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What Is Style? | Wedding Photographers Style | Photographic Style Gets Couples To Notice You

What Is Style? | Wedding Photographers Style | Photographic Style Gets Couples To Notice You

What Is Style? | Wedding Photographers Style

One might think that every wedding is the same. In some ways they are. Two people in love are telling their closest friends and family that they love this person like no other. There is a dress and suits, rings, flowers and wedding cake. They share tears of joy. So, if you think all weddings are the same you are half right. The above listed things are what makes weddings the same. The couples taste, style, wants and needs, are what makes each wedding different and unique.

Some weddings are young couples and others are couples that met later in life. There can be a large change in styles from one to the other. This is what can get you hired. Having a style that is up to change. A style that suits your couples. Being a customers service agent is part of being in the photography business. You need to be educated, in not only lighting, gear and poses, but you need to be able to edit in a way that the couples will find to their liking.  Style can make or break a booking. So, be open to change and shoot for your not only your current client but shoot with style create future client bookings.

If you have questions about your wedding, my packages or just want to say hi. Please contact me today.

 

About these photos: Here is a group of wedding images that shot what I would call a different style from one another.

 

 

Bride at golden hour near the water.

Bride at golden hour near the water.

Moody wedding photo of a couple posing together but seeming apart

Creating a feeling of alone and together.

Black and white wedding photo in a field with Mountains as the backdrop. IN Maine

The sun created this great shadow.

Pretty bride poses moments before her wedding.

Pretty bride poses moments before her wedding.

Wedding couple exits a church

As the ceremony ends, it all just begins .

bridal party posing near a building with a vintage feel

Creating a style with a vintage look on this bridal party pose

Open view of church after a wedding with just the couple sitting.

The feeling that no one else exists, only them.

amazning wedding photo with a bride walking past windows, as her groom is seen in a reflection

Creating style as you go. Here I was able to capture the bride walking and her groom reflecting.

Mt Top wedding couple posing in front of a dramatic sky

Using some flash to create this seemless looking photo. Using camera settings to capture the sky and the flash lighting the couple.

Maine Wedding | Sneak Peek

Maine Wedding | Sneak Peek

This past weekend I was the second shooter at a coastal Maine wedding. It was at the beautiful family home and bed and breakfast. The Moorings B&B is a Midcoast Maine wedding venue located just 50 miles north of Portland, ME in the town of Georgetown. With its seaside setting and colonial feel. You know the property has been loved for many years and in fact has been in the Reid family since the early 1900’s. Here is just a peek at a photo of the couple from this days wedding. Congratulations to Devon & Ben. Cheers to many happy years together.

Bride and groom look at their rings in this sea side wedding photo

Amazing view at this Maine wedding venue

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Newlyweds Engagement Photo Shoot In Franklin, New Hampshire

Newlyweds Engagement Photo Shoot In Franklin, New Hampshire

This engagement session started off like most, with short introductions and a bit of background on each other. The couple lives on an amazing property in Franklin, New Hampshire. It had apple trees, open fields, barns and wooded lots. It was a toss up as to what location to use first. We picked the apples tress. The flowers had passed already, but the location was still beautiful. We moved to the barn and lastly, we went to the grooms grandparents lakeside home the last several photos.  The groom is an EMT and works with the local fire department. We incorporated some of his gear into a photo or two.  As we talked about the wedding day and the plans they had we started to build a connection that will surly carry over to their wedding day. I am looking forward to this fall wedding over at The Indian Head Resort in Lincoln, N.H.. I look forward to seeing the couple soon!
Here is a few from the session. Happy engagement and again congratulations!

Big sky. I love to use negative space when the shot is right.

Big sky. I love to use negative space when the shot is right.

Engaged couple poses near an old barn in NH

The barn doors matched the color of their outfits.

Couple poses behind fire fighter gear

Serving his community is a big part of his life

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Couple shows engagement ring at a  photo shoot

Ring shot

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The happy couple will be joined in marriage this fall

The happy couple will be joined in marriage this fall

Big smile from this soon to be bride.

The Beautiful bride waiting for her man to return with the truck

His grandparents live on the lake. So glad we went there.

