What has 25 years of experience taught me?

The definition of experience:

The knowledge or skill acquired by experience over a period of time, especially that gained in a particular profession by someone at work. Gaining knowledge.

synonym: skill, knowledge, understanding.

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I gained experience through hard knocks in photojournalism. I would get sent out on assignment and be expected to get good photos by only knowing this subject a little time. Another words a quick education.

Example: I would be assigned to go to a school to take photos of a principal that got a special award. In order to get this photo to look interesting I had to ask the principal (who was usually on a tight schedule) a few questions. At the same time I would have to evaluate the way the office, hallways and school looked to see what made the best photo. Then I would also have to evaluate the lighting and backgrounds all to make the photo as interesting to the reader as possible. Oh and I had to make my subject feel comfortable in front of the camera. By the way this had to be done within a few minutes.

I did this day in and day out. Of course all being different assignments with strangers, neighbors, happy, sad or even conflict going on around me. This is called quick observation. I loved doing this because it taught me to pay attention to details of human nature and their environment around them.

I remember an assignment where I had to follow an accused robber walking into the courthouse. We, the media, had to follow him across a busy street with his attorneys in tow and with television cameras getting in my way. Cars honked and came close to the media herd but I still had to get my shot. I was jogging practically sideways, if this is possible, without falling with a camera in my face.  I was probably the shortest of all of the camera people so I chose a low angle. Wow it took the breath out of me afterward. But, I got the shot.

This is experience.

Now I do weddings and other portraiture and I have to do the same thing. The luxury of this is I get to know my subject matter and get a feel for their personality before the big event and I don’t have to jog sideways, most of the time.  However, that experience of hurrying up to get the best shot of the robber plays an important roll in my current photography skills. Being ready at all times.

I attribute it as being a boy or girl scout always being ready. Aiming my camera as if a hunter with his gun or bow, searching  for the best deer or the fattest squirrel.

So when you get a photographer for your wedding or family photo make sure they have experience to capture all those special in between moments. Don’t settle for anything less.

#iamengaged #imengaged #imgettingmarried #iminlove

 

 

 

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March Wedding, Pure Elegance – The Gillespie in Louisville, Ky.

Catrena and Adrian’s wedding was one of a kind. With the #elegantwedding being held at The Gillespie ( @thegillespie ) in @Louisville #LouisvilleKentucky  it truly fit them perfectly. #imgettingmarried

A short history on The Gillespie:

Constructed in 1929, the building was originally known as the Lincoln Bank and Trust Company.  With its beautiful Art-Deco architectural design, in 2005 the building was restored and transformed into what is now The Gillespie; the premier venue in the Louisville area for the most lavish weddings, galas, and other events.

Adrian and Catrena’s March 18, 2016 wedding truly was magical.

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Adrian was so ready for the day. Decked out in his tux and bow tie. His family helped him get ready and had lighthearted conversation to cut the nerves.

The bride, Catrena, was stunning. She lit up every room she was in. Her elegance and grace truly sparkled. The dress was a perfect fit and flattered her petite figure.

The details were well thought out. From the entrance, sign in, to the special photos Catrena hung on her bouquet in memory of those who have passed away. Everything was special and elegant. #diyguestbook #weddingsign #guestsigninideas #details

Then of course there were the family and friends making the day even more special.

Then the party began with dancing, bouquet toss, garter toss, cake cutting and more dancing!

Nothing was left out. Happy Anniversary Adrian and Catrena may there be many years of happiness in your life as a married couple.

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#downtownlouisville #imengaged #iamengaged #Gillespiewedding

 

 

 

 

Camera and Lenses

Okay I have been a photographer for over 25 years (oh that sounds old) but I assure you that this experience makes a difference. Now the question is, does a camera make a difference? Well it can make a BIG difference if you are a seasoned professional like myself. I am #Nikonpro #Nikon user and other companies like Canon, Sony, etc. work great, but I can only speak about my Nikon cameras and lenses. I shoot with 2 Nikon 810s and a Nikon D700. These cameras are very versatile and can push photography to the limits. Like the photo below it was taken after the sun had set and very little light was available. However, I was still able to handhold this camera, on the move, going down the hill still incorporating the cross into the photo, without blur.

