May Flowers

On either side of the country, May is one of my favorite months hands down. To me, Bougainvilleas are a synonymous with San Diego. Their bright colors and loud contrast make them a perfect flower to use as a backdrop for any photo shoot. Recently I got the chance to get out and shoot with my friend Jaenna. We found a beautiful flowering Bougainvillea and shot some photos in the morning light. Check out the images below!

New Years Update

From Rhode Island to California, 2016 has been a year to remember. I have shot more, traveled more, and sold more prints than ever before. Moving across the country doesn't come without its set of challenges, but every adventure, mistake, and lesson learned helps to distinguish and refine the art of image making but me as a photographer as well. This past year has been truly memorable and I want to take a second to thank all my amazing clients and friends who helped to make this year such a success. Below are some of my favorite moments from the past year, from snow covered Yawgoo to sunny San Diego, I have been blessed to witness some amazing moments as well as work with some awesome new people.

Looking forward to 2017, I plan on growing my business on both coasts, expanding my team, andcontinuing to create unique, innovative work. If you are interested in working alongside me, booking a shoot, or heading out on an adventure, feel free to email me at mwellingtonphoto@hotmail.com to collaborate. Thank you for your continued support and cheers to a new year and new adventures!

Nikonos iii X Amber Torrealba

Last Monday, I met up with Amber Torrealba for a swim in Laguna Beach. The waves were nothing special, but the sun was shining bright and it's December in Southern California so why not get in the water. I brought with me, my Nikonos iii loaded with a role if iso 1600, Fujifilm, Shooting with the Nikonos iii is always an adventure no matter what the conditions. The camera itself is fully manual and having brought high iso film, I was forced to shoot with an aperture between F/16 and F/22, using a shutter speed around 1/500th. Using a small aperture, helped to alleviate some of the struggle of using a manual focus. Out of the 36 exposures, I included some of my favorites in the gallery below. The process of shooting film along with the magic of the fully manual Nikonos iii makes for some beautiful images. While they may not be technically perfect, the feel of the soft tones and faded color make for some truly unique images. Check out the images in the gallery below and expect more Nikonos iii galleries soon!

Holiday Wedding Special

Holiday Wedding Special

With the Holidays in full swing, I am offering several special wedding options for clients that book in the month of December. Aside from the special package offered below, I am discounting all December bookings by 15%. To view all of the packages I offer, please see the "Rates" page.

Wedding Special: $800

-4 hrs of coverage

-150 high res digital files (print up to 8x12")

-Online Gallery for viewing and ordering a la carte prints

-One 11x14" print

I would love to further discuss photographing your special day! To learn more, check availability, or meet in person, please contact me at mwellingtonphoto@hotmail.com.

Welcome to the New Site

Welcome to the new M.Wellington Photography website! Thank you for taking the time to check out my latest work. The new website was designed to streamline the user experience and make finding the right package, easier than ever. Under the "Rates" tab in the header, you can find information regarding pricing and packages for wedding, engagement, event, portrait, and commercial projects. On the Work page, you can take a look at some of the clients I've collaborated with in the past, including everything from weddings and baby showers, to commercial surf and skateboard clients. Check out the images below to see and learn more about the clients I work with regularly.

Over the past several months, some of my clients include Lume Cube and SD Skatelife, both businesses local to San Diego. I have also photographed portrait sessions with clients here in Southern California as well as traveling to Rhode Island for a wedding. I am also happy to announce, the new print shop here on M.Wellington Photo. Over the coming months, I will be offering limited print series of some of my favorite images from over the years. Keep an eye on The Wellington Post for more information and when you can expect the prints to become available. 

I also want to take a second to thank everyone for your continued support. The last five months have been a beautiful experience transitioning from Rhode Island to Southern California. I look forward to continuing to work with amazing clients on both coasts and everywhere in-between. While I will be based in San Diego moving forward, I plan on traveling as much as possible as well as returning to Rhode Island to photograph the beautiful wedding locations New England has to offer and the people that make them so amazing. If you are interested in hiring me for a wedding, event, or project in Rhode Island, please contact me at mwellingtonphoto@hotmail.com or by phone at 401.595.0756. While travel rates vary by location, I have special rates I am available to offer for clients in Rhode Island.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by the new site. To stay up to date on the latest projects and adventures, keep an eye on The Wellington Post as I will be posting regularly as well as sharing special projects and packages moving forward. Also, I will be sending out an email newsletter once a month, highlighting any new work, special packages, or discounted rates that I will be offering. If you are interested in staying in the loop, submit your email address below and you will receive the next newsletter. Thank you all for your continued love and support! I look forward to more fun, inspiring shoots. Cheers!

