It had been months since I had met with Betty + Johnny. Truth be told, when I was waiting at Centennial Park, I could not remember how they looked. I know this sounds horrible but I have met countless couples over the past 3 years. It is very hard to keep track of which face goes with which name …
For most marrying couples, a professional portrait session is a daunting event. I always tell them that the first 15-minutes is the most awkward experience ever. And for most first 15-minutes, this fact holds true.
The role of your photographer is not to only take nice compositions, work with the light, and press a few buttons here and there. The role of your photographer is to make you feel at ease. When you’re feeling tense, it shows in the photos. When you’re feeling anxious, it shows in the photos. When you’re having fun, you can bet your left arm that it will show in the photos. The rapport that you have with your photographer is the key ingredient to having (a) a good time and (b) getting awesome results.
It was to be a very short portrait session. Scheduled at 7pm to take full advantage of the golden sunlight of Sydney’s summer, my aim was to get a few photos of Betty + Johnny for them to use as a save-the-date placeholder. We were in-and-out within 40-minutes. It was probably my quickest session yet.
The following gives you some insight into how I work. Photo credit goes to our newest recruit, Ryan.
I use a Lowepro Pro Roller Lite 250 AW on almost all photography assignments. Ever since my first Think Tank roller bag, I have not turned back. They make logistics soooo much easier and no strain on your back/neck. I brought along with me a Sigma 85/1.4, EF135L, EF24-70L, EF50/1.4, 5D3, Phottix Strato trigger/receiver set, and a few strobes. I ended up using only one lens: the 50mm.
Ryan shot with a 5D3 with a Sigma 35/1.4 attached.
A modified Fuji 400+ vscoFILM preset was used to edit these images in Lightroom 5.