Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Trash the Dress - Amy & Doug: Palm Harbor, FL

She knew she'd never wear it again so Amy was all about trashing her dress. She and Doug brought their adorable dog, Mango, to the park for a few final pictures in her wedding dress. We were happily surprised with the cooler weather as we walked around and found some unique spots for photos. This is our third time photographing these two, and we always have a great time together. We had hoped to get it dirty in the water, but there were signs everywhere warning us about the alligators... so we decided to find alternate means of trashing Amy's dress. =)

trash the dress picture with a dog

Down by the dock.

picture on a dock in a wedding dress

Gotta love this girl's shoes!

This was the only tree around that wasn't a palm tree so of course they had to climb it. =)

climbing a tree in a wedding dress

Then some fun on the playground. This totally brings back memories of when my brother and sister and I used to see who could swing the highest, and then jump off. =)

trash the dress picture swinging at the park

This bright red dump truck was great for a few photos... to really get us in the "trashy" mood. I just love this shot that Chris got.

trash the dress picture next to a dump truck

At this point, Doug decided it was time to throw the dress in the trash... I guess he forgot that Amy was still wearing it.

And stuck.

trash the dress picture in a trash can

And now, how the final trashing began.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Holidays from Florida!

We had a cold front come through last night and I didn't even realize it was going to hit us. When I saw the weather lady say we were going to have a high of 59 today I thought, wow I guess winter has finally arrived. Then our good friend, DC wedding photographer, Armin DeFiesta said that with the wind chill it was down below zero up in the DC area!

Chris and I will be heading up to Northern Virginia to visit my family for the holidays so I guess we had better find all the warm clothes we have stuffed away in the closet. =)

We wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday and we'll answer any emails and phone calls when we return!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Portraits - Chattanooga, TN: Kelly and Kevin

While we were up in Chattanooga visiting family for Thanksgiving, I got to spend some time with one of my best friends, Kelly. She and her boyfriend, Kevin, wanted to have some cute pictures made for Christmas Cards. We decided to go down to Coolidge Park for some photos on the walking bridge, and a few other spots.

Here are a couple of my favorites. First, the beautiful Kelly.

And the ever adorable couple. =)

Coolidge Park Photo on a bench

Coolidge Park Photo on the Walking Bridge

And this nice Christmas Card worthy shot down by the water. =)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Unnecessary Quotation Marks

I ran across this little gem of a blog today and couldn't stop laughing. I'm somewhat of a grammar police, because there are a few grammar rules that are commonly misused. Don't get me wrong, I certainly make my fair share of mistakes, but this is too funny not to share.

I definitely enjoy the sarcastic explanations of these profound signs. Here are a couple of my favorites. =)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Ever wonder...

...what happens when you put detergent in a fountain?

This was my view from the fourth floor window on Friday. Apparently someone decided to vandalize the fountain in front of the building, by adding some sort of detergent to the fountain. I've heard about this and always wondered what it would look like, but I thought there would be a lot more bubbles... like overflowing to the street. (Don't get me wrong, I had NOTHING to do with this, nor do I know who did!) From what I hear this wreaks havoc on the fountain pump, so please don't try this at home. =)

I shot these with my point and shoot since it's all I had with me at the time. Has anyone else seen this done before?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Client Information: Canvas Wrapped Prints

As the holidays approach and you're trying to think of gift ideas, here is one that you might not have considered. Canvas wrapped prints are an alternative to framed photos that you hang on the wall. The image is printed on a canvas wrap and then stretched around a wood frame, and all you can see is the photo. The photo itself can be wrapped around the edge or you can choose to have a black or white border. In the photos below you can see an example of the black border.

This first picture shows you how great the print quality is.

Here are a couple shots showing you how the canvas is wrapped around the edges. It is a very clean and modern look.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Wedding - St. Petersburg, FL: Amy and Doug

Amy and Doug got married at the Tradewinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach and Chris and I were blown away by this place! The resort is huge with lots of different tropical areas you can get lost in. It was a beautiful day for a beach wedding, and Amy and Doug were such a fun, laid back, couple.