-Mike

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Meditation and Photography

Meditation and Photography is a new portrait series, I will be beginning to shoot for in 2016. The project aims at sharing the practice of mindful meditation with anyone who practices or is interesting in beginning a journey into peace and clarity. My journey began three years ago, at a time when I was feeling constantly overwhelmed with anxiety. I was introduced to a teacher and as I began my practice, I began to meet more like minded people, my anxiety began to fade. Suddenly, I could concentrate on my work, on my life again. Aspects of my life that weren’t beneficial or meaningful, began to fade and I started to feel much more in touch with what inspired me, not only with photography, but in every aspect of my life. A meditation practice is just that, a practice, something that takes time and work to develop. But, in today's super fast paced society, I believe that it is more important than ever to be in touch with the silence inside you. To be able to find peace within, no matter what the current conditions of your life are.

 

My Hope is that this project will find those who need it most. Those who need to find peace amongst the chaos, those who have long developed practices and have knowledge to share. I have no doubt that if you are inspired or intrigued by this project, we will connect.

My Goal is to reach people young and old alike. Those who have have established practices and have directly seen the amazing results of meditation and those who are interested in trying mediation for the first time.

How it Works
The process is simple, if you are interested in being a part of the project and scheduling a shoot, send me an email at mwellingtonphoto@hotmail.com. Include your name. a little bit about yourself, and why you are interested in the project. I will most likely respond within a day and based on situation work towards scheduling a day to shoot.

The Shoot
On the day of the shoot, I want you to treat it as just another day. I am located in Southern Rhode Island, based on your situation, we will decide on a location to shoot at. The location can be somewhere special to you, a quiet place outdoors, or somewhere you enjoy being. Wear something comfortable, that you don't mind sitting in. When we first meet, after introductions, I will photograph you. From there, depending on each situation and your experience, we will meditate for 20-30 minutes. If you have never meditated before, don’t worry, we can spend time going over basic techniques and I can even guide you through your first time. After we meditate, we will take a second for a few more photos and wrap up our session.

How to Get in Touch
Email: mwellingtonphoto@hotmail.com
Phone: 401.595.0756
Website: Contact form

Thank you
I have no doubt that this project will reach anyone who needs it so if you find yourself inspired, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, I would love to hear from you and look forward to meeting you and sharing this practice.

 

New Original Post on Fstoppers

With the new year upon us, it is a great opportunity to regain focus and direct energy towards developing your craft and becoming a better photographer. Personally, I am more driven then ever, focusing on improving as a photographer, writer, and business owner. I am excited for the new year and am working on planning trips, shooting with new people, and contributing to Fstoppers more than ever. My goal is not only to become a better photographer, but to share my knowledge as much as possible. With this being said, I recently wrote an original post for Fstoppers about Five Ways to Become a Better Photographer in the New Year. The post goes over different aspects of photography, business, and how you can work at them to become a better photographer. Take a second to check out the post and let me know what you think. I would love to hear some feedback and look forward to writing more, and sharing more advice and tutorials not only on Fstoppers but on here as well. Thanks so much for all your continued support, if you have any questions feel free to email me any time at mwellingtonphoto@hotmai.com. Cheers!

Sunday Shoots

I love Sundays! Recently, I have been dedicating Sundays to experimental shooting and learning. Whether I am testing a new lens, using a different style of lighting, or shooting in a new location, it has been beneficial for my work to dedicate time each week to learning and experimenting. This past week, I had the chance to shoot with Jollie. I wanted to do a portrait shoot and experiment with natural light vs using a single speed light in a 24X24” soft box. For a lens, I used my Nikon Nikkor 70-200 F/2.8 and my Nikon D750 camera body. In the 24X24” impact speedbox, I had my Yongnuo YN568EX, triggered by Yongnuo YN622N wireless flash triggers

We got to our location around 9:30AM. The sun was still low in the sky and I wanted to position Jollie roughly in front of it to add some highlight and create a nice flare in camera as well as to make sure the light was relatively even on her face. We were in a field of Reeds and the sun was lighting up the tops of them, creating a nice glow and some beautiful soft light. 

With Jollie roughly in front of the sun and my soft box in front and slightly to the right of her, as you can see above, I positioned myself about 10-15ft away so I could frame the shot. In camera, my settings were, ISO 100, F/2.8, with a shutter speed of 1/200th. The first two shots below as well as the last one are with the flash. The third shot is without the flash. For this shot, I left the soft box in place so the white would catch in the eyes, but turned off the triggers so it would not fire. I still really like the third shot, however I don’t think it has as much depth, I think the others have better highlights on the cheeks and overall, the flash helps to make for a more dynamic image. All in all, i think it’s kind of a personal preference. If I had had a reflector with me, I know that that would have given me the highlights I was looking for. 

Overall, I am really happy with how all the shots came out. It was great to get out in the mild December weather and take advantage of the soft, morning sunshine and I am looking forward to more experiments next Sunday. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or hit me up via email anytime at mwellingtonphoto@hotmail.com. Thanks guys! Hope you all enjoy the holiday! Cheers.

Home for the Holidays

A few days before Thanksgiving, I was scrolling through Facebook and saw a photographers post. I can't remember word for word what the post read but it was along the lines of... looking forward to Thanksgiving, the time when all of your family members ask you to get out your camera and work for free. I don't know exactly what he/she meant by this post, maybe they have a demanding family, I don't know. But I do know that I always try and bring my camera to family gatherings, it doesn't feel like work to me, in fact I love it. Its an opportunity not only to preserve family moments for a lifetime, but to brush up on my skills, better myself as a photographer, and as a creative challenge. This year, I took a little bit of a different approach, rather than just capturing moments throughout the day, I wanted to capture the people. So I decided to do headshot style portraits of everyone who was there for the holiday, including my dog keavy. 

