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Kelly and Mike's Wedding

Mike Kelly Bend Wedding

Mike and Kelly's wedding was an extraordinary day. As I drove from Bend to Sisters, all I could see was a plume of smoke from the Milli Fire burning 10 miles outside of Sisters. For a brief moment I was saddened, everyone wants their wedding day to be perfect, I truly want my clients day to be perfect too. When I arrived at Aspen Lakes Golf Course, everyones spirits were high, the mood was electric, I knew this wedding was going to be everything Mike and Kelly wished for. After all, it's not about the what happens to you in life, it's about who you surround yourself with and how you chose to face each moment. The Conor's and the Knight's came to party! 

 

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Normally you can see the beautiful Cascade Mountains off in the distance.

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As we got ready to do the first look the wind began to pickup. Luckily Mike and I are both bald...

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As the Ceremony drew near, the sky began to shift from a smokey haze to blue skies!

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As day faded to night cigars where lit...

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And we all stood in amazement of the first beautiful Central Oregon sunset any of us had seen in months. 

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Thank you all for making this wedding so special.

Second Photographer- Stephen Badger www.sbadgerphoto.com

Dress- www.bellabridesbend.com

DJ- www.flipflopsounds.com

Hair and Makeup- http://www.cassidyelise.com

Mens Suits- www.menswearhouse.com

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Bryan Wedding, Bend Oregon.

This blog post was delayed as I am in the process of building a new website (seems like that is always the case.) 

The Bryan Wedding - Bend, Oregon

The Bryan Wedding - Bend, Oregon

The Bryan wedding was particularly important to me. Not just because they are a beautiful couple, who is very much in love. Or even what a privilege it was to be there, and capture that love on their very special day. It to me, is a turning point in my career. After nearly two years of dabbling in nuptials and engagements, I realized that I want my main focus on wedding photography. The Bryan wedding was my "coming out" party, as it were. All of my hard work is paying off, and the response thus far has been tremendous! I was featured in this year's Cascade Wedding Guide and am currently in talks with another wedding publication. 

Bryan Wedding Bend Oregon

Bryan Wedding Bend Oregon

With the Bryan wedding, I have put myself on the map and established my style of photography. As you can see, I prefer to use warm tones and an abundance of light in my images. This differentiates me from a lot of my peers, who are trending towards darker and more contrasted images. 

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I would love the opportunity to be your wedding photographer! Please check out my investment page for package pricing, or head over to Facebook to read rave client reviews.

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Binder Boneyard

Anyone who knows me, knows that my first car was a 1977 International Scout II. I was in high school and it was my ticket to freedom. Gas was cheap (which was good because she was a thirsty girl), the top was off all summer and all of my friends loved riding around Bend with the sun on our faces and wind in our hair (yes, I once had hair). I loved that Scout and have regretted selling her every day since. I have been searching for the right Scout on Craigslist on and off for years. A few months ago, a 1977 Scout II popped up for sale and I snapped it up. I have been pouring money into it ever since. 

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This brings me to today's blog post. It turns out that Central Oregon now has a dedicated International Harvester shop! Binder Boneyard is the love child of Dan Hayes. Dan may just know more about internationals than I know about photography. The Scout I purchased was from Prineville and it was subjected to some pretty questionable redneck "touches." So I sought out Dan to help me get my Scout road worthy once again. As luck would have it, Dan was in need of some photographic services. Don't you love it when life happens like that?

Dan Hayes- cutting a roll-bar.

Dan Hayes- cutting a roll-bar.

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Dan Hayes- Owner Binder Boneyard

Dan Hayes- Owner Binder Boneyard

A little technical info on the image:

I shot these portraits with a strobe camera, right lighting the "model." Another strobe was used with a grid behind the green truck, which is lighting the flag on the wall, and I hid a little flash in the engine bay of the truck to light up the hood. I really enjoy the process of composing, lighting, and editing images like these. It's why I do what I do. 

Until next time,

Cheers!

Ian  

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Peterson and Marshall Engagement

I had the pleasure of photographing an engagement session for my best friend, Andrew and his beautiful fiance Jenna this weekend. Andrew and I grew up together in Waikoloa on the Big Island of Hawaii. It's been a few years since we've seen each other, and over a decade since Andrew visited Bend so it was so nice to have them visit, even if it was a short trip. I've known Andrew for 25 years and I have never seen him happier. Congrats, you two!

 

Engagement sessions and wedding photography are the future of my photography business. I have a year left to complete my Bachelors in Business Management at OSU Cascades. Upon completion, I will be a full time photographer, which is of course very exciting!

Thank you, as always, for reading and following my photo journalistic journey.

Please send all engagement and wedding inquires to iancsmythe@gmail.com.  

 

Sincerely, 

 

Ian

 

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Nevada Nightlife

I just returned home from an amazing week in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. This image is from a time-lapse I shot on my new Sony A7RII, the cold desert night sky over Nevada seemed larger and more alive than almost any other I can recall. 

More to come from this trip very soon.

Aloha,

Ian
 

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