How I got the shot - Dress in the window

Name: Brittani McFadden

Business Name: Brittani Elizabeth Photography

Why did you take this photo?: I take a photo of the dress at every wedding and I alway strive to find a spot that is unique to the location or visually appealing.

All exif data: f 2.0, 1/160, ISO 1600

Why did you use these settings?: This was a super rainy day so it wasn't actually that bright outside. However I found a pretty well lit nook with all of the windows and was able to expose bright enough with these settings.

Thought process behind the photo: I always look for a spot to hang the dress that is not only SAFE, but also visually appealing and unique to the venue. We were at a manor house and it had this adorable indoor porch area just off the kitchen with the perfect hook for the dress. The only problem was that right below the bottom of the dress, there was a "restroom" sign. I took another walk around the venue and decided that I liked this spot enough that I would just plan to photoshop out the little sign. I took a few shots of the dress before realizing that the overhead lights on the porch were adding a really ugly yellow cast to the dress. I found someone to help me get all of the lights turned off so that I could get a clean shot of the dress. What I didn't notice right away were these super bright pink crates for glasses just on the other side of the window to the left. I realized that I couldn't move those so I fixed that while editing as well.

Editing of the photo: This shot required more than my usual editing, but with a dress that beautiful, why not? After eliminating the yellow cast from the lights while shooting, I already knew I would have to remove the restroom sign. I applied my preset to the photo, and ended up having to desaturate most of the reds/magentas because of those crates to the left of the window. You can still see a faint hint of pink on the grey of the windows, but it is a LOT better than it was! I also had to really adjust the chromatic aberration since the white dress was against an even brighter window. There was a green halo around the dress so I made sure to remove that before exporting. I then exported the final edit of the photo and took it into photoshop. Using the stamp tool, I edited out the restroom sign below the dress.

3 sentence bio about you/your business: Brittani Elizabeth Photography is a Philadelphia photography company and specialize in weddings and engagements! We focus on capturing light, timeless and prismatic images that reveal the true emotion of a wedding day! We currently shoot a majority of our weddings in Pennsylvania with most being in the Philadelphia suburbs.

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How I got the shot - Peek a boo

Name: Jennifer Larsen

Business Name: Jennifer Larsen Photography

Why did you take this photo?: On a wedding day I always love to sneak the bride and groom away from the reception for just a couple minutes of sunset portraits as husband and wife. This photo was taken during sunset time on Juliette and Juan's wedding day.

Camera: Nikon D750

Lens: Sigma Art 50mm

All exif data: ISO: 160, Aperture: 1.8. Shutter: 1/250

Why did you use these settings?: I love to shoot with a wide open aperture, so that was my first go to setting. I also decided to under expose the photo in camera, to give some more lee-way in bringing back some highlight detail in post. I wasn't able to get a ton of detail, but you can see some of the clouds to give the sky a little bit more dimension and interest.

Thought process behind the photo: I was really hoping for a great portrait with this horse in the background. He was wandering around and walking in and out of our range for the first couple minutes of portraits. However, when we got a little closer to the fence for the photo, we realized he was very interested in her bouquet...trying to eat it that is. So, now that we had the horse's interest, I quickly posed them so the couple was ready as the horse walked into the frame. It only lasted a couple seconds before the horse started to climb the fence in attempts to get to the flowers. Haha

Editing of the photo:  I use Mastin Labs presets to give my images a film-like style. I used the Fuji 400H preset on this image, and brightened the exposure to the point where I liked the lighting on the couple. Then I brought the highlights back down to bring some detail back into the sky.

Bride and groom on farm with horse in the background

3 sentence bio about you/your business: My name is Jen, and I'm a southern-at-heart wedding and anniversary photographer serving New Jersey and beyond. I believe in hugging over handshakes, serving my clients with my whole heart, and that there is no such thing as too much coffee. I truly believe I have the best job in the world.

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How I got the shot - B&W Wedding

Name: Christina Sheehan

Business Name: Christina Julia Photography

Why did you take this photo?: Some of my favorite kinds of images to take are the quiet moments between all the hustle and bustle of a wedding day. I love capturing the Bride and Groom when they're laughing and moving around but it's those quiet moments that I really look for that I think just round out a portrait session. To me, those photos are the most tender and dear.

Camera: Canon 5d Mark iii

Lens: 85mm

All exif data: ISO 100
f / 2.8
1/200 sec

Why did you use these settings? : I usually underexpose my images while editing so even though the day was cloud covered and rainy I knew that keeping my ISO at 100 was where I wanted to be to give me the desired effect. I tend to shoot 90% of a wedding day at f / 2.8, there's something about that the creaminess that I get and my couples stand out ability against the bokeh that really lends itself to the style I like. Knowing these two pieces basically right away I was able to fit my shutter speed in without much thought and because my subject wouldn't be moving much I didn't have to toggle with my settings that much more to get what I wanted.

