Here you'll learn what affects our lives, which in the long run affects our work. We want you to know what makes us click.
Slow but sure, spring is finally coming to southwest Michigan. The grass is green and starting to grow again. Flowing plants are starting to emerge. I saw crocuses last week, without snow on them! There is an abundance of activity among the birds outside and our finches are returning. My favorite finches are the American Gold and Rosy Breasted that we have. I didn't have my camera, so you will have to picture this yourself. Some tiny finches were carrying long pieces of straw into a bird house we put up on a tree this past fall. It was so funny to see a tiny 3-inch bird flying up there with 12-inch pieces of dried grass and poking them into an inch and a half hole.
Another sign of new life is the joy that comes from knowing Jesus is Risen! This past week I have meditated on what it cost Jesus to pay for the penalty of my sin. What great love He has for you and me! But He didn't die and end the story there. Oh no, that was really just the beginning, at least for you and me. Tomorrow morning we will be going to the 7:30 (not quite sunrise) service to celebrate RESURRECTION DAY! It is supposed to be sunny and 72 degrees in Grand Rapids. That will make it seem like the whole earth is rejoicing, as indeed it must be that the Creator is indeed alive. Because He lives, we can live forever as well. Because He lives, death is defeated. Because He lives, sin and death no longer have control over me. "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, Jesus Christ now lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Happy Resurrection Day to you! If you want to know more about faith in Jesus, please feel welcome to ask me.
We are happy to announce that we have become David's Bridal Grand Rapids' Preferred Service Provider. Only one vendor from each service is awarded this each year. We are excited about this opportunity to partner with David's Bridal, and we look forward to serving many more brides and grooms in the West Michigan area.
We had the fun and privilege of shooting winter engagement photos for Mike Petlicke and Kristin Campbell. Their wedding is scheduled for September 13, 2014. Spending time together like this each season is helping us get to know them better AND helping us and them fell comfortable working together in front of and behind the camera. This will help us capture their love story more completely and better on their wedding day. So this is something we do with all our wedding couples.
Photographing in the snow creates unique fun. Tromping through knee deep snow, laying in piles of it, and keeping the lens dry are just a few of the challenges we faced on this shoot. Even though it is cold, there is something heartwarming about playing in the snow. Digital cameras and lighting equipment don't operate well for long periods of time in bitter cold. It was a whopping 17 degrees when we shot these snow photos! The camera functioned fine today, but the batteries in the radio controls for the flash and the flash itself didn't respond very quickly. Persistence and igenuity, however, on a photographer's part, pays off.
Why was this shoot good for us? We got to see Mike and Kristin having fun, relating to each other, and how the respond to suggestions from us. But even more important than that, we got too see how romantic they are, how fun loving they are, and how willing Mike was to do something for Kristin even though he didn't like it, just to make her happy. What was that? Ice skating. Another thing we learned was what kind of lighting made them look their best. Now on their wedding day we'll know ahead how to light them to bring out their best features and make them look most attractive. And we learned all of that while having fun with them!
One of the joys of being a photographer in this era of high tech editing programs and digital manipulation software is the ability to take your images where your imagination leads you.
When our most recent couple arrived for engagement photos we decided to shoot a few of them while they were still in their coats. The long coat and hat he wore reminded us of a image we shot for a classic style fashion shoot. We lit him with a low angle light to create a large shadow on the wall behind him and had him pull his hat low to give us a mysterious look.
Today during the post-editing process I made the comment that all his shadow needed was a pipe to look like an old 20's era private eye. This is the result. When technology and imagination meet fun almost always follows.
What do you think when you see this image?
As photographers we often have to manipulate the environment to get the perfect shot. It may mean moving the light or angling the subject so that they look the best in the photograph. But sometimes it means we have to bend or contort to get the camera to match the natural or available light. Other times it means we have to crawl up ledges and stand on snow covered edges to get the perfect angle and light, just as we did this past week when we went to Grand Ledge to photograph rocky ledges for our "Frozen Fashion" shoot.
Not only did we have to crawl up and over steep ledges but it was also about 20 degrees outside. But in the pursuit of the perfect shot what photographer worth their salt wouldn't take the same steps to get their photograph.
Reflections by Rohne is a mother-son team. We understand the dynamics of loving relationships. Our passion is capturing the moments and expressions of your relationships, with the love of your life, your children, your parents, your siblings, your friends, your co-workers, your teammates, and your customers. Together we are able to capture the emotions and details of your story.
Photography is “light writing.” We love to sculpt with light to make you look amazing. Harnessing light and shadows helps to tell your story also. Good lighting can make you look younger, healthier, slimmer, and more dramatic. We harness light to draw attention to your best features, and to create the aura desired, that tells your story.