New Start!

Hello all!

Since my last post, so much has happened! It has been a whirlwind, but I am finally ready to get back to blogging and keeping everyone up to date on all of the GORGEOUS shoots that are going on in my life. I will be posting shoots from the past two years soon, as well as current and fabulous things going on now.

Now not only am I involved heavily in the wedding and portrait industry, I am also involved in the Buy Local movement here in Savannah. I am thrilled to be able to draw attention and bring business to my local small business owners! One of my favorite photographs is this candid of local legend Stratton Leopold:

Stay tuned for brand new content and updates on Cool Savannah Photography!

I Do: Teresa & Matthew

This past weekend I had the extreme honor of shooting the beautiful wedding of Teresa and Matthew. I've known Teresa since I was two and seeing her transform into the princess that she's always wanted to be was an absolute joy.

Seeing the love that the two of them share simply took my breath away! Having endured a deployment, this wedding was even more sweet for everyone involved.

 

Matt's first view of her elicited the most beautiful reaction!

What a gorgeous church!

It's official!! The newest Mr. and Mrs. Smith!

It truly was a Cinderella fairy tale.

That's some serious hang time!

Look closely, those are their ring fingers!

A simply beautiful reception.

This party really knew how to get down!

Mother and son!

Such beautiful rings!

 

It was such a mravelous, perfect day. I am honored to have been able to capture the fairy tale coming true!

Winter Time

Winter has finally caught up with us here in Michigan. Over the past few weeks of snow storms, flurries, and feeling like I'm living in a snow globe I have given myself a challenge: How many different ways can I photograph snow? I came up with a few ideas although I'm sure I'm missing some!

Which one is your favorite?

First I tried stopping the snow in mid-air.

Then I tried macro because, and let's be honest, who doesn't like seeing the individual crystals in a snowflake??

Then I was stuck inside all day due to storm Nemo, so this is just my window.

There's something magical about snow falling at night, don't you think?

This is probably the most... different. It's melting snow on my windshield backlit by a red traffic light.

So what do you all think of this snow??

North American International Auto Show

Last week I had the incredible opportunity to attend the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. Not only was it a great chance to ogle at cars that I can only dream about driving one day, but of course my camera accompanied me! That's enough of my talking, you're only interested in my pictures.

I managed to find a few staircases that I thought would lead to cool new things, but really they only afforded me awesome views like this one!

I'm a sucker for a Maserati.

Last but not least, Smart is apparently coming out with a Smart bike! Kind of nifty, right?

Merry Christmas Y'all!

Merry Christmas (or happy holidays) everybody! Santa was very good to me this year and I got a few tools that will help me help you get the best images possible. Now doesn't that sound fabulous??

 

Here's a little peak at my family's tree. You can see my parent's first anniversary ornament as well as their 25th anniversary ornament! They're still going strong after 28 years married (and 2 dating, so 30 all together!) If you look REALLY close, you can even see my ballerina pig ornament, but that's a story for another time of year, specifically Halloween!

 

On another note, this was the view that I woke up to on Christmas eve in Paso Robles, CA. Isn't my great aunt and uncle's vineyard stunning?

 

That's all for now folks! I hope your day was merry and bright! I know mine sure was because I got to spend it with my loved ones :)

-Tracy Scarpati

Free Shoot Contest!

Hello there everyone!
I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving and is getting ready for an equally wonderful holiday season!

With all of the new changes going on with my business, I thought it would be the perfect time to hold a contest!

As you can see, there's something for everyone who enters. The winner will recieve one free photoshoot, (1) 8x10 print from the shoot, and (2) 5x7 prints from the shoot. Head on over to my Facebook page to see what kind of competition you would have and get to submitting!

I look forward to seeing everyone's submissions :)

TalkShop!

This past weekend I traveled all the way to southern California for a wedding photography workshop. It was put on by the wonderful Gavin and Erin of Gavin Wade Photographers. Being able to attend this workshop truly was a blessing and I cannot possibly rave enough about it, or about Gavin and Erin themselves! I learned so much and I can already see and feel the tides of change rolling in.

Day one of the workshop was a very intense nine hours day of all business talk, so I won't bore you with that! Day two is what you guys will be interested in: The shooting!

We headed over to the Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park for a shoot with one of Gavin and Erin's past couples Matt and Rene. They were dressed to the nines, completely at home in front of the camera (not to mention very much in love!), and the light was simply stunning!

Here are some of my favorites from the shoot!

 

A special thnks to these vendors:

Hair Stylist: Natalie Reijerse - Salon Dusserre
Makeup Artist: Lindsay Lowe
Florals and Hairpiece: Heavenly Blooms
Models: Renee and Matt
Sponsors:

Senior Portrait Season!

Senior portrait season has begun in earnest! I know a lot of people have already gotten theirs done, but there is still lots to be done! I wanted to share some of the images from two of the shoots I have done in the past few weeks. Two beautiful girls- Ava and Corinne. These two make my job so easy and doing their portraits reiterates why I do what I do!

Here are some of Ava's photos:

 

And now for some of Corinne. We went to a few parks and were laughing through the whole shoot!

 

I Do: Shelly and Jeff

On August 3rd I had the pleasure to photograph my good friend's wedding in Lima, Ohio. While I wasn't able to stay and capture the reception the next day, the ceremony and couple's portraits were wonderful and relaxed- and the couple is very much in love! Congratulations guys! I know you'll have many, many years of happiness!

