• Capture Forever is the husband and wife team of Angela Zmiejko and David Savinski. We immortalize weddings and parties at destination weddings around the US. We absolutely love to travel. Our hot spots tend to be California, Texas, New Mexico Colorado and New York. We would love to be a part of your wedding, however we only accept a very select few (David is currently working for a major global defense contractor as a project lead and manager). Please contact David at 310.963.9038, Angela at 505.440.1917 or send us an email to info@davidsavinski.com to see if we're available for you.

    A note on copyright: It would be an honor for you to pin or link our post with proper credit to David Savinski of Capture Forever on non-commercial sites only, thank you. Bloggers, we are very selective as to where our photographs are posted so please contact us for permission to blog. If you're interested in licensing an image for commercial use please contact us. Please note we do not blog every event as some families request privacy.

Maya + Joey | Sunrise Springs Inn and Spa Wedding | Santa Fe Destination Film Wedding Photographer

Maya and Joey celebrated their Autumnal Equinox wedding at the Sunrise Springs Inn and Spa in Santa FeNew Mexico.  We photographed their wedding with a mixture of film and digital as the beautiful high elevation Santa Fe sunlight and early fall colors would look best with film photography.  Wedding coordination by Vicki Lee Newsom of Orange September.  Maya is an account manager in the advertising industry, her friends at 3 Advertising designed and created the stainless steel coat of arms hanging in the Mulberry tree.  Flowers by Artichokes and Pomegranates of Santa Fe.  Cake by CoCopelli Chocolatier Santa Fe.  Ceremony officiated by Rev Carol Glover, Interfaith Minister.

Maya and Joey wanted to stay traditional and not see each other before the ceremony.  We bumped into a fun way to do an “almost” first sighting ;-)!

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Marina Raye - Wow! What a beautiful wedding. Sending love to you and Jann.November 28, 2012 – 1:46 am

David Savinski - Thanks, Jim! Much appreciated ;-).November 27, 2012 – 10:05 pm

Jim Oliver - exquisite pictures. Splendid work!November 27, 2012 – 5:27 am

Jim Oliver - The photography is truly a work of fine art. Such aa wonderful day…happy memoriess that are brought back by the exq.November 27, 2012 – 5:25 am

Patsy Jones - Beautiful local with the leaves just turning enough to pick up the colors of the bride’s bouquet. Love the special touches you captured that make this wedding unique. The mini stonehenge is great!November 26, 2012 – 1:26 pm

David Savinski - Hey Vicki! Maya and Joey were quite the easy couple to photograph and the location was just beautiful. Can’t wait to work with you again, too!September 28, 2012 – 3:17 pm

David Savinski - Hey Vicki! Maya and Joey were quite the easy couple to photograph and the location was just beautiful. Can’t wait to work with you again, too!September 28, 2012 – 3:16 pm

Orange September, an event company - Such a beautiful wedding and a pleasure to work with you; hope there are opportunities to work together again in the future!September 28, 2012 – 2:28 pm

The Aviators | Personal Portrait Project

Preamble:  It is with a very heavy heart to write that Ken, the man in these photographs, passed on today.  I’ve always thought of my being a photographer as akin to being an historian as much as an artist.  Today I feel privileged to have immortalized this man and his son with these photographs.  Ken’s life has gone far beyond these visual constraints and he will continue to influence the world through the coming ages because he was such an amazing man.  The heaviness in my heart is lightened thinking about Ken’s touch on our world and makes me think of a child’s lost yellow balloon floating up against the blue sky.

While I’m sure there’s a lot going on in the mind of a baby, I can’t claim to remember a single moment from that time in my life. My childhood memories, however, are crystal clear and almost completely revolve around aircraft and flying. If I hadn’t been blessed with bad eyesight, I would have joined the ranks of Maverick, Iceman, Chappy Sinclair and Doug Masters as an ace fighter jet pilot slipping the surly bonds of earth and dancing on laughter-silvered wings. There was literally nothing of greater importance to me than flying. I remember being enveloped by awe when my father Jim told stories from his days traveling the globe as a loadmaster on a C-130 Hercules in the Air Force while he drove me to the Experimental Aircraft Association and to the end of the local airport’s runway to watch planes land and take off. It was through my father that I met his co-worker Mark and his father Ken Corbett. Ken was a pilot for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Lunda Construction.

