Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas to You and Yours!

Thank you to all my clients and customers...you make it possible for me to have a job using my talents and following my passion!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas & Happy 2009!


Where ever the road may lead you in 2009, may you enjoy the ride!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tips on Choosing a Wedding Photographer

In the last few months a lot of people have asked my opinion on how to choose a good photographer so I decided more of you might want to hear my opinions so here you go...

First and foremost the wedding couple need to decide what kind of photos they are looking for...do you want more traditional (posed, conservative, large family groupings); photojournalistic (capturing emotion, feeling, moments, not posed); mix of the both. Then, review different photographers websites and blogs to see samples of their recent weddings and when you find a photographer whos work inspires you set up a meeting. Not only does a photographer's work need to inspire you, but you have to feel at ease with your photographer: remember your photographer is there with you through your most intimate and special moments of your day.

A lot of people don't realize that getting great photos takes time. Involving your photographer early in your planning process can also help to assure you are allowing a realistic amount of time for photos to happen. These days a lot of couples are opting to see each other before the ceremony to get all the photos done so not to keep guests waiting at the reception for their arrival; others are doing bridal shots the day after the wedding to get those amazing couple shots without the stress.

If your budget allows for a 2nd photographer on your day this is a wise investment. Remember even your photographer is human and having a 2nd angle on your wedding day is an insurance policy that an important moment isn't missed. Having 2 photographers also makes sure that the groom is not totally forgotten. Some grooms are more involved and having a photographer with the groom as he gets ready is more and more common. Many photographers include this 2nd photographer in their packages already so check for these details when comparing pricing.

Good photographers are still in high demand despite the economy and may get booked over a year out so interviewing your photographers early in your planning process is a must to get the right person for you.

I hope this helps get you started and pointed in the right direction.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Beauty is in the Details






Sneak Peak from the Weekend

I loved looking out my hotel window out to the sand and the ocean, and going to sleep hearing the crashing of the waves. For a Floridian girl these images and sounds evoke warm thoughts...those thoughts were about all we had to keep us warm this past weekend when I shot my college girlfriend's wedding in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Despite the chilling temperatures and gusty winds everyone was a great sport and still went outside to brave the weather to get the shots!

Yes, Shannon went outside in her open back satin gown...burrr, but WOW was it worth it.


I want Shannon to come with me to every wedding...she knows how to position herself for the shot.


I love the artistic qualities in this one


A moment just for the two of them...(and well me and my assistant and the best man who drove, but hey the beach and boardwalk were empty)


Genuine smiles...


LOVE IT!


The wind had swept the sand clean so theirs were the only footprints in the sand.


Taking advantage of the long shadows of the afternoon.


Playing with the sun


Sexy


The bridal party got in on the look and feel



Thanks to the best man for asking Shannon to drape across the throne chair, it made such a great photo.


The beginning of the sunset colors, and end of a great day



Family & Friends can view all of the photos online at http://www.eventpix.com/guest/events/event.php?_function=detail&key=f8c98c7644c6dd119c590019e347b4a8#pw

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

No Lack of Personality from these two :-)

I had lots of fun with Shannon & Brian over the weekend at their wedding in Delaware. Neither of these two are shy...I think they are both hams at heart, which I completely love!

Enjoy some of their finer moments...




And to prove Shannon comes from it honestly check out mom and dad along her side dancing to "Thriller" during the reception :-)


Photographing big personalities always makes life more fun, or at least unpredictable!

Monday, December 8, 2008

If you are ever in Rehoboth Beach -- Cloud 9 is a MUST!


Cloud 9 is a local Restaurant and Bar in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and let me tell you it is a must on your list of places to eat and visit! The food was amazing, the drinks stellar, the staff were friendly and attentive, and the colorful decor and artwork was vibrant...this place has a great energy.



The bartender makes one of the best mojitos outside of Florida!!! Wow, those babies will knock your socks off - YUM.


Cheers to the Happy couple...and many thanks for introducing me to this great venue :-)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Take a moment to be Thankful

"What sunshine is to flowers,
smiles are to humanity.
These are but trifles, to be sure;
but, scattered along life's pathway,
the good they do is inconceivable."
~ Joseph Addison ~



Sunday, November 23, 2008

Originals under $20...just in time for the holidays

New 4x6 and 5x7 paintings available at NOLAA Gallery starting Friday after Thanksgiving. Great little affordable pieces for those you love....

See a piece you like, but don't live close to Yellow Springs, OH? Email me for availability and shipping rates: hmartdesigns@mac.com








Thursday, November 13, 2008

The "Green Art Movement" - Crushed Can Art

Using recycled aluminum cans as our canvas, NOLAA artists merge art with recycling. Each artist will have 12 original crushed can artworks on display at the NOLAA Gallery - Friday, November 21st - for a special night of art, wine, and music.

The overview of my "12-Pack" is below. Followed by a few individual shots.





Thanks to everyone who can make it out to the Gallery next Friday for this exhibit!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Visit to the Eastern Shore

Rob and I drove out just over 100 miles from our house this weekend to do a little exploring on Maryland's Eastern Shore. We are having such beautiful weather in November, and we both love getting around the water - so off we went.

The little town that we really fell in love with was St. Michaels. We had some great fresh seafood - crab cakes and clam strips - sitting outside at this local eatery.
The view from our outdoor picnic table...jealous?

After lunch we walked around town to see more of the place on foot. The houses are mainly renovated from the 1800s and have so much character. I liked the purple door on this one. Notice the door knocker?

There is a small local brewery in the town (just opened this year), and for $3 this sampler was a steal! And a great afternoon pick-me-up...

We capped off the night by driving a little further South and were graced by a beautiful sunset on the calm Chesapeake Bay.


We will definitely be back...