His grandparents live on the lake. So glad we went there.

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The date is set for their NH wedding.

The date is set for their NH wedding.

 

New Slide Show From New Hampshire Same Sex Wedding | Joe Martin Photography

New Slide Show From New Hampshire Same Sex Wedding | Joe Martin Photography

Once the wedding is over and the guests have gone home, I get to work. I cull out the double images and delete the misfires. I sort through the good photos from the great ones. I find the best story- telling images of the day. Lastly, I find the perfect music and create a story of the wedding. For the couple, it is an emotional trip back in time, to the day in which their lives begin with this new chapter of life. Through the video that I create, the couple will be able to see so much that they may have missed from the wedding day. They get to experience what it was like to be a guest witnessing the joining of Love – indivisible.
Thanks again, to Lauren and Meg.. Cheers to you both and may your lives and love be forever entwined. I am honored to have been invited to capture your special day. I will never forget it.

If you liked this view and are looking for a wedding photographer in New Hampshire, Maine or the Boston,MA area contact me today.

Leave a comment below if you like the wedding sideshow.  Let me know did you have a tear in your eye?

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About this North Conway New Hampshire Wedding Photographer:

Enjoy this North Conway photography provided by Joe Martin Photography

Joe Martin is located in Mount Washington Valley specializing in portrait photography and works as the following: wedding photographer, senior portrait photographer, newborn photographer and family photographer. Photography coverage including but not limited to, New Hampshire: Maine and Massachusetts. Including: NH- Berlin, Rochester, Dover, Concord and Meredith. In Maine: Portland, Fryeburg. In Massachusetts: Boston, Lawrence, Salem, and Gloucester. If you’re in an area not listed, I am willing to travel.

No matter what your event may be, each photo shoot will be handled professionally, with our clients desires and goals in mind. If you have any questions or comments for me or about my photography, please call me 603-367-4657 or contact New Hampshire Wedding Photographer today.

Location Information: Joe Martin Photography is located just outside North Conway, NH, 03860

    

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The Day After – Same Sex Marriage In NH |New Hampshire Wedding Photographer

The Day After – Same Sex Marriage In NH |New Hampshire Wedding Photographer

They say timing is everything. This one was right on the money. The day after the Supreme Court made same sex marriage legal in all fifty U.S. states, I had the great fortune to be part of one. I had this wedding booked for sometime. The timing of the courts actions was just divine. It made their day even more special. The wedding was great. We started on time had a fifteen minute ceremony were both of the brides shared the vows they had written for each other. They were short and loving. Talking a bit about their time together so far on their journey. There was many smiles and looks back at the guests as if to let them all know they were important to the couple. The couple had chose to have a firsts look before the wedding. They had spent the early part of the day together with their wedding party. The only time they were apart was to put on their wedding dresses. I walked one bride to the meeting spot and had the other joins us ten minutes later. The second bride walked into the garden and down the steps to her sweetheart. I had her pause so I could capture a few photos of her by herself before they saw each other. Here are a few of my picks and favorite images of the first look for this beautiful same sex wedding.

 

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Bride waiting for her bride at a same sex wedding

Bride waiting for the start of the first look

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One bride posing for a portrait just before she sees her bride for a first look

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You can feel the nervousness in this pre firsts look photo

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The couple sees the other for the first time on their wedding day.

Tears of joy and happiness. Overcome one of the brides.

Two brides seeing each other for the first time at a gay wedding.

First look is over.

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Took Time Away From Blogging | Fine Art Photography

Took Time Away From Blogging | Fine Art Photography

I was posting a photos a day for over a month. Then why did I stop? I just got so busy time had to be spread out among other things. Here I am back to posting at least a few times per week. I am hoping to get ahead of it and get back to posting a photo a day once again. Thanks for holding out for me. That is if you did, LOL.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: It was a hike worth taking. I had to walk about a mile in the hot sun to get to this spot. It was about a half mile walk to and then the same walk back to the beach. This is the same spot I have posted before. Dirty Beach, again was one of our favorite see a past post about Dirty Beach.

