Sunday, September 29, 2013

International Destination 2-day Wedding Photography Package for only $2,999

INTERNATIONAL Award Winning Destination Wedding Photography for only $2,999! We are now accepting applications for International REAL Wedding Workshops! Click below to enter now!!

http://realweddingphotoworkshop.com/wedding-couples-apply/

Jason Lanier is a renowned worldwide destination wedding photographer.  He is now offering his very popular REAL Wedding workshop series internationally!  Want to see some of Jason's shoots from around the world?  Click below now!

https://vimeo.com/72092374

West Virginia Photography Workshop October 22 and 23rd, only $25 to register now!

I'm coming back to Morgantown y'all!  I can't wait to get back to my adopted hometown.  

http://westvirginiaphotoworkshop.eventbrite.com/

This time we're going to try and hit (all based out of leaving each day in Morgantown, transportation is provided if you can just get yourself to the hotel) the old haunted Amusement park in Lake Shawnee with shoots along the way.  The new Harley Davidson dealership in Morgantown where the ownership has provided permission and access for us to shoot.  Some secret abandoned facilities that we have discovered and can't wait to explore, and much more!  I've been to WV many times, but this one will be different for sure!

Focusing on weddings, posing, lighting, exposure, composition, video lighting, and off camera flash.  It's only $25 to register...what in the world are you waiting for?

www.jasonlanierworkshops.com

Friday, September 27, 2013

Podcast Episode #20- Gettysburg, Ford's Theater, Washington DC, Family Shoots and more!

http://photographerpodcast.com/2013/09/26/episode-20-gettysburg-fords-theater-smithsonian-lincoln-memorial-engagement-shoot-and-more/

CLICK ABOVE TO LISTEN TO EPISODE #20!

In episode #20, Jason Lanier discusses his visits to Gettysburg, site of one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War, going to the Ford’s Theater where President Lincoln was assassinated, and doing shoots around the Lincoln Memorial; engagement and a family shoot. Jason even shares some fun moments where his son needed to get some energy out during their road trip and ended up dancing to Matchbox Twenty’s “She’s So Mean” on the side of the road..good times!

Only $25 to Register for a Jason Lanier Workshop!!

http://jasonlanierworkshops.com/photoworkshopregistration/

You all asked for a way for us to make it easier for you to attend one of my workshops.  Well, now you can register for only $25 when you use our convenient payment plan.  $25 gets you signed up and then you make subsequent payments as outlined in the registration page for each workshop.  Please click on the link above to register now!

Upcoming workshops include:

*South Carolina REAL Wedding Workshop- October 4th and 5th

*Southern California Posing and Shooting Workshop- October 8th and 9th

*Chicago Posing and Shooting Workshop- October 18th and 19th

*Morgantown, West Virginia Posing and Shooting and Supernatural- October 22nd and 23rd

*Gettysburg, PA- Posing, Shooting and Supernatural- October 24th

*New York, NY- Posing and Shooting Workshop- October 25th and 26th

Can't wait to see all of you there!!!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

REAL Wedding Workshop Assistant(s) Needed

www.realweddingphotoworkshop.com

I am in need of 2 or 3 assistants for my REAL Wedding Workshop in South Carolina (just outside of Spartanburg) on October 4th and 5th.  We are actually holding a free webinar in 1 hour to discuss the REAL wedding workshop, so if you are interested in this opportunity, please click below to be part of the free online webinar:

http://www.meetup.com/Meet-Ups-with-Jason-Lanier/events/142375792/

This is a way for some people, if selected, to attend the workshop for free, but you will be helping me, you will not be shooting at all.  You will still learn a TON from this experience so if you're interested please send me an email ASAP to jason@jlpros.com.

How Smartphones are Ruining Wedding Ceremonies and Why Guests Should NOT Be Allowed to Use Them

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl0TOCMSYuc&feature=c4-overview&list=UUDy1DrgRSUN1C29fmBLJj5g

CLICK THE LINK ABOVE TO VIEW THE SHORT VIDEO NOW!  Award winning wedding photographer Jason Lanier briefly explains why wedding guests should stop using smartphones, point and shoot, and DSLR cameras during their friends and family members' wedding ceremonies for the sake of the wedding couple. 

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www.jasonlanierworkshops.com

Jason has shot hundreds of weddings all over the world and is addressing the growing trend of the over-use of smart phones during weddings and in particular wedding ceremonies. He gives the reasons why smart phones, cameras, etc. need to stop being used during ceremonies, and how this can be easily addressed by the wedding couple with their wedding guests to make their wedding ceremony a true celebration.
 

