Handmade Wedding | Felicia+Anthony Wedding | Orlando Photographer

On April 5th, I woke up with my heart pumping.  Despite the lack of sleep from the long previous I night, I was awake and aware.  Slowly I got out of bed and started to brew a cup of coffee for myself and for Marta.  It was Saturday and a wedding was to be had.  Then I realized, I’d be photographing THAT wedding.  My hands started to get a little clammy.  Not the bad clammy, mind you.  This was pure excitement.  I had never attended, let alone worked on a majorly handmade wedding of this caliber.  I dropped off the coffee at Marta’s night stand and I grabbed a bowl of raisin bran cereal.  I slowly sipped my coffee and ate my cereal.

“…lenses…check…batteries charged…check…batteries in flashes…check…”

I was going through my mental checklist in order to make sure that everything that I needed for the day was prepped and ready to go.  See….this wedding was different from usual weddings.  I’ve photographed many of my friends’ weddings before in the past, but this one was different.  Marta was part of the Bridal Party, which meant that I would have to do everything.  I’ve never done that before.  I’ve always been part of a team.  I’d always gone with the guys.  I’d always depended on her to take care of the bridal stuff.  I’ve never been an expert there and didn’t have too much experience.  My coffee started to get cold.  My cereal was gone.  I snapped out of my daze.  I gulped the rest of my coffee and started to get ready to head out to this handmade wedding at Magnolia House at Trilogy.

“My coffee started to get cold.  My cereal was gone.  I snapped out of my daze.  I gulped the rest of my coffee and started to get ready to head out to this handmade wedding at Magnolia House at Trilogy.”

Once I got there the sun was bright and the day was humid.  I had previously been there and scoped out some areas that I wouldn’t have minded to work in with the bride.  My mind was racing today though.  I looked at all features of every location; the way the light hit everything, how the architecture was laid out, how the furniture was placed, etc.  Everything came into play today.  I started making mental notes of interesting locations and places I’d like to work.  Even more so, I made mental notes of all the details that were important in this handmade wedding. I quickly made it to the prep area where the girls were getting ready.  It was a safe haven of sorts since the Magnolia House at Trilogy is very open.  I stopped by multiple times in order to make sure that everything was going smoothly with the bridal party as well as check on Marta.

“Something that I did notice at the Magnolia House at Trilogy was the amount of detail that was put into everything and how this handmade wedding fit right in.”

Something that I did notice at the Magnolia House at Trilogy was the amount of detail that was put into everything and how this handmade wedding fit right in.  Everything in the venue screamed for an opportunity to be used in a photograph.  There was so much inspiration that was to be had in the environment.  As the day progressed, shadows became longer, the light became warmer, and love was to be had.  The ceremony was beautiful and marvelous.  It was short and there were some hiccups with the music, but it happened and I witnessed the beginning of a new chapter in someone else’s life.  I helped capture the love that was being shared between the two of them and the joy that was brought to two different families.  The Magnolia House at Trilogy was the perfect place to have something like that occur in.  The feeling of family and the warmth to be had was something that fit perfectly with the venue.  The handmade wedding that occurred at the Magnolia House at Trilogy was beautiful in every aspect.

“The handmade wedding that occurred at the Magnolia House at Trilogy was beautiful in every aspect.”

Everything that was done for that day was made by hand, except for a few things.  There were things I didn’t expect.  I had no idea whether or not some of the details were store bought or handmade.  All I do know is that all of the blood, sweat, tears, and love are all evident in every last detail in this handmade wedding.  The Magnolia House at Trilogy simply picked it up and said that they were all okay with it.  They embraced what Felicia wanted and made it work.

Below you’ll find something that may not look perfect.  Below you’ll find something that may mean nothing to you.  But I do guarantee that below you’ll find something that is full of real.  That is full of love.  That is full of (what I like to call) la pasión.

