Bridal Bouquet Photographs by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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Bridal Bouquet by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

Being a San Antonio wedding photographer I have the honor to photograph many weddings, bridal portraits, and engagement portrait sessions.  One of the key photographs for any wedding or bridal portrait is the bridal bouquet.  Brides take much time, effort, and energy in picking out the perfect bouquet that will complement their wedding.  Colors and flower types are key but they can also depend on the time of the year and the availability of those particular flowers.

The history of the bridal bouquet is an interesting one.  Brides have been carrying a bouquet since ancient times, but it did not start out as flowers.  Many time brides and grooms carried aromatic herbs, spices, or garlic to help to ward off evil spirits.  As far back as ancient Greece and Rome the brides would wear a garland that was meant to symbolize new life, hope, and fertility for the couple.  At this time the garlands were not yet made of flowers but instead they were comprised of herbs and spices or local vegetation.  The stronger the smell the better it was believed that the garland would ward off of evil spirits.  As is true with many other wedding traditions, the modern tradition of having flowers at a wedding and carrying a flower bouquet came from Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert on February 10, 1840.  The bouquet of flowers was carried by the bride and this bouquet included edible flowers like marigolds and dill weed which was eaten by the bride, the groom, and the wedding attendees during the reception.  The consuming of dill was thought to increase sexual desire.  I could see why you would want the bride and groom to consume this but I am not sure that I would want the wedding guests consuming this too.

It was also during Victorian times that flowers took on meanings and were seen as secret messages between lovers.  This is know as florigraphy, or the language of flowers.  At the time many beautiful flowers were given underserved meanings.  Today, brides choose their flowers based more on color and a fondness for the look and smell of the flowers, rather than their assigned meanings.

This is just one of the many fascinating wedding traditions.  I am really interested in these rituals and their origins, so look for future posts on that subject.  You can read about other wedding traditions in my post “Wedding Ceremony Photography” and “Wedding Cake Photography.”

 

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Bridal Bouquet by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Bridal Bouquet by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Bridal Bouquet by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Bridal Bouquet by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

 

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5 Tips for Hiring a Wedding Caterer from San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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As a San Antonio wedding photographer I interact with many other types of wedding vendors.  Along the way I have seen how a wedding is a group effort and like any team it is important to have the right individuals on that team.  Many people think that wedding photographers are isolated from the rest of the wedding, but I make every effort to constantly meet other wedding vendors and to learn more and more about the wedding process.  Today I offer you my 5 tips for hiring a wedding caterer.

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1.  Get recommendations and referrals

Like anything else in life you should ask other people who have had experience with caterers for recommendations.  If you have recently been to a wedding and you like the food and the service find out who catered the event.  Remember that caterers also provide service at other events, like office parties and organizational events.  If you enjoyed the food and the service at an event, find out who provided the catering.  Once you have some referrals or recommendations you should make sure to check them out.  Don’t just go on someone else’s word.  Your friend may have just been to a wedding and loved the food but that does not mean that you should  just blindly take their advice.  Check it out for yourself.

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2.  Use a wedding planner

In a recent post I talk about the importance of hiring a wedding planner.  You can read that post here.  One of the things that I pointed out is that a wedding planner has connections and experience. With some information on your likes and budget they can help to steer you to a good caterer.  They have worked with many wedding vendors and you should rely on their experience and knowledge.  Many planners have a preferred vendors list that has all types of wedding vendors on it.

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3.  Check with your venue

Just like the wedding planners your venue will have a preferred vendors list of the people who they have successfully worked with in the past.  This list should be short.  I am always a bit put off by long lists as it seems like anyone can get on it.  Short lists mean that those vendors have to maintain very high standards.  When venues are looking to put people on their approved vendor list they are very careful that these vendors match the price point and service level of their typical customers.  As a San Antonio wedding photographer I have to work very hard to put myself on the preferred vendor lists of the best wedding venues, but it is worth it in the end.

