Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens, ISO 220, ƒ/8, 1/100
I just got back last night from the west coast. I enjoyed shooting a friend’s wedding and meeting all of his friends.
The weather in Portland was perfect for the wedding. Cool enough that a coat was not too hot to wear, which was perfect for all the guys.
This is one of the bigger group shots I have done for a wedding. Everyone turned around just before they walked out of the church for a group photo—an excellent idea.
My second shooter for the wedding Laura Deas Espeut showed me a great tip. She had on her phone a collection of wedding photos like a Pinterest album and used this for ideas to help in a moment when you start to run dry. The second bonus is she can show people the concept so they can execute it a little better.
That is what we did for the first look photos.
I did find that this couple was great because they wanted more spontaneous moments rather than posed. This meant just getting them in good light where the background was good and then shooting.
We did a good number of posed shots because that is the only way to be sure you see everyone and get a good expression.
The cloud cover gave us pretty even light for all of the photos outside. It had just rained, so all the sidewalks were not bright. Like most movies and TV shows, they wet the pavement to keep it from being too bright.
My tip from this wedding is to create an album on your phone of photos you like to use with weddings to show your bride and groom on the wedding day when you are trying to get everyone excited about participating and making the photo work.