Friday, November 19, 2010

Beach Bums

Back in the later part of the summer I got a request from Debi (my step-mom) to take some new photos of her and my father. This was supposed to be their Mothers and Fathers day gift. We managed to schedule a weekend for the photos but I'm only just NOW finishing the editing. was hectic...

In any case, I'm very happy that I can now share them with everyone. So here's the scoop. 
My darling parents' dream has and ever will be to retire as beach bums. Today, they're closer than they've ever been before (they own a beach house...they're still working on the bum part). It was then only logical that we take these photos at the beach. I'm still finding sand in my camera bags. 

Debi is a fantastic model, she knows which way to look and when to smile and how much to Dad on the other hand...he kept on making alligator-neck faces. When I told Debi to put her leg in the air, my Dad did instead. Now I know why I'm such a smart-ass.
I did manage to get a few good photos of him though...just had to make sure he didn't realize I was taking them...

And then when Dad would goof off, Debi would start giggling. It honestly reminded me a little of Steven and I. After some coaxing (I think I offered beer) I get them both in order (at the same time) to get some good ones. 

Say it with me....AAAAAAaaaaawwwwwwww

You crazy, gray haired beach bums, I lurv you.

That's all for now, I'm caught up on photoshoots. I have a feeling I'll be sharing some various family photos soon though! 

Thanks for reading, have a fantastic weekend!

Liz DiNatale

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Back into the swing of things!

Wow, long time no see! Sorry, my fault. 

My life got a little hectic between my last post and September 25th. What happened you ask? Oh nothing, just got hitched...became a wifey...strapped on the ol' ball and chain (or is it an apron for us girls?)

I've gotten the question, "So, hows married life?" a lot lately. The  honest truth, in our case, it's exactly like unmarried life was. But unmarried life was good, so, married life is good! The wedding was phenomenal, everything I could have wanted and more. I would do a whole recap on the weekend here but this is not the time or the place. However if you'd like to read about our adventurous honeymoon, we blogged about it!

My intent of this post is very simple. Now that the wedding is over, and Steven has seen the dress...I can finally do a blog post about my bridal portraits!! *does a happy dance*

My last post was just the tip of the iceberg, there was so much more to share. To recap, these were taken in August at Second Empire in downtown Raleigh. Chrissy did such a fantastic job. I'm really trying to not be biased but these photos are just beautiful. 

The major challenge to photographing a wedding dress with details is that the details often get drowned out. For instance, my dress is ivory with gold stitching and beading. If you introduce too much light, to perhaps, get the correct color on skin, then you run the chance of overexposing the white dress and losing the delicate detailing. 

Did Chrissy do that? Nope!

I will always treasure these photos. I'll never get to wear that dress quite like that again.Granted, it was heavy, and incredibly difficult to swing dance in but...oh that train.
Good memories, good times. Thank you again Chrissy doing such an excellent job. If we are this good single-handedly, imagine the photos with two photographers! 

I'll leave you with one last photo and a promise that I'll be back much more often than I  have been in the last few months. Now that life has returned to normal and I'm  not planning the biggest party of my life to date, I can focus on my challenges and start posting my Photo Fridays again! One last thing, the holidays are around the corner, do you have your family portrait yet?! Check out our Lifestyle & Family Portraits packages for your holiday needs.

Seriously love this photo. 

As always, thanks for reading!

Liz DiNatale