Wedding Photography Weekend

Lesson 11 of 49

Shoot: Groom Getting Ready


Wedding Photography Weekend

Lesson 11 of 49

Shoot: Groom Getting Ready


Lesson Info

Shoot: Groom Getting Ready

it's a margaret for the day is cory let's get a little more distance we're gonna shoot maybe I'll need my eighty five to get a little closer I think so let's go with eighty five so are super rock star room when judy and I are shooting photos of the groom we don't need four hundred eighty seven images of a groom getting ready we need enough for about a spread or two in a book that's it which means some details of his coat details of his shoes you know anything unique to him I always ask the groom to is there something that you brought that you're wearing that's unique sometimes they have cuff links that they specially bought that means something or something like that's all photograph those things if the guys are actually cool and hanging out and smiling all snap candids of that but sometimes guys air just complete politely not really doing anything so I'll just grab a few shots of them hanging out and then I'll try to get the groom alone if I can in great window light somewhere to grab...

a few images of him and all I really want I dont tell him hey will you put your pants on and let me grab some photos because the groom is a I panicked you know he's like oh my gosh what do you want to take pictures up so I'm like all I really need is when you're getting your tie and your jacket on I just need a few shots of that that's all that really he's like all cool so I'll grab his coat I'll grab his shoes photograph those separately then I'm like hey when you throw your coat on and your tie can you do it right here and maybe his dad's with him or maybe he's by himself or maybe it's the best man or groomsmen so this is kind of what I'll do and we'll sort of do this with our stand in groom for the day so if you don't mind pull your coat off really fast and we're gonna kind of fake it so I'll show you what I do and I picked this spy we actually these really cool kind of frame behind him which I like this is really cool and that we have some decent light right here so if I put him right here and I sheep from back there and I sort of put him on this third and frame the rest of it back this way it's gonna look great so what I'm gonna have to it's actually steal your coat really fast hang it right there don't have you stand right on that square right there and all I want you to do this sort of ship this way just a touch and then turn towards the light just a little bit you know I'm gonna have you do is sort of like loosen your tie a little bit man adjusted back up I'm going to do first I don't have a ton of slack here which is all right because I got my eighty five on give me one second against get set and actually turn a little more to me and then just look out the window a little more yeah dude rock star so now when he's kind adjusting his tie looking amazing as he does boom I can get a really cool image of him and this is great because it gives the groom something tio dio guys often just freeze up and they're like oh yeah I put my hands in my pocket but it's like I go ahead and loosen your tie and just loosen it back up again and then as axe affirming him as the shooting is like yeah rocks are school then that's how sometimes we even get a smile so you can see we got this great light in his eyes we've got this nice composition that's cool frame in the background there was shooting in a spot that has a lot of stuff everywhere but I'm trying to pick the frame that just looks the most solid I've shot you'd be surprised where grooms get ready they said they always get the short span of the stake where they call it it's short and you know sometimes they're like boxes everywhere there is some dungeon somewhere cool but if they're getting ready like this and throwing their stuff on you know you're just in the thai again I'm gonna pull down you know make sure I get a cool detail a bath maybe he's starting to like do is cufflinks so go ahead and like you're faking doing your cufflinks I'm gonna come in and get a few close ups like that I'm trying to leave some space around his body too so we have some dimension if it's just right here it's gonna be a little flat looking it looks awesome and then uh oh he looked awesome three hands back in your pocket do you look rock star and just look right out the window for me yeah I do amazing give me a little smile they don't be scared asked about money buddy rockstar and notice the hole my language too like we just met you know an hour ago we don't hardly know each other at all and sometimes we have rooms like that when we get this great portrait from smiling laughing our exposure is perfect we have a nice definition highlight and shadow side of the face he looks like a friggin stud which is obvious should see this guy with the shirt off so now we're gonna have him throw his coat on so I'll come up hannah miss kona I'll tell him hey just throw your coat on and while you do it look out the window well usually told my crews man now so go ahead and throw it on button it up and then looking out the window yeah awesome did oh my gosh and they're looking right here me dude own it more give me more yes amazing and one more kind of button in the code yeah there looking out the