Let Them Eat Cake | Creative Wedding Cakes

LaDuke Photography Locations SMWedding cakes come in as many different designs as snowflakes. There are some amazing cake designers here in Eugene and back home in Spokane. I’ve been trying to put together this blog post of some of my favorite cakes for a while, but there are just so many! The following isn’t a list of my favorites per se, but a plethora of options to hopefully help inspire you in your wedding cake design! I’ve credited the cake makers who I knew, but if one of these is your creation please let me know so I can link to your website! Sparkly Rustic Sugar Coated Wedding CakeThis sugar crusted three tier cake was at Allie and John’s wedding at Red Barn Farms in Colton, WA.

Unique Rustic Wedding Cupcake Table DisplaySweetheart cake and cupcakes at Lleah and Nick’s wedding at Miss Kaylin’s Barn.

Ombre Sweetheart Cake Heavenly Delights Cupcakery EugeneOmbre Sweetheart Cake by Heavenly Delights Cakery in Eugene, OR

Wild Blue Orchid Wobbly Wedding CakeWobbly off-set blue orchid wedding cake for Tim and Jessie’s wedding at The Spokane Convention Center

Autumn Wedding Cake IdeasAryn & nathan had a wonderful and tasty cake made by the groom’s mother at Beacon Hill in Spokane.

5 Tier Classic Wedding Cake Heavenly Delights CupcakeryAnother great cake by Heavenly Delights Cakery in Eugene, this one for Kris and Nora’s wedding at Dreamwood in Junction City.

Oregon Ducks Wedding CakeAnd if you’re from Oregon this one needs no caption, Joy and Josh had a wedding at Hendricks Park in Eugene and a friend of the family provided this really fancy Oregon Ducks cake! Wedding Cake Smash Bride and GroomAt the end of the day though it really comes down to how it tastes, right? A word of warning to the men, don’t stay out all night right before the wedding or you’ll be lucky to only get a face full of cake!

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Questions for Interviewing a Wedding Photographer

Hello Brides and Grooms to be! Are you trying to choose the right wedding photographer for your totally awesome and unique wedding? There are a TON of wedding photographers out there so what I am aiming to do with this multi-part  post is help you determine if I am the right wedding photographer for your special day. There are a million different styles out there, hopefully you like what you’ve seen from LaDuke Photography! If that is the case, I’ve taken some time to answer some of the basic questions that every couple asks. I’ll tackle four introductory questions today and post a follow-up soon.

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Questions to Ask Wedding Photographers

1. What is your preferred style of photography?

I consider myself to be fairly traditional in the fact that I make sure to take timeless images that you will love for the decades to come. Sure, I get creative with some images, but the majority of what you get will have a quality that you will appreciate long after instagram filters are no longer cool. I split my interests between natural lighting and flash photography depending on the situation.

When you work with me you also get a good leader who is great at wrangling large groups, making fun creative poses and helping everyone relax in front of the camera. Once the formal photos are over I like to go into a photo-journalistic mode and meld into the background. You wont even know I’m there unless we are doing more poses photos.

2. How many weddings do you shoot per year?

With only 52 weekends in a year and even fewer in a regular wedding season (Eugene, OR has a wedding season from Memorial Day through Early October, Spokane’s wedding season is even shorter, not generally beginning until late June and ending in Mid September) I try to shoot between 15-25 weddings to offer my clients fast service and the best quality work I can produce. If I spent every weekend of every month shooting 4 weddings you wouldn’t get the hands on approach that I am known for. I like to visit with my clients, attend rehearsals and make myself available in any way I can. I also like to have my fun so I schedule time to go camping, rafting, scuba diving or rock climbing too!

3. How many weddings will you shoot on my wedding day? (If they say more than one ensure there is adequate time in between each wedding.)

Just one. Absolutely only one wedding per day. I try to stick to a policy of just one wedding per weekend, but there are times that I am able to make special exceptions since Friday and Sunday weddings are generally smaller and need less coverage. This is why it is important to book your photographer early, we are human and we haven’t figured out how to be in multiple places at once (Once I figure this out you’ll find my master clone on the beach).
If you find a photographer who offers to photograph multiple weddings in one day you are likely going to be working with someone who hires other photographers to work for them. Make sure that you are getting the photographer that YOU hired, not their “B” team. If you are okay with a company that does employ multiple photographers but you want to make sure you get a particular one make SURE that it is written into your contract.

