy beach on the bay side of Brigantine. The Atlantic City casino lights were shinning bright as Tom spun Renae around dancing just out of the waves reach.
Our adventure of finding a sunset didn’t end there, we set out the next night and found an amazing colorful sky and a red sun. Harrah’s Casino in AC has a great bay walk behind it. We walked along the path towards a dock that we knew would be a great spot for the pictures I had in mind. It was so much fun watching and taking pictures of an adorable couple during the magic of a red setting sun.
The world is a big place, I feel like I just can’t see it all. Do you ever get that feeling? This feeling comes most to me when I am on vacation, while going to the beach every summer is a lot of fun. I feel like I am missing a whole world that is right in front of me. I had always known about panoramas, but didn’t really know how to achieve that in my camera.
In college I did them all by hand and let me tell you, it’s not that fun to try to stitch together 10 pictures. I never had created the right size canvas to create the final image, of course the coolest tool in Photoshop to create panoramas was sitting just under my nose. Once I found it, there was no stopping me.
I’d say on pretty much every vacation I have taken in the last few years, I have taken pictures so that I could create my own panos. They bring this amazing view home with me so I can share it. Big mountain views, crashing waves on the Hawaii shores, “my own” jersey beaches all coming to life.
The world is still really big and I’ve only started exploring it, but at least I am now able to feel like I can see it all.
It was a warm July afternoon a few days before Independence Day, I meet Dan and Dionna in Wildwood, NJ. We had been planning their session for a little while, when it was decided that the sunset over the bay would be the perfect location for them. We headed to the Jersey shore with the hundreds of others that were spending their Fourth of July weekend at the beach.
What better a place to spend a summer off from college than at the beach with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Dan and Dionna are doing just that! They went to high school together and reconnected on Thanksgiving Eve in 2015, but it was not until February of this year that they started dating.
The beach loving couple were so much fun to work with, it seemed like I was just another passerbyer as these two laughed, joked, and smiled through the whole session. It was as if I was not there at all, and the colors of the clouds in the amazing July sunset made for a beautiful backdrop for this gorgeous duo.
When you look up prom on Google you will find article after article, picture after picture, and checklist after checklist. These articles and pictures and checklists tell you “everything you need to know about” prom. Today prom is so much more than just a glamour night, the lead up to the dance is a big deal now too. Promposals are asked, girls spend the afternoon getting ready, the guys pull on their jacket and pick up their dates, and meet up with a group of friends for group photos. For Renae and Tom, they go take pictures before they meet up with the group.
These two are so much fun to work with, I’ve posted about them before. Our high schools have junior and senior proms because the classes are pretty big. Renae found a beautiful lake with a water fountain in the middle of it. As beautiful as the lake was, Tom and Renae made the lake look just like a lake, because they looked stunning all dressed up.
While we had a great time shooting, it was nothing compared the amazing time they had at prom.
Today is TLM Productions’ 40th blog! It’s crazy to think that we have been blogging for over a year now; bring you 40 different tips, tricks, ideas to try, and the amazing stories of our wonderful client’s sessions. We are celebrating one lovely couple today.
It’s hard to say nowadays, life has changed but we all still believe in the values. Life is not always easy, someone once said “Life is like a rollercoaster, you can either scream or throw your hands up in the air and enjoy the ride.” This couple has been together for 40 years, they followed the saying for sure; celebrating them and their amazing journey.
We had a lot of fun during our session and I look forward to shooting again with them.
Prom is a time in every high schooler’s life that brings the excitement and joy to the formal fashion world. The boys all dressed up in their tuxedos and the girls in beautiful floor length gowns, they look red carpet ready; and that is just how Renae and Tommy looked for their first prom of the 2016 season.
We recreated this picture, because last year one of their favorite pictures, was a pose similar to this one.
Tommy looked runway ready with his charcoal grey suit and red tie, while Renae stole the hearts of many in her simply gorgeous fitted red dress.
The weather may have looked gloomy in the morning, but the sun broke through to shine a light on these two celebrating their high school life.
There are many techniques to shooting, while I am still learning a lot of them; I have been playing around with free lens. Free lens is where you take the lens off of your camera and hold the camera and lens in both hands. Learning free lens was not easy in the beginning by any means, I spent a good week or more figuring out just how to do it and get the look that freelensing is and that I wanted. It was an amazing feeling the day that I seemed to finally get the hang of it. I thought I had a better handle on it than I did and my mom just laughed at me when I tried shooting free lens and captured my dog Timmy. I didn’t have the skill set needed for a moving subject just yet.
I was really nervous at first because I didn’t want to detach my lens. I’ve read that it’s dangerous because of cause x, y, z, but if you are careful and really pay attention to what you are doing the pictures will turn out really cool. As, Shannon Kathleen said on one of my photos when I was still figuring it out, “I can see the dreamy free lens softness.” That dreamy softness is what freelensing is all about, one point in focus and the rest a beautiful blur.
I hope you all play around with freelensing during the springtime, the flowers that are blooming and bringing new life, are the perfect subjects. Remember you don’t need to move the lens far from your camera, just slight tilts up or down and moving closer or further away to find your focus.