That last picture has everything I want. Rain on the water, a dock, a body of water out your window. Or in this case, outside your wall of glass. Via Inthralld. Alternatively, you could go to Berlin rent it.
E and I at a wedding we shot last year, looking fantastic.
When we were planning our wedding back in 2009 I really wanted to make a photo booth happen at our reception. I loved the idea of all of our friends clicking away at the camera and having fun pictures to share and remember all of the faces we love by. The problem was, we were planning in 3 months and had absolutely no time to figure out how to make one work and what to use. So, when the day came, it ended up being a tripod set up in a corner sporting my old point and shoot, a couple chairs... and a dead battery.
Fast forward almost four years later. I have my own photography business, and people ask me all the time if I offer photo booths. My automatic answer is "no!" "maybe in the future!" or "I'd be happy to refer you to someone else!" Aside from my silly fear that history will repeat itself and I'll fail miserably, it's not that hard to make a successful booth.
So, when a company recently got in touch with me asking if I'd review one of their products... and it just so happened to be a portable photography backdrop... it was just too perfect to pass up. I had been keeping my eye out for one that would be lightweight and easy enough to lug around. It also needed to be able to hang any of my hand crafted backdrops that will (someday, when I make them) look amazing. And since the back drop is obviously the most important thing in a photo booth, minus the camera and flash system, I figured it's the perfect place to start. And The LA Shop pulled through. They quickly sent me the backdrop, which compacts down way smaller than I expected and is super easy to put together. I set it up fairly quickly the first time, and now that I've done it once I figure it'll take me under 5 minutes to do again. The kit includes clamps to hold the fabric which makes it way easier than I expected and quick to adjust. It also extends to 10 feet wide, which is perfect for large groups of weddings guests/college buddies trying to squeeze into one photo. Once you break it down it tucks away nicely in a little carrying case that can be slung over your shoulder, which is perfect for me when I'm trying to haul all my gear out in one load. It's sturdy, efficient, and simple. Not much else needed!
If anyone is interested in a full post explaining an easy DIY photo booth setup, let me know in the comments or via email, and I'll put one together! In the meantime, if you're looking for a good spot to get photo gear and more (so much more), head on over to The LA Shop and use the coupon code "BLOGGERS" they graciously extended to all my lovely readers.
If I'm successful, hopefully I'll have many more images to share... which might not neccessarily be a good thing.
A few images from our stay at the Elephant Nature Park. To see and learn more you can head over to my photography blog. This place was amazing, if you ever have the opportunity it's worth making a visit happen. So many rescued beauties, it was a pretty powerful experience.
I wish I could have been at Crater Lake when the northern lights hit a few days ago. It's one of the most beautiful things you could ever watch, and I can never get enough. More found here.
From the man behind the magic above:
"I drove to Crater Lake National Park on the night of May 31, 2013 to photograph the Milky Way rising above the rim. I’ve waited months for the roads to open and spring storms to pass, so I could spend a solitude night with the stars. Near 11pm, I was staring upward towards a clear night sky when suddenly, without warning, an unmistakable faint glow of the aurora borealis began erupting in front of me. I quickly packed up my gear, hiked down to my truck, and sped to a north facing location. With adrenaline pumping, I raced to the edge of the caldera, set up a time-lapse sequence, and watched the northern lights dance until sunrise. The moon rose around 2am and blanketed the surrounding landscape with a faint glow, adding depth and texture to the shot. The last image in the sequence above shows the route of the International Space Station (ISS) which flew over at 2:35am."
Before we left Wrightwood last year we went camping for our anniversary. The spot was just up the road on a mountain behind the town, and we could look out and almost see our house beneath us. I'm happy we moved, but that's one place I'll regret not going to enough. It was perfect for starry night shots, and one of the most peaceful nights I had in the 2 years of living there. Can't wait for the weather to warm up again so we can get out and go on an adventure.
Now that I'm officially a Portland photographer (woohoo!) I've been trying to get out and 1) enjoy where we live while 2) shooting more personal work. You'd think this would be the first thing on my list, but it's one of the hardest things for me to do. Shoot more digital? Sit in front the computer more to edit them? I'd rather grab my film camera and send them off. But in an effort to challenge myself creatively, I'll be trying to get out and shoot an area at least once a month. To start it off we went out to a local spot on a rainy day with a lens I don't like... and I actually like the results. I know it's been quiet around here, but hopefully I'll be inspired as we settle in more and more into our new home. For now, you can see a piece our rainy Sunday below.