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Two Years!

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On this day, two years ago, Lisa and I got married in Clifton, VA. Our wedding was beautiful, fun, and really reflected who we are as people. When I think back to our wedding day, I have no regrets, and truly remember it as one of the best days of my life. The ceremony was conducted by one of Lisa’s long time friends, Gerry Larkin, who is a Buddhist monk. Whenever people hear that, they immediately assume that we are buddhists. We are not. Though the ceremony was officiated by Gerry, there was also a poetry reading by my sister, and a passage from the Bible, read by my grandfather who is an Episcopalian minister. Our faith lies somewhere in the middle of all three of those (and yes, we consider poetry a faith–both being creative writing teachers at local high schools). I can’t believe that it has only been two years!

This may not be about my wedding photography, per se, but I wanted to take a moment to thank the real brains behind this operation, my wife, for being so understanding and supportive of my photography. It is not easy being married to a wedding photographer. We tend to be workaholics…. we are booked just about every Saturday, and spend all of Sunday recovering. We take our cameras….everywhere. We drag our spouses unwillingly into camera and electronics stores. We edit photos into the wee hours of the morning, and all too often, we expect our spouses to just “understand.”

Not only does Lisa understand my obsession, she supports it(proof postive, she just bought me a shootsac!). She is the brains and the backbone behind my web presence, my marketing, and my organization. She tells me when I have misspelled my own name, and she tells me when my blog posts sound like someone I’m not. I can’t thank her enough for all the time and effort she has put into helping me create my website and structure my business. To put it simply, I couldn’t have done it without her.


Confessions of a Flasher

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I love flash photography. I think it’s super creative and gives a lot of shots an extra bit of pop. That being said, the above was taken with no flash whatsoever! I know! What was I thinking?

Ok, so here’s the deal. My Monday wedding informs me, as I’m setting up for the day, that one of their guests has a severe case of epilepsy and as such, I won’t be able to use my flash for the entire wedding. Cue two minutes of panic…..now. These are the things you tell your photographer before the day of. Okay, so really, it’s not a big deal. A lot of photographers never use a flash. Still, I watched with trepidation as we got closer and closer to sunset. But to my surprise…I had a lot of fun. The fundamentals of photography are the same with or without flash, and for once, i got to strip down to just be me and my camera. I simply love the above shot, and will be the first to admit that a flash would have ruined the entire thing. Sometimes all you need is a little push to get you going in the right direction…never mind the mild cardiac arrest.


Trash The Dress (Not Trashed!)

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This afternoon I got to do a Trash the Dress session with my wife! It may be almost exactly two years after our wedding, but we got around to it! One of the things that we really wanted to go out and do is show people that Trash the Dress doesn’t necessarily mean that your dress will be in tatters at the end of the shoot. We are both very happy to report that the dress is doing well, and resting exactly where it did before the shoot. In fact, this will probably give us a good reason to go get it professionally cleaned and sealed for posterity. I think one of the things that turns people off from Trash the Dress sessions is the fact that the Wedding Photography world has been flooded with images of brides on fire, rolling around in mud or submerged in water. Though TTD is super trendy right now, I feel like it’s safe to say that most brides are not comfortable spray painting the gown that they wore for the most important day of their life. My wife and I are somewhere in between the two, so we decided to see what we could do within reason. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about truly trashing your dress for you if you want me to, but today was not going to be the day that Lisa and I trashed hers.

So, really. What’s the appeal of TTD, you ask? What you will find with a TTD session is that you are much more comfortable in your surroundings. You aren’t thinking about every little detail of the wedding day…and you aren’t trying to keep your gown pristine for that all important moment when the groom sees you for the first time. What you get, then, is a lot of unique bridal portraits that feature you looking way more relaxed than you ever would on your wedding day. I capture a lot of emotion on wedding days…joy, exuberance, relief…but believe me, relaxation is not one of them.

If you’ve got a wedding coming up with me, I highly recommend a TTD session after the wedding. We had a ton of fun!

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I do fine art, too.

Ok, so the “fine” part of fine art is a matter of opinion, but I thought that with all the attention I’ve been giving weddings lately, I might take a second and give a shout out to my roots. Over at http://www.aaronspicer.com I’ve got an entirely seperate site dedicated to some of the pieces of art that I have created over the years that I particularly enjoy. When you start doing anything that you love for a living, I think that it’s really important to keep your roots well within reach. I got into photography because I loved the process of creation. It may sound silly, and it may sound pompous, but I take pride in being able to look at the world with a little bit of a unique perspective. To take the ordinary and make it art is challenging. In his book Understanding Exposure Bryan Peterson says that there are fifteen different ways to take the same exposure, but only one of them is the creative way, and that’s the challenge that I enjoy. It’s how I approach everything in photography, from taking pictures of my Dutch Shepherd or photographing a wedding. I’m still trying to find the perfect piece of music to accompany the site, but it’s a tough decision because I make sure that I purchase the license for all of my music…as an artist I feel like it’s the responsible thing to do. If you have any songs that you think might fit the site, let me know.


Beautiful Luray, VA

This past weekend I wrapped up a whirlwind tour of Virginia. I started off in Leesburg, VA with Liz and Kevin. Then I shot down to Virginia Beach to shoot my sister and her fian….new husband, and I ended up in Luray, VA to celebrate with Martha and Daryl. The above shot is one that I really like of Martha and Daryl. Their wedding took place at the Khaimira Farm in Luray. The farm is just that, fifty seven acres of pure rural goodness. Linda and Leith converted one of their barns into an event venue a couple years ago when their daughter decided to get married on the property. They’ve done a wonderful job of making you forget that you are actually down on the farm, and could host anything from a black tie affair to a hoe down. The ceremony took place a few yards from the barn in a cleared pasture looking out at the mountains in the distance. That mountain range saved us quite a bit of trouble, as it acted as a natural barrier between us and the rain that was trying pretty hard to make it to the farm. You could see the dark clouds breaking up just as they crossed the mountains. Oddly enough, this weekend I leave Virginia entirely, heading up to Talbot County, Maryland on Saturday and then down to the Outer Banks on Sunday and Monday.


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