A Beatiful Wedding

I was asked to be the photographer for a wedding which took place this past Saturday.  First off, I would like to thank the bride and groom for being most welcoming.  They treated my wife (who was my assistant) and I like friends of the family.  Seriously we must have had 10 people let us know that we could eat and/or drink anything there.  Thank you Arthur and Eli Buege for sharing such a day with us.

This was my first solo wedding.  Kim (my wife) went along as the assistant and took care of light placement etc.  It was a beautiful outdoor event and the weather was cooperative.  Taking photos outside in the middle of the day with very limited cloud cover is perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of photography...  Nothing like a challenge the first time out!  Still, it didn't take too much time to get the hang of how this would work.  Typically, I exposed the ambient light -1 stop and compensated with high flash out put.  This allowed me to properly expose the subject with the flash and have a slightly darkened background.  Approaching the lighting like this helps give the subjects separation from the background.  You can see this in the first image here.

The second image I had Kim lower the umbrella and get behind the bride and groom with the main off camera flash.  I turned the on camera flash toward them and set it at a -1 1/3 just to give a touch of fill light.  If you look close you can see a subtle rim light around their head.  I think this adds a bit of flavor to this image.

This bride and groom had great chemistry and many of the moments I was able to capture without the typical posing.  The black and white image below shows this a bit and was captured just as we started the bridal party group photos. 

The was hard work no doubt and the post processing took longer than the actual wedding.  However, it was an absolute blast and the clients had great things to say about the end results.  So long as they are happy....  I am happy.

Thanks again Arthur and Eli...  we wish you a happy and blessed marriage.