Meadow Lane Photography: Blog http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us all images @ Meadow Lane Photography drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) Sat, 20 Apr 2013 00:39:00 GMT Sat, 20 Apr 2013 00:39:00 GMT http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v58/u952453331-o1000931547-50.jpg Meadow Lane Photography: Blog http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog 120 80 Why a good relationship with your photographer matters. http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/why-good-relationship-with-your
This may just be me, but I've noticed over the last 10yrs that when hiring a photographer, experience and a good relationship with your vendor(s) seems to matter less and less.  This is probably true of other industries, as well.  We've all heard of experiences where companies are hiring younger employees because the salaries are less expensive then retaining someone with more experience.  We see it all the time in sports.  The long-term relationships that an employee has with their clients seems to get lost in the shuffle, and tossed aside to economic realities, as well.

Perhaps it's always been that way, and in my "older" age I'm just now seeing it, since it's affecting me personally.  I mean, I was once that young pup photographer that kinda sorta snarled at those with experience as being "out of the game" or "not up to date" or "too old fashioned" to be relevant.  I valued loyalty and personal relationships, but didn't put too much credence in it, at the time.  For the record, I'm regretting that way of thinking, and even saying, those things, now.

But I bring it up because young Drew would have never taken the above photograph, which turned out to be one of the signature moments at Erin and Chad's wedding.  Let me set the stage, and explain what I mean, and tie in how the role of experience and a personal relationship with a client helped to create this image.

I've know Erin since she was in High School.  I photographed the theatre shows she was involved in, and she trusted me to photograph her senior portraits.  She told me a long time ago that when she would get married, I'd be her photographer...and so it all came together last October, when she married Chad, and I was there, with Andy, Annemarie, and Katie, all ready to capture her special day.

When we got to the reception hall (The Harley Davidson Barn, on 322, outside of Boalsburg), we found out that there was going to be a long delay on the caterers part...like over an hour long delay.  Experience has taught me that things happen in the biz to all of us vendors, and that the vendors need to really work together to cover for each other when something goes wrong...and it was happening to Erin and Chad....right now, in front of our eyes.

The introductions happened, and then there was a lull...then the toasts, and another lull...and then everyone started getting antsy.  After a while of waiting, our team took the Bride and Groom outside of the Barn to get some images by a nearby cornfield, to help kill some time, as well....but we were losing some really sweet natural light that was coming in through the windows, where we had planned to take the cake cutting and first dance images, and with the delay in dinner, those moments would take place after the sun set.  Some of the relatives were even leaving, at this point.

And here's the important part of the story.  "Young Drew", from 20 yrs ago, would have let things happen, and just wrote it off to the day being the day.  "It is what it is, and it's not my fault," or something along those lines.  But "Old Drew" was going to take a chance on the relationship that he had forged with Erin, for all those years.

Always looking for a teachable moment when I have Andy with me, I took him aside, and said something to the effect of "this is the part where we save the party."  I know that may sound kind of cocky on face value, but in reality it was one vendor coming to the rescue of another, more than anything else.  But my point to Andy is that sometimes when an opportunity is fading away (like our light) you have to take the bull by the horns, and just go for it.

So we approached Erin, and suggested that we do the formal dances and cake cutting ahead of the dinner, instead of the "official" plan of it being after dinner.  It took a little bit of persuading, but the key element is that Erin trusted Andy and I enough to know that when we said that we have a chance to get some stellar images of both events, but only in the next 20min or so, so believed that we were genuinely trying to help her out of a jam, and to help her get the best images we could possible deliver, and to keep the party moving.

So the events were switched around.  The DJ did an amazing job of getting the families fired up for the first dance, and Andy and I had them all around our couple as they did their dance....and today's photograph is one of the images that came from that moment.  They danced with their parents, and then the cake cutting was next...and when we were finished, the dinner was finally ready.  It was truly a win/win on many levels.

But the relationship that was established with Erin, over many years, is what made this moment happen.  The trust she put in us to think of her first, and her images (and photography is VERY important to her and her family) lead her to making a decision that wasn't part of the original game plan.  Mixed in was the experience of knowing that the party needed a jump start, in the worst kind of way, and that Andy and I, and our team, could provide that spark.  The rest of the evening was amazing, and it was almost like everyone forgot how slowly things started off, by the end of the night. 

