Now that I'm fully back up and running with the new hard drive I am finally getting through all of my recent photo sessions.
A couple of months ago I was asked to come take pictures at an engagement party.
They won't be perfect, I told them. its at night in the middle of winter, I told them. Everything will be shot with a flash, I told them.
They were all fine with that and then.... they told me 'well the first hour of the party will be an engagement party and then we are getting married.
I freaked. Way too much responsibility for me. Night time is not my best time to photograph things. I told them to reconsider and get a professional but they still wanted me. I photographed their daughter about a year ago it was my first stranger(through a friend) shoot.
So last saturday was the night of the wedding. None of the guests knew it was a wedding so it was kinda good being privvy to the information. If I had of found out that night I would have had a panic attack.
So after that long winded explanation I thought I would share and get some opinions one the shots I have edited so far. I have over 400 to go through.
The major issue I was dealing with was available light. I had gone the night before to check out the lighting and the set up but the wedding they turned all the lights down low so I wasn't prepared for that. I made do but I think I am going to be more dissappointed than they will at the results. Oh and the people with phoe cams and point and shoots getting in my way... gee Cazz vent much!
the basic set up of the room
The 'engagement' cake ....... grooms mum made it. Now I would like some feedback here. it was on a table in front another table, the table at the back had cutlery and a bright yellow napkin and a window in the back. So lots of cloning here.... can you tell? would you clone out the lines between the tables?
One from the engagement party. This room was so dark this was the best I could do and had to convert to black and white to get it usable.
Down the isle. bridesmaid and their baby girl... very cute and stole the show when she was playing with the balloons during the service.
Someone stood in front of me just as I shot this so it was almost black. I had to edit in three layers to get it to this point. I am not happy with it but it was the only shot I had
Now for the engagement party the bride was in a beautiful electric blue dress that she borrowed from her sister. As far as the groom knew it was the dress she was getting married in but little did he know that she had bought a beautiful white dress and the first time he saw it was when she stepped into the isle. All eyes were on the bride.... except mine and the best mand because we knew the secret.
I captured his face when he first saw her and his best mans face too. I love this moment.
The dress is blown. Again it was the lighting and someone stepping in front of me at the worst time.
They laughed through their whole ceremony I reckon.
I've cloned out a lot in some of these photos where I could. reflections in the windows behind them especially
one of my faves.
I have heaps more to edit of course but I wanted to share and get some opinions.
Last edited by cazzoom; 06-15-2011 at 04:00 AM.
I can't see #1, #2, or the last one of these for some reason.
That cake is AWESOME!!! I like your editing - I wouldn't have guessed you did a lot of cloning. The seam doesn't bother me and as such, I wouldn't bother to do more cloning just to remove it. My eye is drawn to the top of the cake w/ the blinged out initials. Really lovely!
I'd like to see a tighter crop on the 2nd cake pic. All of that empty window space isn't really doing anything for me.
The engagement party pic is nice. The conversion works fairly well. However, you might add some light back to their eyes. If things get to grainy, you could run it through some noise reduction processing. I love the bride's smile. You can tell how happy they BOTH are here.
LOVE the pic of the best man watching the groom. Such a great moment. And one I'll bet he never forgets.
The blown dress doesn't bother me very much at all as I'm drawn to the bride's shining face. I like the conversion here.
Great job under the circumstances, Cazz!!! I admire you for getting out there and trying new things in new condtions. It's so easy to stick to subjects and situations with which we are familiar and comfortable. But this is how you learn.
Yes, there are 3 photos missing when I view them. But...I think you did great! I think low light is the most difficult thing to deal with for me, so in my opinion these are great!
I love the cake! Very classy and unique at the same time.
The bride looks so happy in all the pics, you really captured her emotion!
The black and white of the bride and groom is a little grainy, but still a great picture.
Nice job, I'd love to see the ones that are missing from the set, though.
~ Kaci, mama to 3 beautiful boys
and wife to 1 amazing man
You've got some good photos there. Looks like you captured the mood nicely! Are u from near Pakenham? That's kind of near my part of Victoria.
Great job, all things considered! You are SUPER brave!! And I would bet the bride and groom will love these!
I love the conversion of the bride and her father (?) walking her down the aisle! The blown dress doesn't bother me too much, because the look on her face is awesome!!
You really caught a lot of emotion in these, and given the lighting situation (along with people jumping in front of you!), I think you did great!!
Have you gotten around to editing anymore?
Yeah I did some of the reception last night. some good, some grainy
I'm hoping she wont be disapointed in me.
I'll post some more tonight for opinions