Ravi and Prathusha portraits in Madison Wisconsin

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Greg and Anastasia Blesener — Windsor Golf Club

Greg and Anastasia exchanged their wedding vows on November 23, 2013.  It was a cold but beautiful day at the Windsor Golf Club a few miles north of Madison.  The Windsor Golf Club offers a beautiful background as can be seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

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The temperature was in the teens the whole day.  It was interesting to hear everyone’s expressions for how cold it was.  We talked about our plans before we went out, took several shots for two poses and then quickly trotted back into the building where we could warm up and go out again for a few more shots.  Do you notice anyone looking cold?

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So with the guys we have to have them show off a little.

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Greg looks great in this shot.  I like the European shirt collars that all the guys were wearing.  It is a touch of being different which helps to make it interesting.

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Anastasia looks radiant and seems to really be in the moment.

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Back in doors after completing the formal shots Anastasia wanted some pictures by this peacock art piece.    This shot may have become her favorite.

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I always like to get some ring shots.  I think Greg and Anastasia did a great job here.

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One of my favorite shots is with a smart phone.  I love how this picture came out.

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Instead of just getting pictures of the bride and groom dance, I like to use the bridal bouquet to make a more artistic and interesting image.

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I am always checking my lighting with every new place that I shoot in.  When we went from indoors to outdoors, toward the end of the evening, I was amazed that I did not have to change my lighting settings at all.  Then I saw these cool shots where the flash lit up the tree.  The light just bounced off the remaining leaves and branches to make this beautiful picture.

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This shot is all about personality.  As a photographer I set people up into sets that I think look natural.  But when people get comfortable they start having fun and make things up on their own.  I love Anastasia’s expression in this image.

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This following shot is one I really like to get with engagement pictures.  It does not work as well with wedding pictures because the dress is so big it is usually hard to see how the lady has her legs kicked out, but these guys nailed it even with the cloak on.

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Toward the end of the evening I like to get the couple aside to shoot a final set of artistic shots.  It usually has some candles in the foreground with the couple in the background.  In this image we also had the interesting effects of the other Christmas lights.

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Ben Golden & Naomi Morphis Wedding

Ben and Naomi were married September 28, 2013.  Below are a few of my favorites from the day.

In the following few shots we see the “First Look” being played out.

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The following shot shows Naomi glowing.

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It was a beautiful day; at least until the late afternoon when it rained almost non-stop.

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Naomi had an inspiration for a cute picture.  The following is the result.

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This is Naomi’s family.  I thought it was amazing to have such an even incline of heights.

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The day revealed a special relationship between Naomi and her brother.  This was a fun moment.

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I love this shot of the bouquet off to the side.

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The church offered a nice little alcove in the balcony.  I enjoyed playing with this image.

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Naomi and Ben are very happy to have finally come to this special moment in this special day.

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Before the rain came we got several shots at the Tenny Park walkover bridge.

 

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The reception was at Warner Park in Madison.  The park is home to these Sandhill Cranes.

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Naomi did not want to let a little rain stop her from getting outdoor pictures.

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So many couples act like they don’t know how to kiss.  Ben and Naomi were otherwise.  They seemed to know how to do this very naturally.  I love it.

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There is a look that should last forever.   This was during their first dance.

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At the end of the evening.  I like to take the couple off to a secluded spot and get some creative shots.  The following is a good example.

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And finally here is a ring shot.

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Kara Slaughter & Ryan O’Conner — Blessed Sacrament

While in the courtyard of Blessed Sacrament, Kara approaches Ryan for their “First Look”.  Ryan was instructed to keep looking at me until Kara touched him on the shoulder.

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This was the very first glance at each other.  It was actually a very emotional experience for them.

The first look is an excellent way to start the day.  We get great pictures and the couple is able to have some time together.  It can then be a weight lifted allowing the couple to enjoy the ceremony.

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The wedding as seen from the balcony.   The higher view provides a much better angle on the ceremony from the back of the church.

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Even though I was a long way back I was able the capture the exchange of rings very nicely with my 70 -200 mm Canon lens with image stabilization.

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A pretty shot.

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Below is one of the places where we shot outdoor photos.  This is Vilas park, in Madison Wisconsin, near the zoo.

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The wedding party did great.

It does take several takes to get everyone in the air at the same time as in this shot.  Though the picture has been touched up, everyone is in the air as it was shot, there was no manipulation in Photoshop.

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You got to love it.  What a cooperative wedding party.  Actually, this one was manipulated in Photoshop.

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A nice romantic shot.  I love the bridge in the background.  Notice the couple is in the shade.  I use a studio strobe with a softbox to get plenty of soft light on the subject.

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There is lots of love in this group and this picture captures it.

How do I capture those deep blue skies while still having plenty of light on the subjects?   The key is using a neutral density filter.

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I love to get shots with the bouquets on the ground.  I could not believe that Kara was willing to get down on the ground and I did not even asked her to do so.

As far as I could tell there were no grass stains.  She just brushed herself off and was ready for the next shot.

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This is one of my favorites to do with the bride and her bridesmaids.

With a 70 – 200 mm lens I get excellent focus on the bride while the bridesmaids are softly blurred out.

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This was after they tore pieces from the giant cookie.

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