Elvis and Pink Cadillac Las Vegas Wedding photography is here. There is nothing like having Elvis drive you into the chapel in the back seat of a pink Cadillac, dance to the stage in the middle of a smoke and lighting show, have Elvis say a little something, give you your vows and dance out of the chapel. Only in Vegas.
I went to Las Vegas for a destination wedding up in the mountains about an hour out of town and had my travel day to poke around the wedding chapels on the Las Vegas strip. While I’m not that fond of the town I find the wedding curiously interesting. This service happened to be on the tenth anniversary of the couples wedding. They were surrounded by their children and other family members, who all had great fun. Elvis spoke for a while about marriage and was humorous, on point and rather philosophical at times. One of their daughter brought the rings up, they exchanged rings and then the groom “sang” (lipped synced) a couple songs. At the end of the ceremony everyone came outside on to tohe driveway and greeted the couple. It was bright after being inside for so long.
A post of a spring wedding Belle Isle Casino. We had a bright, clear, crisp, mid March day a the Belle Isle Casino on, you guessed it, Belle Isle in the Detroit River, in you guessed it Detroit MI.
The bride had one of the larger rooms upstairs to get ready, where she got dressed and we did some bridal portraits. The windows in this old building make for wonderful natural lit portraits. The stairways, interior room and wonderful exterior arches, hallway, steps and views of the city make for a wonderful venue to photograph a wedding. Being a bit chilly outside the ceremony was held indoors. The bride walked down the stairs and down the aisle with her Dad. I shot a couple panoramas of the ceremony. To do a panorama with convention a DSLR, I take a series of overlapping images and the use Photoshop software to stitch the images together. It will sometimes give a bit of a bowed look that I don;’t mind. In tight shooting situations it is often the only way to get the shot. It was a lovely ceremony complete with the jumping the broom tradition.
We got outside for ONE shot of the entire bridal party. It was a bit cold and I was moving as quickly as possible. The bride and groom toughed it out for some additional romantics. I probably did the bridal party and romantics in 12 minutes. I usually like to have 60 to 90 minutes, but you make do with what you have. Having a plan and experience certainly helps and I think the couple appreciated not being outside in the cold any longer than necessary. We were able to get some nice portraits, shots of them at the arches and shots of them with the city skyline in the background. For the dancing portion of the evening the bride changed her dress and the party got started.
Post of Indian Springs Wedding photography White Lake, MI. You can see their really cool engagement here.
It was a cool/cold May day that my pal Greg married his love Michelle. The weather was unpredictable enough that they chose to have the ceremony indoors. Our friend Trista was the other wedding photographer and covered the girls before the ceremony, so I do not have any shots of that.
I really like Indian Springs Metropark for a lot of reasons. I love the variety of architectural, grassy hills, water, tunnels, playground and woods. I often do family and individual portraits here.
Greg and Michelle chose to do a first look before the ceremony out on the boardwalk overlooking the pond. It was very sweet. We then did some bride and groom portraits on the boardwalk and then down in the tunnel and dome under the pond. We brought the whole wedding party in to the dome for more shots. There is a side hallway that has very peculiar green light. It is a challenge to get color correct shot, but fun. We got one outdoor bridal party shot with the guys and girls because it was so cold and windy. Trista and I then took the couple up to the crest of the hill just to the south of the hall for some big vista tree shots.
There was a ceremony, dinner, cake and dancing. Much fun had by all. Right as the sun was setting we took the couple out to a hill looking west and I played with adding gels to my off camera flash. The shots I’m showing are ones where I added blue to the flash and had to add warm/orange adjustments to the whole image to make the blue lit skin tones look more natural. That made the background unnaturally orange. Adding orange to the flash would make the background bluer.
This is a post of Summer wedding photography for Dan and Lindsey. This couple chose to have two photographers for their big day. This is a perfect example for when to have two photographers. The girls got ready at one location and were at the house for a while and the guys were at a hotel and we did a bit of photography there. If there was only one photographer the couple would have gotten considerable less coverage for the pre-ceremony shots. The couple also got the benefit of two different viewpoints for the ceremony, the bubble exit, bridal party shots and romantics.
My associate photographer Trista started at the bride’s home where there was much fun. I started at the hotel with the guys. the ceremony was at St Paul Lutheran Church in Northville, MI. the church is a smallish, lovely, traditional mid-western church. One of the highlights before the ceremony was the bride and groom exchanging notes around a corner. Many tears of joy.
After the ceremony we went to Plymouth Canton High School where the basketball coach opened up the gym for some hoops and pictures. I think the girls won.
Before we got the the reception, we went to the centra park in downtown Plymouth, MI. We did some shots at the fountain, under the trees and the couple reenacted the proposal in the exact spot. We then went to The Meeting House Grand Ballroom for the reception. The room there is always well presented. The hall had uplighting around the room to add to the beauty. One of the best things I like about the room is the balcony just above the dance floor. It allows for unique angle of dancing. Just after sunset we went out onto the street (really just the crosswalk) for sunset street romantics.
This winter Addison Oaks wedding photography post is a wonderful example of one of the benefits of having your wedding near Christmas. As you can see from the shots Addison Oaks in Leonard, MI the hall, rooms and exterior are beautifully decorated.
