We selected the finalists for the Engagement Story contest and they are AWESOME. A really eclectic group this year ranging from classic NY stories to one involving martial arts. You’ll see. Don’t want to reveal too much, so check back in on Monday when the voting opens.
Send your engagement story in 200 words or less to info(at)londinphotography(dot)com with your names, wedding date, phone number and email address.
We will select four semi-finalists and post them for the public to vote. The winner will receive free wedding day coverage!
Remember, fireworks, private planes and on-air proposals are attention-catching, but the best story is sometimes the story best told!
Story submissions are due April 30, 2010.
*Visit www.londinphotography.com for complete contest details.
We were sad to read that Peter Gowland, the quintessential pinup and celebrity photographer of the 50’s recently passed.
A few years ago we were in LA. We made a pilgrimage to his home in Santa Monica that he shared with his wife and lifelong muse, Alice. When we contacted them, Alice directed us by way of Alice In Wonderland-like directions. “Take the fork to the left at the 100 year old weeping willow, continue along the wooden bridge over the rocky creek, and don’t come until 4pm, after Peter’s late day nap.”
As we walked through the door we were warmly welcomed by a tall, lanky, stiffly moving, yet still handsome 80 year old man who immediately sized Laura up at “5’8″ and 120lbs”. Kind and a little off, but who is Laura to argue with that type of compliment.
Our thinly veiled reason for the visit, to purchase some of his out of print manuals, got us through the door. Once we were in, we were treated to a 2hr visit where they shared their home/studio/secluded oasis, talking about their lives together and their work over the years.
As we wound out of the forest and back into civilization we knew that we had witnessed a piece of history. More personally, it was a window into our future – a couple who had made a life together in photography.
Our heart goes out to Alice. You can learn a bit about Peter by visiting www.petergowland.com.
Check out Ian’s 10 page story in this month’s Redbook. It is a story about a Northern Kentucky woman who was inspired by and worked together with Malaak Compton-Rock (married to Chris Rock) and rallied local celebrities from the Cincinnati Bengals, Frostee Rucker and Kyries Hebert, and Bengal Cheerleaders to raise close to $40,000 for homeless women and children.
If you are thinking about using a photographer it is worth taking a moment to ponder the type of images you like. These photographers have been incredible influences to us. Some are famous, some are lesser known but in our mind, all are legends.
Irving Penn – Obvious? Yes. But he is the king and rightfully so. Beautiful light, timeless, elegant images. www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1024
David Burnett finds the most stunning moments in the chaos he has covered as a lifelong photojournalist. Here is a link to his images from the 1979 Iranian Revolution. http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/29/showcase-58/
Mary Ellen Mark has photographed celebrities, destitute street kids, twins, and circus spectacles. Every time, she captures a stunning depth of humanity. www.maryellenmark.com.
They say blogs are so 2004. Well we have always had a classic side to our work. After all, how many photographers are complementing their digital coverage with a 35mm Leica and an antique 4×5 portrait camera (film; what’s that?!).
Since we established this blog back in April, 2009 (and clearly done very little with it) we have conducted a very successful wedding photography contest (10,000+ votes counted). Couples submitted their engagement story and the public voted. A tight and hard-fought race, our winners, Di and Benjamin, won free wedding photography by a fraction of a percentage point!
Sonya and David, our runners up, chose Ian to cover their wedding in Chicago last October. Below are a few shots from the beautiful day.
The contest was a huge success and great fun. We look forward to this years submissions. Check back for details on this, other news and our ongoing thoughts on really great photography!