Saturday, December 31, 2011

Photo of the Week

It seems like there's always something going on at wedding. With this seemingly never ending series of moments to be captured a photographer can never let his guard down and become lazy. Even though dinner was being served these two young girls were having a wonderful time on the dance floor. It's important to photograph kids at there own level, which in this case meant crawling around on the dance floor with them! They had a blast and so did I. Lighting was from a bounced on-camera flash in addition to a 2nd light triggered via radio frequency to light the background and provide more depth and dimension to the photo.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Photo of the Week

It's always important to photograph the details of the wedding day. The basic rule of thumb for any photographer is if the bride and groom spent money on it take a picture of it! The big three of course are the bride's dress, ring, and the wedding cake.

I normally photograph the rings while the bride and groom and their guests are eating dinner. This gives me time to experiment and to provide the rings the proper treatment they deserve. For this shot I always use my Nikon 105 micro lens with lighting from an off-camera SB900 flash wirelessly triggered by the on-camera flash of my Nikon D700. This combination always produces stunning results.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Photo of the Week

I love taking photos at wedding receptions because all the main formalities of the day are mostly done and it's just a party at that point. I really love capturing all the emotions of the bridal party, family, and guests as they dance the night away. It's always a challenge to remain relatively low key as a photographer but still aggressively capture all those great moments. This was a particularly lively reception and I really like how this photo captures the spirit of the couples happiness and joy.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Photo of the Week

A special moment between the bride and groom in the courtyard outside the church. Instead of heavily posing the couple I just let them have a quiet moment together while I shot silently from a distance. The tenderness between them and the beautiful glowing light makes this a very special picture.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Photo of the Week

As we were leaving the church and heading to the reception the bride requested a quick photo. She wanted an outdoor shot that displayed the beautiful Fall colors and also showed off her shoes! I also had the goal of portraying her relaxed and easy going personality. Mission accomplished!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Photo of the Week

Julie and Tim were married at the beautiful Tudor Place mansion in Georgetown. It rained for most of the day and even though they say that brings good luck I was still hoping for a brief break in the weather so we could explore the grounds without umbrellas! We finally got our chance halfway through the reception as the skies cleared and produced a really beautiful soft, glowing light. Julie and Tim were kind enough to join me for a stroll through the gardens and we were rewarded with this gorgeous romantic portrait.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Photo of the Week

This shot was taken during a recent wedding for Amber and Jeff in Virginia. The outdoor ceremony ended at sunset and we had just a few more moments to finish the formal portraits before the reception started. I wanted to get something really dramatic and I'm really happy with the results. I love the silhouette in the foreground as well as the perfect reflection of their faces in the door in the background. Shot with available light with a Nikon D700 and a 24-70 2.8 lens at ISO 6400!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Julie & Robby

I had so much fun at this wedding because it had all the elements I love. Great people, great location, and a well organized event. Even without an official coordinator this wedding ran more smoothly than most weddings with a coordinator! For couples planning your wedding I can't emphasize enough how important it is to be on time and have a well thought out realistic schedule. For this wedding I had several hours for getting ready photos as well as time for some fun portraits before the ceremony. This enabled us to really take advantage of the beautiful light in this gorgeous home. After the ceremony we finished all the traditional family shots and then they gave me extra time for some romantic, creative shots of the bride and groom before the reception. From then on it was a full speed party! Thanks Julie and Robby for letting me join you on your awesome wedding day!