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- Last week we talked about using natural window lighting in your photographs. You can review our past Tuesday Photo Tips on the blog. This week, we're going to talk about high-key lighting, what it is, and how you can sometimes use natural window light in these high-key photos.
According to Wikipedia, high-key lighting is a style of lighting that aims to reduce the lighting ratio. High-key lighting can be achieved through multiple light sources lighting a scene - usually using three light sources: left, right, and central. That is exactly the case in this first photo below. Two lights were placed behind our subject and were directed at the white backdrop to purposely give it that "blown out" white backdrop look. And then one light was used in front directed at our subject.
- The same was done in our 2nd example here, except in this case we didn't use a white backdrop.
- However, when at a wedding, we often aren't dragging all our studio lights around and just use what we have available to us. In this next high-key lighting example, we used natural light coming in from a window behind our bride. We purposely overexposed and used a flash as our front light source.
Often times, you can get away with light sources you have around you. And using manual exposure allows you to play with settings and come up with high-key lighting photos. Give it a try!
Next week, we'll talk about low-key lighting and show you some examples.
- posted by Jennifer
- As Cory and I go for walks during the fall season, one of my favorite pastimes is to "stomp the leaves" as we walk. Actually I find myself hogging the leaves, and running to beat Cory to the stomp. And I'm not talking just all leaves. I'm only talking about the really big ones, the ones fully intact and starting to get brittle. These leaves are just ripe for the stomping.
- Leaves in the Sacramento area (City of Trees) are the best. They are huge! and make for the stomping of leaves a lot more fun!
- posted by Jennifer
- We hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, readers! We have something to talk about today besides turkey! We're posting our Thursday post on Friday this week due to the holiday. Today's Talk of The Town Thursday is all about finding a Sacramento Wedding Planner. We worked with a wedding planner recently who we just had to introduce to you. Danielle Massari with A Petite Affair in Sacramento, blew our minds before, during and after Natalie and Ryan's wedding reception at The Old Sugar Mill in October. Danielle was an absolute delight to work with, so helpful, considerate and amazingly professional. Not to mention, creative and talented!
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Check out some of the cool elements Danielle with A Petite Affair incorporated into Natalie and Ryan's wedding reception.
This painted wooden sign at The Old Sugar Mill directing guests to the reception was so charming.
- The "You've been Framed" idea was so cool. There were disposable cameras and frames on a table. Guests were encouraged to grab a frame and have another guest take their photo. The photos will be developed by the couple and a copy sent to each guest who took one. Too cute!
- We loved this simple but unique seating chart. The green tacks tied into the wedding colors.
- Are these too cute or what? They tied into the colors of the wedding AND the rustic feel of the venue.
- Here's what Danielle Massari, owner of A Petite Affair had to share with us about her great company. "A Petite Affair is a full service event design company, covering Northern, California. We take a personal interest in each couple and work to find them the right vendors to help create the look and feel of their ideal event. We are focused on keeping the client on track with their budget and offer creative suggestions to showcase their special style. There is no limit to what we offer and have yet to say no to a single request."
We had a few interview questions for Danielle too. Here is what we learned....
How long have you been a wedding planner and designer and what made you choose this career? I have been planning and executing events for over 6 years in both Northern and Southern, California.
What is your favorite wedding element or moment? The moment I send the bride down the aisle. I will stand there for a few moments to watch her make it to her groom. That is usually all I am able to watch of the actual ceremony before I am off and running to check on the reception. For those few moments though, I am able to see my couple relax and begin to enjoy their special day.
What do you think is the biggest thing that sets you apart from other planning and design studios? I take a personal interest in the entire planning process. So much so that I am a little sad when the day is over. The couples I work with and I form a very close bond. I have the unique opportunity to learn so much about the couple during the planning process. It is a special day for all three of us.
Can you give us your price range for wedding planning services for a wedding with 100 guests? $500-$1800
Is there anything you would like to add about weddings or A Petit Affair? A Petite Affair can take on any job, big or small. We understand the cost concerns associated with executing your special day. We work with each couple individually to provide the appropriate service and price range tailored to their budgetary restrictions.
Thanks, Danielle for all the insight into A Petite Affair and what you do.
- And now for more photos! We loved Natalie and Ryan's wedding. Everything went so smoothly. Danielle was there every step of the way. She was so immensely helpful to us even before the big day. Anything we needed, any vendor we needed to contact, Danielle was at the ready.
- Danielle helped choose vendors for the reception. Doug with Music on the Move was obviously a great choice. He has a pristine reputation in the industry and obviously the bride and groom loved him.
- Yogurt A Go Go is one of Natalie and Ryan's favorite desserts. What better way to customize a wedding than with the couple's favorite yogurt?!
- I love this shot of the girls' flowers. So pretty!
- And, we just had to throw in one of the guys having some fun outside the church!
- The happy couple during their first dance, clearly thoroughly enjoying their day. No stress here! That's a sign of a great coordinator!
- We appreciate working with great vendors like Danielle and A Petite Affair and can't wait to work with her again!
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- We love Thanksgiving! Personally, it is my all-time favorite holiday. I like it even more than my birthday or Christmas. It is a time for giving thanks. That may sound corny but don't you just get that warm fuzzy feeling on Thanksgiving? Everyone seems to get along so well and have a smile on their faces and a light spirit in their hearts. It is a time to be thankful for all our many blessings and a time to not worry about the small stuff.
The Thanksgiving meal is great of course but what is really important is spending time with family and appreciating all that we have. This Thanksgiving lets take a moment and think about all that we have to be thankful for like great friends, family, our health, our jobs, our sweet pets and loving spouses...
My Thanksgiving table is ready. Notice the mismatched vases, the place mats and napkins are several different colors, all things that don't really matter (small stuff).
- We hope you all will be celebrating Thanksgiving with your families, enjoying lots of good food and great times. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from The Memory Journalists!
Ty wanted to wish Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving too!
- posted by Carie
- This week our Wedding Photo Wednesday post is about having a unique wedding ceremony. You can check out our other Wednesday Posts on the blog.
We all want our wedding day to be special. Well, one great way to do that is to have a unique ceremony. Or, simply have one special element in your wedding ceremony that hasn't been done to death. As photographers we love unique elements. They make the day special, meaningful and make for some great wedding photos.
We are huge fans of couples writing their own vows. It always makes for an emotional ceremony and if we're filming, makes for a great wedding film.
Christine and Rich wrote their own heartfelt vows and got the tears flowing during their ceremony! Including the bride's.
- We're loving the rose ceremony we've been seeing lately too. Christine and Rich each gave a single rose to their mothers. As you can see from the below storyboard, moms love it! It's a great way to show how special and important they are during your ceremony.
- But the coolest ceremony we've seen lately is the wine ceremony that Reverend Jeri Murphy performed during Sharon and Mike's wedding ceremony. It was the first time we had seen it and we loved it. Reverend Jeri poured a glass of red wine and the bride and groom each took a sip. She did the same with white wine. Then, she blended the red and white wine and the couple each took a sip of that too. Reverend Jeri explained that red wine is sweet and white wine is dry and like the final glass they were sipping from, marriage is a blend of both sweet times and dry times and couples have to be ready and willing for both. It was a very beautiful sentiment. We hope to see this in future ceremonies. I mean, what a great reason to drink wine during the ceremony!!
- Be sure to ask your officiant about unique elements you can add to your wedding ceremony.