Podcast Episode #19- Wedding on Jekyll Island, Supernatural Shoot at the Moundsville State Penitentiary, and Shooting with the Rotolight Anova

http://photographerpodcast.com/2013/09/26/episode-19-wedding-on-jekyll-island-supernatural-shoot-at-the-moundsville-state-penitentiary-and-shooting-with-the-rotolight-anova/

Jason Lanier describes his experiences while out on the East Coast in August 2013. This is part #2 of 3 discussing his journey where he talks about the wedding he shot on Jekyll Island for www.photographyconsultingservices.com which is a place he had always wanted to shoot a wedding and absolutely loved it. Jason then talks about his Supernatural Shoot at the historic Moundsville State Penitentiary in Moundsville West Virginia where he used his Rotolight Anova and Interview Kits to completely light the shoot in the pitch black pentientiary from 9pm to midnight. Lastly Jason discusses his shoot inside on old farm barn in Morgantown, WV using his Rotolight video lights and how it was to do the shoot in complete darkness while it was pouring rain outside. Tips for shooting and why video lights are so important are discussed.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Wedding Group Shots

http://www.meetup.com/Meet-Ups-with-Jason-Lanier/events/141845482/

Click the link above to register for my online webinar this Thursday at 5:30 Pacific, 8:30pm Eastern where I teach you how to shoot wedding group portraits including formals and fun ones!  Webinar includes a list of the shots that you NEED to get.  This is 90-minutes of training that WILL make you a better photographer.

This image was taken at my wedding in Jekyll Island for Opie and Mandy which I did for my www.photographyconsultingservices.com.  They were such an amazing group!

Professional Photographers camera settings

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Want to see my settings on all my pics?  Well, click the link above to do just that.  My new workshops website has hundreds of pictures in the gallery section, and EVERY one of them shows the camera settings like you see here!

Galleries include weddings, landscapes, pin ups, supernatural shoots, behind the scenes, group shots, and more!

This is a great way to look at a picture and see what settings were applied in the camera.  Hope this helps guys!!  Feel free to leave comments as well..:)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Gettysburg Photography Workshop- October 24, 2013

http://gettysburgphotographyworkshop.eventbrite.com/

Click the link above to Join Jason Lanier for an amazing workshop where he will teach you how to shoot, light, pose, and compose your images to get amazing results!  Jason has shot all over the world and brings all that experience to you.

*12pm-7pm- Composition, Lighting, Exposure and POSING! Jason will use models to show you how to shoot in manual mode, understand your settings, and give you the know how to enable you to get the most out of your camera.  He will expand upon those teachings and show you how and when to use on camera flash, off camera flash, and then incorporate video lighting into your photography to make them POP!  His quick, easy, and dramatic posing techniques will help you with wedding, fashion, senior and family portrait photography.  Posing and lighting are the two hardest things for most photographers to handle which is why Jason will show you how to do them with amazing results.  We will also make sure to stop and get some amazing sunset shots as the sun dips below the horizon....

*7pm-8pm- Dinner Break

*8:30-11:30pm- Supernatural Shoot!  If you haven't seen Jason's supernatural shoots you are missing out! Jason takes the lessons learned during the day and applies them to a shoot full of lighting scenarios and situations that are difficult for most photographers to get.  He does all of this in crazy haunted places...like Gettysburg!  Armed with infrared cameras, microphones, and more, Jason combines amazing shoots with ghost hunting for an experience that is unlike any other you've ever had.  It's an amazing time and we've had the brave to the timid join us on Supernatural Shoots all over the country including the Moundsville State Penitentiary, Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Birdcage Theater and more.

Get ready for an action packed day.  It will be AMAZING!!

www.jasonlanierworkshops.com

Gettysburg with Olivia

On the last day of my East Coast month long excursion, we found ourselves in Gettysburg with my family and my sister Adrienne's family.  We had planned to do a family shoot, but due to it raining most of the day we had to improvise. When we found this spot, it just seemed perfect for a shoot.  We set my niece Olivia down and I started shooting as she walked down the path.  Just a great moment in a beautiful place....

Upcoming Workshops:

http://jasonlanierworkshops.com/photoworkshopregistration/

Chicago Posing and Shooting Workshop Next Month!!!

https://chicagophotoworkshop.eventbrite.com/

Join me in the windy city on October 18th and 19th for 2 amazing days of shooting, posing, lighting and more!  I did Chicago last year and I can't wait to do it again.  Please click on the link above to register now!

For more info about my workshops please visit www.jasonlanierworkshops.com

New York City Workshop- Next Month!!

https://newyorkphotographyworkshop.eventbrite.com/

Join me October 25th and 26th for a 2-day posing, lighting, and shooting workshop in the city that never sleeps!  We did New York last year and it was outrageously amazing and this time will be too!  Click the link above for all the details!!

For more information on my workshops please check out www.jasonlanierworkshops.com

Sunday, September 22, 2013

I Pucker when the shot is great...