My parents tell me that when I was a baby they loaded me and my sister Sara on a MD80 jetliner to fly from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to Kansas City, Kansas, to visit my mother Vickie’s family in Marquette and Wilson, Kansas. As stated I was too young to remember it and I don’t consider that my first flight. Since memories are the very core of our existence, my first flight happened because of Ken Corbett when I was 10 years old in his Cessna 185 Skywagon II. Taxiing down the taxiway at Oshkosh’s Wittman Airport the day of my first flight, sitting in the co-pilot seat, feeling more anticipation than I’d ever felt is a moment I’ll never forget and continues to influence everything I am as a person. A lot happened in my mind as we bounced and jostled toward the runway. I was so overwhelmed that I almost re-live that moment more clearly in my thoughts than when I was actually there! Ken’s hands gently gripped the controls. I looked up and saw the sun dancing through the distorted plexiglass, illuminating his beautifully weathered face while he radioed the tower for clearance to take off. I remember the smell of decades of flight that the old Skywagon had been through as Ken pushed the throttle to full and we lunged forward down the runway. The world around me was squeaking, jumping, jostling, vibrating and shaking until Ken pulled the wheel back and suddenly the world went smooth and silent as we soared upwards toward heaven.

It was such an honor to be able to visit my hometown recently of Oshkosh, Wisconsin to photograph Ken and Mark together with their aircraft. The Cessna 185 Skywagon II on the left is the very plane that took me for my first flight.  Mark’s Champion Citabria is on the right.

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Kathleen Schumacher - I love these pictures of Mark and his father. What a neat relationship they had. You can just see it in the way they look at each other… true friendship and love.
Mark, I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. You were lucky to have such a wonderful bond with him. With love, Kathleen.April 19, 2013 – 8:33 pm

David Savinski - That is priceless 😉April 19, 2013 – 3:14 pm

Vickie Savinski - I love the look on Mark’s face showing complete pride and love for his father.April 19, 2013 – 2:08 pm

Debbie McGuinness - Beautiful tribute David Savinski – the words and the photos.April 19, 2013 – 1:55 pm

James Savinski - David, my heart is heavy, too, but these amazing photographs will serve to keep the happy times with Ken in the forefront of our minds.April 19, 2013 – 12:55 pm

Hawaiian Beauty Photoshoot Session | Hawaii Wedding Photographer | Oahu Wedding Photographer

Angela and I just did an inspirational beauty photoshoot on the island of OahuHawaii.  We photographed Joanna at Lanikai Beach near Kailua and the Kaniakapupu Palace ruins.  The day before the shoot we made a run to Honolulu’s China Town where we found these beautiful hand made leis and haku leis.  The entire trip to Hawaii was amazing.  Angela is part Hawaiian (5th generation) so we had the opportunity to see where Angela’s ancestors lived on the North Shore.

We would be honored for you to pin or re-post these images on non-commercial sites only with proper credit given.  If you would like to license any images for commercial use please contact us.

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David Savinski - Hey Casey! You know, I’m not entirely sure if they do allow that or not. I can message the model from this photoshoot, she might know….November 2, 2012 – 12:48 am

Casey Novak - Do you know if you are allowed to have weddings at the Kaniakapupu Palace ruins?October 30, 2012 – 3:49 am

Sara Dobish - These really turned out beautiful!August 8, 2012 – 2:08 pm

Stephen Larson - Even I think she’s hot. Great pictures.August 8, 2012 – 10:09 am

Leslie Castelli Parsons - Wow amazing. You are very talented!August 7, 2012 – 8:17 pm

Patsy Jones - Absolutely gorgeous! You captured a wonderful melding of beauty, innocence and sensuality in your model against the exotic Hawaiian landscape. Love the colors – white, green, aqua, soft blue. Your model’s eyes mirror the green of the palms and the sea. Outstanding job.August 7, 2012 – 6:21 pm

Diane Pao - Beautiful photos and I especially love the second to last shot in the water.August 7, 2012 – 6:12 pm

