Sean and Scout 05.21.11 – Brookings South Dakota Wedding Photography

Time to catch up on some wedding blog posts!

Here are a few more from Sean and Scout’s wedding at St. Thomas More in Brookings South Dakota. These were all taken from the Wedding Reception Slideshow.

Adam and Brianna’s Signature Mat: South Dakota Engagement Photography

Adam and Brianna’s wedding is next summer. Here is their signature mat.

Michael and Sarah’s Signature Mat: South Dakota Engagement Photography

June has been a crazy month at the studio with little time left for putting things up on the website. We are almost caught up on our projects.

Here’s Michael and Sarah’s signature mat.

Matt and Beth’s Guestbook – Madison South Dakota Wedding Photography

Check out the flip book proof below. You can click on the corner of the page or grab the corner and drag to turn the page.

Congratulations Sean and Scout! Brookings South Dakota Wedding Photography

We had an amazing time photographing Sean and Scout’s wedding at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church in Brookings on Saturday.

Jordan and Lauren sneak peak: Madison South Dakota Wedding Photography

Here are a few images taken from Lauren and Jordan’s wedding reception slideshow last Saturday in Madison.

Ryan and Shannon: Sneak Peak – Brookings South Dakota Wedding Photography

It’s already Tuesday and we had not posted any images from Ryan and Shannon’s wedding on Saturday. Here are a few from their wedding reception slideshow.

Shannon and Ryan’s engagement video slideshow – Brookings SD wedding photography

Jordan and Lauren’s guestbook proof – Madison SD Wedding Photography

Ryan and Shannon: Wedding Guestbook – Brookings SD Engagement Photography

Ryan and Shannon’s wedding day is fast approaching. Here is the proof of their wedding guestbook.

We are still playing catchup on the blog posts and computer work. Stay tuned: there is much to see over the next couple of weeks.

Daniel and Heidi: Signature Mat – South Dakota Engagement Photography

Here’s Daniel and Heidi’s signature mat.

Ryan and Shannon: Signature Mat – South Dakota Engagement Photography

Our gift to wedding couples is a signature mat. Here is Ryan and Shannon’s.

Hailey and Brandon engagement pictures – South Dakota Wedding Photography

Here are a few more from Brandon and Hailey’s engagement.

Ryan and Shannon: Engagement Sneak Peak – South Dakota Wedding Photography

More to come later…

Valentine’s Day Wedding: Kyle and Laura’s wedding video slideshow 02-13-2010 – Madison SD Wedding Photographers

Check out the fun wedding video slideshow we put together from Laura and Kyle’s wedding last February. We will be sharing the highlights of last year’s weddings over the next few weeks.

More images from Jeff and Courtney’s wedding 01-21-11 – Colman SD Wedding Photography

Here are a few more images taken from Jeff and Courtney’s reception slideshow of their wedding day.

If you are interested in more information on how you can have Black Studios do a reception slideshow at your wedding, check out the pricing page and then call the studio at 1.877.586.4143.

Sneak Peak: Jeff and Courtney 01-21-2011 – Colman South Dakota Wedding Photography

We love all weddings, but Winter weddings are especially important to us. Just a little over 20 years ago on one of the coldest days I can every remember, ElizaBeth and I were married at West Center Baptist Church in Madison. The high was 16 below zero. No wedding day will ever be that cold.

Jeff and Courtney were married in Colman last Friday and believe me it was more than just a little chilly out. The wind was brisk and everything was bathed in white, but it was still a great day for a wedding. Here is a sneak peak of a few of their wedding images taken from the reception slideshow of their wedding day.

More to come later…

Amanda and Brian video slideshow – Nunda, South Dakota Wedding Photography

We made up a video slideshow for Brian and Amanda from their January wedding in Nunda, SD last Spring, but for whatever reason it never reached the blog. Check it out below.

Wedding Photography the Black Studios way: Part 1 a little history – South Dakota Wedding Photography

ElizaBeth and I have been photographing weddings since 1995. We’ve seen lots of changes during those years, but some things remain the same.

In the days of film, the quality of the final product didn’t always rely on the photographer’s talent or equipment – the prints could come out poorly due to the skill (or lack thereof) of the lab tech. We always used the expensive, refridgerated professional film. We used a professional lab to develop the prints. The pro lab corrected for color and density. It was expensive, but well worth it.

Now we have entered the digital age. When we switched over to digital capture in 2002, DSLR’s were VERY expensive. It took $7000 to purchase our first Kodak 760. In those days, Kodak was the king of digital cameras. They took the pro level film cameras from Canon and Nikon and adapted them to digital capture by inserting a chip where the film used to be. We had to learn how to do all of the things the lab used to do for us.

Our conversion to digital capture took about one day. We took delivery of our Kodak 760 on a Friday and used it for senior pictures on Saturday. A week later we used it on our first wedding. The first wedding was very interesting: we started out to using film as a backup. That lasted for one one roll. We put the film camera away and never looked back. We learned to expose by the numbers and manage our own color.

We developed a work flow that let us check right away on a laptop that everything was correct and that we had no problems. We downloaded cards through the day and then reviewed the images. This work flow was the basis of what we do today and lead us to doing wedding reception slideshows a year later.

TO BE CONTINUED…

Ginger and Chris Guestbook – Sioux Falls South Dakota Engagement Photography

Another wedding Thank You

We love getting thank you’s in the mail. Amber and Isaac’s wedding was right before Thanksgiving on a very brisk November day at the Grace Lutheran Church in Nunda SD.

Isaac and Amber: First Moments – Nunda South Dakota Wedding Photography

We love the “First Moments” pictures. It gives the bride and groom to share an emotional time together without the distraction of a church full of people. Amber and Isaac did have a small audience as she came down the aisle of the sanctuary at Grace Lutheran Church in Nunda last Saturday.

Here are a few images taken from their reception slideshow.

Congratulations Amber and Isaac – Nunda South Dakota Wedding Photography

Here’s yesterday’s final image from Amber and Isaac’s wedding reception slideshow.

Jordan and Lauren’s engagement pictures – Madison SD Engagement Photography

Jordan and Lauren’s Signature Mat – South Dakota Engagement Photography

Here’s Jordan and Lauren’s Signature Mat. Jordan was another one of our seniors from a few years back. The signature mat is our gift to couple that contract with Black Studios for their wedding photography.

Matt and Beth – Madison SD Engagement Photography

Here’s a few images from Matt and Beth’s engagement session. It seems just like yesterday that we did Beth’s senior pictures. Time does fly by faster than we would like.

Hailey and Brandon’s Signature Mat: South Dakota Engagement Photography

It is the season for engagement pictures. Here is Hailey and Brandon’s signature mat image.

Matt and Beth’s Signature Mat – Madison SD Engagement Photography

Here’s another fun signature mat. Matt and Beth had a little company on their engagement session which made things even more special.

The signature mat is a gift to every couple that contracts their wedding with Black Studios.

Sean and Scout – South Dakota Engagement Photography

A few more images from Sean and Scout’s engagement session…

Sean and Scout’s signature mat

A signature mat is just our gift to the couple as part of their wedding package. Not every couple chooses to have all of the guest sign their picture. Some just have the bridal party sign. Others like the picture as is and put it on display at their reception, framed and safely behind glass.