Caleb & Whitney are getting married in March. Yesterday, we had the honor of shooting their engagement session. What a fun couple. I’m so excited for the wedding.
Here’s a few favorites from their e-session.
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Taylor Bollinger is certainly a beautiful young lady, but that’s not what I mean by “hot” (that would be terribly inappropriate and a little creepy). What I mean is that we had a 115 degree heat index during Taylor’s session so she was, indeed, one VERY “HOT” senior girl.
Even through the heat, she was toughing it out, and we had a great session with some really unique images.
Here are a few favorites from Taylor’s session.
I frequently get e-mails from people asking me for advice on how to take better pictures. They often want to know what kind of equipment to purchase and where they might be able to go for classes or lessons, etc. I certainly don’t mind getting these e-mails, nor do I mind answering them, but it seems my answers are often very similar from one e-mail to the next . . . . so . . . . I thought perhaps it would be useful to the masses if I posted a generic response here on the blog. I’m certain there are others out there who have the same questions, but have just never thought to send me an e-mail or ask a professional directly. So this blog post will be the first in what I plan to make a series of helpful (or at least I hope they’re helpful) answers to questions about taking pictures, and equipment and lighting and learning photography in general. My plan is to search through some old e-mails from people, post their original questions and then post my responses (don’t worry, I’ll keep it anonymous). Then, if any of you blog followers have additional questions, please post them right here in the comment section of the blog and I’ll try to address those in future posts as well.
So, here’s an e-mail I just received on 3/13/2011:
I’m interested in photography. I was wondering if you had any suggestion, as far as a class to take, or what camera to buy. I love to look at wedding photography sites, really have no intention of learning photography and use it professionally. I have time now, and would like to learn how to take awesome photos of my family. Thanks for your time and any suggestion is appreciated.
And here’s my response:
As far as equipment suggestions, you can really learn the craft with just about any camera that allows you to change the settings manually. I bought my wife a great little point and shoot camera that I take on vacation with me and leave my DSLR at home . . . it’s really that good of a camera, and it’s easy to carry and put in a suitcase or purse, etc. So if you want something like that, I would recommend the Canon G12. It’s a convenient camera because of it’s size and portability, and it takes great quality pictures and you can change all of the settings manually just like a DSLR (plus it takes pretty good video as well which my wife loves for footage of our kids around the house). Plus there’s no additional lenses to purchase, so you don’t have to worry about spending a whole bunch of extra money for “accessories” after you make your initial camera purchase.
Here are some shots of our High School Senior models from here in Cozumel, Mexico. We shot quite a lot yesterday afternoon and evening, and then I hit the bed hard after a really long (but FUN) day. Getting ready to do it all over again today.
Bailey is my model from Jackson, Missouri.
Casey (the other blonde) is from Indianapolis, Indiana
and Emily (the brunette) is from Baton Rouge, Louisana.
Voting for the Cozumel, Mexico trip ended last night at 11:59pm. There were over 3,000 votes so Thank You to everyone who took the time to vote for your favorite model.
The results are in!
The top 5 finalists are . . . . (drum roll please) . . . .
Bailey McDowell - (JHS) popular vote winner (554 votes)
Rachel Job – (Notre Dame) popular vote winner (385 votes)
Scarlett Patterson – (Notre Dame) popular vote winner (331 votes)
Morene Mouser - (JHS) studio nominee for most senior referrals
Taylor Craft - (PHS) studio nominee for most senior referrals
One of these 5 finalists will be our grand prize winner, and will receive an all expenses paid trip to Cozumel, Mexico from Tyson Zahner Photography.
The grand prize winner will be chosen over the weekend by other photographers from across the country. We will announce our grand prize winner on Monday, October 4th.
Good luck to all 5 of you!
We’ve been stupid busy lately (and we only have a handful of openings left between now and November – so call ASAP if you’re still wanting to get in for a session yet this year)
So I apologize for not posting much recently. So to make up for it, I’m posting several images from some recent senior sessions.
included in these photos are
Hannah Beasley – Jackson High School
Rachel Brewer – Jackson High School
Rachel Job – Notre Dame
Shelby Mattingly – Perryville High School
Tyler Michie – Jackson High School
Helen Schmohe – Perryville High School
Valerie Smith – St. Vincent High School
Harlie Waldon – Cape Central High School
Jodi Walley – Jackson High School
Stephanie Winkler – Perryville High School