ABOUT THIS PHOTO: “Through The Looking Glass” was the title I gave this one. I find it adds to the emotion of an image if they are giving a name or title. I love how the ocean is lined up and viewable through the arch. I had no idea what I would find once I got to this spot. It was amazing to make the walk and then see this sight. I knew it would be worth the work to get to it.  This I shot from a tripod and took three bracketed photos to create this image. Thanks to modern photo software for helping to create the same sight I had seen on this day.

This and many of my images are available for product orders in my image print shop.

Natural arch in stone in Puerto Rico

Nature made: Arch in Puerto Rico at Dirty Beach

You Could Feel The Love | New Hampshire Engagement Session | Same Sex Marriage

You Could Feel The Love | New Hampshire Engagement Session | Same Sex Marriage

Who is Joe? I am a New Hampshire wedding photographer servicing all of NH, western Maine and parts of MA. Thanks for viewing my blog.

“It may be that same-sex couples will save the institution of marriage.”  ― Elizabeth Gilbert

 This past week I found true love. I should say i saw true love. I did not discover it. In fact true love found me. It came in the form of an email last year. The email was form a same sex couple looking for a wedding photographer. After a few emails back and forth. They booked me and we started to plan the wedding. Ok, they did the planning and I kept in touch ans added my two cents when I thought I should.  Fast forward to this spring and th wedding engagement photo session.  They knew the spot they wanted to do the photos at. It was the spot of their first weekend away together. There could be no better place. The spot was called “The Lincoln Woods Trail” in Lincoln, NH. It is a great hike very flat and it leads to many other trials that head up into the Mountains of New Hampshire. Like most shoots we meet a bit early we talked about the hike the ideas for the photos and off we went.
At the beginning of the trail is a great wooden bridge we stopped there for a pose or two and headed away in to the forest. The rest as you see came so naturally. The love was obvious.  A fun easy shoot for sure. I can not wait to capture the wedding for this same sex couple.

Lesbian  couple posing for an engagement photo

Love, the love these two woman have for each other.

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The river rocks had to be used for this session .

lesbian  couple showing affection in a wedding photo

Showing affection is a sign of true love.

Together is what being a couple means.

Together is what being a couple means.

 

Looking for a wedding photographer? Same sex marriage of not. I am always open to talk about the needs of the couple and am willing to work with you to meet a time line, special request or budget.  Please contact me today to book your 2015-2016 wedding.

 

Weddings at The Red Barn at Outlook Farm | Wedding Photographers in Southern Maine

Weddings at The Red Barn at Outlook Farm | Wedding Photographers in Southern Maine

Weddings at The Red Barn at Outlook Farm | Wedding Day in Southern Maine

Wedding Venue: The Red Barn as Outlook Farm
New Hampshire Wedding Photographer: Joe Martin Photographer

 

If you follow my blog, then you know I like to build a slide show after the weddings that I shoot. I love to tell a story of my favorite photos from the special day. Here is a slide show from a wedding that I shot at The Red Barn at Outlook Farm, which is another beautiful Maine wedding venue. It is located in the town of South Berwick, Maine.  On the wedding day, the bride had been stuck in traffic on her way to the wedding and we ended up being a little behind for the start of the reception, so our time for bridal photos was a bit shorter then I would have liked. It was really just all in my head. We got every shot they wanted and still made time to create a few extras of just the bride and groom. So, please enjoy this slide show form Christina & Doug’s May 1st Wedding.

If you are in search of a wedding photographer in Maine or New Hampshire. Please contact me to check on availability. I am booking 2016 weddings already.

 

 

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Joe Martin is a New Hampshire wedding photographer based in the North Conway area. Booking weddings in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Getting married? Contact me for booking availability. Already booking into next year.

 

Newly Engaged, Now Happily Married

Newly Engaged, Now Happily Married

Meet Christina & Doug. They are married now, but here is a few photos from the engagement session I had with them. I am sure none of us have been so cold in all out lives. With the wedding date closing in we had to find a way to get an engagement session completed. With out long cold winter there was little time to get it done. We made it happen. I picked a spot close to them that I new was great for a few nice backdrops. The location was in Dover, NH new a large old closed metal bridge. It is close to the city of Portsmouth also. We were cold at the bridge but down in Portsmouth it was so much better. The wind was just so harsh at the bridge. With the protection of the buildings in the city the wind was greatly reduced making it a mush more enjoyable photo experience.

