Saturday, January 26, 2008

Fantastical Lighting!

Wow, I feel like my head is still swimming form all the incredible information I got from attending the One Light Workshop with Zack Arias. I feel so lucky to have signed up early and get in because he probably could have filled three more days! Special thanks to Melissa Jill for hosting this fabulous workshop!!

Well, where to start?? I guess I'll coin a phrase from the workshop and say start somewhere! Meet Liene! She's a wedding coordinator here in Arizona, her company is called Blue Orchid Designs. Thank you Liene, you were awesome for putting up with all of us taking picture after picture of you! :0)

So here we start with a natural light image.

But here she is lit from the side with a lightbox. Notice how the background is darker. It gives me the option of really making her pop away from the wall.

And here I am experimenting with the way the light hits her face. I love how the shadows fall gently away from her eyes. As Zach was saying time and again- it's not that one is better than another (because I have to say I *LOVE* natural light) but it gives me options!

Ok, so lets' see some more dramatic changes! This is Jennifer from Destination I Do. Thank you Jennifer! You were so great with taking all the direction we were giving you and kept a smile on your face the whole time :0)

Here we are with more natural light. You can see how her face it lit well but we lose the sky.

So we lit her with a 60" umbrella and underexposed the sky to bring in those deep hues- gorgeous!

I have so much more but I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed! Thankfully I recorded Zach with his permission and will be able to listen to the workshop again if I ever need a question answered!

I do have to introduce a few new friends I met. This is us acting silly and trying out some of the concepts on our own!

Meet Rob from Florida and Martha's Vineyard! Too bad he didn't have any business cards so I can't link you to his site! (awwww...) You were such fun- I'm so glad I got the chance to meet you! :0)

Here's Michelle Meyer from here in Arizona flinging her hair for us to capture a technique! You rock!!! :0)

And here's Kelvin from Arizona too! He looks a bit scary here (hehe!) but trust me- he's a very nice guy! Thanks for posing for us too! :0)

So Thank you Zack! I can't wait to get some pocket wizards and try the whole one light concept out!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Barrett Jackson!

I had so much fun last night at the Barrett Jackson's gala event!

Gotta show off a few car pictures...

But here's where the fun was! This is me & my friend Audra (I really have to master the whole holding up the camera and taking a picture thing!) hehe

We decided to get our caricatures done! Steve was so fun- you have to check out his website muggshotz and see if you recognize the celebs. You can even get one done online!

Me, Carol and Audra :0)

I always have a blast with my girlfriends! :0)

Laura Siivola- Photographer. Organic wedding and portrait photography based in the Phoenix Arizona area.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Audra and Eric's wedding at JW Marriot

Audra gets the bride trooper award of 2007!

With all the things that could possibly go wrong on a wedding day, Audra went to the hospital that morning!

You wouldn't even have known it- she was beautiful and so sweet the whole day through.

It really makes you think about all the little things...

and all those little moments...

and what matter most.

The details were stunning

and so was Audra :0)

The ceremony and reception were held at the JW Marriott at Desert Ridge Marketplace and I just have to say how awesome Emily at Your Heart's Desire was. She took care of every little detail and Audra had no stress all all. Which is exactly how it should be!

So congrats Audra and Eric!

You win in so many ways! :0)

Laura Siivola- Photographer. Organic wedding and portrait photography based in the Phoenix Arizona area.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy New Year!

As you might know my friends and I always throw a fun New Year's Party and I just had to show off the traditional 'girl' picture we always take :0)

After charging my batteries and getting all ready I decided to leave my camera at home once to take a little break. I knew I could count on my friends to get some great shots and we can make sure to share

So Happy New Year and here's to another exciting one to come!!