Peiwen & Eric – wedding in Melbourne, Australia – slideshow
I’ve shown a few images already of the wedding I photographed in Melbourne, Australia, early in March 2014. Everything fell into place during our visit to Australia – and on the wedding day itself – great weather, lovely people, a truly fantastic couple. It’s a huge honor indeed that Eric reached out to my last year, enquiring whether I’d be up for photographing his and Peiwen’s wedding in Melbourne. And yes, I did feel a lot of pressure. The images dared not be mediocre!
But Eric and Peiwen really were great to work with – sparkling personalities, and full of energy and ideas. It also helped that they allowed for ample time for the romantic portraits on the day, as well as the next day with a visit to Brighton Beach. It all turned into a set of photographs that I am truly proud of. Here, are some, (yes, only some) of my favorite photographs from Peiwen and Eric’s wedding.
More images to follow on my wedding photography blog.
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Great video, as usual, showing a glimpse of the day unfolding.
Looked like a great location.
2Alfredo Medina says
You used flash with the last image (Peiwen alone with balloons)?
2.1Neil vN says
Nope, just available light.
3Nicholas Hill says
I have really enjoyed studying the variety of portrait shots. Could I ask how long were you given with the bride and groom? It looks as if they were very keen on ensuring you got enough time to create a series of wonderful images.
3.1Jon Lloyd says
Neil mentioned that he was able to spend ample time with them and then again the following day at Brighton beach.
4Neil vN says
This was a day-time wedding, so everything was done by 4pm (or thereabouts) at the venue. Then we went with the bride and groom (and bridal party) to a few locations. We wrapped it up around 7pm.
The next morning (Monday), I photographed the Tea Ceremony with their parents and families. Then they invited my wife and I to have Yum Cha with the family. And late the afternoon Peiwen and Eric and my wife and I went to Brighton Beach for the photo session there.
So it really was unusual for me to be afforded this much time. And I think it shows in the photographs – there’s a huge variety of images.
pretty much what I expected… awesomeness. haha..
I do have a question though.. When putting together a display of images like this that capture the day, is it unethical to use images from a second shooter, if you have cleared it with them? On one hand I think its ok, since they are images that display the day, but on the other hand If I’m selling myself as a photographer, I didn’t actually take the pic.
Anyone do this?
5.1Frank Palmeri says
Eric, one way to handle this is to include a watermark and/or copyright caption on each image for the respective photographers.
6Neil vN says
With Peiwen & Eric’s wedding I was the sole photographer. No 2nd shooter.
Now, in general, with other weddings:
1.) When I post wedding images to Facebook, I include the 2nd shooter’s images, so that my client (and their family and friends), can see a representative view of the best images of the day.
2.) I would not include the 2nd shooter’s images on my own blog, which is there to show *my* work. It’s a different intent posting to my blog than posting to Facebook.
3.) Only in rare instances would I add the image with the other photographer’s watermark. The 2nd shooter isn’t there to shoot under their own banner. They are there working for me. So my watermark goes on the image, if I do use it on FB or elsewhere.
tips & advice for 2nd shooting weddings
Thanks for the info, that makes sense.
Fantastic Video Neil i can imagine the B&G were delighted I guess your expensive because you are so good, but you always over deliver on style imagery in the same way you share with us Aspiring Togs respect!
Awesome. Looks like you were dealing with tough lighting the whole time but turned it to your advantage.
Such beautiful and inspirational photography, not just for this wedding it’s every photograph on your site. It’s clear to see that photography for you is more than a job it’s your passion and it shows in each and every shot.
You have inspired this 67 yr old amateur photographer for sure. If I can produce photographs that reach just 50% of your quality I will have achieved nirvana.
Thank you for not only sharing your photography but also your techniques. All the best to you and yours.
Well, Neil, I have to say I’m a bit dissappointed. In the group photo of the whole crowd, at 2:09-2:11, I can’t see everyone’s faces! And the grandmas aren’t even looking at the camera!
Only joking, of course :) Beautiful images, as usual. It must have been a great experience for the couple, and for you, too!
But let me ask you one question about the mentioned photo – how was it lit? My guess would be just plain on-camera flash in TTL mode, is that right? But the photo must have been taken at low ISO and f/16-ish, so… Is the flash powerful enough to light the group (at least the people in front) at those settings? Would you consider shooting this photo with a longer lens? I mean, you would then be so far away from the group that the flash wouldn’t be strong enough, I think, so you’d have to use maybe two off-camera flashes on lighstands close enough to the group, one on each side, and since there’s no time for that, the only option is to stay closer, shoot wider and use an on-camera flash?
Actually, now that I’ve taken a closer look at the shadows, the flash wasn’t on-camera. So only one off-camera flash on your right side, to just light the people whose faces are in shadow?