I didn't even realize I did this until I started looking at production shots of me!  This what at my REAL Wedding Workshop.  To join us in 2 weeks at my REAL Wedding Workshop in South Carolina, click below!

https://realweddingworkshopsouthcarolina.eventbrite.com/

Friday, September 20, 2013

Getting Ready Bridals

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I LOVE doing getting ready shots.  When your clients give you time to shoot the bride before the ceremony it can result in images that they will never take again.  This image was taken of my bride Ana in her hotel room shortly before leaving the hotel room to go to the ceremony.  We turned off the lights, closed the black out curtains, and used just the Rotolights to light her.  Can't wait to share more pics!

www.rotolights.com 

Get YOUR Images Critiqued Live with Jason Lanier- Online Webinar

Click below to register now!!

http://www.meetup.com/Meet-Ups-with-Jason-Lanier/events/141260872/

Need some help with your images? Need to know where you stand and what's stopping you from success? Join Jason Lanier on Monday at 5:30pm Pacific, 8:30pm Eastern. Each attendee will send Jason 3 images for him to review online. Jason will review all 3 images from each attendee. The best part is that each attendee can learn from listening to Jason in his critique of all of the images.

Photographers can remain anonymous if they choose to do so. Each attendee will receive a copy of the presentation which enables them to go back and listen and watch their images get critiqued so they can practice the tips that Jason gives them.

Attendees can submit images from wedding, landscape, pin up, children, pets, and more! Please note: Jason does not ridicule images and goes out of his way to give a fair and straightforward critique WITHOUT using the "Simon Cowell" approach of making people feel bad about their work. It's only $19.99 to join and there isn't a better, faster, and more affordable way to get your images critiqued than by doing this live webinar.

See you on Monday!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wedding Ceremony- How To Shoot Webinar Part #2

http://www.meetup.com/Meet-Ups-with-Jason-Lanier/events/140004872/

Join me tomorrow at 5:40pm Pacific, 8:30pm Eastern to learn the specifics on How To Shoot a Wedding Ceremony.  

If you'd like to join me in person for a REAL wedding workshop, you can meet me in 3 weeks in South Carolina at the Bar B Ranch for my next REAL Wedding Workshop!  Click below to register now!

http://www.meetup.com/Meet-Ups-with-Jason-Lanier/events/140004872/

Open Q&A Wednesday is TODAY!- FREE 1 hour online webinar with Jason Lanier

http://www.meetup.com/Meet-Ups-with-Jason-Lanier/events/140568472/

Click the link above to register for Open Q&A Wednesday, which is today and it's FREE!  Join me as we discuss pictures, business and more.  Every attendee who registers by noon Pacific time will have an opportunity to submit an image for my critique on tehe Q&A, and you can remain anonymous if you'd like!  It's free, so what are you waiting for?

Talk to you soon!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Get the Wedding Photography of your DREAMS for only $999!!

http://realweddingphotoworkshop.com/apply/

This is your CHANCE to get the wedding photography of your dreams for only $999!!!  Click on the link above to register now for your chance to have a REAL Wedding Workshop at your wedding, and all you have to pay is $999! No travel fees, no catch, this is your opportunity to get award winning photography for less than Jason Lanier charged for his very first wedding.  Your package includes the following:

Brides and grooms who submit their weddings for a REAL wedding workshop receive their wedding photography for only $999, a savings of $7,000!  The 2-day wedding photography package included has a normal retail price of $8,000 which includes the following:

  • Pre-Wedding Shoots the day before the wedding- (Bridals, engagements, and more the day before the wedding).
  • 7 Hours of Wedding Day Coverage.
  • All images professionally developed and edited.
  • 400 High Resolution Images Download
  • Private Online Gallery to share with all your friends and family members.

This wedding image was taken at Jason Lanier's REAL Wedding workshop at the Palace of Gold in Moundsville, West Virginia.

Online Webinar- How to Shoot a Wedding Part #2- The Ceremony

http://www.meetup.com/Meet-Ups-with-Jason-Lanier/events/140004872/

Join me this THURSDAY at 5:30pm Pacific, 8:30pm Eastern for a 90-minute webinar on How to Shoot a Wedding Ceremony which is Part #2 of a 6 part series.  If you missed Part #1, don't worry you can purchase it today and catch up so you're ready for Part #2!

Other than attending one of my REAL Wedding Workshops there is no better way to learn how to shoot a wedding.  If you'd like to join me REAL Wedding workshop in 3 weeks, click below:

http://www.meetup.com/Meet-Ups-with-Jason-Lanier/events/130809762/

Monday, September 16, 2013

Help YOU Shoot YOUR Clients Wedding!

www.photographyconsultingservices.com

I'm very excited to let you all know about a new service we're providing where I come in and help YOU shoot YOUR clients wedding!  We did this at the wedding image you are seeing here for shot at Jekyll Island.  The wedding clients photographer Crystal Cherry hired me to come and shoot for two days at her clients wedding which enabled me to give 1 on 1 training for 2 entire DAYS to Crystal and her team.  The best part about it is that Crystal's wedding clients (Opie and Mandy) got a photo package from me as well as part of the consulting fee that I was paid...so it's a win-win for everyone.