Here is just a few of the photos from that session. I have already shot the wedding look for some wedding photos from them soon.

If your newly engaged or looking for a wedding photographer. Please check my wedding price page. I would love to work with you and help capture your day in your way.

 

B&W Image of a engaged couple

Loving in the cold air

Couple embrace in this photo

In the city the wind was so much less and we could relax a bit and have fun

Edgy engagement photo

Love this doorway. Love this photo. Love the way the edit come out.

Couple hugging in this engagement photo

Loving is a understatement with these two

A couple posing near the water at the ocean

Loving by the waters edge.

Why Every Bride Should Hire A Wedding Planner | New Hampshire Wedding Photographer

Why Every Bride Should Hire A Wedding Planner | New Hampshire Wedding Photographer

Lets  face it, the wedding day is the biggest single event in a young couples life. After that, becoming a homeowner or a parent is the next big step. So why not get some help with this biggest of days? Help is available in the form of a wedding planner. They have been part of many family celebrations. Even a new planner has helped plan many more weddings then any newly engaged couple.  The knowledge they bring to a wedding day is truly a hands-on experience, giving you every option, every opportunity, to create the best of wedding timeline and a smooth transition from ceremony to reception, to the end of the nights send-off of the newly wed couple.

Here are just a few of the items that some may not consider when planning their own wedding:
In what order does the couple book vendors? (Many do not understand that a big popular wedding venue will be booked maybe two or three years ahead of time.) How close are venues to hotels or airports? How many people can a venue accommodate? What is your style? Do you have even one? Maybe you do, but you may not know for sure what your style is called. Your wedding planner can help you select the style that is truly you. They will help guild you into the perfect colors or what is hot and what is not in your style at any giving time of year. They will be able to help you with your budget, which could make or break a wedding day. Maybe you had another number in your mind of what a wedding in 2016 will cost. Once you have this number you are more able to select from vendor lists. Going into this blind could really turn on you. Do you know how much the average venue gets per plate/guest? Do you know who should come to the wedding? How many people can  be afforded to have come to the big day? Your planner will know. They will help select the best venue for your budget. They can guide the selection of vendors. Maybe you always wanted a live band to play are your wedding. Maybe, once you find out most bands run three to four times the price of a good deejay, you will want to use the difference in price to select a better photographer. Planners have relationships with local deejay’s, photographers and florists. They will let the chef know if your running late with photos or parent dances. They can let the DJ know when it is time to toss the bouquet.  Do you think most brides know they use a second bouquet as the tossing bouquet? So they can keep the bouquet they walked down the aisle with.   Many venues have a wedding coordinator in house to help with your wedding.They will know the limo drivers and the bakers to send couples to for the best match. Again, budget is a big factor.

So, to break it down for you: Your planner is your financial planner, your timeline coordinator (and they will keep you up to date of the planning and booking progress), the style, taste and overall vibe that you desire, help you pull together the scattered elements to create a unified look and feel for the wedding. Wedding planners are also the peacemakers, being the voice for the couple and negotiating with vendors, or with your mother-in-law. They also handle any last minute emergencies, and return rental equipment and making sure the space is left clean so you get your deposit back. Basically, they are the guiding force of a wedding and without them, your focus can not be where it belongs and that is on the love and being present during your wedding, so you have an amazing time. After all, your wedding is one of the most memorable days of your life. Do you want to look back on it as relaxing, loving and peaceful? Or do you want to look back on it as stressful, disorganized and overwhelming?

We hope this article helped in your decision making-process of having a wedding planner or not. We wish you the best, more memorable day of your life!
~Joe Martin

 

 

collage image of detail photos from weddings.

All the details will be taken care of with the right wedding planner.

