Posted on December 17, 2006
This image of Brittany and Greg, married March 11, 2006 is one of my personal favorites. This shot came about because of some advanced scouting I did at the Celebration Hotel, the location for this wedding and reception. The entire affair was going to be at night so I knew I needed to get a bit creative with the shots we did post-ceremony.
This phone booth was actually the first thing I saw when I parked my car along the street leading up to the hotel. I was immediately reminded of my “Brit” wife and my trip to London several years ago. I knew right then and there that I would have to find a way to coerce this couple into this booth for a shot. The only problem was that it was going to be cramped and probably a bit dirty. I knew I ran the risk of Brittany saying no when I asked her to get in.
Not this bride! As with a lot of my brides, Brittany was brave and all about getting the best, most fun shots possible so she didn’t hesitate to pull Greg into the booth. What I didn’t realize was how hot it would be in there. Within minutes, as my assistant and I frantically worked to get the lighting set up, they began to sweat. I knew I didn’t have time for the lighting I wanted to do so I just abandoned the lights and switched to using the light that was available, which wasn’t much. I had to shoot with a slow shutter speed so they had to hold VERY still. Luckily for me, I was using a tripod, which is rare (I like to be free to move a lot) and everything came together to make a very romantic, unique shot.
The way the elements of planning, chance and a willing bride and groom came together to make this shot is a pretty good representation of how I like to work. I plan and prepare as much as possible but I often fall back on experience and “gut instinct” to improvise when I need to in order to make the best images possible.
In the end, Brittany and Greg loved this shot and that’s really the ultimate reward for me.
Posted on December 8, 2006
This was a rare time when I shot a lot of color at an engagement shoot. Normally I do mostly, if not all black & white but I just thought the environment and the lighting looked better in color. We may decide to convert to B&W later on, which is a nice thing about digital.
This is probably my favorite shot from this shoot. We were walking back towards our cars, pretty much finished for the day when I spotted this patch of saw-grass sprouting from a gully. We were walking on a raised area of grass and I thought it may be fun to shoot through the grass, creating a more “intimate” feel, as if we are looking in on two lovers sharing a moment together (yea, other than the weird looking guy with all the cameras running through the mud and that big light on a stand next to them…it was a very intimate, personal moment).
I think it worked out just about how I envisioned it.
Usually, as I shoot the more “traditional” things at a wedding, portrait or engagement shoot, I am constantly looking around trying to see the unusual, or dramatic in every setting. Most of the time this eye for the “different” results in my best work.
Next Post: Memorable Shots from the past season – Part 1
Posted on December 8, 2006
Welcome to my blog. This is where I will post my experiences as a Central Florida based wedding photographer. I will post my latest images and share stories. I will also, from time to time, post news of specials I am offering only to people reading my blog. This could be anything from free portrait sessions, discounts on various services, or a sale on prints for my existing clients.
As a wedding photographer, I try to, well, actually, not be a wedding photographer. I approach things from a different perspective and I think all my couples would attest to that.
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