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Sam & Nick – Wedding Photography

There’s nothing like the view from the middle of something; while most folks might say it’s better to see things from one side or another, being in the middle adds a perspective few truly treasure the way I have. In my family, I sit right smack in the middle of my cousins; I’m the eldest on my mom’s side and the youngest on my dad’s.

As an only child, I often looked to my cousins as my brothers and sisters, especially on my mom’s side. There’s an obligation or unwritten responsibility for someone who is the eldest to “lead” and guide the rest of the group, and with my cousins, this is no different, even to this day. I’ve always looked at the cousins on my mom’s side as my little brothers and sisters. And, growing up, every leader needed a trusted sidekick and that was Samantha, the eldest cousin behind me. As Forrest Gump might say, “we was like peas and carrots” growing up.

I’ve watched Sam struggle with a number of issues to find herself and her place in this world over the past decade and she has overcome a lot to finally get to a place where she wanted. One of the main reasons for this was a boy named Nick, who she met a few years back. He has not only been an amazing companion and a loving partner to Sam, but they strive to make sure each one betters the others life every single day, and that’s something truly magical.

So, when she told me they were getting married, and asked if I would be their photographer, I jumped at the chance. They got married back in August of this year on a gorgeous sunny day in eastern Ohio. I was glad to make the trek out to see my family and enjoy this blessed day with them. The ceremony was held at a local botanical gardens, which was beautiful, and then the reception was a low-key casual cookout style at a local park pavilion… just right for these two.

So, here are 25 of my favorite images from the day… let me know what you think in the comments below!

Tuesday Viewsday: Take a Spin (Abstract Photography)

"Take a Spin" (Abstract Photography)

“Take a Spin” (2012)

If you have followed the blog for a while, you might know that I challenge myself every year to set some goals and resolutions for my photography, both in the business and creative sides.

Last year, one of my resolutions was to explore new concepts and push my boundaries creatively. Overall, I didn’t do as much “out of the box” creatively as I would have liked so that resolution has carried over to this year.

When I did find the time to explore more “abstract photography,” I was pleasantly surprised at what I was able to put together. The photograph you see here, titled “Take a Spin,” is one of the products of my creative explorations.

I took this shot during the Scott Kelby Annual Photowalk last October. A few weeks ago, I posted this image on Facebook and asked my friends and fans what they thought it was. A few got close, but that’s the beauty of abstract photography… it’s… abstract! If you haven’t figured it out yet, this is one of the statues along the Peoria, Illinois riverfront.

In this case, I was inspired by another photographer’s work that I saw a few days earlier. This photographer had created a series of colorful images of beaches that were blurred by moving the camera back and forth so I decided to try my hand at the same type of thing. In this instance, I took the photo for a “spin.”

I really like the way this came out; it is completely different from anything I’ve ever tried before. I had such a blast capturing these images during the photowalk and I ended up with four or five for the portfolio that I hope to share with you over the next few months so stay tuned for those.

In the meantime, what do you think of abstract photography? Is it your cup of tea or do you prefer to normal stuff? How about the photograph you see here? Comments and critiques are welcome! Just leave a comment below!

Tuesday Viewsday: Make a Call (Commercial Photography)

It isn’t often that I take on a commercial photography project if it doesn’t relate directly to my passion as a portrait photographer like the set of 50 headshots I recently did for a local accounting firm (more on that later). Last year, I challenged myself to dive headfirst into Project 52, a set of weekly photography challenges and assignments put together by the great @wizwow, Don Giannatti.

Can You Hear Me Now? (2012) - Photographer Michael Vujovich posing with a smartphone against a bright white background for a commerical photography project

Can You Hear Me Now? (2012)

This is a great project for any photographer at any stage of professional development to take on as Don takes you through each assignment, you upload your entry into a Flickr thread along with hundreds of others, and then he holds a live online critique during the week to give you feedback. It really does push your boundaries as a shooter. Unfortunately, life and all that comes with it started to snowball and I had to drop out of the projects shortly after completing the photograph you see here.

In the short time that I was a part of Project 52, I did push the envelope beyond what I was normally used to especially when it came to commercial photography. For the seventh assignment, Don asked us to create a couple of images for a point-of-sale display for a local cellular phone company. Since the height and width were defined for the use on the display, I knew I had to shoot for a tall and skinny layout.

At the time, I was exploring blown-out white backgrounds using only my studio strobes and I decided to try my hand with that look in these commercial photography shots. I also needed someone to model the phone and, since time was short, I went with the only guy I had available at the time: myself.

So, if you’re adding this up now, I have the camera on a tripod, two monolights pointed at the background behind me at full power to blow it out, plus a single speedlight with a softbox in front of me to light my face, as well as a remote control for the camera in one hand and the phone in the other. I can’t juggle to save my life, but I sure can multitask!

It took me about 30 frames to finally end up with the lights and posing the way I wanted them. I wasn’t completely happy with the final result honestly, but I do feel it’s something out of my normal wheelhouse and helped me to explore a new avenue I wouldn’t normally have explored. Next time, I would definitely spend some time securing a separate model so I can keep my focus where it needs to be: behind the camera and working the lighting of the scene.

What do you think? Comments? Critiques? Fire away in the comments below!

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