Making Art at a Wedding

One of the many reasons I love shooting weddings is that there are three people, the bride, the groom and me, that are excited to make art. Put that together with the beauty of a bride on their day and a great setting, and magic can happen!

 Brittany and Ethan Allen at Barn on the Ridge in Burlington, Iowa

Brittany and Ethan Allen at Barn on the Ridge in Burlington, Iowa

 Tara and Eric Wheeler at St Mary’s Catholic Church, West Point, Iowa

Tara and Eric Wheeler at St Mary’s Catholic Church, West Point, Iowa

 Felicia and Tyler Aplara in Mount Pleasant, Iowa

Felicia and Tyler Aplara in Mount Pleasant, Iowa

As a team, the couple and I, and my assistants, create stunning art. Our purpose is to create family heirlooms. Thinking of these couples’ grandchildren looking at these images on their grandparents wall or in a wedding album decades from now gives me chills.

If it excites you, then let’s do it together!

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Diton

I present to you, Mr. and Mrs. Diton

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This was a fun wedding to shoot.  The landmark church, Holy Family Parish in Fort Madison, Iowa was really an honor and a thrill to photograph in.  The families and the bride and groom were all a delight.  This is not our first Ft Madison wedding and it won't be our last.  


On Stage Today - Natalie and Josh Get Married

The Featured Show

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Today in Fort Madison at the spectacular Holy Family Church I get to photograph the wedding of Natalie Cole and Josh Diton.  This is like a fairy tale come true.  Or it's a 21st Century love story but whatever it is, it's very romantic.

Natalie is from Alberta, Canada.  Josh is from Ft. Madison Iowa.  They are video gamers who met online.  I don't need anything more to this story for it to be romantic, but today we will write, and photograph more romance - the next step in their love story - the marriage of Natalie and Josh.  Congratulations you two!

How To Get Tears in Your Photographer's Eyes

Easy!  Just make a Facebook post like this one made by Kim Minh Ly.

"Over the last several months, Erica and I have had the opportunity to learn a lot more about photography and posing than we ever knew. And we still have a great deal to learn...

During that time, we have had the opportunity to meet and work with several fantastic photographers on different projects. Hal Masover has taken us on a photographic journey to the most fascinating locations, environments, and even costumes in the form of a one-of-a-kind silk 1940's parachute dress (yes, made from an actual military parachute custom-dyed and fashioned into a massive skirt and halter top). He entertains with great stories, coaches with authority and respect, architects the perfect background and lighting, and makes you as the model absolutely amazing in the finished results.

If you are looking for the most breathtaking photos of someone special in your life (or of yourself for that matter), talk to Hal.

I have shared his website below, pointing specifically to his high school seniors page. You will see that he has pages for wedding, portrait, and other photographic offerings."

I'm posting this through blurry eyes!

Here's a few photos of her daughter Erica that Kim shared in the same post.  

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"Those Damn Cell Phones!" Groom from a recent wedding

There are really a million things that go into making a very big special moment happen for you, the bride and groom.  If you're the bride, you've been planning for months and months.  You've involved your family and friends to help you with everything from table centerpieces to menus, party favors, bridesmaids gowns, groomsmen attire, flowers, invitations, and on and on.  You have to meet with the caterers, the DJ, the photographer, the officiant, the venue manager, and it just seems to go on and on and get more and more intense until finally the morning of your wedding arrives.  You start getting ready hours before the wedding with people helping you with your hair and makeup and dress and now finally, finally, finally, you are at the back of the aisle, arm and arm with your father, about to walk down the aisle.  Your photographers are in place.  Your future husband awaits, everyone stands up and....

picks up their cell phones!  Really?  

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This photo was taken after I had gotten around a sea of cell phones to find a line of sight.  And that meant that yes, I was about to get this shot, but I was now in front of the groom.  

I don't think you want this grand moment interfered with by a forest of cell phones blocking the view of both your betrothed and your professional photographers.  And though the phones in this photo aren't terribly obtrusive, others you cannot see are being held over people's heads, blocking the view of still other guests behind them.  I agree with the groom, "Those damn cell phones."

As the professional photographer at a wedding I have absolutely no objection to guests taking photos except when they get in my way.  At this wedding they were in my way, the groom's way, and ultimately in the bride's way.  

Here's what I recommend putting in your wedding program, and if you do not have a program, then in your invitations.  "The bride and groom request that no photos be taken during the ceremony.  Please keep your cell phones in your pocket or purse and immerse yourself with us in this wonderful moment." or whatever wording you like.  

But let's not have your groom complaining after the wedding about "Those damn cell phones."

