Sunday, August 21, 2011

Panoramic Photography: The Big Picture

Check out this photo. It’s got everything – the band playing, the bride and groom dancing, the family and friends looking on. It’s a complete, timeless moment – and ordinary photography would never have caught it. Well, not all of it, anyway, not all at once. An image like this calls for the magic of panoramic photography.

Panoramic photography combines multiple photos into one extra-wide composite image. For this shot we actually took multiple overlapping photos one right after another, using a single controller to trigger all the lights. We then used digital software (photoshop CS5) to stitch the images together into a realistic panorama. (Every once in a while you might get a tiny “edge” between images, but over the years we’ve learned how to make such artifacts almost invisible to all but the sharpest eye.)

Panoramic photography means you don’t have to settle for capturing one aspect of the moment at the expense of another. If this were a traditional shot, for instance, you’d have to focus on the couple dancing – a nice image to be sure, but only part of the story – and then get a shot of the band, and then get a shot of the wedding guests. And sure enough, you can break this shot into its component parts and still have three lovely images. But in real life it’s all happening at once, and in a panoramic shot you can see that.

Specialized technology and techniques such as panoramic photography give you one more great reason to go for the best, most capable professional wedding photographer for possibly can. Don’t trust this level of work to just any guy with a digital camera. If you want results like this, you know whom to call – us!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hot Times At Tx Old Town

We were delighted to capture a truly festive Kyle wedding in a setting that brings past and present together for eternal moments like this – Texas Old Town! As you can see from these shots of the reception bash, it was a party. 380 guests turned to see Teri and Nathan Dawson get hitched in a scenic outdoor ceremony. Four Images Stitched Together from a Texas Old Town Wedding, click to enlarge
The bride, groom and respective families were just as warm and genuine as their surroundings. Teri and Nathan both attended Texas A&M and they continue to live in College Station. Teri, the daughter of a retired USAF Major, has a naturally bubbly, vivacious personality that shines right through a lens -- the camera loves her almost as much as her new hubby does. As you might assume from the images above, her infectious laugh and high spirits were much in evidence on this happy day.
But we soon saw that Teri has a serious side as well. Her meticulous planning and execution of the wedding made that very clear, as did her deeply-held religious convictions. We got this fantastic sunlight-splashed photo of the bride and groom praying in the decrepit old barn months before the ceremony)

Everything went beautifully. At the ceremony, house party girls handed out fans and programs to the guests nestled among the trees. We kept things rolling smoothly by electing to do all the formal photos while guests were enjoying cocktails. The band also made an extra effort toward the occasions' success -- this excellent group had only been together for about six months, so they got there at 2pm to make sure their eclectic mix of country and rock was note-perfect for the actual event. (It was, too!)

Check out all the photos at Teri and Nathan's wedding page!