Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Don't come around here no more ...

That's right folks, if you want to keep up with my work, you're gonna have to follow me on over to the new and improved gailwernerphotography.com!!!

There's lots to take in on the new site — most notably BIG gorgeous photos, so come check it out for yourself and don't forget to bookmark the new site!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

In Character

One of my favorite magazines is Vanity Fair and I love when, on occasion, they run one of their features called "In Character." (It's something that actually got its start with this book, but I digress...)

I was testing out some custom settings tonight on my camera when Nick and I started horsing around and decided to do our own take on the art of transforming. Needless to say, we had so much fun doing this, I might use it as a future ice breaker for some of my more adventurous clients!

Our take on VANITY FAIR's "In Character"

Our take on VANITY FAIR's "In Character"

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Working on something new for this budding enterprise and after a long night last night, I can say I'm on the right track to unveiling something VERY cool (hopefully) very soon.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Tennessee and sweet Baby Claire!

First off, say hello to my new niece, sweet Baby Claire Werner!

Tennessee Werners

Now that we've introduced this cutie pie, I can tell you a bit more about our weekend trip to Chattanooga. Which, can I just say, I LOVE THAT CITY!

Nick's twin brother, Clay, and wife, Liz, live there and on this trip — Nick and I's third since they married back in '05 — I really just fell in love with the place. I mean, how can you NOT be taken in with a view like this:

Tennessee Werners

There's a LOT of development there (something that — sadly — we lack here in Muncie), so many sweet little bungalow homes (my favorite), and the atmosphere is so family-friendly. Speaking of family, this is Claire's big brother, Isaac. I caught him mid-laugh as we watched Disney's Robin Hood together (a movie Liz and I both said took us back to our childhood ... as soon as I heard "Robin Hood and Little John runnin' through the forest ..." I felt like I was six years old again).

Tennessee Werners

We didn't have a whole lot of time to do a family shoot, but I snuck some sweet candids of Claire and her beautiful mama in some nice light that was coming through the front door.

Tennessee Werners

I love the interaction between Claire and Liz in these next three — Claire is just old enough (nine weeks) where keeping her head up for minutes at a time is a BIG accomplishment! I hope these shots are the kind that some day, Claire will dig up and think to herself, "What a moment."

Tennessee Werners

Tennessee Werners

Tennessee Werners

See Isaac in the back there? Yeah, that was the best we could do in getting a two-year-old to sit down for a "family portrait" - ha! I think that's why I love this photo so much. Don't they make a beautiful family?

Tennessee Werners

But thanks to Uncle Nick's shennagians, we got a big smile from the little guy!

Tennessee Werners

These last few outdoor shots were caught on our way out the door to get pizza. Liz had asked that we wait for the photos until Sunday morning, when the little ones would be in their church clothes, but I told her, "How about just a few now? The light is so nice ..." And I'm SO glad we did - it POURED all day Sunday before we left. And had we waited ... well, I hate to think I would have missed this shot:

Tennessee Werners

Or this one ...

Tennessee Werners

Clay and Liz, we can't wait to do this again! We love you guys!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Something to chew on...

When I visited Tracy and Kevin for their photo shoot, during a drive to Tracy's salon for some pre-shoot styling, I asked Tracy for some gum. She passed off to me this yummy new brand of Trident that tasted like berries bursting in my mouth.

Now, I'm not normally a gum person, but I got that pack of gum home and thought I could savor each piece as a little after-dinner dessert. Well, in the Werner household, anything sweet is usually gone in a matter of hours — not days. And so I was pretty bummed to see that Nick had taken the last piece.

"I'll go get you some more ..." he told me, as I looked forlornly at the empty package. Even though I was having one of THOSE days, I told him not to bother, it was okay. Then I went back to editing ....

I heard the door shut, followed by Nick's car pulling out of the drive. A few minutes later, he was back with a present in hand:

Flowers and shoes

Here's hoping you, too, have that special person in your life who will always buy you gum.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

She's got sass, that Sarah does

A few weeks back, I got a message from my good college buddy Jon Scott, telling me I should think about "reconnecting" with a college pal of ours, Sarah.

To be fair, Sarah was more Nick's friend than mine (they still like to talk about their freshmen year in college together) but now we share our friends (and our French fries) 'cause that's what married couples do ;)

Sarah is a photographer herself and aside from catching up with an old friend, Jon thought we might have something to talk about.


Nick and I hung out a few weeks back with Sarah and her boyfriend, Billy, in Indianapolis and we all just clicked (Sarah and I knew we were in trouble when Nick and Billy started geeking out over Fark!)

We had so much fun, Sarah and I had to hook up again and "talk shop," this time with our cameras in hand. So without further ado, here's the fun, sassy, sarcastic, never-afraid-to-speak-her-mind Sarah Brown!

Profile avatars for my friend Sarah!!

Photographers are always on the hunt for a good mural for a backdrop. Sarah had just spotted this one freshly painted and I'm sure we'll be seeing this on other photographers' blogs soon - it was huge!

Profile avatars for my friend Sarah!!

How cute is she? Seriously, if you couldn't tell by that big 'ol smile on her face, Sarah's personality is infectious. You can't help but laugh when she's around!

Profile avatars for my friend Sarah!!

Profile avatars for my friend Sarah!!

While we were taking these last shots, some skeezy (yes, that is SO a word!) dude drove up in his hooptee trying to hit on us. I was clicking away and Sarah just took it like a trooper. Then again, what dude wouldn't hit on this gal? ;)

Profile avatars for my friend Sarah!!

Jon THANK YOU FOR PUTTING SARAH AND I BACK IN TOUCH! I'm not kidding when I say this guy (Jon) could go into business reconnecting people like he did us - dude knows EVERYBODY who graduated from Ball State in the past decade!!

And Sarah, thank you for being the same fun person I remembered you being five years ago - you ROCK and I cannot wait to second shoot with you next month!

****To see the shots Sarah took of me, head on over to her blog!****

Monday, May 26, 2008

There she goes again...

What, just because I'm taking more images of people these days, did you actually think I could give up on the flowers?

Nope. Can't do it. I saw these guys and instantly, my brain thought, "Must. take. picture." That's what's great these days. I feel like wherever I go, I'm thinking more and more like a photographer and finding an excuse to make art. I shudder to think of what will happen if — down the line — I can pick up that macro lens I want.

These beautiful poppies belong to a neighbor down the road from us. Ironically enough, his name is Steve Bell. He's a retired BSU t-com prof and was the former anchorman for ABC's Good Morning America back in the '80s. I figured, if he came out finding a person taking photos of flowers in his driveway, at least I could explain that I knew him (and I interviewed him when he retired from BSU, so all's fair I say ...) Anyway, I say this a lot about flowers, but poppies truly are one of my favorites. They are just so gorgeous. I mean, these shots are straight out of camera — and anything this bold and this beautiful deserves to be a favorite in my book.

Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. I've got another fun project to process this week and get up on the blog before Nick and I take off this coming weekend to meet our new niece in Tennessee!

Flowers and shoes

Flowers and shoes

Flowers and shoes