Wedding photography in Pittsburgh, is always a little bit risky. Especially in March and April. One day you can have rain, the next day sun. The following day snow. Its a beautiful time of year for weddings, but it does carry a bit of risk.
I was sitting at home editing. I was pushing hard because I had to meet up with David Burke to drop off a light stand that I had borrowed. Right as I was preparing to leave, the phone rings and he asks if I want to shoot with him. It just so happens that we had just been talking about shooting as much as possible, while staying focused on a story. This is harder than it sounds. Your wedding day is a fantastic story. Its about families coming together, often meeting for the first time, its about friends becoming husband and wife, dancing, and commitment. With that in mind, how could I say no?
Often times, wedding photography is lots of beautiful portraits, photos of details, and a few moments filled in with snapshots. When you focus on telling a story, you have to find ways of showing the moments, capturing the laughter and tears, while still including the guests. Its harder than it sounds. As a storyteller, I have to be better than snap shots. At the end of the day, a wedding should be able to be told through 50-100 images, and nothing should be left out.
Each day I shoot, its pushing closer to that. Editing becomes harder, as I hold myself to higher standards, and as a documentary wedding photographer, I have to work as hard as possible, because at the end of the day, the portraits are nice, but the story is your true legacy.
Last year I had the pleasure to photograph Jahmar and Mindy’s beautiful wedding as a second photog for David Burke. The day was a blast, and we got some amazing photos, but one of the things that I loved, was setting up a photo booth at the reception, and being able to have everyone coming through for portraits.
This is a great way to get group portraits of friends and family, while still keeping your traditional portrait session to a manageable time, and letting guests come when they are ready. Props can be used, or not, depending on your preference, and all that is needed is a 12ftx12 space near a wall and outlet. This photo booth style is awesome because you have a photographer actually manning it, and it doesnt take much time to set up.
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Im working on this whole editing thing, but it seems like every hour I spend in Premiere Pro, gets me a little more comfortable. Still need to pick up Plural Eyes for syncing, because it is a whole lot easier than syncing by hand with the SLR’s but we do what we can.
Cory and Daniela had a wonderful wedding on a beautiful September day in Pittsburgh. They are such a cool couple, and they pulled off a great wedding just weeks after Cory opened the new Dante Salon in Shadyside! Congratulations on your wedding and your opening! Check out Dante Salon if you need a cut or color. Alisa Garin was along for the day to help me out. Check out her work.
Here are some of my favorite moments from the day.