How do you plan a shot on Wedding Day? For me, it starts with two things. First one is saucing the area out usually for me the day before the wedding. This way, I can see the light of that day. See shade, see bright spots, see reflected light off of buildings and sidewalks and so on. The second, using the skills that I have practice. I never try something on a shoot that I have not practice.
The day I scouted at were this couple wanted photo’s of them was a history spot were they recreate what it was like in the older days. While I was walking around, I was taking notes of the area. I then walk in an area which was recently reconstructing the 1920”s I walked in this barbershop and met with the teacher talking about the shop and what it would be liked in the 1920s. I introduced myself and asked him if I could sit the wedding party in the chairs. He told me yes. With that in mind, I knew what I wanted to do.
Wedding day and time to put my plan that I had in my head to pictures. With a groom and two groomsmen, it filled the seat. Next was the lighting. The first thing I did is take what light was in the room and brought it way down so that it was just fill light. Next was to light the men. I would typically put my camera on a tripod, but the room was small, and this was a business for other guests to come in and out. I handheld the camera. Next, I showed one of the good friends of the couple getting married what I wanted. What I did was take a single light (Flash) and at about 3 feet away from there head. I wanted the light to light their upper body, including the face. This would be my main light. This is how it happened. I held the camera as still as I could. Told my temerity assistant to shine the light on the first groomsmen. Take a picture. Had her move to the groom, take a picture and then on the last groomsmen and take a picture. I knew this was going to be cool, but I am sure they had no idea what I was up to.
Time for Lightroom for most of my editing. Then into photoshop. I needed to make a composite to eliminate my temporary assistant and the flash. Did some overall correction and finally the dream picture that I had in my mind, A picture that took less than 3 minutes to do.
I love things when you can duplicate what you had in your mind, and this picture was exactly what I was thinking the day before. Because I practice this setup before, I knew what the outcome would be. Last, a picture that is different and will have memories.
Thank you to the staff and Sauder Village of Archbold, Ohio for there kind friendliness and help. Such a beautiful place and I hope to take pictures again for another wedding party here.