The dress shot is what photographers call a happy accident. The dress was hanging between a couple window and I added some strobe for fill. What I got is what I think is a very pretty image of a very pretty dress with a combination of warm tungsten light, blueish winter window light and a bit of strobe fill. I loved it as soon as I saw it on the back of the camera.
The couple chose to do a first look, so we went under a covered area to get them out of the cold a bit. We did it pretty quick to keep the bride as warm as possible, she did not want to wear her shawl. We than had the guys outside because they had jackets and could take the cold a bit. We even got a nice snow shower to add to the day. The girls were not so keen on shooting outside so we did the bridal party shots indoors at the ceremony location.
The bride got her shawl on and we did some shots at the front entrance with holiday decorations. It was pretty cold so we shot quickly and efficiently and then went inside. Addison Oaks was beautifully decorated and we had a lot of choice for situations to put the bride and couple. It was a relatively dark overcast day, so I had to use strobe as my primary and fill lighting.
A very nice day for a wonderful couple on a challenging shooting day. They sure were troopers and I expect they will enjoy their photography as much as I did capturing it.
Another Pine Knob Mansion wedding photography project. This was a wonderful summer day at one of the prettiest venues around. The old home is at the top of a hill with the Pine Knob Carriage House just down the road and the ski hill at the top of the next hill.
The women had the run of the majority of the top floor/. The best part is the sunroom that looks to the east out over the patio, the ceremony gazebo and down the hill with a great vista. The room has been recently redecorated and looks very nice. With all the windows it is a nice bright room perfect for getting ready pictures. The guys sometimes have the use if the upstairs man cave, but they arrived too late to get shots of them up there.
The bride walked with her Dad out of the dance room onto the patio, made a left turn and walked the brick paver path the the ceremony the gazebo. The guests are treated to one of the best views for a wedding ever. It was a wonderful ceremony.
We then had the run of the place for a quick harried bridal party and romantics shoot. Started with the bridal party at the brick wall by the stairs that lead to the patio and then to the front of the house with the guys on the top of the stone wall. We excused the bridal party and concentrated just on the bride and groom. There is a small pond, perfect for reflections, a gorgeous wall with brilliant fall trees, a stucco wall and sunset vistas looking to the west.
The dinner is in the rather congested dining room. The dancing started outside where I backlit the trees for effect and then continued in the indoor dance room.
Wedding party at the stairs Pine Knob Mansion
Rob and Nick got married at this same sex couple wedding photography. It was a beautiful summer day in Ann Arbor. We started the day at the hotel where the grooms got ready and friends came and went, getting ready and dropping off adult beverages. We got into the limo and took a quick tour of Ann Arbor. our first stop was at Nickels Arcade where did some of the engagement shots. It was a bit busy with foot traffic, but people were very courteous and gave us plenty of room. We wanted to go to the Law Quad, but is is completely tore up for major repair. We then went through the Diag and shot at the Library and under the trees.
The ceremony and reception was at Cobblestone Farms cobblestonefarm.org. The ceremony was held just to the left of the barn, just short of the goats. We had a bit more time after the ceremony for some additional wedding party shots and some additional romantics
This is a test I did with one of this years brides trying out Hollywood Glamour wedding photography. I was inspired by the old Hollywood portraits done by George Hurrell. It appears he used mostly direct light. I know that some of the shots were done with a large format camera. This was in the day before strobes were effective, so he probably used a bunch of tungsten hot lights. It must have been an interesting set.
I did this project with H&M artist Mary Simmons, she did the hair and makeup. I was able to get to the bride before she had her dressed cleaned and put away. It was shot in my studio with a very simple 2 light setup. I will continue to test with models and brides. I think it would be a nice addition to any wedding package, to offer Hollywood glamor photography before or after the wedding. I’m hearing that brides and couples are doing day after sessions. Might be something to explore.
Here is a collection of wedding ring photography. These were shot over the last couple years and I’m showing just a few examples of the many styles possible. I typically shoot the rings after the dancing has started at the reception. I find a surface or location that is meaningful to the couple. Often is is the linen on the head table, a swatch of color from the day and even sometimes flowers. Sometimes the venue has some interesting surfaces or items I can use as props to put the rings on.
I use a dedicated macro lens that almost get me close enough that the image is extremely close. I use off camera lighting with a fill card to evenly light some of the highly reflective metal of the rings. I choose to print my notes for the day on light blue card stack and that is my fill card. I like the slight influence of blue in the shadow fill and reflections. I also like to play with background lighting and reflections that go way out if focus, it really accents the sharpness and detail of the rings.
If you see me doing a ring shot at a reception please approach with caution. The rings are often delicately balanced and the slightest bump to the table might knock the rings and I would have to reset them again.
Grand Blanc MI wedding Photography at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. We started our day at the church where I shot the girls doing their pre-ceremony thing. We had enough time to get outside for some bridal portraits and then get the bride back in before guest started arriving. We then got the guys out for their shots with the groom who is active Army.
The ceremony was wonderful and the interior of the church is clean and modern. After the family formals we got the bridal party out back of the church for some fun bridal party shots.
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church www.stchrisgrandblanc.org