In this 4 part series I look at the 48 shots that I pretty much shoot on every wedding in one way or another. The shots are the back bone to the whole day and each of them can be developed into a short series or help develop further ideas or concepts to concentrate on for a short time during the day.
The wedding I have chosen is available to watch on The Photographer Academy website as it will allow you to see the flow and interaction to gaining the shot as well as how it then flows from one image to another.
The last set of 12 images covers the preparation for the wedding meal, speeches as well as the start of the dancing
37 – The Stolen Moments
The Bride and Groom usually sneak off for some quiet time after the group shots as this period of time can be a bit mundane so I try and give them space but at the same time be ready for the return and capture a few sneaky candid shots.
38 – The Fun
Interaction between the bride and any children will always result in some fun and more candid images, especially when the bridesmaids are young. There are times that I have to instigate a shot but more times than not they interaction happens naturally.
39 – The Cake
Not every cake cutting is a set up, sometimes the couple just want to do it and get on with the day, however for me this makes it a little more difficult but not impossible. Here I was using off camera flash, which was being held at 9 o’clock and high to avoid too many shadows from the cake. The flash just brings a sparkle to the lighting that can easily become muddy and unusable in some venues. The flash was set on TTL and fired at -1/3rd.
40 – The Stolen Moment
Even though the couple often get whisked away for some quiet time before the evening function starts I try and intrude for a couple of minutes to capture more fly on the wall candid moments that no one else will ever see unless I take the picture.
41 – The Rings
I like to shoot the rings on the hand instead of in a box, so later in the day is a perfect time to grab these details on both bride and groom. If I want a shot of both rings I try and set something up to avoid any ugliness and uncontrolled digits.
42 – The Formal Informal Shots
Just when I feel the job is done I try and start up a quick session with the couple in a different location that is close at hand. This ensures I don’t get stale or get repetitive. I love this staircase and have shot hundreds of brides on it however every shot is a little different than the last. Here I decided to use off camera flash where the daylight was coming from to give the natural light a little kick in sharpness.
43 – The Sat
By seating the couple I can quickly start a new series of images as well as bring different elements into shot. Once more using off camera flash to illuminate the couple evenly if need be by feathering the flash a little. I use a lot of Quantum flash as its output is round and acts more like a small studio flash and even though they are expensive they are worth every penny, especially in dark locations or winter weddings.
44 – The Stairs
The bride walking down the stairs is a great shot to capture but I usually have to opt for off camera flash again. I try and always mount my portable flash on an extendable pole to allow the assistant to get the flash higher and above objects that may cast an unwanted shadow.
45 – The Speeches
To shoot the speeches I run with two quantum portable flash units, one in each corner opposite where the speeches will be made. From camera I can quickly control their ratio to ensure an image that looks alive with light instead of over flashed.
46 -The Window
During the meal I often find the parents of the young bridesmaids in and around the venue as the children get bored and if possible this is another opportunity to get some beautiful natural light portraits.
47 – The Evening
As the natural light drops the venue takes on a different character and I am aware that any flash used will create a startled intrusive element to the party. By using high ISO and wide apertures you can pretty much shoot anything and in any light conditions but a candle here and there helps. For this type of image I do use in camera metering, however I am recording for the detail in the faces and not in the scene.
48 – The Dancing
I do like to shoot with just the disco lighting, but if I need to I will add some flash on and off camera into the scene. Here I have a flash on camera set at TTL -1 and at 9 o’clock I have another flash set on TTL, this is used to add a more dramatic lighting effect. By using an assistant with a flash instead of a static flash on a stand I can quickly change my position with my assistant mimicking my change in position to maintain a style to the images.