Luxury Wedding Venue Photography

May 23, 2012 by

Luxury Event Photography

Luxury weddings pull out all the stops when it comes to the venue and how it is customized for the reception. From amazing floral arrangements to the custom lighting, no detail is left unturned. Usually the wedding photographer is in charge of capturing the venue and details. However, with the primary focus of the wedding photographer on the bride and schedule slips, the timeline gets compressed when it comes to photographing the venue.

A growing trend, especially for high-end events, is to hire a photographer who is dedicated to photographing the venue and details. That is their sole focus and specialty. By obtaining a photographer who specializes in venue photography, one can expect a higher level of image quality and composition. Some photographers, such as James Cook Photography, specializes in photographing venues using High Dynamic Range technology. They even have a website dedicated to HDR Luxury Wedding and Event Venue Photography.

With the bride spending so much on the venue, it is reasonable to expect them to want to make sure they have the best pictures possible of the venue and they are willing to pay to get it. Many wedding coordinators are now suggesting this service. Not only does the bride benefit, but so does the planner by anticipating a need and providing expertise to their client. As a side benefit, the planner also has noticeably different photographs they can use in their marketing materials to help differentiate themselves from others.


HDR Background Images

May 16, 2012 by

HDR Background Image

The use of HDR Images for Backgrounds is a growing trend in portraiture. James Cook Photography is using this technique in their senior portrait work. They create their own High Dynamic Range backgrounds and them drop the subject on them. This composite image of two separate images provides a distinctive look and seniors in their market crave. These are premium images that are printed on metal to add to the boutique nature of this work.

One of the industry leaders on creating HDR images is Trey Ratcliff and you can view his work at on his website Stuck In Customs.

HDR Backgrounds in Senior Portraits

May 1, 2012 by

High Dynamic Range Background Senior Portrait

While this image looks like it was taken outside, in reality, this image was photographed in-studio on a white background.  It was then dropped onto a HDR background in Photoshop.  HDR, High Dynamic Range, images are photographs that are comprised of several photographs of varying exposure.    Using HDR as one of our methods for producing our senior portraits lets us stand out from the amateurs.  Besides producing images that are different, the other reason we like this is because we can shoot in-studio where the weather is always nice and we don’t need to travel to locations which improves our efficiency.

To view more of our images, you can visit our Senior Portrait website.

April 30, 2008 by

Kansas City Wedding Photographer

Today’s awesome photograph comes to us from Jason Domingues at Jason Domingues Photography. In the photographer’s own words

I shot this image while they were on the bottom of the front steps of her home. They were waiting for their very small wedding to begin. the background was blown out a little in photoshop but because I was shooting from so high on the steps, the background was the ice on the ground. This was my favorite wedding of the year, The city was hit with an ice storm and had no power but these two were determined to get married….oh yeah the wedding was outside in a tent in 25 degree weather! this wedding really pushed my limits, dealing with the cold, snow and ice.


New Toy

April 30, 2008 by

Kawasaki Ninja Motorcycle

Today’s awesome photograph comes to us from Rob Medina at Medina Photography.  In the photographer’s own words:

My buddy had just bought his ‘new toy’ and brought it by y house- I could not resist taken a picture of it! I used 2 550EX flashes with pocket wizards to light the subject- taken at night. Manual 1/60th @f8 ISO 100- Flash units set to manual- 1-550 camera right- 5 feet away, 7 feet up pointing down on rider and bike 1/8th power. Second 550ex behind the bike about 3 feet away 1/32 power. Both units were manually zoomed out to 105mm for a smaller beam.

Engaging Amusement

December 6, 2007 by

Davina Fear - Artistic Wedding Photography

Today’s awesome photograph comes to us from Davina Fear at Davina Fear. In the photographer’s own words:

One of this couple’s fave things to do is to ride amusement park
rides. They love to go to Lagoon here in Utah. We knew we couldn’t
go there and do a host of other fun things as well so we found a tiny
little park that had some cool rides. I am not one that can sit in
the backseat of a car and not get car sick BUT I’ll do anything for a
great shot. So I got on this ride with them in a swing just in front
of them. I used my long lens because I knew the shot that I wanted
was the one when we were going full speed around. I just held my lens
on them and let the world go around us. As sick as we all were when
we got off of the ride we all agree it was completely worth it. What
do you think?