If you're looking to dramatically improve your portfolio, or you have a showcase wedding that you want to knock out of the park, this is your opportunity to do it.  For more information please visit http://photographyconsultingservices.com/help-you-shoot-your-wedding/ for pricing and package information!

Thanks again to the beautiful Amanda Owens who allowed us to come and do consulting for her at her amazing wedding where she married Opie.  What a fabulous couple!

Using Natural Backdrops to get amazing photography results

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This image was taken at the Middleton Place, an amazing plantation in Charleston, South Carolina.  This was taken during my bridal shoot there using only available light.  Thanks to Victoria for doing such a great job!

Next Workshops:

http://www.meetup.com/Meet-Ups-with-Jason-Lanier/

Camera settings: Nikon D800, 1/80 sec at f/4.0, 35mm at ISO 800, flash did not fire.  Taken at 3:18pm.

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Shooting Ring shots THRU a Rotolight

www.rotolights.com

This production image was taken at my wedding yesterday for Ana and Luis.  Using my 105mm macros lens I shot this image through the center hole of the Rotolight.  These lights are just incredible!  I'll post the finished image of this shot later today.  

To get your own set of Rotolights please visit www.rotolights.com and click on "Buy."  You won't regret it!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Detail Shots at a Jekyll Island Wedding

www.jasonlanierweddingphotography.com

Earlier today I posted a production shot of me bending over to get a shot of something...well, this is the shot I was taking.  It's always important if you have the time to get shots like this one where you capture the details of the day. The wedding couple go to a lot of effort to get everything ready for their big day, so you need to make sure to do everything you can to capture it all...

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Camera settings: Nikon D800, 1/250 sec at f/9.0, 22mm at ISO 50, flash fired.  Taken at 5:35pm.

Jason Lanier Rotolight Kit is officially for Sale!!

www.rotolights.com

I'm so excited to announce that we are officially up and running and you all can now go and order the lights that have helped to transform my photography into what you see today.  Simply visit www.rotolights.com and click on BUY to purchase your very own kits now!

You seriously can not find better, more durable lights at this price point on the market.  Most video lights cost $500 or more for 1 light.  With my kits you get 2 lights, 2 light stands, Lee filter kits, a pouch, foam grip, and a twin cross bar to double up the lights, all for only $329!  These lights really will change your photography, trust me.

So what are you waiting for?  Click on the link and order these bad boys so they can be in your hands for your next big shoot!

www.rotolights.com

Online Webinar- How to Shoot a Wedding Part #2- The Ceremony

I have to thank my buddy Vanden King for snapping this very flattering shot of me...but if you can't have fun with yourself, you've lost touch...:)  This image was taken at my wedding at Jekyll Island for Opie and Mandy and shows you the extent that I go to to capture shots!

Next week on Thursday September 19th at 5:30pm Pacific, 8:30pm Eastern we will be doing Part #2, How to Shoot a Wedding Ceremony.  Click below to register now:

http://www.meetup.com/Meet-Ups-with-Jason-Lanier/events/140004872/

Class Description listed below:

Join award winning wedding photographer Jason Lanier for a 2-hour webinar that is Part #2 of a series of how to shoot a wedding the right way!  The webinar will be conducted online via GoToMeeting and is limited to 25 attendees.  This webinar will consist of a 90-minute presentation with a 30-minute question and answer session at the end.

Presentation will begin at 4pm (Pacific Time) 7pm (Eastern Time) and will be for 2 hours.  Even if you can't attend live, all attendees who register will receive a copy of the 2-hour presentation so there's every reason to register now!

THE VIDEO WILL BE SOLD FOR $34.99, so by joining the webinar you are not only able to participate in this awesome event, but you're also saving $5!

All attendees will receive a video copy of the presentation which will consist of a presentation that includes pictures, videos, and the keys to success from Jason's weddings from around the world. Attendees will follow along by watching Jason's screen and at the end will be able to dialogue with him face to face providing their computer has a video camera.  Regardless all attendees will be able to view Jason's computer and screen even if they don't have a camera on their computer.

The webinar will consist of a live presentation by Jason as he teaches you all the things you need to know about preparing and executing the wedding shoot from the pre-ceremony, ceremony, and post-ceremony shots from the wedding day stopping before the group shots.  Presentation will include:

*Preparing your client- giving your client the best advice to help them make their ceremony a great success!

*Pre-Ceremony- getting the shots after you've left the Bridal/Groom room from the getting ready site to the ceremony site.

*Ceremony Site- getting all the critical detail shots of the ceremony room before guests come.

