Archive for February, 2009

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Colonia, Uruguay and Ancient cars

February 28, 2009

It took us only an hour on the high speed ferry to travel across the Rio De La Plata river from Buenos Aires to the historic, UNESCO protected town of Colonia Del Sacramento, Uruguay. Like so many fortuitous and unexpected discoveries that happen when traveling, I immediately noticed that there were ancient autos-everywhere. Many were derelict, some running and maintained by loving hands, but all had the patina of weathered metal,wood, chrome and the phosphorescent beauty of of decay-  as did some of the owners.

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flower-car-wide-colonia-ur1Colonia’s Sycamore trees, revered by the residents, line the quiet streets in the old section of the city.

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We’re Off to Argentina!

February 20, 2009

From February 22 through March 2 we’ll be in Buenos Aires, Argentina as well as a few days in Uruguay. The studio will remain open and production will continue to hum along.

Travel is a fantastic way to indulge in pure photo-creativity and stretch our ‘artistic’ wings so to speak. It actually informs our abilities to create images that are dynamic, true and real for our wedding clients.

With luck and high speed internet access, I’ll be posting some images to the blog, as we go.

In the interim, you may find this posting about me on Elizabeth Bailey’s website mildly humorous . Elizabeth is the top wedding planner in Maryland and, at the least, her blog is highly informative for your wedding plans:

Adios,

Arthur

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Classical Guitarist – James Lowe

February 4, 2009

We met James Lowe at The Peabody Library where he was moonlighting as staff for a wedding there. James is a graduate of The Peabody Institute and has a Masters degree in Guitar Performance. This incredibly talented and ambitious musician is also picking up another Masters in Performance from Peabody and will next attend Cleveland Institute of Music in pursuit of his doctorate. James has his own ‘new’ music ensemble, “The Ligeti Split Ensemble” (Ligeti was a Romanian composer) and is also doing solo performances at venues in our area. To enhance his web site, James realized that he needed professional images of himself and asked us to create them. He came by our studios on a Monday with his very recently acquired guitar , custom made in Bueno Aires by the lutier, Ricardo Louzao. The instrument was gorgeous and made from indigenous Rio Rosewood, but the music James played while being photographed made the session truly memorable. It was a gift.

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A Winter Wedding At The Peabody Library

February 2, 2009

It was a clear, sunny, if a mite on the chilly side, day in December when Katie and Tim became husband and wife. The bride who would have been gorgeous wearing burlap, made a stunning dress choice from Betsy Robinson.

We seem to have the market cornered as of late with clients who are prosecuting attorneys, which is what Katie does when she is not being bride beautiful.

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I’m always looking for the new perspective, the creative edge, something different when creating images. As does my 2nd shooter. This is what keeps wedding photography  fresh and vibrant and exciting for us and what our clients expect. It is a silent dance we engage in with our subjects, one that allows their beauty and soulfulness to be revealed.

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Note the detail in the bride’s bouquet by Betty’s Gardens.

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Katie was absolutely going to have images created outside and despite temps in the low 30’s, we did them with speed and energy and with the essential ingredient, joy.

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The bridesmaids all had matching blankets to ward off the cold.  At the very last possible moment we said “Blankets Off” and were rewarded by the image below. The composition in this image was done simply and quickly. The emphasis, as in all of our work, is to retain spontaneity and ‘the moment’.

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Chef’s Expressions, the vendor of choice at the magnificent Peabody Library, provided a sumptuous feast as well as the wedding cake. Our good friend at Chef’s, Bonny Opper, honored Katie’s request for a very special coconut cake and went the extra mile,  as she always does, to make another dream come true.

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Moments, that are true and real. Tim and Katie, cut loose.

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