Month: October, 2009

Teenage Sunset in Waterfront Park

October 29, 2009

I was taking in the sunset, they were walking along the sea wall. Strangers crossing paths.

This stranger just happened to have a camera. A few seconds later, we had this photograph of teenage lovebirds.

I’m just a softy when it comes to happy couples.

teenagers in waterfront park

Hunting Island Light House Bagpiper

October 29, 2009

Bagpiper at Hunting Island Lighthouse

Bagpiper at Hunting Island Lighthouse

This photograph was taken at the Hunting Island Lighthouse 150th Anniversary Celebrations. As the various dignitaries were gathering under the tent, the bagpiper was playing a reel.

I can’t help but imagine this bagpiper as the lighthouse keeper one hundred years ago, on this isolated island. No one to hear but the occasional sea gull. Maybe the plaintive notes would travel over the waters and let sailors know land was near.

Luke & Stacy | Savannah, GA

October 28, 2009

They were walking down the street, hand in hand, laughing. They exuded radiant youthful love.

I simply had to stop them and ask if I could take their photograph. They graciously accepted.

It’s an age old love story: They are both from away. They met and fell in love, but she had to move away to college. Luke couldn’t be without Stacy. He followed her to Savannah.

Luke  & Stacy: may the road ahead hold joy and happiness.

Street Photography: Luke & Stacy

Street Photography: Luke & Stacy

Beaufort Haunted Library – Meet Your Guide

October 26, 2009

This past weekend was the Beaufort County Haunted Library Tour. This is an event organized by teenagers that are part of the teen advisory board. You get to visit after hours and meet some of the interesting denizens inhabiting the library when the lights are out…

We offered to take a few photographs of the proceedings. Here is a rather dramatic one of the tour guide.

Beaufort Library Tour Guide

Beaufort Library Tour Guide

Congratulation to all the teens for all their hard work and dedication to making the evening a success. Looking forward to next year’s tour.

Sunset at Beaufort’s Waterfront Park

October 26, 2009

As we were strolling in Beaufort’s Waterfront Park, we were struck by the beauty of the view.

This was a potent reminder of why we love the low country. Where else can you get such a magnificent vista from a downtown park?

Beaufort Sunset

Beaufort Sunset

Portraits – In the studio or on location?

October 6, 2009

One of the question that needs answered when deciding to have a portrait taken is wether the portraits will be taken in a studio or on location.  There is no right or wrong answer.  It is simply a matter of preference and personal style. Here is a short list of factors to consider.

Studio Portraits

Studio Portraits provide an easier environment for the photographer. They have total control of the light and can take advantage of this to create some truly dramatic portraits.

Studios often have a selection of props (furniture, plants, backgrounds) that allow for good staging.

Studios also lend themselves to more classical and timeless portraits, with a neutral background.

The one drawback of studios is that often, clients are less comfortable. You are in the photographer’s environment with stands, strobes, softboxes, backgrounds, etc… This can be quite intimidating.

Location Portraits

On location portraits have the advantage of being held where clients are comfortable. Instead of being in the photographer’s domain, you are in the comfort of a familiar setting.

You can get a much bigger variety of locales. You can have a beach, a park, a forest background, a river’s edge, even your living room.

Natural light can be stunning! Sunrise or Sunset light is magical.

Natural light can be harsh! Noon light makes for some very harsh shadows.

Location portraiture lends itself well to more casual family portraits.

Location portraiture can be more difficult for the photographer. They don’t have as much control over the light or the weather. It is also more time consuming, as there is some travel involved, maybe some scouting ahead of time. While we don’t charge more for location portraiture, some photographers do have a higher sitting fee for locations outside the studio.

Which One?

Factors you should consider include the “look” you are after and where in your home the portrait will be:

  • A family portrait to remind you of the wonderful summer vacation you took – Outdoor portraits would be ideal
  • A corporate headshot, a cap and gown graduation – Classic studio portraits are what you want.
  • A portrait for the formal living room that is oak paneled – A classic look would probably be better than a high key portrait.
  • Your 5 year daughter’s portrait for her room – a light or pastel background – could be studio or on location

Your photographer should consult with you before the photo session to make sure you get something that matches what you want.