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We’re in Maine!

Thomas Oyster CO Bridal Party
Ashley and Upamanyu with Bridal Party at Thomas Oyster Co Mystic Seaport, CT.

We are SO excited to announce that we have completely relocated our photography business (now serving all of New England) to southern Maine!

We are a husband and wife wedding photographer duo who absolutely love every moment of what we do. From scouting new venues and engagement locations, to assisting in planning the timeline of your day, not to mention getting behind the camera to make the magic happen– every second of our “job” is a dream come true for us!

Bridal Party Fun on the Bridge
The bridal party cheers as the bride and groom kiss along the stone bridge of Elizabeth Park in West Hartford Connecticut

With Nathan’s background in landscape photography, and Florence’s attention to detail in macro and composition, we consider our specialty to be outdoor open-air wedding venues or rustic barn-style receptions. We LOVE to combine the beauty of your wedding with the natural beauty of mother nature and the great outdoors! Though just because we love that style, doesn’t mean everyone else does, so don’t worry if you’re not getting married outdoors…we’ll still be there to create those memories that you’ll cherish for the rest of your lives!

 

Bride and Groom Bridge Reflection
The Bride and Groom kiss gently on a white bridge over a small pond, their reflections showing beautifully in the crystal clear water below.

 

Flower Girl
The cute flower girl sports her poofy dress as she holds her mother’s hand during the ceremony at this Middletown CT Wedding.

So far Maine has been absolutely wonderful for us. We cannot wait to see what our future holds in our new home.

Contact us today to discuss the date and location of your wedding and our availability for  wedding photography coverage. We cannot wait to speak with you!

See more of our photographs: here.

 

 

Photographing Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park

Bull Elk Morning Light Frozen Vegetation Rocky Mountain National Park
A bull elk in the early morning at Rocky Mountain National Park during elk rut season

Imagine this:

An early 5am alarm at the cheap hotel in Estes Park. A quick trip to McDonalds drive-through because that hot coffee is going to be everything when it’s this early and this cold.   A short but extremely dark drive over to the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park– there’s maybe two other cars that you see on the way. You park and roll down the windows. You can’t see anything. But suddenly, you hear everything.

The bull elk are already bugling this morning. In front of you, behind you, to the right, the left– it sounds like they’re everywhere. How far away? It’s not easy to tell. For me, this was my experience the last time I went to Rocky Mountain National Park to photograph the elk during the rut season.

As the sunlight began to brighten this cloudy morning, my friend and I set our trip-pods up got the telephoto lenses ready to go. Suddenly, the elk that were previously laying down in the tall grasses of the field in front of us stood up… and they were right there all along, not 30 yards in front of us.

Bull Elk Rut Fight
These bull elk lower their antlers in head to head combat to demonstrate strength during rut season.

As the sun continued to get more and more bright, these animals began to get more and more feisty with each other. Photographing conditions were difficult in the 17 degree weather and full cloud cover kept the available natural light low, resulting in high ISO. Yet, the experience of watching these animals in their natural environments displaying natural behaviors during rut season was enough to make the trip a success for me, even if I didn’t end up with photographs that I’d be happy with.

Bull Elk Bugeling in Rocky Mountain National Park
A bull elk bugles as he is surrounded by his harem and his warm breath is contrasted by the cold mountain air

For me, the extreme cold made the entire photo shoot. In the early morning (like in the first photograph of this post) the ice on the vegetation added texture to the foreground and allowed for the earliest of light to shimmer off of the white crystals where it touched in the background. As the day went on and as the animals became more active, the warm breath of the animals could easily be seen contrasting against the background of the images.

Bull Elk Wildlife Rocky Mountain National Park
A bull elk contrasted by warm morning light and beautiful fall colors in Rocky Mountain National Park

We returned to Rocky Mountain National Park the next day at the same time. It was 30 degrees warmer. There was no ice clinging to the vegetation. There was no breath of the animals as they bugled into the cold mountain air. I ended up barely taking any photographs the second day, but instead, watched with my own eyes and listened to the noises the animals made. This brings up two points that I’ve learned over the years as a photographer:

1: If the conditions don’t work out on shoot, just plan to come back because eventually everything will come together to make the photograph that you’ve planned for.

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2: Sometimes its worth putting the viewfinder down and watching with your own eyes. Coming away with the perfect photograph is often rewarding, but feeling as if you actually experienced it without looking through the camera is also just as good and just as memorable.

 

**These photographs were all made with the Tamron 100-600mm G2 and Canon 5DMKiii.

Wedding Photo Editing Before + After

Here’s a common question when searching for a wedding photographer to book for your wedding: “How much should I spend and who is the best value?”

