Layover in Paris

Though we didn’t really plan on it, and we were unprepared for the bitter cold, there was still a little time to go out and see a few sights around Paris while waiting for our flight to Italy.

Walking up to The Louvre, we saw that the line was insane, so I took some photos of it and the surrounding areas instead. Just being there was a bucket list item, so enjoy the photos below!

Louvre Pyramid | Veritas Photography

Louvre Palace | Veritas Photography

Louvre | Veritas Photography

The Louvre | Veritas Photography

Paris Statue | Veritas Photography

Layover in Paris | Veritas Photography

Paris Arch| Veritas Photography

Eiffel Tower | Veritas Photography

Au Revoir Paris! Until next time.

Stay tuned to Do As Locals Do, my travel blog, to see how we stretched our legs & ventured out into Pairs during our layover.

San Michele, the Italian Cemetery Island

Even though I’m posting this on Halloween, San Michele, the Italian Cemetery Island,  was one of the most peaceful and serene parts of our Italy trip.

Island of San Michele | Veritas Photography

The only spooky thing about it was the possibility that we’d miss the vaporetto (Venice’s ferry system/one of the only ways to get around) and get stuck on the island overnight.

On the island, you see graves as old as the 1800s, beautiful gardens and even some graves as famous as those of Igor Stravinsky, and Princess Bagration, known for her beauty, love affairs and outrageous behavior.  She sounded fun to me…

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Though I wish I took more photos, I actually got caught up in the beauty of the place. It’s easy to see how anyone would want to spend the rest of eternity here. The massive headstone for this man was as impressive as an art piece, as it was a grave site.

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Many more Italy photos to come, so be sure to stay tuned to VeritasPhotog.com & my other brand DoAsLocalsDo.com

Supermoon

Super Moon | Veritas Photography

I have always been obsessed with astronomy.

I’ll never forgot the first time I saw a comet through my grandpa’s telescope. Or the first time I saw a meteor shower sitting near them and a campfire in the Texas Hill Country. Looking up to see dozens of stars flying across the sky is an experience everyone should have. 

After many failed attempts at astrophotography, I researched settings, lenses and more for months and months. The result of which was a post-it that I carried around for about 8 months. 

Then finally- the stars aligned. A “supermoon” on the way, I used the SkyView app to plan out my camera setup. I was ready as soon as the moon hit the roof above my apartment balcony. 

Super Moon & Clouds | Veritas Photography

Cloudy Super Moon | Veritas Photography

I’d say there is now an exciting possibility of astrophotography shots in my future. Stay Tuned!

No, I Don’t Do Weddings – Tips From a Photographer

How to Find Wedding Photographer - My Tips | Veritas Photography

Each year, I’m humbled to have many friends and relatives coming forward with the joyous announcement of upcoming nuptials and asking me to do their wedding photography. Each year, I lovingly decline. Best friends, cousins, old acquaintances- the story is the same, “Thank you so much for thinking of me, but I don’t do weddings.”

I’m not a sour puss and I don’t mean to rain on the parade, but weddings are one thing I don’t know if I’ll ever do. The pressure to get perfect shots, the emotions, the family, the bride.  I think I’d have a panic attack! Just because I can’t be part of their moment, doesn’t mean a low-quality photographer should. So, I generally offer some tips. Below you’ll find the tips and tricks I give to ensure everyone gets the chance to make an educated decision when hiring a photographer for their wedding.

Get the Best Bang For Your Buck 

If you had to spend the most money on one thing in your wedding, what would it be? Think about it: The dress you only wear once, the decor you throw away. So what’s the only thing you can truly enjoy after the big event? Photography. Blow up a candid shot, have a #tbt photo for the next five years, create a photo book or go old-school and make a photo album to share with house guests. There are a TON of great ways to utilize wedding photography for the rest of your life, so don’t be afraid to spend a little money on it.

You Get What You Pay For So Research

Cheap isn’t always (or rarely is) the best option and trusting someone with no website and one wedding under their belt isn’t ideal. Probe friends, look through online portfolios/blogs, even calling a few you like to get a price estimate over the phone. Everyone is different, some photographers don’t have a distinct style, but others focus on something like photojournalism, abstract,  heavy contrast and filters. It’s important to find a style you like. Fair market price is also a big thing to consider as each location is different.

Like Dating, But Less Expensive

Keep in mind throughout this process, a photographer is someone you’re going to be working with for a while. Not to mention, this is an extremely stressful time, no matter how simple your plan is, it’s worth it to get some insight into how the working relationship will be. There are also tons of great resources online (The Knot is one of my favs), to look up some reviews for local photographers. Wedding shows also provide a great list of legit options and most have booths, so you can talk to them personally before choosing.

Weddings can be crazy (which is why I only do engagement photos), however you have to really love doing wedding photography, and it’s something I greatly respect. Hopefully these tips will help you find your wedding-photog soul mate!

Photo Resolutions 2015

72 ppi, 300 ppi… Just kidding.

New Year's Photo Resolutions 2015 | Veritas Photography

 

This time of year it’s easy for one to say they will do something, so I tend to stick to ideals; focusing my thoughts toward a general way of thinking.

I always have some resolutions/ life goals in place, but in regard to my photo goals this year I really want to do a couple things differently:

 

Use my photos for good.

I’ve already started looking locally to shoot for nonprofit events and local shelters!

Start selling my work.

It’s one thing to do portraits, but it’s another to start selling the photos I’ve taken each day. Apparently there are sites now that allow you to keep the copyright? Yes. Please.

Print and enjoy more of my work.

This includes shooting more film. With brand new walls to fill in our apartment, I need to start sifting through all those photos I said I’d print one day. Hello CVS!

