Why every wedding I shoot is a "Portfolio Wedding"

March 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Wedding Photography has opened up my eyes creatively in ways that no other genre of photography ever has. Between the beautiful locations that I am shooting at and all of the emotions of the day, I have a lot to work with. While there are plenty of ways to shoot every part of a wedding day, I am often faced with hard choices as all of these moments come and go quickly. With all of my experience, I have learned to predict a lot of these moments and it has allowed me to think through and adjust quickly as the day goes by. I always try and do something new and different at every wedding. Since I set out at the beginning of the day looking for that new opportunity I feel like I am going in to each wedding with a fresh set of eyes. This journey through wedding photography has been one of steady growth. I never want to make too drastic of a change at any given wedding because I want to stay true to the style that the couple hired me for in the first place. Here are a couple examples of how I push myself at these weddings. 

 

As minor of a change as it is, this photo really opened things up for me creatively. When I first started, I would just line the bridal party up and shoot as is at every wedding. The choice to have some of them sitting brought in more depth. We all hate looking stiff in photos and I think having some of them sit down made everyone more relaxed.

 

I am no newby to artificial lighting but in this photo I decided to gel my key light with a warming gel. I decided to white balance just a little warm from the gel and in turn it gave me a great warm tone in the foreground and a cool tone in the background.

 

It is really easy to go overboard when choosing to freeze motion or blur it. In this photo I made the snap decision to just slightly drag my shutter. This photo was taken at 1/40th of a second. 

 

Here I went overboard. When they busted out some instruments for the guests, I just had to play into the crazy.

 

To flare? Or not to flare? I took numerous photos with the couple eclipsing the sun and some without the sun in the frame at all. I brought the sun into the frame with the intention of letting it take over and kill out a lot of my background.

 

I don't usually bust out my wide angle lens until the reception but it always offers a fresh perspective.

 

I don't think this photo would look as good with a smaller groomsman party. 

 

It is not too often that I shoot at night. Seeing all of these windows and how beautiful the architecture on the walls, I had to play off of this. 

 

This photo kind of happened by mistake. I actually saw this angle while I was desperately looking for somewhere to stand while I had them posed there.

 

This photo was from a backyard wedding. While we could have set up something crazier, I decided to steer into the skid and play off the fact that it was a BACKYARD WEDDING. we just went out and took this photo on the sidewalk by their house.

 


 

Lets end it off here with my most popular photo. We had about 30 seconds to set this up and shoot it. This was taken pretty early in my career. I just wanted to shoot something that conveyed motion. 

 

 

In conclusion:

The greatest skill a wedding photographer can have is the ability to thrive in any situation. I am not talking about being able to simply figure it out and make something work but to have options no matter how rough the conditions are. 

 

 

 


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