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Nuptials – Image 9/10
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With ten tables at our wedding reception, we considered two unique and special, ours(of course) and my wife’s parents. This was because they were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Therefore, we wanted personal images for each of these tables to set them apart from the others.
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The photo depicted here, which was beautifully restored by my wife, is of my in-laws on their wedding day in 1958. Rather than simply printing the image for their table at our reception, we set up a scene to photograph of their wedding photo in a frame with just a hint of a rose in the background. This was then printed and displayed identically as the all the others, yet their table’s centerpiece also included a small cake in celebration of their 50th anniversary.
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Culver City, California

Nuptials – Image 8/10
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Previously, I commented that each image in this series was used as part of a table setting at our wedding reception, but their use didn’t stop there. At most weddings, tables are assigned numbers, and guests are given a place card indicating which table they’re to sit at. We broke from this tradition of using numbers and instead used our images to identify a particular table. Therefore, when a guest received their place card, a photographic print was on one side with the menu on the reverse. Although this concept was a bit abstract, the chatter from guests trying to understand where to sit was fun to listen to and turned into a great conversation piece for all attending.
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This particular image presenting a vase of snowball flowers picked from our garden was photographed at our kitchen table. The window behind looks into our front courtyard where a large Ponderosa Lemon tree grows and provides shade for the bush lilies and irises that were also photographed for this series. Compositionally, this was a fun image to make while we took our time to get the placement and number of petals on the table just right.
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Gorman, California

Nuptials – Image 6/10
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I mentioned earlier that we chose to photograph flowers from our garden for this series. This is true with the exception of this image of a California Poppy, the state flower. Although I’ve seen them bloom in our neighborhood, they thrive in great abundance in Antelope Valley and Gorman, which is where this image was photographed.
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Culver City, California

Nuptials – Image 6/10
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Although we attempted to keep our wedding small and intimate, the final count included just over 100 guests sitting at ten tables for the reception. Therefore, this series of images was limited to ten photographs so that each photo was part of a table setting. Along with a beautiful flower arrangement which included fresh fruit that guests were encouraged to pick and eat, a unique and original image created and printed by us accompanied each arrangement.
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For this particular photo, the hibiscus flowers were arranged in a water fountain that rippled in our back yard. This photo was a bit challenging from a compositional standpoint because the flowers were in a constant state of flux as the water undulated and slipped over the sides. However, we are both quite pleased with the final outcome.
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Culver City, California

Nuptials – Image 5/10
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Our home has a small courtyard that is the plot for a giant Ponderosa Lemon tree that shades a variety of flowers and grasses. Every spring, these white irises bloom and gently hang over the gravel and stepping stone pathway.
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Culver City, California

Nuptials – Image 4/10
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As I continue with this series of images, I’d like to point out that they were shot over a period of several months. This was primarily because the choice of subjects was not predefined. Furthermore, my wife and I discussed and observed how our garden changed throughout the winter season and into spring. As a particular flower bloomed, we grabbed the camera and played until we found something we liked.
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To be more specific on the process, the setup of the view camera was a slow operation. We also didn’t have the luxury of a digital back to give us instant feedback. However, Polaroid film was still available at the time (just barely in early 2008), so this provided the necessary feedback while we composed and adjusted the camera. Once we were satisfied with the image, Fuji Provia color transparency film was loaded and several sheets were exposed.
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This image of a rose is one among many on a large vine that climbs a garage wall in our backyard. The first bloom every year is a sight to see as the color bursts into view.
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Culver City, California

Nuptials – Image 3/10
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I mentioned earlier that this series of images was photographed and used as part of our wedding decor. As we became more involved with planning our wedding, many questions surfaced of what the day meant to us and how we wanted to remember it. We knew from the beginning that we wanted an outdoor ceremony and reception, but we also wanted a lot of natural elements with a personal touch and uniqueness to the design. We certainly didn’t want anything cookie-cutter or status-quo. Therefore, since we’re both photographers, it seemed natural that we somehow incorporated photography into the design.
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With this in mind, we tossed concepts around and eventually settled on photographing flowers and plants from our garden. This added another layer of uniqueness to the images other than simply being created by us. Additionally, I owned an old large format 4×5 film camera that had been modified to accept a special lens, which is what creates the dreamy shallow depth of field. The previous two images expresses this characteristic very well, and this photo of a camellia flower displays it with a more subtle touch.
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Culver City, California

Nuptials – Image 2/10
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Collaborating on a photo project with someone is a wonderful experience. Although there are challenges along the way when ideas differ, the end photograph is a combination of both influences that results in a stronger image. I love that my wife has a fantastic eye for detail and brings a certain softness to an image. I’ve certainly become a better photographer because of her.
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With respect to this image of a bush lily, which was photographed in the front courtyard of our home, my wife thought of the idea and together we shaped the composition. During the process, we adjusted the camera position and focus subtly so that the subject felt balanced between the in and out of focus elements, which was created by a specific lens. The end result is dreamlike and ethereal. I absolutely love this image!
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