Monday, March 2, 2015

Why to spend the money on the real deal photographers

Wanted to share a few before and after shots. I know in the advance of digital cameras almost anyone these days is a "photographer". A nice camera, a quick website with sqaure space and a "good eye" is now in charge of the most important day of your life.  Here are a few before and afters I've posted on Instagram ( @michellevantinephotography)  that I thought would really display the value in a photographer who can not only have a good eye, but can execute an amazing shot from conception, through post production so you have the most beautiful pictures of your big day.

Example 1: The idea

An experienced photographer knows how something  seemingly mundane can make a really fabulous shot. This is one from this past year I shot




Example 2 : The Sky

Sometimes the sky... well it sucks. Just dreary grey. Sometimes it's a decent sky,  but in order to expose the skin tones properly, you have to over expose the sky and loose some of the color. There are different techniques to merge two exposures of the same shot, or use an imported sky, but whatever the case it a gorgeous sunset portrait is a real treasure.


Poles, lines and other distractions really can take away from a shot. A Photoshop master can remove those if need be

 This is an example of working with the original sky, to bring it back and amplify it in Photoshop




(this was me shooting it! :) )  Both of these beach shots are when I shot for rockstar South Florda photographer Vincent Hogan @ http://www.thelxa.com



Example 3: Editing out distractions

This is one shot that the bride and I were walking back to the church area and I saw this little random enclave with a beautiful stone wall. It was small, and the light was rough and I didn't have enough background to see the whole frame but I sent for it hoping that I could edit out the things that bothered me. I'm really happy with how it turned out.




Similar on this beautiful portrait of Dee from earlier this year shot in her hotel room



This shot below took me FOREVER to edit out the door bc of the complexity of the pattern.




Example 4: Loss of Light

Many times you plan to take shots at times when the light is going to be most flattering. That hour or two before the sun sets... everything is golden, streaks of light fall like arrows from the sky, all around gorgeousness.  We call it the golden hour. It's not uncommon however that timelines go array and we're working under quickly fading blue light. This is one of those situations below.





 Example 5: Cosmetic touch ups.(I used Kim as not to offend any clients)

I think Kim looks FAB in the pic to the left. I don't think you need to be a size 4 to be beautiful and I certainly would die for some of her curves myself :) But having said that I occasionally get requests from brides, or sometimes mothers to tighten up an arm, or hide a roll  etc. and I understand that sometimes clients want a little this or that smoothed out if they're going to print a canvas and have it hanging on their wall :) We are our own worst critics aren't we? I edited this one as an example





My skin is less than perfect... reason #1001 I absolutely do not like having people take my picture. I often get clients who want to have a little scarring or other issues that they appreciate being smoothed out. I'm not one to do this plastic fake Glamour Shot style face editing, I more go for keeping the clients natural, realistic beauty of the client but without the distractions.




Hope you have a WONDERFUL fantastic work week and I'll see you on the blog next Monday. If you love seeing the beautiful pics but want to see what happens behind the scenes during the week join us on!


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Behind the scenes: Rebekah and her husband  were part of a stylized shoot/vowel reneal which was shot by Denea Nicole Photography were featured in a local magazine.



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Muah, Michelle xoxoxox


Monday, February 23, 2015

Prefered Vendor: Cakes & Dessert Buzz Bakery

It's Monday. You're tired, there's snow outside, I know juuuuuuust what you need. A hot cup of coffee and a slice of this yumminess....



Random for my wedding blog?... not so much, because, last year I made the most awesome discovery. I was at my favorite coffee and "I-don't-care-I'm-gonna-be-naughty" spot and low and behold I saw one of the chefs working on a wedding cake! GAH! Seriously? They do wedding cakes? YES! (talked with the manager about all the yummy wedding deserts they do). And yes, yes!, they do cakes....  AND wedding cupcakes, AND pies,  AND cake pops... and well in that case goodbye all the other competition... winner for best  wedding Cakes and Desert.... BUZZ BAKERY!





I sent some questions over to them so you could get to know them a bit and how they came to be so darn fabulous. Courtney Blakney, the resident cake boss, sent over these answers... hope you enjoy!


