Moving into the long weekend and a week’s vacation, I’ll be taking some time to finish some projects and then some time to b.r.e.a.t.h.e. I can’t believe how fast the summer has gone. In fact, it never really started, what with the unusual and un-predictable weather we had. But you know what, while I love summer and the opportunity to wear sun-dresses and flip flops and lounge in the backyard, September is really my favorite time of year. I guess it goes back to being in school and at the end of summer getting excited to start the new school year, with new books and new clothes and getting to see all your school friends again. And still to this day, September always feel’s like the real ‘New Year’ to me. I still love picking up the massive fall edition of the latest fashion magazines (who remember’s reading ‘Sassy’ and ‘Seventeen’?) and shopping for ‘fall’ clothes. And I still save items to wear for the first time at the beginning of September (in fact, I have this cute little plaid shirt that I can’t wait to wear, sitting in my closet). Along with the end of summer, September brings with it the air of new beginnings and fresh starts. Time to flip the calendar page over and make new plans around my continued commitment to healthy eating & bike riding and growing my Wedding Photography business for 2014. What are some of YOUR new beginnings & plans for next month? :)
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From a beautiful Greek wedding ceremony I documented. I love the way the couples hands are clasped here – signifying their new commitment to each other.
Guildwood Park in Toronto. Scarborough actually. A bit of a twisty turny spot to get to, but definitely a cool location for photos. This is where I ended up for wedding bridals, second shooting for Mendes Photography – in December. It was cold. But we’ll get back to that. We started out with some getting ready shots in the house. I love love love the traditional mehndi design the bride had applied to her hands and feet! So pretty and such a beautiful compliment to the cream coloured lengha she wore for the ceremony. Afterwards, we made our way over to the park. So I mentioned it was cold right? It was freezing actually. But the bride was a trooper in open toed high heels to boot and we made it a point to shoot as quickly as we could! The old amphitheatre is quite stunning with it’s beautiful architecture and played a beautiful backdrop for their portraits with the sun peaking in and out from the clouds.
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Well we didn’t get the worm, but we did catch some lovely light. The thing about early morning light, is you really do have to get out early. We got lucky here, because this was an early Sept morning and the sun was rising later. So starting our session at 7:30, we were still able to catch some light. But if this were mid summer you have to get out much earlier.
We found this cool ditch with abandoned railway ties in it and started to explore. In these first 3 images, you can see how the light changes depending on the angle to the camera. In the first image, I’m facing straight onto the subject and the sun is to camera left, in the east. You can see just a bit of back-light occurring. In the second image, I’ve now started to move around the subject to camera right/moving south. You can see now she is getting a more definite back-light and rim-light happening. The angle the light is hitting my lens is also causing some light flare. I don’t mind it, but adding a lens hood, your hand, or adjusting the angle of the lens can easily get rid of it. In the third image, I’m now in a position where the model is in really nice shade. I’ve gone to a much lower angle (I’m likely lying on my stomach), which eliminates any lens flare.
The important thing here is to remember to move. Changing your angle and relation to your subject changes how the light looks along with your composition. When I finally move all the way around behind the model and ask her to turn around and face me, so she is now facing south and the sun is hitting her from camera right, I was rewarded with seeing this beautiful swath of light, perfectly sweeping across her face. To achieve this, in manual mode, I made sure to expose for the light on her face. If you’re in an auto setting you risk having the camera try to evenly expose the entire scene and lose this beautiful light.
Canon 5DII, Canon 50mm f1.4 @ f1.4, ISO 160, 1/1250
Ya, I said it. Explains my love of action drama’s where the lead character is also involved in a dramatic, star crossed love story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Beauty and Beast, Simon & Alisha from Mifits and Stefan & Elena from Vampire Diaries. Hmm… Apparently I also have a thing for sci-fi drama. But seriously, what can be better to photograph and document, then the love that two people share. And what better opportunity to do that than on the day they’ve chosen to commit and honour their love in front of friends and family? So if I have the honour of documenting your big day, do expect to be asked to show
some a lot of PDA’s. Afterall, you will have just sealed your commitment it with a kiss moments before. What’s one more? :)