Thought process behind the photo: I knew I wanted to shoot from a slightly more elevated level than them so when we found ourselves on the steps of the historic Second Bank in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania I knew it would provide the perfect set up I needed for the shot. I like to allow my couples to be themselves, act themselves, and show their personalities while I shoot them. I find that too much directing takes away from those pieces and doesn't genuinely showcase my couples in the way that they naturally interact. For this photo in particular I just wanted Dayana to relax and mold herself against Kevin in her own way. I gave her a slight direction to just slide up to him and just rest. Her final position and facial expression was what she naturally fell into and it was in those moments that I captured this image. The look of contentment and happiness on her face is exactly what I was hoping to capture.

Editing of the photo: I knew almost immediately that I wanted to put this photo into black and white. I use black and white a lot in my photo editing and it's something I think my couples come to know and expect from me. They're a huge part of my story-telling in a gallery and have this way of really memorializing moments in time. I typically tend to bring down my blacks and shadows and only slightly toggling with the exposure if I need to. One of my musts when editing a black and white is grain. I also use grain in my color editing but during a black and white edit I am more specific about how much I like visible. To me, grain adds this rawness that I feel compliments those authentic moments during my sessions so it's very important for me to get it just right.

How I got the Shot - black and white photo of bride and groom

3 sentence bio about you/your business: Hi, I'm Christina and I'm a wedding, portrait, elopement, and destination wedding photographer specializing in authentic, lovely, intimate, and documentary style captures! I love capturing couples who believe holding hands is the best medicine, laughing out loud keeps the doctor away, and snuggles aren't just for rainy days. I'm fueled by coffee, tacos, and a book to keep me energized while meeting new people and exploring new places!


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How I got the Shot - Groom Getting Ready

Name: Brittani McFadden

Business Name: Brittani Elizabeth Photography

Why did you take this photo?: I took this photo to document the "groom prep" at a wedding.

Camera: Nikon d750

Lens: 50mm

All exif data: fstop 2.2, 1/250, ISO 1250

Why did you use these settings?: As much as I love a ton of bokeh, I've learned that I love crisp photos even more. I took this photo with the 50mm because we were in a relatively tight area, but I knew I didn't want the wide distortion of the 35mm. We were just inside a set of large glass doors that lead outside so I didn't need a super high ISO, but still wanted a bright exposure so I landed at these settings.

Thought process behind the photo: I had already captured the groom putting his jacket on and this was his second time putting it on (he needed to adjust his vest). So I knew I didn't want to capture the same exact thing twice. Instead he perfectly adjusted this jacket while looking out the door, and this was the result! This location was actually a hallway that guests enter to go to the reception. I've shot at this venue a lot and the groom's room is so dark and really unflattering so I knew I needed to bring him somewhere that was more neutral with way better light. I walked out of the room into this hallway and saw the perfect blank wall next to the wall of glass doors! Sometimes changing the location slightly makes all the difference!

Editing of the photo: There wasn't too much that I did in addition to my normal preset. I usually bring down the highlights a little and bring up the blacks. This was a super simple edit since there wasn't really anything I was trying to work around!

image of groom putting on his jacket getting ready for his wedding

3 sentence bio about you/your business: Brittani Elizabeth Photography is a Philadelphia photography company and specialize in weddings and engagements! We focus on capturing light, timeless and prismatic images that reveal the true emotion of a wedding day! We currently shoot a majority of our weddings in Pennsylvania with most being in the Philadelphia suburbs.

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How I got the Shot - Pittsburg Rooftop

Name: Tyler Norman

Business Name: Tyler Norman Photography

Why did you take this photo?: This photo was taken for some great friends in Pittsburgh, PA. They wanted to shoot in Downtown Pittsburgh, but have it be different than everything else you see online from Downtown Pittsburgh. So we did a little urban exploring and ended up on top of a roof of a 25 floor building! We definitely were not supposed to be here! haha We ended hopping over the railings and venturing over to the edges with the best views. This was for sure a vantage point that no one had seen before. We ended up doing most of their shoot on top of this building. At one point the security guard came up and was more interested in the shoot and gear than us being on the roof and gave us permission to stay! How about that?! Pretty rare that happens!

Camera: Canon 5D mark III

Lens: 35mm 1.4L

All exif data: f/1.4, 1/1000s, ISO 100. Natural light about an hour before sunset.

Why did you use these settings : No intentional reason for these settings other than I love to shoot at 1.4 with my 35mm. At 1.4 it has such an ethereal and 3D look. So i always try and get my setting to work for 1.4 if I can.

Thought process behind the photo: I wanted a romantic feel but also a calm feel and not a lot of movement because they were sitting on the edge of a 25 floor building. Like inches from the edge.....no thanks! haha. So I told them to just take a moment, enjoy each other. Mike ended up kissing his fiancé on the cheek and I hit the shutter just at the right time.

Editing of the photo: thats a secret! ;) but not much. A little to hue and saturation, contrast, highlights. I do not like to edit photos too much. Keep it clean, simple and natural. I try very hard to get it right in camera to minimize the editing I have to do. I have several presets I have made that make my life so much easier!

engaged couple in sweet moment on rooftop in pittsburg, pa

3 sentence bio about you/your business: Tyler Norman Photography is a Pittsburgh, PA wedding photographer who loves timeless, genuine photography. 