window one more time amazing the notice I was kind of shooting fast talking fast switching my you know uh focus around making troubles getting the shot and focus and we get all these really solid shots of him that that's what I want in a book right there boom on a great shot of him button up his coat smiling or laughing done deal that's going in the album I've got this extra space over here for an album spread and notice I shot a few because I noticed my focus went out on the one before that the focus was gone and this woman we nailed it and this is a camera that actually has a really good focus imagine if I had my five d in my hand I'd be like so now that we've got all that let's do a quick portrait the groom real simple and easy to do and easiest thing for a groom and two especially when the guy's photographing and has to sit down so what I'm gonna do this you gotta do kind of sit down but looking out the window piece of cake you can handle that I know you can't yeah needed money own it sexy super cool and I'm looking right at me my awesome amazing wow so I would go through maybe five minutes snapping a few different porches of him leaning forward into the camera with my eighty five millimeter wrong and that would be it and he looks like a total stud and then scrub the reflector really fast yeah go ahead and do that now so I'd have jodi usually if she's available turn the camera off that open if jodi's available which I always like what she happens to be going ahead and turn back on and where's my reflector I'm going to steal that you my dear so I'm just gonna grab a quick x well in a quick exposure justo check it is I don't think you can't get any closer just kidding closer you can get close enough to make sure about two thirds and I'm just gonna play my custom my balance and I can't I'm grabbing my reflector because she's going to get in close and usually for jodi and I and wait for me well I'm just for jodi and eyes further away you are the less critical the light in their eyes is the closer you get the more critical it is to have great light in the eyes so the closer I get jody's using the fifteen getting close I'm gonna get this reflector in big time so give her one looking out the window that was super cool and I'm just gonna add a little bit of fill light right here because it looks solid and I want to show off that chiseled chin and for this shot I'm used to using my top focus point right here so as I'm framing it up hasn't trying to focus it's kind of like adjusting so I have to wait for that focus to be nailed so e I know I've got like a killer shot you know straight up announce and I'm turning it a bit but there's the artwork in the background I want to make sure that it's not the way I want to focus on like his ties I'm just getting a close up shot of that and then I'm gonna go ahead and do a horse on you get one really solved I'm looking at camera to actually spend your chair this way justus coach seating can you get around this far now normally I want to get more greater sex justcause our court records a little short lemon on the court lane on the way out will light a little bit yeah money carefully if you want to make sure you're not blocking the late so I was over here I've been blocking it okay alright looking right at the camera and I'm using my upper focus focus going to get his eyes super nice love turn your face a little bit more towards the window drop dead gorgeous trying to focus when we're time with your eyes nice super great so we're getting some really nice portrait's of dust his mug and see you need to be really careful about that focus so right now I'm at two eight so if I wanted the focus to be because I was focusing on the I write here and it's a little soft for my liking so let's see if I've got a better focus on the next shot that's great love that right there you know nice little smiles that's awesome super cool stud muffin yeah that's great that's exactly what we wanted perfect and actually don't move often times like when you step away from the group and then when you come back you get him just even more in his natural environment so I love what corey is doing right now so uh oh it looks awesome super korea let's look out the window again lovett look down at your hands perfect just shooting little let's just get his man so like if you were married you know oh I guess you wouldn't have a ring on yet you can get a shoes cool reflection if you feel like it

Class Description

Being a successful wedding photographer isn’t just about taking gorgeous shots, it’s about creating an incredible experience for your clients. If a bride feels great about the services you provide—from your first meeting to your wedding day demeanor to the final delivery of the album—then she’ll be a happy customer for life and recommend you to her vast network of friends and family.

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In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Establish a strong connection with your clients.

  • Identify the essential gear you’ll need for your shoots.

  • Use light rigs when natural light is unavailable.

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  • Figure out which lenses to use for each part of the day.

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  • Review your images and find the best shots.