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I shoot about 99% of my photos on manual mode and this gives me the versatility needed to get the photos I want.  Now could I do the same work with other cameras? Sure, however if I want the versatility, consistency and quality needed to do weddings I recommend a professional camera. Yes I use my iPhone for many things and yes the technology is getting better and yes there are less expensive models on the market, but again the versatility makes me happier.

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I mean look at the details in the photo above. Not only can you see the reflection clearly but also each hair on this man’s head. I shot this photo this way and even if I wanted to crop on just the reflection of the groom, I could, because of the high quality camera and lens. The detail is amazing.

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This room above (I did do a Photoshop warming filter) was perhaps one of the darkest rooms I have experienced in years. But I still got the shot!

Now that I have done Nikon a favor by bragging about their cameras, now I will brag about their lenses. Sharpness is the answer. Clear, sharp, high end glass is what we called it in the photojournalism realm. Nikon is known for their glass. I always buy the brightest lenses I can afford. Usually with the F-stop of 2.8. This way I have the ability to get the short depth of field or the most light, in most any circumstances, possible. The photo above and below were shot at F 2.8. #F2.8

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This couple had a beautiful location however the background had stores and a busy road that congested the photo. So in order for the background to go out of focus I used my high end lenses to cut out all the congestion. Now we have a clean background and can focus on my couple.

I know if you are starting out #phtoobeginner you might not be able to afford a high end camera so just buy what you can afford, but get the most bang for your money. Get better lenses if you can then work your way up the camera scale.

If you are wanting to view more photos of mine go to my website: http://www.Patricialongmirephotography.com Check out the galleries but also my blog posts. Best of luck with your camera!

Oh My What A Beautiful Lexington Ky Wedding

Here is a real 2018 wedding from @Lexington Ky!! This wedding consisted of a little romance, a little comedy and a whole lot of love. @Julie Hering @Julie Hering Meade and @Philip Meade were one of the nicest and kindest people anyone would ever want to know. It was an honor to be the one there to tell their story of their dream wedding day.

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@TheSignatureClub was the place they chose to get ready…

and do their first look…

Julie with her family and friends and Philip with his were having the time of their lives.

Then there was the beautiful Julie. She looked stunning.

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Of course Philip looked very handsome too.

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The #ceremony at @Crestwood Christian Church was a wonderful church to have a heartfelt time of reflection.

Who couldn’t forget the party #reception later after the ceremony.

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#wedding  #WeddingPhotoVideo #WeddingWonderland #weddingderry #weddingreceptiondeco #weddingreflection #weddingphotographermanila #weddingbouquetwednesday  #weddingpassport #weddingsss #weddingbling #weddingmusicband  #weddingnailsinspiration #weddingreveal  #weddingharp #weddingbow

 

 

 

Planning A Wedding? Let’s Talk Top 5

Are you planning a wedding? Let’s talk about the top 5 things you need to do to start planning your dream wedding.

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Dream weddings don’t just occur at the blink of the eye. It takes time and lots of thought and perspiration to make it happen. Also it takes professionals to help you get it right. Here is a usual checklist that may help you find what you’re looking for…

1. Date: Find a date that you and your fiance’ like. He may not like the heat so you may want to plan the wedding either in spring, fall or winter. You may not like spring because your allergies effect you a lot. So plan your wedding either in the fall or winter. These little things can help both of you be comfortable.

2. Place: Find a place that suits your theme, personality or budget. It may be your back yard that you love the most. Or it may be that gorgeous Victorian home that sits in the middle of town. Either way pick what suits you best. Then make sure it is in your budget and will hold the amount of people you think you want to come.

3. Who are you inviting?: Do a loose count of who you would like to invite and write the names down. This will help with #2, but, will also get you to start thinking about how to plan this dream wedding. This is not a set in stone list, just a general one.

