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Lesson 17 of 32

Shooting the Details


Wedding Photography

Lesson 17 of 32

Shooting the Details


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Shooting the Details

I'm quickly switching to the twenty four what's wrong craig what did you say she's special she's no this is it oh okay okay internet okay internet this wasn't in firing I had to sign for emergency case situations while I was in the ceremony don't hate it's called preparedness I'm actually putting on the twenty four because I want to get a wide room shot before all the guests are coming in danielle is keeping all the guests in the side but I don't know how long we can keep them at bay I'm not oppressing again what is going on with me okay I'm gonna take a little breather danielle is lighting all the candles I will start shooting individual details as best as I can I will switch to the fifty millimeter because that's what I'll shoot with little switch twenty four when she gives me the go way make adjustments as I see fit yes anything with your hands yes please just that just a seventy two hundred I'm shooting at a two point oh one twenty fifth two hundred so I'm shooting with the temple ...

numbers and then without the table numbers and there was a ton of people in the back row and I'm gonna do my best to avoid the people but sometimes you just can't get away with it especially given the situation so I will do the best that I can I noticed there's theo boxes in the menu I will try to sal eyes again to the best I can I'm looking for a natural light coming in from the side I'm still my settings are still the same because my light source and the ambient light hasn't changed so I'm getting the menu and the centerpieces and that will just get the menu way I know that I have the shot and so I just got this thing I think I just look so cool I see all the gold napkins against the blue I kind of just love that stuff I love and even that was aside my settings again are still gonna be the same to point out one twentieth of a second two hundred eyes so people are in the background probably not the optimal situations but you gotta take what it's gonna give me so I know I need to get a theo chocolate factory box that's a huge part of their day so I'm gonna instead of shooting it down which causes shadows I put the box this way I'll shoot down toward it and I'll be getting this natural light from the side that eliminated just the way I want it with flowers in the background I'm ready when you're ready that's always the answer that a coordinator wants to hear any time she's asking you for an opinion just say you make the decision and then I just work around her it's not my job to keep the horse organized the way that she wants organized so what doesn't make her job easier that's what I'll do woman issue as much as possible until people get the room I'm gonna go to the twenty four get a wide shot of the room I mean immediately go back to the fifty and get as many details as I can before people come in from cocktail hour huh wow wait yeah if you could set it up that would be awesome but I don't think I'm gonna need it right now because the lighting is just so funky and so in different ways okay so how I decided I went on I went to so many different corners of the room but the light is so kind of funky and crazy in here so I'm going to use a twenty four to get all room shot but I tried it pick up as much as the natural light as possible as well as still pick up the mic I'll give you my settings as soon as possible so basically this is the shot that the coordinator wants and can use to the best of her ability yeah so we have a lot of the video license stuff in the background there's nothing that I could really do about that but basically the cracks of what we want to do is just get an entire vibe of the room on um what's so quiet you know I hate the pressure's on so what I'm getting now is just a bit of the cake in the right margin and just a bit of a cocktail hour in the left margin and all the tables leading up I have the room shot I'm good to go on that respect I just need maybe five more minutes for details and then I'm good to go great thank you okay so judy do want to start firing off um yes please okay so now that he have the centerpieces all this centerpiece lucky for us all the centerpieces are the scene so my concern isn't shooting three or four different centerpieces all the centerpiece is the same if I feel like I have ah good but but todd going off if I feel like I have a good photograph of one centerpiece I'm safe because all the centerpieces of the same I feel like I have one so now my focus is gonna be on the sweetheart table and I always will be better if I shoot in this direction I get the chocolate that in the background so I'm not gonna want that I'm gonna flip to this side pick up the light that's coming both from the side windows in some video light I'm gonna remove things on the table like keys and wallets and purses anything that's gonna detract from the photograph that there many will hear me we'll go here again just picking taking the little extra time to style eyes the table we'll pay off in dividends later my god I feel like I'm so stressed out okay here you go and I notice that they're signing just too so I don't have to get that individually so I'm going to shoot this at a one point to my eyesight was three twenty room is rather dark okay good but I'm still able to pick up a little bit of the window light behind there so I noticed that my light source right now is coming from this direction so I want to shoot it this way so that I don't stand in the direction of the light me shooting this at one point too because I do distinctly want a fall off in the background because we have a lot of of floor exposed and wiring and I don't want you to show up there's yellow patches along the floor to from all the chords I want to stay away from the yellow because that will be in midi eyesore later on azem editing