Monthly Archives: July 2014

Jake takes a copyrighted photo on the beach

Photography, Ownership, Copyright and Releases

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We wanted to discuss copyright, ownership of images, print releases and model releases these are some of the most widely misunderstood subjects among photography customers. Keep in mind that we are not lawyers, and nothing we say should be taken as legal advice. Most of what you see here is paraphrased from the PPA website, a resource for professional photographers. After reading this post we hope that you will walk away with a better understanding of who owns photos and what you and your photographer are each allowed to do with them. Knowing the terminology related to these issues will help you to build trust between you and your photographer. Read More

A long road lined with live oaks in Savannah, Georgia

Our Trip to Savannah (Day 2)

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This is the second post of our series about our anniversary trip to Savannah. Read about Day 1.

On our second morning we stumbled out of our bedroom and were greeted by our Airbnb host Sue, who offered us some hot tea. She made us a breakfast of vegetable frittatas served with corn tortillas and roasted brussels sprouts and tomatoes (she said the tomatoes were just to give it a little color). Sue was a great cook, and if I lived closer to her I would probably start a food blog starring her. While we ate we told her about our plans for the day and she told us where we could get free parking. Read More

Walking near the waterfront in Savannah, Georgia wearing a read dress

Our trip to Savannah (Day 1)

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This is the first post in our two part series about our anniversary vacation. (View the second day here)

Between shooting and editing photographs and publishing our blog, we’d been working pretty hard for a couple months. When our second anniversary rolled around last week we were more than ready for a vacation. On our drive down to Florida in April we passed by Savannah on the highway and Jake told me what a beautiful city it was. I told him I’d never been there, and we decided that we should make a road trip out of it. So last Monday we got up early and drove north to Georgia to celebrate two years together.

Jake and I made reservation on Airbnb — an amazing site that allows you to travel and explore the world while staying with locals. When we traveled for a month in China a year and half ago, we used quiet a few similar services, resulting in tons money saved and putting us in prime locations for sight-seeing. We were eager to try Airbnb back in the states, however our first stay in New York City didn’t go as well -  our bed sheets weren’t cleaned and our location in Brooklyn was too small and isolated — *hint* we were too cheap with our selections :). Well, Jake and I still love adventure and still love to trust in the good nature of most people out there, this time we gave it another shot. We learned from our past mistakes, here are a few things we did to pick out a good host:

1. We picked a location that’s close to one of our sight-seeing locations — our Airbnb host is only a 5 minute drive from downtown or the famous Bonaventure Cemetary. Also only 20 minutes from the beach.
2. We picked a female host. No offense but we sorta lost faith in 20 something single male type of renters out there to supply us with clean linens. Our Savannah host Sue, not only provided us with a clean room, she even cleaned our room, folded my scattered-around clothing while we were out.
3. Reviews. We learned to read more into the reviews. Are the positive reviews mostly left by couples, by single males, or by females? Just because a host got tons of reviews doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for you. When we checked at Sue’s Airbnb page, she had tons of reviews from female travelers and couples and they mostly commended on her based on her cooking and quietness of the place, (well, the cooking is a totally unexpected bonus).
4. Always email the host before booking. Jake sent out a quick email to Sue before booking, she very kindly replied to our questions. Any host that won’t be a good host will take a long time or will neglect your email.

Anyhow, for weeks leading up to our trip, I’d been sneaking in research sessions on Pinterest,  planning the trip between mountains of work — I actually had a melt down the night before our trip, haha, I was crying in the office saying “too much work … I’m tired” and Jake held my hand and listened to my whining then kissed my hand told me “well, you know what … We are going on a three day vacation starting tomorrow morning!” — I read somewhere that, for one to succeed in business one has to do 10 years of hard work without being heard. There, the night before our two year wedding anaversiery I thought, if it takes ten years for our photo studio to become known, that’s ten years of hard work. If it really takes that long, then I’m glad I’m doing it with Jake.

Because our stay was very short and there was so much to see, I wanted to make sure we didn’t just do all the tourist stuff but saw places and events that would create memories in our hearts. I also went on Groupon to look for local deals in Savannah. There happened to be a Groupon for this Amazing-Race-themed cellphone game called Crazy Dash, we thought it would be fun to play and explore the city before our check-in time. It’s sort of like a scavenger hunt for locations in a city. It’s only supposed to take an hour or so to finish, but we tended to meander a bit, taking photos and walking in and out of shops, this way got our most touristy stuff done in a novel, gamified way.

We stopped by a lion fountain near the savannah waterfronta bunch of travel photos of scenery we saw on our first day in SavannahThere were lots of shops near the waterfront as we walked around taking photographsWe checked out a candy store and took some photos of candy being madeThe first day was sunny and hot. The sky in these pictures may look cool and blue but we were sweating bullets.Savannah is full of beautiful statues commemorating the city's history. It's good photography and educational.River Street near the savannah waterfront featured a lot of foot cool foot bridges. They make good travel photos.Savannah had lots of cool stairways, mostly on the sides of buildings, but some of them went from the street level down to the river.

Time to check in. Our hostess was a woman named Sue who rents out two rooms in her house through airbnb. She has two cats named Thumbelina and Edward. Thumbelina is the big furry one, Edward is the playful one. Before arriving Sue asked us whether we were going to join her for dinner. I’d read comments on Airbnb saying that she loves to cook for her guests, but I wasn’t expecting special treatment and wasn’t sure if we had to pay for our meals, but when she asked us about our dinner plans, I told her Jake and I were both exhausted and would love a home made meal. It turns out that everything was included. After we arrived at Sue’s place, she showed us around her house, and asked us where we needed to go. I excitedly said “Bonaventure Cemetary” — because it’s literally right down the street. Sue told us the place closes at 5pm and we can freshen up, rest a little then go. “Dinner will be at 6pm.” Somehow it’s so nice to hear that simple sentence when traveling away from home — to know that after a day of walking around we can kick off our shoes and relax over a homemade meal.

