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    Well despite being 30 weeks pregnant and the temp. in Dallas, Tx Saturday being above 100 with heat index of 107.. I surived this outdoor weddding.. barely. After the ceremony we were ALL running for water.. the guys were in suits and everyone was complaining of the heat. The location was beautiful and very simple but because of the heat and their press for time (they had a time limit on the location and had to be at the reception 30 min away by a certain time), they didn't want to do any "fun" or "formal" pictures.. so it was just the pre-wedding/getting ready, the ceremony, and the reception.. but I got a lot of good stuff I am pretty sure they will love. There was a beautiful lighthouse on the water and I really wanted to do a few with the bride and groom on it with the lake in the background (and setting sun.. really, it was perfect!) but they REALLY had to go.. so we got a cute one of them headed off on a boat (they drove around for a few while the guests left, had a bottle of champagne and then headed to the reception by car).

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    ok.. I took a variety of no flash with HIGH iso and some with flash and low iso at the reception.. i loved how the lighting looked without flash but I had to use a SUPER high iso from 1200 up to 3200 on some as it got later with a slower shutter speed... So this is my first attempt at doing that and playing with a noiseware to try to have a usable image... so here are a few that I was using no flash with a high iso and slow shutter speed and wide app!
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    this is their son, he was cracking me up with the mic.. i know I chopped his hand but it's in camera and I know she won't care about the hand chop b/c his face is just too cute.. i was fairly impressed with the quality of the image with the settings I was using! yay!
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    and this one.. this was their first dance, the sun was coming in BRIGHT and very patchy across the dance floor.. it was either REALLY bright or REALLY dark depending on where on the dance floor they were.. this is one where I was exposed for a darker area and he dipped her in the middle of the song, unexpectedly.. I almost missed it but took the shot really fast and just prayed I *might be able to have somethng usable.. the framing and exposure was not what I would have done if I had been expecting it but how is this for trying to salvage the dip? I think *they will like it even though technically, it's lacking in several areas.. her maid of honor saw it and LOVED it
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    I have since done a lot more that I love and just haven't posted them to flikr .. these are just the first few I pulled up to get an idea of how the set looked

    This is the wedding I did her bridals and wedding for $500 as my first "real" (someone I didn't know) gig!

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    for being a rushed situation, I think these are really nice!

    3. I know this must have been hard to meter for .. I think you should do some masking and lighten everyone on the boat while keeping the water the same. that's so cool that they departed on a boat!

    4. LOVE the comp on this one!

    6. adorable! but I'm thinking you should fix the WB so the blue cast is gone. I'm guessing it's from lights or something on him? but it would look better without it.

    7. this is really great, I love it and know they will too.
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    Thanks! The boat one I added the pioneer woman's sunshine and then did a gradient so that it was only on the top right and faded down.. I really love the sunshine effect when it's appropriate (like sun setting across a lake) but it is hard to get other shades right and I'm trying to learn to get both right! The whole wedding was really hard to meter for with BRIGHT 5pm sun (it was pretty much blaring on top of us from where we were) and a WHITE dress! I was so nervous b/c it's so far from where I live I had not seen the location so it was literally just walking blindly into a wedding! She wanted me to go to her aunts house before to do prewedding so I went there and we got to the wedding site about 20 min before the wedding and since it was JUST ME, I had to go and scope out where the ceremony was gonna be, get a very quick briefing on where they were going to be coming out of, and try to not miss some of the cute shots of her peakinig out the window looking out at the guest trying to keep from view (i'm gonna post that one in a few.. i'd like some cc on that one). I don't know how people do big weddings by themselves! There were times when I was in one spot trying to get a variety of shots and then missed something because I should have been on the opposite side (and it's not easy to move "un noticed" at 30 weeks pregnant, quickly). I missed the kiss from the front and I'm SO bummed about that.. i was behind them getting a great shot of them praying together and then before I knew it they were kissing and I was ina bad angle.. Like I said.. it's only my 2nd wedding to do..the other was a niece of my best friend and the ceremony was like an hour long so lots of time to try different angles and shots.. this one was like 15-20 min tops and I had about an hour total of shooting time (bout 15-20 min before and then a few rushed shots after).