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  • April 16, 2014 - 5:01 pm

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Inspiration and Coffee | Rudy and Marta Photography

This past Saturday I had the pleasure and luxury of having coffee with one of my friends and met a new one.  I’ve known of Gian Carlo (from Gian Carlo Photography) for a very long time, but Saturday I finally got the chance to get to know Gian Carlo.  Alongside with that I was finally able to meet with Éctor Javier from Thirty Three and a Third Photography.  That morning was nothing more than a couple of guys meeting up for a morning coffee and pastry to the outside world, but trust me when I say that shit got done and inspiration was had.

“That morning was nothing more than a couple of guys meeting up for a morning coffee and pastry to the outside world, but trust me when I say that shit got done and inspiration was had.”

Here’s a personal note that leads to why I’m so grateful for this meeting.

I have been stuck in a rut.  I haven’t been able to get out of this rut for a very long time.  I went to SPI back in January with Marta, which I was and still am super grateful for it.  That being said, after that conference I was pumped and full of inspiration.  I was ready to get things started.  I was ready to get the ball rolling.  At the same time I got a promotion at my day job.  The promotion led to less time that I could devote to the things that I love most including playing guitar, photography, but most of all spending time with Marta.  I was in a place of turmoil.  I was in a very dark place.  I began to look at myself and wonder if it was all worth it.  I began to think that maybe this is what it meant to be successful in corporate America.  I started to hate everything.  I started to become bitter.  I started to lose track of time and days.  Slowly I became less and less like myself.  It’s silly, now that I think of it, to have so much fall on something as simple as getting a promotion.  Anyways, I have officially stepped down from the position and have slowly begun to go back to the position that gave me more time and energy to be creative, to focus on this business that I love, but more importantly to embrace the relationship that I have with Marta and the family that I’d like to start with her.

” These guys have probably been some of the inspirational and all around great guys that I have had the pleasure of meeting.”

In come Gian Carlo and Éctor.  These guys have probably been some of the inspirational and all around great guys that I have had the pleasure of meeting in this crazy industry.  With the support of these guys I feel like I can take on anything that is thrown my way from the photographic world.  That feeling of being able to take on anything that is thrown my way is very similar to that feeling that I got when I left SPI just a few months ago.  It left me wanting to be able to do more.  Call it inspiration or being driven, but it’s a good feeling.

“Slowly, a sort of creative session is coming to mind.  Images that I’ve been looking at for inspiration on Pinterest have been letting me go further into what story I want to tell.”

About a week before the meeting I posted on Facebook that I was looking for models to help me do some creative photographic work that I’ve been thinking about doing.  After that meeting my creative juices started flowing.  Slowly, a sort of creative session is coming to mind.  Images that I’ve been looking at for inspiration on Pinterest have been letting me go further into what story I want to tell.

Inspiration Film Photogrpahy

  • April 4, 2014 - 9:57 am

    Gian Carlo - I was so excited when you guys agreed to meet and from the start I knew you bothvwere the exact people I always wanted to collaborate with. Your styles, taste and views are in line with my own.
    Iam glad to see you inspired. You are too talented not to be sharing your talents with the world.ReplyCancel

Mamiya 645J, A Great Birthday Present from the best wife | Orlando Wedding Photography | Rudy and Marta Photography

Marta and I have very close birthdays.  Mine is on the 22nd of November and her falls on the 24th.  We always try to go ahead and celebrate our birthdays in some sort of extravaganza, whether it be drinking and hanging out with friends or just spending time together (because time is so scarce for us).  Anyways, she surprised me with something that I didn’t expect.  I’m a gamer.  I play video games to take my mind off of things, to relax, and to enjoy an interactive story (see: any NaughtyDog game that came out on PS3).  What I’m getting at is that it’s easy for someone to get me a video game and call it a day or a gift card to BestBuy.  When Marta surprised me with a Mamiya 645J, I was astonished.  I didn’t expect that at all.  A few months back there was a huge bit of time that I wanted to get a Medium Format camera.  In fact, it was something that I still wanted, but I never had the chance to actually go out and get something on my own.  Mamiya 645J will be my first endeavor into the Medium Format world.

“Mamiya 645J will be my first endeavor into the Medium Format world.”

