Okay, it seems like these days my brides and grooms are all so fun, friendly and trusting of me that I can pretty much take it for granted that I can expect it. Sabari and Ben were just that, and unlike most couples that have an engagement session, they did not, so we met the day before their wedding for the first time. It still seemed to me that we had known each other much longer. I kept noticing during the edits that she had a special smile saved just for Ben, which tugged at my heart strings. By the way, the pic where Sabari is kissing Ben that appears before the ceremony was actually shot before the ceremony and there was no first look. Things like that drive grooms crazy.
On to just a few technical aspects of Sabari and Ben’s day… I like to use as much natural light as possible while my brides get their dresses on. I like a big window that will work as a huge softbox. In this case, we were going to be doing that in a small room with no windows. So my standard lighting for this time of day literally went out the window. I don’t like to settle for what I am given, so out came the off camera flash, which I think gave me a similar moodiness to the images during this part of the day. After the ceremony and some portraits at Point Defiance, we drove back to their house for the reception. Now, I use many different light setups for the individual events of receptions. However, I usually have a lot of space to work in. Not the case here. It wasn’t a small home, but it was a small space compared to the ballrooms at the Davenport Hotel. That means my flashes which are normally a decent distance from the subjects would not be used here. So what could I do to create the same moody lighting during the first dances and toasts? I looked for the window and told them where to stand. I knew that If I did it just right, it would give the appearance of an off camera flash in many of the photos, which in my humble opinion, it sure as heck did. Flash was used during the open dancing. The reason I am including this in the blog is (okay, to show off a little, but also…) to let future brides know that shooting a wedding is more than owning a good camera. It’s about people, schedules, details, timing, and LIGHT. A photographer is capturing light all day long. Make sure yours knows how to do it no matter what situation he may find himself in.
Now, on to this magical day.
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