*Dealing with other vendors- how to work with other wedding vendors (videographers, wedding planners) etc. to make sure you all work well together so everyone gets what they need to get to be a success.

*Shooting the ceremony- key tips for shooting ceremonies indoors and outdoors.  How to avoid the pitfalls that so many photographers make.  Jason will teach you which shots are the "can't miss" shots so you can wow your clients.

*Gear- Jason will review the gear needed for successful shots in a ceremony environment including lights, lenses, and other tricks of the trade that help him to get the shots that his clients love!

This is Part #2 of Jason's series that teaches you how to shoot a fantastic wedding in this modern world. Jason has shot weddings for six years having shot over 150 weddings on his own around the world including Australia, England, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and all over the United States.

He has shot weddings for such prestigious companies as Disney, Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt, Montage, and countless gorgeous venues around the world.  His company with the help of his own certified photographers are the exclusive photographers for the historic Christmas House Inn and Gardens in Southern California. He has shot weddings for many high profile clients including professional athletes from both the NFL and MLB.

Jason has personally trained over 200 photographers though his workshop series around the United States over the past three years. He has also trained over a dozen photographers for his own company as they have progressed into lead certified photographers to shoot on his behalf.

Jason loves teaching as much as he loves shooting and is excited to bring the learning experience online so he can reach more photographers who aren't able to make it to a workshop in their area.  Jason has a great disposition and all of his presentations are always very fun in nature.  All skill levels are welcome and can benefit from Jason's experience.

So register now and join Jason on this learning adventure towards making you an incredible wedding photographer for the new generation of photographers in the world today!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ready to Shoot a Bear, and Defend myself from one at the same time

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This image from my landscape workshop at the Rocky Mountain National Park was taken and provided by one of my attendees (and now friend) Jeff Stoddart.  As photographers we all seem to love pictures of us taking pictures.  I take pics of other photogs with me, and they always seem to do the same thing...lol.  I guess it just reminds us of what we love to do.

As always when I'm out, I have gear, tripod, and safety provisions in my backpack as well as my trusty knife at my side so I can do my best Chuck Norris on a wild animal if we were threatened...

Great Times!

Next Workshops:

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How To Shoot a Wedding Part #1- Getting Ready starts Tonight!!

Click below to register now!

http://www.meetup.com/Meet-Ups-with-Jason-Lanier/events/139104862/

Tonight at 5:30pm Pacific, 8:30pm Eastern we are going to start a 6-part series on how to shoot a wedding.  Outside of attending a REAL wedding workshop with me, there is no better way to learn how to shoot a wedding.

This image was taken at my REAL wedding workshop in West Virginia back in June which was awesome.  If you'd like to attend my next REAL wedding workshop just 1 hour south of Charlotte, NC on October 4th and 5th, click below now! We are allowing each paid participant to bring a guest for FREE as part of our 2 for 1 special.

http://www.meetup.com/Meet-Ups-with-Jason-Lanier/events/130809762/

Using Flash during the middle of the day to create great imagery

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Want to add some more POP to your images?  Try blocking the sun with either the clouds or an object like you see here (the abandoned house) and then use flash to light your subject.  This is a simple way to change your images from looking 1 dimensional and flat.  Wanna learn more tips and tricks to spice up your skill set?  Join me at one of my workshops!

Upcoming workshops:

http://www.meetup.com/Meet-Ups-with-Jason-Lanier/

  • How To Shoot a Wedding Webinar Series Starting TODAY
  • REAL Wedding Workshop-October 4th and 5th just south of Charlotte, NC
  • Morgantown, WV Shooting Workshop- October 22nd and 23rd

This image was taken at my Colorado workshop and it was a blast.  Can't wait to get back there!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Catching a Moonrise at my Colorado Landscape Workshop

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This image was taken at my Colorado landscape workshop as we returned back to the hotel from our time spent at the Rocky Mountain National Park.  The key to shooting the moon is to do it before the ambient light in the sky is completely gone.  If you wait and shoot it when it's completely dark outside it will be overexposed and you won't be able to capture any clouds etc.

This image was shot on a tripod with my Nikon 28-300mm lens.  

Camera settings: Nikon D800, 4 sec at f/5.6, 300mm at ISO 640, flash did not fire.  Taken at 9:21pm.

Times Square Panoramic

I've spent the morning posting images from my shoots down at Ground Zero shortly after 911.  While it's important to post these images and never forget, I also want to post images showing the positive side of things, and how New York has miraculously came back showing the fight and spirit that we should all embrace.

With that said I'll be posting images from New York today to remind us all of what an amazing place it truly is.  I'll be sharing shots from my landscapes, workshops and more.  I love New York!

This shot is a 360 panoramic shot with my Nikon D3 stitched together in Photoshop.  Hope you like it!

