Ison Taylor Wedding – May 19, 2018

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So we finally decided to shoot our first wedding. We met this couple hanging out at the dog park and after talking for a while we decided to photograph their wedding for them, and get our first wedding under out belt. The wedding was held at The Barn at the Meadow in Berea, KY

You hear horror stories from photographers about their first wedding and how bad it can be. Well, they’re right. From a photographers standpoint a wedding is a special circle of hell. You want to get every shot, and every shot is happening at the same time all over the place. Not to mention the number of desired shots is not 5 or 10, its more like 50. The mental checklist runs like a slot machine on a never ending jackpot, and you can just try to get everything, stay somewhat organized, and hope it all gets on the SD cards before nightfall.

I am very happy with the results. I think we managed to hold everything together, and overcome the obstacles well. Don’t let me fool you, we had our issues, like our second camera going down as soon as we arrived at the venue, but we were professional and ironed the wrinkles as we found them.

I feel like we were very lucky, as the couple and their families were some of the nicest and laid back people I have ever met. It was a great event, and I think everyone involved had a great time, which is of course is the point of the day, to celebrate the love and lives of the couple.

Hannah and Ethan thank you for allowing us to be a part of your day, and I hope you enjoy our work; I can promise you we poured our heart and souls into it. Your 50th wedding anniversary shoot is on the house.

Lets talk some stats for the photo nerds!

1175 total exposures for a total of 14.9 gigabytes of data. First cull 575 photos, second cull 310 photos. Total hours spent editing 21.7. Total of 114 edited photos in the final set.

4 videos taken at 8 gigs of data, two final videos processed at 5:02 run time, 2 hours of editing time.

2 documents for digital copy (Guestbook and Wedding Planner)

Total time on site 6:20, total miles driven 30.7

Final package for delivery- 2 videos, 114 edited photos, 2 PDF files (guest book and wedding planner), 1175 unedited photos, 4 unedited videos for a grand total of 26 gigabytes of data.

 

2018 Lexington Comic and Toy Con

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This year we decided to check out the Lexington Comic and Toy Con. This was our first con and we were excited, but had no idea what to expect. My son Jase (4 years old), dressed as Ash from Pokemon, the wife and I went without cosplay.


We skipped the Friday night session and went on Saturday morning. I was granted a press pass, but we had to buy a two day pass for Tracy ($60), and Jase was free. The event was held at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, KY. Parking was not terrible, but did cost $10 to park in the lot across the street from the main entrance. The line to buy tickets was a little bit if a wait, so I would definitely buy ahead, which save some money as well, as her ticket would have been $50 online.
We made our way in and through the press booth, finally making it to the con floor itself. The con was set up on all three floors on the centre. The number of people attending this event was astonishing. 2017 was around twenty five thousand. We have not yet heard a number for this year, but I guess higher. The number of cosplayers was also surprising. We spent the first day wondering the halls and floors, meeting people and photographing cosplayers, families, and st one of the props on display.
Sunday arrival was smooth and easy, walking straight in with no wait. The crowd seemed a little larger on Sunday, but the number of people in cosplay was lower, but still impressive. The costume contest was held on Saturday evening, which I am sure played into this. We spent Sunday wandering through the two exhibitor floors, as well as the celebrity area and shops. A lot more people seemed to be shopping on Sunday as well. The worst thing we faced was on Sunday as well, with the majority of the escalators being out of service, forcing everyone to use only the small stairs in between the escalators, which created a major bottleneck when trying to move around. This is of course on the convention center itself, and says nothing bad about the Con.
Overall the entire experience was amazing, and I could not recommend it higher. I will discuss some things in a little more detail.


Security. This was one of my major concerns. People suck, so security is necessary. The signage stated that you would be wanded with metal detectors, as well as have your bags searched. When we walked into the main entrance we were not searched or passed through metal detectors. We were in the venue for over two hours before we passed through a security checkpoint. The security was only set up around the celebrity and exhibitor areas. This surprised me, as I figured the entire venue would be secure. Regardless, security was not of any concern.
Crowd. Speaking of the number of people, this con was packed out. There was long lines for everything inside the venue, and you were never more than a few inches from another person. As I mentioned earlier, by Sunday, almost all of the escalators were down and that was really backing up the flow of people. Highly advised to travel light at this con. We had our gear stowed in one bag, and that felt like a lot. Of course most people are carrying tons of expensive gear I understand, but still. I like some space. Just plan of standing in line and being patient with nowhere to sit down and you will be fine. The entire cosplay community, who of this was my first encounter, are some of the most open, laid back, and welcoming groups I have worked with. The experience has made me want to seek out this group to work with in the future. If any readers met us during the con, reach out to us with any questions or needs you have, we would be happy to work with you again.
The people. I have traveled pretty far and wide, covering different kinds of events, people, and situations. I have been among such a group of polite and accepting people in my life. Being a photographer and constantly “trying to get the shot”, I usually displease at least a few people everywhere we go, unintentionally of course. The only person I yelled at was a slight bit of road rage trying to leave the parking area (I hate when people let other people go, they had their turn), but I digress. Nicest people ever. Ever person I stopped for a photo or interview was as pleasant as you could imagine, even the ones who declined. I have never been to any event like this, and I felt like I knew everyone there. It was actually a little moving seeing so many people crammed together and getting along so well.
All in all I could not recommend this con enough. From the event staff, the guests, exhibitors, cosplayers, down to the crowds of fans and enthusiasts, it was a great experience. Personally I can not wait until next March till it all happens again, as we can not wait to go back!