12 Feb
Posted by Brent Looyenga

I've been shooting photos for a very long time. Growing up in Spokane Washington, and later Coeur d'Alene Idaho i had many beautiful things i wanted to shoot, and ironically, weddings never crossed my mind. However, it was when we traveled that i really wanted to take control of the camera. I think the first camera i really got into was a Olympus Camedia, 3.3 megapixel digital camera. I then moved to another point and shoot, a 5 megapixel digital that could even take video. If you look back on family vacations when i was fourteen years old you would often see many, many photos of my family, but very few of myself. One of the more significant camera changes for me, however, was when my parents gave me their old film rebel camera. For the first time i felt like when i pulled the trigger, the photo i took would actually look close to what i was seeing with my naked eye. I actually felt like i could capture something much greater than i could ever describe. Photography for me was a passion that grew over time. 

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05 Feb
Posted by Brent Looyenga

Kyle and Aubrey are getting married! This doesn't just mean that i'll be shooting their wedding here in June, but it also means i have the privilege of shooting their engagement photos. But anyone that lives in Coeur d'Alene Idaho like myself can look outside and see that it isn't necessarily the best weather for an engagement shoot. 

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29 Jan
Posted by Brent Looyenga

There is often a very big question among new and even experienced photographers. "How do i use my flash?" The problem stems from what direct flash does and how it often destroys an image. Many photographers use a flash when they have no other choice. Use the flash, or have no image at all. Often times this brings a very unpleasing look to the subjects face, because direct flash causes many problems. In this blog i'm going to briefly discuss why you should never use direct flash, and why certain bounces are better than others. 

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21 Jan
Posted by Brent Looyenga

A week or so ago my family and i went to Portland for an engagement shoot with Deanna and Corey. It was a great trip, not only do i love Portland, but i also love shooting engagements. Engagements are awesome because the couple normally work so well together. It's an exciting time! They are getting ready to declare to the world that this one person is the only one they wish to be with for the rest of their life. A strong, and awesome, declaration.

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05 Jan
Posted by Brent Looyenga

I met Michael and Julianna for the first time when i shot their engagement photos. Coming into the shoot, especially one that i'm doing a photo story for, I always wonder about their story: how they met, what they love about each other, what they can't wait for. Things that make them who they are, things that make them unique. This is where my idea of a Photo Story comes from. Taking a story from their engagement, whether it happened locally here in Coeur d'Alene or Spokane... or not, and bringing it into their wedding. 

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