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How I got the Shot - Details

Name: Brittani McFadden

Business Name: Brittani Elizabeth Photography

Why did you take this photo? : No wedding day is complete without a gorgeous ring shot right?! We captured this photo of all three rings for our couple to see the tokens they selected to symbolize their commitment

Camera: Nikon d750

Lens: 105mm f2.8

All exif data: fstop 5.6, 1/160, ISO 1600

Why did you use these settings? : I was indoors by a window so I knew I needed a higher ISO to get as much light in the photo as I wanted. I also know from experience the lower f-stop I shoot with on a macro lens, the harder it is to get the WHOLE ring in focus. So I always start with as high of and f-stop I can manage with the lighting situation. I usually prefer to shoot with a shutter speed above 1/200 so as to avoid shake, but I needed to let in a little more light and landed with this shot at 1/160.

Thought process behind the photo: We were in a relatively dark hotel room with one main window and not only yellow walls, but also red walls, with blue accents. None of these colors were colors in the wedding so I knew I needed to find a neutral spot to take details. I found a side table with a glass top (and took the lamp and phone off of it :P) before scooting it closer to the window. I placed the rings on the table and tested a few shots, but I could see that darn yellow wall. I added the veil in the background to create a more neutral photo to highlight the rings!

Editing of the photo: : I really didn't do much additional editing to this photo other than my normal presets. I generally bring down the highlights and bring the darks up a little. I did desaturate the yellows and some of the reds to make sure I didn't have any color casts from those walls.

diamond engagement ring, wedding band and grooms band sitting on a mirrored surface

3 sentence bio about you/your business: We are a Philadelphia photography company and specialize in weddings and engagements! We focus on capturing light, timeless and prismatic images that reveal the true emotion of a wedding day! We currently shoot a majority of our weddings in Pennsylvania with most being in the Philadelphia suburbs. 

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How I got the Shot - Pink Ring

Name: Cassi Claire

Business Name: Cassi Claire Photography

Why did you take this photo?: I LOVE ring shots! I photograph the details as soon as I arrive to a wedding day, and I was especially excited for Will & Shirley's details because they were all so colorful and fun! I brought this pink ombre watercolor paper from Rifle Paper Co. with me because I knew the color would perfect match Shirley's vision. I used a chair to prop the paper up and create a sort of mock studio. I left about 8-10" between the ring and the paper background, and then faced the chair towards the window light. I like to keep the subject about two feet away from the window so it produces a nice even light, as opposed to very harsh directional light.

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon 100mm 2.8L

All exif data: f/4.5
1/200
ISO 1600
Natural light

Why did you use these settings?: I try to never go below 1/200 with my macro (to reduce blur). I knew I wanted to capture more detail in the ring, so 2.8 just wasn't cutting it. I bumped it to 4.5, but that meant increasing the ISO. Thankfully the Mark III can handle 1600 ISO really well!

Thought process behind the photo: Same answer as the "why did you take this photo" question!

Editing of the photo: Just my usual basic edit and a bit of sharpening on the surface of the diamond and prongs!

gorgeous diamond wedding ring and band on pink surface

3 sentence bio about you/your business: We're a husband and wife team based in New Jersey. Together, we believe in marriage vows, grace in love, kitten therapy, and eating sushi at least once a week! xo, Cassi & Chris

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How I got the shot - The Groom

Name: Andrea Brewster

Business Name: Andrea Brewster Photography

Why did you take this photo?: Nothing fancy here! It was a November wedding and the bride and groom chose to do a First Look. This was the groom's individual portrait during their formals time.

Camera: Canon 5D Mark lll

Lens: Canon 24-70mm 2.8L ll USM

All exif data: ISO 400 1/200 sec at f3.5
24-70 at 70mm, no flash

Why did you use these settings?: I prefer the 70-200 on an individual portrait. However, that lens requires you to be a minimum of 4 feet from your subject to be able to focus. I didn't have the space to back up, so switching to the 24-70 at 70mm enabled me to get what I was wanting. Also, I normally would have shot this image at f3.2, but I knew my lenses needed calibration. So I shot it at 1/200 and 3.5 to help take the worry out of if it would be in focus or not.

Thought process behind the photo: I rarely find a groom that is excited about portraits, especially when it's just him. As a mom of all boys I get it. In the consult I tell them to leave it me and I promise they'll look good! I call this my "David Beckham." When I ask the groom if he wants to look like David Beckham, I usually get, "you can do that?" I tell them to stand straight facing me and unbutton all buttons on their jacket. Then I have them completely turn their entire bodies about 45º right or left. Separate their feet in a casual, "hey man what's up" stance. Then the important part: I have them turn ONLY their shoulders back towards me and lean slightly forward. Finally I ask them to button and unbutton their jacket a few times, while looking at me, and also looking out. I always show the groom the image after and then he's totally on board for anything after that! If you can make a groom feel awesome and comfortable, it overflows onto everything else! This pose executes this really quite fast.

