Thursday, October 31, 2013

"My, What Big Eyes You Have," Little Red Riding Hood

For this image I had my buddy Vanden place an off camera flash to the right of the frame (left of the model) and fired it with my Pocket Wizard.  We used a diffuser to tone down the power output, and of course I was shooting in manual with the flash in manual and we had it dialed down to 1/128 for this shot.  Happy Halloween!

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Little Red Riding Hood in West Virginia

This image was taken at my themed Little Red Riding Shoot in West Virginia with Victoria last week.  I used two off camera flashes with Pocket Wizards to get the lighting for this shot...Happy Halloween!!

Little Red Riding Hood Going to Grandmother's House

I just LOVE doing themed shoots!  This was done in West Virginia at a beautiful old abandoned home.  It was the perfect weather too for the theme of the shoot, very cold and gloomy, similar to what Little Red Riding Hood would have encountered on her way to her Grandmother's House....Happy Halloween!

Little Red Riding Hood

This image was taken at one of my one-on-one training sessions in West Virginia.  We went out to an abandoned house in WV and did a shoot with the beautiful Victoria Chewning.  There are so many more to share and I'm going to do my best to get them out for Halloween!  This was shot using off camera flash.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Jason Lanier Production Image from the Salton Sea

This production still was taken by my assistant Joyce at my Southern California workshop at the Salton Sea.  The beautiful model is my wife Kara.  If you haven't been to the Salton Sea, you have to go!  This massive body of water in the middle of the desert is something that you have to see to believe!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Photographer Perk, Getting to pose your own beautiful bride

One of the funnest shoots I have ever done was the one I did with my wife at my Southern California Workshop at the Salton Sea.  I've been begging my wife for years to model for me, and she finally agreed for this workshop.  This moment was captured by my assistant Joyce and Kara and I both love the shot...:)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Little Red Riding Hood Production Image

One more production image from my shoot in West Virginia today where the model dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood at an abandoned farm and house.  It was one of my favorite shoots in a long time and the model Victoria was outstanding!  Can't wait to edit and share...:)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Here Comes the a Jason Lanier Real Wedding Workshop

Here Comes the Bride!! I just love be able to create images of the little ones at my Real Wedding Workshops. This one is of the Flower Girl Eden at my Real Wedding Workshop in South Carolina. I love her boots, glasses, dress, everything!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Close ups with a 105mm at my engagement shoot

Everyone who knows me know how much I love wide angle shots.  Well, to set the record straight, I also LOVE shooting very tight with macro and prime lenses.  This image was taken at my engagement shoot for Jose and Lisa this week in Murrieta.  I actually shot the whole thing with my 105mm macro and I just loved the results.  I share the entire album after my clients have seen it!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Wedding Ring Shots in a Wagon Wheel with a 105mm Macro lens and rotolights at a REAL Wedding Workshop

When I saw these wagon wheels at my REAL Wedding Workshop at the wedding for Mike and Jodi in Pacolet, South Carolina, I knew I had to see if I could get some ring shots with them!  I placed the rings inside the wheel, put my 105mm macro lens on my Nikon, grabbed my Rotolights, and started shooting.  

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Flower Girl at my REAL Wedding Workshop in South Carolina

Flower Girl at the Real Wedding Photography Workshop by Jason Lanier in South Carolina. There are so many things about this image that I absolutely love, but for me the glasses totally make the shot. What a beautiful little girl this is!!

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Meeting the Flower Girl for the first time at my real wedding workshop

Can you tell how much I want to have a daughter?  This is a production image of me at my REAL Wedding Photography Workshop in South Carolina last week, showing the moment where I met the Flower Girl the day before the wedding.  She is such a beauty!!!  To see more production images from my REAL Wedding Workshop click below:

Thursday, October 10, 2013

There are advantages to shooting your wife at your workshop

This production image was taken by my assistant Joyce Isas at my workshop at the Salton Sea.  This was the first time I ever have talked my wife into modeling for me, and I love that Joyce caught a moment like this where I was just lightly brushing her chin...this was an awesome workshop and I can't wait to share the pics!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Check out my the Salton Sea

For those that didn't attend my Southern California Workshop, you REALLY missed out.  I've been begging my wife to shoot at one of my workshops for years, and I finally got her to do it yesterday...and as you can see, she can bring it.

This is the VERY FIRST TIME she's modeled at a workshop for me and I'm so proud of her.  We went way out to shoot at the Salton Sea, and it was worth it.  Such an eerily cool place, unlike anything you've ever seen because it's a huge body of water in the middle of the desert.

Today is day 2, and while my wife can't shoot today, we will still be having an amazing time with more models down in Los Angeles..thanks to my wife Kara for doing the shoot and for being so beautiful.  Shot with natural light.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Shooting Ring Shots ON a Rotolight!

Just when you thought I was going to post a shot of me using the Rotolights to light up a ring shot, I decided to up the ante and post one of my using the Rotolights as PART of the ring shot.  

I lied down on the sawdust inside of the barn and then took the platic covers off the rotolights and used the beautiful lighting to create a brilliant shot of the rings at my REAL wedding workshop in Pacolet South Carolina using my 105mm macro lens.  I can't wait to edit and share!

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Sunset Wedding Ceremony at Glen Ivy

This image was taken at the wedding ceremony for Luis and Ana at Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Southern California.  It was a beautiful ceremony, and I just love how the moon sits above them in the sky.  So happy I was able to join them for their amazing day!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Unplugged, Plugged In, and Standby Weddings, How Wedding Guests & Wedding Photographers can co-exist

Wedding guests use of Smartphones, Ipads, and Cameras at their friends weddings have changed the dynamic landscape of how wedding photography is captured in a technology fueled world.  Award winning destination wedding photographer Jason Lanier discusses 3 different types of wedding photography scenarios that exist today and helps brides and grooms to figure out what will work best for them.  Click below now!
The 3 different types of photography include:
*Unplugged weddings- where the bride and groom ask their wedding guests to not use their smartphones or cameras at all during the wedding.  
*Plugged-In Weddings- where the wedding couple encourages their wedding guests to be as snap happy as possible and take as many pictures as they can.
*Stand-By weddings- where the wedding couple asks their guests to use their smartphones and cameras in only select times and areas during the wedding day to allow the professional photographer to capture the wedding day without having to fight with wedding guests for the special photography moments.
Jason discusses the pros and cons to each scenario, and then details how a Stand-By Wedding should be done so that the professional photographer and the wedding guests can all be happy.  Enjoy!