The Power of the Collapse of the World Trade Center

If you weren't there (which I wasn't) it's really hard to imagine the power of the collapse of the world trade centers.  This image was taken a short while after 911 very near ground zero.  What you're looking at are Venetian blinds that were blown all the way from the trade center and ended up being mangled in the branches of the tree.  Can you imagine the horror felt by those that were there?  I hope we never forget.

The World Trade Center from the bottom up

Can a building have a soul?  Maybe it can't, but the people inside sure did.  This image was taken just 2 weeks before the attacks on 911 while I was there for a family trip.  We stood on top of the roof of the building and it was almost incomprehensible to imagine that 2 weeks later it all came down.  

That's why photography is so incredibly powerful.  It captures the moments that can never be brought back and makes them real again.  Photographers are the visual historians and as the old saying goes, "A picture tells a thousand words."

Ash from the 9-11 Site

Taken shortly after 9-11 in New York next to the make-shift memorial that had been put up with plywood with messages from visitors written on the walls.  We should never forget what happened to our country on 9-11.

In Memory of 9-11

May we never forget the innocent who perished and the evil that committed the atrocity.  Regardless of your ideaolgical beliefs you should never target the innocent to achieve your goals.  I sincerely feel for the families of those impacted by this heinous act.  I hope that they are able to find solace in our care and concern for them and in knowing that their sorrows will be heaped upon those responsible for this act by God.

This image was taken shortly after 9-11 before I was a professional photographer, when I traveled to New York to take in the gravity of what happened to our nation.  The lights are coming from the World Trade Center site and I was moved by the American flag flowing in front of it.  I hope we truly never forget.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New Podcast Released! Episode #18, playing with alligators, shooting in the rain and more!

http://photographerpodcast.com/2013/09/10/episode-18-east-coast-adventure-part-1-shooting-in-the-rain-playing-with-alligators-and-more/

Click the link above to listen now!

Having just finished spending the summer on the East Coast, Jason Lanier describes the amazing shoots he was able to do in beautiful and unique locations. Includes his shoots at the historic Middleton Place Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina, doing a bridal shoot in scorching heat and humidity at an old train depot in Florence, South Carolina, doing a family shoot in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, and even playing with alligators! This is Part #1 of a 3 Part series on his adventure to the East Coast. Includes tips for shooting in the rain, lighting with Rotolights and flash, and some fun stories along the way. Enjoy!

How To Shoot a Wedding Online LIVE Webinar in just 2 days!

Join me LIVE for Part #1 of 6 where you learn from me on how to shoot a wedding!  Includes a live presentation as well as extensive video clips where you watch me shoot weddings with directions on what I'm doing and why.  Each part breaks down a separate part of the wedding photography process and includes settings expectations, what gear you need, preparing your clients, etc.  If you aren't able to shoot a wedding with me there is NO better way to learn how to shoot one.  Click below to register now!

http://www.meetup.com/Meet-Ups-with-Jason-Lanier/events/139104862/

This image was taken at the Middleton Place Plantation ins Charleston, South Carolina.  Just an amazing place!

Spanish Moss at the Middleton Place Plantation

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I absolutely love the South....if I ever move it will be to the South because it just fits me, my personality, and my photography.  I was allowed to shoot for 2 days at the Middleton Place Plantation, and one of the conditions was that I got them some landscape images for their marketing use.  It was a dark and stormy day so I had to shoot the tone and exposure for the image in that same vain to bring it out.

Don't forget to register for my FREE Q&A Webinar Session tomorrow at 5:30pm Pacific, 8:30pm Eastern time.  Click below to register now:

http://www.meetup.com/Meet-Ups-with-Jason-Lanier/events/139141722/

Monday, September 9, 2013

How To Shoot a Wedding Part #1- Online Webinar this Thursday!

Join ME this Thurday at 5:30pm Pacific, 8:30pm Eastern for an amazing online LIVE series on how to shoot a wedding.  If you aren't able to make it to one of my workshops, this is the second best thing you can do!  Even if you can't attend live, you will receive a video copy of all the sessions.

Click below to register now:

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This image was taken at the beautiful Middleton Place in Charleston, South Carolina.  Just a gorgeous unbelievable place to shoot....:)

Shooting Wedding Bridals in the Rain at Middleton Place, South Carolina

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With the gracious blessing of the folks at Middleton Place Plantation in South Carolina, I was allowed to do shoots there while I was on the East Coast last month.  The only problem was that it started pouring rain just as I arrived after driving two hours from Myrtle Beach to get there.

Not to be deterred by rain (and it was POURING), I decided to still shoot using my Rotolights and all...and my gear was SOAKED.  This shot was taken using a flood light that was located in one of the huge oak trees to backlight the model, and then used my Rotolights to light her from the front.  It was a crazy and fun shoot!!

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Camera settings: Nikon D800, 1/80 sec at f/4.0, 24mm at ISO 5000, flash did not fire.  Taken at 8:51pm.

