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First Wedding... What a learning experience!

 
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Jul 01, 2009 04:00 |  #1

Actually the first wedding I took pictures for was for a childhood friend. I was his bestman, he already hired a photographer, but he liked my free pictures better.

Needless to say another mutual friend saw my work and asked me to shoot their wedding. They flew me out to vegas with a friend (and second shooter), took care of my food, car, and hotel and also offered compensation in addition to the free trip.

I had alot of things going against me. It was Vegas, unfamiliar territory, I only have prime lenses and one body, I picked up a flash at everyones recommendation (though I strongly prefer natural light) but Adorama lost my diffuser shipment so I had a flash with no soft light, and last but not least I've never coordinated photos at a wedding.

I have a serious newfound resepct for wedding photogs. I was on my feet from 9AM - 11PM, only ate one meal and had about 3 redbulls and some diet coke. How do you find time to shoot everything yet take a break?

Hopefully they'll be happy with what I've shot :) I don't think I can handle the stress of another wedding...

My friend basking in the sunlight

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Few snippets, most of the shots did turn out fine, I'm only through editing about 25% of the photos. I shot 1400. My friend shot 900. Critiques are a must.

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Jul 01, 2009 15:55 |  #2

These are phenomenal! Especially for being your second wedding.

What camera and lens did you use?


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Jul 01, 2009 15:57 |  #3

wow you did amazing!!! love the second one the best.


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Jul 01, 2009 16:04 as a reply to  @ Svetlana's post |  #4

fantastic! there's nothing I don't like about these! i too recently shot my first wedding, it's hard work!!


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Jul 01, 2009 16:20 |  #5

WOW! I wish my first wedding looked half as good as these! These are amazing shots! Your friends will be so happy!
I can't pick a fav... I love them all


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Jul 01, 2009 18:01 |  #6

Michaelmjc wrote in post #8207940 (external link)
These are phenomenal! Especially for being your second wedding.

What camera and lens did you use?

D700 with the 35mm f2 and 50mm f1.4. Wish I had something wider :)

Thanks for the comments everyone, any helpful critques would be great, I still have lot of pics to filter through... didn't realize the amount of time in post. I guess when you get paid for something you want to do your best.


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Jul 01, 2009 20:04 |  #7

Excellent photos! (Just because a guy is paid doesn't mean he's better) ;)




  
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Jul 01, 2009 20:36 |  #8

Beautiful work. I would keep at it if I were you. :)




  
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Jul 01, 2009 23:55 |  #9

These are really nice shots. I will shoot my first wedding in 2 months. These shots inspire me.




  
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Jul 02, 2009 01:06 |  #10

ummm...yeah.... if this is your first or second wedding I have two words for you... DONT STOP!!! Great, great, great.


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Jul 02, 2009 02:32 |  #11

really tidy work Eugene... great captures, looks like they had a lot of fun...

just try to edit out the flare on the brides chin in number 6 and you have a pretty perfect set there!!
love the company name too... awesome
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Jul 02, 2009 04:18 |  #12

The last one with the couple laughing and backlit is beautiful. They are all nice but that is a real winner to me. Great effort.


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Jul 02, 2009 06:22 |  #13

Beautiful work.


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Jul 02, 2009 10:14 |  #14

benny g wrote in post #8210765 (external link)
really tidy work Eugene... great captures, looks like they had a lot of fun...

just try to edit out the flare on the brides chin in number 6 and you have a pretty perfect set there!!
love the company name too... awesome
benny

Didn't even catch that one!! The couple is awesome, very fun to be around, always smiling.

Thanks again for the comments guys!


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Jul 02, 2009 12:05 |  #15

I love 2 and 3.

6 and 7 is beautiful, but a little soft for my taste. My eyes tend to wander without a focal point to draw me.


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