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Stonegate Mansion :: Fort Worth Wedding :: Celeste + Jonathan

We are so excited to share with you Celeste and Jonathan’s Fort Worth Wedding at the gorgeous Stonegate Mansion! Celeste and Jonathan are amazing people with very caring hearts. Celeste and Jonathan met at the gym that they both worked at. Jonathan was a trainer and Celeste worked at the front desk. It didn’t take long before they were chatting at the desk and Jonathan was offering to help Celeste in the gym.

Their wedding was gorgeous and we hope you enjoy these images. Celeste and JT, thanks for letting us be a part of your special day!

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Really Celeste! You are so gorgeous!!!

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One of our all-time favorites…

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Stonegate Mansion Fort Worth Wedding Photographers Jeremy and Kristin

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Laura Howell

Yay! We’re doing sparklers, too! :)

Kristin Schmucker

So fun!

Carol Thistle

The wedding was just beautiful and so are the photos whata gorgeous couple you are I’am so happy for you both!

Picture Perfect Day Events

Gorgeous work!

Rosemarie Morris

Beautiful wedding, so thankful I was there.

Juan Angel Hernandez

The wedding was amazing really good pictures!

Giovanna

Gorgeous wedding! I love the capture of them head to head. She is stunning:-) Well done Kristin & Jeremy!

New Photographers…Your Second Assignment

Wow, this has been too long since we wrote a post for photographers. It is our goal to help those who need it and want it. We remember being so excited about photography, getting our first DSLR camera, and although we tried to learn quickly we couldn’t find a lot of resources to help us take the type of images we wanted. If we are being honest, our images were awful. We were shooting in “P” mode (stands for Professional, right?) and we couldn’t figure out why the images were super dark, or super bright, or why they looked “flat” in general. Well the camera does not make the picture, the photographer does. Crazy…I know.

So hopefully you have read and completed the “FIRST ASSIGNMENT.” If not, please do so before continuing otherwise this may not make complete sense.

In the first assignment we had you shooting “wide open” (as wide an aperture as possible. In this case it was a 1.8 with the 50mm lens). There are many technical aspects to this, but the main concept is that the WIDER the aperture = the SMALLER the number and = MORE light comes in. So raise the number (not as wide open) from a 1.8 to a 2.8 it will essentially make the image darker. So here is your second assignment.

1 – Complete Assignment One. This helps you learn how to shoot in “Manual” mode (not P mode, haha!!!)

2 – Don’t change your ISO (should be at 100) . You are outside still taking a picture of something in your back yard. Unless it is nearing sunset there is plenty of light and no need to raise your ISO at this point.

3 – Stay where you are and take another picture of the same object (fruit tree, flower, child, ect…), but this time change your aperture from 1.8 to 2.8. This allows less light into the camera. Don’t change anything else yet, just notice the difference between the 1.8 and the 2.8 picture.

4 – Now you need to compensate for this. Your image is considered “under exposed.” Exposure in its simplest form is the combination of aperture, ISO, and shutter-speed. You compensate by lowering the shutter-speed. Since we closed the aperture allowing less light in, now we need to s-l-o-w down the shutter to allow more light in. Keep slowing down the shutter-speed (ex: from 1/1250 to 1/800) until the overall exposure of the image simulates that of the original image from Assignment One.

5 – CONGRATS! You should now see a little bit of the relationship between aperture and shutter-speed. Yes, the third component is ISO, but for most photographs being taken outside that is always set as low as possible: 100. Once you move inside to take pictures, ISO will become a greater factor…more on that later ;)

Let us know if you have any questions and feel free to share this post with your friends or family that may need it!!!!!!

Here are Canon’s 50mm lens options: From left to right: 50mm 1.8 ($129); 50mm 1.4 ($349) and the 50mm 1.2 ($1650).

The “1.2” refers to the lowest possible aperture with that lens.

***update – you do not need all three of the lenses below. If you are just starting the cheapest option is probably best…but the main difference between these lenses is the quality. So if you can afford the 1.4 over the 1.8 Go for it!!! Same thing with the 1.2 ;)

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Sonja Gregg

Hey! I REALLY am thankful for you guys and other pros sharing your knowledge! Q: I have a 50 1.4, would I benefit from a 1.8? Or, would that be redundant?

