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Get in Optimal Shape for your Wedding Day


Every bride and groom wants to look their absolute best on their special day.  

So, how do you make that happen?  It starts with a plan of attack.  I recently spoke with our Personal Trainer, Sarah O'Hara at Olympus Executive Fitness Center and asked for some helpful tips to help you to get in tip-top shape on your special day:

1)  Write down your goals.  You need to write them down, putting them on paper is the only way to make them real.  First, jot down how many months away your wedding is.  Then, think about what you would like to accomplish in that time and how you would go about doing it.  Then break it up into monthly, weekly, and daily goals.  For example, a goal plan may look something like this:

Monthly goal:   Lose 8 lbs, strive to eat cleaner by preparing healthy meals ahead of time, avoiding the grab on go cycle.

Weekly goal:  Lose 2-3 lbs, cut soda consumption to 1 can per day, eat more green veggies, workout 4-5 times per week.

Daily goal:  Write down all my meals, drink 65-75 oz of water, workout w/weight and cardio for 60 minutes, start a 12-week workout program today!!  Record your weight & measurements for more accurate tracking of progress.

Your daily goals will lead you to achieve your weekly goals, your weekly goals lead to achieving your monthly ones, and before you know it, you're at your goal weight and looking STUNNING!!!

2)  Get educated on a healthy diet and how to prepare fast, tasty and nutritious meals.  There are enormous resources out there, on newsstands, libraries, and on the internet.  Find some recipes that work for you.

3)  Know your physical limitations.  If you haven’t had a health screening or a physical in the last 2-5 years, it’s time to see your primary doctor.  If you do have physical restrictions or injuries, make          sure you get a clearance from your doctor before starting any physical activity.

4)  Get Support!  Get your fiancé, friends, and family to join you in getting healthy and in shape.              Feeling good is contagious, so get as many of your friends involved as possible!  It’s also been proven that those       who start a new program, or make a healthy life change, stick to it when they have more support.  So come on, getting the wedding party involved!!!

5)  Have Fun, and don't take it all so serious.  Forgive yourself if you skip a workout or don’t eat so healthy.  Just start over, and vow to make better choices tomorrow.  Achieving CONSISTENCY is the key, this is what will keep you on the road to reaching your goals.  Also, if you reach a workout plateau, don't give up everything you worked so hard to accomplish.  Keep at it.  Work through it.  These are temporary, it's only a matter of changing some things around, like your meal combos or your workouts.

By following these guidelines, you are on your way to not only a beautiful and healthy wedding day, but you are putting the foundation in place for a whole new way of living your life.

Davina Arceneaux
Director of Catering / Wedding Specialist

Video Light Wedding Portraits




















Today's post is an excerpt from the book Direction and Quality of Light, by Neil van Niekerk. It is available from Amazon.com and other fine retailers.

For that dramatic, Hollywood look, a video light is probably the
easiest thing to use—especially when you need to work quickly,
like on a wedding day. With Allison and Scott’s wedding, the
majority of their romantic portraits (plates 11-7 through 11–10)
were taken using only a single video light, the Lowel ID-Light.
For this shoot, I chose to work with the Lowel ID-Light, instead
of the LitePanels MicroPro LED video light, because I wanted a
video light that was stronger. I also wanted the ability to diffuse
or focus the light, depending on what I needed. It was just the
more flexible choice for this event.
 

As you can see by the camera settings for these images, I
needed to work at high ISO settings and wide apertures. This is
because video lights are generally used in lower levels of ambient
light where the look of the rapid falloff gives the lighting a
dramatic look—and provides a lot of control. For example, in
the passageway seen in plate 11-8, the opposing mirrors gave an
infinity effect. The video light was ideal here for containing the
light spill; it’s basically what made this image possible. I could
have created the same image with flash, but it would have been
difficult to do it in the short time available.




Plate 11-7—Most of Allison and Scott's romantic portraits were created using a single video light. Exposure: 1/50 second, f/2.8, 1250 ISO, Lens: 24–70mm f/2.8 lens. Lowel ID-Light.


Plate 11-8—The controlled spread of the video light was useful in this mirrored hallway. Exposure: 1/30 second, f/3.2, 1600 ISO. Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8. Lowel ID-Light.



For plates 11-9 and 11-10, I turned down the brightness of
the video light to hold the detail in the background. If I had used
a brighter light on the couple, I would also have had to use a
faster shutter speed, smaller aperture, or lower ISO, which would
have made the background go darker—or even black.


As can be seen in plates 11-11 and 11-12, images of Tatiana
and Brandon at their wedding, the dramatic look of video light
works beautifully with black & white photographs. If I had
wanted to ease the contrast and bring in more shadow detail, it
would simply have been a matter of bouncing my on-camera flash
behind me. This would have to be done with the FEC turned
way down—to around –3EV—so that it just acted as a fill light.
The flash would also have to be gelled with a CTS or CTO gel to
avoid introducing a blue tint to the fill light.





Plates 11-9 and 11-10—Reducing the intensity of the video light enabled me to hold the detail in the dark backgrounds. Exposure: 1/30 second, f/3.2, 1600 ISO, 24–70mm f/2,8 lens. Lowel ID-Light.





Plates 11-11 and 11-12—Video light works beautifully for black & white images. Exposure: 1/60 second, f/3.2, 1600 ISO, Lens: 24–70mm f/2.8. Litepanels MicroPro LED video light.
 



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