There’s a few things that people don’t know about Medium Format cameras, let alone medium format film.  Aside from the fact that they’re HUGE, they also have a bigger surface area to create awesome images.  What does that even mean?  Well, the bokeh in images is much more beautiful without having to worry about having wide open lenses.  In turn it also means that you have to take your time.  It’s so easy to go and get snap happy.  I’ve already talked about the pros and cons about film, but medium format takes it to another level.  I’m sure that Large format takes it even further (one format at a time, Rudy).  Anyways, there’s a whole world of difference between 35mm film and Medium Format (645, 67, etc.), but I’ll talk about that in a whole different post.  Trust me when I say that that portion of film photography deserves it’s own post.  I’ll also probably review the Mamiya 645j and what I like and don’t like about it in a different post.

“…there’s a whole world of difference between 35mm film and Medium Format (645, 67, etc.)…”

I have yet to really take the camera and really dissect it..  I’m looking at working with someone, so if anyone is interested, then feel free to shoot me a message on Facebook or shoot me an email here on our site.  I’m always up for trying new things, especially when it comes to film photography.  Something about it is magical.  Anyways, I can’t wait to dive into the world of medium format.  Can’t wait to take the Mamiya 645J out for a spin.  This is one excited geek here.:)

Mamiya 645J

  • March 31, 2014 - 10:19 pm

    gian carlo - I love it man! I can’t wait to see a post of your first roll one of these days.ReplyCancel

Best Pre Wedding Drink: The Start of a Series | Tips for Brides and Grooms | Orlando Wedding Photography

Working behind a bar teaches you many things.  Aside from patience and acceptance, you also learn a lot about alcohol.  There are so many different kinds and there are so many different ways to distill/ferment them all in different fashions.  I’ll be the first to say that I’m no Sommelier or Cicerone (Beer Sommelier).  Everything that I’ve learned has been from personal experience.  I’m no alcoholic, but I do know what I like and how I like it.  I appreciate alcohol for what it is, in a sense.  I appreciate it enough to suggest a best pre wedding drink.

“I appreciate alcohol for what it is, in a sense.  I appreciate it enough to suggest a best pre wedding drink.”

Anyways, I wanted to try something new here.  It’s going to be your big wedding day.  Being an Orlando Wedding Photographer, I’ve seen it all.  I’ve been there for the things that happen back stage.  When you attend a wedding, you don’t really see the things that happen backstage.  The hustle and bustle, the stress, and the hiccups all happen while trying to remain somewhat near a timeline that was made.  For myself, I end up helping the groom and the groomsmen getting dressed and looking their best.  For most of them, they’ve never worn a tux, and, in some cases they’ve never worn a suit.  That’s where I come in.  I go in and help in any way that I can.  As a photographer, I’m a hipster (in a sense).  I’m also a nerd, and not in the sense that I have all this useless knowledge about tech (which I do).  But more in the sense that I have a topic to pick a topic and learn as much as I can about that topic.  That’s when the whole idea of getting the best pre wedding drink came into mind.  I was hell bent at finding one that I could recommend to clients.

“That’s when the whole idea of getting the best pre wedding drink came into mind.  I was hell bent at finding one that I could recommend to clients.”

I’ve picked up alcohol.  I’m done drinking until I hug a toilet for the rest of the evening.  Now I’m more into getting alcohol that tastes good.  Alcohol that has character.  I’ve been leaning more towards scotch as of late, but bourbon and whiskeys in general have caught my eye.  The brown liquor has always caught my eye.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy vodka, gin, rum, or tequila.  Boy…do I love beer.  I can also appreciate wine, but that’s a whole different blog on it’s own.  There’s so much of it.  I can appreciate it all.  Everything has a different taste.  Everything has a unique character that makes it all different.  Kind of like every wedding.  Every couple.  Every groom and bride (along with their unique relationships to their party members).  Alongside with ever (pre) wedding toast.

“It’s your wedding day for Christ’s Sake.  Find the best pre wedding drink that speaks about who you are.  Don’t celebrate it by drinking the cheap crap that you can buy in the corner pharmacy.”

For your wedding day you want to have something that tastes good.  You want something that speaks about who you are.  You want something that’s going to help you celebrate your day and everything that you’ve been able to attain.  It’s your wedding day for Christ’s Sake.  Find the best pre wedding drink that speaks about who you are.  Don’t celebrate it by drinking the cheap crap that you can buy in the corner pharmacy.  Live a little.  Celebrate it.