great side the bride sign ege now it's time for me to get the groom senate I need to figure out where my light source is two best achieve a similar look in case I want to put these in case that gloria decides to have an album and images that she chooses for the album to wants to have the chairs next each other I want to make sure that the lighting is somewhat similar and again there's yellow patches in the floor so I want to stay away from the yellow right oh my god I just change because it's darker on this side of five hundred one twentieth of a second and one point to you oh good okay so I'm okay with what I'm getting you know the angles are slightly different but I have to be okay with that given the lighting circumstances great perfect case I have that so all I'm doing now is looking for better light and something I might have had before so what I'm picking up right here is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous natural light again here's a natural flutter off the floor bouncing up into the table not having to worry about any lights coming from above we should visit a one point to you I saw three twenty I think actually yeah I was really wrong don't listen to those okay great so I'm shooting this at a one point to you I said two hundred thinking already been asked but yeah because have been next sweets on this I'll be the saviour today all right all right okay so what I just heard right now is j t talking to the bride and her bridesmaids and he asked them does anybody need water to me that makes me feel so happy to know that my second shooter cares about photos yes but he cares more about the experience for the bride and her bridesmaids better their experience becomes having amenities such as water and steady just catering to them the better my photos look later on they associate the emotions with the experience with the final product trust me I speak first as a bride then it's a photographer so double props for my second shooter and no you get him there's another one coming you want like okay now that I feel like I have all the shots that I need I'm gonna take a step back I'm gonna bring I'm gonna see if I could see anything else differently oh and one thing teo since jd is actually taking care of them I know that because we have a third shooter because of the grandeur of the shoot that third shooter's actually shooting cocteau our getting candids of guests as they're drinking which has been benefits of writing group if it wasn't the case jd would likely be out with the guest shooting cocktail hour no way because the compass has seen that kind of static angle the flowers out so then I'm picking up that natural reflected light but also able to put over the ambient light of the candles in the background way yes that's perfect we're good thank yu kate oh there's a girl holding some lemonade hold on baby hold on her I want her I'm sorry can I bother you for a sec sorry let me perfect thank you so much oh these are beautiful perfect so I'm shooting this at a one point to these air clearly specialty drinks and these look these make such cool little photos later wow so pretty thank you so much appreciate it okay so I see that um where my tio don you there ok cool so I got a shot of the specialty drinks that happened really fast who am I talking to nobody okay we got a shot at the specialty drinks I see that theo is checked is setting up a chocolate bar fio is amazing everything they have done has been truly amazing so I'm gonna make sure and try to get as many chocolate shots as possible it's not set up yet and I know that yes you're coming in my top party or to get those photos before guests touch them because I want a nice clean shot that works very well for editorial so now I feel like I have a what a what I need and it's gonna be important for me to get another theo detail shots we're gonna grab this box just to ensure that I'm on the safe side oh thank you thank you so much see with the team like this how could I how could I fail thanks for having me back so when I'm screwing it is what I showed everyone in class a couple days ago this is my camera rig jd sets up my off camera flash before guests come in I don't know if I'll need to use off camera flash but again this is just for preparedness says david j I know that you were talking trash about me keeping my flash on the whole time it's called being prepared homie being prepared okay so I'll stylized the shot a little bit lucky for us we have an orchid so why not he began style it a bit I'm gonna go to a two point oh I said two hundred on one hundred great that's it we'll move everything back to where it wes the coordinator doesn't get mad at least close to it and put back to theo box work belongs billy how you doing homie good you just standing there looking good oh yeah that's what you d'oh cool whoa mama bouma you like good I love you're actually gonna get a shot of you billy cool actually right over here would be awesome so again the room's empty it's never gonna look like this uh yeah um laura had a hair transformation we have this nice ambient lighting we also have video lights that I'm not usually normally used to but why not why not just sauce it up I mean people will be in the background that's not my concern this picture wasn't even the tears let's begin with back up just a bit out of my fifty two point out two hundred one hundred shutter speed this is them just looking at their perception sight wait beautiful there's a video light in the background I don't care because they just really can you put your arm around her waist bring her in tight bring her in nice and tight laura eyes here both of you guys uh beautiful thank you guys okay here good good all even alone for some private time I noticed that theo thank you guys thank you thank you uh you need anything you know I'm good yeah thank you I notice that theo has one plate set up I was auctioning the one point and then work my way down she did it to point out I saw one sixteen start off at a hundredth