Our airbnb host had a lovely patio with lots of plants and decorationsSue's Airbnb house was full of beautiful decorations and knickknacks. I tried on one of her handmade necklaces and Jake took a photoSue's patio was quiet and relaxing. It was fenced in so we could work on our photography blog without being disturbed by neighbors.A bunch more photos of Jake and I relaxing in our Airbnb residence

Even though it was still hot outside, Sue’s house was very quiet and very relaxing. We put our bags away and freshened up a bit, waiting for the sun to cool down so we ccould head to Bonaventure. We lounged on Sue’s beautiful patio where Jake did a little blogging and I took some photos.

The Bonaventure Cemetery is famous for its beautiful statues, long rows of monuments, and spooky moss covered trees. Of course it wasn’t very spooky in the afternoon sun, but Jake still tried to use lighting tricks to make the statues look a little more foreboding. I was really looking forward to the cemetery after seeing pictures on Pinterest, but I must admit that it felt weird using the site as a photography backdrop. I didn’t like the thought of some future photographer posing their model over my own grave, so we were careful to tread lightly. Bonaventure closes at five pm, and by quarter of we were getting pretty hungry and we knew that we had a home cooked meal waiting for us, even though we were away from home.

Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah is home to lots of beautiful statuesSome more statues in Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery. We couldn't wait to see them when we traveled to GeorgiaDannie poses near a statue in the Bonaventure Cemetery. Jake took the pictureDannie walks through the cemetery wearing a black dress. Jake gets ready for more photography

Sue was planning on making roasted chicken for us and her other guest, but since we mentioned in an email that we were vegetarians, she made a big dish of baked rice and beans with melted cheese on top just for us, we also ate roasted veggies with her popular homemade spice mix. Her dishes are very Latin-fusion, and she showed Jake how to properly set up a table :) that was fun to watch! Then, as an afterthought, she made some homemade spicy hummus out of chili beans, and served it with crackers as a side dish . Seriously! Our rental fee shouldn’t have been enough to cover the three wonderful restaurant quality meals alone. She needs to raise her prices! Or maybe, as she says, she just really enjoys cooking for her guests. She certainly got a lot of applause.

We talked to Sue for a while and she told us about her experiences renting her rooms out and about some of the interesting people she had met from all over the world. She also told us about her own travels, and I went to bed thinking about all the other cities I want to visit someday with Jake.

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Travel photography from our trip to Savannah Georgia

Couple hold each other wearing blue in the forest during their engagement session in Tarpon Springs Florida

Tarpon Springs Florida Engagement Photography | Amy & Luigi

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It was a beautiful evening at the Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs. Even the insects Jake and I had encountered on our scouting trip were nowhere to be seen, as we trailed Amy and Luigi down the boardwalks. Watching them explore the park I was struck by their youthful excitement and sense of adventure, pointing at animals in the bushes and listening intently to Jake’s science “facts” about the wildlife they saw. They will have so many happy years together if they approach their upcoming marriage with the same enthusiasm and love that they showed during their engagement session. Read More

The Nikkor 85mm lens

Gear: Nikkor 85mm f/1.4

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We bought this lens to celebrate our transition into the world of professional photography. Our focus had always been on travel and nature photography and our gear reflected that leaning. The Nikkor 85mm is used regularly by fashion photographers who shoot for magazines like Vogue, and its reviews were untouchable. We wanted a lens that was ideal for portraits, and we were not disappointed. Read More


St Petersburg Florida Wedding Photography | Bridal Editorial

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There’s something about a sunset on the beach! When you look out into the ocean it feels like you can see to the end of the world, and when the sun drops down below the horizon it reminds you that the world goes on beyond what you can see. Also there are lots of pretty colors, and that’s the main attraction to out door Portrait and wedding photographers like us. We spent an splendid sunset with Allison, exploring the beautiful beach at Fort DeSoto Beach in St Petersburg, Florida, and watching the sun make its way down the sky until it finally met the waves and disappeared. Read More

The Nikon D800

Gear: Nikon D800

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The Nikon D800 was the first professional grade camera we purchased, though we didn’t buy it with Jake and Dannie Studio in mind. At the time we had been married for half a year and we were getting ready for a trip to China. We had it in our heads to publish an E-book about our trip and we used that as the excuse we’d been looking for to upgrade our gear. It arrived while we were packing for the trip, and I read the instruction manual on the plane (I already had a pretty good idea how it works, but it’s always a good idea to read the manual). Read More

Engagement photos at Stetson Law in Gulfport, Florida

Gulfport, St Petersburg Florida Family Photograher | Ellen & Jim

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Ellen and Jim had only been married for a few weeks when we met them. I wish we’d had the chance to photograph them as bride and groom, but that wasn’t meant to be - when they were planning their wedding we probably hadn’t started planning our move to Florida yet. Luckily for us, the venue they chose didn’t allow dogs, so a certain adorable and hairy member of their family will be conspicuously absent from their wedding album. You guessed it, their big and friendly dog, Rebel. Read More

The first aid kit we bring with us on photoshoots

First Aid Kit: Our Newest Photography Accessory

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Ever since I cut my leg on during a couples photography session we have made an effort to be a little more safety conscious. Obviously preventing me from falling down and hurting myself will be a long and difficult journey well beyond the scope of a single blog post, so we’re going to focus more energy on patching me up afterward.

Introducing our new first aid kit! Read More