As the year comes to an end, December has been a busy month for me. When I woke up today and looked out the window boy was it a shock – We had been forecast wet and windy weather but there was some blue sky and it looked nice.
The wedding today was for a great couple I met almost a year ago, I had to be at my best today as the groom is a newspaper photographer! so I knew I was working under a little pressure.
This was one of two weddings at Gellifawr Hotel I have this month, the next is next week and as always today the staff were fantastic at looking after Nikki (my assistant) and myself.
I have TONS of great images from today and even managed to get the bride and groom to visit Pentre Ifan a famous west Wales landmark for some photos.
Since Robert is a photographer, they opted for my shoot and burn package, this is where I shoot the photos in RAW mode and hand them over on a disk for the couple to make albums, photos etc – My work finishes at the end of the day. Naturally I like to add a few to my blog as the couple may be going away it gives them something to look at quickly before they get back!
As always I try to try a few new things out each time I shoot a wedding but only in little go’s so not to eat into my couples time if it does not work out properly – they never know when I am doing something different but its the best way to grow as a photographer, actually doing something new each time and trying something outside your comfort zone. – more on that later.
So lets start the day,
I like to get establishing shots from all the weddings, this normally is the wedding dress, details, shoes, makeup etc – Today I arrived late (not late for my booking but at the time I was requested to arrive) but later in the day so the makeup had all been done. The bride’s maids were looking like princesses and the bride was just about to put on her dress so I grabbed a quick shot of it hanging up. The bridal party had 2 rooms and about 10 people getting ready so space was at a premium. The background is a little bit busy here but one thing I TRY never to do is MOVE a wedding dress – have you seen how much they cost? I would hate to drop it, walk on it or something!
Today’s dress was amazing, the details just popped right out.
While Jo, the bride was putting her dress on, I went outside and shot a venue shot and also looked up and saw the bridesmaids up at the window.
Then it was into the room to grab a few shots of the room the wedding would take place in.
then it was quickly upstairs to get the finishing off of the bride as she got dressed. I shot a few pics here and shot a wide (BTS) behind the scenes shot of how I was lighting the photo – I do this as I post on photographers forums and its useful to be able to post ‘this is how I did this shots’ when people ask how you light certain photos.
Here is the bts photo followed by the shot I seconds later once the vail had be fitted
Once the bride is ready, the day really fly’s by in a blur, the wedding, the reception and by then I am heading out the door. Here are a few highlights from the rest of the day.
One of my favorite shots at all weddings is the look of the groom around 10 minutes before the wedding is due to start, something happens about then the grooms seems to tune the world out and go off to some place deep inside their own heads and have a look something like ‘Oh, I AM getting married today…..’ I have seen this look in EVERY groom this year without fail – its a classic look and a shot I always try to capture.
Here is Robert standing at the isle waiting for his bride.
The the brides arrives and the wedding is underway.
After the wedding is over the party retreated into the rest of the hotel for a few drinks and break while the room was setup. Being almost Christmas time the drinks were carefully chosen.
Then it was outside for some fun in the sun shots. Yes this was a December wedding, and yes this was a winter wedding but the conditions were perfect. The sky was blue and the sun was out, Yes that caused me a little problem but apart from that it was a perfect day for a wedding.
and we even got a GREAT confetti shot today – perfect
and a big group shot of the whole wedding – babbies included !
After this, we left the guests to the bar and we drove off to Pentre Ifan to shoot some photos by the monument.
The following shots is my playing shot for today, I mixed in some video light with natural light and balanced the camera for tungsten light – this made the rocks and the sky cold and blue but the bride and groom leap out at you, that and a fantastic pose from the couple.
and this shot, I love this shot.
Then it was back to the venue for the cutting of the cake, and OH BOY what a cake
and last but not least a detail shot – the rings
Oh, when I say last photo, its true but when I was looking thru the images again I saw this photo of Sam. I think this is my favorite photo of 2008 from a wedding. As I am sure you know if you stalk my blog, I keep talking about ‘the boy’ that would be Joshua Nikki (my wife not my assistant – too many nikki’s) and my son. From time to time I see something we just have to get and today I saw the BEST thing I have ever seen – A baby dinner jacket, tie and dress shirt.
Sam is the man and he is a super cool dude.
Jo, remember to let me know where you got that outfit, I just HAVE to get one for the boy.
Well thats it, that all for today, I hope you enjoyed the photos. Only one more wedding this year to go, thats next weekend so until the