Rachel | Conceptual Shoot

Every once in a (great) while we get to take some time to do a conceptual shoot just for the heck of it. This one is from a little while back but hasn’t made it on the blog yet. Rachel was kind enough to hang out with me one cold night in a big empty field. I brought a bag of smoke bombs, five speedlights, my camera, and a lighter. My vision for the shoot was to have everything dark except the lights, smoke, and Rachel.

 

After setting everything up we decided to do some photos sans smoke bombs. I figured we might as well, plus it let me get calibrated with settings and framing. I had to shine a flash light on Rachel while I locked in focus, then turn the flash light off (at which point it became pitch black and I couldn’t even see her) and then shoot the photo. The strobes were blinding when contrasted against the inky dark surround. They were, after all, pointing directly back at me.

Bring On the Smoke bombs

I was liking the look of the photos. It was time to add in the smoke bombs. I think everything gets better with smoke bombs so I figured this was a slam dunk. What I hadn’t anticipated was how difficult it would be for me to light all of them, run back to where I needed to stand for the shot, shine the flash light on Rachel, lock focus, and actually shoot the photo before the smoke was done billowing out.

 

You only get about 10 seconds of smoke from your typical smoke bomb. That didn’t leave a lot of time for me. I sprinted back (way back when you’re shooting at 200mm) to grab the camera and make it happen. After burning my fingers while rushing to light all the smoke bombs I started seeing some things I liked on the back of the camera.

 

Check out some photos from our conceptual shoot and see what you think. I’d love to get out there and do some more stuff along these lines. It’s always a matter of finding the time, right? Do you have any cool ideas you’d like to see in a photograph? Shoot us a message @blueflashphoto on Instagram or leave one on our Facebook page.

 

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Kylene and Justin | Puerto Rico Destination Wedding

We cannot believe how fast this year is going by, it’s already February! Winter is with us for another couple of months, so we’re bring back the warmth of summer with a Puerto Rico destination wedding! Part of our team had the opportunity to work with Kylene and Justin for their wedding in beautiful Puerto Rico! Matt and Emily took care of photography. Dan joined them for cinematography, and Britt was the wedding coordinator.

 

Kylene and her favorite ladies spent the morning getting pampered. Caridad Vidro did an amazing job with hair and makeup. After they were all ready, they helped Kylene step into her stunning wedding dress. All of the girls looked absolutely radiant! Now that everyone was dressed and ready for the big day, it was time to head to the beach to catch up with our groom and groomsmen! When Justin saw his glowing bride for the first time in her fabulous wedding dress, nothing could stop the huge smile that spread across his face. We were able to stick our toes in the sand and use the beautiful surroundings of Puerto Rico for a fun few shots of our bride and groom and their wedding party!

 

Now, there was nothing left to do except head to the ceremony and get married! The Hacienda Siesta Alegre was the perfect location with the most hospitable staff. Kylene and Justin said lovely personal vows in front of their closest friends and family with the sounds of the rainforest in the background. It was the perfect soundtrack to the start of their happy life together. A rainbow even made an appearance over the ceremony location! Absolute magic. Once the two lovebirds sealed their vows with a kiss, they led their guests over to the reception where the feast was unending and the dance floor was always full! Bliss Catering provided a bountiful feast, while Edgardo Ojeda and his band brought the party to life.

 

We are incredibly grateful to be apart of this journey with Kylene and Justin! Be sure to check out the highlights of their destination wedding in the photos and video below!

 



 

Amy and Tim | Hotel Viking Wedding

Amy and Tim | Hotel Viking Wedding

 

Happy Monday, everyone! We can’t think of any better way to start the week than by taking a look back at Amy and Tim’s fabulous Hotel Viking Wedding! Matt and Emily took care of all of the photography needs and Breanna showed up for some fun with the Bluecube!