Editing of the photo: I'm not a heavy editor. I like it clean and as bright as I can can get without losing any detail. I try really really hard to get it right in camera and this is a great example where that happened. Exposure +.10, Contrast +10. I definitely open up shadows quite a bit on my images and adding a little contrast helps keep it looking A-okay when I do that! I'm also obsessed with greens in an image and always adjust the luminance in my greens. And that's it!

Groom in a blue suit and a pink tie smiling at the camera

3 sentence bio about you/your business: Arizona wedding photographer since 2009. As a non-25 year old photographer, I bring something totally different to the experience... A piece of mind on a brides wedding day (like a favorite aunt), managing timelines and people quite well, and we can't leave out I'm the bomb at homemade bread and jam. But the best part about me is my rockstar of a husband and being a mom to all boys! #boymom


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How I got the shot - walking hand in hand

Name: Emily Gibby

Business Name: elovephotos

Why did you take this photo?: I took this photo because I wanted the bride and groom to really show off where they got married and make the temple a main focus of the image. I also wanted to symbolize, in some way, that there is a bigger picture than what we can see with our own eyes.....as in how God sees things. Marriage is a big commitment and it's beautiful together. I'm not an eloquent writer--haha

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon 24-70 2.8 L II

All exif data: f/ 6.3, 1/400 sec, 35 mm, ISO 250

Why did you use these settings?: I normally don't shoot at an aperture this high, but I really wanted the building to be the main focus. They were talking so I wanted a higher shutter to avoid any blur. It was also quite sunny so I wanted to make sure it wasn't over exposed. :)

Thought process behind the photo: I crouched down towards the ground. I wanted the couple to look small in comparison to the building. I tried to shoot the couple in the rule of 1/3s to add a little artistry to it. I wanted to symbolically document the beauty of walking through life TOGETHER.

Editing of the photo: : The photo was a little darker than I normally shoot because of the f/ 6.3 aperture. I increased the exposure and shadows....brought down some highlights. I like to keep my edits as natural as possible.

bride and groom walking in front of mormon church

3 sentence bio about you/your business: Hi! My name is Emily Gibby and I am a destination wedding and portrait photographer based out of Virginia Beach, VA. Along with photography, my husband Justin and I offer videography services to brides looking to capture real moments in motion! I’m a dedicated teacher, wife and mother living the dream! 

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How I got the shot | Flower Crown Bridal

Name: Brittani McFadden

Business Name: Brittani Elizabeth Photography

Why did you take this photo?: I wanted to get a non traditional bridal portrait that focused more on the beauty of her dress, the flower crown and of course, the ring!

Camera: Nikon d750

Lens: 50mm 1.4

All exif data: f 2.0, 1/320, ISO 125, No added lighting - in a shady space on a sunny day

Why did you use these settings?: This shot was taken on a super bright day, so we needed to find a shady spot for more flattering lighting. I set the ISO to 125 because I knew I needed a lower f-stop to get the fall off and bokeh effect I was looking for. I then set the f-stop to 2.0 so that I would still have a super crisp image. To get the right exposure I then compensated with the shutter speed to get the look I wanted.

Thought process behind the photo: This was my 5th wedding in a string following two double header weekends. I wanted to get something new and different to push myself rather than what I had been shooting the past few weekends. I absolutely loved her dress and she was my first bride with a flower crown, so I knew I needed to show it off! She did something absentmindedly like scratching her shoulder and I was like "DO THAT AGAIN!" and this photo was the result!

Editing of the photo: Like many photographers, I have a preset that I apply that lessens the highlights a little and the tone curve brings up my blacks a little. I am really particular with greens so I adjust the greens the way I see as most flattering and make sure the skin tones are true to the people!

light and airy photo of a bride in a flower crown

3 sentence bio about you/your business: We are a Philadelphia photography company and specialize in weddings and engagements. We focus on capturing light, timeless and prismatic images that reveal the true emotion and beauty of a wedding day! We currently shoot a majority of our weddings in Pennsylvania with most being in the Philadelphia suburbs. 

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How I got the shot | Snowy Reception

How I got the Shot | Shaina Lee Photography | cinnamonwolfe.co | Photography Education

Name: Shaina Diaz

Business Name: Shaina Lee Photography

Why did you take this photo?: This photo was taken during the couple's first dance at a December wedding. The DJ had a machine that blasted out "snow flurries" while playing their song.

Camera: Canon 6D

Lens: Canon 35mm L

All exif data: ISO 250, f/1.4, 1/160
Canon Speedlite 430EX II-RT mounted to a light stand with a 30" white shoot through umbrella, controlled by Yongnuo wireless flash triggers

Why did you use these settings?: The bride had told me beforehand that the DJ was going to make it "snow" during the first dance. Before the reception started, I took a few minutes to do a few test shots with the snow machine on with my couple in the center of the dance floor where the flurries would be landing on them. After a few tweaks, making sure both of them, as well as the snow, was lit up enough, I landed on these settings.

