Another Pine Knob Mansion wedding photography project. This was a wonderful summer day at one of the prettiest venues around. The old home is at the top of a hill with the Pine Knob Carriage House just down the road and the ski hill at the top of the next hill.
The women had the run of the majority of the top floor/. The best part is the sunroom that looks to the east out over the patio, the ceremony gazebo and down the hill with a great vista. The room has been recently redecorated and looks very nice. With all the windows it is a nice bright room perfect for getting ready pictures. The guys sometimes have the use if the upstairs man cave, but they arrived too late to get shots of them up there.
The bride walked with her Dad out of the dance room onto the patio, made a left turn and walked the brick paver path the the ceremony the gazebo. The guests are treated to one of the best views for a wedding ever. It was a wonderful ceremony.
We then had the run of the place for a quick harried bridal party and romantics shoot. Started with the bridal party at the brick wall by the stairs that lead to the patio and then to the front of the house with the guys on the top of the stone wall. We excused the bridal party and concentrated just on the bride and groom. There is a small pond, perfect for reflections, a gorgeous wall with brilliant fall trees, a stucco wall and sunset vistas looking to the west.
The dinner is in the rather congested dining room. The dancing started outside where I backlit the trees for effect and then continued in the indoor dance room.
Wedding party at the stairs Pine Knob Mansion
Rob and Nick got married at this same sex couple wedding photography. It was a beautiful summer day in Ann Arbor. We started the day at the hotel where the grooms got ready and friends came and went, getting ready and dropping off adult beverages. We got into the limo and took a quick tour of Ann Arbor. our first stop was at Nickels Arcade where did some of the engagement shots. It was a bit busy with foot traffic, but people were very courteous and gave us plenty of room. We wanted to go to the Law Quad, but is is completely tore up for major repair. We then went through the Diag and shot at the Library and under the trees.
The ceremony and reception was at Cobblestone Farms cobblestonefarm.org. The ceremony was held just to the left of the barn, just short of the goats. We had a bit more time after the ceremony for some additional wedding party shots and some additional romantics
This is a test I did with one of this years brides trying out Hollywood Glamour wedding photography. I was inspired by the old Hollywood portraits done by George Hurrell. It appears he used mostly direct light. I know that some of the shots were done with a large format camera. This was in the day before strobes were effective, so he probably used a bunch of tungsten hot lights. It must have been an interesting set.
I did this project with H&M artist Mary Simmons, she did the hair and makeup. I was able to get to the bride before she had her dressed cleaned and put away. It was shot in my studio with a very simple 2 light setup. I will continue to test with models and brides. I think it would be a nice addition to any wedding package, to offer Hollywood glamor photography before or after the wedding. I’m hearing that brides and couples are doing day after sessions. Might be something to explore.
Here is a collection of wedding ring photography. These were shot over the last couple years and I’m showing just a few examples of the many styles possible. I typically shoot the rings after the dancing has started at the reception. I find a surface or location that is meaningful to the couple. Often is is the linen on the head table, a swatch of color from the day and even sometimes flowers. Sometimes the venue has some interesting surfaces or items I can use as props to put the rings on.
I use a dedicated macro lens that almost get me close enough that the image is extremely close. I use off camera lighting with a fill card to evenly light some of the highly reflective metal of the rings. I choose to print my notes for the day on light blue card stack and that is my fill card. I like the slight influence of blue in the shadow fill and reflections. I also like to play with background lighting and reflections that go way out if focus, it really accents the sharpness and detail of the rings.
If you see me doing a ring shot at a reception please approach with caution. The rings are often delicately balanced and the slightest bump to the table might knock the rings and I would have to reset them again.
Grand Blanc MI wedding Photography at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. We started our day at the church where I shot the girls doing their pre-ceremony thing. We had enough time to get outside for some bridal portraits and then get the bride back in before guest started arriving. We then got the guys out for their shots with the groom who is active Army.
The ceremony was wonderful and the interior of the church is clean and modern. After the family formals we got the bridal party out back of the church for some fun bridal party shots.
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church www.stchrisgrandblanc.org
Ann Arbor Wedding Photography on a summer day. This wedding started at Bethlehem Church of Christ in downtown Ann Arbor. The Groom and groomsmen and Bride and bridesmaids all got ready at the church. I had time to do individual portrait of each member of the bridal party and then some group shots outside. The ceremony was very nice and the interior of the church is beautiful. We stayed after and shot family formals and bridal party inside the church and then went outside for more bridal party and romantics of the bride and groom.
