Ok! I’ll bring the blog back!

Howdy all!

I stepped away from updating the blog this past year because I figured potential (and current) clients could see what we’ve been up to by browsing the Facebook feed, which we keep up to date. I guess people liked the blog as well, so here I am! It’s easy to forget that being a wedding and event photographer doesn’t just mean snapping photos. It’s important that you guys get a chance to know me and my work on a more personal level.

So, if you’re even entertaining the idea of booking a session (whether it be an engagement shoot, wedding, family, promotional, event, whatever) then please get a hold of me! Let’s chat, have a drink, have some coffee, go bowling, etc.

2015 was a super fun year for us. I was able to work with some incredible couples at some really fun events, got to take photos of some legendary musicians, and had the pleasure of working with some new second shooters.

We hope you all had a blast this year as well, and we’re excited to see everyone in the coming year! In the meantime, have a very happy holiday season and browse through some of my favorite moments of 2015 below.

Geyserville Inn Wedding
Geyserville Inn Wedding
Engagement shoot in Aptos, CA
Engagement shoot in Aptos, CA
Van Halen in Concord, CA
Van Halen in Concord, CA
Some of the best bridal procession reactions ever. Diablo Ranch. Walnut Creek, CA
Some of the best bridal procession reactions ever. Diablo Ranch. Walnut Creek, CA
First Look in Geyserville, CA. Anthony swears he wasn't crying...
First Look in Geyserville, CA. Anthony swears he wasn’t crying…
Billy Idol in Reno, NV. The Grand Sierra.
Billy Idol in Reno, NV. The Grand Sierra.
First dance at the Purple Orchid in Livermore, CA
First dance at the Purple Orchid in Livermore, CA
Pre-ceremony meeting between bride and flower girl. Cupertino, CA.
Pre-ceremony meeting between bride and flower girl. Cupertino, CA.
Evening bride and groom at the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens
Evening bride and groom at the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens
Paul Meany of Mutemath risking bodily injury for our entertainment. Brick & Mortar, San Francisco.
Paul Meany of Mutemath risking bodily injury for our entertainment. Brick & Mortar, San Francisco.
Even a photo of me! Photographer photographing a photographer. Photo: Galen Ducey
Even a photo of me! Photographer photographing a photographer. Photo: Galen Ducey
Friends celebrating at The Ridge in Lake Tahoe, CA.
Friends celebrating at The Ridge in Lake Tahoe, CA.
Stephen Tyler with Aerosmith ay Harvey's, Lake Tahoe.
Stephen Tyler with Aerosmith ay Harvey’s, Lake Tahoe.
How do people sleep at night, knowing that they cut into such a pristine wedding cake?
How do people sleep at night, knowing that they cut into such a pristine wedding cake?
Slash. A personal guitar hero of mine. The Fillmore, San Francisco.
Slash. A personal guitar hero of mine. The Fillmore, San Francisco.
Sunset wedding stroll. Palmdale Estates in Fremont, CA.
Sunset wedding stroll. Palmdale Estates in Fremont, CA.
Noel Gallagher of Oasis, serenading us at The Warfield in San Francisco.
Noel Gallagher of Oasis, serenading us at The Warfield in San Francisco.

Lancaster Media Promo

Well, with the multi-media direction I’ve been taking lately (as opposed to just still photos), it only seemed fitting to finally revamp the image of Lancaster Media.

In case you weren’t aware, my brother and I formed Lancaster Media in 2007 with the idea of being sort of a tag team. In the years following, I focused mostly on wedding and promotional work while he (Keith) began his career as a cinematographer/editor in Los Angeles.

Fast forward a few years, and all of a sudden our interests and fields are starting to overlap again: I’ve been doing more and more video work, and Keith is headed to Paris this summer to learn some still photography).

Don’t worry, I’m still very much for hire if you’re getting married! In fact, my schedule is busier than it has ever been.

But to commemorate the resurgence of the Lancaster Media name, here is our new intro/promo:

Enjoy!

Clay & Keith Lancaster

Nick & Sarah Engagement in San Francisco

Later this year I will be lucky enough to photograph Nick & Sarah’s wedding, but we first headed to the Legion of Honor in San Francisco to get a round of engagement photos done.

Such a fun couple, and we all had a blast exploring around the cliffs that overlook the Golden Gate Bridge, or climbing the stone steps of what remains of the Adolf Suttro mansion.

Samples:

 

 

 

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

Sometimes things drop in your lap. Actually, that’s been most of my business lately.

A friend of mine (who routinely browses Craigslist for various things) came across a couple looking for a last-minute photographer for their quick ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. He copied the link and posted it onto my Facebook wall, of all things.

So when I woke up in the morning and saw his message, I figured “why not?” and sent an email reply to the couple. Within about 45 minutes, we had the event booked.

I hopped on the train into San Francisco for the short and sweet (as city hall weddings tend to be) ceremony, followed by a little bit of just hanging out with the newlyweds and snapping some photos.

San Francisco City Hall Wedding
San Francisco City Hall Wedding

 

Video Editing Now an Option!

Howdy folks.

In the last year, I’ve had to turn down a lot of video inquiries. Doing video for weddings or musicians is much more time consuming and costly than still-photography, from an overhead standpoint. Not to mention that many people asked about it as well as doing still photography for their wedding… kinda hard to do one when I’m already doing the other.

Since Lancaster Photography is a small operation (meaning: myself, and a few part-time affiliates), it’s just not doable or profitable at this point.

The thing is, I’ve been doing video editing for years and am current with the latest software/methods/formats. It’s been a strong hobby of mine this entire time, along with audio post-work (see the video page for examples).

So, what to do?

I had this thought. Even if you don’t hire a professional camera man with the insanely expensive video rig, you probably have (or will have) a bunch of funny, sweet, silly, stupid, or downright offensive video footage from your wedding/event that you’d like to save, but don’t know exactly what to do with. I’m talking video from iPhones, Flip cams, camcorders, etc. that you or your guests filmed throughout the night.

Now, for an hourly editing fee, you can give me all of that priceless footage (I don’t judge, trust me) to splice together with music, titles, transitions, captions, video enhancements, and audio enhancements… and voila! …you have a movie! Once it’s finished, I can give you the final product in any format you like, including DVD.

Contact me for rates and ideas, and let’s finally do something with all those random video clips that are currently eating up space on your computer’s hard drive.

clay@lancasterphoto.net

Wedding: Kensington Hotel, Elk’s Lodge, and Old St. Mary’s Cathedral

On July 11th, I had the honor of shooting Matt & Maria’s wedding at the Kensington Hotel in downtown San Francisco. The ceremony was held at the Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, followed by a limousine ride around the city and then a reception at the Elk’s Lodge inside the Kensington. They are a wonderful couple… very happy to be with each other, great family, and they treated me like a king (dinner, bar, dancing, conversation, and a room on the 6th floor so I didn’t have to drive home).

The entire event was so much fun, and was definitely one fo those moments where I think “wow, this is my job.”
Editing is not finished yet, but I wanted to share couple of my favorites so far.
Bride at the Kensington Hotel
Bride exits limousine at the Old St. Mary’s Cathedral
Groom and best man at the Elk’s Lodge, San Francisco
Groom nervously waiting to be married. Old St. Mary’s Cathedral.