After spending most of the last year shooting subcontracted weddings as I transitioned back to New York, we’ve been getting back in the swing of things this season. Over the coming weeks, you’ll see three different real weddings from Long Island, New York, State College, Pennsylvania and Phoenix, Arizona. Longtime readers might even see some really familiar looking flower girls and ringbearers. There will also be at least one highlights trailer to show you from the film side!
This weekend’s event was Mehnaaz and Imran’s Pakistani wedding, where Ian provided still photography while our Lexington cinematographer, Blake, handled HD cinema duties. Duties ended up being a little mix and match, as Ian ran a second HD camera at times off a tripod, while Blake got called to hold an umbrella for lighting some of the portrait session. As the outdoor section of the portraits ended, Mehnaaz had an ankle bracelet come free. Imran scooped it up, and as he went to go put it back on, Ian fired a flash unit into the umbrella Blake still had pointed at the couple, and the result was this stylish, yet unposed, image…
Shot a great wedding at Talon Winery in Lexington, Kentucky this weekend, and while we’ve got a long way to go as far as getting the photojournalistic shots ready, I wanted to highlight some of Jerie and Chris’ details. Not only were they super cute and personal, they were also a lot of things you can easily reproduce with just a little effort.
Naturally, they had one of our engagement guestbooks:
Tremendous job on the flowers by John Kittinger of The Best of Flowers (Happy birthday John!)
More florals, more everything after the jump…
Last year, we had the privilege of shooting Mary and Donnie’s wedding at the beautiful Conoid Farm. Despite having a lovely ceremony and an awesome bride and groom, there was one problem– it rained. Incessantly. We’re talking tornado warnings and animals lining up in pairs type weather.
When the forecast called for rain this weekend for the wedding of Donnie’s sister, Annie, I was despondent. I may have even assumed I was the jinx causing our weather issues.
Och, not so fast, laddie…
(Clouds part after the jump)
The big story of 2011 in our shop started a week before Rachel and John’s wedding last year. By now, if you’re in Kentucky, you’ve probably seen an image or two from their wedding in some of our advertising. Well, a week before their wedding, I had one of my camera bodies die on literally the last shot of a wedding. The camera went off to Canon for service, and I rented an extra body from Murphy’s Camera in Lexington for Rachel and John’s ceremony. Well, the body I rented, it had HD video capability, so I figured, why not shoot a little test footage while I’m shooting the wedding in my normal fashion?
I have a secret weapon here. My brother Tim, who you might have seen in the music photos from Buster’s last year, his primary work is film editing– he’s worked on things like the Ben Stiller movie Keeping the Faith, the first season of Dog The Bounty Hunter, the front half of the PBS series Carrier and he does a lot of work on internet video for people like Unicef and Pepsi. Despite my inability to keep the camera stable, he made something pretty decent out of the above.
Flash forward a little. Since Tim put this together for me, he’s acquired a broadcast quality HD camera that’s approved for use by the BBC, significantly better than using a DSLR camera like mine, and the microphone equipment to make the audio sound as good as the camera makes the visual look.
So Tim and I have been talking a lot about weddings as a result. Like me, he values a non-intrusive documentary style, and we think that short, concise films of about 15-25 minutes say more about the look and feel of your wedding than a long, drawn out video that shows every single moment of ceremony and reception. Let’s face it, that gets tedious on multiple viewings– just try and get your husband to sit through the whole thing on your second anniversary.
If you haven’t guessed by now, Tim and I are going to be forming a second business, Lozada Visuals, which is going to be doing HD wedding films (also vintage style Super 8 films) and film/stills fusion pieces. For the present, that’s going to be specific to the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut metro area . If you’re interested in hearing more about that, give us a call at 888.577.6355. We’d love to explore the possibilities with you.
Got this one up bright and early since today’s a travel day for me… You’ll have a pretty good idea how far along I am in the editing process judging by where this group of photos falls– it’s all details from Ann-Maria’s prep time. Make sure you check out the most unique set of wedding shoes I’ve seen in 5 years of documenting weddings after the jump…