Creating Special Effects in Camera, not with Photoshop

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I have nothing against Photoshop, and I do use it.  But how cool is it when you learn how to manipulate light and elements to create amazing pics without the need for Photoshop?

I created this image with the help of my buddy Vanden at the top of a hill on his farm.  I was the camera man, Vanden was the lighting man.  We had to shoot this on bulb and used some VERY rudimentary tools (I'm talking $10 worth) to create what you see here.  The hardest part was writing this because you have to write it backwards!  To learn how to do this and other amazing things with light, composition, exposure and more, you've GOT to come to one of my workshops!

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How To Shoot a Wedding Part #1- Getting Ready

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Due to Popular Demand I'm bringing the series back that we did back in February of this year.

Join award winning wedding photographer Jason Lanier for a 90-minute webinar that is Part #1 of a 6 part series of how to shoot a wedding the right way! The webinar will be conducted online via GoToMeeting and is limited to 25 attendees. This webinar will consist of a 75-minute presentation with a 15-minute question and answer session at the end.

Presentation will begin at 5:30pm (Pacific Time) 8:30pm (Eastern Time). Even if you can't attend live, all attendees who register will receive a copy of the 2-hour presentation so there's every reason to register now!

All those who pay and register will receive an email the day before the webinar which will provide them with all the log-in information for the webinar.

All attendees will receive a video copy of the presentation which will consist of a presentation that includes pictures, videos, and the keys to success from Jason's weddings from around the world. Attendees will follow along by watching Jason's screen and at the end will be able to dialogue with him face to face providing their computer has a video camera. Regardless all attendees will be able to view Jason's computer and screen even if they don't have a camera on their computer.

The webinar will consist of a live presentation by Jason as he teaches you all the things you need to know about preparing and executing the wedding shoot from the getting ready shots from the wedding day. Presentation will include:

Preparing the client ahead of time- how to make sure you get them ready for you so you don't waste any time on the wedding day. This is one of the biggest keys for success and one of the things that most photographers don't do very well.

Getting Ready Shots for the Bride- some of the most beautiful shots of a wedding are taken inside the bridal room (hotel, venue, home, etc.) before the bride puts the dress on, while she's putting it on, and the bridals after she's put it on. There's also so much more to think about including individual shots of the wedding gown, the shoes, garter, bouquet, rings, etc. During this time we will also talk about shooting the bride with the bridesmaids, flower girl, and her family.

Getting Ready Shots for the Groom- this is one of the rare times when a groom will open up for having his pictures taken. It can also be one of the funnest times because the groomsmen will open up and give you some amazing picture opportunities. Jason will share his secrets for getting shots of the rings, gifts, drinking, having fun, and capturing the essence of what it means to make this shoot a great success.

Gear- Jason will review the gear needed for successful shots in a getting ready environment including lights, lenses, and other tricks of the trade that help him to get the shots that his clients love!


This is Part #1 of Jason's series that teaches you how to shoot a fantastic wedding in this modern world. Jason has shot weddings for six years having shot over 200 weddings on his own around the world including Australia, England, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and all over the United States.

He has shot weddings for such prestigious companies as Disney, Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt, Montage, and countless gorgeous venues around the world. His company with the help of his own certified photographers are the exclusive photographers for the historic Christmas House Inn and Gardens in Southern California. He has shot weddings for many high profile clients including professional athletes from both the NFL and MLB.

Jason has personally trained over 300 photographers though his workshop series around the United States over the past three years. He has also trained over a dozen photographers for his own company as they have progressed into lead certified photographers to shoot on his behalf.

Jason loves teaching as much as he loves shooting and is excited to bring the learning experience online so he can reach more photographers who aren't able to make it to a workshop in their area. Jason has a great disposition and all of his presentations are always very fun in nature. All skill levels are welcome and can benefit from Jason's experience.

So register now and join Jason on this learning adventure towards making you an incredible wedding photographer for the new generation of photographers in the world today!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Wedding Ceremony at Jekyll Island

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It's always makes you a bit itchy, but it's really worth it to get down and get a great shot of the ceremony with a wide angle lens.  I just love showing the bride and groom the view from here because it shows the fallen rose petals, the venue, and their wedding party.  It was a magical day!

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Camera settings: Nikon D800, 1/250 sec at f/9.0, 15mm at ISO 50, flash did not fire.  Taken at 5:25pm.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Just the Two of Us at Jekyll Island

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This image took all of 15 seconds to capture.  While the couple was walking from one part of Driftwood Beach to another spot where I wanted to shoot, I saw this composition and just paused for a moment to capture it.  Used flash to light up the bride and groom.

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Camera settings: Nikon D800, 1/125 sec at f/4.5, 14mm at ISO 50, flash fired.  Taken at 6:56pm.

