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Flying south for the winter!

Barbara Bower is a popular wedding and portrait photographer with us in the summer and fall months. She has earned her Photographic Craftsman and Masters from the PP of A. (Professional Photographers Association of America) In the winter months she travels to Florida and operates her own business photographing her passion, horses. Barb wrote a blog post for us to give a bit of insight as to how she stays warm and busy during these cold winter months. Palm Trees and 80 degrees in February, And the best part is being in horse heaven! During the winter months the competitive riders and trainers head south to get out of the cold to train and compete with the best. I love this time of the year since it gets me out of the winter weather of Cleveland AND I get to meet and photograph some of the best riders in the world with their beautiful horses. The farms down here are also amazing with most looking like homes with beautiful woodwork in the barn and shutters on the outside of the stalls. I have been traveling to this land of OZ for over 7 years now and I can't imagine being anywhere else this time of year. There are wonderful barns and beautifully landscaped areas to photograph all of the equine subjects. Since I have been coming down to Florida I have met several Olympic riders in the Hunter/Jumper, Dressage and Polo industries. When the season is over though, it is nice to get back home to my family, friends and all of my animals. Stay warm Cleveland! Barb www.barbarasvisions.com

Infrared Imagery

What is infrared or "IR" photography and why do we love it?   Infrared photography refers to a special type of photography, which uses films or sensors, which have infrared light sensitivity.  Sir Frederick William Herschel, a German-born British astronomer, discovered infrared light on 11th February 1800. While using a variety of colored filters to view sunlight, he observed that some colors passed more heat than others. Herschel hypothesized that the colors themselves may have actually produced different temperatures and set out to test his theory. Directing sunlight through a glass prism to produce a spectrum, he measured the temperature of each color with a thermometer. From the violet to red parts of the color spectrum, the temperature increased. Herschel then decided to measure the temperature beyond the red-colored light, where there was no sunlight. This area had the highest temperature reading of all, despite being invisible to the naked eye. He named this radiation ‘calorific rays’, however nowadays we call it infrared. We love it because it is a beautiful pictorial medium. These type of images make wonderful wall portraits because of its qualities. Used properly there is a lot of depth and mood, and the larger the image is made the more it becomes a piece of art. We usually will shoot a few IR images at each of our weddings and our clients love them. Many times it ends up as the cover image on their album. At first glance, it may look like a regular black & white image, look again. The characteristics of infrared images are quite different. A blue sky will appear black, or very dark, while foliage, grasses and trees have a snowy white quality. Ethereal and dreamlike [...]

Before hiring your wedding photographer, you may want to . . .

1. Measure their experience not so much by the nice camera they have, but by the number of weddings they have photo¬graphed. We’re at 3,000 and counting. 2. Consider that, while you might think it’s a nice gesture for your photographer to meet you at Starbucks, the real reason for doing so may be because they aren’t exactly proud of their “basement studio.” We’re proud to meet you where we work. 3. Consider that it’s not just the camera that’s important. It’s a keen understanding of lighting, composition, background selection and posing techniques that turn technology into art. These skills can only come from years of experience. We’re at 39 years and counting. 4. Look elsewhere if a photographer shows you a sample album from multiple weddings. You are only being shown what they believe to be their best work. Ask to look at the actual albums that their clients received. We will show you the albums of several of our clients as well as samples from your wedding venue. 5. Make sure your photographer is from the area instead of an 800 number “studio.” If they’re not from here, how could they possibly know where the best spots are in the Cleveland area? We’ve been here long enough to know them all. 6. Consider whether you want someone who is still learning his profession photographing, of all things, your wedding. There are no do-overs, just plenty of regrets. We’re a sure thing. 7. Keep your distance from the “we do it all studios” (i.e. DJ, lighting, video, photobooth; in other words, Jack of all Trades, master of none). You’ll find these same studios searching on Craig’s List for unemployed freelancers to shoot, of all [...]

Business To Business Event

Last night we photographed a local networking event hosted by N2 Publishing at Strongsville's School of Rock, helping build strong referral partners both now and the future. N2 Publishing turns neighborhoods into communities by producing a customized publication, filled with news and special events that take place throughout the month. School of Rock owner Shelly Norehad and General Manager of the Strongsville location John Koury opened their doors to hold the event. Instructor Chris Hatton and a few guests provided the entertainment.