How to shoot: Getting Ready/ Hanging out
So welcome to the section on how to shoot getting ready before the wedding. So we're here. We have Kelsey, our makeup and hair artist with our bride and they are starting to work away at the makeup and the hair. Now we're gonna come up and normally I would introduce myself to the vendor. You don't wanna get into their uh face too much because she is working away. Um It's a good time to start to build that relationship and introduce yourself. Typically, this is also the first time you're going to see the bride on the day of the wedding. So it's a good thing to say, hello, let them know you're here. We're relaxed and we can start to take photos, but again, we don't wanna be too much in their face and uh affecting what they're doing. We don't wanna be an active participant in this. We're gonna step back and sort of do a photojournalist sort of view of what's happening. We wanna record the events of this in the morning versus posing anything and it's also a really good time to start to eas...
e into taking photos and having them get used to us being around. So let's go ahead and I'm gonna move around and see what angles I can find. I do like using a lot of foreground elements. And I also like using a lot of negative space where we're in a small space like this. It kind of adds the feel the goal here is to record what's going on, but also give it a feeling of, you know, fly on the wall, journalistic view. So let's go ahead and take some photos. So typically I'd say in most weddings, I end up showing up closer to when the hair is being done. We're a little bit early to this wedding, but this will give us an opportunity to take some photos of Kelsey as she's doing the hair makeup. This is such a good time to take the wedding dress, take the shoes, take the little details, take the bouquet and go shoot them in another room while this is going on. You can kind of go in and out of both, get stuff here, go get stuff there or if you have an assistant or a second shooter, that's also a great time for them to go off and shoot those things as well. So you can kind of be around, make sure the bride knows you're there and uh we're working away. Mhm Until like two hours before Heather's wedding. You have a very focused face, Kelsey, it's good. There you go. That sounds good. Pills. That's pills like c yeah, no matter what time of year. OK. So I actually something to keep an eye on is when people are laughing to make sure that you are ready to snap away. You can see these photos are like really natural. They're laughing, you know, just clearly being on your feet is a really important thing. And luckily I had my camera ready to go. I actually use my side camera and I keep it in black and white just because I love black and white, but it helps me see the contrast and the lighting in uh how it wraps around their faces. It's a really good way to test and see what you're doing. Obviously, my aesthetic is a little bit more black and white than most people. So that's probably why I like doing it. But look at these wonderful photos. They've got laughing, smiling good contrast like you're there in person. So I'm gonna go around them and see if I can get a long lens photo with my 70 at my 24 to 70 my 70 with my 24 to 70. It's a mouthful. Oh, that's not good. It's not you, it's me. So they're still doing some makeup. I'm going to go ahead and step away and this would be the time where I would go shoot some details of like I said, the dress, the shoes, the rings, I'm gonna actually go check in with the other partner in this couple and see how they're doing. If I don't have a second shooter, you have to know that you have to bounce between the two and hopefully that they're getting ready in the same area. If not, you figured that out beforehand. So I'm gonna come back, hopefully when they're doing hair or when the hair is, uh, ready to go because that's usually when we start doing a little bit more photos and once she's on to the hair is when things start to speed up a little bit, they're gonna start getting into dresses. They're gonna wanna take some photos with their bridesmaids. So, um, yeah, we'll be back when the hair is, uh, underway.