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Ship Yard Surprise | Limited Addition Fine Art Prints

Ship Yard Surprise | Limited Addition Fine Art Prints

PHOTO OF THE DAY – Ship Yard Surprise

On a trip over to Camden Maine I took many photos. A few sunsets a few photos of people in the streets. I took a portrait lighting class and shot many models male and female. We headed into the down town area for a day of street photography. We had the task of taking photos of ten people. They would be all strangers and we had to approach them and get them to let us photograph them. It was a bit scary but a lot of fun. Only one person said no thanks. We had a young couple follow us to another location to get shot of them in better light. We had a blast. About mid day we took a break and met down near the docks for a meeting and to check in with our progress. We had to wait for a few of the people in the group to make their way back to us. That is when I took a walk down the pier to the boats. I had my wide angle fish eye and my portrait lens. I set up my tripod and starting framing in all the boats. I would snap a few then move over a bit creating a different view and POV.  It was a great shooting day. I made a lot of photos that day.

ABOUT THIS PHOTO: The clouds were screaming shoot me shoot me. I took many photo of this boat and it’s sister boat. You may have seen that other photo named “Glass Ocean” here. There was no surprise about the photos that day. Well maybe there was a bit of one once I was back at the computer and saw all the clouds and the reflections on the water.  It was almost unreal to see them all loading on my screen. This is for sure one day I will not forget.

Image of a boat with an amazing reflection and clouds.

The clouds the bout or the sea, What do your eyes goto first?

Falling in Love With Nature Photography | Landscape Photos

Falling in Love With Nature Photography | Landscape Photos

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Falling in Love With Nature Photography

After being involved with many on line photo groups. Mostly via Facebook. I have come to realize that many if not all photographers got their start with photography shooting landscape or nature photos. If you think about it, it makes total sense. The light is there, there is never red eye. You can take your time with framing and take as many photo as you want with no complying from the subject. Once a style is found then we tend to shot that subject for a bit of time then we move on to a new natural backdrop to use as a canvas. Some will move onto living subjects like people or pets. Some will stay in the nature photography world their whole careers.  One of the good parts of nature photography is that you don’t need lots and lots of gear. I know we need cameras and lenses, but we don’t need to invest in lighting or wardrobe, we never need to pay a model or run advertising to get new clients. The trees will always pose for us.

ABOUT THIS PHOTO: This is a small stream just up the road form my home. It is in a field that houses two horses and two cows in the summer months. This photo was taken from standing just feet from a road. You can see it is early fall here. The leaves are just beginning their change. Soon all of them will be on the ground or floating away in the water. I really love this post and have taken photos in winter here as well.  Hope you get out in nature from time to time. If not to take photos of it at least to enjoy it.

 

image of a river and fall colors on trees

Fall is a time for photos.

Wishing Your Way To Summer | Nature Photo Prints

Wishing Your Way To Summer | Nature Photo Prints

PHOTO OF THE DAY – Wishing Your Way To Summer

Any dandelions in your yard yet? None here, but the are coming. Every year we get a ton. We live on land with about 3 acre of fields. We are blessed each year with many different flower type all session long. we get so many colors and varieties I am not sure what is my favorite, I guess all of them. Some days I will take time to walk the land and find some fresh growth. I forget I should be working in my wood shop at times and lose some of the day to snapping photos. I have a large amount of dandelion photos. I edit them in all different ways. Edited that show flowers with a silhouette in front of a sunset. From above with half the flower in the frame and the rest cut of the side. Many more flower prints to come.

ABOUT THIS PHOTO: This was one of those flowers I was not sure if I would keep. Once I tossed it in to Lightroom I knew I had a keeper. Just a light edit was made. The color of the sky and the blurry tree add to this one showing off the very fine details of the seeds and the fluff (Taraxacum) on the top. Look for more flower photos soon.

 

Great photo of a dandelion

Flower are every were on our land. Here is a dandelion I found last year.

