This post is more of a current events piece about what has been going on in my life and will happen in the near future.
It must be just the age, or one of those things of chance but this year I have a ton of weddings to go to; friends, family, and acquaintances, everyone is getting married! Things are getting so crazy with scheduling, traveling and planning. I can’t blame all my friends though I myself am less then year out from my own wedding.
I just got back from my sister Michele’s wedding down by South Lake Tahoe. It was great to see all my relatives! I, like a lot of people who love photography and take lots of pictures, got a text asking me to bring my camera, take some pictures. I thought to myself sure, no problem, I could take a few pics here or there just some snapshots. What ended up happening was quite a different story. I ended up shooting 90% of the wedding events. They only had a hired photographer for about an hour during the ceremony and formal shots, therefore there was no way they would have any shots getting ready, during toasts or even enough time for all of the portraits with extended family members (we have a big family). Therefore it was my job to take over and a great chance to experiment with some off camera flash.
I’ve always been a natural light kind of guy that made things work by using reflectors or whatnot. I just never had the excess cash to buy a flash. Recently I decided it was time to get one. The images I wanted to create just couldn’t be done easily with natural light. So I got a canon speedlite, some cheap wireless triggers to start with and away I went. Even though I’ve never owned flashes I have a pretty good idea on how they work and how to get different effects. I used to intern for my buddy Craig Mitchelldyer, who is awesome at using flash at weddings and events (better than just about anyone I’ve seen). Using my knowledge learned from working with Craig I did some very simple speedlite setups.
I’m really glad things happened the way they did at my sisters wedding. Even though it was a lot of work and a lot of time afterwards editing the images I ended up getting a lot out of the experience. I got some great shots of my family that I’m extremely happy with; got a really good sense on how to use flash to enhance my photography style, and got inspired for a few upcoming personal projects.
Next week off to Southern Oregon to attend my good friend Lucy’s wedding. I can’t wait! This time I will get a chance to relax more and shoot (A LOT) less.