Michael & Ana's Engagement!

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This past weekend, we had the pleasure of photographing the engagement of one of our dearest friends--without her knowing!

Michael had reached out in advance to give us all the information about this TOP SECRET operation. We visited the location together to figure out the best hiding spots and angles. Even though Ana knew us and could easily recognize us, we were up for the challenge.

On the day of the proposal, we made sure to arrive early and do some test shots on our own. We didn’t want to bother Michael with messages, as we knew he had a lot on his mind!

They showed up to the location at 10am, just as we planned. We hid until they got into position and then, started shooting rapid fire! This is where the silent shutter comes in handy.

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- SHE SAID YES -

Ana was beyond happy! Her face alone brightened this cloudy autumn day.

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We allowed the couple to have this beautiful, intimate moment before breaking cover and revealing ourselves.

Next up…

The Portraits!!

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We are so excited for this lovely couple and very honored to be a part of their special day!

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Look Up from Your Phone and Live Your Life

Another special moment missed and another blurry photo added to your camera roll... 

Don't waste time trying to get a photo on your phone. Don't get me wrong, there are many pros of having the image immediately on your phone but why not focus on relishing the moment you spend with your family or friends? Special moments deserve special treatment. And a family photoshoot is the best way to create beautiful memories.

Here is a real life example. The image on the right is me and my cousins. I am the professional photographer in the family so I couldn't really rely on any of my other relatives to take photos. This image is blurry and has my mom's finger in the frame. It is a great moment to remind me of my cousins back home in Greece but I would do much else with this photo. On the left, you see my partner's family during thanksgiving. It is an image shot by a professional (me) with a professional camera and professional editing. Do you see the difference? Which one would you blow up and frame? Yeah. I thought so. 

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This is why it’s better to get a professional photographer instead of trying to take photos on your iPhone. We are an affordable professional studio that will take care of the special time you’re having at any time in your life. High quality images, quick delivery and retouch make the photos an amazing relic to remember forever.

No need to worry about any of the technical aspects of your photoshoot. NXM will do all that for you with our state of the art professional cameras and flashes. During the event our friendly team will make sure to capture every moment and to produce your most beautiful images. You will get the high quality images through an online gallery where you can even order gorgeous prints from! With any print order over $20 get two FREE 4x6 prints on us. 

 Image shot by Natalia Bougadellis for Coverd Photo.

Image shot by Natalia Bougadellis for Coverd Photo.

Family photos and birthday parties are the most overlooked occasions where people opt to not hire a professional photographer. Frankly, I love seeing any photo of my family whether it is on an iPhone or professional camera. I would probably get the same feeling from either. 

But consider this having someone capture those great moments from the outside and picturing the whole family in the photo. Think about it. How often do you get everyone in your family to cooperate and take family photos together? It’s impossible. Most families have a short attention span and that includes everyone - not just the kids! 

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Time flies. Moments pass.

You don’t want to look back on life wishing you had more photos of your friends, family, and loved ones. Let NXM capture everything and everyone at their best!

Well guess what? You can!

Event Photographer's Checklist

What does it take to be a good event photographer? A few tips from my journey so far, and inside view of my gear kit.

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Here is a photo of my while covering this year's IFP Week. As you can see I am carrying my 70-200mm in one hand to switch between lenses easily. Ultimately I would have my second 5D with me but it is currently being repaired. 

So, what equipment do I use to shoot events with? Here is a list of everything that is in my camera bag. I will go over equipment as well as some other essentials that I carry with me.

1. Full frame body: 

 
 
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I use the Canon 5D Mark III as my main camera and then the 5D Mark II as a B cam so that I do not have to constantly switch between lenses. Do not worry if you don't have two bodies. You can make it just fine. I have done numerous events with only one body.

2. A fast lens:

Depending on the event you might need a different set of lenses. My go to lens for parties and receptions is the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8. For events that include panels or presentations I add to my bag the Canon 70-200mm F/2.8.  

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These are two examples. The left image is a party event at a bar shot on my 24-70mm and the right one is a photo of one of the panelists from the IFP Week 2017 using my 70-200mm. The image on the left is also an example of using flash. This leads us to the next thing which is...

3. On camera flash:

My go to is the Vivitar 385HV Flash. It hasn't given me any issues in the 2 years that I have had it in my kit and it is extremely affordable (89$) and easy to use. Always be careful with the use of flash as improper use can lead to unwanted results. I never point the flash directly on the subjects. Always try to bounce it off of somewhere. The ceiling is the easy solution. Lately I have been using the Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible diffuser and my photos have never looked better. 

 Independent shoot for IFP Week 2017

Independent shoot for IFP Week 2017

4. At least 2x32GB SD or CF cards

I always try to have a 128GB combined available storage on my media. The you don't want to show up to an event and don't have enough space on your cards! I personally prefer SD cards over CF because I can just insert them into my computer and transfer the files. For larger events with more files I do opt for a CF and use my USB 3 card reader. Regardless of your preference you should always have extra back up cards. 

5. EXTRA BATTERIES

I cannot stress this enough! ALWAYS have extra batteries for your camera and for your flash. You should also have a charger with you and if the location and the nature of the event permits, always keep one charging. 

 Riverside Gala 2017 event photography for Coverd

Riverside Gala 2017 event photography for Coverd

I also want to talk about a few more things. I chose to wear all black for events. It is a safe choice regardless of the event's dress code. For most events, a black V neck and black pants are fine. If the event is at night I chose my black button down shirts instead. Of course if the event has a strict dress code you need to be able to adapt to it and throw on a black blazer if needed. I also always have business cards with me. Whenever I shoot independently I use my personal cards or if I represent an agency like Coverd, I use their business cards.  The best way to get new jobs is by word of mouth.