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Making Of A Merit Print

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Part of my presentation in Chicago was on the Elements Of A Competition Print where I discussed different aspects of planning, capturing and creating a Competition Print.  It went over very well with many many emails asking me to provide MORE information.  I thought every once in awhile I would post some of my images and describe what I was looking for when creating it.  As most of you know I do enter a lot of competitions as this is not only a personal goal but it is also for my photographic growth.  The more I look at my images a competition worthy the better product I can give to our clients so I strive to make every one of my images a “competition image”.

“Sarah By The Sea” was just awarded “Merit” at this past Professional Photographers Of  Canada Image Competition.  I captured this last April in Jamaica off resort on location.  The sun was high in the sky and strong with a reading of F22.  I knew I needed to get some addition lighting as the sun was behind Sarah throwing her in shadow.   Using 2 off camera flash’s and setting my output on stop stronger than the sun would give me the dramatic lighting I desired.  Of course, I had to expose for the flashes and not the sun.

I wanted to use the leading lines of the clouds and the horizon to bring your attention to Sarah.  Using the dress to shield the flash I had behind her also added to those leading lines bringing your attention into the bride.  Obtaining a correct exposure and white balance is crucial in ANY image (put some thought into this and just don’t go ahead snapping image and “fixing” them in Photoshop later)

Image out of camera

Out of Camera

I then darkened down the sky in various places as I did not want the sun to compete with my brides attention.  Using more of a “panoramic” format with a dark matting to accentuate the leading lines finished off the image.

Sarah By The Sea
Here is my crude lighting diagram



It Pays To Invest In Your Wedding Photographer.

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Woke up this morning, grabbed a coffee, and read my first email.  WE LOVE getting emails like this.

Dear James and Joce,

As you know we are expecting our 2nd child at the end of May, I started to have some pre-nesting urges and decided to clean out the closet in the babies nursery.  In doing so I came across the furi album from the wedding, I had to take a moment to look through it.

I was so blown away by all the amazing images that were captured, I had to catch my breath at times because they were all just so beautiful.  I truly feel like the luckiest person, because I honestly feel like I have the most stunning wedding photos ever captured by another human being.  I personally think these wedding photos may have pushed you past being just a photographer and made you an almighty photo god.

I had to take the time to let you know again, how truly thankful I am for all the hard work you did to make my day the most memorable of days.  I couldn’t have put a price tag on the images you captured in Jamaica, nor can I express how much they mean to me.

I can not wait to see the family shots you will take when the new addition arrives.

Sending both of you a million thanks

Sarah Coutu

Sarah Jamaica Wedding
Sometimes you are not just hiring a photographer to take pictures at your wedding, sometimes, you are investing in a photographer  to capture the most important moments and events for the rest of your life.

Congratulations again Sarah & Luc, we look forward to documenting this next stage in your lives.


Montego Bay & Married

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Still in Jamaica,  been really busy, but it’s now time to do some relaxing.  Here are 2 images from the wedding, these are just a little “taste” of what we did, we captured some outstanding images in some awesome locations. Yesterday we went to a local school with the bride and family to donate school supplies in which I documented the whole thing, really cool and I can’t wait to show you all.

All is good.

Jamaica Wedding
Montego Bay wedding photography

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