Mac & Michelle – Their Wedding Day – Oct 12, 2012

Last weekend I had the honor of capturing the special day of Mac & Michelle.  Many of their friends and family members came from around the world to help celebrate their special day.  Below are just a few memories captured but you can visit the full gallery to view their entire wedding day.

Disc Jockey:
DJ Lyrical
919-672-3404
www.djlyrical.com

Event Planner:
Amanda McKoy

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL IMAGE GALLERY




Michael P. Valentine – CEO at Open Pros & Author

As we move through life we get to create meaningful contacts.   I was contacted by Michael P. Valentine to help create and capture the image for his new book cover.   He is the CEO of Open Pros which is a company that helps small businesses acquire  capital.   Mr. Valentine is also the author of the book “The ePill”

You can learn more about Michael by visiting the Open Pros website or getting a copy of his book “The ePill”

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High Key/Pure White Tutorial

Videography: www.viewfindersmedia.com
Model: Black Papillon
Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist: Denise England/Denise’s Hair Studio 1-336-784-7711

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One thing I love about photography is that there are just so many things to learn. It is a profession that allows you to use both your scientific and artistic sides. For this tutorial we will quickly go over the process of creating a high key pure white look without having to rely on Photoshop as a crutch to give this illusion of having pure white paper.

The setup as seen in this video is more advanced but a pure white/high key setup can be achieved with one light or even two. For the one light setup simply place your subject right in front of seamless white paper or a white wall. If you have access to two speed lights you can have one light illuminate the wall behind your subject and use the 2nd as the main light. Shadows can be filled in with a handheld reflector.

For those of you that want to create a full blown studio high key look that provides you with plenty of space here is one of several ways to setup your gear to achieve that.

List of items used in shoot

1. One roll of 9’ seamless white paper mounted on backdrop holder.

2. Two Studio strobes modified with medium soft boxes (to light the background).

3. Two black flags/gobos to block light from background lights.

4. Two 4×8 sheets of plain white tile board which can be purchased at your local hardware store

5. One main light

6. One fill light

7. A calibrated handheld light meter

Here are some photos from this session.

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Below is a setup that I used in a home where we did a pure white shoot.  Once you know the basics you can literally turn any location into a temporary studio space. If I were to change something I’d replace the white GOBOs with black GOBOS/flags to cut down on the amount of light bouncing around.

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Have fun with this and be sure to send me some of your pictures.

Ivan Watkins Joins Forces With Viewfinders Media

The partnership has finally been made official.  I have the privilege of being the official photographer for Viewfinders Media.  This partnership will help to expand both of our offerings in video and photography for a diversified range of clients.
 

Below is a photograph that we  captured of the core team members.

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Antonio Davis, Chrisann Parr, Tolly Carr & Ivan Watkins.

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Collaborative Project with Type Media & Model Lynette ‘lay’ Ashlee

This was a collaborative project between Type Media, model Lynette ‘lay’ Ashlee and myself.   The success of this shoot was the result of the three of us working together to carefully craft the images.   The quick breakdown is as follows:   Johnny (Photographer/Artistic Director),  Lynette (Model) & Ivan (Photographic Lighting).   You can find Johnny and Lynette’s contact information further below.

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Artistic Direction & Photography
Johnny J. Jones of Type Media
Click Here To Contact Typemediausa
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Johnny of Jones of Type Media provided the location, artistic direction, captured and edited the images.

Photographic Lighting and Technical Detail
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I was in charge of designing and implementing the photographic lighting scheme for the various scenes,  assisting with technical issues and whatever else was needed.  Man was it difficult to resist the urge to get out my camera.

Modeling & Makeup
Model Lynette ‘lay’ Ashlee
Click Here To Contact Lynetta Ashlee
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Lynette did what she does well which is provide the posing,  makeup,  clothing and her natural photogenic presence.

Michael & Natasha Jan. 7, 2012

It is always an honor to have the privilege of capturing the wedding day of a couple joining their lives together as husband and wife.  Michael and Natasha had many friends and loved ones present to celebrate their special day together.   May God continue to inspire,  lead and guide the both of you as you build your life together.

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Melvin & Vallarie – November 12, 2011

Melvin and Vallarie are like two peas in a pod.  It was a glorious occasion to watch them exchange vows and begin their new life together as husband and wife.  Below are a few highlights from their wedding day and a link to their full image gallery. Further below you will find a slideshow with music.  Melvin, may God continue to give you the thirst for His Word as you move forward into your ministry role accurately dividing the Word of God with your wife by your side. Thanks for asking me to capture this special day for you guys.

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