Thought process behind the photo: While I love to shoot as many of my photos in natural light as I can, that's not always possible to do on a wedding day, especially those with indoor ceremonies or receptions. For this particular photo, I used a flash off camera, set up next to one of the music speakers near the DJ's booth. I stood directly in front of the DJ's booth, so my OCF set up was behind me, and about 30 degrees to my left.

Editing of the photo:  I like my images to be light and airy, with a bit of contrast to add a bit of pop, while maintaining warm skin tones. While editing in Lightroom, I bumped up my contrast just a tad, then bumped the exposure up a bit more than I normally would. I then brought down the highlights, both in the Basic Bar, as well as in the Tonal Curve, which started to bring the image back to a better exposure. I increased the lights in Tonal Curve, then brought down the darks and shadows again to bring the exposure to where it needed to be (which also helped to give the image a slight pop I was looking for).

Bride and Groom slow dancing at reception with snow flurries

3 sentence bio about you/your business: I'm Shaina, a wedding and engagement photographer specializing in couples portraiture. I'm based in Connecticut, but I LOVE when my photography brings me to new places! My husband and I are in love with Hawaii, and we're SO looking forward to booking some destination weddings there!

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How I got the shot | Senior Style

Name: KC England

Business Name: KC England Photography 

Why did you take this photo?: This was taken during a senior session and a location I used often during the summer because I love the way the light falls in this alley. My senior was incredibly photogenic and knew how to work the camera which is a definite plus for me as the photographer.

Camera: Nikon D750

Lens: 85mm 1.4

All exif data: f 2.0, 1/800, ISO 400, Natural light sources

Why did you use these settings?: I started with f/2.0 because I wanted a shallow depth of field and shooting wide open works for me especially with just one subject. In hindsight, I probably could have lowered my ISO and SS due to the amount of light that was available. The cement around her acted like a natural reflector.

Thought process behind the photo: This image was taken at 6:46pm on August 15, 2015. Sunset was at 8:01pm on this date, so it was definitely getting close to golden hour time. I positioned my senior is this alley with her back to the light, but the sun was still a little high and above her left shoulder. I used part of the cement wall on the left to shield some of the sun, while the cement wall on the right acted like a reflector. This particular location is very simple and really comes alive when the light is right and I love the way it frames my subject.

Editing of the photo: I strive to get images right in camera first so that most of my editing is pretty minimal. I started by applying the All in One Clean Edit preset from Pretty Presets Workflow to the image. Then, I brought the exposure up a bit and the highlights down.

High School Senior girl in white dress standing in alley in beautiful backlight

3 sentence bio about you/your business: KC England is a natural light photographer based in Spokane, WA. KC photographs families, seniors, births, and weddings and strives to capture light and connection in a beautiful and meaningful way. She lives with her husband, 3 girls (twins, age 15 and a 4 year old) and 2 crazy cats. She loves holidays, traditions, movie nights, home decorating, and Target. She also loves to travel, but being at home is her most favorite place on earth.

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How I got the shot | First Look

How I Got the Shot | Lauren Teresa Photography | cinnamonwolfe.co | Photography Education

Name: Lauren Lynch

Business Name: Lauren Teresa Photography

Why did you take this photo?: This photo was taken right after their first look. I had a good amount of time with just the two of them before the ceremony began, which is another reason why I love photographing the couple BEFORE the wedding begins. It's important to have some time to allow the couple to breath and just enjoy the company of one another.

Camera: Canon EOS 6D

Lens: 100 mm

All exif data: F-stop 2.8 , Shutter 1/640, ISO 300

Why did you use these settings?: I don't normally use my 100mm for bridal portraits but this particular day I decided to give it a shot! And I love the way it turned out. I was standing at the end of the aisle for this one, a good distance away from my couple. 

I normally keep my f-stop low when shooting portraits so that my couple really stands out in the photo. The bokeh is just right! 

I had my ISO at 300 because it was a cloudy day. The best kind of day to shoot! No sun glare or shadows to worry about!

Thought process behind the photo: I knew I wanted to use this exact spot because of the mountains in the background and the beautiful flowers that were on the vines. I knew for this shot that I wanted them to be looking at one another. I didn't need to direct them much more because they already couldn't stop smiling, which made for such a genuine photo. Another good thing is that we didn't have to battle with the sun, it was the perfect day to photograph a Wedding...nice and cloudy :)

Editing of the photo: I edit all my photos the same way. I expose them a bit and lower the shadows all the way in tone curve (using lightroom 5).

Bride and Groom right after their first look on their wedding day

3 sentence bio about you/your business: I am a Wedding photography located in Northern NJ and would love to travel for Weddings! It's my goal at every Wedding to capture raw, genuine emotions throughout the day. I like my photos to look as natural as possible and I keep my editing to a minimum. I am blessed to be able to call this my job and I love getting to know each and every one of my couples that end up becoming great friends! 


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How I got the shot | Butterfly Girl

Name: Rosemary Green

Business Name: Rosemary Green Photography

Why did you take this photo?: This was taken during a fall family session. We had initially talked about doing a posed Christmas photo of three children as part of the session but it turned into a more documentary style session. The oldest of the three (pictured) had picked her own (totally awesome) outfit that morning and wasn't into changing into matching Christmas clothing. It was super warm for a fall day and she was wearing a neon pink and silver leotard with with red and and purple tights. The butterfly sticker was her accessory for the day and the first thing she pointed out when I arrived. 

