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Excitement!

by Eric Hegwer on 5 January, 2012

Tomorrow is my first bridal session of the year.  Heck, It’s my first shoot of the year, too, and I can’t wait to work at the incredible Laguna Gloria again.  I’ve been shooting bridals for years, and know all the tricks to get you to relax in front of the camera.  I know hundreds of poses to find the most flattering angles for you.   I know all the best photo spots, too.

But this year I’m adding something special to my shoots.  That je ne sais quoi that takes the pictures to the next level.  Something that makes you look at an image and just know that it was taken by Eric.

All throughout last year I began to prepare for this year.  It started during the typical wedding slow time in the late winter, when read Outliers: The Story of Success.  I was so inspired and motivated I bought and read and the rest of Malcolm Gladwell’s books. Mastery he says comes after 10,000 hours of a task.

10,000 hours? Thats 5 years of 40 hours a week (or 1,250 8-hour weddings)

But I had an ace up my sleeve. I was going to shoot 150 different couples over the course of the year, and with each one I evaluated everything: what time of the year, and even the time of the day was the shoot? What was the location they choose to have as their backdrop, and where were the best photo locations within that location? What did they wear, and even how did their bodies move?

I began to tweak my style, ever so slightly, heading in a different direction than I had been shooting in the past.

Now, this year, I’m excited to share that with you, and the rest of the world. Stay tuned. I think you are going to LOVE it.

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Wedding photography that isn’t risky.

by Eric Hegwer on 1 January, 2012

It’s New Years day.  I’ve eaten my black eyed peas, and kissed my wife at midnight.  Yesterday I declared one of my 2012 resolutions, I have several more, but they are private and not related to weddings or photography, so I’m not going to share them – Yet…

But, right now, as I enjoy my first steaming cup of coffee for the new year, writing in the pre-dawn light with my two dogs snuggled against my side on the couch, I begin to think about resolutions, and risk.

I think back on all my new year’s resolutions:  exercise more,  learn how to sketch, or finish the bathroom remodel this year (all previous resolutions of mine).  I also think about bigger risks I took like getting married, or moving to Austin, or starting a wedding photography business.

Funny thing is – on all the little risks, I’ve struggled, and failed (I can barely draw a recognizable stick figure), but on the bigger ones, I’ve been amazingly successful.  Sure, it’s not always easy, and the rewards to the risk aren’t always incremental.

But how does this relate to wedding photography?  That’s what this blog is about anyway , right?

Sure is, and that’s why I want to chat about photography risks.  How do you know your photographer will get great shots?  Odds are you’ve never done this before – had a professional photographer take your picture.  It’s a huge risk – your wedding is the one day you NEED great photos.

I’m going to suggest you build time into your day to allow for great photos, and take a risk to trust your photographer.

If you want great portraits of the two of you – set aside time for that.  Did you spend a lot of time planning details and decoration?  Give your photographer a list of all the details, and carve out 20 minutes in the schedule to allow them to photograph them once they are all in place.  Perhaps you want pictures of all your guests – You guessed it – plan for it, and then let me do my thing.

Risk isn’t something that should even be a thought when it comes to photography.  It’s not for me.

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The thing arrives to my mailbox in a simple brown box with stamped with The Thing in red or black letters

A Chaldron is an impossible object …

by Eric Hegwer on 14 July, 2009

… was how the insert read.

Every time a new the Thing arrives, I get excited.  They always arrive in a simple brown cardboard box that’s sized to fit the contents – Triangle, tube, rectangle, and clearly stamped with red ink.  There’s no mistaking the branding.  I don’t really track when they will be coming, which enhances the surprise, but I’ve always kept my address updated with them because I never want to miss one and have a lapse in my collection.  I’ve got each issue, and treasure them all.  I even have a little ritual opening them – clearing off my worktable, and carefully cutting open the package with my exacto knife…

Nobody ever knows what you’ll get, but everybody gets the same thing.  Every few months.  A new piece of art in the mail from some exciting and creative individuals.  Great stuff.  It’s the adult version of sticking your hand into a box of cereal to grab the prize at the bottom of the box.

My loyal readers and friends know that I love unique spectacles.  For the last few years I’ve been wearing my trademark ic Berlin stainless steel framed glasses that don’t have any screws in the hinges (I’ve got several pairs, including some new sunglasses with tinted lenses).  When I unwrapped this issue, I saw a familiar site – a spring loaded blue glasses case.  But I’ve learned that anything could be inside that box.  It could be glasses, or it could be a spring loaded snake that will pop out at me when I snap back the cover.

But inside this bright blue glass case was a magical pair of glasses which I immediately put on.

Included with the specs was a leaflet with  instructions on the care and maintenance, as well as 12 items describing a chaldron (as I had never heard of one) – I learned that a chaldron is an impossible object, and that it is impossible to win one on eBay.  I was actually following step 11 at the time due to the weather.  Of course, I’m wearing them right now as I write this, and as you read this, and, yes I can see that indeed I am surrounded by chaldrons, as you are, too.

Chaldron Optical System - I love the blue color of this glass case.  It's almost the same as my logo color

Chaldron Optical System - I love the blue color of this glass case. It's almost the same as my logo color

Every detail is thought of - including imprinting the Thing Quarterly inside the glass case on the red velvet

Every detail is thought of - including imprinting the Thing Quarterly inside the glass case on the red velvet

I discovered that the inside of the frames were inscribed...

I discovered that the inside of the frames were inscribed...

Will you know a chaldron when you see one?

Will you know a chaldron when you see one?

With these glasses you will know a true one.

With these glasses you will know a true one.

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