R Spears Photography: Blog http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog en-us (C) R Spears Photography rich@rspearsphotography.com (R Spears Photography) Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:11:00 GMT Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:11:00 GMT http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u475866723-o45893838-50.jpg R Spears Photography: Blog http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog 120 111 Thomas Wedding http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/6/thomas-wedding 20141108-Baxter-274 I had the most incredible wedding on Saturday. Rod and Lorna are nursing teachers at one of the local vocational nursing schools. They also ride a Harley, so I already felt as if we were related!  They are two of the nicest and sweetest people you could ever meet.  They asked me if I could do some special shots before or after the wedding ceremony... they wanted to make sure they got some pictures with their kids.  Not of themselves... the grown kids.  I did my best on the family portraits.




It was a laid back wedding at a little wine restaurant in Bulverde.  It's called Wine 101.  Beautifully decorated, but sort of a lighting nightmare.  There were strong lights hanging from the ceiling, and other areas were dark.  I set up some off-camera strobes, and hoped for the best.  Some of the shots came out too dark, others were blown out over-exposed.  Some of the pictures hit the bulls-eye.






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rich@rspearsphotography.com (R Spears Photography) Wedding http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/6/thomas-wedding Sun, 10 Jun 2012 15:06:00 GMT
Love is in the Air... Tiffany and Travis http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/6/love-is-in-air-tiffany-and-travis I had an incredible engagement session with Tiffany and Travis on Sunday.  Since I had other commitments, it was a fast session, but we got some really beautiful pictures of two people who just radiate love for each other.


It's funny... when you're around a couple that has such strong energy between them... you can feel it.  For almost an hour after the shoot ended, I felt as giddy as they were.  There was a moment when I posed him standing behind her and he was whispering something in her ear, and she closed her eyes in bliss.  I felt like I was peeking in on a moment that was private... I hope the energy of that moment is conveyed in the picture.

Travis is a firefighter and a helicopter pilot.  I have a lot of respect for firefighters.  It is truly a noble profession, and he is just the nicest guy.  I've known Tiffany for over 5 years.  She has had some difficult relationships, and it is so good to see her this happy.  You can see the best of this shoot on my gallery http://www.rspearsphotography.com/coppermine/thumbnails.php?album=12 .







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rich@rspearsphotography.com (R Spears Photography) Engagement Wedding http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/6/love-is-in-air-tiffany-and-travis Tue, 05 Jun 2012 11:48:00 GMT
Uncle Bob http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/6/uncle-bob There's a joke among photographers, specifically wedding photographers about "Uncle Bob".  Everyone has an  Uncle Bob... he's the expert on just about everything.  He'll show up to the wedding, and get in every shot the professional photographer is trying to take.  Most photographers even have an "Uncle Bob Clause" in the wedding contract about anyone interfering with the photography at the wedding.  Tonight, on a forum, I found the perfect example of the Uncle Bob shot.  The photographer was lined up for the "First Look" shot where the groom sees her for the first time in her wedding dress... and up pops Uncle Bob with a camera, ruining the shot for the photographer.  Don't be an Uncle Bob.
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rich@rspearsphotography.com (R Spears Photography) Photography Wedding http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/6/uncle-bob Mon, 04 Jun 2012 00:40:00 GMT
Choosing a Camera http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/6/choosing-camera A famous photographer (obviously not me) was once asked "What's the best camera?"  His response sounded something that Yoda would say... "The camera you have with you."  We all have cameras built into our cell phones.  One celebrity photographer even shot a whole wedding with his iPhone just to prove that it's not the camera that makes a great photograph.

Let's look at this in layers.

Point and Shoot, Or DSLR?
If you're not familiar with the terms, a "point and shoot" is the most simple type of camera.  The P&S camera that I had for many years was a Kodak Easyshare.  Most P&S cameras are easy to use, and rugged as hell.  You can walk around with it in your shirt pocket. Grab it, point and shoot. If you only want to use the camera for vacation pictures, or snapshots of your dog, these cameras are perfect.  They are always focused and the pictures are sharp.

I hit the limitations of the Kodak Easyshare pretty quick.  It wouldn't focus right on anything close-up. It wouldn't take good pictures in low light, or if my subject was in shadows.  Being an artistic type, I knew the type of picture that I wanted, but I couldn't get the little Kodak to do it.

