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Nikon D90, ISO 400, AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G at 28mm, f/5.6 @ 1/1250. No flash. Nik Viveza, Nik Tonal Contrast.

In April the “PSD Experience” came to Norfolk. This was one of those traveling road shows where the organizers brought together a number of mentors and presenters in the style of After Dark. The fact that it was in Norfolk meant that I had no option save to attend. Photogs seem to enjoy being presenters as well, because it exposes them, allows them to market their merch and their concepts, plus make a little slow season money.


I mostly attended sessions rather than studio or street shoots, although I did go on a couple. One such was led by David Beckstead, who has a stunning style when it comes to wedding photography. Beckstead brought his model onto the streets of Norfolk and posed her in a a dramatic and unconventional way that led off the beaten path bridal images.


The takeaway here is to use your yes, take advantage of unusual juxtapositions, and move the camera around.


David Ferraro is the principal of Impact Photography, a Norfolk, VA based studio concentrating on weddings, events and portraiture. The studio website is, and David’s blog is If looking for the finest wedding photographers in Virginia Beach or Hampton Roads, be sure to speak with David.

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David Ferraro first picked up a camera in 1958 when his parents gave him a Kodak Brownie for his eighth birthday. Thus began a lifelong passion for photography and image making. He began his media career as a news photographer, and transitioned into video in the seventies. Over the last forty years, he built a career creating images and telling stories. David learned early on that a producer-director is first and foremost an interpreter, telling a story through ideas and images. That what Impact Photography, one of the premier wedding photographers in Hampton Roads, does: tells your story through carefully crafted images. Let David and Impact Photography interpret your event, create your portrait, and tell your story.