Saturday, May 29, 2010

Halle Wedding Photos

It was such a joy being able to share a special day with Joshua and Gabrielle Halle as they said their vows and pronounced their love for each other. Even more of a joy was to be the one photographing their special first moments together as husband and wife; first dance, cake cutting and many others. I did not take the task lightly and hope they enjoy the moments captured for them to remember. Here are a few moments I captured. The rest can be seen on my flickr page here.

HDR photo of the inside of the Church

Josh's Best Man giving his speech

Gabrielle's sister and maid of honor, Deirdre, giving her speech

Josh and Gabrielle's first dance together

Cake Cutting

Gabrielle's place setting 

Sunday, May 9, 2010

What an experience!

This weekend I got to experience a small amount of what it is like to be a wedding photographer, and boy what an experience it was. A good friend of mine, Gabrielle Halle (Lockman), got married and I had the great pleasure of photographing her reception. Gabrielle is a fellow photographer, GR| Photography, and one of the people that made me get into photography. She is an amazing photographer, and if you have the time you should check out her work.

I was asked if I wouldn't mind shooting her reception.  I was more than happy to say yes after giving her a full disclaimer that in NO WAY would I consider myself someone that should be trusted with capturing a day as important as this.

Being such an important day I wanted to prepare myself as much as possible. I went up to the reception hall the day before, with the itinerary in hand, and planned the whole thing in my head and took about a 130+ test shots. I did not want to mess this up! I went back the next day and lowered shades to get rid of excess lighting, removed bulletins/flyers that were on walls and doors, and even staged items/props in certain spots. Now I was ready, if that's what you want to call it.

I ended the day with about 850+ pictures from myself and 150+ pictures from the photobooth I set up. I will post a couple pictures after the bride gets them first. In the mean time here are two shots I did as a gift to the bride & groom.

The below is my first ever HDR picture, and was given matted/framed as a wedding gift. When I had to decide what my first HDR was going to be, it only took a split second to come up with this. I headed to the church after work and got this amazing result. It ended up being used in a display at the couples reception.