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Fall is in full swing... it's getting dark earlier, it's relaxing to breather the crisp cool air, I am drinking more hot caramel apple ciders, and I have spotted lots of orange pumpkins all over town... which reminded me that it was time to take a trip to the pumpkin patch for some photos of Gavin.
While we were at it, I had Abbie bring Elizabeth and her husband, Daniel, along for some family portraits. We made an afternoon of it! Photos of our little rendezvous coming soon but until then, here are some shots I grabbed around the pumpkin patch!
Every year the studio is filled with Christmas orders which start coming in right about --- NOW! This year, our holiday deadline for all print orders is December 5th.
We have a full collection of greeting cards from folded cards to flat cards in all shapes and sizes. If you are interested in ordering christmas cards, just email Amanda for pricing and receive 10% off through the end of November!
Last year I photographed Josh & Karrie's wedding and really loved getting to meet their family. This past weekend I photographed Josh's sisters wedding in Pilot Mountain, NC. Molly & HR had a fabulous wedding and you'll see photos from their celebration on the blog within the next couple of weeks. Each year Mrs. Tilley sends out a family Christmas card. This year she made me promise I would edit their family photo in plenty of time for them to have another Christmas card to send out to family and friends, so tonight I did just that!
Don't just think about ordering Christmas cards to send out to family and friends. If you are looking for a thoughtful and unique Christmas gift follow the lead of many of my clients who order cards with their favorite image on the front and gift them as stationary. Think about choosing that favorite photo of your children so that next time grandmother writes a note to a friend, she can show off her favorite little wonders... or a favorite family portrait for your mom who loves to write relatives and distant friends notes throughout the year!
If you have been snooping around the blog today or yesterday, you might have noticed some small new additions or links, updates, new categories, etc. You also might have picked up on the fact that whole blog posts are missing (no worries, they are not gone for good) and missing signatures. We are working to update our blog so that everyone's posts will show up on the home page, there will be new instruction on how to navigate and images/posts can be sorted by photographer! All of these changes are coming within the next few days... maybe even later today or tomorrow. Until then, ignore our little messes or errors that you might find along the way, we'll sweep them up soon!
If you follow my twitter then you know that last week I was up SUPER late two nights in a row (super early really, like 4am) helping out at my church, PC3. I initially headed over to see if I could help Evan, the e-media director, out with the stop motion project. I ended up being at the church for about 12 hours straight cutting out hundreds... heck, probably thousands of magazine and newspaper clippings. Brent & Amanda joined in the fun that evening by dropping by to see what was up and they ended up being a HUGE help. Amanda started cutting and Brent joined Evan and JR to help animate.
Below are some photos that I grabbed along the way with my iPhone...
I know what you are thinking, cutting out thousand of tiny photos and words from newspapers and magazines does not sound like much fun... but before you go any further with that though... let me reassure you, it is TONS of fun! Being around other artists is inspiring in itself but being a part of a project like this was a blast. I knew stop motion took a lot of time and thought but I had no clue how much and now I have a far greater appreciation for it, I am in awe of it actually... it's just soooo freakin' cool!
One thing is for sure I will never pick up a magazine or newspaper and look at it quite the same again, I see possibilities and motion in everything now which is so neat! Who in the world would have thought that all those crazy photos, colors, textures and shapes could build a city? CRAZY, huh?!!
On day 2, I headed back to church to help until 4am and joined another group working diligently on the project... this time I animated some of the scenes which was a blast! Each time we would animate a full scene, everyone would gather around to watch. Rachel even came by to help cut since she was in town for a wedding this past weekend.
&fullscreeFor those who don't understand what stop motion is or how this works... think of it like this. Each frame you see below is a photograph moving at 12 frames per second, you take a frame, move the paper, take another frame, move the paper... you get the point! It probably takes about 5 minutes per frame just to move each piece and take the next shot. With 12 frames making one second, it would take you 1 hour to animate one second of video. We animated 40 seconds of video. The 5 minutes per frame does not even include, setting up the camera and angles, cutting everything out, setting up each scene and aligning it, and the probably hundred or so frames which were deleted and retaken because something was not quite right. A project like this can take months, we did it in 3 days!
Why you ask? After worship to transition into the message they play what is called a "bump" on the screen to bump us into the next part of the service. To see more bumps from past series, click here.
Enough of my chatter... check it out for yourself!
I have been waiting on this magazine to arrive for quite some time because I did a shoot for North Carolina Signature Magazine this past summer and had a BLAST shooting it. I LOVE shooting for magazines because once you turn the images over to them, you don't have control over how it is laid out and once the article is laid out, you get to see your shots from someone else's perspective. What they choose and how they lay it out for publication always intrigues me. You may think that is hard to give up control of as an artist, but it is not when you shoot for magazines as classy as North Carolina Signature. I know whatever they print will be fantastic. So when this article came in, it brought a smile to my face... I really love how it turned out!
We spent the entire day with 2 super sweet and fun models, a wardrobe stylist, makeup and hair artists... a whole crew of people, our goal was to capture a vintage feel to the images, which Jess James pulled of flawlessly with AHHHH-mazing style on the wardrobe! The event designer who created all of the tables to look fabulous was none other than, Jennifer from Salt Harbor Designs and she nailed it as always!
The article was "A Place for A Party" and City Club was the stage. A Historic Mansion in Wilmington... an elegant, fun and unique place full of character and history.
Here is a sneak peak of the magazine... look for the below cover next time you are in Barnes & Nobles and flip the pages to read the full article!