Hey everyone! I know its been a while but I have been busy the last month or so. First I purchased a small Teardrop camper and then I had a wedding that I was the main photographer in. I have never been the official photographer at a wedding before. I have done bridal shoots and shot at receptions but never the whole thing. I prepared quite a bit and really worked hard to make sure that it was a great experience for the bride and groom. A friend from my photography club wanted some experience shooting a wedding so he asked if he could be my second shooter and after I got the OK from the bride he was in. I met with the bride and groom twice before the big day. The first meeting was to get to know them and let them know me and see some of my work I quoted them a price and in a couple of days they had decided to hire me. This was about a month or so out so I had plenty of time to get in the wedding photographer mode. For me that is a 180 degree turn from my Landscape and travel photo guy that I am most of the time. My second meeting was the night of the rehearsal and it was great because I got to go through the ceremony twice so I knew where to stand and where to go. The rehearsal was great for me and took a lot of pressure and anxiety that I was having and I got to see everyone that was going to be in the ceremony. On the day of the wedding I had a checklist made and I checked it twice and when it came time to go I was ready. We had decided to do the formal shots before the wedding so I started with the groom and there was lots of family around and the bride kicked everyone out so we could get the first look photo which turned out great. After that took all of the brides photo's and then started with the family. By the time the ceremony began I was in the groove and it went well. My partner was taking photo's that I wasn't and we worked very well as a team. When I was at one end of the hall he was at the other. We made a point out of not taking the same shots. We got a lot of photo's but not many duplicates. When I got home and started looking at the photo's I was very surprised at how good the photo's turned out. I have given the bride and groom a link to look at the photo's while they are on their honeymoon but I haven't gotten a response from them yet I can't wait to hear what they have to say. I created a slide show of the wedding for them and will have a link below that you can check it out. The equipment that I used was my faithful Nikon D800 and my primary lens was my 24-70mm f2.8 although I did use a 70-200mm f2.8 and a 85mm f1.8. For the formal part of the shoot I used Yongnuo 580II manual flashes with 45 and 43 inch shoot through umbrellas. For the rest of the wedding except for the ceremony I had a Yongnuo 586 TTL flash on top of my camera. This was a inside wedding and at night and I had to bump up the flash compensation 2/3 . Bouncing off of a fairly tall ceiling. For the dancing part of the wedding I used my TTL flash with a manual flash used for backlight that turned out really well. Things I would have done differently? I would have sync'd my camera's time and my second shooters camera's time it would have made editing somewhat easier. And maybe a better job on the formals but over all I was very pleased. Check out the Slideshow!
Wedding Slide Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZUlWsLjFXA