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.

 

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.