Spring has finally arrived for the year 2018 and with it the busy wedding season. As we prepare for the upcoming events I like to think back on the weddings we worked on the year before.
One of the last weddings we shot in 2017 was Laura and Eljon's wedding at the end of summer. This particular wedding was photographed by Elvin Tacdeo and Zach Spinner, and filmed by Patrick while Kat and myself were at another wedding working as well.
Even though I didn't film Laura and Eljon's wedding, I did do the editing. It's a little difficult editing a wedding that you didn't shoot. Not being present at an event, you miss out on the overall atmosphere and the vibe of the wedding couple.
For some reason, it wasn't the case with this one.
As I reviewed the footage that Patrick had filmed, I felt like I knew what the couple liked. The color scheme as well as the location gave me great insight to what kind of vibe their wedding had.
Once I felt that, I was excited to edit their video.
The crowd was one of the most fun I've seen. Their guests interacting with the man behind the camera truly made you feel like you were part of the party and not just there filming. Remember, I did not film this wedding and I got this vibe just by watching the footage.
The bride and groom truly had a great time belting out their favorite songs and guests playing air guitar just getting lost in the music. It's moments like these that remind me why shooting weddings is an honor. You get to capture things that may be forgotten due to the fast paced nature of a wedding, or due to drinking too much :)
This reminder is what gets me amped up for this year's events. Every year we shoot. We work. We get tired. Then we rest at the end of the season. The cycle repeats, but the experience is different. So here's to a successful 2018 wedding season!
Every year I always like to challenge myself by learning something new or taking what I already know to the next level. I've been seeing a lot of these Master Class commercials of professionals such as Stephen Curry, Christina Aguilera and even Gordon Ramsay, to name a few, teaching and giving lessons to what they do best. Super cool! I was drawn in when I saw a clip of Annie Leibovitz teaching and describing how even in the most set up scenes there's always something going on. For years I've always been so intrigued by her work, how she made portraits look and feel like a romantic renaissance painting.
As much as I really want to take her online classes, I don't have the budget but it's okay, I have the rest of my life to figure out her style! Or at least until I can afford to start taking her classes. Anyway, I found a youtube video of a photographer breaking down her technique so I've been practicing ever since. I don't think I'm anywhere close but it's a start and it's a new technique I'm glad I'm learning! I probably have to start playing around with my light set up now! Well, till then, here are some before and afters from photo's I've previously taken so you can see my progress, enjoy!