A DSLR stands for Digital Single-Lens Reflex camera.  Here's the Wikipedia on DSLR cameras.  They usually have removable lenses, and a hot-shoe to attach a flash unit. The best thing about using a DSLR is that once you learn the controls, you take creative control over the pictures you take.  You can control the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.  You can make certain parts of your picture sharp and focused while the rest of the picture is hazy and un-focused. Don't let the complexity of the DSLR intimidate you from jumping on the bandwagon. You can always set it on "Auto" while you learn how to use your camera.

Which Brand?
There are so many brands of good quality DSLR cameras.  You'll see Olympus, Sigma, Sony, and many others.  But for some really good reasons, I'll tell you that there are really only two:  Nikon and Canon.  Those two brands are the major players in the camera world.  They control the majority of accessories and products that are available for your camera.  Another important factor is resale value.  Look on Craigslist or Ebay and you'll see that Nikon and Canon models retain a good chunk of their original purchase value.

It's an argument that is not worth getting into on Nikon vs. Canon.  It's just preference.  It's like Chevy vs. Ford.  The thing to remember is... once you take a side, and especially after you start investing in lenses, you are stuck with that brand.  Canon lenses don't talk to Nikon and vice versa.  My equipment is Nikon because that's what I trained with at my job.  I'm comfortable with Nikon.

Which Model?
DSC_7963 Both Canon and Nikon have a staggering number of various models available for the novice up to the professional with deep pockets.  If you are new to the DSLR world, I recommend getting an "entry level" camera.  These models have enough features that you could use them professionally.

Nikon D3200 This is Nikon's newest entry level camera.  It has an impressive 24 megapixel sensor, and can shoot high speed continuously at 4 frames per second.  It also features HD video, and 11 focus points. It comes bundled with a standard 18-55 mm kit lens. Here is Nikon's product brochure in PDF format



Canon Rebel T3i is a similar entry level product.  It features 18 megapixels, and 3.7 frames per second in high speed continuous shooting.  It also comes bundled with an 18-55mm kit lens.

Both of these cameras have similar street price of around  $800 that includes the kit lens.

Although the two cameras have different specs when it comes to megapixel resolution, keep in mind that the megapixel count is 90% marketing tool.  Most users (even professionals) will never have an actual need for resolution greater than 10 megapixels.  You can take a 10 megapixel photograph, and it will blow up to print a poster size print.  The camera companies want to make a bigger deal out of pixel count than it is.  One of the best websites for beginning photographers is by a photographer named Ken Rockwell.  He explains the megapixel scam very well on his website.  I visit his site often because he has great reviews of new products, and he tells it like it is.

LENS
The kit lens that comes with most cameras is the trusted 18-55 mm.  This is a great walking around lens that  will capture just about anything you want to take pictures of.  You can go crazy with the number of lenses that are on the market.  Most experts will give you the following advice on lens selection:

  • 24mm Ultra Wide Angle - perfect for landscapes.  Very wide view.  Make spectacular sunset pictures. 
  • 50mm or 85mm Portrait lens.  This is the preferred focal length of portrait photographers.  Both Canon and Nikon offer a 50mm lens for around $100.  If I had only one lens to walk around with, it would be the "Nifty Fifty"
  • 105mm Macro lens.  This lens was designed for extreme close-ups.  I have an album in my gallery that is just macro close-ups of flowers.  I have a lot of fun with close-up or macro photography, but it's not everyone's cup of tea.  If you want to capture the little hairs on a bee's legs, this is the lens you'll want.
  • 400mm Telephoto lens.  This is the sports professionals choice.  When you see the pros on the field at football games with the monster lens, it's one of these.  They are pricey too... starting at around $1,500 to $3,000.
I've heard a lot of beginner photographers ask a lot of questions about how many lenses to get.  My advice is to just learn with the kit lens.  You'll be very happy with it for over a year before you feel the need to start branching out with other types of lenses.  You can also rent lenses.  This is a great way to try an expensive lens to see if it is something that you can really use.

