Last night I recorded this for Mallorie and Devin’s wedding. I chose this one because I shot it alone and I wanted to demonstrate how I light when I’m by myself and need to move around the entire room. I think I’ll bring Becca in on the next wedding show I do since she usually shoots with me. She’ll probably have some interesting insight.
Today I wanted to get into how our style has evolved and the choice I made between shooting with off-camera flash versus available light. Both types of shooting have advantages and disadvantages. I’ve seen some flat-out amazing photographers who shoot nothing but available light but that wasn’t the direction we decided to go and I wanted to talk about that.
Again, let me know if you have any suggestions. I have a few ideas for future episodes that I think you’ll like. Photographers, if you have any questions at all, just let me know.
On today’s episode I focus on a shoot we did for Roger Williams. This was a slightly larger shoot than we usually do, but I think preproduction saved our lives. We ended up doing 14 setups in under three hours. The only way we managed that was with tons of planning.
I seem to be landing at almost exactly 18 minutes on these. I’m trying to get that time down but there’s just so much I’m already not talking about. I’d love some feedback, good, bad or ugly. Let me know if I can help with anything.
I’m hoping other photographers can give me some feedback on if things like this are helpful or not. Like most things I’ve ever done, I come up with an idea I would have loved to see from others and thought I’d try it myself. The idea behind these episodes is to give an insight into what I’m thinking and how I work, for whatever that is worth. I’m trying to do a good balance of what I think worked on a shoot and what I would change up in hindsight. I’ll post up a few of these this week since I have a backlog of shoots I can use.
Rachel’s was a shoot with a great concept and a short time frame so I’m proud of what we accomplished. As you’ll see, there are a lot of small things I would definitely change about these pictures. Overall I’m proud of this shoot but wish I hadn’t let the time constraints distract me from noticing some little details.
Today we had an amazing time with the kids at the 1944 Close Combat Demonstration put on by the volunteers at the Texas Military Forces Museum. I’ve always been interested in World War II and read everything I can on it. To see the weapons and vehicles of the war in action was incredible. They taught about each weapon and what the war was like and then did a live demonstration of capturing a German strong point.
The kids harassed me for days wanting to know why the tank wouldn’t be firing. I explained that blanks for a tank were probably pretty pricey. Imagine our surprise when the tank fired off it’s main gun twice.
They are doing two more demonstrations on Sunday at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. I’d highly recommend taking the family out to Camp Mabry. Here are a few shots I grabbed while we were there. I wish you could see them on the big screen. Being able to shoot something like this is a great, but you miss so much detail unless you see the photos in large format.
These are a few favorites from this last weekend’s shoot with Roger Williams and his family. They opened their beautiful home to us to shoot in.
This turned into a very large project. We ended up doing 14 different setups in less than three hours. It was a crazy pace, but having four great subjects and two of the best assistants in the world made it flow very smoothly. We spent well over two hours in preproduction scouting and planning and it paid off huge dividends here. We had a master plan of exactly what shots we needed in which rooms along with all the lighting equipment we’d need for each setup.
I’ve been trying for three years to find a bride willing to use and abuse her dress after the wedding. Finally Rachel stepped up to the plate and hit it out of the park. We started at the Stephenville City Park for a few. She decided to give the slide a shot and went right off the end. Turns out wedding dresses are slick.
Then we headed out to this great little road where Rachel had seen a tree that had been cut down. It made the perfect setting for a shoot like this.
We finished up at the Erath County Volunteer Fire Department. Rachel’s husband Kevin is a firefighter there so she wanted some shots that would mean a lot to him.
Then we set up for the shot that we’d planned for weeks to get. To be honest, I still can’t believe we convinced Rachel to do this one. It was cold outside before we ever fired the water up. This is really one of those ideas better suited for a warm summer day, but we pulled it off anyway. Rachel was a trooper. And thanks to her mom for talking her into this in the first place.