OK, So I’ve had Tina and Gary on my mind all week. Preparing their wedding pictures from last Saturdays wedding, it just seemed so much more important to deliver them something extra special. So…. I just had to devote this blog entry to their pictures as I wait out the many hours for Pictage to upload all those images.
It was a wedding planned from out of State that, lets just say…threw us a few more curve balls than we had hoped for. It’s easy to get those dreamy, magical pictures, when you have several hours of shoot time, the fortune of gorgeous weather, stunning private locations, or mansions and cathedrals as your backdrop….but what about the rest of the time, when mother nature isn’t so co-operative, the clock isn’t so patient, and the location is not all that was promised??
We had a beautiful young couple to shoot…, trapped inside a modest gazebo, on a cloudy, rainy day….BUT…wait for it…
…surrounded by a thousand people, hundreds of bright tents, noisy bouncy houses and a DJ! Gasp! The wedding was to take place (unexpectedly of course) during a 24 hour relay for life race, at Heritage park, in Taylor, MI.
We had 30 minutes with the Groom, and his possy, a sunny break in the rain,…. and a park filled with hundreds of people walking through the shoot. That’s when you pull out the exotic lens, get in close, look up, and think outside the box..
Who cares about scenery, when you have these eyes…does anything else really matter? Got to love those ‘test’ shots, before that “say cheese” look,… just in time to catch that peaceful stoic gaze. The pic at left below was post processed very ‘hot’ to isolate those stunning blues. When there’s a lot of traffic on the ground, “look up” I always say, for something interesting and a fresh point of view. Look, a patch of blue sky, and a true moment…complete with a time stamp (top right). The bottom pic, proves the worth of the Canon 85mm F1.2L, prime lens…Voila, no tents! PRICELESS!!
We spent a lot of time cropping in tight, and blurring out backgrounds with our magic lens. But there’s nothing like post processing to bring out the depth of the moment, from a pretty picture to a breathless moment!.
Sometimes the best shots happen, in between the poses…when a duck catches a toddlers eye (right), or a mommy moves in for a little kiss (bottom). Some more examples of the fun use of shallow depth of field (above, and below left).
Reception lighting is always a tough one. Here’s a fun use of colored ceiling lights, a flash light bounced off the brides back for an improv’d rim light, and a fun use of selective focus to tell a story.
Below are the parents blurred in the back ground looking on, as their child dances with his bride, …the couple in turn, are looking at their child. As well, bottom right, the father of the bride dances in the background with his daughter, as the groom dances with his daughter in the foreground.
So….back to preparing Tina & Gary’s wedding pictures. I can’t wait for them to see the full set!