Senior Portraits: What to wear??

Since this is the season of senior portraits, I decided to put together a little list of what to wear and what not to wear when you meet with your photographer.

Many people question what they should wear during photo shoots. I'm positive that different photographers will tell you different things based on their personal style and preference, or based on the location in which you will be photographed, but that are some ground rules.

1) Stay true to your style! This is most important! No matter what, you don't want to wear something that you wouldn't normally wear. You want your photographs to reflect yourself, so why would you choose clothing that you wouldn't normally wear?

2) When shooting outside and on location, be wary of patterns. This does not mean that you should not wear any patterns at all, but some patterns are overwhelming- especially when the location will already have natural patterns.

3) For women and girls- Your makeup should be applied how you normally wear it. Some people like their makeup a little bit darker and more noticable for photographs, but try not to cake it on simply because you are getting photographed.

4) Your colors should be complimentary to your location but not blend in. This is simple enough. If you are going to be photographed in a park or forest with lots of green, you should not wear green. Your skin will stand out, but your clothing will blend in. I'm sure you can understand how this could cause problems.

5) Another note on color: Bring some variety! This is especially important if you have the opportunity to have wardrobe changes!

6) Think about where you will have the opportunity to change clothing- and be prepared! If we are outside, there most likely won't be a fancy dressing room, or even a bathroom. Dress comfortably and plan your outfit changes based on how easy it will be to change.

7) Be conscious of how tight your sleeves are. Actually, be aware of any small details- do you have your stomach showing? How much cleavage is visible? What kind of shoes are you wearing?

8) Accessories are your friend. Little details like a scarf or a necklace can add a little bit of flair to a shoot as long as it compliments your outfit.

 

I hope that these tips are helpful in your quest to decide to wear.

More important than any of this is have fun! You should feel at ease with your photographer and be comfortable in your clothing and in front of the camera. If you aren't naturally comfortable in front of the camera, your photographer should be able to help you loosen up and by the end of the session you should be a natural!

Attention High School Seniors!

Senior year is a big time in your life, the most important year of your life thus far. Take the time to hire a photographer to capture your spirit, your passions, and your zest for life so that you can always remember this exciting time.

As a photographer, and someone who had only the most minial senior portraits taken (there was the year book photo and the school hired someone to set up a 'studio' in the library which they herded us through like cattle), I look back now and wish I had senior portraits that were more true to who I was at that time in my life.

Don't let what happened to me happen to you! I have a special offer for you guys... book now before my schedule fills up!

I Do: Kendall and Davis

On Saturday, June 9th, Kendall and Davis couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to get married. I had the privilege of assisting TaraMichelle Photography in capturing their special day.Here are a few snapshots to show you how splendid and joyous the day was for everyone involved!

If you would like to see more, please head over to my portfolios and look at the whole album.

Welcome To Tracy Scarpati Photography!

Hello readers and welcome to my website!

As an introductory blog post, I will share a little bit about myself, my goals, and my philosophy which allows me to help you capture any moment in your life.

A little about myself...

     Most people start off these sections with where they're from, but I can honestly not tell you that. All my life, I have moved roughly every four years. These moves have taken me to the northeastern states, North Carolina, and Singapore. Because of this, travel is highly integrated in my life. As often as I can, I combine my love of travel with my love of photography.
     I have always loved photography and having a camera in my hands, but my true photographic career started when I was a junior in high school. I have spent all of the years since then refining my craft and figuring out a way to make a living doing the one thing that I am undeniably passionate about. It took me a few years to figure it out, but due to my passion for love and my love of people, wedding and portrait photography was the only way for me to go!
     I spent four wonderful years in the mountains of North Carolina at Appalachian State University completeing my bachelor of science degree in technical photography. You might be wondering what 'technical' means in this case. Well, instead of looking mostly at finished images (which I did plenty of as well!), I was taught about the technical aspects of my camera, lenses, flashes and other light modifiers, post processing techniques, photographic business practices, studio photography, light meters, the properties of light and how they affect an image, and printing. Basically, instead of being taught about art, I was taught about the photographic industry and how to consistently create great photographs by having a firm understanding of my equipment.

My Goals...

     With my photography, I have always been drawn to the truth that they have the ability to show. I find this in the beauty of a freckle, the squint of someone's eyes as they're consumed with laughter, the veins of a flower that allow its life to be sustained. There is beauty in every person, place, and thing in this world and I intend to help all of my clients see that beauty in themselves and their moments. I hope to do this through senior portraits, boudoir photography, bridal portraits, event photography, family portraits, wedding photography, or any other photography needs that you may have.

My Philosophy...

     In my dealings with all of clients, I strive to put you at ease! My goal is that you interact naturally with me if we're doing single person portraits, or the other people in the shot if I am shooting a couple or a group. By creating this natural feeling, I can capture the truth of who you are.
     When shooting weddings, I prefer to be inconspicuous and to be part of the background. When it comes time for formal portraits, this obviously changes although I still prefer to capture how everyone interacts naturally compared to shooting just traditional, posed pictures. This is never very hard to do because the atmosphere is always intoxicatingly happy and it's nearly impossible for anyone to keep a sour face!

 

I hope this helped to shed some light on who I am and what my photography means to me, not to mention what I hope it can mean to you. I leave you with a quote that I fully believe in:

"I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it."
-Anonymous

I look forward to hearing from you all!

-Tracy Scarpati