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Weddings, as a Guest {Part Two}

Follow up to Part One

Subtitled: “Mirrorless Wedding Photography”

My second “wedding as a guest” last month was my friend Lea’s wedding in Columbus, Mississippi. Lea is a dear girl I know from our time together at Muddy’s Bake Shop. My friend Clark and I roadtripped it down there for the ceremony, and I gave the Samsung NX1100 its second trial as my companion camera. Even with just the kit lens, the NX1100 came through! It was a lovely wedding! I was also happy to see some of my awesome former workmates from the bakery – and some Muddy’s folks whom I’ve met before but never had the pleasure to work with. Needless to say, there was a big “Team Muddy’s” contingent in attendance at darling Lea’s wedding!

Part Two: Lea & Michael’s Wedding Reception • Lee Home • Columbus, MS

(^^^ so cute!!!)


The bride, holding the cutest little champagne coupe I ever did see

Father-daughter dance

Team Muddy’s: Muddy’s baker Kadie and her guy Matt

Team Muddy’s: The Thurmonds, Mark who still works for the bakery and Karen who used to – OH and that’s just the new Mrs. Liles standing next to them! 


Team Muddy’s: Former Muddy’s employees Christina and SJ

Team Muddy’s:  Muddy’s community builder, Sara, and  her husband Jacob (they’re newlyweds too!)

Cupid Shuffle, naturally

(And I did have a film camera which I shot with…those photos will be posted when I get the film developed!!)

Weddings, as a Guest {Part One}

Subtitled: “Mirrorless Wedding Photography

If my calculations are correct, it had been a full THREE YEARS since I’d attended a wedding as a guest rather than as the wedding photographer. Having two weddings to attend in the month of September was a wonderful treat for me. Being me, of course, I didn’t go to the weddings sans camera. That would be just plain silly! One of my favorite things to do as a photographer is document fun times I’m having with friends, and that’s just what I did at these two weddings.

This actually another post about my Samsung NX1100. When I whipped that camera out at my friend Matt’s wedding, those around me were impressed with its looks and were more than happy to let me photograph them with it (pro tip: never underestimate the value of having a cool looking camera when you want to have people engage with you and allow you to take their photograph.) This was also my first real opportunity to use the little accessory pop-up flash that came with the NX1100.

Part One: Matt & Lauren’s Wedding Reception • Central Train Station • Memphis, TN 

Bouquets on the wedding cake table

Wedding cake

Groom’s cake

Central Train Station

Guest book table in the lobby

The clutch I carried to the wedding. It’s where I stashed my NX1100 when not in use.

Cutting of the cake

And so begin the snapshots of my friends…

Amy and Daniel, who also got married a few weeks after this! 

The Wagenschutzes

The only and only Jason Baker

A family portrait of sorts: Jason, Kimberly, Adam, and Ty

Jason and Amy

So much dancing

Jason and Eli

Brotherly love between JoelG and JasonB

We obviously had a blast, so it’s fair to say that this camera will be accompanying me to social occasions where I just want some fun snapshots of my friends. Plus, I thought the NX1100 delivered on some of the nicer photos I took around the reception venue. I’m so glad I sold my point-and-shoot digital camera and picked up a mirrorless one. Never looking back!

Life with the Samsung

Remember how I got a new mirrorless digital camera and posted my first impressions? Well now I have MORE impressions to share with you!

Hello, pretty little thing! 

And I begin with a confession:  I am enjoying a digital camera for the first time in my life. If you look through this blog or know me at all, you’ll know that I am a DIE HARD film photography fan. I tend to only shoot digital when I’m hired for weddings, portrait sessions, etc. But it’s true: I love this Samsung NX1100. In no way has it replaced the film cameras I inevitably have with me at all times, but  the NX1100 has been a fun addition to my camera arsenal! I’ve loved beaming photos over to my Samsung tablet and sharing them with the world  (my Instagram followers may recognize some of these!)

A really funny joke I was making about my Bronica ETRSi not fitting in the evening bag I was taking to a wedding. Okay. I was the only one who thought it was a funny joke. Probably. 

