Had the opportunity to shoot another wonderful San Antonio wedding last Saturday. Congratulations to the Bride and Groom and thank you for having me as your photographer on such a special day in your lives. It is truly an honor. The Ceremony and reception were held at the Canyon Springs Golf Club located in San Antonio's hill country, a beautiful setting for a wedding as any. This is my selection of favorites from the wedding and here is a link to the full online album.

I had the opportunity to photograph another wonderful wedding this last friday April 4th, Congratulations to the Bride and Groom. I would like to take a moment and, first of all, thank you for inviting me as a photographer for your incredible invent, and letting me be part of the important moment of your life.  I am very happy to share this incredible event with you, your family and loved ones! I always include a link to the full online album where you can see all pics and friends and family can order prints and have them delivered to their doors. Here is a link to the full online album.

Once again I had the opportunity to shoot another wedding this last Saturday. Congratulations to the bride and groom I really enjoyed being your wedding photographer and I think it shows through in the photographs from this wedding. I tell clients often that engaging with your photographer to build a personal relationship by shooting an engagement or bridal session can make the bride relax in front of the camera on her big day and in turn result in better pictures.
The Ceremony was held at Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church and the reception was held at the San Antonio Fire Department Banquet Hall on IH-10 West. It was a nice wedding and an awesome reception with good food, drink and a delicious cake. The above picture is one of my best of the year so far!

I post some of my favorite pictures here on this blog post but also include with all wedding photography an online album with photo product and print purchasing capabilities. Maria and Matthew, this is where you will select the photo's you want printed. I have a detailed instructions about the actual proofing process by following the link. It is actually rather easy, you will be creating sets of favorites and then selecting to share those sets and then choosing photographer so they get shared with me. Take as much time as you need to select your prints. I will be delivering the 4x6's the DVD Video and the Photo Disk together but there is absolutely no rush on the enlarged crops like the (24) 8x10's and (2) 11x14's and the (36) 5x7's Once you have selected the photos you want in the sets of sizes just send me the sets and they will be printed and delivered to you within a week. Please let me know if you need any help with the selection process but it should be fairly straight forward. Make a set of one size, add the amount of photo's and share with photographer begin by following this link.
For any family member that wants to purchase prints you can also do so by following this link. THIS IS THE LINK TO THE FULL ONLINE ALBUM FROM THIS WEDDING

I Had the opportunity to photograph an engagement proposal on Marriage Island here in San Antonio, Texas yesterday. Congratulations to the happy couple, I really enjoyed being your engagement photographer and thank you for the opportunity to do so. I think the pictures turned out great as you are about to see, I edited all of them and gave you a mix of different styles, sepia, color, and black and white. I always include the originals on the disk too, there are right around one hundred photographs total that will be in the full online album and on the disk. My best wishes to you both of may you have a long and happy marriage. After the proposal and the much anticipated,"Yes" we walked the few city blocks through la Villita Plaza, across the street through Hemisfair Park and to the base of Tower of the Americas. To see all the photos from this engagement proposal and for print and product selection and purchases please follow this link to the,"FULL ONLINE ALBUM". The online album is a great way for family to purchase prints from the comfort of their home or office, all print orders are shipped within 48 hours other photography products like etched crystals, coffee mugs and pillows may take longer.

"I am a Photographer for my First Wedding and am Nervous, Can You Help"

It’s a inquiry that’s been asked a couple of times in our blog over the last couple of months so while I’m a Professional Wedding and Engagement Photographer I thought it was time to share a few tips on the theme of taking photos at a wedding.

I’ll discuss the mechanical tips of photographing a marriage, not a good read for a pro but would surely be helpful to as somebody who has been asked to photograph many associates and family wedding or such – here are a couple of suggestions.

