Monday, June 29, 2009

e-session + Blue Balloons + Jess + Blake = Too many great photos. Take 1

What can I say, we made way too many photos and they were all awesome. I'm still editing away, but to start you out I wanted to show you these awesome balloons. We had tons of fun with them, but let them go eventually.

Definitely be looking for some more to come!

We started with 8 balloons, and then took one to go make some pictures with it. We had tied the rest up, but when we came back they had untied themselves and flew away. So instead of letting them all go, we just had a chance to let one go. It was sad, but we have some great pictures to remember these balloons!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Griffin and Seana "Remember the Day" Signed Print

Choosing one photo of the thousands I shot on a wedding day is tough. I put so much passion into making every image and I wish I could give Griffin and Seana all of them! Our "Remember the Day" signed print turns a photo from just being a photo to being a signed work of art.

I do a lot of thinking before I decide on a print. The look on their faces, the awesome light and the moment that they were sharing guided me to this one. I hope it finds a place on their wall next to many of the others!

Look how gorgeous this 3/4" Standout mounting looks!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sara and Bryan's Wedding Part 3

Oh, and did I mention I broke out the red umbrella again! Anyone know where I can get these things in bulk. I would definitely love to get more. If I'm not careful I'm going to get branded by my red umbrellas. Maybe that's not so bad!

Really I am just trying to save it for rainy days. The rain toyed with us, so we were stuck inside for a little while, which means I had to work a little harder to be creative.

Some of the greatness was in the colors, purple and red, chosen for this wedding. The bridesmaid dresses were definitely a hot red! I can't ask for a better color, my biggest concern was that the eye would go right to the red and you might lose the bride in all that color. After I thought about it, I remembered learning about the Gestalt theory, in photojournalism school, which deals with negative space in a photo. It basically says that if you have a dominant color in an image your eye will go to the non-dominant color. So if a page is all white, you will go to the red dot on it or if it's all red, you will go to the white dot. So with all of the bridesmaids being in red, your eye will go to the white brides dress.

It went awesome with those bright red bridesmaid dresses. I could not get enough of them. It may be tough to give them up, but when some of those girls are ready, I am sure I could find use for them on a couple photo shoots. Just send them my way!

The scenery, wow the scenery! The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa is gorgeous!

And then there was the rest of the reception

Sara's mom is an interior designer, so the centerpieces were from items she found around her mom's house! What a great idea!

Did you see these little glass slippers to hold everyone's name cards?

Bryan and Sara certainly knew how to have fun!

Of course there was the singing too

and Sara knew how to get down and dance!

The awesome people and vendors that I had a chance to work with...
DJ who rocks all night long - High Fidelity DJ
Amazing venue and awesome catering - Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Church - Our Lady Star of the Sea
Florist - Celebrations, Flowers, Balloons and Gifts
Dress - Anne Barge
Photography- Pilster Photography
Second Shooter - Rob Cunningham
Special Thanks to my assistant (And awesome wedding album designer) - James Shaffer

060609 Sara and Bryan's Wedding - Images by Chad Pilster

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sara and Bryan's wedding Part 2

The rain toyed with us, so we were stuck inside this amazing lobby for a little bit. You can just hear me complaining. Yeah right, I was loving the way these images were turning out.

This wedding was an interesting situation. Rob used to be editorial shooter with a stack of accomplishments including a Sports Illustrated cover. It had been a while since he'd done any serious shooting, and I don't believe he had ever shot a wedding. He ran across my work, wanted to hire me, assist me in shooting a friend of his wedding, and give it as a gift to his friends.

I'm glad he found me, because Rob's friends Sara and Bryan were so awesome and their wedding at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa was spectacular.

It was great working with Rob, he brought along a lot of toys that we made use of. Some of them included a 500 f4 (This was so we could stay relatively stationary during the ceremony) and a 180mm macro lens (You can't get much closer than this!). He also brought along some great ideas like the waterfall portrait. He threw out the idea and we made it happen. He also had a few that we ran out of time for. Just more reason's for Sara and Bryan to come back down to Florida! (We'll get them on the beach during sunrise one of these years Rob!)

He also got some shots of me in action

And my other assistant James Shaffer shot this of me and Rob in action.

Sara and Bryan had to sit next to each other on a plane and that's how they met. These aren't the original tickets, but I think they did the job.

And on to the wedding...

These bags were gifts to Sara's bridesmaids

Did I mention it was an Anne Barge wedding dress. Sara actually met Anne when she was trying this on at Kleinfelds

Even inside we couldn't hide from the Florida humidity. Those big dresses are not too cool. Good things Sara had some awesome bridesmaids to keep her cool.

More to come.....

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Weddings and Waterfalls! - Sara and Bryan Part 1

I'm still hard at work editing this wedding, and there is a LOT more to come, but I couldn't wait to share. These photos are from the recent wedding I shot at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

White dress + red umbrella + fun couple = amazing e-session w/ Beth & Kyle

I have been looking forward to Beth and Kyle's engagement session. We have been talking on the phone for a couple months, but since they are from out of town we have not had a chance to meet.

For two weeks rain had been looming over Central Florida and we weren't sure if it was going to let up. Beth emailed me a couple days before. I told her the call was hers, but while she was in Florida, I still wanted to meet her. I said we should just go about like the e-session was going to happen and if it doesn't, then we could at least meet.

The thing about overcast skies is that they make colors just pop and New Smyrna Beach is colorful! The other thing about rain is that as people try to stay dry and as puddles form, fun pictures happen! Then there are red umbrellas, and I can go on... But the bride and groom always have the last call.

As I drove I was nervous when I saw some sprinkles on my windshield, but when I arrived at Beth's father's house everything was dry but a little overcast. Let's "do this!"

We finally wandered back to the house for a quick outfit change and to grab a couple umbrellas. The sky had been good to us all morning, but we didn't think the late morning was going to be so generous. Plus even if it didn't rain, you can't go wrong with a red umbrella!

These two were tons of fun and I am excited for their wedding in August!

052309 Beth and Kyle e-session Gallery - Images by Chad Pilster

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Rosen and Cornell students give back to the community

Cornell Alumni Magazine asked me to photograph Rosen, an alum and the owner of a hotel chain including Rosen Shingle Creak, and a group of Cornell students who came to Florida on their Spring Break to give back to the community. Rosen puts a lot of time into helping out underprivledged children in parts of Orlando and he offered this group accommodations at his hotels and an elementary school to help out.

Rosen seems like a very sincere person, and I could tell when we walked through the classrooms and all of the children knew who he was. Another example, while we walked through the halls he talked about having his chefs prepare a healthy pizza to be served in the cafeteria. A lot of times when you get to the top, you can forget about the people on the bottom and it's awesome to see him give back not with just money, but his own valuable time.

The magazine asked me to spend the day with them, and it was fun! It's always interesting to see how kids are being taught different from when I was in school. I'm sure it will change even more when my kids are in school.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Griffin and Seana's Jacksonville Wedding! Part 2

I just didn't want to squeeze all the awesome photos from this wedding into one post. Plus I don't think I could ever have enough shots of the amazing beading Seana did on this dress! Here is the second half!

The wedding professionals that helped make it happen
Photography - Pilster Photography with help from my awesome assistant Chris Viola
Venue - Lakewood Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, FL
Catering - Heirlooms Culinary Cafe
Florist - Hurst Florist - Carl Varnes
Hair Stylist and Makeup - Hadley's Hair Design
Cake - Publix
Rings - Gabriel at King Jewelers

051609 Griffin and Sena Wedding - Images by Chad Pilster

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