Thursday, 31 July 2008

Vimeo and the new HD 30 video

Fireplays from Jon Thomas on Vimeo.

I have been watching a lot of Vimeo lately. For anyone who has interest in moving 25f/sec images, it Rocks!
Simply put, Vimeo is the home for videos you make. Use Vimeo to upload and share videos with anyone, watch great videos,
meet new people, and explore the amazing world of personal video.
The quality of what you see on this Site is phenomenal and I love my new HD 30 canon camera.

Khula Happy Singers St. Lucia from Jan van der Meer on Vimeo.
Video shot on HD - I Love IT !
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Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Wedding photographer's skills

Beautiful Color Portrait of a bride in Paris, France taken by Olivier Lalin weddings
Make up by Tatsu Yamanaka @ Agent Marie France Thavonekham

Image manipulation with photoshop.
IT is a fun thing to play around with images ! The possibilities are endless. The aim is simply to enhance the portrait, giving it more of an edge, a dreamy feel ! But first, natural light is king and windows are always a real treat for a wedding photographer.

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Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Gina Alexander handbags

the Gina Alexander designer photo handbag, a wonderful idea for your wedding photos I am considering proposing the Gina Alexander designer photo handbag to my brides.
I think it is a cool product, curious to find out whether you would be interested
in purchasing one?
Looking forward to your comments

Monday, 28 July 2008

The French and wedding photography

Sometimes when I speak to potential client for some wedding photography in Paris, they love my work but would like me to justify the price.

And here is where I find myself trying to explain to my client WHY... !
I always say that unfortunately not everyone can afford a Ferrari or a Louis Vuitton bag. Same goes for a wedding photographer's work though or rather photographer who will cover your wedding with style, passion and reverence for the couple and act of marriage. ( I dislike using the name "wedding photographer" in France as it is somehow underrated! ).

The fact of the matter is that outstanding wedding photography in France is a rare thing. Somehow the French are not willing to pay the price for beautiful wedding imageries, fall for the mass market product and take risk with their wedding photography. Strange thing really when you think of the history of photography in France back in the 50's and 60's with names like Cartier Bresson and Robert Doisneau.

Only today with the digital era, it seems that everyone is a photographer. Don't get me wrong, I consider my pricing to be very fair, and I Do enjoy the competition but I would love that some clients understand why that Louis Vuitton bag has that price. Same goes for the few of us who have dedicated some 15 years of their professional life to wedding photography to bring the theme to an "Art form".

With that said, I kind of feel sad about the way the wedding photography market is going in France, not so much due to the many " overnight wedding photographer " who claimed they had talent soon after purchasing their first digital camera and probably never processed a roll of Film but the fact that only a hand full understand that quality has a price.
France is renowned for its Luxury goods worldwide and I wish I could see more " Coco Chanel look alike " walking down the streets of St Germain.
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Saturday, 26 July 2008

Wedding Veils

Wedding portrait of a bride in Paris with a veilAn occasion on which a Western woman is likely to wear a veil is on her wedding day, if she follows the traditions of a white wedding. Brides used to wear their hair flowing down their back at their wedding to symbolise their virginity, now the white diaphanous veil is often said to represent this.
It is not altogether clear that the wedding veil is a non-religious use of this item, since weddings have almost always had religious underpinnings, especially in the West: in the Christian tradition this is expressed in the Gospel passage, "What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder" (Mt. 19:6). Veils, however, had been used in the West for weddings long before this. Roman brides, for instance, wore an intensely flame-colored and fulsome veil, called the flammeum, apparently intended to protect the bride from evil spirits on her wedding day.
wedding photographer France specialize in high end wedding affairsThe lifting of the veil was often a part of ancient wedding ritual, symbolising the groom taking possession of the wife, either as lover or as property, or the revelation of the bride by her parents to the groom for his approval.

Friday, 25 July 2008

wedding portrait Paris

stylish wedding portrait of a bride in a Paris garden; Palais Royal
Pale pink roses for a wedding bouquet in Paris works beautifully.
The portrait was taken at the "Jardins du Palais Royal" under the archades.
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Super 8 Wedding video in Paris

Just LOVE this little super 8 jewel !

For anyone that has two passions in Life : " Paris and Photography," I have just read a NY Times article on the Paris photo Art Fair.

And a little comment from a bride about my Hometown Paris !
" Dear Olivier,
We love our photos! And our friends and family have been RAVING about them too. The photos are such a nice reminder of our special day, and of the wonderful team of people (like yourself) whom we spent it with.
Last, but not least, you were absolutely correct....Venice, Italy is no match for Paris!! We never forgot what you said when we were comparing the most beautiful cities in the world and you said "Venice? Venice is two blocks". Having finally been to Venice, we now have no doubt that your hometown is the most beautiful city in the world!"
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