May 2021 // The Wedding Edition

For speed during the fast pace of a wedding day, this is my preferred method. I shoot using auto white balance throughout the day, but take a quick shot with the gray card (I have one that folds down to pocket size) clearly visible in every location, or whenever the light changes. I take a shot of the gray card in the preparation room, at the altar before the bride arrives (making sure all the lights are as they will be during the ceremony), outside the ceremony venue, before group and couple shots, and at the reception with and without flash. Later, while editing in Lightroom, I correct the color of the raw file by clicking on the gray card using the white balance selector tool, then sync the white balance across each set of images in the same lighting conditions.

settings: f4.0 @ 1/2500 iso 100

KEY SHOTS

Become known and requested for signature shots. Make these your classic standards that you are fairly certain you can recreate at each wedding, regardless of location. I am primarily a photojournalist wedding photographer for 90% of the day, with no intervention on the day apart from a brief time slot for group and posed couple shots. Key shots I try to achieve at every wedding include fun, unposed moments during bride and groom preparation, the spontaneous reaction of the father of the bride as he sees her for the first time in her dress, the look on the groom’s face as he sees his bride walking down the aisle, reactions of parents as vows are made, close-up shot of the rings as they are placed on fingers, in addition to bride and groom portraits and family portraits, if requested. You might be known for wide-angle hero shots, crazy dance floor action, tender moments, or spectacular pre-ceremony couple portraits. Decide what your signature is and make sure you display these shots on your website and in sample albums.

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