Caught Up

A very rainy day in Mississippi

Trying to move past my aversion to actually using the stash of expired film I’ve got in my fridge

Pumpkin pie bars I made for my family’s catering company

Pondering how I managed to get two knots in this ribbon wand when I was waved it as my friends left the reception of their wedding a couple of weeks earlier

Pecan pie bars I made for my family’s catering company (it’s a tough job being the desserts girl in the fam)

Vegan cupcakes I made for a catering job and for some friends

Strawberries of unknown origins on the door of my friend Clark’s apartment

What a rooftop patio looks like in the pouring rain

Very rainy day, very steep steps to Clark’s apartment

The prettiest tea I’ve ever seen, at Otherlands in Memphis

What can I say? I enjoy taking photos in coffee shops.

Vegan pumpkin biscuits I made. Why didn’t these happen sooner in my lifetime?

Sneak peek of something you’ll see more of soon: the day my mom got a tattoo! 

Precious little vegan cupcake pies 

More dessert I made for the family business: Mississippi mud cake! 

So excited about the new camera bag that just arrived!

Vegan mini pear pies, in two different mini sizes! 

A tiny slice of the aforementioned mini pear pie. So good! 

Globules of milk and food colouring floating in oil – the result of making red velvet cake

Now I’m hoping the camera lens fairy will bring me a nice 30mm or 16mm or 60mm lens for this sweet little camera *sigh*

Long, Mirrorless Weekend

Here’s a phrase you don’t hear often on Shoot With Personality: I got a new digital camera!

I’m going to dive right into the back story/technobabble portion of this blog entry: I’ve been researching dSLRs, because the time has come for me to buy a new one. Through my research, I’ve become increasingly drawn to mirrorless cameras (mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras/MILC.) These cameras lack mirrors, as the name suggests. You compose your photograph by looking at a rear LCD display or, in some cases, electronic viewfinder.  Leaving the mirror out generally allows for a smaller, quieter camera. Though there are some MILCs being released that have the look and feel of a small dSLR.  Some MILCs,  such as the drool-worthy Fuji X-pro1,  rival their mirrored dSLR big brothers in terms of image quality.

Since what I’m looking for at the moment is something to fill the gap between a point-and-shoot digital and a dSLR, I actually happened across a MILC bundle that really piqued my interest. The bundle paired a Samsung NX1100 [plus 20-50mm lens] with a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablet. Lightroom 4 comes standard with any NX1100 kit, too.  A tablet was already on my wish list, and considering that this particular bundle cost less than the NX1100 kit normally runs on its own, I decided to take the plunge!

One of the things about the Samsung camera that’s REALLY cool is you can use the built-in Wi-fi to send pictures straight from the camera to the tablet. That makes it extremely easy to then post the photos in blogs, send them in emails,  and, yes, post them to Instagram. That’s one of the many things that I think would make this camera/tablet a wicked combo with which to travel. 

I procured my Samsung bundle last week. This meant that I had it for Labor Day weekend, which provided a nice testing ground for my NX1100. I had a wide variety of photographic opportunities over the long weekend. On to the test images!


Snaps from my quick visit to the always photogenic Otherlands coffee shop in Midtown 

One of the coolest things – a vintage memorial to MLK, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy

Perfect scooter parked out back at Otherlands

Worm that crawled out of the flower box on the patio

The flower box from which the worm crawled

 Susan and Scott’s wedding rehearsal at the beautiful Grace-St. Luke’s church 


Polaroid/Impossible Project shots from Susan and Scott’s wedding

 Sunday morning still-life

Just to show you that the Samsung takes selfies to the next level, so you can zap ’em over to the tablet and upload to Instagram with the greatest of ease

Showing off the corn muffins I make weekly for my family’s catering company


Labor Day snapshots

My niece finished her waffle and left it impaled with the fork this way

Labor day lunch: I made seitan cutlets, homemade BBQ sauce, and oven-friend green tomatoes

LOVELY vegan blackberry cobbler I made for dessert

Found this random cluster of red berries near the field behind our house
(I found out that it’s called “jack-in-the-pulpit)

My Bronica ETRSi, just hanging out on the barbed wire fence  

Walkin’ on broken glass

Of course only time will tell how well my new Samsung NX1100 fits into my normally analogue lifestyle, but I have to say that I’m likin’ the results so far! Now, if only I can get my hands on some of the super sweet prime lenses from the NX line…

P.S. I couldn’t find an awful lot of hands-on reviews of the NX1100 online, and most of what I found was written by bloggers who are compensated for their reviews. More power to them, but if you happen upon this blog entry whilst searching for information about this camera, know that I am not one of those paid bloggers!