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Pictures capture the special moments

February 21, 2008
Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Photography is an important part of capturing the special moments throughout the day.

“I like to capture the true essence of the happy couple in my portraits. And I also like to capture the excitement of the family and friends sharing in their special day,” said professional photographer Luther Aungst of South Williamsport.

“But my favorite photos are the unexpected, funny ones. These are the ones that the bride and groom often never even realize are being taken.”

Aungst attended the Backyard Broadcasting’s 16th annual Bridal Expo where he shared examples of his talent. Using mostly film, his style is unexpected in today’s technology-filled world.

“I do some of the wedding in digital, but I still enjoy using film for the majority of the day. I don’t just photograph posed shots,” he said. “I like to look for the unexpected, unplanned portraits. These are the pictures that are the real ‘keepers’.”

Stephanie Byers of Digital Party Pros of Williamsport showed expo attendees a new concept in digital photos that is becoming extremely popular.

“We do wedding photography with a different angle ... everything is done digitally with multiple photographers, but we give the customers all their photos on CD with their copyright before we leave the reception,” Byers said.

With the copyright release, the couple or family can go to in-store photo labs and make duplications. The photos are offered up as soon as all the events are over, so they can go straight home with the couple.

“We try to give people their photos,” she said. “We feel it’s your party, it’s your pictures, so we give you everything.”

Digital Party Pros also prepares a hardcover, bound coffee table book of the best photos.

“The best advice I can give to a bride and groom is look for an experienced photographer,” Aungst said. “One who realizes this day is the bride and groom’s day. One who enjoys working with different ideas and use their imagination and see the opportunity for pictures that most other people may not see.”

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