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Continued Education
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Continued Education

Oksana just came back from a 5 day Professional Photographers Society of New York State workshop in Geneva, NY! What a great experience catching up with some old friends from across the state and making new 0nes! Contrary to popular belief, most of us professional photographers get along really well! We stay in touch and enjoy hanging out and sharing our knowledge over a glass of wine. It is a well kept secret, so don't share it ;)But aside from spending time with my PPSNYS colleagues, it was 5 days of intense hands on learning and sharing of advance lighting and posing techniques for Weddings and Portraiture!In my humble opinion, one of the things that separates knowledgeable and skilled ...

Some Thoughts on Bridal Sessions
Monday, July 11, 2016
Continued Education

It's been some time since we introduced Gardner Photography Bridal Sessions and they are now becoming more and more popular with our brides. A year ago, when we started offering Bridal Portraits our main reason for them was additional time which we may not have during the wedding. Our main concern was the quality! During a wedding we do everything on a run! Spending 3 hours instead of 30 minutes or sometime even less on beautiful creatively lit portraits sounds like a dream to a wedding photographer!  After we photographed several Bridal Sessions it became clear to us that the experience is far more important! We saw beautiful brides spending precious moments with their moms! We ...

Intimate Portraits by Gardner Photography
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Continued Education

Believe it or not, this is not a professional model! Just a beautiful girl like you that graciously agreed to model for us. We asked her to come in with hair and makeup the way she wears it to work or to go out dancing. And she doesn't wear much of it on daily basis.  We want you you to see yourself the way we see you: beautiful, fearless, fierce and sexy! Immediately after the session we will show you our images straight out of the camera! Yes, you are reading this right! We want you to see how gorgeous you are in real life. Of course we will retouch your pictures, but so very slightly! Is this something that interests you? Contact us! We'd love to create a beautiful album ...

You Are Beautiful the Way You Are
Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Before & after boudoir shots is something I noticed all over the web recently. I get it, it's a recent marketing fad that originated with makeup artists. Everyone has to entice new clients. But the thing I don't understand is why a photographer would intentionally take an unflattering, poorly lit photo of a beautiful client! It's like saying, you are not all that pretty in real life, but with some powerful tools here's what I can make you look like!  My job is not to show what I can turn you into in with help of a stylist and a makeup artist! Don't get me wrong, I love being pampered as much as any girl! But I don't want anyone to look made up and fake in their photos. I don't ...

Lisa & Gary
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Continued Education

Saturday June 11th, we had the pleasure of photographing Lisa and Gary's wedding. What a Beautiful day at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor NY. The weatherman was calling for scattered thunderstorms, but not a drop of rain fell where we were located!The bride was absolutely stunning in her dress, and the bridesmaids all pitched in to help her get ready.  After Lisa was ready, we headed outside for a first look with the happy couple. Love those first look photos! Bride and groom get to be relaxed, and comfortable with each other calming nerves before walking down the isle. After the first look everyone was ready for more photos.The sun broke free from the clouds and ...