Hello Everyone! It’s been… far, far too long since my last blog post so I must apologize. However, I thought a quick post about this recent Wedding I shot would help kick things off again! The wedding in question was for an old friend of mine from Highschool (Noelle) who after many years contacted me about possibly shooting her Wedding. I’m so glad she did for a couple of reasons: 1. I got to be re-united with a good friend… I’ve lost track of so many over the years so this was very welcome. 2. An opportunity to show the world I have what it takes to photograph a Wedding (hopefully you’ll agree). Now, shall we begin… (Benedict Cumberbatch voice)
Funny story about the Wedding Kiss photo… Noelle specifically asked that I take the shot just like this, up close with the crowd looking on in the background. I agreed it would make a cool shot, but also quickly realized it would be a tricky one as well *gulp*. First thing was first, I spoke to the Pastor about making sure he would move out of the way so I could run in and take the shot… he was totally on board with this and was a big help to me. Now, despite all the info the Pastor gave me about when to expect the kiss… it unfortunately snuck up on me a bit. Quickly after the married couple signed the papers, I knew I had to switch lenses in order to get the shot (tight space, needed a wide angle lens). I frantically switched the lenses while the Pastor was able to buy me some time by talking a bit longer. As I rushed over Noelle hilariously told Ryan to ‘WAIT!’ as I was still a few steps away from getting into position. This got a huge laugh from the crowd. Now in position the kiss commenced.. and uh-oh… from this side of the couple they were deeply drenched in shadow so my focus had a hard time locking onto them! The kiss was a fairly long one (thankfully!) and eventually the focus locked just in time to get the shots I needed *phew*. A few valuable lessons learned that day
I LOVE this shot.
Another one of my favourites has the family inside a beautiful red Camaro. The kids were great all day… I hear a lot of people say that kids are a nightmare to photograph but I disagree. The trick is to not force them. Let them be themselves and have fun. As long as you do this they will be extremely photogenic (see below).
Another beauty!! Really have to hand it to Noelle, she knows how to pose for the camera!
Ah the Wedding Cake. Loved the reception area… beautiful white tent out in the yard, very helpful for photo’s especially when getting dark out. All I had to do was bounce the flash off the roof of the tent and I was golden
The Dance! I was very eager to try a method I had heard about involving using a 2nd flash fired behind the dance subjects. I would put an orange gel on my main flash so that the background flash would turn blue after fixing the white balance in post. Worked beautifully!! I must give a shout-out to Angela Mae (one of Noelle’s brides maids) who assisted me on the dance shots (she held the 2nd flash) as well as throwing some ideas around for some shots earlier in the day. Thanks Angela!! Here’s a picture of her when the married couple weren’t looking…
Well that’s all folks! I had a blast shooting this Wedding, thank you Noelle, Ryan, Angela, The Pastor guy (forgot your name man, sorry!), and everyone else there for being so friendly and cooperative My next wedding shoot is August 11 (once again on a farm, WOO!!!) and I can’t wait!! Ta ta for now…