Not sure where you want to take your photography in 2015? I saw a great article from Photojojo today for some ideas. I may add some of theirs too!

Be sure to share your photo resolutions with me below too!

2015, let’s do this…

Black and White Challenge

It’s great to go out of your comfort zone, but it’s easier said than done. After being nominated for the Five Day Black and White Challenge, I decided this was a great way to do just that. You can read more about the origins of the challenge on USA Today, but the version my friend explained was to post a black and white photo on Instagram every day for five days. He’s a great black and white photographer and had no problem. I, on the other hand, had to really think. I love and appreciate black and white photography especially in portraits, but I love color more. If my photography has any style or reoccurring theme at all it would be featuring bright, vibrant colors. This was going to be a challenge to say the least.

Black and white challenge withVeritas PhotographyMy strategy was to take shots of things I’d love in color and see what happened when I processed them in black and white. Since it seemed within the rules, I also posted two photos old photos.  I tried to edit them all on Photoshop for a higher quality feel, but one of the days my program was acting up and I had to use my Galaxy S4 to shoot and edit. It’s also pretty obvious which that photo that is, but it was still a blast!

I was even so inspired, I made a collage inspired by my finding a career search in my new city (oh yea, we moved states :D) and black and white! Once again, collages are something I do in bright colors, so this was a unique way to incorporate some of the lessons I learned in the Instagram challenge.

Check them out below and see more on my Instagram!

 

Black and white challenge snow in dallas |Veritas Photography

Black and white challenge snow in dallas |Veritas Photography

Black and white challenge brewery|Veritas Photography

Black and white challenge chandelier in new orleans|Veritas Photography

And here’s the collage! It’s black and white AND inspiring. Black and white challenge collage| Veritas Photography

New Orleans in October

In honor of Halloween (aka my favorite holiday), I wanted to post some shots of New Orleans I took this month. We actually just took a day trip to go to a Haunted Tour there, but we definitely fell in love with the city. I couldn’t take enough photos of the architecture!

We went to see the St. Louis Cathedral first. So gorgeous. Below is a photo featuring the alter at the front.

St. Louis Cathedral alter

Built in 1721, the ceiling is as interesting as what’s under the building. See who’s buried under the church here.

St Louis Cathedral ceiling

Outside the church is Jackson Square. Here is the statue that sits on front of the cathedral. It happened to fabulous day outside!

Jackson Square Statue New OrleansI have a thing for trees and this one in Jackson Square was gorgeous!jackson square tree new orleansStreet Views. I found myself imaging myself living on one of those balconies. Can you imagine? Gorgeous!new orleans street architecture Couldn’t get over the details on this iron.New Orleans French Quarter Architecture | Veritas Photography Later that night, we came across this eerie shadow from a Jesus statue. Turns out it’s actually the back of St. Louis Cathedral!jesus statue st. louis cathedral shadowDuring some wandering, we came across this bar, Burbon O Bar. I don’t know if it was the creepy atmosphere, them playing classic movies in the background, or this amazing singer and drummer, but I definitely fell in love.burbon o bar candle halloweenStay tuned to Do As Locals Do for more photos and details from our New Orleans Haunted Houses Tour!

Confetti Eddie: In the Studio

Some time ago, a friend of mine was doing a video series on interesting characters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. For his first assignment it was a local illusionist who performs at burlesque shows at the House of Blues. It’s no wonder when he then asked if I’d like to tag along to take some photos, I said yes immediately.

Since there were so many great photos to share, I decided to turn this two-day shoot into a three-part blog. So scroll down, enjoy and stay tuned!

Deep Ellum, Dallas, dinosaur | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie, Dallas | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie interview | Veritas Photography

Magic Book | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie Deandre Upshaw interview | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie studio | Veritas Photography

magic trunk | Veritas Photography

skeleton | VeritasPhotog

I was amazed to learn that using his creativity and engineering skills, he makes all of his own props and magic contraptions.

Confetti Eddie | VeritasPhotog

magic props | Veritas Photog

In case you didn’t already think an illusionist was an artist, Eddie has tons of works of art throughout the space. I was so inspired by all the paintings and sculptures. He even had a few cameras he made himself!

Edward Ruiz | Veritas Photography

magic art | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie art | Veritas Photography

skeleton painting | Veritas Photography

DIY homemade camera | Veritas Photography

diy photo, sculpture | Veritas Photography

 

We even got to see the dress rehearsal!

Confetti Eddie show | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie sword trick | Veritas Photography

Confetti Eddie finale | Veritas Photography

Want to learn more about Confetti Eddie? View the video below!

Be sure to stay tuned to my blog to see more in the series and Veritas Photography on Facebook for some exclusive shots, as well!

Baby, it’s really cold outside

As you may or may not know, it’s been REAL cold here in Dallas, Texas lately. Growing up in Texas, there have been many moments of exaggeration when it comes to the weather. This was not one of those moments. Parades and marathons were cancelled for the first time ever, entire highway systems shut down, icemageddon 2013 was in full swing. I haven’t seen snow too many times in my life, but I have a few times since living in Dallas. What was interesting about this storm, besides the fact that it was named Cleon, was the ice on the road was made from sleet. Not snow or rain that froze later on the ground. Sleet.

Friday, I was able to work from home which means I was also able to play a little after 5 p.m. Check out some of the shots I was able to get before I my fingers and toes went numb below:

Just in case it isn’t obvious, I really loved the way these trees look:

House framing ice trees | via @veritasphotog

Dallas tree icemageddon | via @veritasphotog

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Here is a few fun icicle shots

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Roof icicles | via @veritasphotog

Frozen Christmas Candy Cane | via @veritasphotog

dallas Frozen plants | Via Veritas Photography

Also, check out the Hi-larious blog from The Observer about the storm of the century…