Received an e-mail today on quick tips for shooting fireworks that I thought I’d share. The main things to remember are you’ll want a long exposure so to get the full streak to show and you’ll want to use a tripod to hold the camera steady (both of which Tiffany used to get the photo above).
Other than that, to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend we will be having a print sale. Prints ordered this weekend on July 3rd & 4th will be at 10 percent off. Details will be sent to e-mail addresses registered via our on-line galleries.
I like to joke and say I’m a retired newspaper photojournalist (with more than 20 years experience including college, internships in Michigan and newspaper positions across Illinois). But, this is a working retirement — mostly telling couples’ wedding stories, but I also get to do some news work every now and then.
The Chicago Tribune has called on me a couple times over the past few months. It’s a nice way to keep my newspaper skills up to date.
I have been freelancing for the Chicago Tribune since my college days at the University of Illinois — Urbana-Champaign. The first job I can remember was photographing two students who used their martial arts expertise playing the roles the turtles in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie. I even photographed a hog confinement near Bearstown — later my stomping grounds while working at the Jacksonville Journal-Courier. I even got to take photos of my mentor, Archie Lieberman.
I was blessed to work with Wes Smith, of the newspaper’s Midwest Bureau based out of Bloomington-Normal. He’d call me to check my availability, then I’d be off. I have a box of negatives somewhere in my basement. Some of the stories I remember are the Lawlor family and Galena Cellars winery, motorcyclist/protestor at Starved Rock State Park near LaSalle-Peru/Ottawa, Slave House in southern Illinois near Carbondale, and an old guy who was a stink bait supplier for Wal-Mart in Metro East St. Louis.
The most attention I gained was from a story I suggested to Wes. An Amish family near Decatur opened their doors and offered home-cooked meals to raise money to cover medical bills after a son’s farming accident. The story made a big splash on the feature page, and was the talk of the town on WGN radio for several days.
That all being said, at this stage I get more fulfillment telling a bride and groom’s wedding story. To be an intimate part of their wedding day is such a thrill, such a gift, and always inspires me to do my best work.
Posted by Steve, experienced photojournalist and wedding photographer, and part of the husband-wife team of Warmowski Photography.
The constant theme that ran through Audra & Francis’ June 12, 2010, wedding was zebra stripes. During our meeting months ago, to talk about the wedding, I asked Audra what her colors were. Her answer, “Zebra stripes and lime green.” Now there’s a color scheme. Not black & white and lime green, but zebra stripes and lime green. As the day approached and we met again to go over final details, I wondered how this color scheme would work – would it be zebra stripes over the top?
I’d have to say, it was done very tastefully. There is a fine, fine line between just enough zebra stripes and too many zebra stripes. Audra toed the line perfectly.
Here are a couple of examples of stripes done well. Way to go, Audra!
Last Saturday, Audra Fanning married Francis Nelson in a beautiful ceremony at Annie Merner Chapel on the campus of MacMurray College with a fun reception at the Jacksonville Country Club. Her brother, Wade, served as her “Man-of-Honor.” He told the guests during his speech that night that she had “warned” him for years that he was going to take the place of a maid-of-honor at her wedding someday. He didn’t believe her. But, they are the closest of siblings and she made good on her promise. Wade took her bouquet during the ceremony (placing it on the organ, not holding it throughout the ceremony), arranged her train when needed and gave a wonderfully sentimental toast only a brother can. I’m sure he fulfilled many “person-of-honor” duties prior to the wedding as well. Here are a few photos of Wade willingly fulfilling his role of the day.
I went to the SpringfieldLocalFavorites meeting at the Northfield Inn Suites & Conference Center earlier this week. We’ve photographed a couple weddings there, and it was nice to see the facility and get info from Pamela Risinger, director of sales (217.492.5552). She loved our sample book, and we left a couple small copies for her to show!
And don’t forget, Springfield Local Favorites will be holding their Third Annual Bridal Bash on your calendar, Sunday 26 September 2010 from 1-5 pm at The Rail Golf Course. The event is free, and beyond door prizes includes an 8-day, 7-night honeymoon vacation package drawing. Now you can register on-line for free tickets. Unlike other expos, you don’t have to pay to get in, and you don’t have to go bar-to-bar to get a ticket — provide your info and print out your own ticket now.
When photographing a couple’s wedding rings, I try to think of something a bit more creative than just the “hand-over-hand” shot. I sometimes resort to putting the rings in the flowers of the bride’s bouquet, but I have been trying to do something more creative than that lately as well. A couple of the photos below are the result of remembering something someone said earlier in the day and incorporating it into the photo.
Congratulations to Aleisha & Jimmy! They had an absolutely incredible wedding Saturday, May 29, 2010. The wedding ceremony was at St. John’s Catholic Church in Carrollton, Illinois. The reception was at Green Gables Inn in White Hall, Illinois.
There were so many neat things about this wedding! Here are a few of my favorites: