Do you like to have fun? We do, especially with our photos. We wanted something a little different than the average blog out there, so along with our super talented Blog designer we came up with a Favorites section - or "Wiebner Faves" as we like to call it. What is it you ask? more »
Well, under each photo, you will see an "I Like This" box. If you really like that image, if it tickles your fancy, or makes you laugh, or just plain old makes you smile - go ahead - check it. We know you want to. Each time that box is clicked on a photo, it adds to the running tally for that image. The top 14 favorite images on the entire blog will be shown as thumbnails in this section. Just so you can see the most popular images of all time on the blog. A little something out of the ordinary - it never hurts to be different!
Also, blog posts can be favorites. Now that we have comments available, you will see a little bar meter at the bottom left of each post. Once the meter hits a certain number of comments, its automatically promoted to a "Wiebner Fave Post". :) Something else just for fun!
Are you ready to advance your business? Education in our industry is important to us. The more photographers that are aware in the industry the better it is for everyone. Won't you join us in making our goals a reality? We participate in various workshops, seminars and speaking engagements. Listed below are various engagements - some are our own workshops, others we will be hosting or speaking at. If you wish to participate, please drop us a line or click the link to find out more info!
I find it incredibly difficult to write about us when put on "The Spot". "I need a 500 word bio about you and Joel, now!" Who can do that? How do you make your own personality shine in a few words, let alone that of two people? Well, I am going to give it my best shot. If you really want to know about US - who we really are - read the blog below. We really try to keep it updated as often as possible, and hope that our fun, casual personalities shine through in the words you read and the images we capture for our clients. The blog below is our way of communicating our lives - both personal and professional - with clients, friends, family and colleagues. We believe strongly in using words and images together to communicate our passion.
I am going to keep this short and sweet - Joel and I were meant to be together - to live, love and be happy making photographs. We were both photographers before we met over 9 years ago - we met behind a camera, and continue to feed off of that energy. We are a rock solid husband and wife team and we wouldn't want it any other way - we work together 24/7 and never tire of each other. We have had our business since November 2000, and have thrived on photographing weddings as our main photography genre since 2002. We love what we do. We like to think we look at the world in our own way - not photojournalistically, not traditionally, not artistically. Just as a Wiebner. If you like what we see, then you will like us too. Oh and don't forget to comment in the blog on our two little darlings - Haydn and Zane - they are pretty darn cute little Wiebners. Enjoy! - Rita
Yeah, yeah yeah - I am wickedly behind on blog posting. It has been an insane couple of weeks! We have had 2 weddings, several portrait sessions, a family birthday, a photographer workshop and a mini-vacation camping with a bunch of friends! Whew -e! That was a mouthful. This week is blog catch up week, so you can expect a new post every day or two, and then we will be back on our regularly scheduled programming! :)
I am first going to start out with our wonderful, lovely, cheerful, fun, exciting, adventurous, much anticipated - Camping Disaster...er um, I mean Camping Trip! :) It certainly had its ups and downs, which I will elaborate in full, but overall it was a fun trip. Who would want to go on vacation and have it be boring? So on to the good details.
We organized this trip several months ago with some friends - some photographers, and some not - but we all thought a much needed mid-week camping trip on the beach would be a blast. Joel and I had found a great place to camp on the beach last summer - it is down in Southern Maryland on St. George's Island, or Piney Point, MD. Fairly rustic tent camping, and like I said, right on the beach. Last year when we were there, we had gone in August, which is towards the end of the season, and it was very quiet and not too hot. This time around, we enjoyed extreme heat, biting flies that drove the best of us absolutely nuts, stinging jellyfish in the water, oh and a wicked thunderstorm that had about 25-30 mph winds (60-70 mph winds were expected and we all ran for cover).
We were there for 3.5 days, and the first day was pretty rough. The heat and the flies were super bad - there wasn't any wind at all, which made it all the worse. 'Til we all got set up and unloaded we were ready to strangle someone - or each other. :) So we all jumped in the water for a refreshing swim. Until we realized the jellyfish were much worse than last year. Several of the kids got stung, but hardly any of the adults. I think it was really because they were thrashing around in the water and not really paying attention. Typical of your average kid. So we ended up having to be very careful in the water.