20 Wedding and Event Photography Tips

1. Conceive a ‘Shot List’ of Wedding Photography

One of the most helpful tips I’ve been speaking about taking wedding photos is to get the twosome to think ahead about the shots that they’d like you to shoot on the day and make a list so that you can check them off of it. This is particularly helpful during the formal family shots. There’s nothing poorer than getting the photographs back and recognising you didn’t photograph the happy twosome with grandma! It is a lot of work to cut out grandma in photoshop too.

2. Family Photo Coordinator - Family Helper - The cool guy in the room!

I find the family photo part of the day can be rather stressful. persons are wandering about, you’re unaware of the distinct family dynamics at play and people are in a ‘festive spirit’ (and have often been consuming a few spirits) to the issue where it can be quite chaotic. Get the couple to nominate a family constituent (or one for each side of the family) who can be the ‘director’ of the shoot. They can round every person up, help get them in the shot and hold things so that the couple and family can get back to the party. Keep a look out for the cool person, and just ask besides, when you need the cousins they know who they are not you.

3.  Scout the Location - Alone or with Bride and Groom

Visit the positions of the distinct places that you’ll be shooting before the big day. While I’m certain most Pros don’t do this – I find it actually helpful to understand where we’re going, have an concept of a couple of places for shots and to know how the light might arrive into play. On one or two weddings I even travelled to places with the couples and took a couple of test shots (these made nice ‘engagement photos’).

4. Preparation is Key - Be Prepared

So much can go incorrect on the day – so you need to be well prepared. Have a backup plan (in case of bad weather), have batteries full and backups too, know about routes and time to get to locations and get an itinerary of the full day so you know what’s happening next. If you can, join the rehearsal of the observance where you’ll get an idea about possible positions to shoot pictures from, the lighting, the alignment of the ceremony etc.

5. Set Standards with the Bride and Groom.

You can only pull off what you can, display them your work/style. Find out what they are wanting to accomplish, how numerous shots they desire, what key things they desire to be recorded, how the shots will be used (print etc). If you’re ascribing them for the event, make certain you have the agreement of price and deposit up front. Make sure to charge upon delivery at first, ro's charge at the wedding or before!

6. Turn off the sound on your Camera.

Beeps during speeches, the kiss and vows don’t add to the happiness. turn off sound before hand and keep it off. Keep if off always is my settings.

7. Shoot the little things.

Photograph rings, backs of dresses, footwear, blossoms, table backgrounds, meal lists etc – these help give the end album an extra dimension. Flick through a marriage publication in a report stand for a little inspiration. Or just go to pinterest.com

8. Use Two Cameras - Having a backup is important!

Plead, borrow, charter or steal an additional camera for the day – set it up with a distinct lens. I try to fire with one broad bend lens (great for candid shots and in tight spaces (particularly before the observance in the groundwork stage of the day) and one longer lens (it can be handy to have something as large as 200mm if you can get your hands on one – I use a Nikon 80-200mm f2.8

9. Consider a Second Wedding person taking photos

Having a second backup person taking photos can be a large strategy. It means less going round during observance and talks, permits for one to arrest the formal shots and the other to get candid shots. It also takes a little force off you being ‘the one’ to have to get every shot!

10. Be Bold but Not Obtrusive

Timidity won’t get you ‘the shot’ – occasionally you need to be bold to capture a instant. although timing is everything and conceiving ahead to get in the right place for key instants are significant so as not to disrupt the event. In a observance I try to move round at smallest 4-5 times but try to time this to coincide with songs, sermons or longer measurements. All throughout the formal shots be bold, understand what you desire and ask for it from the couple and their party,"Okay Folks, The Bride and Groom want pretty pictures, so backs straight... tummies in...  You’re driving the show at this time of the day and need to keep things moving.

