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21 Jan 2022

How We Shot It



Natural Light Bridal Portrait – How We Shot It

This is a spot I often use for bridal portraits, and usually I shoot from the other direction because there is such gentle, soft light falling on the subjects’ face thanks to all of that open shade you can see. This time, the bride was gathering up her dress to continue on with the wedding day, and I snapped a frame from the opposite direction.


Sparkler Wedding Exit Photo – How We Shot It

Wedding “grand exits” are always extremely hectic because they involve people running, throwing stuff, and/or sparks etc! As a wedding photographer trying to properly document such a moment, you usually have two choices: Play it safe with an on-camera flash, a low ISO and a decent shutter speed, so as to ensure you get sharp photos, OR…

Photography Basics

The Milky Way in Rhyolite Ghost Town – How We Shot It

Even though my full-time job is wedding photography, my photographic hobby is the polar opposite! I enjoy photographing nightscapes in the desert, the more remote the better! Here is a relatively easy-access location, Rhyolite Ghost Town, which is just outside of Death Valley National Park. I have been photographing this bank’s cement skeleton now since 2005, and it never disappoints!


Wedding Reception Panorama – How We Shot It

Yesterday I shared a portrait of a couple at sunset and we talked about why I decided to go with a single exposure and create a dramatic silhouette look, instead of going nuts with wireless flash or HDR techniques. Today’s image is a similar situation: I like these shadows deep and, okay let’s be honest they’re totally pitch black! I think it absolutely works for this scene.


Beach Silhouette Wedding Portrait – How We Shot It

Here is an example of when to just let shadows do what they do best: be dark and moody! With all the excitement about HDR photography these days, and the incredible dynamic range that cameras have now, often times we can get caught up in the pursuit of achieving perfectly exposed details in every corner of our images. I don’t know about you, but I find it ironic that nowadays people might consider it “thinking outside the box” to capture a good old-fashioned silhouette!