Angi Gardner and Josh Gradick

/Outdoor weddings in Oklahoma can be a risky proposition. Your best bets are mid September through the end of October. Spring is nice, but can be rainy.

Angi had picked Harn Homestead for her wedding. It was a beautiful day, though it was a little warm. Harn is a very nice place for outdoor weddings. It has mature trees for shade and lots of green grass. The support facilities there are not the best.

Angi had moved the time of her wedding to accommodate the sunset. Her timing was just about perfect. We didn’t get any dramatic clouds, but the hazy sun dropped right on the horizon in a perfect place.

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Angela Tucker and Chad Conant

The flurry of summer weddings comes to a fitting conclusion at Walnut Creek. The rush of summer weddings always leaves me a little out of breath and often behind my work flow. It is the hazard of being a wedding photographer.

There are two trends in wedding photography right now that have caught my attention. The first is “fashion”. That’s what it is being called, though it has very little to do with a “normal” fashion shoot. The concept has its roots in the “wedding photojournalism” movement. This new trend is basically a posed photograph that is not supposed to look posed. (I’ve called this “art” for years, though mine tend to be better lit and composed than the average bride running down the street.) What goes around, comes around and we are moving once again back to more posed photographs.

The second trend that I am seeing is the bride as glamorous. Glamor is a style of photography that goes all the way back to 50s and the golden age of Hollywood. Glamor is more photographing figure and curves than it is face and dress. I’m seeing it in the styles of the dresses and I’m seeing it in what brides like. The image from Angela’s bridal session is a good example of this.

Trends come and trends go. They will influence part of my work, but I believe there is always a demand for classic.

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Julie Lewis and Jason Gray

There is something to be said for smaller weddings. There are fewer people running around confused and bewildered. There is less pressure to meet deadlines. Everything proceeds at a more leisure pace. Such was the situation at Julie and Jason’s wedding. It was very low key. We were able to capture our images easily and without coordinators breathing down my neck. The couple had plenty of time to enjoy each other and their guests at the reception. It was a very nice time.

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MP3s and JPGs

Digital technology has changed every industry it has touched. The question that is often being asked is, “where is professional photography headed?” I think we can garner some clues from the music industry. Digital music has changed the way we experience music. From the first MP3 players to the IPod, we now take our music everywhere, listen to less radio, buy fewer CDs and buy our music by the slice from numerous web sites. I am already seeing that this same technology is changing how we experience our photographs. We carry them on our phones, use them as backgrounds on our computer and email them to friends and relatives.

Traditionally professional photographers are reluctant to release their income generating files (used to be negatives). After all , there is money to be made selling prints and some photo operations (can you say Wal Mart?) rely totally on the sale of prints. If that mass outfit gave you the file, for that whopping $1.50 sitting fee, and you went and made your own prints they would go out of business very quickly. Releasing files is touchy subject among professionals.

So my question is, how important is it to you to have your digital files? Let me know. And if you want your files, tell me how you wish to use them in the comment section.

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