Bridal Party at Driftwood Beach

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I just love it when I get a chance to shoot bridal party shots in big places with big props.  Well, Driftwood Beach at Jekyll Island is PERFECT for exactly that!  We had an amazing time with this group and I can't wait to share more!

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Camera settings: Nikon D800, 1/125 sec at f/5.6, 14mm at ISO 50, flash fired.  Taken at 6:22pm.

Here Comes the Bride...a Jekyll Island Wedding

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It's always such an important part of the wedding when the bride is walked down the aisle by her Father.  For me, it's when the wedding day becomes so real.  Emotions start pouring out, the guests see the bride for the first time, and unless they did a First Look, it's the first time the groom sees the bride.  What am I trying to say?  You CAN'T miss these shots.

This image is of Mandy being walked down the aisle by her Dad at her wedding with Opie at Jekyll Island, Georgia. As a destination wedding photographer I'd always wanted to shoot a wedding in Jekyll Island, and when this opportunity came up, I was so excited to be able to do it.  I love seeing the flow of her dress as it's getting kicked up from her walking motion.  And I really love how they're looking at each other...

Camera settings: Nikon D700, 1/200 sec at f/5.6, 34mm at ISO 200, flash did not fire.  Taken at 5:20pm.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Jekyll Island Love at a wedding first look

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If you can't tell, I really LOVE shooting at Jekyll Island.  Just an amazing place!  This shot was taken before the ceremony during the First Look for Opie and Mandy.  The key to this shot is using flash in the daytime.  It completely changes your exposure options and really makes the image pop.  To join me on my next REAL WEDDING WORKSHOP in October near Charlotte North Carolina, click below now!

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Camera settings: Nikon D800, 1/200 sec at f/6.3, 16mm at ISO 50, flash fired.  Taken at 4:10pm.

5 Ways To Get Brides to Do Crazy Things with their Wedding Dresses BEFORE the Wedding!

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I often get asked, "How do you get brides to take shots like this, especially BEFORE the wedding day?"  Well, the answer is pretty simple.  I tell them that they are going to get amazing shots and that it's worth it.  The key part to all of this is they believe me, and as a result they allow me to shoot them doing crazy stuff like this before their wedding day.

This image of Mandy was taken the day before her wedding, so there was no time to send it to a cleaners etc. which meant we had to be very careful in the way that we shot it.  I always am honest with the brides and let them know that the inside bottom part of their dress will get dirty.  But we will be very careful to not harm anything that would appear in pictures for their wedding day.  

5 Ways Checklist on how to convince brides to do crazy things in their bridal gowns before the wedding day:

  1. Portfolio- show them you've done it and it's worth it.  That can be more powerful than anything, trust me.
  2. Time- there is virtually no time to get this done on the wedding day, so if they don't do it before it's unlikely to happen.  They will be less stressed and have a great time.
  3. Post Wedding Shoot?  Why not do it after the wedding you might ask.  You definitely can, but in all my years doing this I'm here to tell you that the vast majority of brides and wedding couples get very busy after the wedding and this shoot will not happen.  Real life sets in.
  4. Wedding Dress Rehearsal- the bridal session can be a great time to do a "test run" of the bride wearing her gown before the wedding.  This can be important as the bride can learn how to move in her dress, how heavy or light it is, and if any alterations need to be made.  It's one thing to wear the gown in the bridal store, but it's entirely different when they take it out and wear it for a couple of hours which is what I do on my bridal shoots. Once they've worn it for a couple of hours they know what they can do in the dress and if any minor alterations need to be made.   I've even had brides change what they wear underneath their gown because they discover that their corset comes up when they are actually moving around in their dress.  It's a lot better to find this out on the bridal shoot rather than the wedding day!
  5. Pictures at the wedding- if the bridal session is done early enough before the wedding day it means your bride can print some images of the bridal session to display at the wedding reception.  It's a beautiful way to show their beauty and display your work!

Hope this helps.  In all my years doing pre-wedding bridal shoots I have yet to have a wedding gown get damaged. Bring a white sheet if you're extra worried about it and you can place it underneath her dress.  This can be more time consuming but it can calm the nerves of a more nervous bride.

Thanks!

Jason Lanier

Kiss Me!

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This image is of the beautiful Mandy, who I had the distinct pleasure of shooting last month at Jekyll Island.  This image was taken during the getting ready shots just after she had applied lipstick.  She's so full of life that it made it pretty easy to grab great shots of her.  This was shot using my macro lens with the Rotolight Anova and Interview Kits.

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Camera settings: Nikon D800, 1/125 sec at f/3.0, 105mm at ISO 800, flash did not fire.  Taken at 11:46am.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Girls Love a Man in a uniform

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This shoot was done at the Lincoln Memorial as part of my Summer Shoot Special.  Scott and Maryann came down to DC from Connecticut and we had a heck of a shoot.  Love the uniform!!