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You have all heard about Bridezillas.  Those terrible, overbearing, control everything brides who expect every professional vendor she hires to bow to her will or be devoured. Luckily, in my 20 years in the wedding industry, I have run across only a few of these creatures who destroy weddings and leave a trail of unhappy professionals and bewildered guests in their path. But what I have noticed becoming more and more of a trend is what I like to refer to as the unbridezilla.  What is this you may ask? Well, let me tell you.

The unbridezilla is armed with a double barrel shotgun approach to their wedding: “I don’t know” and “I don’t care”.  These are the two answers a vendor will receive to 95% of the questions asked of them.  A recent conversation I had with one of these lovely species of bride:

“Your ceremony is at XX…

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Nice post with lots of great information. Thanks to Gema Ramadhan for posting.

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All but the simplest cameras contain lenses which are actually comprised of several “lens elements.” Each of these elements directs the path of light rays to recreate the image as accurately as possible on the digital sensor. The goal is to minimize aberrations, while still utilizing the fewest and least expensive elements.

lens elements diagram

Optical aberrations occur when points in the image do not translate back onto single points after passing through the lens — causing image blurring, reduced contrast or misalignment of colors (chromatic aberration). Lenses may also suffer from uneven, radially decreasing image brightness (vignetting) or distortion. Move your mouse over each of the options below to see how these can impact image quality in extreme cases:

Original Image Loss of Contrast Blurring
Chromatic Aberration Distortion
Vignetting Original

Any of the above problems is present to some degree with any lens. In the rest of…

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Photo Of The Day

I love this father, daughter shot. I took it this past Saturday at my wedding as the bride and her dad walked the aisle together. I’m amazed at how often the dad and bride don’t look at each other, but these two did and I was right on it. I’m always waiting, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Many times the bride and groom don’t even look at each other, which I find ironic since they spend so much energy not to see each other until that moment. This wedding went story book perfect. So far this year all of my weddings have been wonderful. And I’m so glad.

Photo Of The Day

Photo Of The Day

Today’s photo comes from last nights rehearsal at the McFarland House in Martinsburg WV. They look like such a happy couple and in a few hours they will be married today.

The lighting situation at this location will be a challenge. It’s dark in the room with full sunlight pouring in. I need lots of flash power. Wish I could set up two lights off to the sides, but that is not an option so I have to use straight on flash which is not as nice looking. That’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Santa: The Morning After

Too Funny! Have fun Santa, you deserve it!

Kana Wanders

Ever wonder where Santa goes to unwind after the hectic rush of his Christmas deliveries?  Thanks to the sharp reporting of our family in Hawai’i, I’m happy to say I can solve the mystery for you.

Here he is, arriving at the beach by outrigger canoe (hey, the reindeer need a break too!)…  Keoni and I have a pipe-dream of converting a certain acre of land on the Big Island into a bed and breakfast (once the Idaho kids have finished school and we’re free to return to the Islands)–think Santa would like a place to stay?  Mele Kalikimaka!

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