Dave, a local attorney and friend came to me asking about portraits for an update to his website and profile pages. In “keeping it real” we decided to use the Bexar County Courthouse as the backdrop for the photo session. Plus I am thrilled anytime I get to shoot in downtown San Antonio. We went for a number of different looks throughout the shoot and overall we were both really excited with the results.
In typical fashion I used a couple of speedlights to add a little drama and dimension to the scene. Since the speedlights are small, quick, and easy to setup, they are great for location photo sessions. The drawback is they lack the high power light output of larger strobes but since we were not shooting under midday sun I had plenty of power to get the lighting and look we were going for.
Time of day can play a big role in creating beautiful photographs. It is always fun to plan out a shoot so that it finishes up around sunset. Not only is the light fantastic, but for engagement and couple shoots everyone is at ease and feeling comfortable. The images take on a rich atmosphere and the gorgeous sunset color compliment the images nicely.
For Sueyon and Joel we settled on the McNay Art Museum as the location for their engagement photos. The McNay has a long history with area photographers and provides a gorgeous backdrop with varied scenes and wonderful architecture. My challenge with familiar locations is keeping the images creative and fresh. It is easy to fall into a pattern of always shooting the same set-up, but with the McNay there is a wide range of opportunities for unique shots.
The late day shoot was perfect and we made good use of the sunset and clouds to create some incredible images that they both loved. Congrats Sueyon and Joel, and thanks for a wonderful evening at the McNay.
I always enjoy providing wedding photography for small weddings. Most often the venue is intimate and rich with character, and the overall atmosphere is so personable and charming. That type atmosphere especially plays out well when the venue is a bed and breakfast. For Jennifer and Steven’s wedding the location was Inn at Craig Place, a wonderful B&B near downtown San Antonio.
I always feel honored and blessed to share in a couple’s special day, and even more so when it is a small intimate wedding. Make no mistake, the nerves and anticipation are still very present among everyone in attendance, but the charm of photographing everyone is exceptional. Jennifer and Steve are a fantastic couple, full of life, fun, and happiness. They have a special way of welcoming you in and making you feel a part of their excitement.
With close friends and family looking on Jennifer and Steve had the most beautiful ceremony under the most gorgeous weather. The venue was excellent, the atmosphere was delightful, and the excitement from both Jenn and Steve made for a fantastic day. Congrats to them both, and best wishes.
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There is nothing more fun than photographing weddings. Well maybe bicycle racing is more fun, but when it comes to creating great photos of amazing people nothing compares. Throw in a group of folks that are having fun, laughing, dancing and you have Christine and Chris’ wedding.
I always enjoy getting together with my wedding couples for engagement photography. This past week I had the opportunity to create some beautiful photos of Jessica and Juan. There wedding is quickly approaching and I am excited to capture these two again on their special day. For the engagement photos it was the first time for me to photograph at the Lourdes Grotto on Oblate here in San Antonio. The area is gorgeous and includes a rich history which can be seen on the website.
What a day for Michelle and Stephen. A beautiful event, a fantastic wedding, an amazing couple. Granberry Hills Event Center tucked away on the Northeast side of San Antonio, was the perfect location for their wedding. It is like a little photographer’s paradise tucked in the woods off the road. Beautiful weather greeted the wedding party as they enjoyed the moments before the ceremony. Floating on air, Michelle had been looking forward to this day for some time. The spirits in the girls changing room was electric. In the next room, the men looked cool and ready for what would be a memorable and fun wedding.
The day did not disappoint as two of the happiest people joined together in a beautiful ceremony. The reception awaited and everyone was off to a good time after a few formal photos. As most of you may know it is almost impossible to pull the bride away from the dance floor, but when you have people commenting on how “the groom’s got moves”…well Michelle just beamed and said “yes he does, I love him”.