I sure hope it rains on your wedding day!

Umbrella Clare and I used to joke with our clients (somewhat seriously) that if they hired us, they'd have good weather on their wedding day. And, after over 20 years of photographing weddings, we only really had one that was seriously altered because of rain. Good luck? Maybe. Either way, we would always plan for any kind of weather and began storing fun colored umbrellas in our trunk to bring to every event. Umbrella Soon we found that the umbrellas could be great props even if it didn't rain! We stashed enough for an entire wedding party and did some really fun images with the rainbow of coverings. They are also great sun shades to keep your subjects cool when photographing in full sun, and they can be great diffusion for the sun so your portraits don't endure such harsh lighting. If you use a brightly colored umbrella for diffusion, Umbrella just pay attention to the color cast it may impart and either compensate with your white balance or use it for effect. Having a prop to hold generally makes people more comfortable in front of the camera, so umbrellas tend to loosen up the poses and help our brides relax. You may not want to use them at every wedding, but keeping a few in your car gives you options and keeps you prepared for anything. Let it rain!

The LunaGrip lighting tool is shipping soon!

I am really excited to announce that we are in full production swing with my brand spanky new lighting product, the LunaGrip, produced with Wescott. I previewed this product recently when I did a DIY Lighting workshop on creativeLIVE and the response was awesome. Obviously, I'm not the only one looking for simple, beautiful, affordable, light modifiers that fit in a camera bag. I've been working on the design for several years and it's so unique, it has a patent pending. 

The LunaGrip is designed to work with your speedlights, giving you gorgeous soft box quality lighting anywhere. The other key piece of the LunaGrip is that it works with any 40" pop-up diffusion disc, that is a staple (or should be) in every photographers toolkit. If you don't have one, you can get the kit bundled with one. It will also work with most any round pop-up diffuser from 20"- 42".

Here's why I designed the LunaGrip, and why I think it could be an essential tool for every photographer:

  • Beautiful, soft light quality similar to a 30–40” softbox
  • Unique, twinkling catchlights in the eyes
  • Easy to hold with one hand or mount it to a light stand
  • Stores easily in a standard camera bag
  • Variable light quality depending on speedlight head zoom setting
  • Functions as sturdy reflector holder as well, creating a flat reflective surface
  • More compact, affordable, faster and easier to setup than a comparable soft box

We have a special promotion going on now, with great prices and free gifts, so be one of the first to get in on our initial shipment when it hits our warehouse. We expect the first batch to sell out quickly! To pre-order, visit LunaGrip.com