Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Eric & Barbara

Sandler Wedding in Houston TXEric & Barbara met us via a web conference. They were planning their Houston wedding to combine a traditional Jewish ceremony and a somewhat non-traditional reception. Barbara’s hair was adorned by a pearl necklace made by a friend who told them when Eric purchased it for her “you can wear this on your wedding day”….and she did. This, it turns out, was the 1st piece of jewelry Eric had ever given her. Their vows…..which Barbara touched up in the car on the way to Congregation Emmanuel, were brief and heartfelt under the Groom’s family chuppa. After the breaking of the glass all headed off to the Milford House where Chef Emile, a Bride’s family friend, made a wonderful cajun meal of their favorites….red beans and rice, jambalaya, shrimp etouffee and more.Sunrise, Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof There was a truly amazing moment when the Mother’s of both the Bride & Groom stood on stage to sing “Sunrise, Sunset” from “Fiddler on the roof”. Tears were in many an eye at that. For those night owls there was a relaxed after party at their favorite bar McElroy’s out on the patio. Eric & Barbara wedsite.Toast to the Bride and Groom

Monday, March 30, 2009

Photography 101

Through the eyes of a new photographer- by Kim de Araujo

When Ray and Debra offered to teach me more about the art of
photography, I was thrilled and jumped at the chance. Although, I have
had my Canon XTI for almost two years and have taken THOUSANDS of
photographs of my two young sons, I never thought I was completely up
to speed on everything my camera had to offer. I have very basic
knowledge of the art of photography and have been thirsty for knowledge.

When I arrived for my first lesson, the teaching studio was all set-up
and ready. I realized quickly that not only do Ray and Debra take
great photos; they have a wealth technical knowledge.

Our first lesson was short and sweet-just the basic elements of what
make up an “exposure”(for you professionals and seasoned amateurs out
there, I am sure it seems rather elementary, but bear with me).

Intensity (ISO)-is the film's rating, or how sensitive the film is to light.

In the digital world, ISO refers to the camera sensor.

200-400 is considered a day light exposure
400-800 is dusk or interior lighting
800 and above is for darkness

Time (the Tv setting on your digital SLR)-the burst of light (length
of time that your sensor is exposed to light) or shutter speed.
Shutter speeds are measured in seconds or fractions of seconds (1/125,
1/250, etc).

Aperture (the Av setting on your digital SLR) f/stop - the size of the
lens opening that lets the light into the camera. Aperture controls
the depth-of-field, which is what is in focus in the picture. Those
are expressed as f/2.8, f/5.6, etc. A wider aperture (low f/stop) will
narrow the depth-of-field giving a selective focus effect.

We put these “exposure” methods into practice by playing with shutter
speed and aperture to change the depth-of-field of our subject (which
was a line of bottles). It was amazing to see how little and how much
you can bring into focus just by moving these elements around on your

I have lots of practicing to do and more time I need to spend with my
canon’s manual before our next lesson. I can’t wait though. Thanks, Ray & Debra

Kim is a new member of the Everafter team and will be a contributing BLOG author
offering thoughts from the eyes of an enthusiast. Please watch for more articles by Kim

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Longhorn in the bluebonnetts

 Texas Longhorn in the BluebonnettsDriving down to Houston Texas for a Wedding, we ran across a Texas Longhorn lazing in a field of bluebonnetts just outside of Brenham. We just had to stop for a quick photo. We were quickly followed by others doing the same thing....the Texas Spring tradition of photographing people and animals in the bluebonnets as well as just the bluebonnets. I shortly thereafter encountered another central Texas tradition......fire ants.......I'll have blisters tomorrow. Off to Barbara & Eric's wedding.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Traveling Rings

The Traveling RingsAt almost every wedding Debra and I photograph – Debra photographs something we call it the “Traveling Rings”. What Debra does (most often around dinner time) is to gather the rings from our newlyweds. The rings then travel to the bride’s bouquet, announcement, champagne glasses or other special items that the newlyweds might have at the wedding. These detail photos are very popular and sometimes end up as background images to layouts in the photo albums we create later for the happy couple.

The traveling rings have ended up on teddy bears, ceramic frogs (as crowns) HERSHEY’S Kisses, M&M’s candies, a monogrammed handkerchief handed down from the grandparents’ - you never know where they may end up. Of course, the always end up back on the fingers of our bride and groom.