4. Have you ever shot at my venue? Would you be willing to go do a site visit?

 You can see some of the great venues that I have been lucky enough to work at here. If you don’t see your venue in my galleries just ask, I may have worked there before and have some fun photos to share! Since I am based in Eugene and Spokane I know a lot of wonderful locations here, there and in between! If I haven’t had a chance to work at your venue yet then I definitely want to go walk through it with you and your coordinator. This will allow us to talk about where the best light will be, what will make a great backdrop and best of all you get to see the venue from my fresh and creative perspective!

Hopefully you’ve found this helpful, I’ve got a whole list of questions to answer for all of my future brides and grooms so make sure to pin this blog page so you can come back to it. I’d love to hear from you on what questions you think all couples will want to have answered as well!

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Where to Register for Your Wedding

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Where to Register for your Wedding O

Today I had a bride ask me a question that I haven’t given much thought to, “Where should we register for our wedding?” After a little bit of thought I made a list of places that couples may register for their wedding at traditionally. Nordstrom, Macy’s, Target, maybe even Cabella’s or REI, right? As a wedding photographer it’s not usually at the front of my mind.

Then I got to thinking, what if you could register for ANYTHING you wanted without sending an annoying list that reads like this, “We are registered at Shopko, Kmart, 7-11, H&M, Steinmart, Home Depot and Toys ‘r’ Us.” and then I had a moment of inspiration! Amazon.com has a Wedding Registry! And if I’ve learned anything about amazon in the not so distant past it is that you can find nearly anything on there AND add products from sites that are not listed on Amazon such as Etsy stores. They even have a “Top 100” and check lists to make sure you aren’t forgetting anything if you are combining your households for the first time. How GENIUS! Why not make it easy on yourself and your guests, they can just log on, order and have it shipped to them or directly to you. Long story short, you CAN register everywhere thanks to the internet!

This is definitely a tip I will be passing on, from Amazon gift cards to Zumba on DVD they’ve got you covered.

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Engagement Photo Guest Books

 

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Have you leafed through your parent’s wedding guest book recently? I didn’t think so. Those cute little cloth covered padded monstrosities are a relic of the past that has been tucked away in a box forgotten for decades. The new trend is to make your wedding guestbook something you are proud to display. This is where you get to get creative! People are making shadow boxes, wood carvings, stones with well wishes written on them, matted photographs and even engagement photo books like the one below. Sarah and Chayne don’t know I used them as my sample yet, but they will now! I had such a great time hiking to the top of Spencer Butte here in Eugene with them that when it came time for me to make a new sample photo guest book there was no question as to who I was going to use!

As far as the technical details of my picture guest books go, these little books come in 5×7 or 6×8 inches and they are high quality photo paper mounted on a heavy card stock that makes for thick substantial pages. The pages lay flat without a page break in the middle so your image can span the whole two pages if you would like. I custom design each book with the images of your choosing and a little bit of my own creative flair. Inquire today for a custom price quote. If you purchase your book at the time of your session there is a special rate!

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How to Look Good in Race Photos – Eugene Marathon 2013 Edition

Yesterday was the 2013 Eugene Marathon and LaDuke Photography had the awesome opportunity to shoot the start of the race from a boom lift over Agate Street as well as having exclusive access to the finish line in Hayward Field. It was truly inspiring to see everyone running through the streets of Eugene. Runners are some dedicated and sometimes crazy folk! The sense of community was also touching, so many finishers ended the race with their hands over their hearts as a show of support for victims of the attack on the Boston Marathon. I couldn’t help but get choked up a couple of times.

In photographing 8900 dedicated souls crossing the marathon finish line I learned a thing or two about what is going to make for the best finish photos, and I feel like the photo says plenty, but I have also included a few pointers below.

  • Enthusiasm is EVERYTHING! It is my job to capture everyone who crosses the line, but if you are looking at your watch you get one or two quick snaps. People with a big smile who are celebrating their achievements are like magnets and get many more photos.
  • Emotion of any sort will be gravitated to by photographers.
  • Unique outfits – Did you know The Devil is a Red Sox fan?
  • Also, kudos to the guys who had the energy to do push ups at the finish line after the run!

Smiling faces and big emotional moments are what we love to photograph and what will REALLY look great on your desk to motivate you for the next big race.

To see more Eugene Marathon photos visit this gallery!

Are you involved in organizing a run, walk or other event? I’d love to photograph it!

