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Archive for June, 2011

How’d you do that??!

June 29th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

first off, documentary/pj photographers do shoot portraits. they do. i promise.

however, i’m here to talk about how i let my couples know how i’ll approach the majority of their day–mainly, by not choreographing or staging moments.

most important to me is the real, the true, the emotional, the un-staged moments that happen at every event. i want to capture that storyline, that thread that connects everyone at that wedding, one to another. i believe the only true way to do this is through creating images that naturally unfold in front of me. sure i may coax the viewer’s eye to go where I want by the way i choose to frame the image and the lens i opt to use to snag that shot … but i am not asking anyone or anything to stop in order to make any image happen. i do not make things happen.

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Flash the Bride (She’ll Like It)!

June 22nd, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

The number one question I got from the awesome participants at last week’s Portraits with Panache seminar during the hands on shoot was:  Why do you have your flash on?  And it was a good question.  It was a cloudy day, and conventional wisdom is that cloudy days are wonderful for portraits because of the soft, even light.  So with all of that soft, even light to be had, why on earth would I use a flash?

The reason is in the pictures.  All of these photos are images I captured during the hands-on portion of the workshop.  And all of them are straight out of Canon DPP with no Photoshop enhancements whatsoever.

In this first image, I didn’t have my flash on (silly me), and this is what it looked like:

A quick chimp revealed my mistake, and for the 2nd image I turned the flash on:

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Portraits with Panache Workshop – Behind the Scenes

June 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Mingle

Yesterday ShootStyle traveled to Manchester, NH for our Portraits with Panache workshop.

Jamie, Michelle, Zofia, Stacey and Andree each explained how they incorporate posing and composition to create great portraits at weddings and engagement sessions.

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“Mirror Mirror” Assignment Series winners

June 13th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured

We have been so pleased to see that our assignment series is picking up steam. Many of you are shooting for our series directly and some are combing through your files to find amazing images that fit our assignment perfectly.

This weeks winner was a run-away favorite with our judges (us). Michele Stapleton won our grand prize, a 16×24 mounted print from our sponsor Gamut Prints, with her image of this little house-island. The image is very Tim Burton-esque and surreal. We loved it!

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Keep the camera up!

June 8th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

by Andree Kehn


I brand myself as a wedding photojournalist. To my clients that means that I deliver images of genuine interactions and moments. Composition, framing, layering all add to the art, but my primary goal is capturing natural unscripted moments.

My first job is getting people to feel comfortable and “forget I’m there”. I doubt anyone truly forgets I am there, when I am two feet away from them with a wide angle lens click click clicking, but I can help them surrender to the process. I want them as close to feeling like I am a piece of furniture as possible. I don’t spend much time chatting with them, especially at the beginning, I just wander around and get in close and shoot.

I keep the camera up to my eye. A perfect facial expression, gesture or moment is fleeting; keeping the camera up increases the likelihood of grabbing that perfect frame. It also creates a physical barrier between me and my subjects, making them less likely to engage with me.

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Shoot What Matters, Take Your Time

June 1st, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Style

I knew in hiring my favorite photographer for my own wedding a couple weeks ago, that I would not be disappointed in the outcome. I’m a huge fan of her style. That’s a severe understatement. I knew that I could trust her to do her job, to do it professionally, to not need direction, and to wow us.

She photographed me in angles I’ve never seen of myself, that are so similar to old images of my grandmother. She made special care to capture every detail that we spent so much time and energy on, collecting in antique shops and having custom made. She forever froze moments of my daughter and I that I know she will absolutely cherish and pass down to her own children. She photographed my handsome husband in the way I want to remember him when we’re old and gray.

The most important thing that she did was capture the day the way that I truly remember it, and beautifully. She took her time with us during the portraits and made us feel at ease. We would have held our breath and stood on our heads, had she asked.

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