Used Equipment On Ebay
To be honest, my first camera, and two of my lenses were bought used on Ebay.  I got lucky because they were in great shape.  I researched the seller, and in both cases (lens and the camera body) I purchased from a professional photographer who had upgraded his equipment.  Always beware of the shady characters on Ebay.  These days, if I had it to do over again, I'd buy new equipment with a warranty.  The two best places to shop for cameras and lenses are Adorama and B and H.  They are both in New York City, and their customer service is the greatest.

I'm always happy to talk shop about cameras and equipment.  If you have any questions, you can reach me through email on my contact form at R Spears Photography or you can text me at (210) 259-1385.  Comments are welcome, and camera reviews are awesome.

-Rich
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rich@rspearsphotography.com (R Spears Photography) Tutorial Photography Beginner http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/6/choosing-camera Sat, 02 Jun 2012 14:29:00 GMT
Choosing a Wedding Photographer http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/6/choosing-wedding-photographer
10 Tips you won't hear anywhere else!
By Richard Spears © 2012

Okay, I lied. You might hear some of these in other places. I think that one person wrote a list of tips for planning a wedding years ago, and the list has been reprinted ad nauseum by every magazine and wedding site. So you're thinking “this guy has never been a bride” (very true) so what could he possibly know? I've been in the wedding business for a few years, and went through a few weddings of my own. For an event that is supposed to be one of the happiest of a woman's life, I know about the stress that planning a wedding can create. Take a deep breath, pour a glass of wine and relax. This is going to be fun.

There are two universal truths on this subject: Number one is that weddings are expensive. Number two is that the wedding will cost you more than you planned on. Cost is the factor that sometimes separates the wedding we want, from the one we get.

If you can afford a wedding planner, they are worth every penny. Your wedding planner becomes your best friend. They have connections with literally hundreds of vendors, and their reputation is on the line. The planner will relieve a lot of the stress and make sure that the vendors you select will give you a great wedding.

If you are like most brides however, you'll plan it yourself. You'll save a lot of money, and pull out some of your own hair. Since you don't have a massive contact list of the best vendors in town like the planners do, the internetbecomes your new best friend for research. Whether you are picking a baker for the wedding cake, a caterer, or a photographer, these tips will help you pick the right one for your special day.

  1. Research a year ahead of your wedding. Most of the wedding professionals fill up their calendars 6-8 months in advance. If you contact a photographer in January for your wedding in June, don't be surprised that most of them are already booked.
  2. Consider a date other than a Saturday evening. Sure, traditionally the majority of weddings are on Saturday, but why not break the rules? The odds of booking vendors and locations will be better on a Friday or Sunday. You might even get a discounted rate.
  3. Evaluate the photographer's website. In this modern age, the website is the artist's business card. A sloppy website can be an indication of sloppy work. Look for good examples of their work in an online portfolio. You'll get a quick idea of their sense of style, and artistic ability. Look for their ability to tell the story in pictures. Look for the emotion in the pictures.
  4. Pricing – One of my biggest red flags in dealing with a photographer or other wedding vendor is when they won't discuss the pricing. If it says on their website or they tell you on the phone that they would rather talk about the cost in person,... they are getting you ready for the sales pitch. My philosophy on buying anything from plumbing services, to a car, or a vacuum cleaner, is that the price should be clear and up front.

    Let me also say that in this industry, there is a perception that the best photographers are the most expensive. That is not always the truth. In this very competitive market, there are a lot of incredibly talented artists who are young and just getting established in the area who have to work for dirt cheap because they don't have a reputation or extensive customer list yet. On the other end of the spectrum is a friend of mine who is a “top tier” photographer who is highly in demand for weddings. He has admitted though, that he hates doing weddings. He lost the passion for it years ago. Still his clients fly him around the world to shoot weddings.

