ArtSpace Cabaret and Silent Auction

ArtSpace Charter School held it’s 2nd annual After Hours Cabaret and Silent Auction on February 20. They auctioned off many great items like certificates, wine, artwork, and other goodies. Some of the donors included: Biltmore Estate, Grove Park Inn, Sunny Point Cafe, The Hop, Sazerac, Carolina Panthers, and  Pisgah Brewery (the list goes on!).

The Cabaret event featured improv, comedy sketches, and live music such as Lyndsay Wojcik and Laura Blackley of the Swayback Sisters, and jazz ensemble Tongue & Groove.

ArtSpace Cabaret

Watching Valorie Miller perform

Eric Oaks performing

Eric Oaks performing

Attendees enjoying some improv

Attendees enjoying some improv

LYLAS! Sketch Comedy

LYLAS! Sketch Comedy

LYLAS!

LYLAS!

Tongue and Groove performing

Tongue and Groove performing

Tongue and Groove

Tongue and Groove

Tongue and Groove

Tongue and Groove

Special duet performance

Special duet performance

Rocking the accordion!

Rocking the accordion!

Accordion

Accordion shot again

A funny improvisation

A funny improvisation

Who wouldn't want Cheerios?

Who wouldn’t want Cheerios?

It

It’s bidding time

One of the many items to bid on

One of the many items to bid on

More items up for auction

More items up for auction

Lyndsay Wojcik and Laura Blackley performing

Lyndsay Wojcik and Laura Blackley performing

Lyndsay Wojcik of the Swayback Sisters

Lyndsay Wojcik of the Swayback Sisters

Singer/Songwriter Laura Blackley performing

Singer/Songwriter Laura Blackley performing

Lyndsay Wojcik and Laura Blackley

Lyndsay Wojcik and Laura Blackley

2009 National Gingerbread House Competition

The 2009 National Gingerbread House Competition at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, North Carolina. It was great to be involved with this competition for the second year in a row.

Close-up of 1st place winner in adult category

Close-up of 1st place winner in adult category

Relationship Between Personal Photography and Wedding Photography

Every few posts on my blog I’ll step away from wedding photography and post some fine-art photography that I’ve taken. I learned to excel in photography through my personal work and this has been a huge benefit for me in my wedding photography experiences. Yes, the two worlds can co-exist. After all, capturing a wedding implements many aspects of photography: portraiture, landscapes, photojournalism, and even macro. The knowledge and understanding I gain of photography through personal work and weddings is reciprocal.

Here is a photo I took last month of Soco Falls in Cherokee, North Carolina. For the camera geeks: this is 4 separate exposures stitched together in Photoshop. The camera was on a tripod and for each exposure I moved the camera to cover a “section” of the scene. I was fairly close to the waterfall and I wanted this shot to look really wide to pull the viewer in.

 

Soco Falls in Cherokee, North Carolina

Soco Falls in Cherokee, North Carolina

Camera/lens info : Nikon D700 with Nikkor 24mm f/2.8

Photo from Biltmore Estate Wedding in Asheville, NC

Setting the scene with a wide shot is an important part of wedding photography. Each shot tells the story of the wedding and if I didn’t have that wide shot to establish the surroundings then all those great close-up moments would lack context. That isn’t to say a close-up photo needs to be side by side with a wide shot to make sense, but for the wedding couple’s book or photo slideshow, it’s essential.

Here is a wide shot I took at a Biltmore Estate wedding last year. The Biltmore Estate is a popular tourist destination here in Asheville, NC and is a fairy-tale setting for weddings. It’s also a photographer’s paradise!

Biltmore Estate Wedding - Asheville photographer

Camera/lens info: Nikon D300 with Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens (I’ve parted with both… to upgrade)

Asheville wedding photographer

Welcome to this Blog!

Welcome to my blog! I am a photographer based in Asheville, NC. I specialize in wedding photography (go here for my weddings) and commercial, event, and portrait photography.

This will be my personal blog with primarily photography-based posts that are supplemental to my wedding photography. Perhaps I’ll divulge my thought process, technical info for the camera geeks, or stories about a wedding photo I took. Happy browsing!

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