That special moment between summer and fall. It is a delicate moment, but it is the contrast between the two that makes it most special. The sun is hot, the air is cold, light sparkles in the leaves and in the water and you know that soon things will grow quiet as nature prepares for winter.
Christina and Andrew’s wedding occurred on just such an Indian Summer kind of day and reflects the warmth and calming love they have for each other. The gathering, intimate. The people, friendly and joyful. Christina made terrariums that decorated the canopy of the log structures at Kitsap Memorial Park. It was perfect. Shooting Kitsap Memorial Park wedding photos was made easy by the care and attention Christina and Andrew took to make sure sure their wedding was cozy and memorable. I enjoyed my time there and it was an honor to capture this special day. Thank you for having me as your photographer.
(Film Geek Info: All film images shot on a Fuji GS645 and a combination of Kodak Portra 160 film and Fuji 400H film. All digital images shot on a Canon 6D w/50mm 1.4 and 35mm 1.4 lenses and processed to match film with my Mastin Labs Fuji Pro Preset Pack and Mastin Labs Portra Preset Pack.)
Are you a hybrid shooter? Do you shoot film and digital at weddings? Or are you curious about how to integrate what you love (film) with what you have to currently shoot to make a profit (digital)?
I know it can be a struggle. I’ve been there myself, and I have learned so much to get where I am today with shooting both film and digital at weddings. But I am telling you, it can be done, and by shooting hybrid you can increase your happiness as an artist and make your business stand out and be more profitable in the crowded wedding photography market.
With all the help I’ve received along the way, it’s now my turn to give back to the wedding photography community and share every last secret I have regarding hybrid shooting and doing business as a hybrid shooter.
If this is making your ears perk up, then this is the ultimate workshop for YOU. To top it all off, I will be teaching alongside the extremely talented photographer Jeremy Chou.
Jeremy Chou is an award winning international wedding photographer based in Southern California. In 5 years, he has documented more than 120 weddings worldwide and is one of the most sought after photographers in Southern California. With a background in architecture, Jeremy seamlessly creates breathtaking images by incorporating the environment into his portraits. His work can been seen in most major wedding blogs and he was named one of the Top 15 wedding photographers by Le Magnifique. I will talk more on shooting film and Jeremy will tackle shooting digital. Together we are the dream team of hybrid photography.
The following topics will be covered in depth:
1. How to transition into shooting film along with digital.
2. The FIND Lab will be there to talk about film looks + communicating with your lab.
3. Pricing for success and make clients book the package you want them to book.
4. Simplify your business with automation + shortcuts.
5. SEO: dominate your local search on Google.
6. Creating a unique brand to attract the clients that want you for you.
7. 2 Stylized shoots and 1 off-camera flash course.
The Hybrid Workshop will be held at the hip Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. The hotel and the surrounding desert will provide the backdrop to some incredible styled shoots and hands-on learning.
The workshop is scheduled for 11/11-11/12 and includes two full days of instruction, two amazing stylized shoots imagined by Yellowbird Events. Not to mention, we have some great sponsors including the FIND lab, ProDPI, Align Album Design, and yours truly: Mastin Labs.
To learn all about the workshop and to get your seat to this very exclusive event go to TheHybridWorkshop.com
Now comes the MOST exciting part: we will be giving away ONE scholarship to a very lucky photographer.
All you have to do is follow the steps below! Yes, we are giving away one scholarship for the workshop, a $2,300 value (travel accommodation not included). We look forward to meeting you!
You may remember Kelsie and Jared from this epic rock n’ roll inspired engagement session a few months ago. These two love music, and it was evident in their wedding a few weeks ago at Annie Wright. The day was hot, but we had a lot of fun in Annie Wright Park under the canopy of oak trees. The school itself is more like a chateau with towers, a courtyard, and many sitting rooms inside with old paintings and dark wood furniture. It was an incredible place for a wedding and I could see the guests having a great time.
It was an absolute pleasure to shoot Kelsie and Jared’s wedding and I hope you enjoy their natural joy and love for each other that comes through in these photos.
(Film Geek Info: All film images shot on Contax 645 w/80mm f2 and a combination of Kodak Portra 160 film and Fuji 400H film. All digital images shot on a Canon 6D w/50mm 1.4 and 35mm 1.4 lenses and processed to match film with my Mastin Labs Fuji Pro Preset Pack and Mastin Labs Portra Preset Pack.)
