Wedding Photography Stories: From Photos of Homes for Sale in Oxford, AL to Wedding Photos

A month and a half before my friend’s wedding day, a task was delegated to me. It was the kind of task where I get to email professional photographers and meet them to personally browse through their portfolios.

The bride-to-be who was known to be very shrewd and detail-oriented knew exactly who to look for when it comes to wedding photography. She told me to contact the studio that had a long time reputation of having a team with seasoned photographers known for their artistry and professionalism.

I had the chance to meet one of the master photographers in the studio whom I bet had the same age with my father and was the oldest among the artists who worked there. He had a fun personality which I thought would be an asset in the wedding scenes. He showed me some of his personal works and I was amazed by his creativity and composition skills.

I could tell that the master photographer liked engaging in conversations. As I began asking a question about how long he had been in this creative pursuit, he was lead to share stories about his career life. He used to work in a bank but he did not want to spend half of his life sitting in one corner and counting other people’s money. The biggest decision in his life came when he saw lots of stiff and uncreative pictures of his friends’ weddings. He believed he can do a lot better than those photos. So he left his monotonous job and hopped into many workshops on photography to master everything about this art.

He had worked as a freelance photographer taking all kinds of work deals. He once did a considerable amount of work for real estate companies in Oxford, Al, photographing homes to be published on ads. He also worked with insurance companies providing proofs of accident scenes through pictures. But he found his niche in weddings and decided to specialize in wedding photography.

The skeptics in the form of few family members and friends made him feel that working in a bank was better than taking pictures as a means for living. They said that it was not a wise career choice because the work can be demanding and the pay can be low. But they had no idea how much joy this career had brought him. It may sound so cliché but the reason of his success was because he’s been enslaved by his passion.

His skills and talent had widened his world. He got the opportunity to travel to many places when couples would decide to do out-of-town location shoots. Getting into new places and witnessing great things about the places had made him to love his job more. It has become a way to enrich his personal life because of the fun and unique experiences.

I could not imagine myself doing such a thing of leaving the safer harbor to follow my passion. But the seasoned photographer just did it and I left the studio feeling free from my insecurities and fears of following my dreams.

If you have the same dream – to become a wedding photographer despite currently having a different career path, here are a few tips you can watch and perhaps apply, should you ever decide to pursue photography:

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Beauty of Owning An iPhone In A Wedding

Wedding Photos Using iPhone

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Our world now seems to be drowning in images, from the most mundane moments to visual storytelling in weddings. A phone camera has become indispensable for everyone. I am guilty on this one. I have my iPhone in my hand before I take my sugar-filled breakfast, drink my cappuccino or while I watch the sunset. I love collecting moments and capturing the spontaneity of daily life. I also took fine arts courses back in the day and I believe that art can come from any medium, even from a camera phone. I am thankful for this modern day mobile technology that allows me to live with it and never miss a thing.

One of my favorite subjects is weddings. Just recently, I took a break from the usual DSLR cameras. Instead, I took many photographs using my iPhone during my sister’s wedding. She hired another professional photographer to document the entire wedding because she wants me to focus and enjoy the event, and not to work during the entire celebration. Still, I wanted to capture the spontaneity of her wedding day, so I used my recently unlocked iPhone (visit this site) and processed through Instagram and VSCO. She just wanted to have photos of her wedding in squares. It is undeniably for the purpose of sheer fun and excitement. She was blown away when she saw the shots transformed to beautiful vintage photos. They are really worth keeping. I realized that my iPhone has the ability to frame a shot and produce a photo quality that could come close to matching of an SLR.

Wedding Ideas With iPhone

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Some photographers tried to explore such alternative medium to shot weddings because maybe of their appreciation to the technology’s simplicity. They need not to haul extra equipment and deal with complex features and buttons to shoot quality pictures.

A phone camera has also its share of limitations. A photographer with creative vision with all the know-hows of composing shots needs to have the right tools and know the phone’s capacity to help him create awesome results. The phone doesn’t work in low-light situations. It’s better if the wedding is outdoors. Natural light is the best light source. In bringing up the pictures into a good aesthetics level, find excellent apps and tools helpful in creating beautiful effects, making exposure adjustments or cropping. I use Instagram to filter most of my photos and I experiment with the filters to achieve the desired feel of the images. Another thing is to bring along extra batteries, memory cards, and even pack a second camera to make sure you never miss a perfect moment. As any photographer will tell you, the most important thing is to arrive prepared.