When I took this shot I was just hanging out with the girls on the swing set and letting them forget they were being photographed.

Camera: Canon 5DmIII

Lens: 50mm 1.4

All exif data: 1/640 f2.8 ISO 400, Natural light

Why did you use these settings?: I typically shoot around 2.2 to 2.8 for solo portraits and for this I chose 2.8 so I had a bit of wiggle room for her moving back and forth on the swing. Once the aperture was set I chose a faster shutter speed to stop any motion. The ISO was chosen last to properly expose the image in camera.

Thought process behind the photo: The girls were having fun making silly faces at the camera so I moved to the swings so that they had something to do other to take their mind off the pictures. When I captured this image we were just hanging out chatting. I had been taking turns pushing them on the swings and they were totally in their element and telling me about something they did earlier that day. She just happened to settle into this pose when she was listening to her sister. 
With little kids I always find that when they feel like I'm just there to play is when I get the shots that show their personality the best.

Editing of the photo: I like my images to be a little bit on the brighter side and for the colors to be pop a little bit. To do this I try to start with a properly exposed image and then bring the mid tones up a bit. After I do that I usually take the blacks down a bit. For this one I brought the highlights down slightly to keep the skin tones soft. I also warmed everything up a bit by adjusting to kelvin and adding some split toning.

backlit young girl on a swing with a butterfly on her forehead

3 sentence bio about you/your business: I'm a New Jersey based portrait and wedding photographer. I love love and the little moments. Cape Cod is my happy place and ice cream is my favorite food group. 

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How I got the shot | Sunset Bride & groom

How I Got the Shot | Mistry and Scott Photography | cinnamonwolfe.co | Photography Education

Name: Scott Williams

Business Name: Mistry and Scott Photography

Why did you take this photo?: This is a bride and groom portrait taken at a recent wedding in Anacortes, WA. The venue was on the waterfront on an old fish cannery and converted cold storage warehouse which is now a wedding venue. The wedding timeline was structured specifically so that we could shoot bride and groom portraits at sunset and this evening turned out to be spectacular!

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon 70-200 IS II 2.8 USM

All exif data: Camera Settings: ISO = 100, S/S = 1/200, F-stop = 6.3

Lighting of the bride/groom: Profoto B1 to camera left with Profoto 3x4 softbox feathered on bride/groom. Manual power.

Why did you use these settings?: My method for OCF images:

First get a properly exposed ambient shot. I wanted my ISO as low as possible to reduce images noise, next I set my shutter speed to my sync speed of 1/200. (If I need more ambient at any point, I can slow down my S/S. If I need less ambient, I adjust with aperture) I then adjust my f-stop so that my ambient meter reading is -1. I wanted my background a full stop darker than what the camera says is "perfect" or 0 on the meter. This -1 setting creates a darker background creating a bit of drama and highlighting my subject.

Once I have a properly exposed ambient shot (Exposed properly for the sunset, clouds and background) I turn on my OCF positioning my light and modifier to my subject. I feather the lift so that my softbox edge is lighting my subject and the modifier is actually positioned or pointed in front of my subject. Once the light is positioned correctly, I take a test shot and look at my histogram. I am looking for my red channel on the histogram to just barely touch the right side wall of the histogram. Once I have it powered correctly, I know my background and subject are both properly exposed and the shot is all dialed in!

Thought process behind the photo: I absolutely loved the clouds and sunset and the natural beauty of the San Juan Islands in the background yet the rough and "industrial" feeling of the pier just looked great and matched my style perfectly. I also loved the fact that there was some standing water on the pier, creating a reflection from the sunset of the pier. The backlight and small bit of lens flare all came together for a great shot. 

Once I knew that I was going to shoot the bride and groom on this dock, I had Mistry (my better half) direct them to come together and go "cross-eyed" close or forehead to forehead. This pose creates intimacy between the two of them. Next we had the groom whisper a few things to the bride to create some emotion...we might ask the groom to whisper to the bride about the first time he knew he wanted to marry her, this creates emotion, smiles and usually a few natural kisses!!

Editing of the photo:  Editing was very simple and minimal. The shot was mostly all dialed in "in-camera". My editing for this photo included bumping up the shadows a touch, and adjusting the tone curve panel in LR to a "backwards C"!

Bride and Groom in front of a beautiful sunset

3 sentence bio about you/your business: Mistry & Scott Photography are Husband + Wife wedding and portrait photographers specializing in joyful, intimate images. We are based in the beautiful PNW🌲 and saved by grace✨ info@mistryandscott.com 📲 

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How I got the shot | The pensive bride

Name: Heather Navratil

Business Name: Heather Laurenne Photography

Why did you take this photo?: I had just finished taking shots of the bride and groom on the bar and wanted to take some of the groom alone, the bride's gown had such a large skirt that I told her she could relax and sit there while I took some quick shots of the groom. As I was taking one of him I looked over my shoulder and saw her sitting there looking absolutely beautiful and I just loved the darkness and moodiness of the composition.

