a few wedding shots

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  1. Foques

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    My lady's oldest sister got married over the last weekend (as, i'm sure, many other did), and I off course had to attend.

    I really dislike monkey suits.. and new shoes..and standing for darn nearly the whole day.:)

    anywho.

    I was not the photographer for them, but did take some pictures.

    CnC is, as always, welcome.

    A different point of view, on a traditional shot..?
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    Bride and her victim.
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    My Lady and her two brothers
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    Grandparents and newly wed
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    the bride. on the bottom of her dress, there is a date of the wedding.
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    the first "official" kiss
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    the flower girl
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    behind the scenes
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    The photographer asked groom for a serious face.. result:


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    Thanks for looking.
    Critique and nitpicking, and any feedback is very much welcome :)
     
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    I really like the 3rd one :]
     
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    thank you very much.
     
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    the flower girl one is good. The rest just look like you were on the sidelines taking snapshots.


    Also, dang, in the first kiss one it looks like she is attacking him!
     
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    ugh..
    I, in fact, was on the sidelines :)
    was trying to shoot at 200mm non-vr lens, so yeah, snapshots they are.
     
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    I think parties/weddings/events are super hard to take pictures and not have them turn out snap-shotty. I took some pictures at my gramma's birthday and I had the same issues. I got some really good ones too, so I know what I want to try to do next time. I guess it's all a "do->learn->do better" process. take the pictures you liked from this one and try to duplicate them next time.
     
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    yes sir. that is the plan.

    by posting my pictures online, I can see what pictures are liked more then others, and I always welcome suggestions and recommendations.
    I've learned a great deal so far thanks to feedback of people such as yourself.

    Thank you for looking :)
     
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    I find that the best pictures of these things are not only well taken (ie stuff that we can control as the photographer) but also, governed by the facial expression of the subject. All of my favorites have people in them with a facial expression that tells a story. That's what I look for, and it's really hard to catch.
     
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    :hail:
    someone agrees with me!!!
    I am glad, i'm not the only one who looks for that.
    perhaps thats why, say, 8 and 10 are my faves. they may not be focused exactly right, but they don't have those usual "cheese" smiles.
     
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    I like 1, but it really bothers me that one of the bridesmaids is looking at the camera and no one else is.

    2 might have been my favorite, but the camera metered the picture off of the black suits, and therefore it's very over-exposed. it also looks motion blurred due to the slower than needed shutter speed.

    5 could have been great, but her expression is very blah. kind of ruins it for me. maybe if she were posed the same, but looking down and smiling really big... that's what I see anyway.

    7 is awesome. cute kid, the picture shows motion, good DOF.

    remember also to give our eyes somewhere to go in the picture... if everyone is looking off to the left of the picture, it feels awkward that the picture just ends right there. think about using the rule of thirds if it works. These all look like really tight crops... maybe think about including just a little more negative space. it makes the picture more comfortable.
     
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    thank you for picking it apart. I was hoping someone would.

    I need to buy me a book or two on the portraits and portrait composition. I am struggling with that. :\
     
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    yep me too.... it's always easier to see what you would do differently when it's someone else's pictures though.
     

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