Thursday, June 10, 2010

Naomi and Domenic's wedding - Christ Church and The Prince, St Kilda, Melbourne.

As it moves toward Winter in Melbourne some recent wedding shoots have been pushed for time and light. Naomi and Domenic came out of the church with about 30 minutes of available light remaining on a dull day.


As a wedding photographer this is what you are paid to handle. It’s a pressure situation, you need to get great shots in a short amount of time, yet you also have to be cool and fun because it’s your personality that will make the shots look natural and beautiful. So while the 100 or so people exiting the church thank the couple (and eat up time) you quietly sweat it on the inside while staying relaxed and friendly on the outside.


If you are on the ball you have foreseen this situation and discussed it with the couple during a meeting a few days earlier. So you already have a plan plus a few tricks up your sleeve. After the most important family and friends have made their congratulations you calmly move in congratulate the couple and explain that it’s now time to round up the bridal party and take some photos. We go around the corner of the church and make some shots – standard stuff. It’s a bit stiff but you keep shooting, watch the clock, watch the light, watch the crowd start to disperse and in your mind plan out the next 15 minutes. It’s important that the bride and groom understand you are in control but you can’t yell or make scene.


The plan is to move to The Prince, it’s close and we walk with the bridal party, this helps loosen the mood. I find some nice spots in the street and I do everything I can to make the bride and groom feel relaxed, I want them to smile naturally, I also encourage the bridal party to help. The vibe is good - happy, laughing and intimate, this is the moment and I get the shots. Of course, I’m standing in the middle of the road dodging cars with a 70-200 lens, at about 1/80th, shooting wide open at 1200 ASA but that’s sometimes what you do with wedding photography. Now it’s upstairs to the reception.


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