Camera: Nikon D800

Lens: Nikon 85mm 1.8

All exif data: 1/100 sec at f/2.8, iso 4500, no flash

Why did you use these settings?: We were losing natural light fast so I had to bump up my ISO a lot higher than I typically like to. With my style I like to shoot fairly wide open so I kept the aperture where it was for my groom shots and bumped the ISO up to allow more light into the camera.

Thought process behind the photo: The couple photos I had taken before this one had been taken straight on, with the bride and groom facing my camera. I left the bride on the bar to take photos of the groom in another location and turned around to see this stunning image. She was sitting there relaxed, playing with her necklace, I just picked up my camera and took a quick shot. Part of my style is capturing the unplanned or unposed moments.

Editing of the photo:  I like moody, colorful, and depth in my images so for this image I had to do a little bit in post processing. I mainly edit in Photoshop. I use some actions but I mostly had edit. I adjusted white balance to tone down the yellow from the venue lighting, increased the exposure, increased the contrast and blacks, decreased the whites and highlights. Then did some hand editing to increase the drama of the image.

How I got the shot | The pensive bride

I'm Heather Laurenne, the photographer behind Heather Laurenne Photography in Houston, TX and Richmond, VA. I specialize in engagements, weddings, and love stories for the whimsical, unique, and bespoke bride. 

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How I got the shot | Celebration

Name: Jill Gum

Business Name: Jill Gum Photography

Why did you take this photo?: Rebecca and Matthew had their ceremony aisle lined in gorgeous light pink petals. Right when I saw them, I knew I wanted to use them for another purpose to give them a really special and fun portrait on their wedding day- so during family formals, we asked the groomsmen to collect them in a couple of bags so we could bring them to their sunset portraits!

Camera: 5D Mark III

Lens: 85mm 1.2

All exif data: IS 200, f/1.8, 1/1250, Natural light

Why did you use these settings?: I shot this at 1.8 because I knew I wanted there to be some good bokeh to show the depth in the petals and also get that glowy skin I love. The rest of the settings just corresponded with that most important setting to get proper exposure!

Thought process behind the photo: I knew I wanted to do this shot near sunset for that golden light everyone loves! The sun is coming in from an angle behind them so that there isn't too much flare (which can cause a lack of crispness and focus). I decided that unlike most petal pictures I see, I wanted the "throwers" to be a part of it (these bridesmaids were FABULOUS, lovely, and in the most gorgeous gowns!). I love the joy on their faces, and think they add a lot to the image (but that is personal preference!). This was our 3rd attempt at this image to get the petals just right! What we found in this situation was that everyone had to throw them at different heights to begin with- or they all fell in one large clump!

Editing of the photo:  Very minimal- added in just a little fill light and brought down my darks a bit to keep a little pop in the image. That is all!

Bride and Groom in beautiful light with petals being thrown

3 sentence bio about you/your business: Jill is a wedding photographer, blogger, and educator in Central Illinois. She also a wife, mother, and an industry encourager. She shoots in the midwest and beyond, and believes in serving your clients better so you can live your life better! You can find her @jillgumphotography on instagram, Jill Gum Photography on facebook, or at jillgum.com.


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How I got the shot | Styled Shoot with new 85mm

Name: Lauren Simmons

Business Name: Lauren Simmons Photography

Why did you take this photo?: This photo was taken for a styled shoot I was asked to do in Richmond, VA! We were show casing the florist and an up and coming venue. Vendors for the styled shoot: Photography | Lauren Simmons Photography // Videography | Joshua Bryan Cinema // Floral & Planning | Courtney Inghram Events // Venue | Ashton Creek Vineyard // Rentals | Paisley & Jade // Calligraphy | Letterlyn Studio // Makeup | Kara Waggoner Make Up Artistry LLC // Hair | Event Hair by Lauren // Linens | Rent-E-Quip inc. 

Camera: D3s

Lens: 85mm 1.4

All exif data: Focal Length: 85, F-stop: 2.2, ISO: 200, Shutter Speed: 1/800

Why did you use these settings? : This was one of my first shoots using my new 85mm! It was a little more difficult to get used to than I thought. For the longest time I had been using a 50mm and a 24-70mm and manipulating it to do what I want, but the 85mm 1.4 did EXACTLY what I wanted it to do. Before that I hadn't used a lens with such a low f-stop potential so it took a while to get used to. It was a cloudy, but very bright day out, so I put it on 200 ISO. I chose 2.2 f-stop since I wanted to make sure to showcase the flowers for the florist since it was her shoot. Otherwise, I probably would have chosen 1.8! Since I was shooting at 2.2, I bumped the shutter speed to 1/800.