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4.  Taste the food

This might seem obvious but you need to taste all of the food from a caterer before making any decisions.  I know couples who thought that they wanted a certain type of food but discovered that they liked another type of food better.  One couple wanted a beef dish, because they thought that it would be more elegant, but preferred the taste of the chicken dish.  Another  couple I know went all vegetarian at their wedding because they liked the vegetarian foods better.  Do not assume anything, taste everything.

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5.  Use a professional certified caterer

I highly recommend that you use only professional, certified caterers.  They should belong to a national organization like NACE (National Association for Catering and Events) or ISES (International Special Events Society).  I am a member of both to help foster the wedding team mentality.  After you have some recommendations you can go to these organizational websites to see if your perspective caterer is listed as a member.  You could also start with these organizations and then go through the rest of the process.

Taking a multi-pronged approach to hiring your wedding caterer is what is going to get you the best results.  It may be a little bit of work but in the end  you will have a great wedding reception and your hard work will pay off.

I will be providing 5 more tips in a future post so watch for it.

Gary Miller
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Fine Art Photography Friday – Morocco by Fine Art Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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Morocco by Fine Art Wedding Photographers Red Photo

It is Fine Art Photography Friday again and this San Antonio wedding photographer is ready to show you some more of my fine art photography.  Today’s image is from my trip to Marrakech, Morocco.  This was part of my 5 1/2 week  long trip to Paris, France and Africa.  You can read more about my Paris excursion in the Fine Art Photography Friday – Paris blog post.  While I was over in Paris I thought that it would be a great opportunity to visit Morocco.  Marrakech is only a 3 hour plane ride away and I had never been to North Africa before.  The city of Marrakech is an amazing place.  I stayed in the Old City where it seems that time stands still.  The Old City is still surrounded by walls and the people and life inside seem frozen in times.  It is a very exotic place and remains one of my favorite places in the world, and I have been all over the world.  There are so many interesting things to photograph, but it is challenging because you cannot just freely photograph people on the street.  Like many other cultures the Moroccans did not like to be photographed, for various reasons.  So you pretty much have to asked everyone if you can take their picture, and you have to ask in either French or Arabic.  Not everyone on the street knows french which was my language of choice during this entire trip.  Many days I was “shooting from the hip“, literally with my camera over my shoulders.  I would position myself sideways to my subject and them press the shutter button.  I was able to get some very unique and interesting results using this method.  Nowadays, with newer technology, I could actually use my smartphone to view through my camera and trigger it.  But many of the street vendors are onto the “photographing without looking” trick and some of them will stop you, but others did invite me to freely photograph them.

Wandering around the old city of Marrakech you can get lost easily in the maze of alleys and streets.  People warned me about getting lost but what they did not know was that I wanted to get lost as it gave me a change to explore all parts of this unique city in my favorite reportage style.  In this style you sort of wander around the streets looking for photographs.  This style is perfect when exploring ancient and visually wonderful places.  While I was there, which was in July, it was hot.  Did I mention that it was hot, really hot, like 110 degree hot.  And you are not supposed to expose your arms or legs in public so I was wearing a long sleeve shirt and long pants whenever I was outside.

I stayed in a ryad/riad.  This is a traditional Moroccan house with an open courtyard in the middle.  There is usually beautiful tile work and a fountain in the middle of the open space.  One of the amazing things about these riads is that from the street the houses are all very plain, earthen walls, and doors, but inside is where the beauty of these houses shine.  The courtyard has a lovely cooling effect because of the long periods of shade and the updrafts that are created within the structure.  It reminds be a little of haciendas.  These interior spaces are an oasis from the streets.

The city is full of traditional vendors lining some streets.  There is no refrigeration at these vendors, and it was a little scary to see eggs and meat just sitting out in the hot day with plenty of flies around.  It was times like this that I am glad to be a vegetarian.

