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Weddings Are Fun!

Today I went to a wedding. I have to say, it was the most adorable wedding ever. It was outdoors, rustic, German, and like I said: adorable. Weddings is something that I’ve always wanted to use with my photography. I did get a chance to follow a wedding from a photography standpoint a few years ago and today I saw an insane amount of photographers. It was awesome! Although, it could be pretty nerve-wracking. When I helped with a wedding, I didn’t know what to do. What do you do when everyone’s praying? 

Thankfully, this can help with some of the basic questions.

As I move into that phase of life where there are going to be more weddings to attend (and hopefully shoot) I like to look to this company for inspiration of what I could potentially do for future weddings. And hey, I can get some ideas for my own wedding (I did almost catch the bouquet)


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Photography in Movies

In movies there is a person called the “director of photography” or “cinematographer.” This person basically decides the lighting the film. This aspect of photography and film has always interested me because I always love looking at the lighting for films. Films can have many different types of lighting and it all depends on what the director of the movie wants to convey to the audience. For instance, the cinematographer in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (the first film in the series) wanted the wizarding world to be bright and exciting so he opted for a brighter lighting in the film. You can see that everything in the film is golden and even the sky is always blue. This is contrasted greatly in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (the last 2 films in the series) which featured lots of blues, blacks, and grays, to show the forboding danger and grittiness that the world has come to.

The progression of the cinematography in the Harry Potter films really hits home because as the films get increasingly darker, so does the lighting in the films. It just wouldn’t feel right if we were watching as Harry died and the lighting was golden and happy instead of dark and upsetting. Being a movie guru and a photography one, this is one of the things that I look at during the…probably 5 viewing of the film. And since I’ve seen Harry Potter so many times, it’s much easier to look for things like the lighting. 

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Filters: A Great Investment

When I say “filters” do you automatically think of Instagram? No, no, no, I’m not talking about those filters. I’m talking about these filters. These are filters that you attach onto your camera lens. I received one for Christmas last year: a neutral density filter. Now, what this does is it neutralizes harsh tones. Or in other words, it makes things darker and more prominent; kind of like sunglasses for your camera. Now, you could be wondering “why would I want to make things darker?” This allows you to use slower shutter speeds during lighter hours because it reduces the light that comes through to the lens. 

Filters are a great investment and they provide some really great outcomes to your photography. Just be careful when you use them (once I forgot that I had it on as the sun when down and my pictures really came out dark) 

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Historical Photos: D-Day



I am a history nerd. I love history and history has always been my thing. So this is “Historical Photos.” It always amazes me that things back in the olden days of our grandparents were actually so well documented. I would have never thought that something as serious and deadly as D-Day would be documented like this. It was documented so well that you can create a whole story to go along with it. For those of us who don’t have anyone who can give us an account, this gives us a pretty accurate picture of just what happened. 

It takes a certain bravery to do what those soldiers did. To get in the grit of war and take photos for the rest of the world to see. It’s photographers like this who make me very proud to be a learning photographer. 

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Social Networks

Pretty much every person on the face of the earth has a Facebook page. Okay, maybe not everyone but a majority of people do. Social networks are a great place to show photography. Everyone does is so why not make a business out of it. Although, personally, I think you should have an actual business to go along with it, not just someone who likes to take pictures and says that you have a business. 

But anyway, social networks are a great place to drum up some business. Now, I personally don’t have a business Facebook page because I still consider myself to be in the amateur category so once I do start a business later on after college, I will most likely do this. But from what I’ve seen, you can add any pictures onto the page and display them to the world (but it’s probably best to ask the subject’s permission before). It’s here that you can put up hours and rates. And because Facebook has a “related search” feature, anyone who likes photography may be able to see your business on the side of their page. 

I think that a social network is a good place for photographers to congregate and make some business, it’s probably something I’ll do in the future, again, once I do become a professional. 

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I Wish My Phone Had a Better Camera

If you’re like me, sometimes it’s hard to take your camera everywhere with you because it’s so big. And if you’re like me, then you sometimes miss photo opportunities. And if you’re like me, the camera on your phone…well…sucks. 

Sometimes, I wish my phone had a better camera. I can’t even zoom in on mine so I don’t have very many pictures on my phone. There are many phones, however, that have really good cameras such as iPhones that can stack up pretty well against actual cameras. There are even lenses that you can put on a phone. It just goes to show how far we have come in the last few years back when phones still had cords, to now where we can take crisp photos with our phones and then be able to send them all across the world in the click of a button. 

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Towns to Photograph: Manteo, NC

Marshes Light: Manteo, NC photo by Allison Parrish

I will admit, I’m a little biased towards this town. I’ve been going to this town every year since I was probably about 5 or 6. My grandparents live there and it is the quintessential small town. Manteo is a small town on the coast of North Carolina. It’s considered part of the Outer Banks. If you know your history, then you know that Manteo is located on Roanoke Island and that Roanoke Island is home to the Lost Colony. Now, you’re wondering, what does this have to do with photography? Well, Manteo is very suited for photography, with so much history and sitting right on the water, there are many backgrounds and interesting sites to photograph. Hey, even the tourists are fun to photograph during the summer months. During the summer, Manteo is streaming with tourists (and those of us regulars) who walk around taking in the sites and history. The architecture of Manteo is unique in that you have your basic beach structures with elevated buildings (you know just in case a hurricane happens to pop in) to buildings that are remodeled after the Elizabethan era (such as The Pioneer Theatre). There is a dock that surrounds the waterfront of Manteo that is perfect for taking pictures of loved ones as they look out towards Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills (you can even see Jockey’s Ridge from certain areas). Manteo is even a sought out place for weddings.

With so much history and just a touch of quirkiness and small town homey-ness, Manteo is a perfect place to photograph for travel, fun, or even something special such as engagements or weddings. The locals are so nice (I should know, I’m related to a couple of them) that it really would be a trip worth taking and remembering.