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  1. My coverage of a building collapse

    Early on the morning of October 21, 2012, a portion of the clubhouse of a local apartment complex collapsed. Upwards of 100 partygoers were packed in a penthouse apartment in the second story clubhouse when the floor caved in. Miraculously, there were no life-threatening injuries, but 55 people were injured (initial estimate was 30-35) and 12 of them were transported by ambulance to local hospitals. I covered the event for the local paper. Because the images have been licensed I can't post them ...
  2. Before and After Pics!

    I always enjoy looking at other photographers' before and after images. As you can tell from my images, I am a huge believer in post processing. I love spending hours processing a single image in Photoshop. Here are a few randomly picked shots:

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  3. Avoiding Protruding Elements in Your Portraits

    Taking a few moments to consider your composition can make a huge difference in your images - this is especially true of portrait photography. One of the most common mistakes new photographers make is failing to account for protruding elements; that is, background elements that seemingly extend from a person's head or body. Examples include whole trees, tree limbs, poles, sailboat masts, etc. Simply side stepping or moving up or down can eliminate distracting objects and keep the focus on your clients. ...
    Tags: portrait, wedding
    Portrait , Wedding
  4. Using Textures in Wedding Photography

    The use of photographic textures in wedding photography is becoming more and more popular. Adding a texture to a few of your event photos can turn ordinary shots into unique works of art for your clients. Let me show you how you can do this in just a few short minutes.

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    Start out by selecting a photograph that you think might look good with the addition of a texture. In this shot below, I decided to emphasize the dark nature of the sky that day.
  5. Developing a Wedding Timeline with Your Bride and Groom

    Paxton Portraits Wedding Photography : Marysville, Washington

    I typically meet with my wedding clients twice before the actual wedding day. The first meeting is usually 6-12 months before the wedding. We chat about style and generally get to know each other during the first meeting. Sometimes I coordinate the first meeting with an engagement session. The first meeting is a great ice breaker and kicks off the relationship between the photographer and bride/groom.

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