When we first met with Amy we were totally excited when she said she knew she wanted an album and a trash the dress session, haha! We instantly fell in love... ok, well at least we knew we were going to have a lot of fun together. =) She also has a passion for photography and even asked our advice on what kind of lens to bring with her on the trip she and Doug took to Africa a couple months ago. Amy got some really cool shots on their trip! Especially of the giraffes. =)

Here are a few of our favorites from the day.

Wedding photo at the Tradewinds Island Resorts

They chose a First Look so we had time for a bunch of pictures before the ceremony. It gave us a LOT more time to venture around the resort for photos.

I loved the bubbles as the couple was announced Mr. and Mrs.

Florida beach wedding on St. Pete Beach

I think Doug is a little excited. =)

After the ceremony, we headed down to the beach for a few more shots. I just love these next two!

Creative wedding photo on the beach

The reception was held on an outdoor patio near the pool. It was so nice to have the first dance outside, with the beautiful sea breeze, just before sunset.

We hope you two had a great time in Mexico on your honeymoon, and Amy, we can't wait to trash your dress!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

WebSite is fine. Got a new toy!

Sorry it took me so long to post this. The website actually switched over to our new host in the middle of the night, so most people probably didn't notice anything happened so that is good. Anyway, all is back to normal.

Now on to the good news! We got a new toy: the Canon 100mm F/2.8 USM Macro! Big, super sweet ring shots here we come.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Web Hosting Issues =(

Our web host provider is causing us some major issues right now. We are currently in the process of moving to a new host. In the meantime, hang in there with us while we switch.

How Erin is feeling:

To potential clients:
If you filled out the Contact Form on our Website and didn't hear back from us, please shoot us an email directly or give us a call. Email erinchrisphotography@gmail.com until we can get our new site up and running. (Should be about 3 days)

To current clients:
Your slideshows may temporarily stop working, but it should only be down for a couple of days. All of the images on your InstaProofs gallery will remain fully functional. Please also hold off on sending us email to our normal images account.

We are really sorry for this and we'll let you know as soon as everything is back the way it should be!

Erin & Chris

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Wedding - St. Petersburg, FL: Allyson and Jeronimo

Allyson and Jeronimo got married at the Renaissance Vinoy in St. Petersburg and with the help of Stephanie, everything about their wedding day was perfect. In addition to the gorgeous venue, the weather and the lighting were amazing all day, and Dana Dineen put together some incredibly beautiful flower arrangements and bouquets. When we first met with Allyson and Jeronimo, we knew they'd look amazing on their wedding day and boy were we right! In addition to being "ridiculously good looking" (said in the Zoolander voice) they were so sweet and made us feel like part of the family. Even both of their families couldn't stop saying how excited they were to become one happy family, and it made for such a loving atmosphere.

First, here is a shot of the ceremony site from the 5th floor suite that Allyson got ready in.

Renaissance Vinoy wedding location in the Tea Garden

Allyson getting her hair did.

This great big window was totally dramatic so we had to get this shot.

Renaissance Vinoy bridal photo

I had so much fun with the bridals. This girl just couldn't take a bad photo.

We were really glad Allyson and Jeronimo were up for a First Look. It gave us SO much more time for pictures throughout the day since their ceremony was scheduled pretty late. This was when they first saw each other. They were both filled with emotion and the way they looked at each other was just adorable. You could see them both light up and the world disappeared when they locked eyes.

This was our favorite from the day. =)

Working it. =)

The Vinoy had so many great spots for photos!

The couple even arranged for an antique car to stop by for photos. We weren't sure if it was actually going to work out, then we got the word that it had arrived! This was one of our favorites. These two really know how to ham it up for the camera. =)

unique wedding photo at the renaissance vinoy in st. petersburg, florida

After the ceremony, we took a walk down by the water for a few sunset shots. Can you say models? Big props to Chris for his vision on this one. =)

Here are a few details from the reception. I have to say it again, the flowers were just gorgeous!

It was so easy to photograph these two. They were just totally into each other all day long. Thanks for such a great day and for making us feel like family. =) We wish you guys nothing but happiness!

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