Photo Quality of an iPhone

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There are good reasons why you might want to shoot a wedding with your iPhone. The iPhone camera is perfect for more casual shoots and for documenting the sentimental details of the wedding. I like its ability to capture, quickly edit and share or keep the perfect mementos. The nice thing also about using a phone instead of the big camera, is that fewer people will notice you taking photos, so it would be easier to get candid shots. It’s your best companion if you want a wedding vibe that’s simple, fun and artistic. So, as what any photographer says, the best camera is the one that’s with you.

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My Model Today is an Expert about Comprehensive Car Insurance Comparison

Read The Story To Know Why I Consider This Model To Be An Expert About Comprehensive Car Insurance Comparison

Today during my picture taking adventures in a park, I’ve notice a young lady who was actually very easy on the eyes. She has beautiful lavishing lips, like just by looking at it through my camera I had the urge to just touch them. Overall this woman would be the perfect victim for my shots.

What I did was to slowly take pictures of her surrounding to keep it safe and just let her feel that I’m no maniac taking pictures of ladies just for my own pleasure. I was actually seeking attention so that she would actually glance at me, then I would have the courage to ask her to be a model for a day so it wouldn’t be too surprising just to ask her without even noticing me.

Fortunately there were some good looking expensive cars parked around the park, allowing me to act like a pro at taking pictures of it. To my great surprise she actually stood up and came near me, asking why I took pictures of those cars like as if I did something very wrong. I was speechless as she asked it in a very confronting way, straightforward without a single smile.

I asked for apologies because I was quite shocked and didn’t know how to even respond, and as you know, I don’t want to make a bad impression because I wanted to ask her to be a model just for a couple of photo shoots.

After I told her that I’m sorry and that I was just taking pictures because it’s my passion, she then laughed. I find it very weird because there was a sudden change of character. She was actually thankful because it was her car that I was taking pictures. I was surprised as to how someone that young would own a very expensive car so I asked everything about how she was able to actually get that.

My Model Today is an Expert about Comprehensive Car Insurance Comparison

She explained that she was actually into business and luckily it was successful, her business is all about compare car insurance in Australia, I was really amazed and she just said that sometimes it is just about luck when it comes to venturing into business. Well everything that she said did make sense but it just hard to believe someone so beautiful and young can be very business oriented as well. A perfect package!

After that I actually became quite confident that we are now well acquainted I just asked her to be a model for my picture taking and happy to say, she agreed. I took a photo of her and her car, then she also told me that there is just a little favor she wanted to ask, and that is to advertise her partly owned comprehensive car insurance comparison company that is Aussie Insurance Critic. So that is why the websites name is actually mentioned on this very blog right here.

So I actually took a look at it and found it was very promising, I also had some noteworthy sites that I checked that could be of help.

Company no. 5799376




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Loving Photography with PBX

Calling your love ones using PBX to share your passion in photography is the best way to reach out to them.

photography-artAn effective way of creating a powerful composition is to use excellent visual elements because it allows the eyes of the viewers to focus more on the scene. Visual elements tend to capture almost anything. Primary visual elements can be seen from the curves, lines, and progression of shapes. The leading lines that can be created from a stretched foreground to the background are distinctly powerful. It allows the viewer in propelling directly to the scene. There are multiple elements that can be added to make it more interesting. It can encourage the audience to explore more on the photograph. It is more efficient to see if it’s from a near-to-far view and a progression from a bottom-to-top visual perspective.

Best Shots of Photograph

A perfect shot of foregrounds add depth and punch too. It provides the right point of reference because it can simplify the chaotic scenes found in the photograph. The frames of the shape can reflect different pictures of huge and wide subjects. It can enhance the composition to make the reflections vibrant from a distant point of view. It can also add depth to the image and reflection.

Patterns of Photography

People are attracted to light patterns most of the time especially when they view different angles of the picture. It is a part of the photographer’s ability and need to organize his chaotic world. As soon as the eye catches one sensitive element, it gives that eye an interest to visit and view every single element that is repeated. Most of the time, a sophisticated photographer can utilize repeated shapes and colors to encourage one viewer to look more at multiple parts of the composition. Repetition of the visual elements allows the viewer’s eye moving around in the picture and engaging interest in creating a good compositional energy. Also, there is one more exciting about the repetition of visual elements. It can help create balance and harmony needed in the picture. It allows the photographer in adding more structures to a composition, as well as in organizing chaotic scenes.

websites-for-photographersThere is one good piece of advice from an expert in photography. He said, “a person can provide effective images by creating the original pattern.” Following the original pattern can show the entire visual element of the composition. Most photographers follow shapes and patches of color from the original pattern. In this way, it naturally progresses into a clearer view of the shades and shapes of the image.

These are the common ways to educate every photographer in creating the visual elements of their photograph. However, there are in-depth tutorials found online. Everybody is invited to contact them with the use of a safe communication line through a PBX.

Private Branch Exchange

It is a form of communication system that allows all calls to switch between other users with the utilization of local lines while giving access to its users to share one specific number of phone lines externally. If you want to learn more about it, you can check out or call them at 1 (888) 825-0800.

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Technology: Changing Lives, Educating People

I just recently heard the most amazing story ever and I would like to share this so that people will realize how it’s very possible to succeed in this life, as long as you have the determination to do so.

Maria used to be a nanny for one Mrs. Scott, a client of mine. I was a photographer at their wedding and Mrs. Scott was a very kind client.

Maria had hopes of finishing school in her early days, but she was not able to do so because she needed to work for herself and her family.

It was a total blessing that she had the chance to work with the Scott family. While she was with the family, she took care of Liam, Mrs. Scott’s 15 year old son. He was a shy and kind boy, and he was specially gifted, so her nanny duties were not so difficult. But when it comes to the boy’s home works, she can’t provide the boy the right kind of help because she did not really have proper education. She can read and write and she can understand and she is actually street smart. But that time, she knows little of a lot of things. It was actually Liam that taught him a little of what he can teach her. The main thing that Maria got to learn was how to use a computer and the internet.

Liam showed Maria how you can search the answer to almost anything with the help of a computer and the internet. Liam proved it to her by asking her what she wants to know.

She asked how she can earn enough money to save up and go back to school.

Liam showed her how to use the computer and together they read about a lot of tips and tricks on how to save up money, or how to go to school, and the option of home or online schooling.

Since then, Maria would ask permission from Liam to use the computer whenever he was not using it and she was done with her nanny duties. From that moment on, Maria started to educate herself with as much information as she could muster. She would search about Basic English grammar since English isn’t her first language. She searched whatever it is she wants to learn for the day and she reads and understand it. Liam also helped out at times by giving her something she could search for, like the planets, global warming, taking care of a broken wrist, crocheting, and so much more.

This passion for learning did not escape the eyes of Mrs. Scott. After years of serving the family, Mrs. Scott gave her the chance to study an online course of her choice.

Maria has gone far from that point in her life, all thanks to the Scott family. Right now, Maria is one of the best Panama City SEO experts, because she had decided to learn about computers and the Internet, since it was through this device that she got a second chance to learn and live a successful life, despite her earlier circumstances in life.

She is still connected with the family that gave her the doors to this new life, and she handles the online SEO for the Scott family’s business.

A story like this is an inspiration to everyone. It also showed how much technology could give someone and how it has changed lives for the better.

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Home Problems Part 2: Dangers of Water Damage and Why Couples Should Prevent It

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People are not normally aware that there is health danger to areas where water has been staying longer than it naturally should. This usually means areas where water should not have been in, in the first place. Aside from perils of hosting insects and bacteria that thrive in water, it could also weaken materials such as wood, when the water exposure has been too long and no repairs and precautions were done to address it.

It is this ignorance to the dangers of water damage that got Alfred, our neighbor and a client for one of my wedding photography gigs, caught up in different illnesses and infections. His house has been worn down because of the many times that it was exposed to too much water, mostly because of the faulty pipe line that his house is built in.

He did not attend to the problem because he claims that it was just water and it was something that even the body is made of. He said that it would do him no harm. He was also very proud that he never gets sick easily.

So his house slowly degraded and spot after spot in it slowly underwent discoloration then it became brittle than a little shake and little tap on the walls and little debris would start falling. Termites also began to grow and that made the walls even more brittle. Then, molds also started showing up. The house began to be a complete mess and no matter how many times Alfred went about cleaning up after it all, yet he reached no improvement.

He tried to fix the plumbing problems too, so that he can stop the water leaks from continuing. However, he does not even know a thing about plumbing, except on what the Internet tells him. Hence, his attempts at fixing the plumbing lines were futile.

Then he started getting sick. He had rashes all around his body, and he coughed all the time because of the dust and debris. He also got infected by a virus that was caused by a bacteria that thrives in damp places.

This was when I stepped in. I was his neighbor and I don’t want the problem to reach the entire neighborhood. I talked with him and asked him to contact an Oxford AL plumbing company to fix his plumbing problems, so that the cause of the decay will be addressed. I told him he has to let professionals handle it, since his attempts have resulted to nothing.

It was great that he took my advice because the next day I saw the service truck of the plumbing company, parked in front of Alfred’s house. Because the problem has reached full swing and it was in a lot of areas of the house, the work lasted for two days. Still, that was pretty fast considering the many areas they had to cover and restore.

