June 27, 2011 / Wedding
Desiree + Greg: United | St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church | Woodstock Wedding Photographer
Desiree & Greg’s wedding was a second shooter wedding I shot a couple of weeks ago helping out Matt from Matthew Druin Photography in the morning before heading over to Decatur to be the primary photographer and videographer at Nishi’s Indian wedding reception that same night. It’s actually a lot of fun being the second shooter because you know that you are getting a totally different angle from the other photographer and have a bit more freedom. While Matt was up front in the church I was in the back for example getting a totally different angle. Speaking of the church, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Woodstock, in case you missed a post from a few weeks ago I set up a second camera to record a tilt-shift time-lapse of the wedding ceremony:
Now, on to the wedding day for Desiree & Greg! We started the day off at the hotel with the girls getting ready, and when they’re all already throwing back mimosas you know you’re in for a fun day ahead!
I love shooting primes! 35mm lens wide open at f/1.4 on the full frame Canon 5D Mark II
As you could see from the opening video to this post, I just recently acquired the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II lens, which is a Tilt + Shift lens. Now to most people, that means nothing, and even to most photographers they’ll never use it or need to use it. The lens is primarily designed for architectural photography to straighten lines on buildings and such, but by playing with the tilt function you can blur the plane of focus and get some neat effects for portrait/wedding work as well!
It’s a fun effect, difficult to use, but fun. After the girls finished their hair and makeup we all headed over to the church to put on the dress and finish up last minute touches before the ceremony. Oh, and to meet up with the groom I guess…
We got down to the zero hour and I hung back with Desiree and her mom right before they walked into the sanctuary. Another fun advantage of being the second shooter at this wedding and having some flexibility with where I needed to be!
Peeking out to see if it was okay to reveal the bride. Yes it is, here we go!!
Here is another great example of the flexibility of the second photographer, up in the balcony during the exit. One of my favorite shots of the day!
After the ceremony we did the customary group formal photos and did a few fun shots here and there of course. Desiree with the boys:
Sorry another fun shot with the guys!
And again with the boys, Greg lined up in front of the church with his groomsmen and posed for the camera:
And then they casually strolled off into the sunset… or the reception, whatever!
Speaking of the reception, we moved over to an awesome country club in Woodstock, GA. I only stayed for the first dances before I had to book it back in Atlanta to photograph Nishi’s wedding reception at Zyka in Decatur. I was able to grab a few photos before I left though.
Yum, cupcakes instead of a cake! And that’s a wrap folks! Thanks to Matt for inviting me along to photograph this awesome wedding between Desiree and Greg and thanks to the couple themselves, congratulations! Since I immediately left this wedding to go photograph a second wedding the same day… yup, that means that the next post is going to be from Nishi’s wedding reception at Zyka! This past weekend I photographed two weddings, one on Friday in Athens at Foundry Park Inn & Spa (Brandi & Bryan), and then another on Saturday at the Wimbash House (Trina & Shawn); but this was a first doing two weddings on the SAME DAY! Have a great week everyone, more posts to come throughout the week as usual!
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Zachary Long is a wedding photographer based in Downtown Atlanta but travels anywhere as evidenced by this post, shooting a morning wedding in Kennesaw & Woodstock, and then driving to Decatur for an evening wedding reception! View our portfolio site for more wedding work at http://www.FengLongPhoto.com/ and use the “Contact Us” page or send us an email directly at FengLongPhoto@gmail.com