Friday, March 27, 2009

WPPI 8x10 Competition- Another submission

This has been a really great and bad month for my blog.....It's the most I've ever posted in one month but I haven't posted for the past 5 days....not good. Below is the second print I've decided to submit to WPPI for the upcoming competition. Things have been crazy for me lately. I was talking to Joe Buissink the other day and we discussed the economy and the impact it's had on photography.

What about you, has the economy impacted your business? As hard as it is, brides and grooms are still looking for fantastic photography....consider yourself lucky to be working in an industry that provides coverage for a once in a lifetime event...because if you didn't it would be even harder. I promise to get back to posting regularly. Have a great weekend!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

"I don't like to sleep"



Last night my son Kevin woke up and walked down the hallway and peeked around the corner watching TV way past his bedtime.  I took him back to his room with his brothers and told him he needed to go back to sleep.  Kevin looked at me and said, "Daddy, I don't like to sleep."  I chuckled  and said, "I know, but you need to sleep so you can get bigger."  

Proving that kids are smarter than parents Kevin responded, "I don't need to get bigger...I like my size."  I laughed again and said, "I like you just the way you are too...but you need to get bigger so you can grow up and take pictures like Daddy."  Kevin looked at me and said, "Okay, but I want you to sleep with me."  He then proceeded to sit up, scoot over and say, "Look there's plenty of room, my pillow is very soft, and my blanky is very comfy."  How could I say, "No?"  

By the time I turned off the TV and went back to the room he woke up his brothers who wanted to talk to me about taking a camping trip...and made me promise they could have s'mores.  One thing I'll never regret is taking time for my kids....because I will never get last night back again...it's in the record books...and I'm glad I spent it with my boys...all of whom don't like to sleep........

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cleveland revisited




Cleveland is still one of my favorite shoots ever.  Between the Squires Castle and the shots taken at Jacob's Field where the Indians play....what could be better?  The shot above in the field is one of my favorite infrared shots ever....

Monday, March 9, 2009

Redoing History- Finishing the job



I have learned so much over the last couple years with photoshop that I got the urge to go back and re-photoshop some of my favorite shots from my past weddings taken years ago.  People often ask me why I am able to charge the rates I do....and what makes the difference between a good photographer and great photographer?  Over the years I've had the opportunity to meet and work with so many great photographers....Yervant, Joe Buissink, David Jay, etc...and in all my time spent I've learned so much about finishing the job...

When I first started photoshopping years ago I would take probably 10 minutes each on my favorite shots, now I'm taking hours or days on 1 shot.  It's not only how you take the shot (which is vital), but it's also how you finish the shot.  It would be like having a Lamborghini with a horrible paint job.  It's great to have an awesome car...but it doesn't look very good.  My advice to all photographers is....finish your work....and the money will come.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Jason Lanier Photography Phone Number

Please be advised that the new phone number to reach us here at Jason Lanier Photography is 310-860-6976.
We updated our phone number to a Beverly Hills location in line with our studio. We left the old numbers up for awhile to give people time to adjust but those numbers will no longer work. Please call us at the new number listed above to discuss your big day...or just to chat a little....