  5. When you have narrowed down your list, call or meet the ones that you like best. This is a business that requires people skills. You'll need to listen to your gut instinct after talking on the phone, or meeting for coffee. Do they have a friendly personality that is easy going and makes you feel comfortable?
  6. Although you've already seen their work on the website, ask to see their portfolio or album when you meet in person. This will give you an idea of their professionalism. They should have 8x10 portfolio or wedding album available for you, along with testimonials from previous customers. Wedding albums have become the bread and butter for many photographers. When you see their album, you'll also get a sense of their talent for design.
  7. Interview them as if they were interviewing with a Human Resources department for a job (and they are!) Don't be shy about asking questions.
  8. Equipment – This is a tricky subject because sometimes the amount of equipment they use will be minimal. Some of the best wedding photographers in the world will shoot an event with one lens and no external lighting. Generally though, a professional who takes his work seriously has put a significant investment in the equipment they use. Ask what camera(s) they use, and what their favorite lens selection is for a wedding. (the most popular is a 50mm, an 85mm, and a 24-70mm zoom) Ask them who inspires them.
  9. Re-touching – These days, most photographers are as talented behind a computer as they are looking through the camera. If they don't, then ask them if they use a 3rd party to do re-touching. Ask to see some “Before and After” pictures so you can see their style and talent at making each image look better.
  10. Ask for references and then call ALL OF THEM. Ask the other brides what they thought of the photographer's professionalism and personality. Were they on time for each appointment? Did they deliver proofs or albums exactly when they were promised? Was he/she dressed appropriately at the wedding? Did they put everyone at ease during the portrait sessions? Was the bride happy with all her pictures, and feel like it was worth what she paid?


Deal Breakers
When you are going over your list of potential photographers, these should be the brightest RED warning flags that should cause you to scratch their name off the list:
  • Fail to contact you within 24 hrs of leaving a message or sending an email
  • Lack of a website or online portfolio
  • If they refuse to discuss prices over the phone or online
  • If they are more than 10 minutes late to meet with you
  • If they don't have a standard contract

There you go. Ten tips to help you choose a photographer for your wedding. Choose wisely. The memories from your wedding are too import to take for granted.

