Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wedding Photography Tips for Brides

Wedding Photography Tips for Brides by Alan Howell of Star Path Images

As a seasoned wedding photographer in Greensboro NC, I understand wedding photos require a combination of preparation and skill to capture the moment in artistic style.

If you're newly engaged and thinking about getting professional wedding photos for your big day, you need to know how to get the most bang for your buck. Your wedding is too important to not fully prepare to document it in style and class.

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One of the best ways to ensure the best results for your wedding photography is to ask the most relevant, and often most avoided questions of your photographer. You're paying good money and you deserve to know upfront what you will be getting for your investment.

I have compiled a list of questions that will help any bride or wedding couple ask the questions that will ensure they are getting the right services and the best professional wedding photographer they can afford. So, if you're getting married and are not sure what questions to ask, fret not, we've done the work for you...

- Do you specialize just in wedding photography?
- Do you have a website portfolio or samples I can view?
- Do you only do formal portraits or can you offer candids and artistic styles?
- Can you offer black & whites or other effects for our photos?
- Will you shoot our wedding by yourself or with a second shooter?
- Do you offer ready-made wedding photo packages?
- What other services do you offer?
- Can you provide photo album, and if so, what are the costs?
- Do you use professional manual SLR cameras or point and shoot cameras?
- How, many hours will you shoot at the wedding ceremony and reception?
- Do you charge a fee for travel, or for extra shoot locations?
- How many photos will you shoot?
- What sizes of prints do you offer? What’s the cost for each size?
- Do you offer retouching of images, and what software do you use for editing?
- Do you offer website services or online proofing?
- How much do you charge for extra prints or double prints?
- Do you archive the photos and, if so, for how long?
- Are we able to purchase the raw negatives?
- How long of a wait time is it for the prints after the wedding?
- How far in advance do we need to book your services?
- How much is the booking deposit, when is it due? Is it refundable if we cancel?
- How much is the balance, and when is it due?

If you ask these basic questions it will greatly reduce the chances of being blindsided by extra fees, long turn around times, or other inconveniences. Answers to these questions should give you a good feel for how professional the photographer is going to be at documenting your most special day!

Alan Howell
Star Path Images
(336) 202-5472

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Greensboro Wedding Photography - The "Extras" by Star Path Images

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As a seasoned wedding photographer in Greensboro NC, I understand wedding photos require a combination of preparation and skill to capture the moment in artistic style. A large wedding can be a real challenge to new photographers and trusting your most important day to an amateur is a sure-fire path to disappointment. At Star Path Images, we capture not only the magical moments of the vows, ring exchange, the kiss, the cake cutting....but also the little details that really make the day special to the newly wedded couple. The children playing in the hall, the overly decorated getaway car, the groomsman that loves to be a ham for the camera, the detailed decor, and so many other parts the bride and groom would otherwise never see.

At Star Path Images....we love to give you the EXTRAS!!

A few "extras" photos from SPI wedding shoots...

Kids always add to a wedding's character...

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So many details...

Can't forget the getaway vehicle...

Lights, camera, sound, "I do".....

Makin' it legal...

The talented musician...

A father's words of advice...

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Contact Greensboro Wedding Photographer, Alan Howell at Star Path Images and rest assured your cherished wedding photography of your most special day will last a lifetime.

Alan Howell
Star Path Images
2125 Lynwood Drive
Greensboro, NC 27406
(336) 202-5472

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Green Living...Earthship Style!

I had the wonderful opportunity to stay overnight in the Suffolk, VA Earthship with Melina Winterton, her husband Larry Peck, and their children. I wanted to document this 'green home' project with a photo expose' in hopes of spreading the word about viable eco-home options many believe to still be unobtainable. Below are links to their progress, giving a realistic overview of the project, and what it takes to 'do it yourself'. Many thanks to Melina and Larry, and big kudos to them for taking on this challenge and prospering in the green lifestyle. - Alan Howell

The Suffolk, VA Earthship Eco-Home Project Website (click here)

The website photo montage - Click Here

This is the original "Earthship" website for more info on these super-efficient homes -

The Hydroponic Greenhouse...

The solar panel array...

The Great Room...

The home is filled with warm colors and efficient creature comforts.

Self portrait in the Earthship...

Monday, May 18, 2009

Star Path Images Photo & Video Blog

Providing first-class, affordable Wedding Photography, Family and Baby Portraits, Modeling Portfolios, Commercial Photo & Video Production Services in Greensboro NC


"My name is Alan Howell and I'm the owner of Star Path Images and as producer, lead photographer, videographer and graphic designer, my goal at SPI is to create the images you desire for publication, print, broadcast, and fine art. Please visit our main website at ( to view our work and if you would like a quote or information on our services you can contact me directly at (336) 202-5472 or by email at ". - Alan Howell, owner

Star Path Images is committed to providing affordable, top-quality photography and video services for both the individual and commercial client. First-class photography and videography services for weddings and special events, family and baby portraits, modeling portfolios and comp cards, and corporate product photography and video for commercial advertising projects,
digital imaging and audio consulting, commercial Photoshop work (photo editing, skin retouching, restoration, graphic design), custom audio soundtracks, and much more to suit our client's needs at an affordable price.

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All image and video samples herein are fully copyrighted by Alan Howell & Star Path Images. If you need to download a non-watermarked, high resolution image for publication or your website contact me directly for prices and information on our commercial license services.

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About Star Path Images and photographer, Alan Howell...

With over 20 years of photography, and 25 years of video and design experience, Alan understands the needs of the individual customer and the corporate client...the first time media buyer and the veteran.

From a single commercial product shot to a 300 person wedding video, SPI seeks to provide the best image possible for every project. SPI has national publications, television broadcast, commercial print, and web exposure ranging from wildlife, sports, and architectural publications, to fashion modeling, celebrity films and broadcast TV.

"I love to create and explore new outlets for my deep passions in life. After many years of focusing on one area or another within graphic design and fine art, I made the decision to incorporate it all into one passion - Star Path Images." - Alan Howell

While I still oversee the entire production process of every SPI project, we incorporate freelance photographers, videographers, musicians and audio professionals, modeling and acting talent, narrators, make-up artists, hairstylists, production assistants, and other industry professionals. SPI accepts portfolios or samples of work for consideration in future projects. Feel free to contact us to send a sample of your work.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Star Path Images
Attn : Alan Howell
2125 Lynwood Drive
Greensboro, NC 27406
(336) 202-5472
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