My First Wedding
Friends can make or break you in life. Adult friends take time to foster, some 7-8 years in this case. I got a call: "Hi Aaron, Yes Mike D. mentioned you were a photographer... are you available next week?"
As a Budding Pro I need to shoot everything and anything, but not machine gun style, but with care and conscience choices. So when I get critiques I can remember what I was thinking as I depressed the shutter. This wedding I shot 1147 pictures... in 3.5 hours!
This young couple Samantha and Marco, their family, friends, and loved ones a Beautiful day in Bear Mountain State Park. The Bride was radiant in the traditional with gown she wore, simple wedding focused on love rather than extravagance.
The SUN! UGH
Ok so this whole ceremony was taking place with their back to a 2pm winter/spring sun.
Technically was interesting, I could have trusted just an on camera speed-light. But because I knew I would be shooting with both wide and telephoto lenses, I could trust good light to be thrown 30 ft enough to overpower/equal the sun.
I set up slave speed-lights, outside end of 2nd rows on each side. Used my on-camera speed-light as a trigger/fill light and I was good.
Each light was focused on brides face/grooms face from about 10-12 ft. As I moved around I was able to have enough fill light on my subjects faces and front of clothing to allow them to PoP off the background.
I realized no one made the requested shot lists, so its time to wing it and not stress. I was taught "Go with the brides energy and lead..." Not really but it sounded good right...lol.
<<< Good Example of clean light overpowering the sun.
I figured its her day let her (oh and Mom and MIL) guide me.
Well It worked and I got to be ME... After years on radio and an unseen audience I had one ... was like therapy...
My goal was to become as one with the party, laughing, playing non-stress.
Family and Friends pictures
I had a patio all of 12ft deep with BRIGHT light in the background, working with 1 on-camera speed-light, standing on a bench.
The family cheered as I would take one as a shooter... down goes the glass. Back to my job, for some reason people kept putting their glasses on my bench, so now people are watching as I am arraigning each shot, I am stepping cat-like over the glas
ses. No problem, no slips, falls or broken anything. It was part of a show keeping everyone smiling while I worked groups of 6, 9, 12, and the most was 15.
Wow thank God I love people, getting so many people to look at one person... challenge. I didn't allow any one else to snipe my hard worked group shots, these were mine. I kicked all over family photographers out, I had too much to do to deal with years paying attention to anything other than ME.
Paid off, I had smiling faces, you could see every person, including small children. I never felt stress. I took 2-5 shots of each and Moved on to the next group.
In my life nothing beats a challenge, from the Marines, to Parenting, to Live Radio, and now live capturing of an event that bonded a couples life to each other, that will be remembered through my images... I could feel no greater honor in life.
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