This weekend I had the pleasure of shooting a super-fun, super-hero (and villain!)-themed Halloween Party! The party was part of several events for charity. “Turn-On-To-America” is raising $15,000 to give 1,500 food boxes away this year, so the less-fortunate can still have a turkey & ham Thanksgiving! Thank you for everything you’re doing for the folks here in the Bay Area and thanks for inviting me to donate my photography to an awesome Halloween party!
A wonderfully cool couple photographed in some beautiful locations along with fun wedding guests and a well-planned wedding! What more could a wedding photographer ask for?
Congrats to Toni & Shawn on their recent wedding! They have a wonderful family and really now how to party! I was a bit jealous that I was taking photos and not getting crazy out on the dance floor!!
Here are some of the photos from their beautiful wedding:
When I was asked to shoot SIXTEEN people outside in San Francisco I was a bit hesitant. The job sounded like a lot of fun but I only had ONE flash unit at the time, and the light it gave off wasn’t as powerful as studio lighting. It’s made to be mounted on-camera and used in event photography and simple portraits. I knew I had to get creative!
I’d been using this single flash unit off-camera for a while by this time, so I was comfortable with using the radio trigger mechanisms and positioning the light on my flash stand. However, even if I had put this flash & light stand smack-dab in the middle of the photo (blocking the people in the center) it still wouldn’t have the power to light everyone in the photo with such harsh sun like we were facing on that day. What’s the answer? COMPOSITING.
I decided to light a few faces at a time and just take several images of the scene and blend them together later to create one scene. Indoubtabely, the people who I’m lighting at each moment aren’t always looking, so I took about four photos of the right, four photos of the center of the right, and four photos of the left side of the group. I then, in Photoshop, chose the best expressions from each of the four photos, making sure they blended together well, to create the final image. Inspecting this image, one would assume I used a $5,000 studio lighting setup to achieve the look of this photo in such an outdoor setting. Yet it was a simple $500 flash with a $50 light stand and some Photoshop.
Below the four photos I chose to pull from in the twelve photos I took of this group. (CLICK the image for a higher resolution image). At the bottom is the final image!
GEAR USED: Canon 5DMk3, Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC (with 82mm polarizer), Canon 580EXII Speedlite on a Manfrotto lightstand, triggered with a Cowboy trigger. Edited in Photoshop CS6 & LR4.
Their enthusiasm for the shoot and the laughter and fun they exuded was infectious! Every time I talk to this family and see the photos I can’t help but smile! Enjoy!
So fun, was this opportunity to shoot Kyle & Michelle in San Francisco, the place they met and fell in love. Their first date was at this restaurant in the Mission District, and so we shot there to capture the memory. Continuing on, to Bernal Heights, we shot with San Francisco in the background as well as in the fields on the hill. With such a beautiful couple and a beautiful location, my job was easy! Here are some of the results!
GEAR USED: Canon 5DMkIII, EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM, Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC, 580EXII Speedlite
Sometimes when shooting outdoors with huge spaces for backdrops, you have to be a bit flexible. Priscilla & Jeff wanted their engagement photos on Crissy Field with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. Unfortunately, the bridge was so foggy that day, you could almost not even tell there was a bridge there! So… improvisation…
To Alamo Square Park we went! And the Painted Ladies and the Financial District make for a great backup background. Thank you two for being so much fun!!
GEAR USED: Canon 5DMk3, Tamrom 24-70mm f/2.8 VC, Sigma 50mm f/1.4EX, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM. ND filter. 580EXII Speedlite. Edited in Lightroom 4.