- posted by Cory
- If you know me at all you know that I'm a stock trader. Well not really a stock trader. You know that CNBC or Bloomberg is almost always on in the house and if I'm not in a trade I'm looking for the entry in my next trade. So when the word came out about the sequel to the 1987 Wall Street movie, I knew Jen and I would be going opening night which was a few Fridays ago. We actually tried out the new Folsom Palladio movie theater for the first time.
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, directed by Oliver Stone, was based on the 2008 financial crisis and threaded those real life story-lines into the movie. Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs were portrayed by Keller Zabel Investments and Churchill Schwartz respectively. Michael Douglas reprises his Academy Award-winning role of Gordon Gekko and Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, and Frank Langella also star in the film. Charlie Sheen in his role as Bud Fox made a brief cameo appearance.
- There is a good story lurking in Wall Street 2. The world equity markets are as shady as ever, with Stone depicting it like a gangster flick, all dark rooms and menace. And admittedly, it's important for viewers to see what is essentially an accurate representation of the actions taken by institutions to protect themselves by screwing over the competition and the public. It does not cover how this all came to be from the poor government over-site that bordered on criminal to the public at large which threw out common sense and leveraged itself with debt it could not possibly pay back. No sector of society is without some blame here. None of these issues are covered. It's only a shame that these issues are placed in the background or missed entirely.
Stone's continued preaching his sermon about the cancerous effects of greed and the bubble-like nature of modern economic booms. In case you don't get the picture, he trains his camera on big, loopy soap bubbles floating tenuously into the sky not once, but twice. Just to make sure you get that point, he shows us Goya's painting, "Saturn Devouring His Son." The only thing missing is Stone himself nudging you in the theater saying "Get it? This is why government needs to take control!" But what else would you expect from Stone who is on record as loving Hugo Chavez and thinks that Fidel Castro is just miss-understood.
I wish I could say that Wall Street 2 was a worthy successor to Oliver Stone's classic. It's not. And mostly because it, not unlike The Godfather 3, misses the heart of what made the first film work a story that both illuminated the mysteries of Wall Street and was clear enough to resonate with the audience. All that said, it is a sequel, for better and worse. It's an okay movie, but not a very good movie. For the better: familiar characters and themes so we go in already liking it and it had some really good actors. For the worse: there is what feels like an indifference to really making the story work, perhaps an arrogance in trying to do too much in order to make a sequel better or more valuable than the original. So I didn't hate the film. But man, was it frustrating.
- posted by Cory
- The Memory Journalists in association with MJ Motion Pictures recently released Sharon and Mike The Proposal, a Sacramento wedding film. Mike and Sharon met while in the Airforce, where they were both air traffic controllers. When we first met them and heard the proposal story I just knew we had to re-create Mike's rather unique wedding proposal. I could tell you more but that would be giving away to much. Just watch...
Also special thanks to Jason our pilot he went above the call of duty the day of the shoot to make this happen.
- Sharon and Mike are getting married later this year.
- posted by Jennifer
- Cory and I met up for engagement session #2 with Sharon and Mike at High Hand Nursery in Loomis California. I've photographed there before and I knew it was absolutely gorgeous. Michelle gave us the go ahead to take photographs after hours.
I love the glass artwork that they sell for gardens. Aren't these amazing?
- The nursery itself is so awesome. I wish I had a green thumb - it might make we want to buy some of these. But I have no green thumb at all, so instead I just prefer taking some photographs to share.
- Sharon and Mike didn't need much encouragement to play and have fun. We saw the little wagons and away we went!
- The green walled building was a perfect backdrop. I would love to live in a house such as this.
- Mike was showing off his height superiority.
- And showing off Sharon's beautiful engagement ring!
- See no evil, speak no evil....hear no evil.
- I think this is my most favorite photo of the whole night!
- The train was coming by just as we were almost done. And the flag seemed so fitting since both Mike and Sharon served in our military.