 

Taking Photos Of The Guests Ties At Weddings | Photographers Blog

Taking Photos Of The Guests Ties At Weddings | Photographers Blog

PHOTO OF THE DAY: TIE IT ALL TOGETHER

One item I include with my wedding package and one of my favorite features of my wedding photography is the photo slide show I create once the photos are all edited and delivered to the clients. It is more of a story telling slide show of the wedding day form beginning to end. It is important to me to tell the story of the day. It is a great way for the couple and their guests to recall the day and relive it over and over when ever they feel that need. In a way it helps me stay focused on the details of the day. It makes me stay sharp not wanting to miss a single part of the action. The video is made from about 125-140 of what I feel are not only the best photos from the day but the best photos that tell the story of the wedding. I thing I started to do form the first wedding I offered the slide shows was to take photos of the guests ties. I would approach the male guests and make a comment out how I liked the tie they had on and asked, could I please take a photo of it. So would have a look on their face as to ask why, others just said sure. I would share with them I would be make a slide show from the photos and I would use the ties to tie the video together. As the day progresses the scenes change. From wedding set up to the ceremony then formal photos ending at the reception a place that many big events happen. We have the couples intro the parent and first dance we cut the cake then toss the flowers. There is dancing parting and fun all around. All can be told with still photos in a short time line with my video slide show. As the video moves form the early part of the day to the end I use the photos of the ties to transition to the next event. “Tying” the day together. At some weddings there are only cool ties and I can not add them all to the slide show. I end up using around 6-8 ties in the video. I think it an original idea and one that I always look forward to on wedding days.

ABOUT THIS PHOTO: Here you see a few of the type of photos that I use for the slide show break. These are a few of the ties I took photo of at a 2014 southern NH wedding. The photos are edited using the same style that the rest of the set of photos was editing so they are in line with the feel and look of the wedding day. I capture as many photo of the guests ties as I can. It not only is a go or way to connect with the family and guests, but it gives me more options once I set up the slide show as I can not go back and get more photos if I feel I need more. Thanks for stopping bu my site. If you our someone you know is getting married in or around New Hampshire please contact me to set up a meeting and talk about your wedding day photography. You can see my wedding packages and prices here NH wedding photography prices

wedding photo of guest ties

Ties are my thing. I use them in the slide shows to change form one location to another.

We Heart Travel | Natural Landscape Photos

We Heart Travel | Natural Landscape Photos

PHOTO OF THE DAY- Travel who does not like to go on vacation? I don’t know of anyone that does not like to have some down time. At times the trip can be stressful can be unpredictable. Once at your destination all is well.  One of our best family trips was our trip to Purtio Rico. As a family we had so much fun together. Playing in the ocean seeing new landscapes so much different then our native New Hampshire. We say new animals, new foods and created new memories that will surely last a life time. One of the firsts days we were there we went to the beach. It was amazing. The water was so warm. The kids and I rain and dove in. We ate lunch and we had to hide from the rain. It rained hard that first day. So hard that some of the smaller roads on the way back to or home away from home were flooded and we had to find an alternate route back. Our host that put us up the time we spent in Purtio Rico drove us to many beaches when there. She took us on a day trip many hours form her home. We all boarded a small boat and then were dropped off on a small island. One the island there was much to see and much to photograph. One of the small beaches there had many tiny pieces of coral. It even had some huge pieces. Here is one of them.

 

ABOUT THIS PHOTO: I  was out exploring a bit shooting up the landscape. Taking photos from every angle from low and close to the water and far back in the tree line. The clouds screamed epic from every angle. One of the coolest things I found on the island was this huge piece of coral. At least I think it was. It might have been a rock with many holes in it. I think it was coral.  It was in the shape of a hart. It was magical. I stood it up so the heart would stand out ageist the blue sky and the green of the mountains. It is what we LOVE about travel.

Landscape photo of a beach in Purtio rico

Our family trip to Purtio Rico was one of the most memorable .

Renting Tilt-Shift Lens | Fine Art Photography

Renting Tilt-Shift Lens | Fine Art Photography

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Renting Tilt-Shift Lens

Last year I headed to the coast of Maine for a class. I was able to rent a Tilt-shift lens for my camera. They are an amazing lens. With moving parts that do what it says. It can tilt the angle of view and create an effect with blurring around the edge of the frame of the photo. It gives the viewer the feeling like the photo has been edited in such a way to give this look, but it is all done with the lens. I feel almost any photo could be turned into a fine art photo with the use of this lens. If you are new to photography or want to learn a bit more about what a Tilt- shift lens is check this Wikipedia page.

