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John Spink is a fulltime staff photographer with the Atlanta Journal / Constitution . Before coming to Atlanta, he served as a staff photographer for the Kansas City Times and as a stringer photographer with the Associated Press in Kansas City. John's span of news coverage encompasses a world of subjects. Six U.S. Presidents, Pope John Paul's U.S. pastoral visits, The Hyatt Regency disaster, Political Conventions, World Series, Superbowl, Olympics and a span of celebrities and major news events. John was part of the team, who as a 'staff ' won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News for the coverage of the Hyatt Regency Skywalk Disaster in Kansas City. Awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, The National Press Photographers Association, The International Association of Professional Firefighters, The Atlanta Press Club, The Georgia Press Association, The Atlanta Seminar on Photojournalism and Cox Newspapers have all recognized Spink's work over the years. John won the Georgia Associated Press Photo of the Year for 1998 for his picture of a Hall County Tornado victim and also a 1998 Best of Cox Award, for the same picture from the Cox newspaper chain. In 1999 John was recognized by the National Press Photographers Association Region 6 for a dramatic crane rescue photo and by the Georgia Associated Press for a parent and child embracing following the Heritage High School shooting. In 2000, John took Honorable Mention as Cox Newspaper's Photographer of the Year and in 2001 John took second place in the news photography category in the Georgia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. In 2004 John won the best news picture from the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists for a mother grieving over her son's casket, a casualty of the Iraq war. In 2006 John won Photo of the Year from the Georgia Associated Press with a spot news picture of a knife wielding being captured and in 2007 first place for spot news from the Georgia Press Association. In 2011, John won the Excellence in Photojournalism award from the Atlanta Press Club for his portfolio of news images taken over the 2010 calendar year.

Weddings Are Pretty Much ……..Black & White

 

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Weddings are not always so black & white. When it comes to planning, budget, food, the guest list etc., what starts off as a simple celebration can quickly turn into a quagmire of unforeseen issues. For pictures on the other hand, black and white – is black and white, even when the entire take is shot in color.  Yes, there is some creative time involved in wedding post-production with adjustments – but some beautiful results occur there bringing some great results. Ron and Regina were married at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Roswell, Georgia. Built just after the turn of the millennia, this is a large church and has a traditional feel to it, without the poor lighting symptoms that plague other older churches. The reception was held at Founders Hall that kicked into high gear with some Louisiana, New Orleans style partying with handkerchiefs, parasols and temporary fleur-de-lis tattoos.

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There are a variety of choices when it comes to how you want your pictures to look. There are some investment additions when looking at black and white or tinted photos – but if your photography tastes are suited for these artistic expressions, they are well worth exploring. Just ask me about how we can make your images tailored to your needs.

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Here’s One Beautiful Atlanta Wedding Venue

John SpinkPicking a wedding venue for your wedding says a lot about you as a couple. And so it was with John and Elizabeth. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia was a first choice. Why? Several reasons came to mind for this couple; their professional work within the Church and wanting their wedding to be held at a church that is designated a Basilica. So what is a Basilica? We’re talking about the Catholic designation and not the architectural – so the simple explanation is – that it is a Catholic church that has been accorded certain privileges by the pope.

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When Mother Teresa visited Atlanta in 1999 to open a new house (Gift of Grace) to serve women dying with AIDS, she chose Sacred Heart Church for her Sisters to attend; and it was this same church Mother Teresa chose for her visit. The church was elevated to the dignity of minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI was on February 22, 2010. Over 1,580 churches worldwide have been honored as basilicas. There are now 69 in the United States and only one in Georgia. Inside is amazing liturgical décor and art. The twenty-eight stained glass windows, from the Mayer studios in Munich and were installed in the church in 1902 and are themed from 12-different Rosary meditations. The church is beautiful! Thomas worked above and I worked below.

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John and Elizabeth chose the old Decatur Courthouse in downtown Decatur, Georgia for their reception. Elizabeth has a special liking for downtown Decatur, so it was a fitting choice.  The afternoon reception provided plenty of daylight streaming in from the tall windows there much to the photographers liking.  I remember covering other stories at the old courthouse through the years – so seeing it as a wedding reception venue was a new experience for me.

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iPhone Photography

iPhone Photography

The best thing about iPhone Photography? No thirty-five pound camera bag and no cameras hanging all over you. Just grab your phone and make an image. Here are some pictures I recently made with my iPhone at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia.

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Here’s three different looks at the same corridor in the Abbey Church.

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It’s easy being creative with iPhone photography. Here’s a little tilt and shift application you can apply with a photo software ap.

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Just plain beautiful light with a little contrast adjustment.

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Switch to black and white mode easily.

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With iPhone Photography you can add your own borders.

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A blur here and a blur there for effect.

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Look up and see there’s pictures to be made.

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Look around and see the colors and contrasts.

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Look up and get close.

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The sky is the limit …….

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Or is it?

iPhone Photography and Istagram

 

With Instagram you’ve got the basics to shoot and modify your iPhone images and share with friends and other photographers. Like Facebook, Instagram recently brought some concerns to users in regards to who actually owns the photos posted. This deserves to be monitored as this news develops and where it goes from here.

I’m a big fan of one Instagram user in particular, and he’s not a professional photographer. Richard Elliot, a reporter with Channel 2 Action News has a tremendous eye and a iPhone photo-ap arsenal that apparently rivals Adobe’s Lightroom and Nik software combined! You can see Richard’s work at grantparkphotog on Instagram. It’s ART!

You have limitations with iPhone photography. The files are not as big as DSLR and you certainly don’t have the lens selection or optical aperture choices. But if you don’t want to be weighed down like a pack mule, like most professional photographers on assignment, then you will love the convenience and freedom of having a camera in your pocket with some Lightroom capabilities at your fingertips.

The Monastery holds a Photography Retreat once a year that I am privileged to be part of. Father James Behrens, a monk at the Monastery is a prolific writer and a photographer. He along with Matthew Jeffres, a nature and food photographer who is on staff at the Monastery. And yours truly, will help to lead a great weekend retreat of coming in touch with God and photography in May of 2013. Come join us!

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Atlanta Photographer Missing in Action

OK – I know I’m not the best at writing up a storm, let alone keeping an ongoing journal of my work like most photographers do these days. So Atlanta Wedding Photojournalism has had a bit of a hiatus over the middle of 2012. My son Michael and now daughter in law Kelly were married (above) which yours truly shot the wedding. I’ve been preoccupied with trying  to combat the challenges of a very slow news cycle in my photojournalism for the media here in Atlanta. I’m still rolling a lot of video in between my stills for newsprint and television and speaking with a lot of subjects for audio reports for radio. So I haven’t been very good at keeping my clients up to date with my weddings. As a wedding photographer, I have been working with other photographers and their respective companies forging new partnerships. This has been very enriching for me personally as I hope it has been for my friends and their respective businesses. It is my goal to post more photography to the blog in the coming weeks and months and give you a sense of what I’m up to. For those of you familiar with my media work, there are those places online where my work appears easily found on Google. And to keep up with my daily work in the media – please follow me on Twitter. It actually gives you some news you can use!

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Monastery Photo Retreat

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Image, Faith & Photography
(Fr. James, John Spink & Matthew Jeffres)

Humanity is made in the image and likeness of God. Photography, at its best, can bring to view beautiful images that evoke a powerful sense of God’s presence in our world. John Spink, a well known Atlanta photographer will share his insights and images. Matthew Jeffres is a friend of the monastery and will also show his nature photography. Fr. James Behrenswill lead the retreat and share his photographs and comments on faith and the photographic imagination.

Monastery Cloister Pond_John Spink PhotographerWe’ve been associated with the Monastic community in Conyers, Georgia for several years. A few years ago Fr. James Behrens a monk, author and photographer asked me if a retreat on photography would be well received by the public. We agreed to give it a whirl and the annual retreat has drawn people from various faith backgrounds to come and share in the atmosphere and rhythm of monastic life while attending a photography seminar. Presentations on the work of Henri CartierBresson, James Nachtwey and photography work by the team has filled retreatants with a richness and depth that have stirred the senses and soul.

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Wedding Photography? Oh, yes – the wedding of the photographic mind and the soul for sure!

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Who Will Be The Next Atlanta Bride?

Like I‘ve always liked this image of Laura tossing the bouquet. The most interesting aspect of the picture isn’t so much Laura, but the faces of the ladies behind her. This was just one in a series of images where each image was a study in of itself. The best thing about our wedding photography is that our clients are provided with so many images – that you could literally spend hours just analyzing and enjoying them for photography sake. You gotta think John Spink – so come see us on Facebook or Twitter and ask about our unique approach. Every Atlanta bride deserves to have a memorable collection story book images. Our team provides just that. I know, shameless self-promotion. 

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