California

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.

 

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.