Summer is rapidly approaching and with it comes memories that will last a lifetime. Family picnics, trips to the beach, birthdays, weddings, sports, and many more events and activities will take place that you are going to want to preserve and look back on throughout your life. As a photographer, my job is to make that as easy and effortless as possible. That's why I am offering a 15% discount on all shoots booked before July first. The hard part is booking, so get it over with now and lets set up a shoot! This Summer special also includes action sports photography for my SD Skatelifers as well as equestrian shoots. If you are interested in booking me for your wedding, I am offering the 15% off wedding packages as well (excludes wedding special package & packages 6-8). To take advantage of this offer, fill out the form below! Thank you all for your support and I look forward to capturing the moments in between.
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!
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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 email@example.com. Cheers!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks guys! Hope you all enjoy the holiday! Cheers.
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 email@example.com. Thanks so much for checking out my work. I would love to hear any feedback you guys have. Happy holidays!