of a second way above and I sort of two fifty because it's a lot of dark awful in taking up composing a lot of pictures I'm sorry to have you back up just a bit who's so sorry smooth so any time there's this is b o basil would incorporate it but I'm going to take away the tongs because these tongues aren't specialty tongs and they're not even nice pigmented picture because it cheapens the picture but I have this pretty side age on this ship down on it way to go three twenty s o and you can tell that I'm gonna have to nip it in the light a lot more because the sun is setting wait so what I just did it was trying to sign it towards my light source they can come and make your grand and I'm getting all that gets you so again I'm gonna remove the tongues from the picture because the times chief in the picture I'm talking about where they were I'm gonna turn the signing back towards my light source removed the tongs tongs stephen the picture I'm gonna shoot with the focal point on the sign in jj this one is particularly its basil chocolate so I make sure that the basil isn't western clothe back where they belong hard smooth okay I will go and so about my lenses I will get new cards and I will prepare for the grand entrance no probably get a glass of water and a breather so if you want to be careful that's totally cool to be right back eyes how are you I'm gonna sneak back here sorry get some cards wait hee hee look over gave me yeah but you're a beautiful crier lawyer laura like when I cry like yeah I get this and you crying with dignity you cry like you're hot you're like it's true you will have to get this through oh I totally didn't even notice I know what's up with that I didn't even know I shot with your eyes open really that's so creepy I'm like hating on you for it and then I do the same thing okay that really if you want I always think the writing room make up the rules but daniella said she's getting your bridal party and bringing them here um along the side and setting them up for grand entrance so she said if you wanted to oh great whatever you want I'll get a shot of it legal illegal mining forgot there was a god can you believe it always stays that ring so here's the cool there's this big white thing right here I'm just gonna bounce flash from the side way I'm taking but definitely doable it's a nice little bounce like want to see that okay they're okay so what I did was simply turn my flashlight left and there's just a white board along the side so I fou fou the flash from the right way sorry but you're sorry okay okay wait now that I know that they know that I have the shot no good if it can then move on from when I was originally doing which was reloading my bag with fresh cards getting a new battery for my camera on just taking a little bit of a breather but clearly this really does not exist on the wedding day so wait no way absolutely I would do that right now let me get my camera just in case anything but I will tell you right now okay so what just happened was laura actually wants to engage with their guests are in cups flour so she asked me to go find daniella and explained to sue him she wants the grounds and alice my need to one and all it's that daniela and then tell jd and tell the third shooter nate lord has requested that we that she'd be in her and really be announced gonna be announced right now which is not really on the schedule but just for you to be prepared and if you could see if you could tell jd you can see him and I'm gonna find daniella okay thank you I have to do with that accent so my gosh uh lauren billy one of the intense okay already I'm ready daniel how are they being announced where are they coming from out there right there okay great they're coming at the right here so my concern is to find a t but I have nate here you just you stay right there I know that nate has my back I can't find a so I'm gonna focus and get my camera settings where they need to be and hopefully jenny will come in for then test shots of genealogy come down it's a little hot soul make adjustments on then I'm I'm not that concerned because I know that I could probably do the grand entrance on my own I'm okay with that but knowing that nate has my back to I prefer jd because I know what style and I know his eye but not just that about it there you are man of the hour baby it's okay they're gonna do their grand entrance right about here nate is over there if you can hit me right here I'll get them coming down right there so just test shots so you'll be there for the grand entrance okay so we're just tonight and they're gonna announce right now did he you know what this is killing me there there there there okay so I just went and close that because you could still see a lot of stuff in the background and that's what usually judea and do well before the right entrance will stand in the position in which the bride and groom will come and enter just so that we know our camera readings are where we want them to be my talking too fast I feel like I'm talking in tongues I'm not even lying okay come down wait wait I have enough shots of father daughter that I feel good with I know j t has my back so I'm just a little around the room to get just reactionary shot so like no mom working on what's happened really good because she was drying her tears aboutthe mother son so mama come on out wait wait ah how do you not like a guy like billy any guy right after his mother's sundance instead of going to his guest goes over in the van is a thank you he's like a just a class act like I love this guy and I always will sola hated working people exactly like that he's he's a total gym lorries very lucky to have him and it just makes me so happy to be here it makes you want to do a better job like when there's nice like that it's like saying I want to do an extra good job for people like that way that way nate nate works there right now and I'm hoping that they're getting on and be in charge of guest hanging out feeling way so what dinner