Siobhan & Jim were married at The Grotto in Portland on Oct. 9th.  Unfortunately, the nice weather we had all week decided to turn to rain that day, but it was a beautiful day nonetheless!!  Since they live in New York, I only got to meet Siobhan once before the wedding, and wasn’t able to meet Jim at all, but they and their families were so sweet, if felt like we were instant friends. :)

Ok, I am getting a better system down for blogging!  I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before!!  Here we go, and only 5 days after the wedding.  Good job, me!

Voodoo Doughnut…YUM!!!

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Hehe. Fat Spencer

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They were originally planning on seeing each other for the first time at The Grotto, but because of the rain we decided to keep them in The Nines…oh, darn 😉

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I could have done a whole post just on her…so beautiful!

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Then, out at the Grotto…Look at this porcelain doll!  She is just stunning!

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Old Town Florist did an ah-mazing job on the flowers and decor!!

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Unfortunately, the ceremony couldn’t be outside, but at least the rain sort of held off long enough to get a few shots.

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I love having Spencer there to shoot with me.  Not only can he shoot the guys getting ready while I’m shooting the girls, he can get different views at the ceremony as well!  I love this one he got of Siobhan and her dad walking down the aisle.

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And, I was down at the other end…

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His view up on the balcony…

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And, mine on the main floor…

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Yay!  Reception time at the awesome Urban Studio in the Pearl…Only Spencer has steady enough hands for a 1/13th exposure!

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Delicious signature cocktails!  Yes, I TRIED one, but only because Siobhan insisted. 😉

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Edited to add the vendors…

Getting ready/B&G pics: The Nines in downtown Portland

Ceremony: The Grotto

Reception and Catering: Urban Studio in the Pearl

Florist: Old Town Florist

Dress: Vera Wang from Kleinfeld in New York

Makeup: Kim King

Photographer: Jessica Watson Photography

3rd shooter (at reception): Sarah Freeman

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  • Amanda - I can’t believe I have never visited your blog before! I am blown away with your work. Gorgeous processing, and perfectly captured emotion. Amazing!

  • Jessica - Thank you! :)

A common question I get from prospective clients is, “what is an art image?” An art image is any image I’ve taken beyond just the basic editing.  This could include skin retouching, toning and/or adding a texture.  Here are three examples to give you a better idea of what this means.  After seeing this, you will probably notice that many of the images in my portfolio are art images.  I do this to a select few from the wedding day, mostly shots of the bride and groom, but occasionally others as well.  The number of art images differs between each wedding, but it’s usually around 7-10 images.

Here is an image from Tara & Kyle’s wedding in July straight out of camera (SOOC), with no editing whatsoever…this, btw, is why I’ve always said that taking the picture is only half the image!  It’s the editing that really makes it stand out.

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Here is the regular edited version.  This is the “proof” or the “basic editing” which all of your wedding images you get on disc will receive.

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And, here is the “art image” version.  As you can see, not only did I color correct, bump the exposure and contrast, etc., but I also did some special toning and retouching in Photoshop.

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Here’s another example from their wedding. SOOC…

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Basic editing…

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And, the art image

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And, here’s an image from Amy & Mark’s wedding using a texture instead of toning.  SOOC…

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And, the art image using a texture.

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