Thought process behind the photo: I chose this location outside because it had just stopped raining and wanted to make sure I was serving the venue well by showcasing different parts of the outside. As far as evoking emotion, my style is to ALWAYS try to catch the couple in a moment, but in order to do that I have to help create a genuine moment. What's funny about this shoot is that this couple was just friends! They weren't even dating! Of course I made sure they were comfortable before doing anything. In this case, my request looked a little like this, "alright you two sit close, nice and cozy! Now Julie, gently lay your flowers in your lap. Chris, wrap your left arm around Julie and use your right hand to hold her elbow. Look at me and smile! Perfect! Now Chris look at Julie and Julie keep smiling at me. Perfect. You two look so great!" I know I said A LOT, but the key to keep my clients in a genuine moment is for me to keep talking and keep affirming them. It makes a WORLD of a difference.

Editing of the photo: The lighting in this photo was not what I wanted it to be. Yes, it was bright, cloudy, perfectly diffused light, but there was a giant shadow made by the building. I really wanted a picture of these two on the rock, so I made the lighting work since my focus was the background. To edit, I upped the exposure and increased the shadows and blacks to make up for the lighting.

Styled Shoot photo of a bride and groom sitting with loose organic bouquet and a blue suit

3 sentence bio about you/your business: Hi there, I'm Lauren! I'm a wedding photographer in my hometown of Virginia Beach and I'm available for travel. My passion is serving couples on their wedding day, because it's one of the most memorable and joy-filled days of their entire lives. 

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How I got the shot | Couple in the Woods

Name: Marquette Mower

Business Name: Marquette LaRee

Why did you take this photo? : Randi and Porter are a very expressive couple. We spent most of their engagement session laughing, running, spinning, and talking. While this is very much who they are, they also would have moments of quiet connection where they melted into each other. Those moments were sweet and intimate; I felt almost like an intruder being there as they would just melt together and connect. I knew I wanted one of these moments captured in a way that really focused on them and the love they have for each other.

Camera: Nikon D750

Lens: Sigma 85mm 1.4

All exif data: f/2.5, 1/125, ISO-320, no flash

Why did you use these settings? : With the thick stand of Aspens, I wanted them to take center stage in the photo. With their darker outfits I needed their surroundings to be light, and for the depth of field to be shallow so that the trees melted away behind them.

Thought process behind the photo: When we came on a fallen log, I knew this would get them up and out of the ferns and give a different perspective than we'd been getting. I had them hop up on the log and then I backed up the little hill behind me. From there I told them that we'd just done a lot of fun shots, but that for this set I wanted them to snuggle in, melt into each other, and connect. I'd seen them take moments like this earlier, so I knew I didn't want to coach them into something that wasn't them, and started with simple directions. They did just that. They leaned into each other and were home. With the framing, I grabbed a few full body shots, but the log and ferns ended up being distracting and took away from them and their emotion. So I went further up the hill, framed it to show just them and the trees, and got this shot. This held the emotion I was working for.

Editing of the photo: In Lightroom, I ended up cooling the temperature down a little, upping the overall exposure, and then darkening shadows to get this end result. I wanted it to be light, but not too airy.

How I got the shot | Couple in the Woods

I'm an orange obsessed, peanut butter craving, summer loving girl living in Northern Arizona with my husband and two kids. I am a wedding and anniversary photographer with a love for DIY/Backyard weddings! The three most important things in my life (beyond the obvious family, faith, and friends, because those trump all) would be warm blankets (I'm not a cold weather person!), hot cinnamon rolls, and flying pigs.

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How I got the shot | Wedding on the beach

Name: deborah ryan

Business Name: deborahannphotography

Why did you take this photo? : Pam and Morgan so wanted their ceremony to be on the beach and it was set to be but it rained alot! So when the rain stopped for a little bit we all ran out to get the pics on the beach that we could.

Camera: Nikon D750

Lens: Nikkor 70-200 2.8

All exif data: F stop 2.8, ISO 320 Shutter Speed 4000

Why did you use these settings? : I had no light at all to use. The sky was dark and very grey and totally overcast. I knew that I would need a fast shutter speed because the sand was wet and they were very shaky trying to walk through it. I knew I could get alot of exposure in post so I was not worried at all. I chose no fill flash as I usually want to avoid that outdoors most of the time.

Thought process behind the photo: So here I wanted the ocean behind them and needed a bit of the rocks in the image to break up the solid horizon. Morgan is one who thinks he is suppose to always look to the photographer so I had to trick him a bit. I shouted to Pam that she needed to say something very personal that would make him laugh. Well it worked for sure, I love how candid this shot was by capturing his true emotion.

Editing of the photo:  So I knew when I shot this that alot of work would be needed to bring this image to life. With no natural light at all, the image was quite dull. Washed out really.
I used a preset that I created to enhance color, clarity, exposure and contrast. From there I tweaked alot of other things in lightroom, especially the lights and darks. I saturated the blues to get Morgan's grey suit to pop out. Pam had a great tan which really helped alot for her skin not disappearing. Morgan has very fair skin so I had to darken him a bit.

How I got the shot | Wedding on the beach | DeborahannPhotography

I am married to my best friend Jeff. We have two beautiful children both getting married within the next 7 months. Creating and capturing life's journey for my clients through my lens is such a gift to me!

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