So the moral of today's long winded story...when you're booking a vendor for an event, keep in mind the importance and value of the relationship you have with that person.  Can you trust that they are working for your best interests, so if something presents itself on your day, that was unforeseen, and they come to you and say something like "if we changed things up a bit, and did this, it would be better", would you believe and trust them, and make the change?  Also as important....do you value experience enough to pay for it, for situations just like this one, to hire vendors that can change it up on the fly, and keep everything running smoothing, when something happens that's out of our control?   "Young Drew" would have let it happen.  "Older Drew" made it happen....and got a pretty cool image, in the process!]]>
drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/why-good-relationship-with-your Sat, 23 Feb 2013 13:43:00 GMT
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It’s equally hard and labor intensive to create an image on the computer as it is in a darkroom. Believe me.
- Jerry Uelsmann

I recently found a web site that has some very interesting and insightful "photo quotes" and I've decided that I'd like to bring some of them to the blog, from time to time.  My intention is to help those unfamiliar with the process of what today's photographers go through, to gain a better understanding of the ins-and-outs of the things that we do, and try to achieve.

The reasons are many, and I won't go over all of them, but here are just a few.

1) Deadlines have moved up dramatically.  Photojournalists have always had very tight deadlines...sometimes only hours after an event.  Now that has been reduced to minutes.   As a portrait photographer, there was always 2-3 weeks added in for the rolls of film to be sent off to the lab, and sent back.  That time was immediately wiped away with the advent of digital, placing harsher deadlines on photographers turning projects over faster than ever before.  When I first started photographing weddings back in the early '90's, a 2-3 month window was considered "fast" to get a wedding proof book to a client.  Now that has been cut back to about 4-6 weeks, and some now are even saying that a month is too long to wait, that it's more like 2-3 weeks is the longest someone should wait.

2) Photographers generally shoot more images on digital than on film.  It's not uncommon for me to take over 5,000 images at a wedding, where in the days of film, I might take 750 images.  That's four times the volume of images to sort through, and edit down.  The upside of that is that the quality of images has increased dramatically.  Three to four images of a stolen moment can be taken now, to make sure that it is captured, whereas before you might only take one, and if you didn't get it, you didn't get it.  So the paradigm has changed dramatically with the shift to digital.  So if you have four times the images and less than half the time to turn a project around, you can see right away where there is a huge issue with time.

3) More adjustments can be made to images, to give a more personal feel for the client.  Back in the days of film, you had color, black and white, and sepia as your main options.  That was pretty much it.  In the digital darkroom, the editing possibilities are truly endless.  Hours can be spent on one image to get it just right, and with the increase in the number of images that photographers are having per session, you can see where this could be a big contributor to being very labor intensive.  As artists, we want to be able to create exactly what our mind saw when we took the photograph.  Today, we can pretty much do that.  Many times I'm editing the final images in my head, as I'm taking the images, or even beforehand.  That's a huge plus, but also the biggest minus, in the digital darkroom.  There have been many times when I've delivered a senior portrait session, and I will have a couple of images rendered a dozen or so different ways.  They are all different in the emotion they are conveying, and all could stand alone, even though they are all from the same initial image.  It can set a photographer apart from the pack, in terms of their creativity, but it can also be their biggest downfall in getting sessions out in a timely fashion.

So those were just three things that I could think of off the top of my head, as to why the digital age of photography has made it harder, at times, than the traditional darkroom.  There are many more, and perhaps if I run across a quote for a future blog entry, I can address those, at that time.

The digital darkroom calls me away!  I'll be back soon with another quote!
 
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drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/normal-0-false-false-false-en-us-x-none Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:33:00 GMT
1-2-3....JUMP! http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/1-2-3jump
Truth be told, I'm not a huge fan of the trendy poses currently being photographed by, seemingly, anyone and everyone that owns a camera...which is pretty much anyone and everyone these days.  Don't get me wrong...some of those ideas are funny and creative, and with the right person, couple, or group, it could really work for them.  But that's the fundamental key...it works well for them...but will it work for you?  Does it represent your personality?  If a best friend or family member saw that image, would their first reaction be "that's so you!!", or would it be "what were you thinking?"