    On the "blue" image.. The blue is what I like about it, personally. They had "disco" lights that kept changing colors and the color happened to be blue.. so it looks like it reallly did in "real life" which is WHY i took the shot b/c I thought it was cute.. little boy at a mic with disco lights. The flash version you can't see any of the disco colors or any other of the lights that were there. I guess that's just a personal taste though? I don't think it's a color balance thing b/c he was literally under BLUE lights.

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    1. very sweet shot. I love the soft feel to it (while being perfectly in focus)

    2. you might crop out the girl in red to our left. she grabs focus from the lovely bride.

    3. LOVE LOVE LOVE! that action worked GREAT here!

    4. this may be my favorite of the set! such a timeless moment. color, focus, exposure .. all look great. I think this is one for the portfolio.

    5. I like this one. wish the floor wasn't so cluttered, but still a great shot.

    6. i like the blue here. like you said, it's part of the environment of the shto and it works great here.

    7. great catch! the guy in the back is a little distracting, but otherwise a really nice grab! i personally wouldn't mind a tighter crop on the couple.

    weddings are HARD! which is why wedding photogs get paid so much. ;+) you've done a nice job and the couple is going to be THRILLED!

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    Thanks.. it's funny you mention the "clutter" on the floor. I considered trying to clean it up a little with some cloning BUT, then I thought it was a nice touch to keep in because of WHY it's cluttered. I know she will look at the "clutter" (which are flowers from her bouquet) and probably smile and remember that moment. They had just done the garter and the bouqet toss.. the ceiling was fairly low and she had to re-toss about 3 times b/c she kept hitting the ceiling and it would just go straight down..hehe.. so the bouquet got a little "wear and tear' so to say. Right after she was done a song came on and they started to dance so there was still the flower mess from the bouquet toss.. I like the fact that it appears they are alone, at the end of the night.. although they aren't.. it just happened that nobody was walking behind them (there was one guys leg in the shot but I cloned it out). So... with that being said and knowing "why" there is clutter on the floor.. would you still take it out??

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    I think even with the harsh sunlight you got some pretty amazing photos. I love the moments you caught in 1 and 4.

    6 is cute, but I might bring the blue down a tad. I know it's from the disco lights, but I think it makes him look a little alienish?

    GRAET catch in 7! I think it's very nice. It may not be an ideal comp, but I think you got something so nice.
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    wow you did great! i can't wait to see some more! a friend of mine is having a small wedding this summer and I told her I could photograph it but unofficially and for free for practice. weddings look hard to photograph! but i bet it is a nice challenge.


    #1 i like it! you did great with the lighting!

    #2 cute! like someone else mentioned i'd crop out the girl in red

    #3 nice shot... i'd also brighten them up a bit while keeping the rest the same

    #4 I really like this shot. the wrinkles in his suit bother me a bit but maybe that's the way she'll like it?

    #5 wouldn't change anything about this one!

    #6 real cute...wouldn't change it either.

    #7 i like it! but a tighter crop would be nice and then the guy in the background wouldn't be so distracting
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    #7 is already cropped a tad and I'm afraid if I crop it anymore than it will look oof or pixalated.. I'll give it a try and see how it looks.. you just know how some images when they are not exposed correctly don't look good if they are cropped down toooo much..kwim?? the "fixing" becomes way too obvious. I do agree about the guy but because of the window and other things around him I am afraid he would be too hard to clone out.. cloning isn't my "thang".. i can do it, but only on really easy things. I'll see what I can do and will post. I have a terrible cold/allergy something going on and it's kicking my butt being prego with the heat and chasing 4 kiddos.. I was doing really good with the editing but this is slowing me way down. Instead of editing during my youngest's naptime today, I laid down with the big ones while they watched a movie.. I just couldn't hold my eyes open b/c they were watering so much from the allergies/cold.. U G H! I really want to get this wedding done so i can do other things with the kiddos and getting stuff done around the house.

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    Here is the link to my flikr if anyone wanted to see some of the other ones I have posted.. this isn't all of them.. but a few I wanted to share with some of my photography friends

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    I hope you don't mind, but I did a quick curves play to pull out some of the blue on the little boy. I just wanted to see how it looked ... and I liked that some of the other colors from the other lights came out when I did that. Anyhow, it's private in flickr.

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