H​
ow did you get into this industry?
I moved to New York city to go to grad​uate ​school​ ​only to realize that I was the happiest in the kitchen. So I ended up enrolling in the French Culinary Institute and I have never regretted it.



What do you love about what you do?

I love creating something ​that ​ not only looks beautiful, but that also tastes amazing. Also,​
the look of joy on the faces of those who get our cakes. It makes it all worth it.


What’s special about your company/ your work?

I​t is a growing company with a small feel. It feels like a second family.



What inspires you in your work?

Little details. I really like taking a small aspect and turning it in to the focal point.





Why will our brides absolutely LOVE having you as part of their big day?

Most of the time wedding cakes are all about the look. ​At Buzz, our cakes are
 not only beautiful but taste
​delicious too​
. We are a package deal.






Open mic… anything else you want to share? 

We are lucky, because we love what we do and I believe it really shows in our creations. ​




Michelle's comments on the AWESOMENESS of this category's winner: 

Courtney hit the nail on the head with her answer about look and taste being a package deal with Buzz Bakery. With the advent of all these fun cake shows, I feel like the focus at weddings has shifted almost exclusively on the appearance of the cakes. I have photographed LOTS of beautiful cakes. There's a wide pool of competition for that criteria. BUT, I always make a point to ask the guests as I'm photographing, "Worth the calories?" and almost NEVER do I have guests gush over how it tastes. (Or I send trusty Pablo for a slice! LOL)  Like ever. Just photographing it, I can tell many cakes are dry or have other issues. Buzz really makes amazingly moist, fluffy cake, with creamy, not overly sweet icing, and amazing creative flavors. And they look beautiful too! All around winner! If you wanna check them out for your big day go over for a cupcake or contact them http://buzzbakery.com/contact/contact.html for more info 

If you missed our previous "Best Vendors" winners for DC you can click this link http://www.michellevantine.blogspot.com/search/label/Favorite%20Vendors for who has won so far.

Hope you have a WONDERFUL fantastic work week and I'll see you on the blog next Monday. If you love seeing the beautiful pics but want to see what happens behind the scenes during the week join us on!


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Faith (even planner) and I at a Mickey themed part we were both working




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Pablo in Argentina visiting family and enjoying la playa during off season


Swing back Monday for more awesomeness and join us on Social Media for weekday behind the scenes and other fun stuff!

Muah, Michelle xoxoxox

  

Monday, February 16, 2015

Modern city engagement: Joey & Alex

Happy Monday!!!  Blah work... YAY pictures! Majorly pumped to share today's post. 



Joey and Alex are both in improv- which makes shooting with them fun and full of laughter. They wanted something modern, fun, colorful ... right up my alley! YAY. Just loved this session with all it's color and pattern. I always try to keep my poses creative and relaxed, I really like how some of them turned out on this session. Hope you enjoy and have a happy back-to-work Monday!





Mid session we took at quick gelato stop at a too-cute spot that had the coolest decor










I think this wall is my new favorite place in the universe!!!! If you could put my personality in a painting... this would be it! Colorful, vibrant, organized but imperfect (with the drips) ... just love this wall.





You guys ever wonder how I get my clients to laugh so much? TOTAL GOOFBALL.... me. Yup. Someday we'll have to do a video so you guys can see what a dork I am when I shoot. 






Favorite shot of the session below. It look me forever to find the perfect pose. A lot of times these shots look very natural, as though they happen organically, but usually they're orchestrated down to hand placement and angles of the feet. The 'natural, laid back' poses are the most laborious shots but SO worth it! Felt like this one really captured their personality too.


 

Something that Pablo does, that is brilliant, which I've picked up from him is to get a good portrait of each person. We all need a fabulous profile pic or Linked In shot don't we? 





Hope you have a WONDERFUL fantastic work week and I'll see you on the blog next Monday. If you love seeing the beautiful pics but want to see what happens behind the scenes during the week join us on!


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(i'm slightly addicted)

 Shoe Selfies! 





or on Facebook

(less addicted but still hit it up)



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Swing back Monday for more awesomeness and join us on Social Media for weekday behind the scenes and other fun stuff!

Muah, Michelle xoxoxox