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Tia and Ed are getting married!

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10 Oct 2010

Tia and Ed have very different careers. Ed is a CPA and Tia is a nursing student. They do share an awesome love for each other! Last week we got together at the woods surrounding the icar center to do some beautiful nature engagement photos. Check out some of my favorites:


Greenville Engagement photos

Greenville Engagement photos
Lookin good tia!

Greenville Engagement photos

Greenville Engagement photos

Greenville Engagement photos
Love the tall grass!

Greenville Engagement photos

Greenville Engagement photos
Trying something a little different with the off camera lighting!

Greenville Engagement photos

Thanks again for letting me shoot your engagement photos!!

Acanthus Greenville SC Wedding | Lizzie and Joe are MARRIED!

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05 Oct 2010

This could be one of my favorite weddings of all time. Seriously. It was that good.

I met Lizzie and Joe while they were still living in Long Beach California. They were planning an awesome wedding at The Acanthus in Lyman, SC just outside of Greenville, and they couldn’t have asked for a better day. Absolutely beautiful skies, 99% rain free, a beautiful moonrise, rockin’ bridal party, and a loving family. Lizzie and Joe weren’t too bad themselves either. These guys enjoy life to the max and have an incredible love for each other to boot!

I also had a chance to work with Kim Wehunt with all in the details wedding planning, who did a fantastic job keeping everything running smoothly. With beautiful flowers, ice sculptures, fireworks, sparklers, and cake cuttings to organize and make happen, I’m sure she had her hands full.

I’ve been dying to post these photos. I usually try to get the number of photos that I post from a wedding down to around 30. This time, I couldn’t get below 50. Needless to say these are definitely some of my favorite wedding photos ever! Thanks so much for having me Lizzie and Joe!


The Acanthus Wedding Photos, Photographer Josh Jones Greenville SC
The beautiful Acanthus in Lyman, SC

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The Acanthus Bridal Wedding Photos, Photographer Josh Jones Greenville SC
Beautiful flower choices!

The Acanthus Bridal Wedding Photos, Photographer Josh Jones Greenville SC

The Acanthus Bridal Wedding Photos, Photographer Josh Jones Greenville SC
See what I mean about GORGEOUS skies!

The Acanthus Bridal Wedding Photos, Photographer Josh Jones Greenville SC
and gorgeous brides…

The Acanthus Bridal Wedding Photos, Photographer Josh Jones Greenville SC
Time stood still just moments before the ceremony… everyone was excited!

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The Acanthus Wedding Contract Photos, Photographer Josh Jones Greenville SC
Getting legally married

The Acanthus Wedding Contract Photos, Photographer Josh Jones Greenville SC
This needs to be printed BIG

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The acanthus makes such a beautiful background

Greenville SC The Acanthus Wedding Photos
Lookin good guys!

Greenville SC The Acanthus Wedding Photos
Loved the ice sculptures!

Greenville SC The Acanthus Wedding Photos

Greenville SC The Acanthus Wedding Photos
First dance

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Greenville SC Wedding Cake Photos
Not totally sure how Lizzie got cake on Joe’s head…

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Love this shot in front of the Acanthus!

Greenville SC The Acanthus Wedding Photos
Lizzie’s gorgeous rings

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The Acanthus has an awesome second story to throw the flowers off of

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Did I mention the beautiful moonrise!

Greenville SC The Acanthus Wedding Photos
Not gonna lie… lizzie is a big USC fan!

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Thanks again for having me Lizzie and Joe!!!

To view or order more photos from this wedding click here!

Soby’s Restaurant Greenville SC | Lizzie and Joe’s Rehearsal Dinner!

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01 Oct 2010

Not only did Lizzie and Joe have an awesome wedding, the night before was excellent as well! They had their rehearsal at the famous Soby’s Restaurant right in downtown Greenville, SC. They specialize in modern southern cooking, and WOW are they good at it! Just check out some of these photos:


Soby's Restaurant in Downtown Greenville South Carolina
Yup, sounds good to me!

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Some of Soby’s excellent selection

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Joe got the most fancy fried chicken I’ve ever seen

Soby's Rehearsal Dinner

Soby's Rehearsal Dinner Greenville
Testing out my new 60mm macro lens on Lizzie’s gorgeous ring!

Soby's Rehearsal Dinner SC
Dad giving a toast

Soby's Rehearsal Dinner Cake
Cake time!

Groom's Cake Photos
Thanks so much for having me guys!

 

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Nikon 60mm Macro Review | Close Up’s Redefined

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30 Sep 2010

I wasn’t planning on buying this lens. Now I’m not sure how I could be without my Nikon 60mm f2.8 macro.

Secretly, I’ve always been a bit jealous of some other wedding photographer’s ring and flower shots. They were oh-so close up and always sharp. Well now that I’ve found someone willing to depart with their 60mm f2.8 Macro (for a very good price!) I can now take those super close up shots that I’ve always wanted.


Nikon 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens Review
The Nikon 60mm Macro is a pretty lens too!

So how does it work?


Macro lenses specialize in taking picture of close up things. Nikon calls them “Micro” lenses which makes sense (think Micro vs. Macro-Economics). Basically the optics of the lens can move the extra distance required to bend the light in such a way that even very close up objects can be rendered as sharp.

Nikon 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens Review

How’s the build quality?

To be short, not nearly as good as my Nikon 135mm f2 DC Lens, but granted this lens costs about a third of the price of that lens. I also appreciate the weight savings of not having a solid metal construction when I’m shooting a 10 hour wedding. It feels solid and it’s still a step up from Nikon’s introductory lenses like the 18-55mm VR.

Nikon 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens Review

Nikon 60mm f2.8 AF Macro Lens at 1:1

Is it tough to take these super close up shots?

Yes and No. While the lens will gladly focus on a subject that is only a few inches from the front of the lens, the incredible depth of field can be very difficult to control. I frequently have to use the depth of field preview on my camera (hardly ever have to use it outside of this!) to check and make sure my subject is fully in focus. Speaking of subjects, if your planning on taking pictures of live subjects such as bees, butterflies, or water droplets, you might scare away your subject (or cover your lens in water!). Because rings and flowers don’t get too scared when you get up REALLY close, this lens fits me perfect. Nikon makes a great 105mm macro and 200mm macro where you don’t have to get quite so close!

Enough with the rambling, how do the images look!?

Nikon 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens Review

Ten cents like you’ve never seen it before!

Nikon 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens Review
One of the flowers in my backyard, except seriously close up. This flower was less than half an inch around!

Nikon 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens Review
Works awesome on those ring shots too!!

Conclusion time

This lens is pretty awesome. Not only does it allow me to get shots I’ve never been able to take before, but it does without killing my whole bank account. There is an updated AF-S version of this lens out, but frankly this lens works fantastic AND focuses faster than the AF-S. I highly recommend the Nikon 60mm f2.8 Macro to all you close up photo people!

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