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Seeing Music



Meg & Michael Price Create Images That Sing

The wedding day is often an emotional roller coaster. There is so much going on around the happy couple that they may miss Grandma leading the conga line or cousin Pat making last-minute centerpiece adjustments. Meg and Michael Price, better known as Meg and Michael Weddings around Redwood City , California , display the music of their day through wedding photography that sings.

"We share with others our gift of seeing so they, too, can see what happened during the whirling blur of stress, the collision of families, the reciting of their sacred vows, and the big celebration that followed. Our goal is to create wedding photography that sings," Michael says.

Using a blend of documentary and easy-going portraiture, the Prices follow the flow of the day, capturing each and every action and reaction.

"We strive to catch authentic, intimate moments meshed with gentle, relaxed, arranged group shots. We're emotional masseuses, friendly souls, who happen to have a camera," Meg says.

Meg & Michael Price's Gear Box

Digital Cameras
Canon EOS-1D Mark II and
Canon EOS 20D
With Canon zoom lenses:
16-35mm f/2.8L USM, 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM; Canon prime lenses: 14mm f/2.8L USM, 50mm f/1.4 USM, 50mm f/2.5 compact macro, 85mm f/1.8 USM, 135mm f/2L USM; extender EF 1.4x 11Nikon Coolpix 995 with internal infrared filter

Lighting
Canon 550EX Speedlite
Sto-Fen Omnibounce
Photogenic Powerlight 2500 DR

Digital Darkroom
Epson Stylus Pro 2200
Epson Premium Luster paper
Epson Double-Sided Matte paper
Imacon Flextight Precision 11 scanner
Apple Mac G5, G4 towers
12" and 17" G4 PowerBooks
Apple Cinema Display 20"
22" LaCie Electron Blue monitor
LaCie Blue Eye calibrator
Adobe Photoshop CS
QuarkXPress 6
Jorgensen Album Design software
Apple Final Cut 4 Pro
Apple DVD Studio Pro 2
Toast 6 Titanium
A Better Finder Rename
iView MediaPro
Fetch 4.03
LaCie 120, 160, 500GB external drives
LaCie external 16x DVD burner
Canon Digital Pro Professional
Pictographics iCorrect
nik Color Efex Pro 2.0,
nik Sharpener Pro 1.04, nik Dfine 1.0
Fred Miranda BW Workflow Pro

Necessities
Canon Compact Battery Pack CP-E3
Gitzo monopod and tripod
Arca Swiss ball head
B+W skylight filters Pechman Imaging (our fabulous lab)
iPod 15GB, 512KB iPod shuffle
Rimowa case
Tamrac case
Leather Craftsmen
Jorgensen albums
Water cooler
(for Digital Wedding Forum)

L is For…

For Meg & Michael, "L" is for love--their love for each other, love for what they do, and love for their son and six house cats. "We're marinating in pure love. We are best friends and artistic assignment partners. We love being trusted with precious memories and getting tearful reactions from our clients. Many of our couples become our friends and that is very precious," Michael says.

The duo treats each wedding as the most important assignment they've ever had. "It's a big day for the couple; it's their ceremony pledging their lives together, and they are entrusting us with their memories. Meg and I imagine their unborn children seeing what their parents did way back when."

Their personal style comes through to the couple during their very first meeting. At that time, they ask about all the details of the wedding day, including the time, amount of guests, size of the wedding party, divorced parents, any siblings, sit-down or buffet reception, dancing, cake, tosses, getaway. "In imagining the day, we can talk about how it would be with the two of us present to share it," Meg says.

Most of their packages include an engagement portrait, a great ice-breaker. "If the groom thinks having his photo taken is as much fun as going to the dentist, the session quells his fears and that carries into the wedding day. We meet again about 10 days before the wedding to finalize the timeline and determine their photography wishes," Meg says.

The two-person coverage is usually the deal-sealer, especially since that coverage has both a female and male perspective. "We are easy-going and relax our couples by reminding them to breathe and just be themselves. Those are real photographs," Michael says.

Digital Duo

The two were film shooters first--Michael was a Hasselblad shooter for 17 years--until they attended WPPI four years ago. As Meg recalls, "We heard Denis Reggie tout his Canon 1D system. He said Canon had the brightest glass and the fastest focus, and the cameras were being used by Winter Olympics shooters. He showed us how the 550EX Speedlite had enough power to light up a cathedral. We knew we had found the direction for taking the digital plunge."

They shoot in RAW and do extensive post-production work optimizing each shot so they turn out as crisp and vivid as possible. "Meg has a knack for editing the huge collection of wedding images down to the essential ones defining the event. Good editing is a very important part of presentation," Michael says.

"Shooting in RAW mode gives us technical confidence on location and then we can further perfect the images at home. We are constantly upgrading as new technologies emerge. The mix of lenses gives us the greatest creative potential to offer unusual compositions. Our 14mm f/2.8 rectilinear lens gives us a competitive edge and a different product when the wedding party is in a huddle and Michael is on his back shooting up at them," Meg says.

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