The Vartanesians

By katemoynihan

March 18, 2014

Category: Portraits

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Two years ago I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph the wedding of my dear friends David and Natalie.  It was a stressful day for me, simply because it was my first wedding and it was being held inside at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.  If you’ve never been there (or to any other aquarium) you may not understand how daunting a task this was for me as a brand new photog.  Aquariums are dark, and you are surrounded by glass… which will reflect back your flash if you use it!  Thankfully I was able to get some good shots, and my friends were happy with what I produced.

Recently Natalie asked me to come and do a session with them, wanting to take their 10 month old son Cooper to the aquarium for a very specific photo in front of the large tank they got married in front of.  I was super excited, not only to photograph them but to meet Cooper!  Then the day before the session I had a camera crisis.  My trusty Nikon D7000 broke.  I took it to a local camera shop and they told me that it would have to go back to Nikon for repair!  *cue panic attack*  Thankfully another friend lent me their Nikon camera body, and I planned to do the best that I could considering her camera’s highest ISO was 1600.  I’m used to working with a camera that I can work with at double that range with very little noise.

We had to get creative in the Vartanesian Session.  I had really wanted to get shots like I got during the wedding where you could see sweet Cooper’s face.  The equipment I was working with just didn’t allow that to be possible.  I’m still happy with the outcome, and more importantly so are David and Natalie.  We even went back to the house after and did some adorable shots of Cooper cheesing for the camera.  Successful session, despite the challenges.

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