I could not help myself; I just had to try out my watermark right away. I picked this image because it is one of my favorites of Matthew and I. This was taken right before our first Valentine’s Day together at Pratt’s Falls, where his sister Crystal was actually married a little over two years later. I thought that the purple watermark was best for this black and white image.
It is stellar that the watermark actually works! Thank you to Brian from my large format photography class for helping me figure out how to save my watermark with out a white back ground in a PNG format and download it to use as my watermark. Could not have done it with out you!
To see the image in full view (and to get a better look at the watermark, click on the image and it will open in a larger size.
Today I am excited to announce that I finished making my logo design (in various colors too)! I am beyond thrilled. I can now use it as a water mark for my images as well. Please be honest and let me know what you think. It is a sunflower with a lens as the center. Do you like the two Ls for “Lovely Lens in the center? Or should they be placed else where? I would love to know what you think.
First Looks are a fairly new idea in the wedding industry. I personally believe that a couple should only do a first look before their wedding if that is what they want to do. I like to make suggestions to my couples and offer them ideas that perhaps they did not think about for a photo moment, but the goal is to make the couple happy. As a photographer, if the couple is happy, then so am I 🙂 I would never push a couple to do a first look if they did not want one.
However, there are many great reasons to consider a first look. Before the ceremony couples may be nervous and it is nice to have a little personal time alone before the big moment. This time also produces some of the most touching images of the entire wedding day. I know how overwhelming and busy weddings can be. Sometimes this moment is the only time a couple has together until after the party is over.
Afraid that seeing one another before the ceremony will take away from the big moment? Don’t be. As seen in this link; http://theknottybride.com/23740 there are many great reasons to have a first look and it does nothing to take away from the ceremony. Plus, it will save couples some time after the ceremony so they can get to their reception and party sooner.
Would I consider a first look myself? I used to be a bit of a traditionalist, but if I were getting married I know that I would want to see the love of my life before. The day would be about us and I would want to see him as much as possible. It is all about personal preference. Its nice to have options, no?
What do you think about First Looks? Would you do one (or have you done one)? Why or why not?
I am going to tell you a little story about last weekend. It all started when I was extremely stressed out with my senior thesis exhibition project. My wonderful boyfriend, Matthew, drove me out of his way to go to an arts supply store to find supplies. However, when we got there I could not find what I needed. I was in a time constraint and very freaked out on stress.
Everyone that knows me very well knows that I absolutely love wooden stamps. They’re often pricey so I always find mine in clearance bins or dollar stores. At the moment when I was in the art store and at my highest level of panic I stumbled upon a $1 clearance shelf of stamps as I was looking for blender markers. I pulled out numerous cute ones like “sparkle & shine” and then I came across a stamp that said “Do what you love, Love what you do.” Now, I have heard that quote before, but it came at such a perfect time. I found it at a moment when I was feeling my worst and doubtful about myself. And then it hit me (or stamped me if you want to get specific): I should do my project on what I love most and not worry about what any one else thinks about it.
Since then I have recreated my entire thesis project and I think I am really onto something. I know its silly, but I have been carrying this stamp in my pocket all week long to keep me motivated and thinking positively. This is not all about the grade or pleasing other people, this thesis project is about me and what I love to do. And that makes me happy.
Lovely Lens Photography is now on Twitter. My hashtag is @LovelyLensPhoto. If you are on Twitter please check me out and follow me for updates 🙂
Here I am: https://twitter.com/#!/LovelyLensPhoto
yesterday I went to the annual BizBuzz Conference on Social media in Liverpool, NY. It was amazing and I had a fabulous time. A special thank you to Emily Brooks for driving me there and Professor Varisco for inviting me! I learned so much about social media tools and I am also now on Linked In.
My twitter is: https://twitter.com/#!/LovelyLensPhoto If you are a fan of my blog and on Twitter, please follow me. I am meeting so many fabulous people and I’m posting some pretty fun stuff (as well as the mundane. I can’t help it sometimes).