Will You

December 6, 2007 by

Will You - Indianapolis Wedding Photography - Eclipse Photography

Today’s awesome photograph comes to us from Chad Franz at Chad Franz / Eclipse Photography in Indianapolis. In the photographer’s own words:

Just a simple shot that says so much more without showing their faces than it ever could by showing them. Even with the texture and SX-70 kinda look, viewers still just talk about the overall feeling of the shot. I love the idea of conveying a couple’s feelings in such a way that the viewer thinks about the subjects without any thought about the photographer or techniques. More can be seen on my blog!

Beautiful Light

September 14, 2007 by

Beautiful Light

Today’s awesome photograph comes to us from Eric Cotter at Eric J Photography in Orange County. In the photographer’s own words:

I shot this in downtown Long Beach CA. The refreshing thing about this session was that I didn’t do it at the beach.. So many times we here in SO Cal just rush off to the beach because, well IT SELLS!!!.. But we tend to forget the dynamics of shooting in other surroundings. This entire shoot was a breath of fresh air, and gave me a different perspective on engagement sessions. For all of you that have those 1 or 2 killer locations that you frequent, do yourself a favor, shoot somewhere completely opposite next time.. Your creative side will thank you.

The Deep Blue Yonder

July 3, 2007 by

Georgia Aquarium with William Haun.

Today’s awesome photograph comes to us from photographer William Haun. In the photographer’s own words:

I love the contrast of my 7 month old son’s tiny figure and the massive fish above him in this photo I took at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. He was mesmerized by the blue glow of the tanks full of thousands of colorful fish. Visit my website at to enjoy more of my photography and videography. For more photos of the cutest baby on earth, visit Trey’s “baby blog”.

Windmill Road

July 3, 2007 by

Windmill Road

Today’s photograph comes to us from Kevin Hart. In the photographer’s own words:

The photo was taken at a wind farm in S.Ireland on top of a mountain. Permission had to be obtained because it was private and also dangerous. I will include this in the book of photos that I am at present shooting.

Woman’s Best Friend

June 28, 2007 by

Woman’s Best Friend

Today’s awesome photograph comes to us from Robert Medina of Medina Photography. In the photographer’s own words:

We did this shot as a promo for an upcoming photo session at a local dog boutique. The owner asked me if I would be interested in photographing pets in her store to generate some buzz to have people come in. I thought about it and suggested we include people as well. I wanted to tell the story of pets in our lives, not just pets in front of a camera. She loved the idea and this was the shot chosen for the campaign. It is of my Wife Lara and our dog Kingston.

Dancing in Barn

June 28, 2007 by

 Dancing in Barn

Today’s photograph comes from Carisa Kozicki of CK Photography. In the photographer’s own words:

This is a photograph of the wedding couple dancing in the bride’s parents’ barn. The family lovingly restored the barn for her wedding. My assistant and I had so much fun photographing this unique and personalized wedding. Everyone, especially the bride, was so relaxed. I really wanted to show the movement and energy that everyone was feeling at the wedding, so I kept my shutter speed a bit low to capture some of the movement and to showcase the barn’s great interior.

Safe With You

June 16, 2007 by


Today’s photograph comes from Lee Ziegler Photography.  In the photographer’s own words:

This image is from an engagement session I recently took of Stephanie and Zach. They were an awesome couple to work with. What I was trying to capture here was how they felt when they were in each other’s arms. When I asked them that question, they both replied “safe”. My web address is

I Am Ready

June 12, 2007 by

This awesome photograph comes to us from MDTorres Photography’s Maria D. Torres. In the photographer’s own words:

This was one of the first shots in a wedding session. It was taken in the bride´s bedroom while she was looking at the mirror just after being makedup at home for her wedding.

I loved the reflection of her face. I shut it just in time, without any preparation as I was just coming into her room to take her out for her bride session.

Just a little dodging and burning in Photoshop to enhance her face and a nudge down on color saturation to give it this ancient look.

As I discovered later at home, her eye was reflecting also in the mirror´s frame.

Sunbathing Doberman

June 12, 2007 by

Today’s awesome photograph comes from Kansas City Wedding Photographer Felipe Pereira. In the photographer’s own words:

We’ve recently started having springlike weather, and as a result we’ve left our back door open for our dogs to go in and out of the house.  One of my dogs decided to lay out on the deck and soak the sun’s rays.  I noticed this and quickly grabbed my camera, since she could decide to do something else at a moments notice, and laid down on the kitchen floor to get some photos. I’m sure she’s keeping an eye on her mom, who she worships. Working with my own dogs keeps me sharp, because of the fact that they go from doing one thing to another so quickly; anything interesting they do can be missed if I don’t adjust to the situation.

Mywork with humans can be found at