The image above was taken at the famous Djemaa El-Fna, a large square with hundreds of vendors at night.  During the day is a vast open space but at night it changes over into restaurant and vendor stalls.  I had the best vegetarian lentil soup there that I have even had.  It is amazing to watch the transformation that takes place every evening as hundreds of vendors set up and then take down their places of business before midnight.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When taking this photograph I was being very clandestine in my approach so that I would not be noticed by the vendors.  Part of my fine art documentary style of photography is that I do not like to interact with my subjects.  This gives me a more natural look.  This is the same approach that I use in my fine art documentary wedding photography.  I really love the color and the mysterious nature of the event and this is what it looked like standing there.  With the low light it was a challenge to create this image.  But I always like to challenge my photography skills and to produce work that I have never made before.

As a San Antonio wedding photographer this is the approach that I like to add into my work.  The more hands off I am with my images on the wedding day, the better I think that results are.  I will be posting more images from my adventures in Morocco in the future.  Stay tuned.

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Fine Art Photography Friday – Iowa by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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Iowa State Fair by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

Another Fine Art Photography Friday is upon us and this San Antonio wedding photographer is ready to get his fine art side on.  I always tell people that I am a fine art wedding photographer and not just a wedding photographer or photojournalism wedding photographer.  They always ask me what does that mean.  Well I have been a fine art photographer for 15 years now and I have had my work in over 100 group and individual shows throughout the United States and in other parts of the world.  I really love fine art and I see no reason why I cannot combine this with my wedding photography.  The digital age has brought about many changes and it has changed the world of wedding photography greatly.  I think that digital technologies and the internet have contributed greatly to the magazine, editorial look of modern wedding photography.  It has also opened up the style from the more posed images of the past to more photojournalistic style photographs.  So I have combined my love of fine art with my love of documentary photography an created by own style of wedding photography.

The image above is from my amusement park project.  I worked on this project for about 10 years as I travelled to amusement parks all over the US and the world.  You can see more images from this project and read about them in my posts on Paris, and Disneyland.  This image is from the Iowa State Fair.  The fair is an enormous event and even I had trouble trying to cover all aspects of it.  There is a combination of amusements along with fair food and livestock shows and competitions.  There was so much to see that I really could not cover it all by myself in the week that I was there.  This image is more in the style of street photography.  This genre features people in public places and is taken in a non-invasive documentary style.  You can see more of my street photography style in my post on China.  Some of most favorite practitioners of this style are Eugene Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, and Andre Kertesz.  These photographers also combined documentary and fine art photography similar to what I am doing with my wedding photography in San Antonio.  I have been inspired by all of them and more.

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Kasi and Griffin’s Hill Country Wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

I recently photographed Kasi and Griffin’s wedding in the beautiful hill country of Texas.  As a San Antonio wedding photographer I have the chance to not only photograph weddings, bridal portraits, and engagement portraits in San Antonio, but also all over Texas and the rest of the country, include the Austin Hill Country area.  I really like to work at the various venues in the Hill Country because they have that beautiful pastural look to them.  Kasi and Griffin were married and had their wedding reception at the Stonehhouse Villa in Driftwood, Texas, about 25 miles Southwest of Austin.  At this wedding I was actually a second photographer and I had the chance to work with my friend Stephanie Brown, a great wedding photographer in Dallas.  I do not often have the chance to be a second photographer at a wedding, but when I do I really enjoy it because I can indulge my fine art wedding photographer style more.

Kasi and Griffin are a great couple to work with.  They were so laid back and genuine and that is always nice to see in a bride and groom.  I had not met them prior to the wedding so it was a pleasant surprise when I showed up and they were warm and accommodating.  I think that they chose the perfect venue for their wedding.  They were just as tranquil as the rolling hills of the country side.  People may be wondering what is the difference between being the primary photographer or the secondary photographer at a wedding.  It really depends on the two photographers and how they have set things up.  With my own business, Red Photo, I am the primary photographer all of the time.  This means that I will stay with the bride most of day, especially while she is getting ready.  The second photographer is normally assigned to photograph the groom and his groomsmen as they are getting ready.  So at this wedding I was hanging out with the guys.  On the rare occasion that I work a wedding by myself I have to photograph both the bride and the groom getting ready.  This is hard because they are usually separated and I end up running back and forth between the two.

