Yay for beautiful sunshine and wonderful weddings. This Saturday I had the pleasure of photographing Jessica & Xavier’s wedding day. These two are a blast and they’ve got a tight-knit group of friends which made for lots of fun hanging out under a waterfall during the wedding party photos.
I’m just posting a few highlights; I was on staff for Becoming Images this time around, so Penny will get images processed and posted as soon as her wedding season calms down.
Another outing as a hired hand to assist Penny McGoey of Becoming Images. I love working with Penny. She’s a blast, super creative, down to earth, and just plain awesome. Sometimes I show up as the odd-man-out because I don’t have any prior relationship with the bride and groom, so I’m often there behind a camera, letting Penny handle the relationship side of things while I quietly snap away hundreds of photos through the day. Not so this time!
I first met Colt 15 (or so) years ago. Marie wasn’t anywhere to be seen. Just recently they both resurfaced at a game of Ultimate Frisbee. What a cool couple. They’re both confident, capable, genuinely wonderful folks. And they’re quite the good looking duo too! Here’s a teaser – get the rest from http://becomingimages.com!
Being multifaceted, I find myself presented with all kinds of new challenges. Recently, Venietia of V’s Cellar Door asked me if I could create an image that she could use for an advertisement board targeting passengers at the Juneau Visitor Center.
I should be clear: I don’t consider myself a food photographer. I like to eat food. I like good looking photos of food, but I’m not sure that I’ve ever taken a photo of plated food before, outside of some detail shots at a wedding buffet line!
Here’s the result. I had some help in determining angles, lighting, etc. from those who happened to be by the restaurant that day.
Also, these nachos are delicious!!!
I had the good fortune to link up with Penny McGoey of Becoming Images to help photograph a beautiful wedding at the Twisted Fish with portraits at the Thane Orehouse property. The weather couldn’t have been more amazing, though we were expecting some sideways rain. For the rest, head over to http://becomingimages.com!
One of my favorite weddings. The weather was killer (almost too warm for Juneau) but it fit the hot-pink of the wedding party attire. These guys were fun, full of laughs and a joy every step of the way.
Take a look at a few highlights below!
Olivia & Brice came in from Missouri for their wedding at the Shrine of St. Therese. Their day was filled with beauty and antics (for instance, chasing several small dogs out of traffic). We shared in laughter and fun and the beauty of a cloudless Juneau day. Here’s one image I had shared on Facebook so their family & friends at a distance could see how stunning this duo is.
Just a few from Kjerstin & Brandon’s wedding. These two are amazing and have an amazing collection of people who love them. I’m such a lucky guy to have gotten the opportunity to photograph their wedding day. I’m stoked to have their album finished in the next few weeks!
Love these guys. I’ve known Kaleb and the McGoey’s since they got into town, and it’s been fun to watch him grow up, graduate, and now get married. I’m not sure what it was about this ceremony, but I noticed myself tearing up behind the camera often. Good thing I have a big hunk of glass to hide my eye-sweat. 😉
Take a look:
Each year the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council steps out to create an absolutely amazing event: Wearable Arts.
It is one of the largest events in Juneau each year, and I can only presume that it will continue to grow. Artists work for months in advance to prepare pieces of art that they or their model will strut down the runway in front of an at-capacity audience in Centennial Hall. Every piece is amazing; we have some phenomenal talent in Juneau!
In short, you don’t want to miss it.
But, over the last few years, that’s exactly what I did. With my wedding & portrait photography, a full time job, being married (etc, etc) photography was often kept (somewhat intentionally) on the backburner in order to prepare for the upcoming spring and summer busyness.
This year though, Nancy reached out to ask if I could be the primary event photographer as their normal go-to-gal, Seanna Hines (Seanna O’Sullivan Photography) was unavailable this year. I agreed (somewhat reluctantly) as being away from Heather with only 4 weeks to go in our pregnancy isn’t so appealing.
Take a look at the photos!
If you follow the above link to the galleries of the event, you’ll see even more photos from the talents of both Adam Wood & Kaley McGoey who joined in the fun over the weekend.
This last Saturday, Heather and I volunteered to assist the UAS Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament in Haines. We would meet an Allen Marine boat in the morning, load up, and then head towards Haines to play on their 9-hole course. We’d have lunch waiting for us at the course and the golfers would set off to their ways. Dinner would be served during the return trip to Juneau. And, because we’re in Southeast Alaska waters, the likelihood was high to make a couple of stops for wildlife along the way.
As a volunteer, my primary duty was to be a schlepper of stuff (golf bags, coolers, etc, etc), but at the last minute I realized that I could serve in an additional capacity: with my camera! I decided that I would photograph the earlier parts of the day and then for the boat ride home, I’d have a slideshow rolling to let people look back on the day. Easy right?
In retrospect, everything went pretty darn smoothly. I culled to somewhere around 100 photos on my laptop, set up a flatscreen TV (secured with all sorts of tape), and got the show rolling just as passengers were loading back on the boat. The show was well received, and seemed to make for a fun conversation piece. Anyhow, I thought I’d share all of the images from the collection. See the rest of the photos after the jump.
Something caught my attention here. Maybe it's the beauty in spite of the telephone poles & cell towers & sirens & abandoned vehicles? #feelingcontemplative #leavingwork #longday
Cool clouds rolling by. #outmyofficewindow #cloudsoncampus #brr
Solo, save for serendipitous run-ins. #atleasttheicerainstopped #newskisarefun #backtoskiing
Love me some sunrise. #alaskastyle #anotherwednesday #destinationeaglecrest
Gosh Juneau mornings don't suck. #sunrise #windchillblowshard #destinationeaglecrest
That's a lotta sky! #brr #sunshine #alaskastyle
As I was driving along the road, in the distance I saw what looked like a cat just sitting and relaxing in my lane. As I came closer I realized it was a baby porcupine ambling for the woods. The sun had just set, but there was still enough warm light in the sky to capture some images of him… Take a look:
Check out other wildlife/fine-art photos here.
I had a meeting tonight that fell through, and so in the next 15 minutes or so I explored the undeveloped back lot of some condos… I love to look. I love to explore. Tonight I found a Daddy Long Legs and MAN, are they UGLY! Plus, while photographing a pretty little buttercup, a fly happened to land on it for my enjoyment. It was great, except all of these are handheld and with a 200mm macro lens so I spent a lot of time trying to breathe slowly and not move a muscle (while wobbling in my crouched-to-the-ground position.) I don’t know how those sharp shooters get so well trained to slow their bodies… Maybe it’s just practice. Anyhow, take a look:
See these and more in the Fine Art Gallery.
Heather’s Mom is in town! As such, we’ll be playing tourist for the next week. Of course, I might just take my camera to play around. Here’s from earlier today…
PS – never you mind the miscellaneous odd-man-out thumbnail size. They’re s’posed to all be square, but I suddenly got to learn about RSS caching, and I haven’t caught up yet. (AKA, nevermind, hopefully I won’t screw it up again. Ha!)
PPS – woah – the latest version looks like it worked! nevermind the PS if all the thumbnails look correct!
Last week I stopped into the Rec Center to listen to Harrison B play a few songs while the new bose audio equipment was being tested. Initially I was trying to get some work done on my computer, but towards the end of the set, I decided to take a few pictures. Marc also took a few shots so I’m not sure which ones were taken by who, but I did all the post processing and was able to share them with the musicians and the Rec Center (for their facebook page).
Without further delay, here’s a few images:
Technology is amazing. I’ve been playing with my new D4 for the past week and have been really excited about the potential it holds.
To start with, here are a few portraits at the office (cause I couldn’t wait to get home with it). I’ve run them through a bit of light post-processing. A couple black and white conversions, some noise reduction, and a smidgen of clarity and contrast adjustments.
This is Joel. And he’s strongly recommending that you attend his art show in July. See Harbors2012.com for more info!
And of course, this is Heather. She is amazing. Nuf’ said!
And me, in the comfy environs of my office. (Thanks Joel for capturing this image!)
And then, on my way to the car en route to an appointment I had to stop to notice the wildlife in the parking lot:
And lastly, I took it out for a morning with the birds, and found it to be quite the performer for it’s 11 frames per second… I joked with Heather earlier that it’s more likely that I’ll lose interest in the subject before the camera runs out of buffer to shoot! Here’s a (fairly rough) composite that I worked on this evening. 16 frames into one:
Needless to say, I’m excited about the camera and it’s potential in future weddings and other outings.
I’ve put up lots more from the bird and bug explorations. Take a look: http://photos.codyjbennett.com/fine-art/2012/
Stay tuned for more!
Meet Irene. Musician, student, friend.
She’s pretty amazing.
Last Saturday with the help of Nicole and Jayleen, we took headed out to the Ferry Terminal and then farther out the road. We didn’t have anything too structured planned, though we had talked about the idea of getting wet and muddy, even to the extent of dunking her in Auke Bay with a prop guitar for an unusual musical portrait.
Lucky for her she didn’t get submerged (for now), but we still were able to find several neat places to photograph at. I’m looking forward to the next session!
I’m a lucky guy. I was asked to the be the photographer for the 26th Juneau Jazz & Classics festival. Today I was able to attend the Strings at the Shrine event with the Avalon Quartet. It was a beautiful day at the shrine, and wonderful to see so many smiling faces. The music (as always) was stellar, and with such a great location it’s hard not to be whisked away by the experience.
Anyhow, enough of my commentary. You’ll see these images on the Jazz & Classics Facebook page (go, quick, like them!) and I’m sure I’ll have more to share over the next couple of weeks.