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  • Hello. Welcome to my blog!

    Please check out our new fine art photography and graphic design business! www.paulandjewel.com

    This blog is no longer active but it is a great chronicle through my initial first few years as a photographer. The blog started while I was at photography school in Massachusetts, covers my time working in Florida and Georgia, and chronicles our recent 6 month adventure working with orphans in Thailand. Thanks for visiting!

Monthly Archives: September 2009

Strange fruit, beautiful weeds, kick off your shoes.

Recently while I was driving back to the Keys after a photo-shoot in Miami I came to an important realization. For the first time ever, I have a legitimate answer to the big “five year question”. In five years I will be: living simply somewhere I like, with someone I love, creating photographs that feed me (and help feed my soul). I don’t really have any of the details figured out yet, but I’m ok with that (usually). I feel blessed to be in a profession I absolutely love. I’m almost there; I’ve been actualizing a lot of goals since finishing photography school a few months ago (thank you CBP project).

Some of the things I’ve really been enjoying lately: swimming in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean in the same day, taking photos underwater, cool evening breezes blowing through my hair, playing with dolphins, holding infants, witnessing amazing relationships and documenting ecstatic moments. Here are a just few quick snaps from tonight’s walk around my neighborhood.

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A Fall Wedding in New England

Autumn is here again, and besides slightly less sweltering afternoons, you can’t tell the difference here in the Sunshine State (my current home-base). I love the sunshine, but it seems really strange to not be experiencing a noticeable change in season! So I’ve been reminiscing about autumns past and revisiting my photo archives. These are photos from a wedding I photographed in New England last fall before I started blogging.  Posted are a few of my favorites from the ceremony.

On an unrelated note, I’ve been busy post processing photos from a studio shoot I did in Miami this month and I’ve gotten totally hooked on listening to podcasts while editing! Does anyone have free podcast recommendations? So far I’ve listened to about 15 Moth Stories.

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Underwater Photos: Key West Reef

I’ve been teaching myself underwater photography just for fun (when I’m not working at the research center or working with commercial/portrait clients). It feels like starting the whole photography-learning-process all over again. It has all its own unique challenges, tricks, and rules; practically none of the techniques I use above water apply below the surface. But I’ve really been enjoying the new learning process, and every time I bring my camera down I improve a little bit. If you know me, you know how much I love the water, so naturally I love taking pictures in it!

Yesterday a friend and I went to Key West for some SCUBA fun (we went with South Point Divers and they were awesome). We got to do 4 dives in the day! The photos below are from the afternoon reef dives. Sadly I didn’t take any photos during the 2 morning dives (they were on/in the USS Vandenberg wreck and I just wanted to focus on the technical aspects of deep diving). I’m really looking forward to more underwater photography experiences!

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Help Portrait / that perfect fraction of a second

As a professional photographer, I often take hundreds or even thousands of photographs in a day, many of which are pretty lousy and are thrown out (or should be). I have the training and experience necessary to consistently create “good” work in basically any situation but I feel like it is a rare occurrence to take a truly beautiful photo. Every once in awhile though, amidst the many frames that are taken, something really lovely is created. Light or limbs bend in unexpected ways, and its way better than anything I could imagine or what I’ve sketched out previously, on paper or in my head. Sometimes it seems like the actual essence of a person, place, or thing is being engraved on a camera sensor. When it happens, I can almost see the light waves slowing down as they enter the lens. I love pressing my finger down and feeling the slickness of a well-used shutter button. I’m in love with the sound of the shutter opening (for a precise, magical fraction of a second) and closing again.

I really, really like the idea of giving pictures instead of just taking them; immortalizing that perfect fraction of a second for more than just ourselves or our clients. I just found out about the “Help Portrait” project and I’d love to make this happen Florida Keys style! Jeremy Cowart, who started the project in 2008 says, “This isn’t about you, or me, or portfolios, or lighting … it’s about connecting, sharing, and most of all serving for the pure sake of serving. It’s about helping people see the beauty of who they are …” Fellow photographers, I highly recommend you check out the video on the Help Portrait website and consider getting involved! Floridians, please let me know if you’d like to work together on this or if you have any ideas, lets brainstorm!

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