Richard Spears

Richard is a free-lance writer and photographer
http://www.rspearsphotography.com
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rich@rspearsphotography.com (R Spears Photography) Wedding How-To http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/6/choosing-wedding-photographer Fri, 01 Jun 2012 08:27:00 GMT
Stock Photography, Here I come! http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/6/im-branching-out I'm branching out... I'm going to try stock photography. For those of you who don't know the 'lingo'... stock photography is a business that let's people (usually web designers) buy stock images to use in advertising.
A lot of photographers look down on this type of stuff because... well, it's boring stuff, and when someone does like and buy one of your pictures to use... the photographer might get .75 for it. That's not seventy five dollars... that's seventy five cents. I guess if you had a lot of them, it might add up. I bought a stock photo once for one of my craigslist ads. I didn't have a picture of a graduate wearing a cap and gown, so I bought this one. It cost me around 5 bucks for the licensing to use it for my own advertising, and like I said, the photographer gets less than a dollar. Advertisers want pictures of boring things. When I looked through the most popular images at istock.com the most popular ones were pictures of roosters, two hands shaking, a kid jumping in the air like he's yelling "Yippeee!!" and stuff like that.
I think I uploaded 10 or so pictures for them to consider. I'm ready for the rejection slip. I've read that they reject most pictures that are submitted. Denied before anyone ever has the chance not to buy it. We'll see. I even found some boring pictures of chickens. Watch... that will be the one they take.
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rich@rspearsphotography.com (R Spears Photography) Photography http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/6/im-branching-out Fri, 01 Jun 2012 02:01:00 GMT
Gone for the Summer http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/5/gone-for-summer Kelly was nervous... I know she was excited to see her father, but at the same time, it must be rough to leave everything and go somewhere for 3 months. Judi was on edge too. The only positive thing out of situations like this is that the divorced parents get along for the sake of the kids. So many times, I see divorced couples who want to continue fighting for years after the divorce, using the kids like little weapons they can lob at each other. Before she left, Kelly and Judi had some fun last night, coloring Kelly's hair from her natural blonde to an auburn red. She looked great! I was able to take a few pictures last night. I saw a photoshop special effect the other day on YouTube that I wanted to try with Kelly. It turned out pretty good...
It's a technique that makes it look like the person has a floating orb of energy. If any of my photoshop friends would like to see the video on how it's done, here is the link: YouTube Video - Light Energy Ball There's no narration... it's just watching the guy do the technique. If you have some intermediate skills on PS, you should be able to follow along with no problem. I also took a portrait picture of her... nothing fancy, no studio lights, just on camera flash. It turned out pretty good too, but I wanna re-touch it a little bit, and I'll post it later today. I've got an engagement session this weekend with one of my best friends, Tiffany, who, after being involved with a few MAJOR jerks, finally found a guy that is a real gentleman and a class act. (he's also a fireman, but I don't hold that against him) Those pics should be great! They are a cute couple with a lot of personality, so I'm excited about that. [Current Music: Dreams by Fleetwood Mac]
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rich@rspearsphotography.com (R Spears Photography) FX family http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/5/gone-for-summer Thu, 31 May 2012 08:14:00 GMT
How Photographers Make your Double Chin Disappear! http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/5/how-photographers-make-your-double-chin
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rich@rspearsphotography.com (R Spears Photography) Tutorial Photography http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/5/how-photographers-make-your-double-chin Wed, 30 May 2012 12:38:00 GMT
Evil Kids and Bad Parents http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/5/evil-kids-and-bad-parents Let me climb up on my "Old Fart" soapbox.  There... A few days ago, I worked a big party at one of the resorts near New Braunfels.  It was a real nice party.  They had a live band, a caterer that grilled some incredibly thick ribeye steaks, shrimp and other goodies. 
They served lots of beer and wine.  I think it was a company party for one of the big companies in the area.  People dressed up nice, and it was held at this beautiful resort area that also has a bed and breakfast.  It was the kind of event that 'most' parents would get a babysitter for, and leave the kids at home.
Several couples, though... brought their kids with them.  It was interesting to observe how it worked.  When they got out of their car, the kids ran out, and that was the last the parents saw of them until it was time to leave.  They set the kids loose like wild animals.  The kids were aged 8-12, and there were about 6 of them.  They ran through the area playing, even running through the stage area where the band was playing.  They were acting like wild animals, screaming and yelping.  And the parents acted as if the kids weren't there.
I see this behavior a lot.  At the mall, and even with my next door neighbor.  She pushes her kids out the door and doesn't want to deal with them.  At the mall, the mothers let their kids run wild as long as they don't bother them while they shop.
It's bad parents.  They don't want to be "the parent".  They don't want to be the disciplinarian.  They don't want to be the authority figure.  Strangely enough, ... they want to be their child's friend, instead of the parent.  These kids grow up never hearing the word "no".  They never get reprimanded for being rude or acting up.  These parents believe it's the school's responsibility to install discipline in their little animal. I don't claim to be a parenting expert.  I was only a weekend father to my son, and only spent about 6 years with my step-son Josh.  But I see the results of not being a parent all the time.  You get kids who grow up with no rules and no limits, suddenly after high school realizing that they are in a world with rules and limitations.  Some of them don't make the adaptation very well.
Today, my own mother is a wonderful friend to me.  But back when I was a little kid, she was not my friend... she was a very strict parent.  She constantly reminded me when I was acting up.  And if I deserved it, I got my butt spanked. (that's a whole blog topic there)  Sometimes when I wanted to be running with the other kids acting like wild animals, she made me sit beside her and behave.
A lot of old farts sit around today and complain about the evil kids... that they have no manners and think only of themselves. It's true, but it's bad parents.
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rich@rspearsphotography.com (R Spears Photography) Philosophy http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/5/evil-kids-and-bad-parents Wed, 30 May 2012 12:25:00 GMT
Why Cops Love Donuts http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/5/why-cops-love-donuts
To those of you who know me, you get the joke. I hear it all the time... it's always funny to poke fun at fat cops and donuts. But this topic always made me want to go two places: to talk about the origin of the joke, and to talk about stereotypes.

