Pure Before the Taint of the World

 

With the recent events of American History as sad as it is. I feel like this is the best submission for this weeks photo challenge titled PURE contest. I took these images this past Saturday at a small wedding. I was blessed to see love being united and prayed for with out the validation of a elaborate wedding celebration. No cake, no fancy clothes, no fancy venue, just a local small town park, and the most important of all. God, love, family, and friends.

In many areas of our lives we learn to stop loving, stop liking, and stop hanging out with certain crowds for various reasons. Fear is a good and bad thing depending on where it roots from. Fear and judgement can be a self defense mechanism. However most of the cases of fear are from what we are taught. Fear is based from the unknown.

That is why so many varieties of hate exists in this world, because of the unknown.

BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS Love is just like our faith in God, God we can not see, hear, or bear physical witness too. God is the truest form of LOVE and the purest. Just like that LOVE has no race, gender, color, ethnicity, culture, or certain looks of a couple or friendship. LOVE IS PURE like water.

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Happy Anniversay Trav & Shay! 5/23/2016

Happy Anniversary Shay and Trav

Happy Anniversary Shay and Trav on your special day.  This was a beautiful day and I was so happy to share it with you at The Weir Jordan House in Greensboro, NC.  A lovely couple and a perfect venue.  We shot this wedding a year ago and as always I love to wish our couples a very happy anniversary and many more years of blessings. By looking at all these photos I remember this very special couple and their day.

Enjoy the blissful memories of this great day of unity in Gods Presence.

Happy 1 Year Anniversary!

 

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The Lock Down Wedding

Mr. & Mrs. Lock tied the knot on March 11th,. 2016 in Winston-Salem, NC and I was grateful to be part of this union. It was held in the down stairs section of the

The Millennium Center down town. This building used to be an old court-house and it has such classic character. Marble floors, wood details, and so much more.

The ambiance and lighting was so pretty regardless of the challenges it presented taking photos, but we got it done! I want to thank the Locks for sharing me their story and getting to know them closer on their special night!

Here are some of my favorite photos and how I accomplished them.

This first image was taken on the first floor in one of their booth set ups, the chandelier is real, the bench, and velvet curtains also. I saw an immediate opportunity for super classy and more expensive backdrops here. So I posed Jen and Steven and got to snapping. The real art came in Photoshop and LightRoom.

1.) I did sharpening and basic retouching in light room and opened them up in Photoshop.

2.) I googled in images sparkler writing and art, found the one I thought would fit effortlessly and saved it to my desktop.

3.) In Photoshop I opened up a new blank canvas by making it 11×14 in size and black.

4.) I copied the Photo and pasted it on top of the black canvas.

5.) The free transformed the image to fit inside the black canvas with some room to spare on the edges of the photo as if it was frame matting.

6.) Then I took the brush tool and put it on clear and started to blend the photo in to the black canvas and touched up the floor shadows with the Burn tool.

7.) Then I copied and pasted the sparkler script on top where I see suited best and then used the clear brush tool to clean up the edges and lowered the transparency of the script only to about 90% to make the smallest details of missed brushing fade out..

TaDa!!!!!!

Love Sparkler Sample

This photo below was taken so well I didn’t have to do much to it, that is why I try to practice taking the best photo I can at the beginning to cut down on editing time.

I only edited this image in Light Room. I opened it and perfected the lighting, sharpening, and so forth. Then I moved to the brush tools and brought up the lantern glowing lights a little more to pop from the back light of the doors behind the bride. Then made sure it was balanced and even all around as close as I could get it.

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My last but not my least fave is the one below..

I cloned some sparklers in to hands where theirs burned out already and did the same thing for the sparkler halo as I did in the first pic of this blog page. I love how it glows!

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Brittney & Chris wedding

I had the pleasure of doing the wedding of this super fun couple. They have been together for a long time and the way they are n’sync together really displays that. Chris ha ha ha is such a hoot and out going while Brittney is the quiet decisive one. The wedding was in such a beautiful location outside of Raleigh, NC.

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Here are the vendors and services details:

Beautiful venue here in Raleigh!

Event Details & Vendors Information

DJ Services:
This DJ had the crowd dancing the whole time, no skipping or jumping, provided some disco lighting that showed up well in pictures I took. He was fun to talk and work with & has a great mix of music from oldies, line dances, to trending.
Anything Music DJ’s (FaceBook name and he is tagged below)

Event Coordinator:
She was very down to earth and seemed to blend in the back ground while making things come together flawlessly. She even went the extra mile to rearrange the seating that way they were not getting wet by exceeding the edges of the tent in the rain, they personally got towels to dry the seating off, and planned to get an umbrella to match the Brides décor..
Get-Christine @ www.facebook.com/GetChristine
(919)333-5951
getchristine.liphardt@gmail.com

Wedding Planner that Stepped up to help me:
She came out of the wood work and helped me out of the blue I appreciate her efforts.
Debbie Browne
Events By Deb (704)779-4889

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Birth Photography

WOW

AMAZING              BEAUTIFUL            HERMOSA         BREATH TAKING

ANGEL                    BABY                        AMOR                           LOVE             MOMMY

 

I am so glad I am spontaneous and on the go! I was scheduled take maternity photos of Ms. Ashley’s baby bump and this is her second pregnancy and child. So excitingly I agreed and was ready to go! Myself and Ashly’s mom spoke briefly of ideas of what they wanted, well waiting patiently on this ideas to be e mailed to me. They never came?

I had a feeling under the circumstances someone might be in labor. Sure enough the next morning I get contacted in regards that the shoot had to be cancelled. Bummer blessings!!!!!!! I presented the idea of birth photography and they agreed! I was packed up and ready to drive 2 hours away to Laurinburg, NC hospital.

Lets GO!

Epidural was administered. Two hours later I make to the hospital and the pushing shortly follows! This was the most fun photo-shoot I ever got to be a part of and feel bonded to this family forever. Thanks so much for letting me be a part of your amazing new day and to welcome little miss to the world!

Please contact me for your birth photoshoot! I do travel across the state and some parts of Virginia and South Carolina.

 

 

 

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About me

I started off in photography in 2002.

I got the idea to start my own business when I hired a local amateur small business owner to do my High School Senior Photos. She had a retro film camera, was cheap, and gave a mini album of my best 4×6’s prints. Coming from a small town with a lot of poverty she made good money for her prices.

I observed her and her routine and thought if she can do it so can I……..

After I moved away as a new military bride to Fort Campbell, KY I started to spread my wings. I took a cheap point and shoot camera and walked down the river walk offering free photos to people and mailed them their 4x6s.

I took one photo of my friend while she was pregnant and she mailed it to her husband in Iraq and it was history. People started asking who took this photo and then my name started to spread solely by word of mouth. That’s the best kind of advertising.

“It wont happen until you put yourself out there.”

I have always been the artsy type. So as for my style I have seen I have the ability to take on the clients or subjects style and capture that along with catching the natural beauty caught in the moment! I just don’t know how to explain it, but none of my photos are planned ahead of time. I never carry much equipment and use ISO and shutter speeds for light manipulation. I do however want to go to a class and learn more lighting techniques to further polish my art.

What do I love about photography? I love capturing memories that will last forever and I love the ones you can look on and it starts the movie in your head, and then a blissful smile falls on your lips! Happiness.

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