• Carie
  • posted by Carie

  • This week's Wedding Photo Wednesday Post is about details. We are crazy for details as they make for great wedding photos. You can read our other Wedding Photo Wednesday Posts on our blog.

    I know I've said before that it's all in the details! As wedding photographers, we adore details. They are what tell your wedding day story in it's entirety. One of our favorite details is the wedding cake topper. Wedding cakes are beautiful and fun to photograph but the coolest part is often the cake topper. The cake topper is an opportunity for the newly married couple to show a little of their personality. From a simple bride and groom or a couple's new initial to Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. We've seen it all atop a wedding cake and we just love this wedding detail!

  • Wedding Cake Topper

  • Wedding Cake Topper 2

  • So, happy couples, don't forget this important wedding detail. It's a fun way to express yourselves as a couple and a beautiful detail your wedding photographer will love to capture!

  • Carie
  • posted by Carie

  • Well, I'm another year older and I don't even mind. I had the most fun Birthday/Anniversary weekend! From getting a little sunshine to riding my bike and shopping...I got to do ALL my favorite things this weekend.

    My birthday and anniversary are the same day. So it was one celebration after another starting last Friday. My hubby and I took the whole day off on Friday and turned off our cell phones so we had some super quality time together. I'm very bummed I didn't take any photos of our fun day but we had such an amazing day together that ended with dinner at Morton's. Morton's is our favorite restaurant and it never disappoints. We had the most fabulous dinner!

    Then Saturday morning my girlfriends met at my place and we all rode our cruisers to Ink Drink and Eats for some brunch and endless Mimosas. Brunch was delicious and after mimosas and some great stories, we headed out to do some boutique shopping in East Sac. It was so fun and we got lots of great stuff. Heather decorated my bike first thing so I got to ride around all day with pretty streamers on my bike. I drew a lot of attention which of course I LOVE!

  • My Birthday

  • I got so many fabulous gifts too! Here's just some of my Birthday loot!

  • My Birthday gifts

  • Thanks to all my girls who made my day so special. I'm still smiling ear to ear!

  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Today we are going to discuss the advantages or disadvantages of zoom lenses verses fixed prime lenses. You can review all our past Tuesday Photo Tips on the blog.

    According to Wikipedia, A zoom lens is a lens that has a range of focal lengths available to the photographer in the one lens. These have become increasingly popular over the past few years as they are obviously a very convenient lens to have on your camera as they allow you to shoot at both wide and longer focal lengths without having to switch lenses mid shoot.

    This allows you to get different shots of the same subject within seconds without having to move your feet. This versatility is an advantage to us when we are, for example, in a church during a wedding ceremony and we want to reduce the amount of our movement, which can often be viewed as a distraction. We can often shoot the entire duration of such an event with just a single lens.

    Another advantage to a zoom lens, albeit often not thought about, is that you would need to change your lens less often, and hence reduce the possibility of getting dust on your sensor.

    According to Wikipedia, a prime lens is a lens that has one focal length only. They come in all focal lengths ranging from wide angle ones through to the longer telephoto ones.

    Fixed focal length lenses are usually faster (have a wider aperture) than their zoom counterparts. To me personally, this is the greatest value of a fixed focal length lens. In low light situations which we often find ourselves at wedding receptions, having a wider aperture is important. Fixed focal length lenses are sometimes the only solution for dark indoor photography.

    A fast lens also allows excellent subject isolation by blurring the distracting background. Prime lenses are known for being high quality and having the ability to produce clean, crisp and precise shots. It's often one of my favorite lenses to use during our date-night engagement sessions for this quality alone. Another reason for using a prime fixed lens is the lighter weight. If I'm on the go a lot, walking everywhere, a prime fixed lens is considerably lighter than a zoom lens.

    There are arguments against both zoom and fixed lenses. A fixed lens forces a photographer to crop a picture in post-processing if you can't get close enough or stand where you wanted to be to frame the shot. On the flip-side, one argument against zoom lenses is that they make the photographer lazy. Instead of having to move around to find the best angle for the focal length they allow the photographer to stay in one place and just zoom in and out.

    I have to say that when asked what one lens you should buy when first starting out, I recommend the fixed prime 50mm 1.4 lens. This is due to the focal length being a good amount, and with it having an f-stop of as low as 1.4 it allows for flexibility for low light. Price-wise, at around $500, it's not super expensive and well worth the quality investment. Many of our other lenses range from $800 up to thousands of dollars.

  • Fixed (or prime) vs Zoom Lenses

  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • The Easter bunny treated Cory and I well this year, bringing us all our favorite candies. Cotton Candy and Peeps for Cory, and in my new monkey basket (so cute!) I got snickers and peppermint patties. Peanut Butter eggs were in both our baskets.

    My BFF Kerry got me Swedish fish and eggs. YUMMY!

    Happy Easter everyone.

  • Happy Easter 2011

  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • While Cory was out of town a few weekends back, I had the pleasure of heading to Rancho Murieta Country Club with the Venue Vixens. I won't reveal anything about our visit, as I'm saving that debut for the Venue Vixens blog, but I had to share at least this image of Lora and Catrina. It turned out to be a cold stormy afternoon but the rain held out long enough for us to take a tour and get some great photos.

  • Rancho Murieta Country Club

  • But the purpose of my post is to tell you about my dinner! I was so excited to eat at the 19th Hole restaurant and the spinach stuff cod with lobster cream sauce. YUMMY The best part...the wrapped lemon. Isn't it beautiful?!

  • Rancho Murieta Country Club

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