So the "jump" pose is not one I do or recommend for every wedding that I photograph.  And I haven't yet met a couple that wanted to do the "sofa chair or love seat out in the middle of the road, or a cornfield" pose.  But if it fit the personality of the subject I was working with, I wouldn't be opposed to taking that image.  The fact that I haven't taken that image yet makes me think it's more a photographer thing, than a client thing.

Too many photographers, today, see something that appears to be new and original (usually in a trade magazine or from a competitors web site) and then the very next session they have on their schedule they try to recreate the idea for their portfolio, without regard as to whether or not it's something that their subjects want to do, or fits their personalities.  I can tell you that from many of the pre-session interviews that I've done through the years, it can be a very polarizing thing. 

And it can be a difficult thing to balance out the need to be creative, and to try out something new, from the photographers mind, compared to the need to photograph their clients in the most representative way possible.  Getting out of the box in a session is never a bad thing...it's getting out of the box in another area code that becomes problematic.

So for Erin and Andrew's bridal party, the jump shot was definitely going to happen.  It was them...and I can wholeheartedly verify that it was indeed them.  Didn't matter that it was near freezing on this day, or that the wind chills were in the teens, or that the grass was damp, or that the girls were half frozen, and some still in high heels...it was going to happen.

So we tried it a couple of times, to various degrees of success...did I mention that it was cold, and wet, and my subjects were nearly numb?  The fun fact about this image, is that this is the first one that I took, out of the batch.  Feather in my cap, yes, but for a dynamic photograph like this, that rarely happens, but I'm very happy when it does, for another important reason.

I've noticed through the years that the energy levels for each pose are generally at their highest for the first few pictures in any set.  If you have to take the image multiple times (and with large groups this is usually always the case) the chances of getting that energy back by the 15th time, for example, is nearly impossible.

In the moment, it was obvious that when they were jumping for the fifth or sixth time, it was never going to happen to get them all in the air at one time, again....they were tired, and the alcohol was kicking in, and oh yeah, it was freezing cold out there...but those attempts are important, as well, for those pictures are often more for the silliness that happens when they can't do it, which sometimes is a better picture than when they can...and you learn to keep the camera clicking during the failed attempts, as well. :)

So they jumped, and it was epic, and so far the response on my Facebook page has been very positive, which is always a good sign.  When the image matches the group, what could go wrong??  Well, that's a story for another blog entry....LOL!]]>
drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/1-2-3jump Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:32:00 GMT
I'm not dead yet http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/im-not-dead-yet

So, yeah, it's been almost a year since I posted something on the blog.  I know...shame on me!

These images got a nice response on my Facebook page, so I thought I'd post them here on the blog.

It's not often that I have the chance to do some nature, or still life, photography, but after photographing "Barnum" for the Mount Nittany Middle School Drama Club, we were all greeted by the beauty of a very quick and intense snow storm, as we left for the night.

Truth be told, I just wanted to get home.  I had just come off the worst part of the flu, and I was running on fumes the whole day.  I almost made it out of the parking lot, but then my conscience got the best of me, and I turned around and came back to get these images.  Thankfully I didn't end up on my rear end after walking around in the snow and slush trying to find a good angle!]]>
drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/im-not-dead-yet Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:01:00 GMT
It's that time of year, again! http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/3/its-that-time-of-year-again-1
It's show week for the State High Thespians, as they present "The Drowsy Chaperone" this Thursday-Sunday at the North Auditorium. 

I'll be there the entire week, being involved in one aspect or another, with the photographer for the show...and if you can make it over to see a performance or two...or all of them...please do!]]>
drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/3/its-that-time-of-year-again-1 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 07:00:00 GMT
It's that time of year, again! http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/3/its-that-time-of-year-again
It's show week for the State High Thespians, as they present "The Drowsy Chaperone" this Thursday-Sunday at the North Auditorium. 

I'll be there the entire week, being involved in one aspect or another, with the photographer for the show...and if you can make it over to see a performance or two...or all of them...please do!
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drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/3/its-that-time-of-year-again Mon, 26 Mar 2012 07:00:00 GMT
Another opening of another show! http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/3/another-opening-of-another-show-1
The Spring Musical season is upon us!!

Here are some teaser images from State High's upcoming show, "The Drowsy Chaperone," featuring Morgan Sichler in her role as Janet Van De Graff.