looks like dinner is going to be your family style I've never experienced a family style dinner basically the caterer history and large plate of salad for the first course and then hasta and meats and there will be placed in the center of the table army passed around I think that minimizes the time that I have to work on the slide show anything like that so I know that against being welding cara and photographed by both nate and jd so I'm gonna take a step back and I'm probably gonna start on this light show which will totally be so boring for anybody who's watching so maybe the camera wants apology your name it doesn't matter to me I will be offended if you guys stop blowing the cameras I'm telling you right now I totally won't use me use me sorry way I'm gonna go see if I could start the slide show just can't be in shock yes canon yeah make them look like they belong in a magazine so they're good thank you nate I'm sorry for head thank you all right are you okay got it isn't saying but you know what that phrase is gonna like you now today yeah there's so much of it did didn't it so amazing I feel very lucky sir thank you so much thank you see what everybody's nice e have to say that I feel like I can breathe don't let me talk to much as I probably will start crying I'm not even like this would have been so overwhelming but way have gone through all the formalities the first and the parent dance ceremony now it's push now it's breathing time so it sounds like stop talking why am I still talking I'm annoying myself okay we're done we're totally done my mike so they terrify mike okay but what of you three would that be all right because we're on the wedding party left to get some photos yet come on in man all right wait thank you very much okay great hey guys how are you gonna get a quick photo all right all right well I'll do three and then I'll get one of them but let's hope that's all right you know what I'm gonna actually turned you guys a round of light well wait guys thank you very much thank you teo like you big ignoring my camera that whole day and I was just like you you don't need to ignore my you guys have a great smiles the bride wants to see all the guests seen waiting tables so you are okay you know I'm gonna just put it here for a second and we get a photo and then I'm gonna pick it up take it all right thank you that's a beautiful shot thanks for that thank you thank you you all right I don't know anything but I have no idea what to do wear your congratulations thank you no problem trying to wake you all right so talk here so I just keep okay sounds good okay right now what jasmine likes me to do is pretty much shoot as many candidates as possible uh most of the time this suit is actually from I believe don't think sprout no it's not it's not it's not expressed you know does it look team I want to buy it well I'm gonna let you know in a secret this is actually from zara on that's and that's for everybody you know I was not american it is a european guy but you know I just I went when I'm weddings I want to feel comfortable have something it does it does it does thank you very much way guys you know what this seems like the lively group I want to get a photo of you guys wait ladies and gentlemen thank you well thank you guys you guys I know I've been shooting you guy guys quite a bit today but I think I'm gonna continue doing that because like my camera my camera loves you oh all right you two get a photo I'm gonna do individuals I get one of you just kind of opening that box is that all right that's great thank you very much can I get one of you also actually you know with the way you had your hand right now and that was great you look great thank you very much I can tell you that one time all right all right uh right now I'm actually still taking candids um it's it's kind of like a mixed right now between a cocktail hour people are kind of finding their seats but it's actually great because the cocktail hour was outside so we've got to get some outdoor shots and now since it's in here we get to incorporate some of the some of the things that are going on inside the room getting getting mohr good shots and also also some headshots but candid shots are great because jasmine is that something that jasmine doesn't always get to get you know she's usually focus on the bride and groom um and they're more way more specific shots so candid shots are great for editorial pieces or just a lot of other things that doesn't usually get requests score so that's what I'm doing right now I'm gonna keep on taking a suit for another maybe ten minutes and then I'll go on and see what does it means that that way how about you guys maybe you having a good time yeah you know let me get a picture of you guys is it where is where the rest of you guys just you know what the two of you are fine yeah way studds who's the great golfer here you the great golfer was our sarcasm great golfer oh no no no the really great golfers it's just a dog yeah okay I'm the one so bad that I get trapped you know you're the bad one way should play together man because I am terrible times in my life go ahead alright he's gonna get a photo of you now tonto all right you guys go with the theme of this wedding just match so well here we planned that way thank you for the photo booth get some photos of just the musicians playing so that we could get some mementos wait all right wait lawrence norris is on camera three ok so pretty much covered a lot of the room now um now I'm just gonna come down a little just relax walk around see if I see anything that is kind of spontaneous happening on just that way ah you like the camera don't you she likes taking pictures thank you thank you yeah right now is wait all right so now it's uh there's not too much going on nothing too exciting uh so now that most of the close to the candles have been taken you know there's there's three photographers today so we've got a good number of shots of a cocktail hour people hanging out