I always offers a second photographer to all of my wedding clients and I strongly recommend that they let me use one.  Unlike other wedding photographers out there I always use a very highly skilled second photographer and someone who has a style that matches mine well.  I produce high quality wedding albums for most of my clients so it is important to me that the images from both photographers match well.

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Texas Hill Country wedding by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

You can read about other weddings that I have photographed in the posts cited below;

 

Gary Miller
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Old Chevy by Fine Art Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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Old Chevy by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Red Photo

Friday is upon us again and that means another Fine Art Photograph from my large collection.  I am a San Antonio wedding photographer with a documentary, fine art wedding photography style.  When clients allow it I can produce much more fine art than photojournalistic wedding photography images.  My style is a mix of my love of documentary photography and fine art photography with the importance of wedding photography and the recording of those special moments.  My job is to preserve the moments from a client’s wedding day so that they will have them to share in the future.

Today’s fine art image comes from an extended documentary photography project that I have been working on in Mississippi, around the Clarksdale area.  The project deals with my fascination and appreciation of the people, culture, religion, and blues music of the Mississippi Delta region.  This region is rich in so many things.  I was first attracted to it through my love of Blues music, and this is the area of the country that is often credited as the birthplace of American Blues Music.  This art form emerged in this area around 1890 as a distinct African-American art form that combined music and styles from Africa American folk music.  The style was formed from a rich mix of African-American spirituals, contemporary dance music, traditional songs, hymns from Europe, work songs, col ballads  and feed calls and hollers.  Musicians like Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, and W.C. Handy were pioneers of the new art form.

My interest in blues music was what first drew me to the project.  When I began the documentary photography project I was teaching at Texas Tech University in the College of Mass Communications (now the College of Media and Communication).  The Mississippi blues project was a great way for me to combine my love of photography, the blues, and academic research into one.  I spend three sessions in the Clarksdale area, staying for one month each time.  I have have a number of wonderful experiences during this project from interview locals to playing blues music on various stages to photographing local legends and rituals.  I will be showing more images from this project in future posts.  The image of the old Chevrolet comes from a great place where I was staying near Clarksdale called the Shack Up Inn.  They have several authentic shacks that you can stay in on the grounds that they have relocated from around the state.  I am thankful to many people in that area who have helped me on my documentary project.

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5 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Wedding Portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

As a busy wedding photographer in San Antonio I often encourage my clients to hire a wedding planner.  Many people look at this as an additional expense.  When wedding are already an expensive endeavor many wedding clients are looking to save money and one of the ways that they see to do this is to not use a wedding planner.  But as I tell clients all of the time, the money that you spend on a wedding planner will be money well spent.  Here are my 5 reasons why every wedding client should hire a professional wedding planner.

1.  Wedding planners will save you frustration and anxiety

You already have enough to worry about on your wedding day and leading up to it.  There are guests to attend to and dress fittings and other appointments.  The day of the wedding things are going to be a blur.  I have photographed many brides as they prepare for their wedding and I am always surprised by how they say that the day just whizzed by and they don’t remember much about it.  That is where great wedding photography comes in.  I like to tell my client that my job is to record all of the wedding day in my very non-invasive fine art photojournalistic way.  Hire someone else to run the wedding day for you.

2.  Wedding planners can save you money

It can be a daunting task to pick out all of the vendors that will make your special day, well special.  Wedding planners work regularly with all of the vendors in the wedding business and numerous venues.  They know who is good and trustworthy.  These are two qualities that you want in all of your wedding day vendors.  So the planner can save you the time of running around and contacting all of these vendors by recommending reliable people.  And this includes great wedding photographers.  I have great relations with many wedding vendors whose trust I have earned and together we work to provide everything that a bride could need.