Day 2 came with some biking, kayaking and more swimming - plus a nice breeze, so the flies weren't as bad. Day 3 was more of the same, until the thunderstorm rolled in and we ended up spending the late afternoon and evening hiding in a mesh sided tent with everyone. Which was cool in its own respect as we were all together in one place. We played board games and talked and it was fairly relaxing.
One of the best parts for me, was sitting by the campfire the first 2 nights - making smores with all of the kids, and other campfire goodies. I guess though we are all getting too old, as not many of us stayed up too late - party poopers! and instead hit the hay early.
With lots of fun memories, we all headed home on the last day, a little sad and a lot grateful to be returning to civilization. :) All joking aside, we had a wonderful time, and hope everyone will put up with us again next year for another trip! We didn't take too many photos, as it was totally about relaxing while we were there - but we got a few fun snapshots with the point and shoot.
**Ok, I needed to add this stuff, cause I forgot a few things that needed mentioning. On top of all of our catastrophes above, pretty much none of us adults had a good night sleep any of the nights we were there. :) The first night there was loud music being played in a nearby tent, well into the wee hours of the night/morning. Ok, no problem, we all complained about it to each other the next morning. The SECOND night is when the crap hit the fan. :) All the way down on the other side of the beach there was a major party going on with EXTREME loud music being played. Like we could hear it loudly all the way on our side of the beach. So all of us old fuddy-duddy parents didn't sleep much, and the next morning I found out, that half of us were up at 4:30 AM because of this music - Neville actually put his "in charge" hat on and walked down and told the party goers about it - right, at 4:30 AM. So that put an end to it. We were all proud of Neville. :)
And speaking of Neville, he had called us before the trip, all worried about what to bring, what we needed etc. Joel told him the basics, thinking Neville had never been camping before. Boy were we wrong! Mr. Neville is an experienced camper from his youth and pulled out all sorts of fancy tricks on the trip. From being a fire god, to inventing luscious campfire goodies (donuts on a stick anyone?) to enthralling us with hilarious stories of his camping days in Canada and how he got the nickname of Dr. Kai (Hope I spelled that right Neville!). It involves making latrines in the wilderness if that gives you a clue. Hail to the campmaster Neville! :)
My stud man Haydn trying to boogie board with no waves. :)
Kingston, trying to be a shark, I guess.
The kids were having a blast playing on my kayak.
I think one of the kids is OCD - nicely lined up shovels...probably Haydn, he always had this thing when he was younger about lining up all of his Thomas trains.
The lovely Mrs. Swoope :) and Kingston - I just liked this shot.
Awww...Mr. and Mrs. Swoope. Josh and Michele have become good friends of ours over the last year.
We played some games with the kids and had prizes for them - it helped keep them busy!
Haydn and Matthew's son, Samuel - what cuties!
The whole Wiebner clan.
Two of Lori and Neville's daughter's - Avonlea and Daniella.
This was the wake while the thunderstorm was attacking at full force. There were still people fishing on the pier! They were crazy!
Joel was having fun with the glo stick jewelry I had for the kids - he is such a...dork. :)
Joel took some of the boys down on the beach while the waves were crashing and the wind was a-blowin'. They were all trying to fight their way through the gusting winds!
The whole crew! From left - Douglas, Wendy, Wyatt and Jack - me, Joel and Zane, Kingston, Noah, Josh and Michele - Lori, Neville, Avonlea, (Haydn - who wanted to be next to Avonlea), Noelle, and Daniella - and Maria, Samuel and Matthew.
What a bunch!
Matthew, Maria and Samuel!
Aw, my sweeties - pirate eared Haydn and the Zipster.
I love this one of the kids. They all got along so well! This was the group of the little ones - ranging in age from about 3 up to 7.
Haydn and Zane made new girlfriends :) - they had their eyes on Lori and Neville's two daughters that were the same age as them! :)
Avonlea proving she was tougher than Haydn.
Just some cool trees.
Now here's a bunch. The 5 of us are pretty much inseparable.
And just an amazing sky as we drove home! Camping over and out!