Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Missoula Wedding Photographer ~ Albums

The week of my & Mike's wedding, our wonderful friends Rachael & Scott opened up their home and we basically took it over. Every morning the four of us would have breakfast & coffee together, but armed with our own key, we'd be in and out, in and out, in and out. We stored things in their garage and borrowed things we had forgotten. It was home base, and their gorgeous house just happened to be a hop, skip and a field (literally) away from the venue.

The morning of the wedding, I woke up at 7am. Of course I couldn't sleep, and was ready to just GO already! After taking a minute to pack up my overnight bag and slow down, I had a cup of coffee with my soon-to-be husband, Rachael & Scott then headed across the field. The wedding wasn't until five, but that seven hours flew by faster than I could have imagined. There were snacks, music and a fast little thunderstorm. There was dancing, laughing and a football game to watch. But all of sudden, I was walking down the aisle. Then like a snap, the dance floor cracked (another day, another story) and we loaded up to visit the local bar. Then it was 2am and I was in a limo with my husband, MOH and a really, really bad driver on our way into town. Just like that, nearly 20 hours were gone, I was married and the day was done.

Twenty years from now, when I've forgotten what time the thunderstorm rolled in (approximately 2 and they had to postpone the football game), that the Griz won (73-2 actually), and that lightning struck a mountain and my brother had to call the forest service ...

When I forget that my great friend Ryan was not only AT a wedding in Seattle the night before, but IN IT and then turned around to be in Missoula the next day, just for me ...

When I forget how, after the blowing winds and dumping rain, the Miyamoto clan seem to just appear with a Suburban full of towels donated by the owners of Days Inn and how both sides of the family rallied to reassemble everything - I never even noticed a difference ...

I will have my pictures. Because at the end of that very long/short day, it's a story. An album embodies all of that day. It holds the images that aren't really ones you'd frame, but tells people that weren't there how it went. It reminds people that were there how great it was. And it lets you and your spouse remember. Just ... remember.

A few spreads from Rachael & Scott's album. Yes, that Rachael & Scott. You can see their wedding herehere.

As always, just click on any image to see it larger.


New Years ~ Resolutions x 3

See life like a kid. More.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tucson Photographer ~ Resolutions

I'm not one for resolutions. I tend to make them, break them, and then proceed to guilt-trip myself over doing so. This year is no different, but I find myself making little promises to myself each day to relax more, exercise more, shoot more, help more, and on and on and on.  I guess these "little promises" are basically resolutions if only in their timing of being made in January.  So blog-world, here are my first "resolutions":

Shoot more.  Just because because it makes me happy.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Tucson Wedding Photographer ~ out with the old, in with the new

Out with the old and in with the new!

In light of the new year, I have decided to quit my hoarding tendencies and part with some of my camera equipment.  Never fear, I am not giving up photography, I am only making room for upgrades.  As my husband says ... the office has become "the place where Dianne's things go to die" - a place that includes old camera gear that a) was given to me and I've never examined and b) never, ever gets used.  As much as I'd like to think that someday I'll whip out that old Pentax film camera that got me started, it probably isn't going to happen.  Does a girl really need two digital cameras (yes, one primary, one back-up for wedding days).  What about three film cameras?  Two of which I haven't used in, oooooh, nine years?  Probably not! 

So in light of new beginnings, here is a list of what I'm parting with and the lowball going rate on for each item.  I am also contemplating parting with either one or both of my Apples (to get a newer, fancy-schmancier one that can run Lightroom), but will need a good instigator to go in that direction.  Give me a price I can't refuse, and we might have a deal!  Oh, and I'm not paying shipping.  Some of these items are heavy and the shipping itself might cost as much as the camera.  So factor that into your offer!

Without further ado:

*TAMRON AF 19-35MM 1:3.5-4.5 ($300)
*NIKON SPEEDLIGHT SB-800 (BROKEN SCREEN, worth $300 in good condition)
*NIKON ED AF NIKKOR 70-300MM 1:4-5.6D ($235)
*NIKON AF NIKKOR 28-105MM 1:3.5-4.5D ($218)
*NIKON 50MM 1:1.4 (FILM, MANUAL FOCUS, $115)
*PENTAX ZX-M (FILM, $75) and appropriate lens/flash apparati:

  SMC PENTAX-FA 28-80MM 1:3.5-5.6 ($90)
  SUNPAK AUTO ZOOM 333 ($50)
  PENTAX AF220T ($12)
*PENTAX ZX-F (FILM, $85) and appropriate lens/flash apparati:
  SIGMA 28-200MM 1:3.8-5.6 ($75)
  SIGMA 28-80MM 1:3.5-5.6 MACRO ($30)
  PENTAX 50MM 1:2.8 MACRO ($299)
  PENTAX-F 100-300MM 1:4.5-5.6 ($120)

Camera info:
*Apple iBook G4
*Apple iMac G4

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