3.  They are experienced

Is this your first wedding?  For many brides it is and therefore you are not going to know when everything is going to happen and where you should be at what time.  A good wedding planner will tell you when and how to cut the cake, or toss the bouquet, or any of the other mandatory wedding rituals.  So often when a wedding client has not hired a planner they come and ask me.  I am the wedding photographer, not the planner.  I am willing to help out where I can but I am pretty busy during a wedding taking great photographs.

4.  You have enough to do already

Face it, you are going to have a really full plate up to and including the wedding day.  Do you really want to plan the party, throw the party, and coordinate the party?  You really want to enjoy your wedding day so let someone else drive and take some of that multi-tasking off of your hands.

5.  They will keep you on budget

Wedding planners will set a budget for you and then keep it.  Money can be a very daunting aspect of a wedding, unless you are an accountant.  You have to keep track of all of the bills and who has to be paid by what date.  A wedding planner is a financial advisor and an account for your wedding.  They know the costs of many goods and can really help you to set a budget that will fulfill you wedding dreams.

Now just make the right decision and go ahead and hire a wedding planner.  Everyone at the wedding will appreciate and you will have more quality time to spend with you guests on your special day.

For more wedding photography advice you should see my post on 5 Wedding Photography Portrait Tips here.

Gary Miller
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Fine Art Photography Friday – China by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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Beijing Street Photography by San Antonio Fine Art Wedding Photographer Red Photo

Once again it is Friday and time for the Fine Art Friday photograph of the week.  I have been immersed in the business of being a wedding photographer in San Antonio all week, so I always look forward to Fridays when I can share another side of my work.  I never completely leave my fine art style behind as I always tell people that I am a fine art wedding photographer when they ask.  Today’s photograph is from a trip to China that I took a few years ago.  It was actually a Travel and Documentary Photography class that I taught at The Art Institute of Houston.   The class was an opportunity for 27 students from The Art Institutes around the country to travel to China for 2 weeks and learn Documentary Photography out in the real world.  The trip took us to Bejing, Xian, and Shanghai.  Although it was a lot of flying it was great to see these three ancient cities.  If you are going to sit on a plane for 17 hours you might as well get the most out of it,  We had a guide in China and many planned activities, but mixed into that the students and I had time to photograph in the streets of the three cities and some old neighborhoods.  We also had a chance to travel out to the countryside a few times to some very small villages.  Many of the people in these villages have probably never seen any foreigners before.  And even though we did not speak the language the people were always friendly.  They invited us into their homes, and offered us tea and food.  When you are wandering around in a small village you feel like an invader at first, but then the people there get used to you and that great connection happens.  You begin to realize that people are the same everywhere and a little patience and kindness goes a long way.

The image above is an example of street photography from Beijing.  I was so busy teaching the students all day and critiquing images at night that I did not get too many chances to photograph on my own.  So I would go out early in the mornings, just after sunrise, and walk around the streets photographing.  It is something that I had to do.  I really enjoy the Reportage style of photography in the spirit of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Andre Kertesz.  In Reportage style you literally walk around the streets looking for interesting things to photograph.  It takes time and patience, but for me it is like a scavenger hunt and you get excited when you find images.  I have always been very curious so that is why I have been attracted to documentary photography.  Not photographing all of these great scenes in an exotic, ancient land like China would drive me crazy.  There were several days that I did photograph alongside the students as part of demonstrations on how to approach people and slowly gain their trust.  This class trip was an amazing experience for me and all of my students.  I hope to do more of these in the future.

Gary Miller

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Wedding Cake Photography by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Wedding cake cutting by San Antonio wedding photographer Red Photo

Wedding cake photography is a necessity at any wedding.  As a San Antonio wedding photographer I have the chance to photograph, and eat, many wedding cakes.  I always like the part of the wedding reception where the couple cuts the cake.  You can see the excitement of the newlyweds and also their childlike attraction to cake and the possibly of smashing it into each other’s face.  Watching all of this wedding cake cutting led me to wonder about the history of this wedding staple.

