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One of the most beautiful things a human can ever lay their eyes on is the dawn of a new day. Aside from everything, we are here together, and our sun is rising before us.

Steve

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         Another rainy wedding! It always makes us happy when a couple doesn’t let rain spoil their wedding day. Emily and Andrew embraced the rain and did it with smiles on their faces. Whenever this happens, we always look back and say that we’re glad that it rained.
         We went to high school with Emily, and I originally met her and her parents long before that (there’s a pretty funny store involving my dad and a softball game, but I’ll just leave it at that.) It was great to see some old friends and re-connect with people who we haven’t seen in years. Another wonderful example of why we love our job:)
Steve
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  • Alyssa Campbell - June 13, 2014

    Love these. Awesome shots guys!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly Koester - June 13, 2014

    GREAT PICTURES! ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Koper - June 13, 2014

    These are amazing!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Malika Frank - June 14, 2014

    Fantastic! ReplyCancel

  • Dennis Pike - June 17, 2014

    Well, this is just stupid good. KILLER work!ReplyCancel

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We got to travel to South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island to photograph Abigail and Anthony’s wedding. If you’ve never been to Sanibel and Captiva Islands, you are definitely missing out on an amazing and unique area of the USA. We thought it would have more of a resort feel, like many of the “resort towns” in southwest Florida, but as we were driving in, we found that it was a very lush and natural tropical paradise.

We spent a couple days before Abigail and Anthony’s wedding doing some exploring. We scouted portrait locations, witnessed a heron fight (see below), learned about the history of the area, and ate some ridiculously good food. We watched the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico with Margaritas in hand as we talked about how lucky we are that this is our lives.

Abigail and Anthony got some rain on there wedding day. In fact, as we were starting the first look, the heaviest downpour of the day happened. Anthony and Abigail took it in stride. We are firm believers that it is good luck.

It showered off and on for the rest of the day, but we were all lucky enough to have the ceremony outside looking out on the water. As the evening approached, the rain left and the sun came out. We joined Abigail, Anthony, and their family and friends on a sunset cruise around Captiva Island. As we watched the sunset, we took a couple more portraits, and again, had an overwhelming feeling of being the luckiest people on earth.

Steve

 

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  • Diana Holland - May 21, 2014

    Such beautiful pictures. Congratulations and continued happiness! Even with the imperfect weather the photos came out perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Dennis Pike - May 21, 2014

    Crazy awesome. Probably my favorite ring shot ever. Insane portraits, and bride on a water slide?! seriously?!ReplyCancel

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  • Mercedes - May 21, 2014

    OhmyGOSH. LOVE the right shot. Love the waterside. Are you kidding me?! How fun!ReplyCancel

  • Danny - May 21, 2014

    Such a Florida wedding, great captures! You guys are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Elissa - May 21, 2014

    YES! This is totally awesome. I love the portrait shots right after the ceremony. And that water slide session is fantastic!!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Abner Roque - May 21, 2014

    You guys ! These are amazing !… i am loving the beach feel and the water slide ! OHHHHH MYYYYYYY GOSH! .. so fricken awesome! Incredible experience! ReplyCancel

  • Katie Dirkes - May 21, 2014

    They turned out amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Sam - May 21, 2014

    Wow, this wedding was so magical. You two knocked it out of the freaking park. So amazingly beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Adonye Jaja - May 21, 2014

    geez, this wedding is bananas! just when you think it’s over it just get’s better and better! Great coverage!ReplyCancel

  • Sandi Capolupo - May 21, 2014

    Such beautiful Pictures very happy for u bothReplyCancel

  • Lyn Ismael-Bennett - May 21, 2014

    What a fun wedding this was! I love the storytelling aspect of your style. Really well done.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie - May 21, 2014

    Those shots by the pier! LOVED them. The ones with the pelicans looking is award winning. Looks like a scene from a movie.ReplyCancel

  • caroline - May 22, 2014

    killer images you guys. JUST KILLER. can’t believe they all got in the water!ReplyCancel

  • Jon - May 22, 2014

    yep, love this, great workReplyCancel

  • Yolandé Marx - May 22, 2014

    What an experience this must have been! Great shots and I love the birds!ReplyCancel

  • Darren Gair - May 22, 2014

    amazing day to be a part of, you did it justice, really great workReplyCancel

  • Becca Dilley - May 22, 2014

    Well, that was clearly a very very fun day. Beautiful throughout!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - May 22, 2014

    Holy crap, you guys freaking killed it from start to finish.ReplyCancel

  • Mitch Arnett - May 23, 2014

    Wow!!! That was epic. That ring shot was daring, but i love it :-) ReplyCancel

  • Heather Elizabeth - May 24, 2014

    You’re so good. Soooo freakin’ good. I’m in love with this set of images.ReplyCancel

  • Eleanor Getzke - May 31, 2014

    Your pictures are beautiful….
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How to do a bokeh double exposure

We’ve been playing around with a different way to do a double exposure. A “bokeh double exposure”(we just call it that, but it may have a different name if someone else has done it) is a way to bring bokeh into the foreground, to create images that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. We didn’t hold anything in front of the lens for these photos, and everything was done in camera. Here’s how we’ve been doing it with Canon 5d Mark III’s.

-In the “shoot 3″ menu, scroll to “multiple exposure, disable” and select it.

-Enable multiple exposure by selecting “multiple exposure, disable”  select “on: func/cntrl” in the sub menu.

-We set the “Multi-expos ctrl” to bright, so that the second image exposes for highlights, which will be the light that creates the bokeh. You can experiment with the “Multi expos ctrl” to get the exact image you want.

-At the bottom select “select image for multi. expo.”

Now you’ll be able to pick which photo will be your source image. As you select your source image, try to visualize where you would want bokeh to fit into your composition. This may be the most important step of all. If the second image doesn’t fit in correctly with the source image, it can take a great composition and ruin it.

Now, go find some bokeh! We use chandeliers, candles, string lights, etc…..the possibilities are endless. Once you’ve found some bokeh, visualize your source image and where you want it to fit in. Line up your photo with your bokeh as out of focus as you’d like (we manually focus) and place it somewhere in the frame that will enhance the composition of your source image. Make sure you are exposing only for the highlights, so you don’t wash out the second photo (since you are taking a photo of lights) and everything else in the photo is dark (sometimes we even test our settings before we select our source image to be sure it is exactly what we want).

The next step is to click the shutter. Its a cool feeling as you wait for the camera to put the images together, then see your final result:

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The image below is what we go for in the second image. If the subject of your source image overlaps the dark areas of the second image, it shouldn’t interrupt the composition of the final product.

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We use this technique to make detail photos more interesting:

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In the image below, the chandelier in the background is where the bokeh in the foreground came from. Julianne got some funny looks from guests as she walked up to the chandelier to photograph it during Jayne and Chuck’s first dance.

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You can change lenses in between the exposures if you want different, larger, or smaller bokeh. You can also set your camera to record the source and second images in succession. We often do this during weddings when we are pressed for time or have an exact plan in mind to achieve what we want.

We recommend trying this out and practicing before using it in a real world situation. We practiced a lot in our backyard before attempting this at weddings. Once we got the hang of it, it works 100% of the time if used in the right situation. The hardest part is walking up to lights in the middle of the wedding as guests who are somewhat photography inclined think you have no clue what you are doing….that always makes us laugh.

Feel free to leave comments and/or questions below:)

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    You guys are so talented! What type of lens do you shoot with?ReplyCancel

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