Should I Book a Professional Wedding Photographer or Get a Friend to do it for Free? A Cautionary Tale… · Rock n Roll Bride

Reblogging this excellent article, because I couldn’t say it any better myself!  If you don’t have time to read it all, just click the link and scroll down to the pictures, which will explain almost everything.

The short story is, the couple asked one of their friends to photograph their wedding.  He had a nice camera, and was great at photographing cars, but weddings are a completely different situation (as they eventually learned).  Click the link below for the whole story (and pictures):

Should I Book a Professional Wedding Photographer or Get a Friend to do it for Free? A Cautionary Tale… · Rock n Roll Bride.

What’s really sad, is that this unfortunate couple was too embarrassed to show anyone their wedding pictures; and these were the only pictures they had.


Comment below if you know of a similar experience.


Strut to end Alz


I had the privilege of photographing the “Strut to End Alz” charity fashion show and silent auction last month at the Hotel Monaco Seattle, organized by David M Bailey and Monica Razniewski.


Part of the proceeds went toward the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Sigma Kappa Foundation matched event donations to the Alzheimer’s Association dollar for dollar.

The fashion show featured the work of three very talented designers:

Karen Ashley Fashion
Couture Papillon

Here is a brief selection of images from the evening.

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Music was provided by DJ Martini.

My girl came along, and I’m so glad she did (beyond obvious reasons), because we were only using available lighting in the Paris Ballroom, which was very limited, and presented unique challenges.  I had her shoot wide and I shot long.  With both of us shooting, we managed to get some decent images in less-than-ideal lighting.

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With moving subjects under difficult lighting, autofocus was less than reliable.  I’m embarrassed to say how many total images we shot, but I will quietly say that we threw out more images than we kept.  Even though the images weren’t always as sharp as I would have liked, it turned out much better than I had expected.


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I regret missing the opportunity to get pictures of the auction items, but will definitely include that next time.

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So many pictures, I would never be able to fit them all into this post.  The full set of images can be found here on Google+, or Facebook, or SmugMug.


Here are some other great articles about the event:

Sasha Glenn – Fashion Meets Philanthropy in Seattle
Seungkyul Park – Fashion for a Cause
Lesley Haenny – Recap: Strut To End Alz Fashion Show And Auction 2015 In Seattle


What Happens When a Supermodel Violates Your Copyright

I don’t usually re-blog, but this is such a great story about COPYRIGHT.
A single image used without permission can so quickly end up all over the web and even in a magazine.

The Greyest Ghost

This post is something I’ve struggled with for months, and debated even writing. But it’s time to share my story, and explain why I’ve been absent.

Basically, the short version is Karlie Kloss improperly used one of my images. It showed up on her instagram account last September, without credit. (Point of reference: many of the images before and after mine are credited.)

As readers of my blog will know, I shoot as a house photographer for Oscar de la Renta’s social media accounts and Pinterest page. On September 10, 2013 I took this photo of Karlie Kloss taking a “selfie” backstage at the SS14 Oscar de la Renta show:

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No other photographers were in the makeup area at the time, guaranteeing this was an exclusive shot.

When I got home, I posted it as part of my daily “sneak peek” show recap.

The next night, backstage at the…

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Teaser – Bloody Red Queen

Here’s the first edit from our recent Bloody Red Queen (Painting the Roses Red) themed photo shoot.

We did two back-to-back themed shoots on this day, so I still have lots to catch up on.

My girl (Crime of Fashion Hair and Makeup) put lots of hard work into the wardrobe design, as well as hair and makeup.  More info later when I post the final story (which will fully explain the theme).

Theme: Golden Egyptian Queen

Teaser – Golden Egyptian Queen

Couldn’t resist sharing the first edit from our recent Golden Egyptian Queen themed photo shoot.  Yes, that’s gold body paint!

Just like weddings, ‘belly pics’ are not something I do all the time, but when I do, it needs to be a little different.  I couldn’t do this without the hard work of my girl (Crime of Fashion Hair and Makeup), who designed the theme, wardrobe, and did the hair/makeup/body paint.

I’ll go into all the details later when I post the whole story on this fashion-themed-pregnancy shoot.

Our Luggage

People Get Ready

We’re planning two Road-Trip Photo Shoots between now and June!

OK, the first one won’t be too far of a “road trip” as it’s in Bellevue, but it’s just the same as a road trip for us.  Crime of Fashion Hair and Makeup and I will be doing what we love: traveling, meeting new people, and creating some great work!

More details to follow soon, but as much as I’ve been neglecting my website, I had to post something about this right away, so you know I’m still alive!

Here I go reusing old images again (2013 San Francisco).  That’s how busy we’ve been.


There’s so much to catch up on, and I haven’t posted in a while, so here’s a quick teaser of a story I’ll be posting soon (many more to come).  Just couldn’t wait to share!

Theme: Ethiopian Queen

Ethiopian Queen

We had a blast shooting with Lisa. The rest of the story will be coming soon, or you may even be able to find it (and others) first on Crime of Fashion Hair and Makeup.