 

4. Photographer, Videographer, Wedding Planner: Okay you already have me as your photographer, right?  No really research all the above. If you decide to get a wedding planner look around. There are many to choose from. However, ask important questions like: What do you do throughout the year and on the day of?, Do you have staff that come that day or are you coming that day? etc… A great place to start if you are in the #LouisvilleKy area is #LouisvilleWeddingNetwork  http://www.louisvilleweddingnetwork.com They are a reliable group of wedding professionals and are all local to the area.

A photographer and videographer are two very personal vendors you will need to feel your way through. Make sure they show you real wedding photography/footage. Make sure they have experience. Also make sure they are easy to work with. I can only speak for myself but there have been many people that were hard to get along with (in my 27 years of taking photos), however, I have been very patient with each and every one. Why because many people are just nervous and want the best for their wedding. Most people listen and have a tendency of calming down, after realizing I know what I am doing. These images/video lasts lifetime(s). So hire the right people.

Go to wedding shows as well as online to find true professionals. But be careful… Meet with them personally to get a feel for them, when possible.

5. Find out who will be in your wedding. Talk to your fiance’ about who is most important in their lives. Then think long and hard about how large you want the wedding party to be. Oh and don’t forget about the ring bearer and flower girl along with ushers and someone to hand out programs. These people may be of importance to how your dream wedding comes together.

I hope you have a wonderful wedding that fulfills your dream of a lifetime.

#wedding  #WeddingPhotoVideo #WeddingWonderland #weddingderry #weddingreceptiondeco #weddingreflection #weddingphotographermanila #weddingbouquetwednesday  #weddingpassport #weddingsss #weddingbling #weddingmusicband  #weddingnailsinspiration #weddingreveal  #weddingharp #weddingbow

 

 

What Are You Waiting For?

I am booking for 2019 and it is filling up quickly. I only will be accepting 6 more weddings for 2019! I am not joking either.

I get excited about telling stories of love. #lovestories #storiesoflove #love

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These stories can’t tell themselves. They need a photojournalist (a visual storyteller). I have over 27 years experience and believe me it is still an honor to help couples tell their wedding story. #weddingphotojournalism #weddingstories

Each package I offer contains an engagement session either with prints or digital files.

Each package also includes a thumb drive with all the full resolution wedding images on it, with rights given to you. NOTE: When I was married, in the film days, we didn’t get to keep the film. I now only have images that we had printed from our wedding. So this is a great thing in this digital age!!

The packages offer so much more… go to: http://www.Patricialongmirephotography.com for more information. I also have a Patricia Longmire Photography app that can show you current specials. Download it!

Don’t let those special moments slip away.

#wedding  #WeddingPhotoVideo #WeddingWonderland #weddingderry #weddingreceptiondeco #weddingreflection #weddingphotographermanila #weddingbouquetwednesday  #weddingpassport #weddingsss #weddingbling #weddingmusicband  #weddingnailsinspiration #weddingreveal  #weddingharp #weddingbow

A Southern Indiana Wedding

Okay I have never met a more excited bride then @Jennesy McConnell . I remember exactly the day we met. We met at a wedding show in downtown @Louisville and she past by my booth along with many other people and stopped and smiled. And if you have seen this girl smile her face lights up. She walked to my booth and looked at my albums and information I had at my booth. She went on and then returned and said in a loud voice… “I absolutely love your work, you are an amazing photographer and I want you to do my photos!!” She gave me that smile and did a kind of dance and I said alright let’s make sure things are in line like your date etc…!!

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After the wedding show I didn’t hear from her in a while and I was disappointed. It was as if my own niece didn’t want me to be her photographer! She made an impression on me.

I did hear from her and I was happy. Then I met James. He was so nice. I realized these two were truly made for each other and their love was real. The engagement session went like a dream. So did the wedding and here are some photos of their wedding.

Thanks you Jen and James for choosing me. It is truly an honor.

#wedding  #WeddingPhotoVideo #WeddingWonderland #weddingderry #weddingreceptiondeco #weddingreflection #weddingphotographermanila #weddingbouquetwednesday  #weddingpassport #weddingsss #weddingbling #weddingmusicband  #weddingnailsinspiration #weddingreveal  #weddingharp #weddingbow