More details on the show coming soon!]]>
drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/3/another-opening-of-another-show-1 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 07:42:00 GMT
Another opening of another show! http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/3/another-opening-of-another-show
The Spring Musical season is upon us!!

Here are some teaser images from State High's upcoming show, "The Drowsy Chaperone," featuring Morgan Sichler in her role as Janet Van De Graff.


More details on the show coming soon!
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drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/3/another-opening-of-another-show Mon, 19 Mar 2012 07:42:00 GMT
Pictures of the Day http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/1/pictures-of-day_08-1
A couple of different looks from the same setting, from Heather and Jeremy's engagement session, down along the banks of Spring Creek, at Talleyrand Park, in Bellefonte.]]>
drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) Talleyrand Park http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/1/pictures-of-day_08-1 Sun, 08 Jan 2012 07:15:00 GMT
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A couple of different looks from the same setting, from Heather and Jeremy's engagement session, down along the banks of Spring Creek, at Talleyrand Park, in Bellefonte.
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drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) Talleyrand Park http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/1/pictures-of-day_08 Sun, 08 Jan 2012 07:15:00 GMT
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Revisiting a couple of pictures from Adam's senior portrait session, up on the newly opened up Spring Creek Canyon grounds.]]>
drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/1/pictures-of-day_07-1 Sat, 07 Jan 2012 19:10:00 GMT
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Revisiting a couple of pictures from Adam's senior portrait session, up on the newly opened up Spring Creek Canyon grounds.
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Here are a few more from Jessica and Evan's engagement session, taken up at the PSU Arboretum this past fall.]]>
drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) Arboretum PSU http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/1/pictures-of-day_06-1 Fri, 06 Jan 2012 17:00:00 GMT
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Here are a few more from Jessica and Evan's engagement session, taken up at the PSU Arboretum this past fall.
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drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) Arboretum PSU http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/1/pictures-of-day_06 Fri, 06 Jan 2012 17:00:00 GMT
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2011 PSU Forensic Sciences Session - more "beauty" shots of the equipment]]>
drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) PSU Penn State PSU Forensic Science http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/1/pictures-of-day_05-1 Thu, 05 Jan 2012 05:51:00 GMT
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2011 PSU Forensic Sciences Session - more "beauty" shots of the equipment
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drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) PSU Penn State PSU Forensic Science http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/1/pictures-of-day_05 Thu, 05 Jan 2012 05:51:00 GMT
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2011 PSU Forensic Sciences Session - just about to wrap up the session with the human subjects, for this project...from here on out it was more "beauty" shots of the various pieces of equipment used in their labs.]]>
drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) PSU Penn State PSU Forensic Science http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/1/pictures-of-day_04-1 Wed, 04 Jan 2012 05:48:00 GMT
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2011 PSU Forensic Sciences Session - just about to wrap up the session with the human subjects, for this project...from here on out it was more "beauty" shots of the various pieces of equipment used in their labs.
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drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) PSU Penn State PSU Forensic Science http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/1/pictures-of-day_04 Wed, 04 Jan 2012 05:48:00 GMT
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2011 PSU Forensic Sciences Session - I had to laugh to myself after I took the first picture in this series.  It was pretty much a test shot for this run, and after our student/model saw it she made a comment about how she looked way too sexy in it with her hair down, so she asked for a retake so she could put her hair up to make it more scientifically nerdish-looking (her words...LOL!).  Usually my clients try to dress up for pictures, so we had a good laugh over that!  But I did get her to crack a smile by the fourth picture in this set, even though she wanted to be totally serious for her pictures.]]>
drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) PSU Penn State PSU Forensic Science http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/1/pictures-of-day_03-1 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 05:45:00 GMT
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2011 PSU Forensic Sciences Session - I had to laugh to myself after I took the first picture in this series.  It was pretty much a test shot for this run, and after our student/model saw it she made a comment about how she looked way too sexy in it with her hair down, so she asked for a retake so she could put her hair up to make it more scientifically nerdish-looking (her words...LOL!).  Usually my clients try to dress up for pictures, so we had a good laugh over that!  But I did get her to crack a smile by the fourth picture in this set, even though she wanted to be totally serious for her pictures.
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drew@meadowlanephotography.com (Meadow Lane Photography) PSU Penn State PSU Forensic Science http://meadowlanephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/1/pictures-of-day_03 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 05:45:00 GMT