While Alfred’s house recovered, Alfred himself has been given medication and was strongly recommended to make sure that he lives in a cleaner and safer environment so that he could easily gain back the energy and nutrients that he has lost to the virus.

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Married Couple Stories: Home Problems

Since I handle photography shoots for weddings, and I have been doing it for quite some time now, it is no shock that my circle of married friends have greatly expanded.

I continue to keep in touch with my clients not just because I want to always be on their radar so that they can recommend me to their marrying friends, but also because friendships just naturally develop.

As a result, even when I am still single, I kind of know a lot about living the married life, especially when it comes to home problems.

My clients/friends have shared to me various incidents in their life, now that they are married couples already. One particular story is about how their new home got badly damaged by flood, and how it was a very devastating moment in their early stages of marriage, because it happened just a week after their wedding day.

They still had fresh jitters from all the happy moments of the wedding day, and they are still getting used to the husband and wife dance, when such a terrible thing happened.

As they tell me about how damaging it was to their home and their happiness, and of course, towards their pockets, they also made me double check on water damage causes so that I could prevent their mishap from happening to me.

As I searched around the internet for answers to help me and my friends get over this sad and “dirty” phase in our lives, I came across these “must-know” things about what causes water damage.

There are a lot of natural and unnatural causes for water to accumulate in an area of your house and damage it. Some of the causes are:

Plumbing problems – one of the most common reasons is a faulty plumbing system. This is obviously because the plumbing system mainly deals with the water flow in the household, thus, any fault in it would mean an increase exposure of water on areas of the homes that should not be filled with water. Bursting pipes and leaking pipes are also very common sources of water that end up damaging household areas and properties. Knowing this, you must make certain that you have a great plumbing system and that your pipes and joints are made from great quality so that leaking and other possible fiascos are lessened.

Appliances – this concerns appliances that use or produce water or moisture. When these types of appliances fail to work properly for various reasons like old age, rusts, cracks, amongst other reasons, then the possibility of water damage in your home is heightened. These appliances include those like washing machines, dish washers, refrigerator, air conditioning systems, and a lot more of both basic and complicated appliances. To avoid this from happening, refrain from using appliances that are already beyond their working capacity or years.

Natural water problems – weather related issues and natural disasters more often than not, spell great water damage for anybody’s home. Hard rain, snow, storms, and other natural calamities, always tend to involve exposing the house in great amounts of water. Worst of it all would be flood. That is why it is best to be located in a place where flood is not something that happens ever too often, and have your house built with materials that are able to withstand great storms and other calamities. This way, you can lessen the damage of these natural disasters on your home, thus protecting your family from any form of harm or danger.

Water damage should be addressed quickly because when it is left to continue, not only will your house become weaker because of the damage, it could also pose serious threats to the health of your family. Water is known to be a great host for viruses and bacteria and when you have a home filled with areas of water, then chances are, you are also increasing the dirt count in your home.

Having found out about all of these, I also decided to ask my friend for the service crew that helped them clean up the mess that water damage caused them. They gladly gave me the company that they chose from the many flood cleanup companies available, because they were very satisfied with this particular company’s performance.

I have their contacts ready in my book of emergency contacts. We will never know when the day would come for us to need it, but when I will, at the very least, I have a company I can readily call out to for help.


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Same Sex Marriage – My Thoughts on the Matter

Every time I get on the Internet, I have seen a lot news and Facebook posts coming from my friends and colleagues about the approval of same sex marriage in the United States. Apparently, the US Supreme Court has ruled out that same sex marriage is now a right in the country. The news sparked jubilation among those who support same sex marriage. It’s in the news on the television, radio and social media.

As a professional wedding photographer, I couldn’t agree more with the decision.

I have a lot of gay friends in the community and I have to admit, being around them is quite fun. In fact, I remember a time when I was picked as the official wedding photographer for my gay friend Dan’s wedding. At first, he and his partner Todd were a bit hesitant to ask me, since I definitely had no idea that they were together. Dan has been a good friend of mine for many years now and I definitely had some idea that he was, well, gay. But it never mattered to me until he told me about his wedding. To be clear, I wasn’t angry that he was gay; I was surprised because being good friends, he would’ve told me in the first place! Of course, both Dan and Todd apologized and explained why it took them a long time to finally spread the news.


I guess I could understand the reason why they decided to keep quiet about their relationship for years. There are some who would never understand the concept of marriage equality.

I remember a funny conversation I had with a complete stranger on the phone. I had some issues with my VOIP service, so I called up technical support for help. While talking with the girl on the phone, we started talking about current events. So when the topic about marriage equality came, I asked the agent what her standing on the issue is. She directly told me that she’s quite happy because she and her partner can finally come out and get married without fear of being ostracized by society.

