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Playing around with NIK and LR. Was editing some wedding pics and took a break with a "useless" shot when I was leaving the venue. It is one of those you take just in case, but you never really know what to do with it. Wanted to see if I could get something interesting out of it. 
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Wedding done. Great time. No time to process, but I'm going through them as I can. Here's a sample of the groom getting ready to kiss the bride for the shot. ;-) 
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We took finished albums, prints and some DVD's over to some friends of the family yesterday. They were from the last wedding I did of one of the daughters. My wife did all of the printing and the slideshow DVD from the photos I took and processed. I was wondering how some of you would handle this type of thing. 

There were about a dozen of their family members there and they looked through some of the photos and watched the DVD my wife made out of the photos I took. The DVD lasted about 15-20 minutes. It turned out wonderfully. My wife did a great job. They laughed and cried through the whole thing. Just as the last bit of it was finishing up, I went outside and hung out by myself because I didn't want to deal with the thanks. 

When I do things like this, I want to see the reaction, but I don't want a big deal made out of what I did. They all thanked me when I went back in later, but they know me well enough and know that I get weird about this kind of thing so they kept it simple.

I felt the same when my youngest finished school last year. The school played one of my wife's DVD's on the last day. The principle and the teacher made a big deal out of it in front of an auditorium full of people. I've never liked the limelight and always preferred to watch the reactions from the sidelines.

Watching the reaction is what really makes me happy. This is also why I'm not a successful photographer, I would imagine. I don't like advertising myself nor like to feel I have to make myself sound good. I do what I do and sink or swim. I constantly turn down "jobs". Part of it is a self esteem issue, but the other part is I always feel a thanks is nice, but I don't want any more than that. 

All of what I'm talking about is when I do thing gratis for friends. Paid, well, you pay, you get, end of story. All of the above still stands, but it's a rarity in a paid transaction. 

There's my babble for the day... 
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Another "type" of photo. This was after we did the portrait shoot on the beach. 
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The beautiful bride. Mixing up the samples to show a variety of different types of shots. 
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Finally trying to post some photos. I did a wedding for friends of mine and here are some of the proofs I sent them. Because they were friends, I gave them several variations to choose from. Here's a sample of one of the sets of pics. I'll post  a few more soon.
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Ryan Wedding Public Proofs (5 photos)
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Have to get this little guy in there, since I posted the girls.
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I lied. This is really the last one, I think. Maybe...
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Last one. Maybe...
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Okay, so I'm playing around a little bit. A quick b/w just for fun.
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