Classy 1950’s Style Wedding

Jessica & StevenIn Athens GA a couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing a lovely 50’s style wedding. The bride & groom tastefully incorporated the 50’s theme into their day. Guests were asked to dress to match as well. I have to admit–I loved changing up my usual suit a bit and wearing my pink button-up with my black suit. Guests arrived in colorful skirts and dresses and guys wore Zoot suits and even cuffed jeans and white T’s w/ sleeves rolled.Pre-Wedding

This was an artistic crowd, too. At many weddings, couples will light a unity candle or pour unity sand, but Jessica & Steven chose to pour paint onto a golden canvas. I love this concept–especially for artist! They now have a unique art piece that I am certain will become a family heirloom. What a great idea!

Congratulations, Jessica & Steven!Jessica & Steven

Integrity & Honesty…are they still possible in a digital world???

Blog Post - Right Click StealingThis morning my youngest daughter presented a beautiful portrait she had drawn of one of her good friends. It was amazing! Since I can not (for the life of me) draw anything but stick figures, it baffles me how some artists can recreate dimension and shadow and bring a blank piece of paper to life. Because of my background as a photographer, I tend to home in on certain details of an image. I noticed there were certain marks in areas around the subjects nose that appeared to be acne. I asked my daughter if by any chance she had made a photocopy of the girl and then added the pencil and and shading brushes over the top. Her response was tearful. She thought I was being an absolutely terrible mother by asking such a question. She did let me know the spots I saw were areas where her pencil landed in the process of creation and needed to be blended out, but she could not get beyond the fact I had even asked the question in the first place.

How do we teach our children integrity and honesty in today’s digital world? Everyday they watch others right-click (AKA: steal) images for their use in presentations for school. This practice is taught and encouraged. Okay, “steal” is probably a harsh word when it comes to what they are taught in class…they are only using the images for educational purposes, right?

Because we have a new generation that has been taught that just taking something is okay, I feel it is especially important to teach my children the importance of integrity. As far as I am aware, copyright law is not taught in public school. This, in my own profession, it is a big problem. It is too easy to steal someone else’s work and call it your own. It happens in every profession – in an office when someone allows others to believe someone else’s idea or work is their own, in photography when someone right-clicks an image and reposts it without permission (even if it is just on their FB page), and in art when someone takes a smart phone pic and prints out art to hang on their wall. It gives the saying “locks are just there to keep the honest people honest” a renewed meaning.

Integrity and honesty go hand-in-hand in my opinion. Authenticity is important…and I must say it is a struggle I personally go through everyday as a photographer in the world of Photoshop – what is real & what is Photoshop (but that is a topic for another blog post!). The discussion of my daughter’s incredible art piece will be an issue revisited again this evening. I need to let her know how proud I am of her artistic ability. I just hope she understands that, by me making inquiries, I am just doing my job as a mom. – Georgia

It’s Time To Think Ahead!

Christmas LightsIt’s that time, again! A lot will be happening this month…dance recitals, chorus & band productions, plays, parades, Santa…and you will want to get some pictures to remember them by. So here are some of my holiday tips:

1) Load NEW batteries into your camera (and keep spare ones on-hand)

2) Make sure you have plenty of free space on your  camera’s memory cards

3) Take pictures BEFORE anyone eats!!!

4) Remember to put your camera away after you take your pictures…this is a hard one (I know!) It is important you actually enjoy the moment. You will not want to miss your child’s acting, dancing, singing…etc. because you were looking down at your camera. The image your mind creates is the most important one…and allowing your child to see you watching him/her during the performance is a memory he/she will cherish forever!

Traditional Rice Throwing – Italian Style

Guests pelt the bride & groom with rice as they leave the church in Asiago Italy.

Guests pelt the bride & groom with rice as they leave the church in Asiago Italy.

Did you know throwing rice at a bride and groom after their wedding ceremony is perfectly acceptable with the birds? Yes, if birds could talk, they would tell you they will not be harmed by this long standing tradition…that is, unless they fly in the direct path of the flying rice.

Pictured here is the joyous pelting of a bride & groom after their ceremony in Asiago, Italy. I couldn’t help but laugh as I took these photos…between the happy shouting and what must have been at least 100 bags of riso (Italian for rice), this 15-20 minute event was one of the highlights of this particular Italy trip…yes! the B&G had rice thrown at them for THAT long!

If you want to read more about the myth that surfaced regarding rice being harmful for birds, check out the link on Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/birdrice.asp

Echos of the Dance…

 

Echos of the Dance - ©Georgia P ZumwaltRecently, I have been studying the great photographic works of David Hockney. Mr Hockney created amazing works of art with multiple photographs of just one scene. What you see here is my attempt to create a similar style of art. Resting on this old trunk, this old Hohner accordion holds untold memories of music that must have brought joy to many. Was it played at a wedding? Did it sing the sounds of beloved old anthems from someone’s home country? We will never know. I found this beautiful piece sitting by itself in an antique store a while ago. It’s a circa 1930’s instrument…and it was begging to be revived. I hope the echos of the dances that made people smile breathe through the bellows of this accordion very soon.

Almost too pretty to eat…but too delicious to pass up!

Once again, Sue at Ferranti’s Cakery in Jefferson GA has created an amazing piece of edible art – a true artist! As you can tell, I LOVE this place!!! What is even better about this art is that it is scrumptious!

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Has it really been 2 years???

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Precious baby Will at only 11 days old…

It was my very great pleasure to photograph brand new Baby Will almost 2 years ago. And today I get to photograph him at 2 (well actually 2 minus 2 days to be exact). Over the years I have watched and photographed children from birth all the way though their senior year in High School…and now, we are booking their weddings! That is why I do what I do…each client really becomes an extension of my own family. – Georgia

This Kiss…

Although today is NOT International Kissing Day (it is actually on July 6th), I see no reason why we can’t warm up and practice for the actual holiday….don’t you agree? 🙂

Bridal Show Promo Code – discount tickets for this Sunday!

Come by our booth at the Georgia Bridal Fair this Sunday to find out the special booking offers we have!

Come by our booth at the Georgia Bridal Fair this Sunday for special booking offers!

Check out the Zumwalt Gallery booth #52 this Sunday…We have a very special gift for Brides who book their professional wedding photography with us at the show!

The Georgia Bridal Show is this Sunday, January 27th at the Gwinnett Center from 12:00-5:00pm with the fashion show at 3:45pm. Go to the event website at www.eliteevents.com for more information and to purchase discounted tickets.
The Promo Code GWINNETT127 will save you an extra $2 on tickets purchased at website. When you purchase tickets at www.eliteevents.com and enter the Promo Code GWINNETT127 you will receive tickets for only $8!

And don’t forget to create that special bridal show e-mail account…just a suggestion. Read here for details.

See you on Sunday!