With the New Year comes reflections on 2012. Though I have no grand ideas and emotions I’d like to emote, I will say I am launching a few ventures this year to help Alex The Photo Guy keep the business strong in the new year. I resolve to shoot more projects for myself and hang out with Marc Del Santro taking photos out in the wilderness (I have a few ideas for 2013 on that). I also resolve to market my wedding business harder, update my website, follow-up on emails quicker, and stay on top of the blog. With the latter resolution comes two blog posts- both way late, as they were weddings I shot during the summer at the height of the heat wave. I generally stay on top of blog posts, but with wedding season continuing strong from summer to fall I fell behind on these two on the blog.
The first wedding I’m making up lost ground on was Sallie and Aaron in Asheville, NC. Sallie is one of my sister’s best friends and she had a beautiful wedding at the Biltmore UMC and Doubletree Hotel. It was a beautiful location wedding, albeit a very hot weekend. The one thing Sallie told me was “I HAVE to have a mountain view shot.” My trusty second shooter, Curt, accompanied me on the trip and we spent a few hours the day before scouting locations near the church that we could get to and from before the reception. In the end it turned out, the best shot was in the parking lot of the church. Few people saw this shot with their naked eye beforehand. That’s because the trained eye of a photographer knows he needs to to lay on the black asphalt with a long lens in order to avoid parking barriers and the rusted chain link fence below the hill. Plus, it helped that the sun poked its head from behind the clouds for just a moment, parting the way for the mountains. ;)
It has been almost one month since Keri and I were married. That Friday was absolutely amazing and wouldn’t have been the same without the help of many friends and family- you know who you are and we thank you!
One of the best things to come of that day (other than the whole marriage thing) are the final images from our photo booth. Steve Porter was gracious enough to set up and man the photo booth all night. As you’ll be able to see in the video below, it was an incredible night full of eating, drinking, dancing, and hand puppets. If you’re looking to download photos, you can do so here! Just click on the folder icon on the right side of your favorite pic.
I’ve owned the domain since college. Three years ago I re-upped it’s registration and I contracted my good friend Greg Vilines at Webnormous to begin work on the site. Then a combination of producing an album, playing in a band, get married, and having his house burn down slowed Greg’s progress on the site a bit. A combination of helping with the album, buying a house, running a photo business, general laziness, and getting engaged slowed me down too. I know my excuses aren’t as valid as a house fire, but regardless of the timing, it is finally LIVE!
Greg built the whole thing from scratch and he did a damn good job on it. I know I was a difficult client at times but in the end we got it all worked out. There will be a few tweaks made in the coming months, but since it’s 99% done, we figured why not launch it? This will be a soft opening for my six blog readers and facebook friends until I get it 100% finished.
Keep in mind the new site isn’t going to be a replacement for the blog- just think of it as a “best of Alex the Photo Guy.” I’ll still keep you up to date with my crazy photo antics here on the blog, so don’t stop reading!
Let me know what you think! Many thanks again to Greg who did all the hard work. All I did was take a few photos. If you need a website, let me know and I’ll get you in contact with Webnormous.
This post is long overdue. I’ve been so busy preparing for my Italy trip (leaving today!) that I’ve let my blog fans world down… I’m sorry to disappoint all three of you.
The Schnorf wedding was so much fun. As you can see from a previous post, Keri and I got to try out the new photo booth idea with a fun group of drunks people. Though photo booth aside, we still managed to get some great photos! I’ve always wanted to shoot a bride with that modern 1920′s look (short hair, fish net veil). You’ll see how awesome she looks in her dress and veil a few pix down. The wedding was at Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church- a beautiful venue.
See what I mean??? Doesn’t she look great? So classy.
Very colorful wedding. She said the Beatles were her inspiration.
They had childhood games on all the tables. Hungry Hungry Hippos was my fav.
Though not Lewish…. they insisted on the chair lift. Mazeltov!
And my favorite still from the photo booth. Keri and I are (hopefully) off to Italy right now! Hope to come back with plenty of pix!
The Schnorf | Hunt wedding was this weekend in Midtown Atlanta and it was so much fun! I plan on working on all the other fancy schmancy wedding pictures later (beautiful church btw)- but first, I was way too excited to get these up on the blog! Keri, my lovely assistant/fiance, was kind enough to help shoot this wedding with me and man (woman?) the photo booth. Keri works for beer and pizza, so she’s the best assistant I could imagine for the job. She was awesome, but so were her subjects!
And now without further ado- the Photo Booth! Available from Alex the Photo Guy wherever alcohol and sombreros are served… (p.s.- I recommend full screen)
Our good friend Greg turned 28 last weekend and his wife was clever enough to come up with the gift that involves snorkeling or scuba diving at the Georgia Aquarium with sharks, stingrays, and the like. It’s a pretty awesome idea and I know he’s excited. To celebrate this surprise gift, we threw him an ocean themed birthday party.
I just happened to have purchased a new Westcott Apollo Softbox and black muslin backdrop recently, so I figured we’d try a photo booth out. People at the party were weary at first, but with a few blue punch drinks and some water-themed props, they loosened up quickly. Here are the best of’s starting with our good friend, Curt: