Well, I’ve fallen behind on blogging again (quelle surprise), but I’m very excited to bring you a wedding I photographed last month! This is Kelley and Linda.

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Their celebrity name is KelLin, by the way.

 

They’ve been together for 9 years, and on April 25th, they finally tied the knot! The setting for their ceremony was beautiful Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs, FL. There was a little concern about the weather as we headed into the weekend, but the storms held off till Sunday.

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They did a great job with all the decorations and details! I love the colors they chose.

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One of my favorite nuances of same-sex weddings is that the couple getting married seems to know not to take their ability to do so for granted. People across the state and across the country have fought hard, and continue to do so, for all loving couples to be able to make a lasting commitment to each other in the eyes of the law. Kelley and Linda recognized those pioneers in their vows, and await the Supreme Court ruling in the hopes that other couples can soon marry in their own respective states.

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Do you know someone in need of a photographer? Getting in touch with me is just a click away! And be sure to leave a comment below for the happy couple!

This past Monday, I had the pleasure of photographing an engagement session inside Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks in Orlando, Florida. LeAnna, the bride-to-be, is a huge Harry Potter fan (probably a bigger fan than I am), and she’s gotten her fiancé, Azrael, into the series through the Jim Dale audiobooks.

When I met with them, they told me they were torn between doing a Harry Potter-themed engagement session, and a 1940’s-themed one. My suggestion: “Why not both?” Universal Orlando offers some New York City backdrops, perfect for photos set in the 40’s, and of course Hogsmeade and the newly-opened Diagon Alley for the Harry Potter photos. Done!

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We decided to wait a couple months for the crowds to die down a bit, and the weather to get a little more bearable. The day we went, it was nicely overcast in the morning, which allowed me to capture these long-exposure shots down busy Diagon Alley.

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We also took a turn down the infamous Knockturn Alley, which was so dark that I had no choice but to break out the flash. A little creative placement and colored gel, and I think we’ve captured the sinister mood of the place.

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And we did board the train to head to Hogsmeade, so we could get that famous castle in the backdrop. Unfortunately, the sun had come out fully, and it was hot for this lovely couple all dressed in black. So we made it a short visit. 109

 

We hopped back on the Hogwarts Express and made our way once more to Universal Studios, and walked over towards the New York City sets, where we found a secluded alley sheltered from the hot sun, and perfect for some gritty 1940’s shots.

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Would you believe it was close to lunch time when we took these?

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Finally, we found an excellent prop to round out our 1940’s segment of the engagement shoot. We waited for the clouds to cover the sun, and grabbed a few quick shots with this sweet ride.

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Thanks to LeAnna and Azrael for braving the Florida weather for this most magical of engagement sessions! You guys ROCKED it!

Know anybody who just got engaged? Need engagement photos yourself? Contact me to reserve your session. You know how much I love the geeky ones!

And hey…thanks!

 

Okay, so I know I haven’t posted in awhile. I just [insert lame excuse here]. So today, I pulled out the old lights and backdrops and decided to play. I’ve been toying with the idea of offering a photo booth at weddings for some time now, and I thought it’d be a good time to test out some different types of lighting. And if I get a new profile photo out of it, that’s even better! Enjoy the many faces of Jen. untitled-1025-Edit untitled-1045-2 untitled-1050 untitled-1077-2 untitled-1101 untitled-1109 untitled-1111 untitled-1113 untitled-1115 untitled-1116-2

Yesterday, I had my first human shoot from my model call! James contacted me to be photographed with his boyfriend Grant for my call for male couples for the AYP ad. These guys were great! Despite the 90º temperature and brutal sunshine (the one day we didn’t have a 4:00 shower to cool things off), they put on their suits and posed for me! The original plan was to head to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, but the aforementioned sunshine pushed us to the Straz Center, which was empty and shaded! DSC_4253 DSC_4255-2 Bonus: they play music overhead even when there’s not an event going on! It made for some lovely ambiance. DSC_4263-2 DSC_4295 DSC_4306 Jared Conaway, of Conaway Photography, was instrumental in making this shoot happen, as he copied the model call on his own Facebook page for his friends to see! Thanks so much, Jared! DSC_4314 DSC_4330-Edit DSC_4337-2 And thanks again to James and Grant. You guys were awesome!

Hello, friends!

I’m looking for some new subjects who will be featured in a print ad for the Alternative Yellow Pages, or AYP (ayptampa.com). This publication advertises businesses which support and serve the LGBT community. These are some of the subjects I’m looking for:

-Male couple for a wedding-styled shoot
-Female couple for a wedding-styled shoot
-Pets (you do not have to be gay to have your pets photographed by me)

All models will be photographed free of charge, and will receive the best images on disk (and my sincere thanks).

If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact me or pass along my info:

Jen Abert Photography
photographer@jenabert.com
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Today, my two brothers graduated high school (they grow up so fast)! As the photos from the day were downloading, I was perusing the web (wasting time on Facebook) and stumbled across a link from Huffington Post’s Weddings section, which I did not know existed, but there you go. Plenty of articles tell you how to choose your wedding photographer, but this one makes some good points on how NOT to choose:

How NOT to Choose Your Wedding Photographer

And because it wouldn’t be a good blog post without a photo, here’s one from today:

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So as you all know, I will be headed to Hawaii in less than a week, so I’ve been doing a little research and getting inspiration from some local photographers over there. One photographer in particular stood out. Her name is Jenna, and she runs Creatrix Photography. Reading through her blog, I found a post with some wedding-day suggestions for her brides, which included where to buy a custom dress hanger and cute tank top so that your getting-ready portraits look just as elegant as your ceremony and beyond portraits!

Here’s the link to an Etsy shop for the hanger: click.

And here’s for a pretty, lacy tank top: click.

I’ve decided to create a page dedicated to tips like the above to help make your wedding day memorable and comfortable!

Thanks,

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