In early April I was fortunate enough to be offered the task of photographing my cousin Matt’s wedding to his lovely (new) wife, Kristy.
It was my second wedding shoot. My first was back in early 2009 when I photographed Tanya and Marvin’s wedding on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour, so it had been a while and I hadn’t done a whole lot of photography between then. Back then, I had my Canon 20D and borrowed my friend Humayun’s 24-105mm lens and 200mm lens.
This time around I had a Canon 40D and my own 24-105mm lens, and borrowed my friend Andrew’s 200mm f/2.8 lens. It’s a beautiful lens.. one day I shall own one!
Kristy and Matt decided to have the ceremony up at Crackneck Lookout at Bateau Bay, followed by some formal shots down at Bateau Bay Beach. I did some site reconnaissance using Jacob as my model and was happy that the location would provide some great spots for portrait photography.
The day itself was perfect for the wedding – bright sunshine, nice and warm, not too hot. Unfortunately there were no clouds in the sky, and having an open air wedding with no trees or clouds meant very bright light and harsh shadows which was difficult to get right for the shots of before, during and after the ceremony.
After the ceremony and group shots, we used the bush tracks around Crackneck Lookout to take some formal shots. The filtered light through the trees with the lovely green backdrop was perfect.
From there, we drove to Bateau Bay Beach. The harsh light (for me) and sand (for Kristy) meant we stayed on and around the stairs, rather than heading down onto the beach itself. The stairs were great though – more filtered light and excellent structure for the background.
Kristy wanted some shots with a jetty in the background, so next we drove to Long Jetty. The sunlight was still very bright, maybe an hour later would’ve been perfect, but we took some lovely shots on the Jetty and I used the light as best I could to take some different type of shots on and around the Jetty.
All in all it was a great day. I had a really great time and learnt heaps. Of course there’s things I’d do differently given a chance to do another wedding shoot.
I still need work ‘directing the models’ – that is, remembering to suggest different types of poses “look at each other”, “face this way”, etc. I also wish I’d used the 200mm lens more. Of course there’s lots of posed shots looking at the camera, but I also like some of the more candid ones which were taken when they weren’t posing or looking at the camera.
I ended up with hundreds of photos of course. 220-odd were given to Kristy and Matt and just some of my favourites are displayed below.
Thanks for looking!