- Okay, I lied, this may just my favorite photo of the entire night. :-)
- posted by Jennifer
- So we read on Yahoo about the "Spectacular Meteor Shower and Rare Planet Alignment Coincide" and we were all over it. We headed to the hills where we didn't have city lights. We not only got to see Mars, Venus, and Saturn, but also Jupiter all in one night. And we were enjoying the night air as we watched the many meteors streak across the sky on Friday night. Give this animated gif a second to load, and then you'll see how 30 second shutter speed set on time lapse captured some great meteor streaks.
- posted by Carie
- For this Wedding Photo Wednesday post I want to talk about the ever important Engagement Session. You can read our other Wedding Photo Wednesday Posts on our blog. Occasionally we get a couple who want to skip the Engagement shoot due to time constraints or just a lack of interest. At The Memory Journalists, we include an Engagement Session in all our Collections and we actually "require" it. There are several great reasons to do an Engagement Session. From a bride and groom's standpoint, it's a great way to get some beautiful photos of the two of you just for fun or for a custom guest sign in book. Some couples like to have a large print at the entrance to their reception and what could be better than a professional photo of the two of you during a Date Night session (as we call them at The Memory Journalists)?
The Date Night session is designed for photographers and their clients to get to know each other a little better before the big day. The clients get to know the photographers style of shooting and the photographer learns of any insecurities their clients might have about being photographed. For example, maybe the groom doesn't like the way his nose looks from the left side. Or, the bride feels she looks prettier when shot from the right.
Noemi and Sam (2010) were a little nervous about their Date Night session. Shortly after the session started, however, they were very comfortable with Jennifer and Cory and relaxed tremendously allowing our shooters to get the below great shots and many, many more. You can see a transition from the first photo to the others. They eventually felt comfortable enough for a little smooching in front of the camera!
- Check out what Marcia and Alan (August 2007) had to say about their Date Night Session with us. "Oh my GOSH!!!!! I LOVE THEM, I love ALL of them!!!! Thank you for such an awesome afternoon/evening. We had a great time, it was like "falling in love with each other" all over again. Just like you said, it was truly a date night for us. I saw the blog and the pics on the home page, I must say, they were everything I had dreamed for."
- For Shawna and Jeremy (July 2010) instead of a Date Night session we actually did a Date Day session. Jen and Cory and the lovely couple took a little road trip together, shooting in a few locations. They all felt like old friends in no time and Shawna and Jeremy had all kinds of fun with the photos. We love getting to see the goofy side of people and capturing it through our lens.
- I just love it when these tips really hit home. I can tell you from personal experience how important it is to do an Engagement Session. My husband, Matt and I got married on the beach in Maui. I was a very low key bride and while I hired a professional photographer, I wasn't educated on the subject at the time. We didn't meet with her in person before the wedding, I hired her over the phone. Her work was good and she seemed nice enough. She did a great job on wedding day but I have to be honest, we were a little put off by the way she told us what to do. She was just doing her job and had we done a quick session with her before our big day, we would have known that and been more comfortable with her. In our proofs, our discomfort showed in many of our photos. Thankfully there were many great ones as well but I can not stress enough how important this Engagement session is for brides and grooms to get to know their photographers way of shooting before the big day!
Now that Jennifer is in our lives, good photos are not a problem for us. Matt doesn't like having his picture taken at all but when we did our Fisher Family Photo Session with Jen, he was all smiles. It's all about the comfort level. Matt likes Jen and knows her style of shooting and is totally relaxed in front of her camera. Just look at the results of being comfortable with your photographer! I swear, Matt usually never smiles for pictures.
- At the end of your Engagement Session you should feel comfortable enough with your photographer to tell them any style of photos you don't like. A good photographer will not want to waste time on shots you are not going to be happy with. So, set aside time for an Engagement Session brides and grooms. You won't regret it if you do but you will wish you had if you don't.