11. Learn how to Use Diffused Light

The proficiency to rebound a flash or to diffuse it is key. You’ll find that in numerous churches that natural light and backlight is very reduced. If you’re permitted to use a flash (and some places of worship don’t allow it) think about whether rebounding the flash will work (remember if you bounce-flash off a colored surface it will add a tinted cast to the picture) or if you might want to purchase a Gary Fong flash diffuser like I use to make softer the light. If you can’t use a flash you’ll need to either use a very quick lens at wide apertures and/or bump up the ISO, a good modern digital will do the trick. A lens with image stabilization might furthermore help discover more about utilising Flash Diffusers and Reflectors on my blog.

12. Photograph in RAW

I understand that numerous readers feel that they don’t have the time for firing in RAW (due to extra processing) but a marriage is one time that it can be especially helpful as it gives so much more flexibility to manipulate photographs after having taken them. Weddings always can present photographers with tricky lighting which add the need to manipulate exposure and white balance after the fact – RAW will help with this substantially. Far better than Jpeg with over and under exposure.

13. Think About Your Backgrounds

One of the trials of weddings is that there are often persons going everywhere – encompassing the backgrounds of your shots. Particularly with the previously planned shots scope out the area where they’ll be taken ahead of time looking for good backgrounds.  You’ll be liking uncluttered localities and in the shade locations out of direct sunlight where there’s improbable chance for there to be a strolling great aunt ramble into the back of the shot.

14. Don’t reject Your ‘Mistakes’

The lure with digital is to ascertain and keep images as you go and to delete those that don’t like  the work directly. The difficulty with this is that you might just be getting rid of some of the more intriguing and useable images. Keep in your thoughts that images can be cropped or manipulated later to give you some more arty/abstract looking shots that can add genuine interest to the end result and the couples album.
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15. Change Your Perspective

Get a little creative with your shots. While the most of the images in the end album will likely be equitably ‘normal’ or formal impersonates – make certain you blend things up a little by taking shots from down reduced, up high, at wide twists etc.

16. Put together Wedding Shots

One thing that I’ve missed doing at more than one wedding that I’ve photographed is try to capture every person who is in attendance in the one shot. The way I’ve done this is to organise for a place that I can get up high overhead everyone straight after the observance. This might mean getting big ladder, (if available)  using a balcony or even ascending on a top covering. The beauty of getting up high is that you get everyone’s face in it and can fit a lot of persons in the one shot. The key is to be adept to get every person to the location you desire them to stand rapidly and to be prepared to get the shot without having every person stand around for too long. I discovered the best way to get every person to the spot is to get the bride and groom there and to have a pair of helpers to herd every person in that main heading.

17. Power up the flash!

When shooting out-of-doors after a observance or throughout the posed shots you’ll likely desire to hold your flash attached to give a little fill in flash. Some are inclined to dial it back a little (a stop or two) so that shots are not blown out – If you follow the examples of shooting in raw you will be better off with more than less light.  Especially in backlit or midday shooting conditions where there can be a lot of unwanted shadow, using a fill in flash is definately  a must.

18. Use Continuous Shooting Setting.

Having the ability to fire a allotment of images very quick is very handy on a wedding day so switch your camera to relentless shooting mode and use it. occasionally it’s the shot you take a second after the prescribed or posed shot when every person is relaxing that actually captures the instant!
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19. Anticipate the Unexpected

One more part of recommendations that somebody provided me on my own marriage day. ‘Things will proceed incorrect – But They Can be the Best components of the Day’. In every marriage that I’ve took part in certain thing tends to go wrong with the day. The best man can’t find the ring, the rainfall dispenses down just as the observance ends, the groom overlooks to do up his jacket and dad helps. the the flower girl concludes to sit down in the middle of the aisle or the bride can’t remember her vows…. the list goes on and on.

These moments can feel a little panicky at the time – but it’s these instants that can really make a day and give the bride and groom memories. try to get them and you could end up with some fun images that in  addition sum up the day really well.

20. Have a good time!

Weddings are about celebrating – they should be joy. The more joy you have as the photographer the more calm those you are photographing will be. Perhaps the best way to relax persons up is to smile as the person taking photos (warning: I habitually arrive dwelling from photographing weddings with painful jaws and cheeks because of of my smiling strategy).

