Damn you cloud gods!
Following an early-morning assessment of the heavens, Ursula and I excitedly forecast an afternoon filled with spectacular cloud formations. Into the bargain of our "Super Cool Clouds" predictions, we also discovered an awesome ruin, precisely in the location we'd planned to shoot the creatives with Bridgette and Mike.
After the ceremony, we got to our much-anticipated setting and, that's right, not a cloud in sight! Nothing, nada, not an ounce of water vapour around. So, instead of fighting with the sun, we had no option but to settle on our substitute location.
What can I say about Mike & Bridgette? Emotional, fun, relaxed, warm and both gorgeous. In fact, I've never experienced an 10-hour period pass by so quickly. It was an amazing ceremony to photograph from start to finish...even though we did not receive the desired co-operation from the clouds.
The reception speeches kept us entertained, with madcap revelations of a rib, a Scope cover girl and many more family secrets I can not reveal on this blog.
And here you are, a peak into their day.
I had to post this image to show you the one lone cloud we found.
Certain areas Dror and I covered at the Re.Invent workshop, were various tips and techniques we use to keep ourselves inspired. I will reveal one here:
When I'm scouting a venue, I usually choose one specific location and then shoot one image for me. Yes, me, myself, I, the royal mwah ;-).
As a rule, I choose a different setting (or perspective), which may not always suceed and, as a result, may not measure up for the album.
Yes, a little more risqué than the prettier shot, but, the actual photograph is meant for my portfolio.
Sometimes it's a complete failure, so I simply delete the series...and sometimes, just sometimes, it does hit the mark and images like this (the second one) are achieved. I can not take full credit for this though, as Stella contributed to this composition.
Oh, and here is that rainbow I was on about.
First up the "prettier" version of the scene:
And this image below was shot, from a different perspective, for me.
Liam spending some time with Dadda.
It was brought to my attention, Thank you Ursula, that on the previous post for some strange reason comments were not possible. The IT glitch has now been sorted. So as Liam would say "Sharing is caring" ;-)
One good thing out of the system overhaul, is that I found this picture in a folder, lurking where it shouln't be. Taken of Jake a year ago.
Finding a folder of forgotten photographs, is like discovering a present that you have not yet opened.
This past week, or so, has been spent relooking how we process images.
The down side of this, is that sleep deprivation has taken its toll, I look
tired terrible and today I am a grumpy old bat on a short fuse. Having "wasted" oodles of time solving programme errors and IT glitches that seem to come as a standard prerequisite when you change things.
On the positive side though, we will, fingers crossed, be able to process wedding images a little faster...and I will be able to sleep.
Update: An email that we received after this post that I wanted post separately, but did not get time. From Kim and Dale (pictured above):
" Now it is my turn to say a huge THANK YOU to you!!!
Our photo's are absolutely amazing and so worth the wait! We could not have asked for anything more and I am so glad that you agreed to share our special day with us because you captured ever moment in such detail and when I look through the photo's I am able to relive the day.
Words can truly not express how thankful I am for what you did for us and we will really treasure all these moments for years to come!"