Monday, July 30, 2012

International Wedding Photographers in Paris - Flashback!

Here's a photo I took in 2008, our first wedding in Paris.  For some reason I've just had this photo on my mind for the past few days and felt like re-editing it.  I don't really feel like it got the attention it deserved.

We had just left Heather & Tyler's wedding at Musee Rodin and headed by car to Pont Alexandre III for some photos (our first stop of many).  I hadn't even seen the Eiffel Tower at that point, and to jump out on this amazing, huge bridge, see it off in the distance and with the knowledge that I had about 20 to find the lighting, find the spot, get the bride and groom doing something natural & was all a bit overwhelming.

This shot is just down the street at the second location we went to.  My brain was in "new location super sensitive creative overdrive" and I felt pretty focused and excited at the time.  After a few shots of both Tyler and Heather, we were about to leave & I saw these guys sitting on the steps and asked them, mostly with sign language (pointing, motioning) parle vous France? etc if they'd all look over at Heather.  French men are pretty good at that anyway so it wasn't too hard.

I just love this shot, the day, location, the coordinators, and of course Heather & Tyler who Katie and I both still keep in touch with.  Shot on my 5D 50mm 1.4 lens ISO 50 at 1/40 (I HAVE NO IDEA WHY) f/7.1 (AGAIN, NO IDEA)  Best I can guess, I was running around like a crazy person and perhaps accidentally shot in P mode or something?  Anyway, I'll admit that I'm a bit embarrassed that those were my settings, but hey, it looks pretty damn good doesn't it?


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

International Wedding Photographers in Pennsylvania

How did we get the shot?  We did about 10 takes in between cars passing in front of me, I was on the sidewalk across the street. I had them start at the pillar behind them and had her dad call Remmy (the dog) from the left side of the pic. That way I could get the leash tight. 

I had Meagan look back at Chris.  I wanted movement and a feeling of a casual stroll with some separation between everyone.  I really wanted to have the whole pic dark except where they were. I only had this idea after my first 5 pics felt flat.  Katie was initially holding the off camera flash on the left side of the photo, but it just didn't spot light them well enough.  And she had to stand so far out of the frame to avoid being in the shot (causing the flash to not fire as bright too).  

There needed to be more of a contrast between Meg Chris & Remmy and the rest of the photo.  So I upped the SS and handed Chris the flash to hold on his hip (via radio popper), creating the bright flash.  Shot with a 24-70 at 34mm 2500 SS 200 ISO and f/2.8, but after re-thinking it, I would have increased my aperture to at least 5.0.  I did get them in focus, but with that AV and not really adding anything I wanted to blur out, rethinking, I probably would have upped it a few stops.  

In Lightroom I upped the clairity, down the blacks and shadows, upped the whites, took out a bunch of saturation and added some sepia, and went over the background a bit darkening it a 1/2 stop and adding more clarity.  The photo feels pretty finished to me, but I may try to get a bit more light on Meg's veil and Remmy's face. 

I enjoy this process of sharing how we got the shot.  So, watch for more!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Boudoir Photography in Southern Utah

Be a part of the grand opening of our new studio in Ancestor Square by scheduling a Superhero Boudoir session!  Be a Superhero hot chick and get your significant other some bad ass pics to drool over.

The Studio in Ancestor Square.  Special ends September 1st!