 I had the honor of being the Wedding Photographer for this wonderful couple this last weekend. Congratulations to Mariela and Mikal I hope you have a long and happy marriage. Grace Lutheran Church of San Antonio is a church blessed with a beautiful sanctuary and the large attached fellowship hall served as an excellent reception hall. Well, here is what you have come to see, the wedding photo's. I have selected some of my favorites for viewing here on my blog. Click on pictures to enlarge them. The following link will take you to the full online album for viewing, sharing and where high quality prints and photo products of various kinds can be purchased an shipped directly to you. FULL ONLINE ALBUM OF MARIELA AND MIKAL WILLIAMS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY.

The Wedding of Rhianna and Derek Brooks held at the San Antonio River Walk Hotel El Tropicano,  January 17th. Congratulations to the bride and groom you make a wonderful couple and I wish the best for your future. It was my pleasure to be your wedding photographer as it was a wonderful wedding full of good energy and spirits. Loved the whole atmosphere of this wedding, and the reception just a good time if I ever saw one. I have chosen some of my favorite photographs for this post and here is the link to the full online album from this wedding.

  WP Pinner Boasts to be the Ultimate Pinterest dashboard that will work from inside your own WordPress admin area. WP Pinner is a WordPress plugin designed to manage your Pinterest account from your Wordpress install. With this plugin you will be able to easily auto-pin your Wordpress posts to Pinterest. It is also said you will be able to schedule your pins throughout the day and auto-follow users to get noticed and keep track of your account analytics like CTR, clicks, likes, repins, reach, and so on. In my opinion this plugin will definitely help me get more out of my Pinterest efforts! The only draw back is that it has not come out yet. But do not fret, I have a link to sign up to get the automatic wordpress pinner for free once it come out to the public. Here it is:  WP Pinner FREE 

Since everybody has been waiting for a long time for a plugin like this I am sure they will eventually start charging for it, but for now it's going to be free at least for the beta version.

Should your business be on Pinterest? It seems like everyone is trying to benefit from the Pinterest train lately, but is it really a good fit for your business? Even though it’s seems to be the place to be – you definitely need to put some thoughts into it before taking any action.

Software company Intuit published a great info graphic to help you to figure out whether Pinterest is right for you. Have a look at the chart below to help decide whether it’s a smart decision.

by: Dax Vyas

The job of a wedding photographer may seem very easy and jovial, but reality is far from the myth. When you work as a professional photographer and take pictures of models, you do not have much to do except setting the lights perfectly and clicking the shutter. The models are in this field for years and know how to be comfortable in front of the camera.

On the contrary, professional wedding photography is not that simple, because you may know the rules of the trade, but your subjects are always nervous. It is hard to make the bride and groom comfortable in front of the camera because of two reasons. First, they are bound to be nervous, as it's the most important day of their life and secondly, they may trust your skills, but they don't know you. Due to the emotional turmoil and to achieve the “perfect pose” in every frame, clients often fail to show their true body language and the album looks fake.

Merry Christmas, I had the opportunity once again to shoot some wedding photography this last Saturday for Sarah and Donald. Congratulations to both of you, and thanks for having me as your photographer I am sure you will enjoy the pictures. The Ceremony was held at the Emmanuel AME Church San Antonio on 1600 Semlinger. Friendly staff, good lighting, and just an overall great vibe and good atmosphere at this Church, really photographer friendly too. The Reception was pretty awesome too, held at the Randolph Air Force Base - Officers Parr Club a very nice venue for a wedding loved the decor and lighting especially, nice white ceilings for bouncing the flash too. So anyway, here are the pictures that I have chosen for my blog post, and the link below it to the Full Online Album with all of the wedding pictures. The full album is password protected per request of the bride and groom please contact them for the password or just follow the link if you already have it. Thank you and enjoy.


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