Class Description

What’s the best way to learn about wedding photography? Talk to a successful wedding photographer, of course. Even better? Go with her on a live wedding shoot! This extraordinary CreativeLive experience gives you a first-hand look at what it takes to shoot a wedding, from the morning bridal party prep to the actual wedding service to the reception toasts.

Celebrated photographer Jasmine Star begins by telling her personal story of how she built her business from the ground up. She covers everything from equipment to pricing to marketing. According to Jasmine, the key to a successful wedding photography business is to build a unique brand that highlights your personality, strengths and talents.

You’ll then accompany Jasmine and her team as she shoots the real-life wedding of Laura and Billy, who graciously allowed CreativeLive to share their experience with the world. Jasmine will demonstrate how she gets the most creative, most meaningful wedding photos that will be treasured by the happy couple for the rest of their lives.  

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Build your wedding photography business from the beginning.

  • Market your business with websites, social media and blogging.

  • Create a unique brand and identify your target audience.

  • Rely less on fancy gear and more on your personality and talents.

  • Connect with your clients and build trust.

  • Use second shooters to help out on the big day.

  • Shoot a real wedding from start to finish.

  • Get the right lighting and pose your subjects.


a Creativelive Student

This is an amazing event to be involved in - and I feel as if I was involved all the way in Switzerland! Jasmine Star is so natural and genuine in front of the camera that she makes you feel as if you are her best friend. Seeing her shoot, watching the way that she uses the natural light and being walked through the problems you might encounter is invaluable. Even if you are not interested in photography or weddings, her business advice is spot on. Creative Live and Jasmine did an amazing job and I am so glad I bought the course. To be able to go back to a video and see how something was done, again and again is well worth the price. I'm also exciting to be contributing to new workshops for 2011 - can't wait to see what you guys come up with! It's true that some of the footage has yet to come through (would love to see the bridal prep stuff!) but it was so exciting to see the new footage of Laura and Billy outside, I think it will be worth the wait. Buy this course and be truly inspired! Emma Godfrey

a Creativelive Student

I watched this live back in August 2010 and since the first day it was on my list to buy. Finally bought it as part of the end of year pack in December 2010 and only just got around to watching the full five days. I'm not a wedding photographer, nor do I have plans to become one any time soon. I was interested in this course because of the business sessions on marketing, branding and so on. If you're interested in becoming a wedding photographer this is a must buy no question. If, like me, you're only interested in the business sections this is a valuable course, but there is a better option available from CreativeLIVE. The new 'Building your Wedding Photography Business' course by Jasmine consolidates all this business information from this course into a two day course. Another good addition to your to buy list should be Children's Portrait Photography with Tamara Lackey. This has by far the best business section of any of the CreativeLIVE courses. Combined these two courses and you will be set up and profitable in no time. Back to this wedding course. As others have said there are audio issues here and there but they are at worst annoying and don't really effect the overall experience. I think you can see from the course content if you are an aspiring wedding photographer this is the course for you. Five days of content from an award winning wedding photographer. As I'm not a wedding photographer I can't really add much more. I just wanted to say it's a great course. Fun to watch. Invaluable information. I really appreciate CreativeLIVE being here to offer these courses. Thanks guys!

a Creativelive Student

Jasmine is an amazing educator, who really gave it her all in this stellar course! Love how detailed her instructions were - down to such nuances as the bride's shoulder position! Big thanks to Jasmine and creativeLIVE for bringing this wealth of information to the community. Totally worth the buy! I can appreciate how grassroots and "live taping" the filming approach is, but I think I wouldn't mind giving most of that flavor up in favor of a more edited version :) You know - cut out the bits where the camera is just recording black and the pieces missing audio. And where is this missing footage promised from the guy you can see taping Jasmine from across the street?? Anyway, amazing course, and hopefully you guys can figure out the video/audio/mic stuff so that it doesn't get in the way of absorbing all this amazing content.

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