We then left for Shriners Silver Garden Event Center in Southfield, MI for the reception. The bride and groom had their table on the stage and the rest of the party and guests were seated at tables on the main floor. We later made time for some more bridal portraits before dinner.
Bethlehem Church of Christ downtown Ann Arbor www.bethlehem-ucc.org
Shriners Silver Garden Event Center www.silvergardenevents.com
Indian Wedding Photography on a summer day. I was lucky enough to photograph this Indian wedding at Bharatiya Temple in Troy MI. This was my first experience with a ceremony with this culture and I really enjoyed it. If you ever get a chance, I recommend you fully participate.
The day started with the groom arriving in his car, the family gathering around him and with much celebration and activity they walked to the gate that leads to the covered path that leads to the temple. we stopped at the gate and there was a small ceremony with family and food. they them proceeded down the path with much celebration into the temple.
A bit later comes the bride. There was even more celebration and activity as she was guided through the temple to the room where the ceremony was being held. The ceremony was a wonderful event with the priest guiding the participants through many activities. Near as I can tell just about all of the immediate family had a direct experience in the ceremony some time. The groom’s sister was my cultural guide for the ceremony. She kept me aware of the important and upcoming parts of the day. My experience for wedding ceremonies has been that the photographer stays out of the way. That is certainly not the case for these ceremonies. The sister had me right up next to the bride and groom sticking my camera right in the mix very often.
After the ceremony we did the traditional family shots. It must be very important for all the guests to get a shot with the bride and groom because I think I must have shot every variation of couple and family. After the ceremony everyone went to a local restaurant for the reception and dinner.
Bharatiya Temple www.troy-temple.org
Lakefront Wedding Photography on a beautiful summer day in a backyard on Upper Straights Lake in West Bloomfield, MI. This is a very small family only wedding on a great summer day. The wedding was attended by the couple, very close family, the preacher, me and a couple pets. I had a bit of time for bridal portraits, shots of the groom, family groups and some details. The ceremony was very nice and the groom even sang a couple songs to his bride. After the ceremony we did a few more family shots and took the couple on to the dock for some very bright, straight up sun bridal pictures. We all had a drink and the family went to a local restaurant to finish the celebration
A wonderful summer wedding. We started the day at the bride’s brother’s house where the bride and bridesmaids all got their hair and makeup done. My associate photographer met the guys at the groom’s house and did the typical pre-ceremony shots there. The ceremony was the the beautiful and majestic St Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. After the ceremony the couple made time to go to a handful of locations before heading to the reception. We started at the DIA, Detroit Institute of Arts where we went to the east side and shot the bridal party on the steps. We then photographed the bride and groom together on the steps and at the gold doors. We had time for a nice relaxed session and I got some portraits of just the bride and some of the details. I Have a favorite area of the old warehouse district east of downtown where we found an old building painted red with concrete pillars and old garage doors. The wedding party were fantastic to work with and is seemed all had fun. From Detroit we went to the reception location, MacRay in Harrison Township, MI. We had a little bit of time before the reception where we took the bridal party to the lakefront for some final group shots. The upstairs room at MacRay was decorated beautifully and the Daddy daughter dance was a touching moment.
St Paul Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan stpaulonthelake.org
MacRay Banquet Center macray.com
Wedding photography of a wonderful wedding at a very unusual venue. It must have been the hottest most humid day of the year. Hats off to the wedding couple and bridal party they were up for everything the couple and I asked them to do, sweating along the way.
The venue is a private island outside of Coldwater MI and is a really nice place for a ceremony and reception. Our day started with photographing the many unique decorations and preparations the couple and friends had made. The bride got ready in a small gazebo with curtains. The ceremony was in front of a large vine covered gazebo with guests sitting in chairs in the sun. Three of the couple’s nephews did a cool flower pedal, sunglasses, flipping dollar bills, high fives skit, many laughs. We moved the formals, family shots, to the shade of the island’s largest maple tree and then took the bridal party from the shade to a small bridge. I discovered a technique to get my camera way up on a light stand and fire it remotely. Not great enlightenment, just something I have put together before. We continued the romantics and wedding portraits in the shade of the big gazebo, shade of the big maple tree, out in the bright sun at the edge of the pond, back into the shade of a dramatic cottonwood.
The reception started at the tent for eats, the couple then moved to the big gazebo for their first dance and back to the tent for the rest of the reception. I got the couple out a bit too long after sunset, the light levels were really low and had to ramp up the ISO. We shot on the dock, at the hanging swing and under a lakeside tree.
A wonderful wedding for a very happy couple. Glad to be a part of their special day. Another example of Fine Wedding Photography.
The venue – http://www.artistreescapes.com/