October 11, 2010
favorite image from the weekend – romantic bridal portrait
When possible during a lull in the wedding reception, I like to sneak the bride and groom away for a few minutes to do romantic portraits. Since time is usually tight, and the couple wants to enjoy as much of their reception as possible, I like to work efficiently. Jessica and Michael had their reception at a venue where I hadn’t worked before, so during dinner time, I quickly went around the venue with my assistant, to scout a few places to photograph the couple.
In the basement of this venue, I noticed the light shining through gates … casting interesting shadows on the wall. I thought this might be ideal to pose the couple, and then light them beautifully with a hand-held video light.
favorite image from the weekend – the moment after the kiss
I’m normally in the center aisle when I work as a solo photographer at a wedding. But with the wedding on Saturday, I knew I could trust my 2nd shooter to nail the photographs I needed. This allowed me the opportunity to move around, looking for other angles. I was hoping that Lori-Ann would hug her husband, George, in the first seconds after The First Kiss. I was hoping to get her expression in that hug. She did hug him, but with her face over his other shoulder. I had a 50% chance of guessing that right! So I didn’t quite get the image I anticipated …
… but in those moments right after the first kiss (and hug), she leaned back and just threw her head back, looking up .. over-come with emotion. And I knew I had a compelling image, showing all the emotion and joy.
Timing is essential. And just as essential, is the ability to resist the urge to compulsively check the camera’s preview. There could be something happening while you, as the photographer, is scrutinizing that LCD screen.
1/125 @ f2.8 @ 2000 ISO … (no flash)
Nikon D3; Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 AF-S II (B&H)