 

The Wedding Day

 

Amy started out her dream day doing her hair and makeup surrounded by her favorite ladies! Once every hair was tucked into place and the last bit of blush was applied, Amy was ready to put on her wedding dress. Amy wore an absolutely stunning Stella York wedding gown from Party Dress Express. Now that hair and makeup was done and the wedding dress was laced up, Amy stepped into the perfect pair of heels and was off to go surprise Tim with a first look! Where’s the best place to surprise your future husband with a first look just before the wedding? Right along the ocean waves of course! Fort Adams made for the perfect first look setting. Amy strolled down a path that led to Tim, who wore the biggest smile as he saw his glowing bride. After exchanging a few loving sentiments, we strolled along the oceanside to snap a few pictures.

 

Now that everyone was dressed, ready, and surprised, it was time to get married! All of Amy and Tim’s closest friends and family members filled in the pews at Kay Chapel at Hotel Viking for the ceremony! The happy couple recited beautiful vows followed by a kiss to make everything official. Our bride and groom were now husband and wife and it was time to celebrate! Amy and Tim led their guests over to the reception area where Hotel Viking supplied a delicious feast! Everyone enjoyed the delicious desserts provided by French Confection, then headed off to the dance floor with Brian LeDac from Murray Hill Talent!

 

We had such an awesome time celebrating with Amy and Tim! Congrats to the happy couple! Make sure to take a sneak peek at their wedding highlights below!

 

 

 

 

Rhode Island Monthly Top Rhode Islanders 2015

 

Here’s a fun throwback: Rhode Island Monthly Top Rhode Islanders 2015! It may be a new year, but its never too late to look back and reminisce about some of the awesome events we we have been able to be apart of. Matt took care of photography and Cal did cinematography.

 

This event was held to celebrate specific members of our community: people who have strived to make our community great by generous and various contributions. Together, they have achieved incredible things such as helping to save a high school music program, creating a tool that can fight the next outbreak of the Ebola, as well as seizing the NCAA Championship! Each of the individuals celebrated at this event has shown through hard work, determination, and sheer natural talent, we can each help to make our neighborhoods a better place. It takes a lot of heart to stand up and be an example for others when it seems impossible, but luckily that’s exactly what they have done.

 

The event was held at the lovely Warwick Country Club. It was awesome to honor these people who we may not have met prior to this celebration but who have had an incredible impact on our community. Thanks RI Monthly for letting us participate in such a special night, and for dedicating this night to these inspiring individuals!

 

 

Ellie and Nate | OceanCliff Wedding

Today, we are going to spotlight a really awesome couple. Here’s Ellie and Nate’s OceanCliff Wedding! Matt and Kearsten joined the happy couple for photography.

 

Ellie was surrounded by all her favorite ladies as they excitedly prepared for the big day. Salon KG did a perfect job (as always) with hair styling, and makeup was provided by Kayla Carter. With the all the ladies looking absolutely gorgeous, they helped the bride step into her stunning Maggie Sottero wedding gown from Precious Memories! Now, it was time to escort our glistening bride over to OceanCliff, where Nate was patiently waiting to marry the woman of his dreams!

 

The two love birds exchanged vows in front of their closest friends and family. The wedding arbor at OceanCliff overlooks the ocean with waves crashing in the background. We just can’t think of anything more dreamy than that.  Impeccable floral arrangements from Conway Florals added the perfect ambiance to an already lovely wedding ceremony.  Now that they were officially each others Mr. and Mrs., it was time to enjoy a feast provided by OceanCliff and delectable treats from Sin Desserts! After all the food was gone, everyone danced the night away with CE Productions.

 

Congrats to Ellie and Nate! Be sure to check out the highlights from their special day below!

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Rhode Island Monthly Tech 10 Awards

Weddings aren’t the only events you’ll catch us crashing! Let’s look at the moments captured by Matt and Dan at the Rhode Island Monthly Tech 10 Awards.