Flashes of Hope | Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Here’s our 2nd photoshoot with Flashes of Hope at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  I admittedly felt a bit exploitative posting these photographs on our blog.  I almost didn’t for this reason but felt not doing so would have been a disservice for these children….I hope to inspire people viewing these photographs to donate anything they can to help photograph other children with Cancer for their families.  After our first shoot, I was sent a note from one of the mothers of a child we photographed.  She wrote “She loved posing and her beauty is breathtaking – her real soul comes through.  These pictures will always help me remember how far we have come and that even in her darkest times, she is just a child, a beautiful child.”  Please visit Flashes of Hope to send any donation you can.  Everyone involved that makes these shoots happen does so on a volunteer basis.  The families receive prints of every photograph we capture of their child.

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Not just weddings | Recent Commercial and Editorial Photography Work

One half of my life as a photographer is with weddings, the other half is doing commercial work.  It’s amazing how each side makes such a positive creative impact on the other.  I’ve been fortunate to have had numerous editorial publications, billboards and even album covers.  Here’s some recent work that I was commissioned to do.  One thing I really like with my commercial photography is the freedom to diversify my work for each individual.  As you’ll see below, theses photographs each have a very specific character that fits each individual being photographed.  The first photograph is of fellow photographer Art Streiber.  Art photographs covers for magazines like Vanity Fair, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone.

Next up is a photograph I captured of Meg Grant, the West Coast Editor for AARP Magazine:
Here’s a shot from an editorial piece I did for Inked Magazine.  This was at Route 66 Tattoo in Albuquerque, NM:
Here’s a personal project I’m starting on Native American Indians:
Photograph of downtown Los Angeles:

If you’d like to see more of our commercial and advertising work, check out DavidSavinski.com and blog.DavidSavinski.com.  We would be honored for you to pin or re-post these images on non-commercial sites only with proper credit given.  If you would like to license any images please contact us.  Now back to wedding blog posts!

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El Monte Sagrado Wedding | Monica + Sean | Taos Wedding Photographer | Santa Fe Wedding Photographer | Albuquerque Wedding Photographer

This is the very first time we photographed a wedding at the incredibly beautiful El Monte Sagrado in Taos, New Mexico.  Sean and Monica decided on a mix of digital and film photography so this blog post will give our future brides an excellent comparison between the two mediums.  Hotel coordination by Tracy Mueller.  Tracy forwarded Sean and Monica’s wedding photographs to the Kessler Collection in Florida who owns and operates El Monte Sagrado.  After seeing the images, the Kessler Collection created advertising collateral using the images we created!  Flowers by Something Special With Flowers.  Cake by A Cake Odyssey.  Event DJ Carlos Alvarez.  Monica’s hair and makeup by Theresa Jiron.

Now we’re switching to film.  As you can tell, the look is very different than the digital above.  The color shifts into pastel tones while still being colorful.  Sharpness is about the same but the color and tonal gradations between the lines are what differs the most.  Depth of field is less with medium format due to the larger sized negative.  We scan the film ourselves to a digital RAW file which allows us to tone the images ourselves.  Digital is crisp while film is romantic and ethereal.  
This is my personal favorite:
And now back to digital.  Even when couples opt for mostly film coverage, I will still bring my digital cameras along because the shot below would not have been possible if photographed on color film due to the extreme low light in this area (but fast black and white film would have been fine).  I photographed this scene below at extremely high ISO (12,800 on the 5D mark III!  If you’re not a photography junky please feel free to email me and ask what this means).  Film handles bright light better, digital handles very dark light better.
Monica threw the bouquet so hard it cleared all the single ladies and her step-father ended up catching it!
We would be honored for you to pin or re-post these images on non-commercial sites only with proper credit given.  If you would like to license any images for commercial use please contact us.  We would love for you to share this link on Facebook.  Just copy and post this link:  http://blog.captureforever.com/archives/2224.

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Christine Longthorp - Very artistic photography. I could feel the emotion.August 2, 2012 – 4:54 pm

David Savinski - Thanks, Debbie ;-)!August 2, 2012 – 12:33 am

Debbie McGuinness - Lovely work, as usual!August 2, 2012 – 12:23 am