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Rebecca and Milton’s Engagement Photography Session

 

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I had a great engagement photography session with Rebecca and Milton recently.  As a San Antonio wedding photographer I always encourage all of my clients to have either an engagement portrait session or bridal portrait session.  It is best when they have both.  Not only does this create some great images that are different than the regular fine art wedding photography images that I create, but I think that it is important to have these portrait sessions for a few reasons.  Many of the couples that I work with have never had professional photography before and they do not know what to do in front of the camera.  The portrait session gives them time to get used to being photographed.  It also gives me a chance to spend some time with the couple.  I especially like an engagement session because I get a chance to work with both the bride and groom and to see how they react to being photographed.  My style of very much documentary and I do not like to pose people.  I may start them out in a little bit of a pose, but then I tell them to relax into a more natural look.  I refer to this as posed, but unposed.  The natural look is what I am after.  I find that it also makes them feel and look more comfortable in their image.  Bridal portraits have to be a bit more posed because of the dress.  I always find these sessions to be more formal.  Most of them occur indoors but I have taken some beautiful bridal portraits outdoors.  You can see some great images from Rebecca’s bridal portrait session at Rice University here.  But I still encourage the bride to be a bit relaxed in her pose.

Rebecca and Milton chose Jesse Jones Park for their session because they wanted a wooded surrounding.  They also wanted to create some images on a small beach area in the park.  I had never been to that park before but luckily they were very familiar with it.  The park is fairly large and we walked a lot.  Usually I am the one leading people all over an area to find great locations and to produce a variety of images.  But this time they were the ones dragging me all over the park.  We must have walked for at least 3 miles and I was carrying all of this camera gear.  But the resulting images were worth it.  There was great variety to them from an open field to the trees and the beach.  They are a great couple.  We all had a wonderful time.  I am looking forward to photographing their wedding.

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Old Chevy by Fine Art Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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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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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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5 Wedding Portrait Photography Posing Tips from San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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As a San Antonio wedding photographer I am asked very often about portrait photography posing tips.  Photographing a wedding encompasses many types of images including both portraits, action photographs, event photographs, details, and others.  Within portrait photography you have the formal portraits and candid portraits.  There are also what I like to call casual formals, or unposed posed images. In both of these situations there is much less of a hands on approach.  This is in keeping with my photojournalistic wedding photography approach.   I will be talking more about these in an upcoming post. When I am taking formal portraits, bridal portraits, engagement portraits, or any other type of set up, controlled portrait photographs, I like to give my subjects these posing tips to help to get the best portrait photographs possible.

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1.  Face about 45 degrees to the camera.

People will look better in most situations when they are facing anywhere from 45 degrees to 90 degrees to the camera.  The camera flattens out a three dimensional world, so when you face straight on to the camera it is going to make everyone look heavier.  Turning away from the camera will be more flattering.

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2. Weight on your back foot.

Now that you are not facing straight on to the camera you should shift you weight slightly to your back leg.  This will give a more pleasing hip angle to both men and women.  I find that men can get away with facing straight on to the camera, but women will also look better and accentuate their curves more when they are angled to the camera with their weight on their back leg.

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3.  Keep your arms bent and away from your body.

You should always bend your arms and legs to give them a more relaxed look.  Even if your arm is extended it should be bent slightly.  You do not want to be putting your weight on an arm when you are leaning on something or using it for support.  Keeping your arms away from your body will again create a better line and be more flattering.

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4.  Tilt you head slightly.

It does not matter what direction, but you should tilt you head slightly to one side or the other.  Just make it slight and towards one shoulder or the other.  This will break up the horizontal eye line and give a more interesting and attractive look

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5.  Relax and be yourself.

Remember that this portrait photography session is supposed to be fun.  Keeping a fun attitude will show through in your portrait images with genuine smiles and a better connection to the viewer.  If you utilize the about basic posing tips you will not have to worry about looking your best.  Then you can relax and enjoy the process. There are so many things going on during your wedding day, so keeping these little portrait photography posing tips in mind will make your images really shine.  These tips can even be utilized by people when your are in a more photojournalistic wedding photography mode. You can find more posing tips in the article, “7 Posing Technique for Non-Models.”

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Rebecca’s Bridal Portrait Session by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Rebecca’s Bridal Portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Red Photo

 

Being a San Antonio wedding photographer I have the opportunity to photograph weddings, engagement portrait sessions, and bridal portraits session all over Texas and other locations.  For Rebecca’s bridal portrait session I was in Houston at the beautiful Rice University.  Rebecca’s family live in San Antonio but she and her finance, Matt, live and work in Houston, TX.  I photographed their engagement session in September in Houston at Buffalo Bayou Park.  I always like to have an engagement session with all of my wedding clients as it gives us time to get to know one another.  Many couples have never had a professional portrait session so it gives them a chance to get used to being photographed by a professional photographer.  It is also a time for me to get to know my wedding clients.  I like it when I arrive at a wedding and I already know the couple. That is why I always recommend an engagement portrait session to all of my wedding clients.

Most bridal portrait sessions are taken inside, but Rebecca’s want to take her photographs outside within the beautiful arches of Rice University.  The arches at Rice are a well known location in Houston for all types of portraits, not just bridal portraits, but also engagement portraits, wedding portraits, and even pet portraits.  In fact I have a colleague, Kim Hartz, who specializes in pet photography and her studio is located right near Rice University.  Our session was great and Rebecca was great to work with.  We were able to capture many stunning images of her in her gorgeous wedding dress.  I always like to capture both classical and fine art portrait images at my bridal sessions.  Photographing in an environment like Rice University really give me the opportunity to photograph more fine art wedding images.  My style of photography is mostly a photojournalism  wedding style, but I find that when I photograph bridal portraits I tend to gravitate more to the posed, classical type of bridal portrait images.

Rebecca and Matt will be having their wedding reception in June at The Gallery in Houston, TX.  I really love working at The Gallery.  It is a wonderful, romantic space, and the staff is great to work with.

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Rebecca’s Bridal Portrait by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Red Photo

Rebecca’s bridal portrait session at Rice University by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Gary Miller from Red Photo

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