 

The Tech 10 Awards were held in the beautiful Rising Sun Mills, home to Tech Collective RI. Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Information Technology and Bioscience Industry Association. They foster the  growth, innovation, and economic momentum of Rhode Island’s high-tech industries and workforce. Collaborating with local and national government, industry and academic partners, Tech Collective programs directly impact Rhode Island. It was awesome to hear about everything these hard-working people do and celebrate with them in their accomplishments.

 

Thanks for inviting the Blueflash team along for the night! Check out the highlights below!

 



 

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Meg and Rick | The Chanler Wedding

Friday, Friday, Friday! Thank goodness it’s Friday! We’re going to send you off on your weekend with a peek at Meg and Rick’s wedding at The Chanler. Matt and Emily provided photography and Nate took care of the cinematography!

 

Meg started out her wedding day alongside Lynda Williams from Formal Hair Designs who took care of all of the hair and makeup needs. When the final touches had been applied, Meg stepped into her gorgeous Monique Lhuillier wedding gown from L’Elite Bridal Boutique ! Now that the bridal party was picture perfect, they set off for the Ochre Court at Salve Regina University to marry the man of Meg’s dreams! As Meg walked down the aisle, Shelley Otis played the harp while all of their guests looked on with such love and joy. When Rick saw his glowing bride approach him, he wore an expression of utter happiness and excitement! After their vows were sealed with a kiss, the newly weds took off for The Chanler at Cliff Walk for their reception! Pam Hargraves form Blooming Blossoms transformed the venue into a wonderland; everything looked absolutely stunning! Nobody wasted time in devouring their meals provided by The Chanler or delighting in the delicious desserts from Oakleaf Cakes Bake Shop!

 

Thanks for sharing your special day with us Meg and Rick! Make sure to check out the highlights of their wedding photos and video below!

 



 

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Christina and Tom | Belle Mer Wedding

Let’s start our week off with a glimpse at Christina and Tom’s Belle Mer wedding! Matt and Fred were able to join them and photograph the lovely affair.

 

Christina and her favorite ladies teamed up with New Leaf Studios to take care of all of their hair and makeup needs. After the final stroke of mascara was applied, Christina stepped into her gorgeous Morilee wedding dress from Wishing Well Bridal! Now that our bride was glowing and the bridesmaids looked stunning, we all set off for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church for the ceremony. Christina walked down the aisle to the man of her dreams. Tom and Christina made vows and expressed their love to each other in front of all of their friends and family, it was absolutely lovely!

 

Now that our bride and groom were officially wed, they led they way to Belle Mer which was beautifully decorated with the help of Stoneblossom, who created fantastic floral arrangements to set the stage for the celebration! After enjoying one incredibly delicious meal and tasty sweets, everyone danced the night away with C-Zone Entertainment!

 

Thanks for letting us be apart of your special day. Highlights from Christina and Tom’s wedding are below! Enjoy!

 

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Colleen and Neil | Whispering Pines Wedding

Today, we’re going to look back at Colleen and Neil’s Whisper Pines Wedding! Matt and Fred handled photography, and Dan took care of cinematography.

 

Serai Beauty joined Colleen on the morning of her wedding to help all the ladies with their hair and makeup. After applying the final touches, Colleen slipped into her gorgeous Casablanca wedding gown from Bridal Garden. She looked absolutely stunning. Once the bride was glowing from head to toe, we set off to surprise Neil with a first look! When Neil turned around and set his eyes on his beaming bride, he couldn’t contain his excitement and joy! After a charming little boat ride together, it was time to head to ceremony!

 

Leslie Rose did an incredible job with the floral arrangements that adorned the aisle at Whispering Pines. It was the perfect autumn day to exchange vows of love by the lake. Now husband and wife, Colleen and Neil led the way to the reception to celebrate! Whispering Pines provided a feast that was simply delicious. George Confoey helped everyone get on the dance floor to enjoy the end of Coleen and Neil’s magical wedding day!

 

Congrats to the happy couple, thanks for letting us celebrate with you! Be sure to check out the highlights and wedding film below!

 



 

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