The joke probably started back in the 70s... maybe further back than that. But here's the origin. I know this because I used to have a sergeant who talked about it. Cops work weird hours. When I started out in law enforcement, I went where most rookies do, the midnight shift. I worked at a fairly large department, and our call load was pretty hectic when we'd first go on duty (for me it was 11:00pm) It would usually be around 4am before we would clear from a call, and not get another one right away. If we weren't busy booking someone in jail, 4-5 am would be about the time that we would go take a coffee break or have our dinner.
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At that time, there weren't many places open 24 hrs. We had maybe 3 choices, IHOP, the truckstop, and Dunkin Donuts. Dunkin Donuts was great, because of two things: They had the best tasting FRESH-ground coffee, and they gave donuts to cops for free. So when I'd pull my patrol car into the parking lot, there would usually already be one or two other black and whites there too. By the time we'd leave from our break, another two patrol cars would pull in. When the day shift would go on duty, guess where they'd stop to get coffee? Bingo. People driving by would think that the same two patrol cars were there for at least 4 hrs. In reality, we got 30 minute meal breaks and 15 minute coffee breaks. But when I say that the coffee was good... it was really good. Something about the beans they used, but I've never had coffee that good.
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Stereotypes
Yeah, we all get the joke. Ha ha. You're very witty. Do you think though, that any stereotype is really okay? I know it's popular to bash politicians, tax collectors, and everyone's favorite target: police. I don't think stereotypes are a good thing, they can be hurtful, and are usually not accurate. Some of you older folks will remember a movie and a TV series... "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Dukes of Hazard" It was popular and fun back then to portray cops as fat and stupid. One of the cops that I used to work with (on patrol) had a PhD. He had written 3 books, and would teach college courses. He enjoyed being a patrol officer for fun. But it's not just cops that we like to stereotype. Ask a blonde girl if she's really honestly tired of the blonde jokes. Ask a black man how he feels about being stereotyped as someone who eats fried chicken. Oooohhh... now I've hit a nerve. It's okay to stereotype cops, but not racial or ethnic people? I've got a better idea. Why don't we spread the word that we've all heard the joke. It's time to move on. Donuts are good. Stereotypes - BAD.
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rich@rspearsphotography.com (R Spears Photography) doughnuts cops donuts police http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/5/why-cops-love-donuts Wed, 30 May 2012 10:30:00 GMT
What is Boudoir Photography? http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/5/what-is-boudoir-photography The word "Boudoir" is French. It is literally translated as "bedroom" but is used when referring to a 'Lady's Bedroom'. Boudoir photography is not new, although the popularity and public acceptance is on the rise.
Ever since the caveman realized that he enjoyed looking at the cavewoman, he had reproduced those images for his own enjoyment. Even when photography was in its infancy, Boudoir photography was popular in Europe. Servicemen returning from World War II prized their "French Postcards" as much as they did their battlefield trophies. The French Postcards were pictures of women wearing stockings and negligees and posed seductively. I like to think of Boudoir Photography as an art form that is an intimate gift a woman can give to a special someone in their life. A sad truth is that you'll never look as good as you do right now. What could be a better gift than beautiful sexy photographs that will last forever? Many brides will book a boudoir session for the perfect wedding day gift to her new husband. Some women enjoy a boudoir session just for themselves and to have pictures that make them feel sexy and romantic. Whatever the reason for booking the session, my job as a photographer is to make you feel incredibly beautiful before and after the session. You can have your boudoir session in your own bedroom, or in a studio. Contact me on my website to schedule your session!
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rich@rspearsphotography.com (R Spears Photography) boudoir romantic sexy corset http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/5/what-is-boudoir-photography Wed, 30 May 2012 09:47:00 GMT
Hating On WordPress http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/5/hating-on-wordpress Writing helped me through tough times as I suspect it does for so many people. I had never used Wordpress, although I suppose I have seen other people's WP blogs, and thought it looked pretty cool. Once I installed it, I went crazy trying different themes... It took a long time to find a theme I liked. Then I started trying to use it. Now, I consider myself to be pretty technically savvy... I'm a geek. I write html, javascript, and php code off the top of my head when I do website design. But PUH-LEEZE.... this Wordpress admin area was one of the worst user interfaces I've ever seen! Just writing text was easy enough I suppose, but adding pictures to it... which is what I wanted my blog to be about... was impossibly hard. I would add a picture, and then click PUBLISH... and Poof... my pictures were gone. So far... I think I'm going to like this Google Blogger tool. In my imagination, I see myself writing something and it is seen by millions of people, and the fans overload my mailbox with praise. In reality... I seriously doubt that more than a few people will ever see this blog. But like my Yahoo 360 days, it will be cheap therapy. I can write, and get things off my chest, and then go for a ride on the Harley and all will be good in the universe again.
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rich@rspearsphotography.com (R Spears Photography) Philosophy http://gallery.rspearsphotography.com/blog/2012/5/hating-on-wordpress Wed, 30 May 2012 02:03:00 GMT