November 1, 2010 / Wedding
Montrell & Lewis' Wedding | Atlanta Westin Perimeter North | Atlanta Wedding Photographer
This was my first wedding as part of Premier Wedding Photography Group and more of an interview than an actual shoot. So how does someone “interview” to join a group of renowned Atlanta Photography professionals? By committing to a 7 hour drive after coming from a wedding the night before in St. Petersburg, FL to arrive back Atlanta, GA to audition at another wedding shoot!
Portfolios only go so far and personality/ambition/drive – all of that unquantifiable “stuff” that makes a person who they are also plays a large part in choosing a wedding photographer. Besides having some great chats about photography in general and learning each other’s personalities, I learned a lot in my short time there from Chris about the business side of photography and his shooting style. This was my first shot where 95% of all of the shots were taken on Manual Mode. Now don’t get me wrong by thinking that in order to be a professional you must shoot manual – because that is not the case at all. To be a professional you must understand your camera and why things are happening the way they are in order to achieve the creative effects you want to get the shot and make your client happy. While I understood the concepts completely, having the freedom to practice at a wedding where I was not the principal photographer was a huge relief because that is the other side of being a professional – consistently delivering the shot each and every time. When someone is relying on you to capture the memories of their once in a lifetime event you don’t want to be fumbling with your camera settings, know your tools to let the tools get out of the way so that you can focus on being a creative professional.
These guys were a lot of fun, and as you can see I was assigned to the boys for the morning prior to the ceremony at the Westin Atlanta North Perimeter. I love it when a wedding party isn’t too wrapped up in the intensity of the day and uses the photo session as a way to release some of the tension (even if they are dressed up in a full tuxedo)! We took the guys outside and grabbed some pictures, with the fun pose here and there for food measure. The challenge was to try to apply some of the directions that Chris had given me earlier in the day about tips on using Manual Mode and his own personal shooting style of Jpegs in Manual Mode and ensuring that you get everything right in camera to cut down on the editing time afterwards. The background is a little overexposed but overall I really enjoyed the photos and our quick session together.
As the ceremony began I kept things on Manual (instead of my preferred Apeture Priority Mode) working on using the flash in more creative ways and really forcing myself to apply the theoretical side of camera workings to a real world wedding shoot with another photographer there to ensure the critical shots were taken while I experimented. I love every wedding and usually for different reasons, this was my technical wedding moreso than interacting with our fun bride and groom: Montrell and Lewis. I learned and applied learning so much in the few short hours I spent with Chris and learning from a season professional photographer who has been doing this for over 14 years in Atlanta.
Finally wrapping this post up with two other of my favorite shots of the guys as we joked around inside the Westin and killed time waiting for the bride and her bridesmaids to finish getting ready. Thank you Chris from Premier Wedding Photography for having me along for the shoot and to Montrell and Lewis for allowing me to participate in your special day as a member of the photography team!