Archive for April, 2009

Peterson Family

April 29, 2009

We had such a wonderful time with the Peterson family when we met them at Clam pass in early April. I would say more, but these pictures speak for themselves!























Good Friday

April 10, 2009

Good Friday, tonight, is an important time for us to remember the sacrifice that Christ made for us. This video is a great reminder of the sadness that everyone felt on Good Friday – and the hope they all had when Easter Sunday finally came:

Sunday’s Coming

Joie de Vie, a weddings and events planner in Orlando, posted a wonderful article on the importance of taking a break during your wedding planning to make time for just the two of you:  Wedding Planning Break: A Weekly Date Night With Your Fiance.  I’ve always said I enjoyed dating more than being engaged because it seemed like the wedding was all I would think about or talk with Matt about.  So we tried to make a point of having a date night once a week.  It’s easier said than done, but Kerline lays out a few fantastic ways to start.  It’s important to be very intentional about these dates – otherwise you may suddenly fall back into wedding planning mode.  The wonderful thing about establishing a weekly date night is that it’s a great habit to carry into your marriage.  Life suddenly catches up with you after you get married and it is hard to make time with each other a priority.  Establish the weekly date habit now and you will be setting your marriage up for success!


Shoot with Beckstead

April 7, 2009

I had an amazing three days in Tampa at Shoot with Beckstead, an intense three-day workshop. David Beckstead is a world-renown international wedding photographer who has worked hard at creating imagery with composition. The three-day workshop was just the break I needed to get the creative juices flowing. The first day David talked about his photographic experience, composition, and business practices. He delved into ways to experiment and have fun with wedding photography – which really opened my eyes to how much better photography is when it’s fun.


On day 2 we went on a model shoot with David at Lange Farm, University of Tampa, and Ybor City. David found locations and gave directions to the models, and then explained how he was approaching the shot and what compositional elements he wanted to incorporate. Then we were encouraged to play with the scene. I really pushed myself to use my 16-35mm lens so I could become more comfortable with wide angle. I love David’s approach because it isn’t as formulaic as many other photographers. He doesn’t have any hard and fast rules that he uses to shoot – he looks for composition, and then plays around. We were shooting for nearly 10 hours – I won’t even admit to how many pictures I took. I really took the experimenting to heart.


On day 3 we were back in the studio. The night before we had to pick out our 30 best shots and edit them. We gave them to David and he took time to critique each of our work – in front of the class. I learned so much from listening to what he had to say about each photo – the good, the bad, the ugly. I now have a means of critiquing my own work and a new approach to photography. It was exciting!


















I spent three days at Shoot with Beckstead in Tampa. It was, in a word: enlightening. We worked on composition, and thinking and playing outside the box. I’ve been working with my 16-35mm lens, and this workshop focused on just that. I will have a lot more to say once I get a little more time, but for now here’s a teaser: