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Old Sep 14, 2011, 8:15 PM   #1
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Once again a family member asked me if I would photograph their wedding. After explaining to them that I am not a wedding photographer and cannot guarantee anything, they agreed.

I still felt an uncomfortable amount of pressure to get some decent shots and after arriving at the venue and seeing that it would be a backlit situation didn't help.

So here are some photo's I will share.

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1. The venue at the rehearsal. Beautiful place but tough lighting.
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2. The couple after rehearsal.
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3. Wedding Day prep.
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4. The groom and best man
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5. The ceremony.
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6. The newlyweds.
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7. Entering the reception. Thanks for taking a look.
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All but the first two are excellent. The first one doesn't really establish the social context enough to work for me. The second seems to have a tree growing out of the groom's head -- I'm guessing that's not the vibe you were going for...
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All but the first two are excellent. The first one doesn't really establish the social context enough to work for me. The second seems to have a tree growing out of the groom's head -- I'm guessing that's not the vibe you were going for...
Agreed. It appears from what I can see that a couple of steps to the right by the photographer or to the left by the subjects would have resulted in a more pleasing background.

Mike - I understand that you're not a professional wedding photographer. Since you requested critique my main observation is the harsh lighting in many of the photos. Looks like a lot of direct, camera-mounted flash was used. At the very least on the indoor photos a ceiling-bounce would have resulted in more pleasing lighting and cut down on the harsh shadows. Another thing I like to do is put a piece of foam, paper or even use my hand to cover the front of the flash even as it is pointed at the ceiling. This results in a softer light with softer shadows because all of the flash's light is being directed off the ceiling and softened rather than coming straight from the flash onto the subject. There isn't a whole lot that can be done about the outdoor photos if you do not have the equipment for off-camera flash or someone to hold a reflector.


I think you did a good job with what you have and the ceremony pics are nice.

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I think you have done a good job and they will be pleased, I too would be tempted to remove the tree in 2. well done
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