Week #2- Asymmetrical; 52 Weeks of FUN; Linda Barry Photography

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This is my entry to this week’s theme: asymmetrical! I was thinking about how hard it is going to be to find something that I considered asymmetrical (even after my husband listed off a ton of things) while making my meal plan for the next week, when I looked up and noticed my lamp is asymmetrical!! 🙂 I was SO excited that I had finally found something! I just knew this had to be a black&white entry because it’s all just so shiny 🙂

For those who are following along, feel free to post your photos here, or on my facebook! I will be making blog posts periodically that have everyone’s photos who are participating!

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Namaste; Linda Barry Photography; Portland, ME Photographer

When I was growing up, I looooved watching the show “Sister, Sister” on the Disney channel. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen just about all the episodes they ever made! When we moved to Portland, we got a tv and cable for the first time ever as a couple (well over a year). You can only imagine my excitement when I found out that “Sister, Sister” was now a reality! My sister told me about the show “Tia&Tamera” on Style network, and I was super excited to see it! We were quickly hooked on this show because it was so real. Therefore, every Tuesday night we are planted on our black leather couch together to watch one of our favorite shows together. Naturally, when I saw the episode where Tia made a yoga DVD with Tara Stiles, I wanted it.

Let me tell you, it was one of the greatest choices ever to buy their DVDs.

I have had chronic back pain for YEARS and when I was in college, I saw a physical therapist who specialized in mechanical link therapy, every three weeks to help relieve the pain. We lost our health insurance earlier this year when my husband was laid off, so my visits for my back had to stop. Since starting these yoga DVDs just a few weeks ago, the chronic back pain has been incredibly less, and I am so grateful! I still have my days, but overall, the relief I have gotten from doing yoga is absolutely amazing. Not to mention, I can now work on my flexibility 🙂 so, if you’ve never tried yoga before, you’re missing out!

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(Pardon the iPad photo!)

10 things I learned about wedding photography; Linda Barry Photography; Portland, ME Photographer

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For those of you who follow me on facebook know that I had my first experience with weddings last weekend. My best friend finally got married to the love of her life, but the wedding ended up being on short notice so I did photos of her getting ready until her photographer arrived. So, here are the ten things I learned on that day, and since then.

#1. Wedding dresses are WAY harder to photograph than they look.

#2. It is mind boggling how someone else’s flash at the ceremony or reception can completely destroy a photo. I stayed out the photographer’s way – Melissa Curran Photography – as soon as she arrived, but at the reception I took a few photos just off to the side. I had my camera on continuous shutter the few times I took it out, and each time, at least two photos were destroyed by the harsh blue flash from someone else.

#3. Bringing a list of “must-have” shots was super helpful. It also helped ease my mind that I wouldn’t forget anything!

#4. After posting a photo of mine for feedback in the Photography Awesomesauce Winter Photo Challenge on facebook, I learned that you can buy a beautiful hanger to bring with you so that you don’t have to have the cheap-o plastic hangers in photos with such a beautiful dress! I totally plan on making this purchase within the next week.

#5. There are SO many fun little details you can take photos of.

#6. It takes a ton of patience to be a wedding photographer, because naturally, all the friends and family want those same photos.

#7. For me, taking photos of the cake was easier than I anticipated.

#8. Think outside of the box when it comes to taking photos of the bride getting her hair and make-up done. I didn’t want to have a bunch of photos that were exactly the same, thus the photo at the top of this post! Which, I would like to add, I am SO proud of! 🙂 (and looks much sharper when you’ve clicked on the image)

#9. The simpler the better, when it comes to photos. Having too much stuff all jammed into one can really turn you off to a photo.

#10. Don’t be afraid to take charge during photo time when it comes to being the wedding photographer, despite the competition. After all, you are the one the bride and groom are paying to capture their incredibly special day!

Overall, I am very pleased with my first attempt at wedding photography, and I cannot wait to keep learning! 2013 is going to be such a fabulous year. I am second shooting at three weddings, and am the primary shooter at six! I’m so excited to share my progress with you as the year goes on 🙂

Linda 🙂

Week #1: Introduce Yourself; 52-week challenge;; Portland, ME Photographer

This week is week #1 in my 52 week photo challenge! In case you missed what it’s all about, check it out >here!< Week #1 is “Introduce yourself.” As the caption on the photo on my facebook says, I am purposely OOF (out of focus) in this one, as I wanted the emphasis to be on the wall behind me. I am a wife, a sister, a best friend, a 2012 UMF graduate, a graduate student, a high school chemistry teacher, a photographer, and SO much more. You can’t single me out 🙂

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How would YOU introduce yourself??