I think the father-daughter dance is one of the most special moments of the wedding day. I can’t tell you how many times these moments have brought tears to my eyes (behind my camera of course)! I want to share with you a few of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them!
My husband and I had the opportunity to travel to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, the Tetons and the Bad Lands as well as explore God’s gorgeous, beyond words, creation. What an amazing adventure we had as well. I knew it would be a different experience in photography for me than I was use to. Actually, it was the first time I really got to just play around and not have to position people! So I want to tell you some of the things I learned and hopefully you can try them out for yourselves.
Tip 1: Pay Attention to Your Aperture.
I would say that on average I use f/18 or higher when shooting a mountain range. The reason being is that you want to be able to get as much as possible in focus. You want those far away mountains to be crisp and clear. In this picture however, I only wanted the closer aspens in focus while the pine tress in the background blurred. So I stood back aways and used a f/4.0.
Tip 2: Use a TRIPOD!
I can’t express how important this is! Since you will have such a large aperture you are going to need a slow shutter. I always tried to keep my ISO at 100…I didn’t want any grain in my pictures. Also, when capturing a panoramic you need to make sure your camera is the same height as much as possible. Keep it the same zoom through out the whole picture.
Tip 3: Timer
I found that using my 2-second timer is very helpful. Again with using a slow shutter any movement can cause blur, so by setting my timer it allows me to focus then take my hands completely off the camera for no movement at all.
Tip 4: Have a point of focus
Focus on the point, whether close or in the distance, that you want your viewers to see first. What stands out about this picture? Is it the waterfall falling down the mountain, the only peak in the mountain range with snow, the majestic animal that instantly grabs your attention, or is it the unbelievable color or texture in the rocks? Whatever it is focus there…just watch for cars!!!
Tip 5: Capturing a beautiful waterfall
I have to say that of all the waterfalls we saw on our trip, big, huge and tiny, I loved the small elegant ones the best. They are so peaceful and full of beauty. There are two options when capturing a waterfall…you can have the water look rushing or flowing. I love flowing but that is just my preference. To achieve that look you need to lower your shutter speed…I think I was usually at or below 1/20th of a second for most of them. Again, this is why a tripod is so unbelievably important.
Tips are always helpful but one other thing that I learned while on our trip is PATIENCE!!! Waiting for the perfect moments are what really pay off!
As a photographer this is my goal for every wedding I have the privilege of capturing. This picture says it all. Let me step back before I get ahead of myself and tell the story behind it…
Unlike the tradition tingeing of the glasses to make the bride and groom kiss this couple had a bowl to draw from. Whatever that piece of paper said is what the person(s) that drew had to do. So the two adorable kids looking at the bride and groom came and grabbed one that said they had to finish a rhyme. The rhyme went something like this…
“Roses are red, violets are blue…(the kids filled in)..so when is the baby going to be due!”
The bride replied with “9 months from today!” Everyone, as you can see, including the bride, was very surprise at her answer!!
This is why I love doing what I do. I get to be apart of such a special day and capture those unbelievably funny, surprising moments and also those happy yet sad tears at times. I couldn’t be more blessed to have the job I do!
Want the craziest most fun photo shoot possible? Do a Trash-The-Dress! There are endless possibilities of ways to do this. We decided to do ours in the woods and water. It was too dry to get muddy like I was hoping. We used Matt Mason Photography out of Lake Geneva, WI. My husband and I are very outgoing and adventurous, so this was right up our alley. Plus when will you ever wear that dress again…and you know your daughter won’t! You can make this photo shoot romantic, fun, crazy, or whatever your style is. I HIGHLY recommend doing this…you will never forget it!
Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog! I plan on using this on a semi-regular basis to display my recent/favorite work, give tutorials on different photography topics, and discuss other photography related subjects that I find interesting. I hope you enjoy what I have post!