Bride with Family & Bridesmaids
Good, good, good, good. You look amazing. (bride laughs)
[Mother-Of-The-Bride] Oh, wow, you look stunning.
Mom, what do you think?
[Mother-Of-The-Bride] Of course, I told her that.
Stay there, one more. Hold on let me adjust this. Okay, you can change. (mother laughs)
Let me see your face, that's it. Yes, perfect, beautiful. Okay, now, how we doing?
Yeah, I'm brain dead.
Tom? Tom over this way.
Stay here mom.
What side, sorry? That side--
This side. There, there, nice. Mom, more. Dad's closer again. Come on, happy, that's it, beautiful. Okay, now that's-- mom over.
Oh on this side here?
Okay, give your girl a big hug. Dani, bring your face forward. That's it. Tom, can you move more, that's it, closer. Closer, that's it. Perfect, head's closer.
Always look at Yervant's camera.
Yeah, that's nice. And that's closer again. Perfect. Put your head closer to him there.
There you go.
How many others? (guests chatter)
Put your hand down...
, put your hand down. That's it, perfect.
Closer, closer. Yeah, yeah, that's it. (shutter clicks)
Perfect, that's good. Okay, you saw how I was lighting the light. I selected the plain background next to the TV. And those hooks on there, there was a frame obviously. I asked them to remove the frame, but hooks I can move it in Photoshop. And sidelight coming. This is what you start getting, you know, just moments. Sometime you get more emotional, sometime you get-- but I don't push them. I don't want them to be-- You know, okay, give them a hug. If they go close, I capture it. If they don't go, you know-- That's a great picture with Mom. And then Father.
It's beautiful. Okay, TV is in the picture, let's try to-- Okay, Dani, relax your shoulders, relax. That's it. Okay girls, lean forward towards me, give her a hug-- (shutter clicks) Okay. (guests chatter) Okay, push it over it, push it over it. Tom, are we all late?
You're always run late.
How long will you take to get there? When do you want to leave?
About 40-45 minutes.
Okay, all right, let's do it. Dani, come forward, sweetheart. Come forward, that's it. Yeah, that's it.
Oh is it raining?
Yeah, okay. And lean forward towards me. Okay, look over there. That's it, that's nice. Dani, look here. Tilt. Lean forward. Taller, taller, stand tall. That's it. (guests chatter)
Nice sweetheart, that's great. And, yes.
Turn this way, Dani. And you lift your flower up and down, up and down, that's it, that's it. Another one, perfect. Another one, good. And, that's it. Bring your face forward, eyes, and that's great. And one more, lean forward toward me, Dani, beautiful. That's great, okay. Okay, let's do the staircase one. I missed that you see. Okay so same lights, same position, you know. Start to come, now the bridesmaids are ready. Then, interaction with Dani. You see, I had the vail in my hand. So it's right in front of my lens. So it puts a bit of dimension. And this screen is a little bit lighter here. So you see how I captured moments, beautiful moments? Now, I ask her to move, you see? Although you see on the video, that she's not there, but you look at the capture. I've got the best expressions out of her. You don't see that in the video. This is why photograph is different.
We have a question from online, Amber wants to know when to shoot what in order to keep things moving smoothly? Group shots, family shots, etc. How do you formulate a plan, or do you do that on the fly?
I usually do it on the fly. Usually parents, important pictures, grandparents, I try to do it first, so I don't miss it. Because it's human, you might forget. So I make sure traditional pictures are done before I can start to have fun. You see, I did the parents, then I moved into having fun with Dani, so capture. It's important to interact and get those pictures. She was not the Dani I knew on the day. She was too concerned how her wedding is conducting. Too much all over the place. This is the Dani I know. She gave me very little of this on the day. You could see on the video, but look, I got her. Look, you know, I did get those moments. It's important for me to achieve that.
One more question, Shannon asked, do you use spot-metering, center-weighted, or a different type of metering?
No metering, I'm using manual, M for manual. And I'm guessing the exposure for-- So basically like I said before, I take a shot closeup of the skin, make sure that the exposure is fine. Then zoom out. She's standing in the same spot. There's no change of light, unless the sun comes and goes, then I have to change. But when the light is the same, every click I do is gonna be exactly the same. So, I've done the-- So it's like having a light meter, measure the metering, then continue shooting.
Two questions, do you use the back focus in the camera?
No, no, I just always move the focusing points, the focusing point to the face. So I keep on, if you see my finger on the camera, I'm just moving the spot to where I want to focus. Continuously moving it. Canon tells me to use the back focus because it's better, but you know, I used to use manual cameras also, so focus, so I don't-- Everyone can adopt what's best for you. There's so many advanced systems in the cameras. Just do it what suits you. I'm happy also, although I'm not, if you have just an iPhone, you can do great pictures if you have the perfect light. So, there's so many ways of doing it, but do what's best for you.
And the other one, do you show the pictures in the back of the camera to the clients?
Every now and then, because the problem is I don't see closeup very well. I need glasses. And when I show the back of the camera to the bride, then she looks at me and says, "Yervant, that's not a good one." And then I see it's out of focus. So, I tend not, unless Dani is next to me, and Dani, "Is it good, can I show them?" Sometimes you have an out-of-focus picture or movement, and it looks good far away, the little one, but when you have good eyes, you might see that it's not sharp.
One more question and then we'll--
Yeah, go ahead, go ahead.
Phil asks, how do you make sure you have enough time to get the photos? Can you talk a bit about scheduling and dealing with other suppliers, their timetables, during the wedding.
Yeah, yeah, suppliers. You see, I gave an hour and a half for all the shoot. So that's a very little time. An hour and a half is a normal timing we make. Usually, I give one hour, plus the extra half. So, an hour and a half, I do all the shoot. I work with the video guys quite closely. Although, we don't have our own video guy, but I know every video guy. I communicate with them. Guys, what you want me to do? If you want me to stop, because I move quicker, so if you want me to stop, tell me where to stop. Some video guys say, "I loved it" because you're creating the movement, and I'm shooting behind you. Some want to do the same thing repeating. It's up to them, but I communicate with them. Other than that, if we organize well, it's us and the video guys.
There's no other supplier. If there is, we kick them out of the door. (audience laughs) Photographers first.
Okay, photographers first.
Perfect. You see sunlight, you see, the light is coming a little bit from the low angle. It's a door light. If you see the catch light is low, but it's quite complimenting her face, and it's beautiful. So most probably, I'll have hundreds of shots in that location because she did so many movements. So, there's no point in showing you all of that, but we'll see the album with more images later on.