Just Arrived. New Aluminum Print

Have you seen an aluminum print yet?  You haven't seen prints like this before and right now they are a real bargain because many times they are cheaper than good quality canvas - and I like them so much better!  

When printed on a white substrate, they look like you expect a photo to look, except better.  The photo just pops off the surface.  

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This is a picture of a picture that you are seeing on a screen so it's hard to get an idea of just how beautiful these prints are compared to other kinds of prints.  

And aluminum prints are super durable.  Our aluminum prints are made with archival ink.  Essentially there are two kinds of ink, and this is important.  There is cheap ink, also known as dye ink, and there is expensive ink, also known as archival ink.  Cheap prints are printed with cheap ink.  They are not intended to last a lifetime and I personally have seen them fade in as little as two years.  

We only know how long archival ink can last through laboratory testing.  The estimates based on those tests run anywhere from 60 to 300 years.  

Your photos, printed with archival ink on aluminum are about the most durable way to preserver your photos.  

Photos printed on paper are quite vulnerable.  Not only can they tear, but moisture can destroy them.  Just one very wet spring might be enough to ruin your photos.  Not so with aluminum.  With aluminum you can pour coffee on the print and just wipe it off.  The surface is scratch resistant.  

If you have us print your most precious photos on aluminum for you, there is a very high probability that your grandchildren will see them the same way they look to you see them today.

Want to see an aluminum print?  Call or drop me a line and we'll make it happen.

319-217-2418 or

Really? In a Snowstorm?!

Really!  And an unheated chapel!  

OK, first, congratulations to Felicia and Tyler Aplara!  Two nicer people would be very hard to find.  Felicia is a wedding photographer herself.  But obviously she wasn't going to shoot this one!  She and I have shot a wedding together before, and I was very happy to shoot her wedding for her.  

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With her eye as a wedding photographer Felicia had thought out what she wanted for her photos and I was very happy to follow her lead.  But the weather wasn't!  It started raining on Friday afternoon and the temperature held just above freezing.  But as we drove the 20 or so miles to the wedding venue the highway was a little icy and a couple of cars had spun off the road.  

The wedding was held in an historic chapel in a historic village on the grounds of the Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant Iowa.  On the backside of one row of historic buildings is a charming brick walkway.  Felicia wanted first look photos here.  So, with the wind blowing at about 20 mph, and the temperature right at about 32 and freezing rain and snow falling, oh, and Felicia in a sleeveless wedding gown, that's what we did. 

Felicia and Tyler win the award for craziest wedding weather - at least among weddings I've shot.  But, you have to read Part II - Lessons Learned In A Snowstorm Wedding

Southeast Iowa Wedding Photographer Featured in Bellissima Bridal Magazine

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Keverly Rae - I looked at the camera back and I knew we had a chance.  So I submitted these and more to Bellissima Bridal Magazine and they agreed.  

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We missed the sunset, but this little alcove faces east anyway.  We shot these in February and poor Keverly was shivering in her dress.  Thank goodness for fast shutter speeds!  Or is that shudder speeds?!

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I think things are looking up for the beautiful bride.

Southeast Iowa Wedding Photographer Has A Cup of Coffee with Felicia Giberson

Being chosen by another wedding photographer to shoot her wedding is, for us wedding photographers, always a great honor.  Felicia and I shot a wedding together about two years ago.  And yes, she is a delight to work with.  

In the two years that flew by life has brought many flowers to our dear Felicia.  At her day job at Cambridge Investment Research in Fairfield, Iowa she has been promoted.  She moved on from the boyfriend she had when I shot with her in 2016 and is now marrying Tyler Aplara and her normally sunny disposition is just simply radiant.  Felicia is in love and anyone that can't see it is just completely blind.  

I asked her how she met Tyler and it's an interesting story. Felicia and Tyler met at a bonfire Tyler was throwing.  Felicia came with a mutual friend.  Tyler felt there was something between them in the first hour.  He said to his best friend, Alex, that he felt there was something there.  Specifically he said to Alex that he "wanted that one!"

I've only met Tyler once and he seemed nice enough but here's how Felicia answered when I asked her what she thought of Tyler when she first met him.  

"I thought he was an a__hole but a funny, very confident, persistent a__hole."  And she paused and added, "I like that"  

"He can be romantic."  "...cocky & loud but he's fun."  Oh, and she added this - "He likes to drink."  OK, so could be a wild reception, right?   

If you're there, you'll probably see me.  I'll be the guy running around with two big cameras.  If you're able to catch me flying by, introduce yourself and please make sure I get your photo!  

See you Saturday!  

Hal Masover