Ray Smith of Grimsby, UK knew he wanted to marry his longtime girlfriend, Claire Bramley. He also knew he wanted the marriage proposal to make an impression. “Originally the plan was to get engaged…in a hot air balloon. But then we found out the news that the little baby was coming along, so that put a spanner in the works.” –Ray Smith So instead of renting a balloon, Smith made a laminated card that read Will You Marry Me X-heart-X, carried it with him everywhere, and under the pretense of documenting the pregnancy, used it to clandestinely photo bomb his own selfies. For five months. He also loaned the card to family and friends and asked them to do the same. The plan wasn’t without its risks: like, who doesn’t want to see the picture after it’s taken? Claire did. So Ray would take a couple, then show her a redacted version. So fun. The long windup started in June, with Ray proposing Christmas Day. Here’s to a redemption of the selfie, and Congratulations to both! See the lovely tribute video that Ray put together (including all 148 photos) at the bottom of the page here, as well as an interview… Continue reading Man Proposes to Woman 148 Times. She Notices Once.
Wedding photography encompasses a number of disciplines. And a great wedding photographer is a master of them all. A wedding is not the time to cut corners or skimp on expenses with amateur photography. To learn more, we sat down and talked with professional wedding photographer Vanessa Joy about the art of wedding photography. Vanessa is a luxury and destination wedding photographer who is highly skilled in the many specialties that wedding photography encompasses. You can see more of her work at vanessajoy.com Regarding wedding photography, you’ve talked about the difference between the good, the better, and the best. What is the difference between the three? What are your criteria? This is a tricky question because it all depends on who’s asking. The client or the photographer? Truth be told, there are a lot of “good” photographers making more money out there than the “great” photographers because our clients usually can’t tell the difference between good and great photography. While you can find my long explanation on my website where I attempt to educate my clients, the fact is that convincing your clients that you’re the “best” photographer is more about selling your photography experience as a whole rather than… Continue reading Expert Interview: Vanessa Joy on Wedding Photography That Doesn’t Suck