Once, a long time ago, I went to Scotland to shoot a wedding. I loved the rocky hills dotted with old gnarled oaks, the stone cottages and castles, and most of all the people that lived there (oh, and the fantastic whiskey. My favorite? Glenmorangie.)
So it was an extreme pleasure to experience a bit of Scotland here in the United States, shooting Menlo Circus Club wedding photos for Ali and Rob, a lovely couple, who’s love spans the Atlantic. Ali is from California, and Rob is from England. A chance encounter while Ali was in Europe began a long distance relationship between Ali and Rob full of adventure and travel. I am so happy to be part of their journey serving as their wedding photographer on their special day in Atherton, California.
I had a wonderful time with Ali and Rob, and experienced probably the funniest wedding toasts of all time. People were literally falling out of their chairs. Thank you again for having me at your wedding, it was a treat!
(Film Geek Info: All film images shot on Contax 645 w/80mm f2 and Fuji 400H film. All digital images shot on a Canon 6D w/50mm 1.4 and 35mm 1.4 lenses and processed to match film with my Mastin Labs Fuji Pro Preset Pack, available on sale until July 15, here.)
Before coming to Tiburon to shoot Andrea and Eric’s wedding, I had seen a few Old St Hilary’s wedding photos, but I still wasn’t prepared for how truly magnificent the setting would be: big grass fields, rolling hills, and an old and stately white wooden church perched on a hill overlooking San Francisco Bay. As the ceremony started, you could hear the wind outside whistling past the doorway and making the old church creak and moan. It felt as though the building were alive with all the fishermen, farmers, ranchers and town folk that had worshipped at St Hilary’s over the many years since it was built. It was truly a unique experience to shoot in such a place.
From the very beginning of the day I knew it would be an inspiring wedding. Andrea and Eric’s love for each other is infectious. As a couple they have traveled to many places and done many things together, resulting in the most wonderful group of guests and family gathered at their wedding. The day went quickly and I realized that at no point was there a lack of something to shoot: a small personal detail here, an emotional moment there, a meeting of old friends, a look between mother and daughter.
Thank you again for having me as your wedding photographer. It was a pleasure and an honor.
(Film Geek Info: All film images shot on Contax 645 w/80mm f2 or Konica Hexar RF with 35mm f1.4 and 50mm f2 lenses using Fuji 160NS and Fuji 400H film. All digital images shot on a Canon 6D w/50mm 1.4 and 35mm 1.4 lenses and processed to match film with my Mastin Labs Fuji Pro Preset Pack, available soon here.)
To view the entire event and order prints, CLICK HERE.
A perfect wedding in a perfect place. No detail left unnoticed. Two loving people married ten years and their two wonderful daughters. This San Ysidro Ranch wedding was one of the nicest weddings I have ever shot, and though a vow renewal, I think it is the wedding that Jeremy and Melissa wanted all along to make up for a less than perfect wedding ten years ago. When Jeremy contacted me to shoot this special day I was nervous and honored. Why? Jeremy is a wedding photographer of the highest caliber based in southern California. Every part of the day, from where the sun would be, to how much time I would have to shoot each part, was carefully planned out to make my job as easy and fun as possible – with Jeremy’s own experience as a wedding photographer he allowed me to perform at my best and have a great time in the process. If only it was this easy for every wedding!
San Ysidro Ranch is a spectacular place to get married and I think I read on a plaque in the main guest cabin that it is rated the number one resort in America. Crazy! I think it absolutely deserves it. It is not easy to create an elegant yet laid back atmosphere that really pulls you out of time and into a special place that is a mix of log cabin coziness and 100 year old elegant Spanish villa. Thank you Jeremy and Melissa for having me at your wedding, it was truly an honor.
(Film Geek Info: All film images shot on Contax 645 w/80mm f2 or Konica Hexar RF with 35mm f1.4 using Portra 160 and Portra 400 film. All digital images shot on a Canon 6D w/50mm 1.4 and 35mm 1.4 lenses and processed to match film with my Mastin Labs Portra Preset Pack. The BW images in this post are with an early beta Tri-X preset that will be released sometime this coming winter.)
To view the entire event and order prints, CLICK HERE.
