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Archive for May, 2011

Assignment Series: Mirror Mirror

May 31st, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

In this installment of our ever-popular assignment series, we bring you the phrase “Mirror Mirror!”

Your assignment is to show us your best Reflection images. This might be a photojournalistic exercise or an artistic construction. We leave it up to you to define the phrase and how you will interpret it.

You are more than welcome to comb through your files for a photo that illustrates the term, but we would absolutely love it if you shot something for the assignment, special!!

We have our amazing sponsor Gamut Prints back along hooking us up with a fantastic Grand Prize of a 16×24 mounted print and for our runners-up, a set of sample prints for 2nd and 3rd place.

Our assignment series is open to everyone. We’re hoping you’ll wanna play along.

The most creative entry wins!

We will post all of the entries on our Facebook page, and post a few of our favorites on our blog, complete with a link back to your blog or website.

How to enter!

Images should be sized to 590 pixels on the long side. If you need help figuring that out, ask your favorite Shootstyler! And by all means, slap that logo on there if you have one! You can enter up to one photo a day for the duration of the assignment. Email your entry to:


We have an album on our Facebook fan page. When the entries start coming in, we’ll post them there first. Check in with us at Facebook if you are looking for some inspiration.


The deadline is June 10th!

Let’s have fun doing this together!! Assignment series: “Mirror Mirrror!”


Destination Weddings Part 1: Pack Your Bags!

May 25th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

Destination Weddings

I photograph approximately forty weddings per year, and almost all of them are destination weddings for the couple (the couple is traveling at least a few hundred miles from where they live to get married).  However, at least half of them are destination weddings for me, too- and I find myself flying over 100,000 miles per year and spending a great deal of time in airports, bus stations, and rental cars on my way to and from gorgeous weddings.  Over the years I have fielded many questions about destination weddings, from marketing to travel, so I thought I would address them in a blog series on destination weddings.  Welcome to Part 1: Pack Your Bags!
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Announcing the Portraits with Panache Workshop in Manchester, NH!

May 18th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Mingle

While wedding days are filled with exciting candid moments that are fun to capture, sometimes the portraits can be more of a challenge.

In this workshop, ShootStyle members will take you through their favorite methods for creating great portraits. With a strong emphasis on composition and posing, workshop attendees will benefit from clear classroom instruction with specific examples and techniques that are proven in the real world. After the classroom portion, participants will have the chance to work with ShootStyle instructors and models (both “brides” and couples), in an interesting urban environment putting the new techniques into practice.

Participants will then have an opportunity to review the day with the instructors and other attendees. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your portraits as the wedding and portrait season shifts into high gear!

Portraits with Panache, a workshop on composition and posing, will be held June 14, 2011 from 12-7pm at the Manchester Radisson (700 Elm Street, Manchester NH).

Click here to sign up!

Sponsored by Ultra Color Lab


Because the Night Belongs to Lovers

May 10th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

Photography…After Dark

Being a photographer here in New England, we have to face the onset of night a lot earlier than other parts of the country…especially in the fall when the wedding season starts to come into full swing. Learning to take fun and creative portraits in the dark becomes a necessity. And that’s how it started for me – trying to find creative places to take portraits at the end of October, when it was dark by the end of the ceremony. But somewhere along the line, I found that I really liked the different aesthetic of creating portraits without any natural light. Now I do it at every wedding I shoot (even the weddings in July, when it doesn’t get dark until well into the reception). There’s something romantic and mysterious about the night, and I want to try and capture that in my night-time shots. This article discusses some tips and tricks that I use for creating portraits in the dark.

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HyperSync and the PocketWizard MiniTT1

May 4th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

Warning, today’s blog post is for flash nerds. If charts and talk of flash gear and sync speeds doesn’t appeal to you, I invite you to read last week’s post about a boudoir shoot ShootStyle hosted.  :-)

I recently purchased a PocketWizard MiniTT1 to experiment with. For folks unfamiliar with PocketWizard’s new MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 triggers, their main selling point is that they allow you to shoot in TTL Flash mode wirelessly.

That’s a super awesome capability, but I’m not ready to wrestle with the vagaries of TTL flash just yet; I like the control and predictability of using my flashes on manual. Smartly, PocketWizard designed their new triggers to be useful to people like me as these new units can control old style Plus, Plus II and MultiMax triggers, and maybe even breath new life into them.

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Pinhole Egg Camera

May 1st, 2011  |  by  |  published in Play

Wondering what to do with all those eggs you have left over from Easter?

Make some pinhole cameras!


Pinhole Egg Camera


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