Reconstruction of My Photo Site Identity

Night photo of Seaforth Marina

Things Have Definitely Changed Around Here

If you’ve been looking for the SWLundPhoto site during the past month or so, you would have noticed it has gone off the grid. The original site went through some growing pangs, and somewhere along the line, no longer fit me, on a personal level. I’ve renamed it to Vibrant Imagery, because well, that is what I produce most. I’ve also gave it a make over that I felt was long over due.

If you want to see the original content, do not fret, it’s all stil there, just presented a little differently. What can you expect from me moving forward? I’m glad you asked.

  • More (and even better) images, more posts, more often.
  • More Weddings, portraits, events, and personal projects.
  • Tutorials – how I got from point A to Z, in more detail for you technical junkies.
  • Polls – I encourage everyone to take the current poll. There will be a new poll at least every month.
  • A new portfolio section – still a work in progress, but hang tight, there will be an announcement coming soon, so be sure to follow me on twitter, @swlund.
  • Behind the scenes posts – Take a look at what takes place on my side of the camera.
  • Interviews with other photographers – One thing that inspires me is looking at the works of other photographers, I will bring their world into ours.
  • Musings about new techniques I’ve learned – The sometimes painful process to grow as a photographer, and artist.
  • What’s in my kit – Posts about specific equipment, software, or other tools I use for my craft.
  • The occasional personal post – I reserve the right to inject a personal story into the mix…once in a while.
You’ll want to follow the happenings here at Vibrant Imagery, a familiar place with a new and fresh outlook. What kind of photography blog would this be if I didn’t include at least one picture? I’ll give you a couple…from my last late night venture, consider this a teaser…
Night photo of Seaforth Marina

Seaforth Marina

Moon over Seaforth Marina

Moon over Seaforth Marina

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Valentine’s Day Specials

Photographer Promotion
Photographer Promotion

20% Off Valentine's Day Sale

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, love is definitely in the air. To celebrate, SWLund Photography has got something special in store for you!

This week’s Weekly Link on Mondays is one of my own. Why, well, I’ve got a special running throughout the month of February you just might be interested in. How’s 20% off…of everything sound to you? That’s right folks, 20% off. I would throw in the kitchen sink too,  but I only have one, and I need it.

The Rules Are Simple

Contact me by using the Contact Page, or call me to set up a meeting, or book a date by the end of February and you’ll save yourself 20%. It’s that easy.

Book now and save 20% on the following:

  • Any Wedding Package Offered by SWLund Photography.
  • Portrait Sessions.
  • Engagement Sessions.
  • Event Photography such as birthdays, company parties, other gatherings you may wish to have photographed and documented.
  • Any print orders through SWLund Photography for weddings, events, and portraits booked during this promotion.

Remember, if you have any questions just Contact me here.

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Two New Services Added

Embraced

I am always looking for ways to better serve my couples, and I am proud to announce two new services.

Embraced

Embraced

Engagement Session

The engagement session is included in all of my packages, however, this service is for those couples who like to test the waters before going all in. It also gives you the opportunity to get to know me, your photographer. Essentially it works like this.

  • You will have 2-3 hours of photography time.
  • You pick the location you want to have the session at (I can provide suggestions as needed).
  • You will receive 3 8×10 prints from the session.
  • You will also receive a DVD of all the edited images from the session.
  • If you book your wedding as a result of your engagement session, you will receive a $300 discount off of any package you choose.
  • All yours for only $175.00.

Just the Wedding Plus, Please

Just the Wedding Plus, Please is for couples who would like to have Just the Wedding ceremony photographed – with a twist. The Plus includes up to four hours of coverage. It’s great for getting those formal or posed shots taken care of so that you can fill up those wedding albums nicely. Here is what you’ll receive:

  • Up to 4 hours of coverage.
  • A DVD of all the edited images.
  • 3 8×10 prints of your choice.
  • All yours for only $500.o0

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SWLund Photography Joins BridalTweet

Let's Dance
Let's Dance

Let's Dance

A little over a year ago, I didn’t have a clue as to how useful Twitter could be, or for that matter, how to use Twitter. To this day, I am a bit mystified by it, but I have made quite a few discoveries. Recently I made a really neat one called Bridal Tweet. So, what is Bridal Tweet, you might ask?

Here is a quote directly from the site’s home page, “This is a free wedding forum where anyone can browse around but only the 9,708 members of our wedding forum can ask questions & share inspiration.”

It is so much more than that, Bridal Tweet is a wonderful resource for newly engaged couples to interact and meet a whole slew of vendors for just about all their needs when planning their wedding.

It not just a listing of caterers, officiates, wedding planners, or eh-hum, photographers, you will find other services and providers like dress makers, invitation designers, and much more. Feel free to browse the forums, or become a member (free) and connect with other members, ask questions, create a blog. There is so much to do, this post hardly scratches the surface.

I have been so involved with getting to know the ins and outs of Bridal Tweet, I almost forgot about Twitter…almost. So visit a thriving community of wedding professionals, and couples seeking both inspiration, and knowledge.


Visit Wedding Forums @BridalTweet

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Simple Widget Makes Picking A Wedding Dress Style Easy-er

Meghan's Dress
Meghan's Dress

Meghan's Dress

Today’s Weekly Link on Mondays post explores wedding dresses. Assuming you are still in the market for a dress, and flustered by all the choices out there, this link may help you at least get a visual reference of different styles of dresses. On the Wedding Dresses home page they have a nifty little widget to help you narrow your dress selection down, by using check boxes to define different styles, price range, embellishments, color, body shape, and neckline, the site will then find the dresses that fit the categories you select.

I played with this single feature on the site at length, and found you can select multiple check boxes in each field to get different results. As a visual aid, this tool works quite well, and will at least give you some ideas or starting points when browsing various dress styles.

When you click on a particular dress, it will give quite a few options to share your find with your friends and family via email, facebook, twitter, and several other social sites. If you register with the site, you can save your picks to a look book so that you can later compare and cull your choices down to that one dress for your wedding day.

Head over to WeddingDresses.com and discover a different interactive way of wedding dress hunting, and have fun doing it.

When you’re done looking for your dress, you can then start looking at dresses and styles for your bride’s maids too.

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Favorite Foto Friday

Kayleigh In Dance Outfit

I never have to look far to make a portrait, I always have a willing participant, if not always a subject that can sit still for longer than a fraction of a second. But hey, what do you expect from a 2 year old? So last week, my wife and I decided to get some new shots of our daughter to put on our wall, and did a little photo shoot with her.

Kayleigh is the subject for today’s Favorite Foto Friday. Here, she is posing in her dance outfit. Something strange happens when she puts on that tutu, she becomes so energized you would think she just had a Monster energy drink. Fortunately, she has to slow down a bit to catch her breath between bouts of dancing around the house like a kid possessed, allowing my wife and I a chance to position her on the ottoman, and shoot her.

Being the daughter of a photographer has made her a real ham. It’s no wander she’s my favorite model, and this week’s favorite foto.

Kayleigh In Dance Outfit

Kayleigh In Dance Outfit

Okay, so it may not be fair to post a favorite of my daughter, call it the privileged bias of a father. Be sure to check in next week for another post of Favorite Foto Friday.

Favorite Foto Friday

Justin and Alma Wedding - Carpinteria, CA

Weddings can be spontaneous and splendid at the same time. During this father/daughter dance, a group of youngsters gathered up the rose petals on the ground, and flung them at the bride and her father. The kids made this shot for me.  I think they may have conspired to throw some cake too, but they could not resist the temptation to eat their ammo.

Justin and Alma Wedding - Carpinteria, CA

Rose Petal Shower

What will it be next week? I don’t know myself, so we’ll see what happens next together.

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Favorite Foto Friday

Sunrise Fire

This week’s favorite photo comes from a recent portrait shoot I did one morning at Vasquez Rocks, in California. I was just about to put the  camera away after the session, when I looked up and saw this sky. Normally I would have slapped on the fish-eye lens for a shot like this, but this time I instinctively raised the camera’s view finder to my eye, fired a shot. Quite happy that I would have something neat to look at later, I shoved the camera in the bag, and drove off. It just goes to show you that old photography rules still apply in the digital age – leave the lens cap off until after you’ve left the scene, or parking lot for that matter.

Sunrise Fire

Sunrise Fire

Check back next week and have a gander at what’s up my sleeve.

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