The idea of having a cake at a wedding goes back to ancient times and the Romans.  It was customary at the end of the wedding ceremony to break a sweetened cake made of wheat or barley over the bride’s head as a sign of good fortune.  The couple would then eat a few crumbs of this bread as a sign of  their new lives together.  The rest of the crumbs would be gathered up by the wedding party as tokens of good luck.  Eating some of these crumbs was to bring good fortune to those you did.  Going along with the theme of sweets being good for happy occasions, guests were provided with a mix of dried fruits and nuts during the wedding banquet.  This mixture was called confetto.  It also started to become customary to throw this sweet mixture over the bride and groom and other guests.  This evolved into the modern day practices of throwing rice, flowers, or confetti over the newly married couple.  When the Romans invaded Great Britain their customs were transferred over to the new lands.  When the Normans (French) invaded England in 1066 many of their wedding customers were further integrated into the wedding ceremony.

In the 17th century the sweet cakes developed into bride pies which were a savory mixture of meats, eggs, fruits, and nuts surrounded by a pie crust.  Every guest was expected to eat a piece of this pie.   To not do so was considered an insult.   A small ring was placed into the pie and the lady that found it was to be the next to be married.  This is the basis for the modern day bouquet toss.  These cakes were mostly fruit and nut based  and were seen as a sign of fertility and prosperity.  Our modern Christmas fruit cakes are like these cakes were.  At this time there were two cakes, one of the bride and one for the groom.  The grooms cake was normally darker and hardier.  Bride pie soon evolved into bride cake.

During Victorian times, the wedding cake began to always have white icing.  This was seen as a sign of purity and virginal attributes.  Queen Victoria’s wedding to Prince Albert in 1840 established many of the modern day wedding traditions, including the layered wedding cake, and the white wedding dress.  I will be writing more about the history of the wedding dress in another post.  Wedding cakes broke out their confines about 30 years ago.  Now you can see all types of shapes and colors of wedding cakes.  Some are elaborately decorated while some are very simple.  Modern cakes are mostly covered with a layer of fondant and then embellished with piped royal icing and flower appliques.   Enjoy the sweet photographs of the cake.

In the words of Marie Antoinette, “Let them eat cake.”

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Fine Art Photography Friday – Rodeo by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Well here it is again, another Fine Art Photography Friday.  The weeks just seem to by flying by.  I can’t believe that it is September already.  For those of you who are new to my blog, welcome.  I should tell you a little bit about me.   I am a San Antonio wedding photographer who specializes in documentary and photojournalism style fine art wedding photography. You can read more about my fine art wedding photography style here.  I prefer a very hands off approach when I am photographing weddings, bridal portraits, and engagement portraits.  Once  a week I have promised to post some of my fine art photography work.

The image for today comes from a series that I made on the Texas Tech University Rodeo team.  I had photographed some rodeos in the past.  One that I really enjoyed was a small ranch rodeo in central California.  I will show and talk about those images in another post.  That was really my first experience photographing a rodeo as an event.  It was great because I contacted the organization that was holding the event and was granted full access for the weekend.  But rather then just photograph the rodeo as a regular event I decided that I wanted to show it in more of a fine art way.  I wanted to convey how the event felt so I incorporated a great deal of motion and blur into my images.  This is part of my nostalgic, romantic style of photography.  This style runs through all of my work including my fine art, documentary, and wedding photography.  It has many elements of Pictorialism.

For the image above I contacted the head of the Rodeo Team at Texas Tech and was given access to go and photograph a practice session.  Sometimes the practice sessions are better to photograph than the real events because you can get closer to the action and pretty much go anywhere, as long as it is safe.  For this image the team was practicing roping calves.  I was able to actually stand inside the pen where the action was taking place, as long as I stayed out of the way.  That was not too hard for me to do because when a couple of large horses are running around at a quick pace you are inclined to stay away from them.  There was loads of dirt and dust which made it challenging for my camera, but the debris in the air can make for some great smoke effects when the sun shines through it.  I have several more images from this series that I will post at a later date. Have a great Friday y’all.

 

Gary Miller

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