I work as a full-time wedding photographer, based in northern NJ. I also photograph weddings in Manhattan, New York; Connecticut and Pennsylvania. I even work further afield, including destination weddings.
My approach to wedding photography is a flexible one – borrowing from the best elements of classic wedding photography, liberally mixed with modern photo-journalistic story-telling. I love working with my bridal couples in getting the best possible images of their wedding day. It really becomes a collaboration in that way, as we have fun on the wedding day and get wonderful images that will evoke memories for a life-time.
wedding photography – a resource page for photographers
Here is a listing of articles on the Tangents blog which relate directly to wedding photography. There is a further page which lists further articles relating to flash photography and lighting, which will all be relevant here as well.
Developing a personal style is a never-ending journey as a photographer – honing your style along with your approach, technique, understanding and skill.
- wedding photography – a photo-journalistic style, or more posed?
- standing out / blending in - aiming for spontaneity and genuine expressions
- wedding photography – when style, technique & choice of gear converge
- wedding photography: controlling those found moments
- wedding photography – creating those special moments
For me, a second shooter is a fully fledged photographer working independently, but closely with, the main photographer. A second photographer is there to augment the main photographer’s coverage of the wedding. As such, there are certain things that could be (and should be) expected from a 2nd shooter at a wedding.
- tips & advice for second shooting weddings
- wedding photography – tips on improving your technique
- tips on improving your photo-shoot workflow
Choosing which lens to use while photographing a wedding, is obviously an extension of your own style. It affects how you want to portray your subject, or the scene, through choice of depth-of-field, perspective and angle of view … or even through some special effect, such as a fish-eye lens or tilt-shift lens …
Hard sunlight overhead is some of the most difficult light that you can find yourself shooting in. When you’re able to move your bride and groom (and even bridal party), and don’t have the opportunity for off-camera lighting, then you still have a few simple but effective options …
From a technical point of view, photographing a bride in her dress can be a challenge … depending on the lighting. The simplest way for me then to get accurate exposure, is to use the histogram. I place my brightest relevant tone at the edge of the histogram. All the other tones will fall into place. In this way, you simply expose correctly for your subject – the bride in her white dress.
I love doing engagement photo sessions because this allows me the opportunity to connect with my clients before their big day. There are many other advantages to doing the engagement photo session. Here are my top 5 tips for a successful photo session with your clients …
Some extra non-photography related goodies I keep in my camera bag to make my life easier as a wedding photographer …
as the wedding day unfolds
… and how to use flash photography for great results
The classic shot of a beautiful bride lit by
window-light bounce flash
Using on-camera bounce flash effectively for great portrait lighting.
The processional is technically probably the most difficult part of a wedding to shoot and get right. Light levels are low in cavernous churches while people are walking towards you. Getting enough light on them, and having that light look good, as well as getting the image sharp .. that’s a tall order.
Whether or not to use flash during a wedding ceremony in a church, is a tricky decision to make. You have to weigh the solemnity of the occasion, with the contractual and artistic requirements to create awesomely awesome images.
Posing, directing and lighting a bridal party group outside – there’s a way to break it all down to simple elements which will help the photo session come together naturally, without being overwhelmed by the decisions which have to be juggled simultaneously.
A few years back, I would regularly use additional lighting to add extra light to the reception room, in order to avoid the dreaded black background which everything faded into. But I rarely do so these days, relying on higher ISO settings and wide apertures … and bounce flash.
A common technique used in photographing wedding receptions, is to use additional lighting to lift the general light levels in large reception rooms. The additional lights can be wirelessly controlled TTL flash .. but more often would be manual flashes. Then an on-camera flash can be used, either in manual, or in TTL
When photographing the family portraits, you can really help yourself by nailing your lighting. Get it down. Then you can concentrate on getting the groups together, and concentrate on posing the groups. But your lighting works! Much less stress.
romantic portraits of the bride and groom
Trying different lighting ideas, whether in posing or with lighting, to give the bride and groom a variety of images.
- romantic wedding portraits with video light (Tatiana & Brandon)
- lighting ideas for the romantic portraits (Melissa & Dennis)
- favorite wedding image – city lights & off-camera flash (Andrea & Rui)
- wedding photography: bride & groom portraits with video light (Alli & Scott)
- romantic wedding portraits – working with an idea (Lindsay & Chris)
- wedding photography – using bounce flash outside (Justine & Kyle)
- wedding photography – tips on posing – asymmetry (Justine & Kyle)
- back-lighting with flash for silhouetted wedding portraits (Justine & Kyle)
- simplifying composition with a fast telephoto zoom (Aluanda & Clarence)
- video light for the romantic portraits of the bride & groom (Julia & Louis)
- choices and control (Megan)
- photography technique: wedding portraits on the beach (Sarah & Antonio)
wedding photography technique & style
- looking at the available light (no gazebos!)
- anticipation and timing
- using the available light is not random thing
- wedding photography – tips for detail shots of the wedding rings
- wedding photography, romantic portraits – more than just a kiss
- use light & lighting to add impact to your photos (Grace & Joseph)
- finding (and using) interesting available light
- wedding photography – those key moments
- wedding day portraits – bride and bridesmaids – finding a background
- wedding day portraits – simplifying composition for effect
- bridal couple portraits on the beach - a spontaneous moment. (post-processing explained.)
- groomsmen shot – reservoir dogs style
- the moment after the kiss
- portraits of the bride – looking for the less obvious image
- a rainy-day wedding
- bridal portrait – working with the available light
- portraits of the bride and bridesmaids
- a wedding in Central Park, New York w/ Alvin & Lucia
- wedding photography: using high ISO and flash at the reception w/ Ashley & Michael
- available light photography: posing into the light w/ Julie
- podcast – wedding photography tips
- bounce flash photography at wedding receptions (Juana)
- bouncing on-camera flash in manual mode (Julie)
- flash & low ambient light – adapting during outdoor wedding ceremony (Caisey & John)
- shooting from the hip - a simple technique using your flash’s AF assist beam
lighting the wedding formals
- part 1 – using off-camera flash for clean predictable results
- part 2 – using bounce flash for quick formal portraits
- part 3 – the benefits of using off-camera manual flash
- wedding photography: how do you light large groups? … evenly!
- formal portait of couple - finding somewhere to bounce flash off
- shooting wedding formals in the mid-day sun
- flash photography: dealing with reflective surfaces
- wedding photography – big bounce flash
working with tungsten / incandescent light
Since much of wedding photography is done indoors, we constantly have to deal with Incandescent / Tungsten light. The best advice … embrace it!
- using video light for photography
- working with tungsten light during wedding photography
- wedding photography – dealing with the videographer’s light
- video light as fill-light for wedding portraits
- shooting in low light – flash and incandescent light
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