 

ABOUT THIS PHOTO: This was shot across Camden harbor. I was just playing with the lens and loved the way this looked with the Church steeple in focus and the rest of the city looking blurry and out of focus.

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The Effect here is from a tilt-shift lens.

Incorporating Family History Into Wedding Photos | Family Heirlooms As Wedding Photo Props

Incorporating Family History Into Wedding Photos | Family Heirlooms As Wedding Photo Props

PHOTO OF THE DAY – Family Heirlooms As Wedding Photo Props

In todays post I have used two wedding Photos. I know my Photo of The Day posts are most times just one photo with a bit on how I shot it or what the day was about when I took the photo. I thought that to really make my point I needed these two photos to tell my story.

This wedding was in the City of Berlin , NH. It is a small city more like a large town. A 100 years ago the city of Berlin was a mill town. Over the years the mills have closed down and with it many of the towns income creating jobs have also been washed away with the mills.

I have always loved props in photos. When they are good and they are relevant to the photo of the subject. This is not exception. I was meeting the bride at her moms home before the wedding. I knew this would be a good place to find family history to include in some photos. I was not sure how when I got to the home, but as soon as I saw the spoons I knew it was meant to be.

ABOUT THESE PHOTOS:

So what better way to show off the family connection the history the love this family had for each other then with this great wall display? This display of baby spoons was very detailed. It had small spoons all engraved with the child’s name for all 13 kids, that is right 13. This bride was the youngest of the 13 and was on the way to start her own family. I had first thought I would hang the shoes from this and capture the silver of all the spoons and the shoes together. I think it works very well. It tells a story for all that see. It for sure will create emotion to the family when they see it. So then I thought I would add the rings to the brides spoon in some way. I though I might put the rings into the spoon or on the stem, but nothing looked as nice together as the rings resting on the spoon like in the second photo. I had shot a few photos of the rings then removed the spiders web from the wooden rack. I really like the way it looked with the web. So I edited it and included it in there wedding photos. I edited the first photo with a more vintage look using a bit of a matted look to finish it off. The second photo is a basic black and white with a high clarity to bring out some of the finer details.

photo of wedding shoes and the brides families baby spoons display

Story telling with a detailed photo of a family heirloom and the brides shoes

 

 

Wedding rings lean on a baby spoon that was the brides soon as a child.

Baby spoon with the brides name on it really add to the details of this photo.

 

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About this North Conway New Hampshire Wedding Photographer:

Enjoy this North Conway photography provided by Joe Martin Photography

Joe Martin is located in Mount Washington Valley specializing in portrait photography and works as the following: wedding photographer, senior portrait photographer, newborn photographer and family photographer. Photography coverage including but not limited to, New Hampshire: Maine and Massachusetts. Including: NH- Berlin, Rochester, Dover, Concord and Meredith. In Maine: Portland, Fryeburg. In Massachusetts: Boston, Lawrence, Salem, and Gloucester. If you’re in an area not listed, I am willing to travel.

No matter what your event may be, each photo shoot will be handled professionally, with our clients desires and goals in mind. If you have any questions or comments for me or about my photography, please call me 603-367-4657 or contact New Hampshire Wedding Photographer today.

Location Information: Joe Martin Photography is located just outside North Conway, NH, 03860

    

All images copyright ©Joe Martin 2010-2014

Daytona Beach Landscape | Limited Addition Fine Art Photography

Daytona Beach Landscape | Limited Addition Fine Art Photography

PHOTO OF THE DAY- Daytona Beach Landscape

For a few years our family has made the trip to Florida making the trip via car and RV. We head to Walt Disney World for a few of the days. The Kids love the rides and I have learned to love them too. I think The Aerosmith ride, The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. It very fast roller coaster with a few loops and high speed. The music is blasting as you make your way to a concerts staring Aerosmith. On the trip I take many photos of the parks and the landscape of Florida. We have also made a tradition of stopping at Daytona Beach on the why home. It is a great way to close out our time in Florida and a great start to a long drive back north. Ever time we have gone over to Daytona the weather has been great. Like most trips to the beach it is breezy and wet. The kids always say they are not go into get wet, yet they end up running in the water and then we need to find a place to change before the next leg of the trip. This day was no different.