Jeremy Schmucker

Hey Sonja ;) Yes that would be redundant. The 50 1.4 is a MUCH better lens and does have that option of a lower aperture (which does create that more beautiful bokeh, more on that later, lol). If you are looking for another portrait lens I HIGHLY recommend the 85mm 1.8. It is a gorgeous lens and the skin tones are to die for. I think we have a blog post about that lens too if you search for it. Hope that helps and we will see you soon!!!

Jeremy Schmucker

to clarify yet again – the 1.4 can do everything the 1.8 can…but the 1.8 cannot do everything the 1.4 can since it’s aperture is limited to only 1.4. Does that make sense? Maybe sometime soon we will do a review/critique of all three lenses…but if you have the 1.4 you are good to go. Many pros actually prefer that over the 1.2 ;)

Jeremy Schmucker

to clarify yet again – the 1.4 can do everything the 1.8 can…but the 1.8 cannot do everything the 1.4 can since it’s aperture is limited to only 1.8. Does that make sense? Maybe sometime soon we will do a review/critique of all three lenses…but if you have the 1.4 you are good to go. Many pros actually prefer that over the 1.2 ;)

Stella Enjoys the Summer Pool

Although it is not as hot as last summer (last summer DFW had 70+ days that were over 100 degrees!), it is still very hot here! I think we all prefer to be indoors these days. Unless, of course, we are in the pool. We got Stella a cute little baby pool and she just loved it! We also may have splurged on her adorable swimsuit from Janie & Jack.

Happy Summer Pool Time!!!

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Amanda Jameson

She is seriously the cutest baby ever! Love seeing Stella pictures!

Bethany McDonnell

so adorable!

Ciera Knabe

LOVE the second image! She is adorable! :)

McKinney Cotton Mill :: Bethany + Ben’s Engagement Session

For those that know Bethany and Ben know that they are perfect for each other. The way Ben smiles at her and the way she looks at him is unmistakably that of love. We were so excited that they chose the Cotton Mill in Mckinney, TX for their engagement session. We arrived bright and early in the morning to ensure we weren’t totally drenched in sweat by the end. We think these two did fabulous! We are super excited for their Houston wedding coming up in just a few months!

Thanks Bethany and Ben for allowing us to document your love!

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Albums :: A Wedding Essential

Well have officially been married for over three years now! Crazy, right?! As we look back to our wedding memories, the place we turn to is our wedding album. Wedding albums are essential these days, especially with the fast-paced technology. Although we loved getting our digital images from our wedding photographer, one day, those too will be obsolete. Think about it. What if you got married in 1992 and your photographer gave you your images on a floppy disk! AGH! Technology is quickly changing, but wedding albums last a lifetime. I remember as a kid looking through my parent’s wedding album multiple times, and our goal is that each our couple’s are able to pass down those special memories too..in a very very very awesome and professional manor.

So without further ado, here is a blog post about our Albums that we offer. We will try to briefly explain the unique features about each different album, as well as their functionality.

Here are four different sample albums. From top to bottom: (1) 8×8 Engagement Album. (2) 8×8 Parent Album. (3) 10×10 44 page Wedding Album. (4) 10×10 30 page Wedding Album.

Imprinting of names is available on the spine!!!

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The top album is our standard album, and the bottom album is a parent album.

Notice the pages are thinner. Both of these albums are 20 pages.

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Bigger is better!!! 20 pages on top, 30 in the middle, and 44 on bottom!

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And probably our favorite feature is that these books lay completely flat and print right across the seam! It looks soooo amazing! Here are some of our favorite album spreads ;)

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This is an engagement album. We design these albums with extra “white space” around the images where your guests can actually sign the book as your guest book! Soooo modern and cool!

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Our favorite…..NO WHITE SPACE. Full page coverage ;)

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We love having these designed and printed for our clients and we hope you enjoyed looking at these beautiful albums!!!

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Caitie Sheppard

So excited to get ours! We’re saving our pennies…literally! :o)