After the wedding…

I shot Stephen and Rachel’s wedding a few years ago and they were thrilled with the photos. The happy couple is expecting their first child in a few weeks and asked me to shoot a series of maternity photos. I wanted to include the ready-for-baby nursery in some of the images and this one is one of my favorites.

 

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When to introduce noticeable post-processing

I used a slight gaussian blur on this image, then ‘painted’ the bride’s eyes back in at 100% of the original, sharper image, and the rest of her at around 80%. This particular bride likes soft-focus images so I did work like this on a few from her wedding at Whisper’n’Oaks last week. I used Adobe Lightroom for processing the RAW file and Adobe Photoshop for the gaussian blur.

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Cowgirl Up!

During the bridal portrait session last week, at Whisper’n’Oaks, this bride spotted a guest wearing a cowboy hat. She asked if she could put it on and I really like how it completed the image with the corral fence in the background. I lit this using three of Canon’s new 600EX-RT speedlights; they’re amazing!

 

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The Barrel Room at King Estate

King Estate is a beautiful winery located between Eugene and Lorane, along Territorial Highway. The barrel room at King Estate is a great place for newlyweds to create a lasting, memorable photo session. The room is quite dark but I was able to position my lights behind some of the columns and out of the way. Once I’ve got this accomplished, I always tell the bride and groom that I’m ‘just metering’ for a bit and I ask them to do whatever comes naturally while I take a few ‘test shots.’ What I don’t tell them until later is that my lighting has already been fine-tuned and that all those ‘test shots’ are real. This allows me to create candid moments that have the lighting and background that I’ve chosen for optimal images:)

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The Day After

Erin and Ben were married, outside, during a torrential storm. This is fairly unusual for western Oregon in early September and they hadn’t made a backup plan. Needless to say, the ceremony was short and sweet and our planned sunset pictures were no longer possible. Since they were local, and it was a Sunday wedding, I agreed to cut my time short on the wedding day, leaving as soon as the cake had been cut, and come back the next evening. The light was much better then, and Erin’s dress had already gotten quite dirty, so these photos (taken at Erin’s parents’ house in Cottage Grove) were easy and fun.

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Classic

Emily & Luke were married on the Oregon campus in Eugene. Eschewing a tuxedo, Luke was all class in his gray suit (and, since tuxedos are technically evening wear and this was an afternoon wedding, that made perfect sense!).

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We did it!

Whenever I’m shooting all the traditional family portraits I always try and inject some fun into the group(s). Everyone wants to look good in pictures but nobody wants to have to stare at a camera for a long time and try and hold a natural smile. For this reason I like to mix it up and create situations where everyone is relaxed and having fun. This shot was fun, and everyone liked it, but more importantly, the next series of images featuring this group showed a lot more relaxed expressions.

 

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A Nice Ride

It’s not every couple that gets to ride away from their reception in the back of a 1967 Cadillac convertible. Igor and Athena were lucky enough to find this one, from Sunshine Limousine.

I have a convertible myself so I was able to follow them as they sped away from Dancing Deer Mountain, holding my camera over my head with one hand as I kept my other one on the wheel:)

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Another Oregon Coast Wedding

Kristen & Dusty were married near Yachats, Oregon and the weather was very cooperative (the coast can be cloudy even in the middle of summer!)

 

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Wedding Party Improv

At this Denver wedding I shot a few weeks ago, the weather turned nasty at the last minute and everything (photos, ceremony, reception) had to take place indoors. I was glad I’d scouted out the venue beforehand and found this upstairs library; I knew this image was going to be a fun one. There was also a full-sized craps table which I used in some other wedding party photos. It’s important to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather, and to scout out a venue if you haven’t already shot there at least once before. I did both in this instance and it paid off later. We did do some outside photos late in the evening…when the snow was coming down!

 

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