To my surprise, I was not able to respond to her statement. Chances are, even if same-sex marriage is already a right in the United States, there will always be people who will never understand the concept of marriage equality. Whenever I hear people getting angry at their relatives or friends for being gay or lesbian, I’d probably give them a piece of my mind. This person is pretty much still a human being. Why would you ostracize or neglect him/her just because of he loves a man or she loves a woman?

Truth be told, most of my professional wedding photographer buddies are excited about getting more clients. And to be honest, I am also excited at the thought. I always capturing that exact moment when two human beings profess their undying love for each other, whether they’re straight or gay.

And I think that is true love.

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Turning Your Dreams into Reality

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It has been a long-time dream of mine to be able to put up an art exhibit in a museum. I have prepared years for it; creating my collections with great passion and with high regards for the art that is photography. I worked hard to put up the money for it and I had to cover plenty of wedding shoots for the past years just so I could put up the perfect exhibit. I wanted it to be planned perfectly because the impression on the people who will get to see the photo exhibit will be the impression that they spread all over the world of photography. This debut exhibit will either make or break my name as a photographer.

I have been wanting to become a photographer ever since I was still a child. I got the talent and passion from my mother, who also liked to take photographs. However, she was already satisfied that here photos go up on the walls of the house. She did not yearn for higher grounds, for a bigger audience. I know she could have made it big if she did. But she said that when she thinks about making her works public, her thirst and passion to take more photographs dwindles. She is more happy and inspired to take pictures when she knows that we would love to hang it inside the house.

And so, I took it upon myself to dream bigger for my mother. I want her to be proud of me and I want her to know that she is my inspiration for everything that I have achieved to date.

Some people say I am mad for thinking that an exhibit of only wedding photos would attract many people. Yes, I hope that people would come and appreciate the work I did. Also, it will definitely increase my client list, because those that would be impressed would hopefully want to hire me, too. However, putting up the exhibit is not just for the financial aspect of photography. It is also for me to turn a dream into a reality.

This dream that I took upon myself for my mother, this dream that I never really thought I would have the chance to turn into a reality, this dream that would complete me as a professional photographer and as a passionate lover of beauty and arts, this is a dream that I would want to happen, even when only a few people came to see what I have done over the years I spent as a wedding photographer.

I know my dream will not be easy but at least now, I know that I can make it a reality. There really is a sweet fruit for hard work, passion and dedication.


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Beauty in Beach Weddings

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When it comes to weddings outside the church, the most common choice that couples dream of is a beach wedding.

Who would not want make vows in front of a beautiful sea, surrounded by the people you love, with the wind in your hair and the the sand making a beautiful mess in your specially tailored suit?

The sea represents eternity; with its vast water and seemingly endless possibilities, one would think that getting married in a beach is in itself a reassurance that you and your partner for life will be as endless.

As a wedding photographer, I have come to love the beach, too. My passion for photography kept me surrounded with the beauty of the sea. This is because, again, a lot of people really want to celebrate important life moments like weddings, on the beach.

I have been to lots of beaches all over the world. Of course, I have not reached all of them, but how I would love that, and how I hope that it becomes a reality someday, hopefully by taking more lovely photos of people who are in love and in bliss.

I could go on and talk about the many beaches I have been to, but I think that could go in a different posts. This time, I wish to share with you my hopes and dreams, thus, I will share two of the beaches that one day, I hope to get to, may  it be for a wedding photography gig, or for my own adventure and time.

Navagio Beach

This beach is located in Zakynthis island, Greece. It is a place only accessible by boat. This beach is a famous one in the whole of Greece, and you can easily spot it in Greece postcards. It is said that the beach is the home of a smuggler. It is breathtaking because of its limestone cliffs, clear blue waters and white sand. It is a place that thousands of tourist go to every year.

Golden Cape

Also known as Zlatni Rat, this beach is one of the many famous beaches that Europe offers the world. It is one of the most visited places in Croatia. You can find it near the city of Bol of the island of Brac. The amazing thing about this beach is that its shape is able to change depending on the tide, wind and current. It is a narrow white pebble beach names as one of the top ten beaches in the World in 2009.

These beaches are surely paradise for those wanting that perfect beach wedding, and of course, a breathtaking place to take photographs in. It would be more than lovely to see happy couples exchange vows at such lovely beaches.

Maybe someday one of my clients would tell me they will be having their weddings here, or maybe I would go on an adventure on my own. Whichever the case, I vow to reach these places someday, no matter what.

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