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BIG Print Sale – 50% off Fine Art & Portrait Prints

If you were in successful in your spring cleaning endeavors then it’s time to redecorate! Today through Wednesday, April 24th I am offering my large prints for 50% off. All you have to do is contact me directly and ask for the special. This covers any portrait session you may have had with me or any of my fine art prints. Please feel free to browse the following galleries, I’d love to see some of my work up in your home!

As always I’m here for free consultations, just ask if you’d like an opinion prior to placing your order!

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Photography Discounts from Eugene to Spokane!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, AND Happy Birthday to Me!

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It’s my birthday and I want to give YOU a present. Photography is my passion and I love helping people bring beautiful images into their lives. Creative family portraits, the kids at the park, high school seniors about to spread their wings and of course weddings. From quirky funny weddings right down to the most romantic moments of your wedding day. I want to capture every minute of it! Since I split my time between Eugene, Oregon and Spokane, WA these gift certificates apply to both locations and everywhere in between including Salem, Portland and The Tri-Cities.

For 50% OFF any of my available gift certificates visit this link and use the code “HAPPYBIRTHDAY” Please note that because of the nature of the product you will be contacted separately to provide payment via cash, check or credit card in person or over the phone.

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Give me a call, wish me a happy birthday and place your order directly. (509)954-3885 or (541)954-2458
This offer is only good through Sunday evening on my Facebook Page, but I will extended it through the 22nd for my faithful blog readers. Just give me a ring or shoot me an email if you would like the extension!

 

Due to the nature of the product I cannot offer refunds. Purchased gift certificates do not apply to weddings that have already been booked.

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How to Photograph Fireworks

Have you ever tried to snap a picture of a fireworks display and ended up with a bright rainbow squiggle or completely dark frame? Photographing fireworks is a bit of a daunting task for some.  Once you know the basics you will be able to capture the classic images and have the skills to experiment and make them creatively unique to you. Below you’ll find a list to get you on your way, so grab your camera and head out to Alton Baker, Island Park or The Eugene Rodeo and hone your firework photography skills!

  • Bring a tripod. Firework photos require long exposures, sometimes several seconds. If you are trying to hold your camera by hand you’ll end up with lots of brightly colored squiggles from the movement, but no breath-taking fireworks.  Setting the tripod so that it is secure is also important. Keeping the legs short and level will help avoid camera shake from wind or from you adjusting the camera itself.
  • Manually Focus. There are two main ways to go about this. One method is to autofocus on something that is a great distance away, such as buildings that will be in your shot or a bright star, or even on the first set of fireworks and then switch it over to manual. The other way (and my preferred method) is to turn the lens to manual focus and turn the focus ring to infinity (∞) and leave it there. Fireworks are generally far enough away that this will work just fine.
  • Use low ISO. This is your camera’s light sensitivity. Set it low to a number between 100-200 to avoid getting grainy noisy photos. This will also help force a longer shutter speed if your camera does not have manual controls.
  • Slow Shutter Speed. If your camera has manual controls set it to Shutter priority (Tv) or to Manual (M) and select a shutter speed that is a few seconds long. If you are setting your aperture in manual f/8-f/16 will usually serve you well and can be adjusted as needed.  If your camera has a Bulb (B) setting and you have a remote definitely use this. Set your aperture between f/8 and f/16 and open the shutter to capture the entire firework and then click the button to close. Adjust aperture settings as needed for desired brightness (f/5.6 will give you brighter skies, f/16 will be much darker)
  • Remote/Timer. If you have a remote for your camera use it. If not set the 2 second timer. by doing this you avoid any camera shake that may happen when you press the shutter button.
  • No Flash. Unless you are lighting a subject in your foreground I would advise you to turn it off. Even if you ARE lighting a foreground subject you may want to use a flashlight rather than a flash for a more interesting painted effect.

Last but not least once you’ve had a chance to figure out what settings you really like take some time to get creative. Think about interesting compositions, light painting your foreground or maybe adding longer or shorter exposures to manipulate your images. Flexing your creative muscles to personalize your images is one of the greatest joys of photography. Good luck and Happy Independence day!!

See more images from last years’ display at Kings Beach on Lake Tahoe!

Fourth of July fireworks

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Action Photo Tips – Terrain Mud Run

On Saturday May 12th the Terrain Mud Run descended upon Camp Harlow in North Eugene. With several great obstacles and lots of mud  a messy dirty amazing time was had by all. I had the pleasure of photographing the event for the organizers. I usually am posting to show off my latest wedding photography album or a really neat set of senior portraits, but I also love to get out and capture some action! Below I’ve outlined a couple quick tips for making sure your action shots turn out as crisp and clean as possible.