ABOUT THIS PHOTO

This was taken with a 15-50 mm lens on its widest setting, trying to capture as much of the beach as I could. I think it looks great in Black & White. The seagulls and the pilers make this photo what it is. They are the a main subject and really let you know your at the ocean.  The one solo flying gull adds to the drama of the clouds and ties it all together. Prints are available for purchase in many sizes from 8×12 prints up to 36X48 canvas prints. I am offering this fine art print in a limited addition canvas print. There will be only 25 canvas printed they are 20″x 30″ and will be hand signed but me. The price is $250+$10 shipping. Contact me today to take advantage of this limited addition sale.

Photo of the ocean with seagulls and all wooden pillars showing the clouds

This Daytona beach landscape make me want to travel more.

SKELETON TREE | FINE ART LANDSCAPE PRINTS

SKELETON TREE | FINE ART LANDSCAPE PRINTS

What makes a photo a photo? Is it the snap of the camera? Is it the eye of the photographer? Could it be that they seeing, the noticing something worth capturer with a camera? Maybe it is all of these. Anyone can point a camera and push a button.  I think the real trick in taking a great photo over taking a good one is the eye of the photographer? What is captured on the camera senior is truly up to them. Some ways in which I feel photographers can make better photos is to start looking at subjects from a different point of view(pov). I mean that literally. Once they have a subject to photograph. Whether that subject is an epic landscape in nature or a model on a photo shoot or a small flower in a field. Changing the POV can take a good photo and make it a great one.

ABOUT THIS PHOTO: This is a great example of changing ones POV to create a better photo. I was walking around looking for things to snap away at with my camera. I had seen the rain had stopped but it was still very wet out. I saw this dripping tree and thought I wounder what I can create from it. Now I could have just stood back and taken a photo of the tree as a whole. I chose to change my POV. I am glad I did. I created this crazy image with many lines leading your eye around the photo. Looking for the end and the beginning. What is the main subject here? Is it the big branches, the little ones or is it the water drops about to drip from them? I think it is something different for every viewer. What is it for you? What is thing in this photo finds your focus? Leave a comment and let me know. I would love to hear from you all.

 

Fine art image of a tree branch with water dripping off.

Water or tree, what is it you focus on?

PHOTOS FROM THE RUNWAY

PHOTOS FROM THE RUNWAY

PHOTO OF THE DAY: PHOTOS FROM THE RUNWAY

Again we as a family were on a plane traveling once again back home from a trip. This time we were in Dallas, TX after a 5 day trip to a home schooling conference that my wife was speaking at. I was in the middle seat talking to the kids about the trip we just took and the trip we are about to take home. I know that some of the kids are fine to fly and a couple of them do not like it so much. As we sit and wait for the plane in front of us to take flight I am looking for a spot to take a cool photo. The plane turns just slightly and in doing so gives me a great view of the city. I snap a few and wait then a few more.

ABOUT THIS PHOTO: I selected this photo from the group of shots I had for the one thing they others did not have. That other plane in it. I had not noticed until after I imported the photos on to my computer. This was the only photo that had a plane in it. I think it completes the story of our location. I mean you can tell it is an airport runway as it. With the plane it just says group level. I gave this photo that texture to add a kind of vintage look and feel to the photograph. I think it gives it a mood a time stamp. to me it looks to be a photo from maybe the 1970’s shot on film. I was happy with how it turned out. How do you feel when you look at it. Does it scream vintage to you also?

I am in the processes of adding my portfolio to my on line print shop. The site is hosted on another site called Smugmug. They offer many styles of prints from 8″x10″ photo paper up to 24″x36″ canvas wraps. I have a print on canvas option also that can print any whole image on the front face of a canvas wrap and print the wrapped edge black. This way you are getting the whole image in the face of the print and not losing any on the wrapped edges.

If you click this image you will be taken to my print shop and may view other images there. I have only a small percent of my work there now.

 

 vintage looking photo of Dallas TX airport from inside a plane looking at the city

Love taking photo on our trips around the world. This one is a fun vintage looking airport shot.

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