Friday, December 19, 2008

Wedding, Ruiz style

Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs. Ruiz. Shot their wedding a few weeks back. (yes, I know, I am always slow in updating) It was a fantastic time, if not a bit cold.

For this first shot, i had to pull a stranger to stand in the spot of light so i could meter off their face so i was ready for when she came by. Window light + happy bride = Happy photo.

Andrea's multitasking skills are second to none. Two phones? Are you serious? Some days i have problems with just one phone.

Yep, there are over 5 people attending to her at one time. Pretty much every wedding I spend most of my time with the bride, while i have my assistant shooting with the groom. It is always weird to see the photos of the groom getting ready, because he is by himself for the most of it. Don't get me wrong, tuxes are complicated things, but the groom and his groomsmen have nothing on what the bride has to go through.

If i see a small kid trying to climb up stairs to little effect, you know i am going to shoot a photo of it.

Panoramic of the ceremony. If you want to see a much bigger version, just click on the photo, and be whisked away to the magic land of giant photos.

As with the kid going up the stairs, if there is fire, im gonna shoot it.

I had the best man hold my flash so i could trigger it remotely from the other end of the limo for this shot. Soon after, he looked directly into the flash when i had fired it at full power. Flash tip: do not look directly into the flash.

As always, i need to bring out the stick cam. Slap a camera with a really wide lens on the end of a fully extended monopod and trigger it with a flash attached. The song was Shout, which is always great for the stick cam. You get people jumping up, shouting, with hands in the air. How can you go wrong?

And finally, the Mother/Son dance. I really hate on-camera flash, it is just no fun. I have a lot more fun throwing it behind people or to the side, and that is why i can get happy backlight like in this photo.

All in all, a fantastic day. Thanks to Clay Lomneth for assisting, and congrats to Chris and Andrea Ruiz on a great wedding.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Some corn!

Met up with Clay Lomneth today to go over some plans for the wedding he is assisting me with this weekend. And because we had such a great sunset, we decided to head just out of town to shoot some photos. The light was fantastic, when the sun was not peaking behind the clouds.