  • Most sports shots will require a fast shutter speed. I rarely go below 1/500th of a second. If your photos turn out too dark at 1/500th then boost the ISO to compensate.
  • Consider using flash if you are within 15 feet of your subject. Just enough to light the face of your athlete will help even the exposure.
  • Position yourself to avoid background clutter. Safety nets, cars, advertisements, etc. can draw attention away from your subject.
  • Use a long lens if you can, it will make your subject stand out from the back ground.
  • Turn your camera to ‘burst’ mode. Things happen fast in sports, make sure you can keep up!
  • Think about your angle, will shooting below the athlete make them look ‘larger than life’ or is it better to shoot from above and display them as part of their environment.
  • Most importantly, timing is EVERYTHING! Anticipate movement, use predictive focus and wait until the peak of the action to shoot!

On another more specific note, if you’re going to be shooting anything muddy and dirty wear clothes that can get messy and use the longest lens you can. I was zoomed to 200mm most of the day on Saturday and I still ended up crusted in mud from the tip of my lens hood all the way down to the insides of my socks. If you do not have a weather sealed camera you might consider an easy trick that I use – grab a clear plastic bag and make a poncho with just the lens sticking out. On most cameras you will still be able to manage the controls even with it bagged up. good luck on your action endeavors, happy shooting!

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Senior Portrait Photo Tips

Hello Class of 2013 Seniors! As an experienced Eugene portrait photographer who loves doing creative senior portraits I know a thing or two about how to create great photos that really express who you are.

I have done many senior portrait sessions and every shoot is different. In order to make things go as smoothly as possible I’ve compiled a short list of steps you can take prior to your session. We’ve only got a couple hours to to make amazing photographs so coming prepared is going to be vital!

Pre-planning:

When you book your session let me know the things that interest you. Are you involved with any sports or clubs at school? Do you have a favorite pet you want to bring along? What do you enjoy doing outside of school? These are all things that we can use to make your photos unique to you. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever have another opportunity like this to do a photo session that so boldly encompasses exactly who you are. Do you love mountain biking? Are you captain of the debate team? Have you been doing gymnastics your whole life? These things define you as a person, why not include them?

What to wear:

  • Avoid strong patterns (plaid, paisley, overly floral blouses, etc). They can be distracting. If you want to wear patterns layer them under a jacket or blouse.
  • Darker colors such as black, navy and dark green will slim you. Shirts with 3/4 or long sleeves are also slimming.
  • Light colors such as white/beige or light grey can dominate the photo and make you look ghostly if you are already pale or they will make you appear orange if you have tan skin.
  • Bring at least 3 different shirts, jackets or dresses. If you can dress in layers it will add variety. Don’t forget letter jackets and sports uniforms.
  • Accessorize! Sunglasses, bracelets, scarves and hats all personalize your ‘look’. Pay attention to how your shoes go with your outfits – they will be in some photos.

Make-Up:

Less is more. Wear it light and natural for your session. Go easy on the eye make up especially. Also NO glitter! It will reflect light and leave you with shiny little pock marks. Some eye make-up has a certain ‘shimmer’ which is okay, but body glitter and lip gloss tends to reflect light unevenly. Consider bringing a matte or transparent face powder to cut down on shiny skin.

Posing/Locations:

Don’t stress over posing, you might practice your smile in the mirror that morning, but otherwise I’ll help you pose once the session begins. The general rule is, “If it feels awkward, you’ll look awkward.” Always look for a comfortable natural feeling pose as close to what the photographer suggests as you can.
As far as locations go, if you have a place that is special to you like the high school track, your favorite park or your family’s own backyard speak up! I’ve got a ton of great suggestions from Alton Baker, to the top of Spencer Butte or even in an urban setting like downtown Eugene or Springfield.

The day before your session & morning of:

  • Drink plenty of water. Being hydrated makes your skin vibrant and fresh and will ward off dehydration headaches.
  • Get a good nights rest the night before to avoid tired eyes.
  • If you aren’t feeling well please reschedule – You need to feel your best to look your best!
  • Eat a small meal and bring a light snack prior, it will help stave off hunger but not leave you feeling bloated.

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I realize this is a lot of information to digest, just take a deep breath and know that I am here the whole time to help you out. Let’s go out and have some fun while taking memorable senior portraits that you will be proud to show off!

Contact me today to book your session! I am available for portraits within a 50mile radius of Spokane or Eugene. A small travel fee applies outside of my service area.

 

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