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What can I say about this couple?  I usually have my photo editor pull out the best shots and throw them up on the blog – saved in the drafts folder to await my approval.  I then go through, delete a few shots, and publish the post with little to no comments just to keep fresh images coming.  It’s different this time.  I tried to hit the publish button, but I just couldn’t.  I had to say something about this couple.  Well, it’s more about Jackie because I really only met Mike on the shoot so I don’t know too much about him other than he’s married to Jackie (which says a lot) and that he’s great looking, successful, and a super nice guy.  Mike, if you read this, please take this as a “I want to hang with you and get to know you more” ok? :) Ok, on to Jackie…

I met Jackie a couple years ago when she styled my NYC shooting workshop.  I only met her briefly during the workshop, but knew I was lucky to have her because of the amazing styled shoot she put together for me.  You can view some of those images here.  I also knew that I was lucky to start this relationship with her because I could instantly sense that she was the kind of person that everyone loved.  I knew from the minute I met her that if she wasn’t already killing it in her business that it was just a matter of time because when God gives someone talent, passion, and a genuinely gracious and sweet personality, you know that person is going places.  Turns out she was already killing it and still is.  She’s the greatest thing the NYC wedding market has seen in quite some time!  Check out her labor of love “Merci New York” and see what I’m talking about.

Jackie and Mike gave me the honor of photographing them for my NYC workshop this spring and it just so happened it was on their 4th anniversary!  Such a beautiful couple!  I wish you guys many many years of happiness together!  Can’t wait to see you both again!  Read Jackie’s post about the shoot here.

Thanks so much to the wonderful vendors that made this shoot a success!!

Production and Stylist:  Kat Harris

Hair Stylist:  Maysoon Faraaj, FaceTime Beauty

Make-up Artist:  Sharon Becker, FaceTime Beauty

Gown:  Romona Keveza, Gabriella Bridal Salon

Tux:  Model’s own

Look 2 and 3 dresses:  Rent the Runway

Look 2 and 3 male:  JCrew

Florals:  Lori Meigel, AvaFlora

Thank you to all the Vendors involved in this shoot:

Production and Styling:  Kat Harris, Mike Colón Photographers

Dresses:  Julia Lovan Designs, Anthropoligie

Jewelry:  31 Bits

Shoes:  Madewell

Male Wardrobe:  JCrew and Matt’s own.

Just hours after taking delivery of my new Nikon D4 camera body last week, I headed up to the Big Bear Mountains to play in the snow with my family.  The drive was an adventure with more than 12 inches of new snow on the roads, and we woke up the next morning to a picture-perfect sunny day to play in the snow!

 I grabbed my new Nikon D4, and a few of my favorite lenses (Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8, 200mm f2.0, 85mm f1.4 and my 35mm f1.4) and headed outside to grab some shots of my wife and four kids playing in front of the house.  I had spent a couple hours the night before, after we got the kids settled in for bed, fiddling around with the settings and discovering a few of the new features the Nikon D4 had to offer.

Since I’m sort of a control freak when it comes to exposure and white balance, I shot mostly everything in manual mode and kelvin white balance.  I did however really play with the autofocus settings to test out the new face recognition feature.  It was pretty cool watching the camera lock onto my kid’s little faces and follow them around as I snapped away.  Although I am so used to controlling my focus selector from previous models like the D3 and D3s, this may be a feature I will continue to use on the D4 the more I learn to trust it.  One thing for sure is that the D4 is extremely fast and smooth in all autofocus modes but I’m sure it will take a few months to test and decide which modes I prefer the most.

One thing that stood out to me right away is how amazingly quiet the shutter is on the D4 compared to all previous flagship DSLRs Nikon has released. In “quiet mode” it’s even more impressive because I can control when the mirror lays back down.  The skin tones straight out of the camera seem accurate and true to what I saw when shooting.  My associate Kat pulled some of her favorites from my little family shoot and used a new Aperture film plugin she found called VSCO to process the images.  I like what she chose!  Hope you like them too!

Chloe tearing it  up on the sled

My wife looking hot as usual.. the pink speed disc is so in right now!

Aidan getting some air

Accidental product placement of the Kelly Moore Thirst Relief Bag so why not give it a link? The bag rules!

Evan took a few face diggers but that didn’t phase him.

Now that’s a snowball!

Her first taste of fresh tracks

Love my girls

Be sure and check out Style Me Pretty and their feature on this wonderful day HERE.

A major THANK YOU to all of the vendors who made this shoot possible.  I am so thankful for each of you! Vendor Information:

Creative Direction:  Eliana of Elly B Events
Location:  Waters Mill
Hair and Make-up:  Raney O’Keefe
Paper Goods:  Jen, Miss Pickles Press
Rentals:  Mao, Four Inch Fold Rentals
Desserts:  Shamsi Bakery
Linens:  Connie, Duglin Linens
Gown 1:  Winnie Couture
Gown 2 & 3:  Zara
Couple:  Karlin and Matt

I loved this couple!  I really really liked them.  I mean REALLY!  This is part one of a styled shoot with Matt & Karlin. Bridal shoot to follow!  Hope you like them as much as I do!

