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YouTube Video’s?!?!

Yes, that’s right, I made 2 YouTube slide show video’s. I will say, it’s quite fun but the purpose of me doing this is kind of like having a “Set” in Flickr. I’m making these videos to group different events and or genres of images from my portfolio. For all you photographers reading this I’ll clue you in. I’ve been reading more and more about photography promotion and different ways to market your work. I’ve repeatedly stumbled across the idea of making YouTube slide shows, or even behind the scenes movies. After hearing this I began a search on YouTube, to my surprise I was a little late on this idea. Apparently every photographer and they’re mother read these articles years before I did!

So, that’s what I did. I made YouTube Slideshows…heres 2 and I hope you enjoy them! The image quality sucks on them, I have to figure out why…any ideas drop a comment!


A New Life, A Wonderful Journey

This past weekend I had an awesome opportunity to be a second shooter and to assist a good friend of mine, Cliff Cooper in my very first wedding! Well where should I start? Being my first time I was extremely nervous, I had no idea what to expect. Things were going through my head like “Is there a point in time where i shouldnt be photographing something?” or how about “what if someone is dancing and doesn’t want their picture taken?” Probably the biggest one of all “what is proper wedding photographer etiquette, and are there people that I should not be taking pictures of together?”. Well considering that it was a first for me I feel the whole day ran through very smoothly.

So the wedding took place in the West Village of Manhattan, at a venue called the Alger House. Marc and Erin were married on October 22nd, 2010. This location and venue was perfect. There were about 80 guests at the wedding. With this venue and the amount of people who attended set up the mood perfectly. It was a very warm and personal atmosphere, which in my opinion suited this couple very well. First the bride was getting ready upstairs on the 3rd floor. Here is where I let Cliff take over and get the shots he needed, but i snapped a couple as well.

After the Bride saw the Groom, it was decided that it would be a perfect time to go outside and really capture the couple in action and really soak up the atmosphere the area had to offer us.

After we shot the couple outside we went back in and got on with the ceremony.

Now as for all of the rest, well, you can only guess. There was 2 “I do’s”, 2 Rings, 2 Huge Smiles, 1 Kiss a couple of tears, a first and last dance, and 5 hours of memories to capture. Here are some.

Overall I had a great experience and just got the tips of my toes wet. I can’t say I have an understanding about how wedding photography works and is coordinated, but I did learn a couple things. Knowing where to be and when, also timing is key. That can be taken two ways. One timing makes those amazing pictures, but also timing so you know where to be positioned for that anticipated kiss, or even the smiles and tears you know will pop out and then quickly hide.

Please visit my friend Cliff Cooper at his website and view some of his work from previous events.

There is a style, an art, a term…street photography

These past couple of months I’ve been wanting to just take a full day in a city and take my stab at some street photography. Yes I know you may think to yourself “…hey this is a little creepy”. I think to myself, whats so creepy? Oh is it capturing that one frame that you will never see in your life time ever again? Taking pictures of people in their natural beautiful state? Or is it the part about taking a snapshot of a couple walking down the street holding hands? For those of you that like to do what we call “people watch”, and sit at an outdoor restaurant or coffee-house and just look at people go by, I think you’ll understand. Well if that’s the case I do believe that would be about 95% of this worlds population. People watchers just observe and remember that glimpse for a few moments, I capture it, and save it. That’s the difference in people watching and street photography.

I owe all of my street photography inspiration to a certain photographer from Singapore, his name is Danny Santos. Just by viewing one of his pictures you will understand how amazing street photography really can be. Just that one split second, that one frame, can be worth an uncountable amount of words. He perfected this method. After looking at his work I set out to the one city that I love the most, Philadelphia. I went with my friend Cliff Cooper.

My overall experience was great. A little nervous about taking some pictures. Minding what other people would say to me and not understand what or why I was doing it. This is one of the hardest obstacles to overcome. I really only took a few pictures of people. Here’s my favorite, I call it the window shopper. Let me know what you think

I have a lot of pictures from this past weekend, don’t be afraid to scope out my flickr its only a click away! Leave me feedback.