Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Beautiful weddings

I love taking pictures at weddings. Being the main photographer gives me a challenge as does any event, plus I have my role among all those people who are there to have a good time. It gets hectic sometimes and it's hard work, but it's a kind of stress I thrive on.
Me thriving on stress
Annett and Benny had a beautiful wedding day. After months of rain, the heavens graced them with a perfect day. We had met to discuss what kind of pictures they wanted and we went to Backnang to check out the church and locations for their pictures after the ceremony. The town is cute, but parking is ridiculous, especially on a Saturday morning (market) in the middle of June (Stadtfest).

One of the locations we had chosen to shoot some pictures had been covered by 250 chairs and a stage for the festival, but that didn't seem to bother the blissful couple much - see their smiles?

From the church we all drove in a long procession of cars to the reception. Benny loved being allowed to lead the parade in a friend's antique Jaguar!

At the reception there was a lot of great food, lively conversation with nice people and hours of dancing! Several guests were interested in photography, so I let them use my cameras to take some pictures from their perspective of people they knew well. What a fun way to spend a Saturday!

Monday, July 1, 2013

German & American Art Show

On July 2, 2013, a group of 28 artists from the German-American community in and around Stuttgart will show its artwork at the newly renovated town hall in Bad Cannstatt. I'm pleased to be one of the artists showing here.
This print sold at the opening
I have chosen two photographs which show the mausoleum for Queen Katharina atop the Wirtemberg in Rotenberg, a town incorporated by Stuttgart. I can see this building from my bedroom window. I've photographed it often over the past five years. Since the people from Bad Cannstatt can also see it from  their town, I thought I'd give them two special views of it in this exhibition.
During a thunderstorm last July, I stood at the window for a good hour and took one long-exposure picture after another. I was richly rewarded by the heavens.

On a beautiful day soon afterward, I was up on the hill with my 8mm fish-eye lens to explore the architecture from a unique perspective. There is much more exploring to do in that respect, but this shot turned out as well as I had hoped.

The show will be up until September 25.

Since I sold one of the pictures the first day, I'll be hanging another picture on Saturday, July 13. Come see what it is!