Weekly Q & A {LA Based Wedding Photographer}

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With that being said, I have listed the questions below. I do hope these questions help all of you aspiring/seasoned photographers! And thank you ladies for submitting your questions, I hope my answers are what you are looking for 🙂

“What are the top lenses you would recommend to have in my arsenal?”- Kristen Durairaj

1. “The general purpose zoom” which is a 18-50mm (normally this tends to be the kit lens) or you could look into a 24-70mm. These lenses are really great for being able to shoot wide, but you also have the ability to zoom in.  I would however always recommend that you make sure that the lenses that you choose are fixed lens so a f/2.8, f/1.8/ or a f/1.4, because it will give you much more control over the depth of field

2.   This would be a 50mm (again keep the lens fixed). I personally LOVE my 50mm and it hardly comes off my camera. It is a great lens for capturing portraits, head shots, and even weddings (not the full wedding though).

3.  A “telephoto zoom” lens is key. That would be an 80-200mm (which is on the more affordable side) or even a 70-200mm.  I use my zoom for wedding ceremonies, this helps me get nice close up shots of the B&G’s faces at a farther distance away. But these lenses could also be used for fast moving objects for ex. animals running or flying, people playing sports etc..

In my camera bag I have a: 70-200mm, 50mm f/1.8, 28mm f/1.8, 35mm f/1.8

“What’s your best tip for shooting in full sun when there is no shade (I.e a wedding ceremony)?”- Julie Villarreal

Honestly, I HATE shooting in direct sunlight and it rarely is fun when you have to. But sometimes like wedding ceremonies you have no choice.  When it is a wedding ceremony, you just have to roll with the punches and shoot what you can. The subjects will all be squinting, but you can’t do anything about it. Now if you attend the rehearsal and noticed there would be a better place to set up the ceremony then I would recommend speaking with the coordinator about relocating. (I shot a few weddings this year in direct sunlight and two out of the three the couples asked me about the sun, and we moved the ceremony location to a different part of the grounds (with their approval of course).  Now this doesn’t happen often, but if it does don’t be afraid to give your professional expertise recommendation.

Now, if you are shooting portraits, families, engagements etc… I always recommend shooting against the sun. So just make sure your subjects backs are towards the sun at all times (that will eliminate the squinting and scrunching of the eyes and nose) My other recommendation would be to look around where you are shooting to see if there are any shaded areas around you, and head there.

“How do you get group formals sharp and everyone in focus?”- Julie Villarreal

When shooting group formals, you normally want to fill the frame with the subjects so cropping is minimal.  But I would also recommend investing in some prime lenses such as the 35mm, 50mm, or 85mm. I normally photograph family portraits at weddings with my 50mm and the photos are crisp.  Or you may want to think about using a tripod to ensure that the photos will be crisp. Sometimes  photos do not turn out to be “in focus” or “crisp” because there was a little movement on our end, or the lighting is not the best in the location (and you really had to bump up your ISO or mess around with your camera settings).  If shooting family portraits for weddings, make a suggestion to head outside or where there is more natural light.

Thank you again ladies for your questions, and I do hope my answers lead you in the right direction.

Make sure to leave your comments & or questions for me to answer in the comment box below and I will answer them next week!

 

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Mr & Mrs. Stone -Jamaican Wedding {{Destination Wedding Photographer}}

I know its been quite a while since I have blogged, but I have been traveling like crazy and have not had a moment to sit down and give my full attention to my blog. (I know excuses excuses lol)

However, today I have a FABULOUS treat for you! Its a Jamaican Wedding! I had the lovely opportunity to travel abroad in early May to photograph the ever gorgeous Ni and her handsome groom Landon.  These two love birds had a very intimate wedding with friends and family who traveled from near and far to witness the joining of these two beautiful people. 

They tied the knot along the gorgeous coast of Jamaica at the fabulous Half Moon Resort. All I have to say about this wedding, is STUNNING! The bride, the groom and down to the details is all stunning. How is this my job!? I am one blessed girl. 

Thank you to Ni & Landon for choosing Swanky Fine Art Weddings to photograph your special day. I had the best time photographing your wedding in such a swanky & chic location. You two are such lovely people who are head over heels for one another, and I am so honored to have been able to be part of your day!

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Getting Pumped! I am speaking at Fabulously Weds Wedding Workshop!

Hello, all you fabulous brides! Congratulations on your engagement! I am so excited for you all to embark on this new journey ahead of you.

If you are bride in the beginning stages of your planning, you MUST check out Fabulously Weds Wedding Workshop series here in Los Angeles, California. This is a MUST to help you plan up to your day (and on your day) with some very useful information. I am proud to announce that I will be speaking at the April 28th workshop in regards to finding the perfect photographer for you. So if you are around make sure to grab a ticket (plus, its FREE!!! Score!) and I will see you there!

Email: itsfab@fabulouslywed.com

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Eric & Natalie Michigan Wedding (Southern California Wedding Photographer)

Today on the blog is this fabulous couple, Eric & Natalie Hatfield. These two love birds were married back in February in cold Michigan! (I know shame on me, for adding them to the blog so late) Natalie and I have known one another since we were babies! We grew up going to church together and 25 years later, she is married! When Natalie asked me to shoot her wedding I was beyond excited! After all we grown up together, she found a wonderful man that loves her more than life itself, and plus Eric was part of my own wedding! (He played the guitar) So to be asked to photograph this wedding, I KNEW I could not turn it down. Plus, I won’t let any of my friends hire another photographer but me hehe

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Hatfield! Love you guys!

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Ben & Vanessa Malibu State Park Engagement Session (LA Wedding Photographer)

Saturday January 12th, I had the joy of photographing Ben & Vanessa Fontana’s (not to mention she was the runner up on Paris Hilton’s show my new BFF) engagement pictures at Malibu State Park. It was the perfect day, although it was a tad chilly when we were not in the sun, but for the most part PERFECT! We chose to shoot later in the day to create a more romantic feel, plus the sun coming through the trees created some STUNNING light so we could create some STUNNING photos for these to love birds to cherish forever. They love everything vintage & modern so we had a good mix of the two with their choice of a vintage picnic.  These two also love the beach and watching the sunset, so what better way to end their session then to venture off a few miles away to the beautiful El Matador Beach along the PCH in Malibu for some great and fabulous beach shots. It was a pleasure spending the afternoon with these two, they are crazy in love and so excited for their July wedding! I couldn’t be more happier for them! Congratulations 🙂

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James & Bethany Denver, Colorado E-Session (Wedding Photographer)

While visiting my best friend a.k.a my twin Bethany in Denver back in November, I had the most wonderful opportunity to photograph her & her love James. We ventured off to the foothills of the mountains which was such a gorgeous, rustic, and vintage location that was absolutely PERFECT for the look they wanted for their photos. These two have been dating for quite sometime and it has ALL been long distance, until now; hence the photo of the hand drawn united states. Back in June Bethany made the move to CO, to join her love and to have that much needed time together before they tie the knot this June!  I am beyond thrilled, excited, and happy that these two found and fell in love with one another, they truly bring out the best in one another and I am ecstatic to be part of this whole journey 🙂 Yayy! “Cheers to Love”.

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