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4th of January 2005 (Tue), 21:24
I am shooting a wedding this Saturday and realized by the time the wedding is over the sun will be mostly down. I usually take the formal shots in the sanctuary then take the B&G outside for the romantics. Any suggestions on taking romantics in low light?
Any help will be appreciated.
4th of January 2005 (Tue), 22:59
There is a tradition that the B&G are not supposed to see each other on wedding day prior to her arrival at the altar. So, if you observe that tradition, you can't shoot B&G poses prior to the ceremony.
Some B&Gs are less traditional than that. One recent couple had been "together" for a long time, and they didn't care about the fuddy old tradition, so we were able to get in about twenty minutes of shooting at the home of the bride's mother about an hour before the ceremony.
Yes, sunset shots can be good. "The B&G, all alone, standing out on a lawn, all isolated from everything else, staring off at the sunset with her head on his shoulder..."
You might have to arrange to shoot something the day before, or get some big studio lights.
4th of January 2005 (Tue), 23:14
If you have time for these photos, you can do them indoors. After all, it could rain! (I'm in Seattle, so I count on it!) :lol:
You can pose the B&G by a window and bounce the light back into them with a white reflector (use a tri-pod). Have them look at each other, look down, that sort of thing...
Soft focus in B&W with a blurred background looks great. Maybe only use one diffused off-camera light and get some interesting shadows...
You sound like you have done weddings before, so I am not sure how much info you need. Look up poses on the web, things like that. Oh, and have them touch each other a lot. Kissing, holding hands, looking lovingly into each other's eyes :p
That is romantic and they will see their emotions.
4th of January 2005 (Tue), 23:49
Thanks for the sugestions guys. I started doing weddings about a year ago and am still trying to figuring out my mojo. So this is great.
5th of January 2005 (Wed), 01:15
Another one, if there is time after the wedding (in a park):
B&G seated on a park bench, facing mostly away from the camera. They face partly ahead toward the duck pond, or whatever, and just enough of each face is visible so that you can identify them, so the faces are angled slightly toward one another.
5th of January 2005 (Wed), 12:37
It's actually pretty easy, but you MUST use a tripod.
You know, no matter how many times we state something like that, Uncle Fred and his kind will want to sneak up and shoot over our shoulders. Then they wonder why their exposure is so much different and why their shot is a little blurry.
6th of January 2005 (Thu), 10:52
That's why the pro should be somewhat tolerant of the guest photographer. The guests' photos can actually be good for the pro's business!
Yes, Uncle Fred's shots make ours look fantastic by comparison.
My main complaint about Uncle Fred is when he takes two minutes to set up a shot that we just finished. We're trying to get the next pose going, and he is still farting around trying to figure out how to turn off or turn on some function on his P&S camera. Or, worse yet, when he gets his shot lined up and then discovers that his camera battery is dead.
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