Upcoming Mexico Trip | Photoserv Friday September 9, 2011 11:14AM PST Personal, Photographers, Workshops

If you have not heard of Photoserve; it’s an organization you should definitely check out.

After meeting countless photographers within our industry who shared this vision to not only document beauty and life, but to use that gift and talent to affect positive change in the world, photographers Matt Savage (of Avery House Photographers) and Tony Skarlatos founded Photoserve.  To do just that:  photos and serve.  Their vision to unite with other artists and create an avenue to use their gifts to affect change is both encouraging and challenging.

I am honored to be going on a trip to Acuña, Mexico this September 25-30th.  With a team of about 15 photographers we will be building a home for a family that is currently living on the streets.  I have no doubt that this trip will challenge and shape every person involved, and I cannot wait to go.  We still have a few spots left, and I would love you to join!

To learn more about PhotoServe and to sign-up CLICK HERE.

Jessica and Jeff & Co. | SNEAK PEEK Thursday September 1, 2011 8:00AM PST Photographers, Portrait, Teasers

My dear friends Jessica Claire & Jeff Norwood just celebrated the birth of their first child, Locke.  It was a so much fun taking some shots for them last week.  This is a sneak peak…more images to come!

I have some exciting upcoming workshops that I’m stoked to share with you.  From September 12-14th I’ll be in Calgary for a seminar and Banff for an awesome shooting workshop.  The support that I’m getting from Lynn Fletcher Weddings, The Camera Store, Pixel2Canvas, and Lexar to help make these happen has been so awesome.  I can’t wait to see everyone next month!  Here’s some more info:

September 12:  A Seminar on Branding

In this 6-hour seminar, I’ll be teaching about my unique approach to branding.  Topics that will be covered are:  Defining Your Target Market, Brand Identity, Creating Buzz, Pricing, Selling, Getting Published, Social Networking, Photography Inspiration, Facing Fears.

Where:  The Fairmont Palliser

Early Registration until 08/26/11:  $129.00

Online Registration until:  09/07/11:  $149.00

**Sign-up online HERE.**

September 13-14:  Banff Shooting Workshop

September 13

7:30-9:30p.m.:  Optional Welcome Reception in the Rundle Lounge at The Fairmont, Banff Springs

September 14

1:00-4:00p.m.:  In-Class Lecture.

4:00-8:00p.m.:  Live Shooting on location in Banff.  Students will be shooting a live professionally styled bridal shoot.

Where:  The Fairmont, Banff Springs.

Registration:  $800.00

**Sign-up online HERE.**

Style Me Pretty featured this All-American styled shoot on July 4th.  Abby and her team at Style Me Pretty are such hard workers, and it is an honor to be featured on their site.  This particular shoot was from my SoCal Shooting Workshop, and I am stoked that several of the attendees were also on the Style Me Pretty Feature.  (Way to go Richard Lam and Visual Exposure).  Thank you so much to all the wonderful vendors who made up a killer team for this shoot.  You guys rocked it!  Also thanks to Pixel2Canvas and Leather Craftsmen for sponsoring my workshop, and for your continual support!

To check out the Style Me Pretty Feature CLICK HERE.  Also to view Kat’s images from the shoot CLICK HERE, and for our complete portfolio on this shoot CLICK HERE.

Vendor Information:

Stylist and Floral Design:  Sussanna Davidson, French Buckets; Mary Lallande, Jays Catering

Creative Direction and Wardrobe Stylist:  Kat Harris, Mike Colón Photographers

Hair & Make-up:  Rachel Burney, Remba Productions

Models:  Henry (Brand Talent); Rachael

Linens:  Dahlia and Veronica, Designer Speciality Linens-OC

Pies & Treats:  Mary Lallande, Jays Catering

Paper Goods:  Amber & Ashley, Typologie & Co.

Assistant:  Matt Cotter

 

During my SoCal Shooting Workshop a few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of working with some amazing vendors who put together an All-American shoot just in time for the Fourth of July.  I am so stoked that Abby and her wonderful team at Style Me Pretty featured this shoot yesterday on July 4th!

(Stay tuned for a full post from this shoot).

To check out the Style Me Pretty Feature CLICK HERE.

To the amazing vendors involved:  thank you so so much for making this shoot happen; it was a blessing to get to work with you all!

Vendor Information:

Stylist and Floral Design:  Sussanna Davidson, French Buckets; Mary Lallande, Jays Catering

Creative Direction and Wardrobe Stylist:  Kat Harris, Mike Colón Photographers

Hair & Make-up:  Rachel Burney, Remba Productions

Models:  Henry (Brand Talent); Rachael

Linens:  Dahlia and Veronica, Designer Speciality Linens-OC

Pies & Treats:  Mary Lallande, Jays Catering

Paper Goods:  Amber & Ashley, Typologie & Co.