To help people out, I’ll be listing different types of alcohol and the different flavor profiles.  I’ll also touch a little about how each alcohol is distilled/fermented and a little history about it.  Also, I’ll be recommending foods to pair with them.  With so many different types of alcohol it’s hard to figure out what’s good and what’s not.  Too often do I see people that go to the bar not knowing what they like, so they go to a bar menu.  Alcohol being doused in juices and sugar hides the alcohol.  Like food, the spirit should be the star of the cocktail.  Most of the drinks I have are either on the rocks or neat.  This is simply a personal preference and to allow the alcohol to really sing.  It also helps in finding out the different characteristics in the alcohol.  It’ll help you choose your perfect pairing and make sure that you have the best pre wedding drink.

I’ll get back to you in a few days with more information.  I’ll feature a new type of alcohol each month with more information about that unique alcohol.  Again, the entire goal of this is to make sure that you have the best pre wedding drink, so that you can have a memorable time with your bridesmaids/groomsmen.

Best Pre Wedding Drink

Digital Negatives vs. Prints | Orlando Wedding Photographer

Hi Everyone,

It’s Rudy.  Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of requests for DVD’s or USB’s filled with the digital negatives from the sessions that Marta and I shoot.  I want to explain to everyone what that is, and what we do to prepare digital negatives for printing.

“I want to explain to everyone what that is, and what we do to prepare digital negatives for printing.”

First off, let me say that I love having options.  Marta, and anyone that knows me personally, knows that I hate to be restricted or controlled into one path.  I like to have my decisions made with full thought of all the options, and all without the big guy telling me what to do.  That being said, I can continue my view on the matter at hand.

Many people want digital copies.  I completely understand why.  We all want to share those pictures on Facebook/Myspace/Twitter/Instagram.  Sometimes I have to hold myself back from posting some of the work that we do online.  I love to share everything that we do with everyone.  As cheesy as this sounds, I love love.  I love life.  I love the smiles that I’m able to catch in a photo.  Who wouldn’t want to share that with the world?

Let’s get back on point.  For those that have worked with Marta and I in the past, you know that we only strive for the best when it comes to our photography.  We only put out what we believe 100% to be the best of what we captured that day.  Rarely, and I mean rarely, do we ever give anything that we don’t believe in.  We rigorously look over our content and make sure that it’s up to par with our photography and brand.  In our opinion, it would be a disservice to give someone Digital Negatives and let them go to their local pharmacy to get print products.

“The exposures on the film are “Negatives”.  In digital photography a negative is a picture without any enhancements, hence the name digital negative.”

You decide to to get the Digital Negatives, which is great.  But what are Digital Negatives?  When you have film photos, you have the roll of film.  The exposures on the film are “Negatives”.  In digital photography a negative is a picture without any enhancements, hence the name digital negative.  The light comes through the lens, hits the image sensor, the image sensor creates an image, and that is a digital negative.  Most of the images that you see in anything (Billboards, newspapers, etc.) have been altered in one way or another.  So what’s the big deal?  The pictures are going to be good regardless, right?  That’s why you hire a professional photographer for your wedding/portrait session, right?  Here’s a quick view of something that we would do for an image that we would send to a lab versus what it would look like before we do anything (the digital negative).

Digital Negatives

The left is what we call a Digital Negative.  This is what you would receive in a DVD or USB from most photographers.  The right is what you would receive in a print.  As you can see, the right image is crisper, clearer, and all around more colorful.  This is when you get your investment’s worth.  You can see the softening of the skin, the extra detail put into each strand of hair, and the color that was brought out in the photo.  This is what you pay for.

Like I said, I like options.  I know plenty of people that would rather have a DVD/USB with their digital negatives and a copyright release form so they can go to CVS the following day.  More power to you.  These are your photos and you can have them any way you like.  I just think you should show people photos of you that aren’t good, but great.  You want them to look at them and feel the joy and happiness that comes out of you.  It’s part of what we do.  Until next time.  Happy Snapping!

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