Erie Wedding Photography: Heather and Russ

Last Saturday was a toasty day, with the constant threat of rain.  We did catch a bit during formals, but it cleared before we left the church.
Russell and Heather were a wonderful bride and groom, and their families were very caring and supportive.  
We captured some remarkable images both indoors, and outdoors on the campus of Penn State Behrend.
Great images, Heather and Russ!

Erie Sports Photography: Save an Eye Game

Friday night began clear enough, but the bad weather moved in near halftime.  Following a brief delay, the game was called on account of dangerous lightning.  Not 5 minutes after, the skies opened up for a nasty thunderstorm.
Score at the half: City 20, County 14.  A good game was played by both teams.

Erie Photography Seminars: My Students!

We’re at class #4 of our Adventures in Photography series, and we are making great progress. Our small class is very focused (pun intended).  We have moved from basic camera settings to natural light portraits, still life and macro, and then on to studio lighting. I have drilled the fundamentals each week, and I’m sure they are sick of “The FEW” and setting custom white balance.  But they are becoming better and better photographers each week.
This week, we learned how to set white balance with a strobe trigger, set main lights, fill, background and kicker lights.  We even played with color gels on the backgrounds, and changed light modifiers.
This is one sample photo from Heather, one of our attendees.  There is no editing on this image – it is straight out of camera, with the exception of resizing for blogging.
Great lighting, composition, focus.  I’m so proud of the progress our class has made.  In four more sessions we’re going to learn even more!

Erie Senior Portraits: Gina

Tonight was one of those days when the weather could have turned out badly, but it stayed overcast, and ended up being perfect for senior portraits.
Gina was a great subject and we captured many fine images with her musical instruments and in many locations, including our studio and the beach.
The sunset was amazing.  With no breeze and no surf, the water reflected the sky.

Great images, Gina!

Erie Wedding Photography: Stephanie and Kyle

Saturday was a wonderful day for a wedding!
Stephanie and Kyle had their ceremony at the chapel at Mercyhurst College, where they both attended college.
Following the formal photos, we captured some great images on the campus.
Their reception was on the Victorian Princess, departing from the foot of State Street.  We picked up a few images before the boat departed on their reception cruise.
With perfect water and weather, we were able to get some great images on the boat, as well as during sunset on the dock.
Congratulations Stephanie and Kyle!

Erie Save an Eye Game: Media Day

Tonight I once again had the honor to take the media day photos of the City and County teams for the Save-an-Eye game.  It was hot, but the players suited up and we took photos of the teams and the school groups for the program book.
Save-an-eye is a summer sports event organized by the Erie Lions Club.  It has been an annual football event since 1939.  The funds raised provide free eye care to low income children.
Here’s a couple of the group photos of the City and County teams.  Now, the teams go into 2 weeks of practice and then the big game is on Friday July 23rd at Veteran’s Stadium at 26th and French Streets.  Make plans to be there – it benefits a great cause!
As was the case last year, I’ll be the official photographer for this event, meaning I’m the only one allowed and authorized to sell images from this game.