Okay, I'm finally done the wedding pictures ... just in time for my maternity shoot in 3 hours. I'm sure I'll go back and re-edit some of these. But for now, I am DONE!
Here's the link to the set on Flickr - there are some duplicates because of different edits. I edited over 200, I have 99 on Flickr. I'm sending disks to the moms of the bride and groom. The mom of the bride is my favorite cousin, and this is my gift to her, so to speak. She will probably never know the number of hours I put into this, but that's okay.
Okay, have to share a couple of things before you see the pictures.
1. My dad was looking at these on Friday (I wasn't done yet, but had about 2/3 of them complete). He said, "wow, these are so much better than my pictures!". Gee, Dad, really? I sure hope so. Ugh. He has a PnS and he doesn't even bother to focus. He pushes the shutter button and just hopes for the best. I love my dad, but I couldn't believe he said that. It was like he was surprised that mine were better.
2. The second shooter was amazing. He took the time to help me, especially with my speedlite. Everything I learned that day was due to him. I'll share the biggest tip - when shooting indoors with the speedlite (not sure if it's in all situations, but definitely applied to the church that day), set the ISO to 400, AP to 4-4.5, and SS to 1/30. Once I started doing that, my pictures really turned out amazing (provided my flash fired, but that's another story). At the reception, he suggested that I increase my SS to 1/15 because it was more dark - but that didn't help in most situations. I got a lot of OOF pictures when I did that. I think his flash was stronger than mine to freeze the motion.
3. The whole day was awesome. I mean, it didn't start out great. The fire alarm went off in our hotel at 5am ... caused by lightning hitting the building. It was pouring rain. It rained up until the wedding start time. We were supposed to do outside pictures before going to the church. But it all went fine despite the rain. I took a bunch of pictures in the hotel room ... where the lamp behind everyone made editing REALLY DIFFICULT! I'm interested in seeing the photographer's pictures from that set. Then after the wedding, I rode with the wedding party on the limo bus to a garden in St. Louis. It started sprinkling when we got there, but then cleared up for the pictures. The reception started 3 hours after the wedding, and I never got lunch with all of the photography going on. Totally worth it though!
Okay, that's more than enough rambling from me. I just had a great time, learned a lot, and am happy with my pictures. The photographer was nice, but there wasn't much time for me to do anything on my own with the bride. He took most of her time. I did get her to pose for me a few times without him around.
I'll number if you want to comment or offer any advice but I'm not posting settings for all of them.
1. At the rehearsal dinner
2. the dress
3. In the hotel room
4. I really wanted more light in her eyes, but she really didn't want to pose, so I took what I could get
5. The lamp was right behind them ... ay yi yi
6. The photographer didn't get this at all, lucky me! It's the father of the groom and his other son's wife
7. Brothers of the bride
8. I'll probably redo the PP on this one ...
Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Focal Length: 30 mm
ISO Speed: 400
9. Just love this one
10. I don't know if the photographer got this ... this is the groom wiping away his tears during his vows. No flash during the ceremony so I struggled with light.
11. Boys will be boys
12. DH thought I should delete this one. He didn't get it. I was thinking that she's looking towards her future ... how's the vignette?
14. How do you feel about the PP?
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Focal Length: 30 mm
ISO Speed: 200
15. A different crop ...
16. I did a lomo action on this for fun
17. Another funky action called "lovely and ethereal" - does it work?
Okay, I know that was a lot, but it was really hard to pick even that few to post. If you looked at them all, THANK YOU!