For all the photographers out there who are reading this, I will go into detail a little bit about how I set up, photographed, and edited the shots. Starting with gear, I used my Nikon D750, with a Nikkor 70-200 F/2.8 lens. I also used a Manfrotto tripod and a Meike battery grip with he included wireless remote. (I love this battery grip, easily worth the $80) I used a Yongnuo YN568EX flash in a Impact Quikbox Softbox (24X24"), trigger by Yongnuo YN622N wireless triggers. This is a very affordable lighting set up, all together, stands included, this set up can be purchased for under $250 and honestly works great for any one light shot. I also had a roughly 2'X3' white piece of dry erase board, which I used as a reflector. 

I placed the quikbox about 3' in front of my subject and just about at head level/slightly above, angled down at the subjects face. I placed the reflector at about chest level, about the 2' in font of the subject angled upward. This served as a fill and lightened the shadows on the subjects face. I positioned my camera slightly off to the side and had each subject lean on a railing and turn slightly towards me. I used the remote on the battery grip to trigger shots as I moved around and conversed with each family member that I was photographing. 

In camera, my settings went as followed, ISO 100-200, F/2.8, with a shutter speed of 1/160-1/200. I set my white balance to auto and shot in raw, making any necessary changes in Lightroom. The sun was setting, so the light behind the subject did change a little, becoming a touch more saturated in some shots, but thats what you get working outside and I didn't mind. I'm not going to get into my post production process to much, but if your interested in retouching, you can find some very helpful tips in this recent post on Fstoppers, by Dani Diamond. While my workflow differs slightly, I use many of these methods for editing portraits. 

If you guys have any questions, feel free to ask away in the comments section or shoot me an email anytime at mwellingtonphoto@hotmail.com. Thanks so much for checking out my work. I would love to hear any feedback you guys have. Happy holidays!

Fall on Yawgoo Pond

Few things go together as well as Fall and New England. It starts at the end of August when the days begin to get noticeably shorter, the nights a little cooler, and the bugs louder. September is a beautiful month. By then, you can tell Summer is over. The weather is still beautiful, but the busy Summer crowds have all but let except for on the weekends. Everything gets this burnt look to it, the leaves on the trees look like they have been baking in the sun all Summer long and begin to turn. It isn’t until the first week of October that the foliage really begins to peak in southern Rhode Island. I always make a point of it to get out for a few early mornings on the lake around this time of the year. The water is still warmer than the air and each morning, if the temperature gets low enough, a huge cloud of fog lifts off of the pond. Paired with the beautiful yellows, reds, and oranges of the surrounding foliage, it is really a magnificent sight. This year, I was lucky enough to get out on the lake on one of these beautiful mornings, check out the photos below for a look at Fall on Yawgoo Pond.


California

Two weeks ago, I landed in Rhode Island after being away for a month of adventure in Southern California. Over the past few weeks, I've had a chance to edit some of the photos from my trip. Most of the time I was in California I was in San Diego, I've been there several times before and always enjoy an opportunity to shoot photos somewhere other than the east coast. It always seems to blow my mind how hard it can be to escape the harsh sun out west, I really feel like unless you are shooting indoors or plan on using scrims galore, the best thing to do is embrace it. In my mind, California is all about sunshine, so why shouldn't my photos be sun soaked.  Here on the east coast, especially in the fall and winter, the sun is so low in the sky, it sometimes feels like golden hour lasts all day and it is always relatively easy to hide from the sun. It just really goes to show you how as a photographer, you have to be able to adjust to varying conditions based on your location and really learn how use those conditions to your benefit. I love the idea of shooting in all natural light and try and do it whenever possible, but thats a another story that I will get into in a future blog post. Aside from San Diego, I spent some time camping in Jalamama, just north of Santa Barbera. Where I had the opportunity to shoot the beautiful landscape leading into the central coast. I also had the opportunity to photograph a wedding on Mt. Laguna, which will have its own blog post, as well as some commercial work with SD Skatelife. All in all, I had a great trip and can't wait to make it back out to the West Coast soon. In the mean time, check out some photos from my trip.

 

Colorado

This being, my first blog post I want to start off by saying thank you to everyone who has followed my work over the past couple years. It has been an exciting time for me and I'm beyond stoked to be finally pursing a full time career as a freelance photographer. The past several years, I was shooting full time, working for a womens clothing company. I spent each season shooting large amounts of their inventory. While I enjoyed my time working there, I recently decided to leave the comfort of a steady job and direct more effort towards establishing myself as a photographer. As the summer came to an end in Rhode Island, I decided what better way to kick off my new endeavours than to spend some time exploring the West. My first stop was Colorado, check out these shots from my time there and stay tuned for more photos as I head to California.