This engagement was incredibly fun because Kelsie, Jared, and I, built it around something that has an important place in their relationship: a shared love of music. Using music as the core concept of the shoot, I scouted different record stores and music related places in Seattle and found Radar Hair and Records, a place that is truly unique and built with passion and a purpose by Johnny and Betsy who both had dreamed of opening a hair salon slash record store in Seattle. Kelsie and Jared were a joy to work with and as soon as we entered the record store they began to play around with all the cool stuff inside. I could shoot real moments AND create some directed portraits and moments. From now on I will require that engagement shoots occur around a shared love of the couple. It just makes it so much more interesting.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I. And I can’t wait to shoot Kelsie and Jared’s wedding later this year!
(Film Geek Info: All film images shot on Hexar RF with Voigltander 35mm f2.5 lens or Zeiss 50mm f2 lens on hand rolled Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600 ISO in developing.)
Kelsie and Jared’s record store engagement is a turning point in how I will be working going into 2014. Until the end of 2013 I focused on perfecting my color photography. I wanted to get it to a level where I felt that I mastered the basics. Looking back, I figure it took me 14 years to get to this point. Being a minimalist in love with simplicity, I have done everything I can to uncomplicate my business and my artistic process. I hardly use any equipment, and I try to focus every photography session around unique elements of a couple’s relationship and finding authentic moments within a shoot.
Now, in 2014, I find myself drawn to true black and white photography: Tri-X and rangefinder cameras. As basic and timeless as you can get in photography with roots going all the way back to Henri-Cartier Bresson and the decisive moment. I love the simplicity of using black and white film and two lenses, 35mm and 50mm, to make photos that are interesting because of content rather than technique. Bokeh is nice if used for a purpose. But if that purpose it to make up for lack of interesting content, then it is a crutch. I prefer to do it the hard way: filling the frame with interesting content and being patient enough to wait for the decisive moment. So expect to see much more of this type of work going forward in addition to my more considered, directed color photography that I have built my style around.
Sometimes, under the most challenging conditions, I produce my best work. Creating Inn at St John’s wedding photos over New Year’s Eve in Detroit was just such one challenge.
With 16 degree temperatures and windchill dropping that to at least -5, I prepared to shoot Jill and Brad’s wedding entirely indoors. Upon meeting Jill in her bridal suite, I knew that those ‘I hope they will go for it’ locations outside became a possibility. Jill and Brad’s boundless enthusiasm and laid-back attitude, combined with born-and-raised-in-Michigan toughness in regard to weather, allowed us to take advantage of some great areas outside.
Jill and Brad are a lovely couple and I couldn’t imagine being at a better party for New Year’s Eve. Thanks for having me as your photographer!
(Film Geek Info: All film images shot on Contax 645 w/80mm f2 + Portra 400. All digital images shot on a Canon 6D w/50mm 1.4 and 35mm 1.4 lenses and processed to match film with my Mastin Labs Portra 400 Preset Pack. The BW images in this post are with an early beta Tri-X preset that will be released sometime this coming winter.)
To view the entire event and order prints, CLICK HERE.
Print is the only way to see photos. Really.
Just having something tangible in your hands that you can pass around is such a luxury in this digital world. Imagine my happiness to see Eric and Sam’s wedding featured in Maine Magazine!
Their wedding was truly special. If you haven’t already seen it, check it out here. I hope to shoot many more weddings in Maine, it is an amazing state with wilderness, ocean, and salt-of-the-earth people.
Adam and I went to High School at Woodinville High School together. It was really a trip to get back in touch with him when he asked me to shoot his wedding last summer. Adam and I didn’t really know each other well during high school, but I always knew he was a great stand up guy. So, when I met him and his lovely fiancé Sarah to talk about their wedding plans, I knew it would be a sweet and memorable wedding.
Adam’s family belongs to the Root Connection CSA, the first community supported agriculture farm in Washington, and because of that we incorporated the farm into the photography on their wedding day. It was a wonderful setting and, between that and the intimate backyard ceremony with farm tables, Adam and Sarah’s wedding embodies what can be so magical about smaller gatherings. The people, food, and location made for a terrific day and it was truly an honor to be chosen as their wedding photographer.
(Film Geek Info: All film images shot on Contax 645 w/80mm f2 + Portra 400. All digital images shot on a Canon 6D w/50mm 1.4 and 35mm 1.4 lenses and processed to match film with my Mastin Labs Portra 400 Preset Pack.)