The groom from this past Saturday’s wedding at The Inn at Diamond Woods really loved his hat so I told him to put it on. The hat, along with the .45 he had strapped to his leg, reminded me of Indiana Jones.
I use some form of flash in nearly all my images, as I’ve stated elsewhere in this blog. However, there are times when flash is unnecessary, as was the case with this first image below. When I saw the light shining through the trees, directly onto that swing, I knew I had to get the bride and groom over there ASAP. I already had my camera set for the ambient light so it was simply a matter of finding the right composition and focal length. I was using the new version of the Canon 24-70mm lens, and it performed very well. So that’s the first shot below. The second image was made after the sun had just set; you can still see the orange glow on the horizon. Exposing for that light meant the bride and groom would have been silhouettes if I hadn’t added my own light. I had the wedding coordinator hold one of my external speedlights and point it through a white translucent umbrella, about two feet away from the couple. In the first image, no amount of flash could have improved the shot; in the second image, flash was key.
The first dance between a groom and his mother is always special: poignant and happy at the same time. At this Bend wedding I noticed the bride watching her new husband dance with his mom and knew I wanted to include her (the bride) in the frame. Since I already had my off-camera lighting set up by the dance floor it was easy to set my aperture to f2.8, focus on the groom and his mom, and complete the foreground with the out-of-focus bride and her Maid of Honor. Having shot 100s of weddings, this is where experience paid off: I knew there’d be a moment like this, and I had all my gear set up beforehand, so all I had to do was position myself in the right place. The bride had no idea I was behind her during this shot. 🙂