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.


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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HS Senior Session — Vilas Park

Ken attends West High School and is an ace vocalist.  He told me that he will be attending a university that is known for training professional vocalists.  I am certain he will do very well.

The first three pictures were taken across from James Studio, on the tracks on the other side of University Ave.   Though it was an overcast day the clouds still look interesting.

Across the trackes

Ken has some very photogenic features.   This is the more serious look of Ken.

Standing near University Ave

Next we went to Vilas Park.  I love this drive over bridge in the background.

Vilas Park

For the grunge look I had Ken on this tank.   Nothing says grunge quite like a rusty old  fuel tank.

Grunge look

The walk over bridge was a great back drop for this close up.

In among the rocks

I love the angle on the following photo and all the great colors in the background.  This is my favorite picture from the session.

My favorite

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An Engagement Session

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