I’ll admit, it can be tempting to take a look at the photographer who’s prices come in way below your budget, because hey, who doesn’t like to save money…right? But sometimes it pays off to hire a professional over your good friend with a camera who offered to take pictures during your wedding day.

It is often overlooked that professional photographers do not just simply get paid to spend the day capturing the memories of the events throughout your wedding– they also preserve those memories in artistic styles by means of diligently working on the images on the computer for weeks after your wedding.

To demonstrate this, I want to share one of my images of a wedding that I photographed recently. Take a look at the photograph below, which came straight out of my camera before any editing:

The Barns at Wesleyan Hills Bride and Groom Portrait Before Editing

The sun was getting low in the sky, sending harsh shadows across the barn, so my exposure was longer in order to minimize them. The venue had lawn care done recently and was attempting to re-grow grass obtrusively in the middle of this gorgeous area which included the name of the venue which I knew that the bride and groom would surely like to look back on. The white streak of the filled-in crack on the sidewalk pulls your attention away from the white dress that the bride is wearing and draws your eye to nothing in the corner of the photo. Lastly, though this may be a little nitpicking now, the oil stains on the sidewalk by the stairs to the right are simply ugly.

As a professional photographer, we are trained to look at each image in immense detail so that the final product that we deliver lives not only up to our standards, but exceeds yours. Here is my corrected version of the photograph, which I worked on for about 30-minutes using editing software on the computer:

Bride and Groom The Barns at Wesleyan Hills Wedding
The bride and groom pose in front of the barn doors at the Barns at Wesleyan Hills Venue in Middletown Connecticut. The setting summer sun illuminates the barn in soft light during this beautiful evening wedding.

I think you’ll agree that the final result is much more pleasing to the eye!

Thus, when you are looking for your photographer for your event, please don’t only consider the time to photograph on the day of, but remember, it is all about the effort they will put in after the fact and behind the scenes, in order to deliver an incredible product to bring back all those wonderful memories for years to come.

*To inquire with Nathan Bush Photography about your wedding day or event, please contact us.*

 

Ashley and Upamanyu– Mystic Seaport CT Wedding

It was an absolutely gorgeous blue-bird day on the coastline of Connecticut at historic Mystic Seaport. The sun beamed down causing the water to glisten but the gentle breeze kept everyone cool so that they would enjoy this perfect outdoor wedding.

Mystic Seaport quickly has become one of my favorite venues to photograph! It boasts tall historic ships, beautiful coastal buildings, and unparalleled seacoast views perfect for the couple looking to have their wedding ceremony surrounded by fresh air and a crisp landscape.

Here are a few of my favorite photographs from Ashley and Upamanyu’s special day:

 

Contact us to discuss your wedding day photography coverage today.

My Favorite Image of 2017

Brugge Belgium Cityscape Canal Reflection at Night During a Rain Storm
During an evening rainstorm, buildings including the Belfry in Brugge Belgium are illuminated by city lights and reflect in the canal in the foreground of the image.

Wow! When looking back through the galleries of 1-year worth of photographs, I have to say, it is nearly impossible to choose just one favorite! Yet, if I have to, I’d say that this shot of the Rozenhoedkaai in Brugge, Belgium is it.

It is here that the Groenerei and Dijver canals meet, creating this picturesque scene that is considered one of the most photographed scenes in all of Brugge. It’s believed that the Rozenhoedkaai was a mooring place for ships back in the late Middle Ages and that traders would gather here to unload their merchandise. But it is not for these reason’s that I chose this image as my favorite of 2017.

When I was in Brugge last April, of course I had seen photographs from other photographers taken of this location, but I wanted to make one my own as well. It was on my last night in Brugge that I was out walking the city streets with the camera when I arrived here just as it started to downpour with rain and blowing wind. I thought that there was no way that I was going to be able to take a long enough exposure to capture this scene in such weather conditions, and thus, the battle between the elements and wiping the lens dry of rain droplets began!

It took a few tries, a lot of wiping the lens glass clean, and a walk home in soaking wet clothes, but the end result was this gorgeous night photograph of the canals and the city lights.

A few things I that love about this photograph, which I feel make it an original of an often photographed location:

  • The orange lights of the city reflected in the rainwater as it fell from the sky, resulting in the city lights abruptly surrounding the Belfry even more than usual, drawing the viewer’s eye to a single point of interest.
  • The motion caused by the rain and blowing wind on the canals, as well as the combination with the extended exposure camera settings, resulted in the smoothing of the surface of the canals in more places than others. Because of this, the iron top to the brick wall along the water’s edge reflects almost as crosses in the center of the photograph, adding an eerily creepy tone to the image of these medieval buildings as a whole.

Would you say the above two points are the result of nothing but luck? Well… probably so! But they are both the reasons I chose this photograph as my favorite from 2017!

Happy New Year!