Traveller, Photographer, Mountaineer, Human

First Time Shooting a Wedding as Main Photographer (Part 1)

Last month, two friends of ours got married in a small and intimate wedding.  We were invited as photographers and this was my first time to shoot a wedding this way.  Having several camera systems (Canon, m4/3 and Fuji), I made a decision which camera to use based on only 1 criterion, flash.  My Olympus EM5 and Fuji XE1 both have flash but they are small and not powerful.  I also have three external speedlights but two are manual and the other only has TTL with Canon.  Hence, it was Canon 7D + 15-85mm, 50mm 1.4 and the EOS with 22mm as additional camera.

For most of the events, I used the 15-85mm with the Nissin flash (with mini softbox/flash diffuser) mounted on the camera.  I could use the 50mm for better image quality (especially in low light) but I’ll have to be changing lenses for wider shots and in fast-paced events, I’m not comfortable doing this.  Eman was also there shooting but since he’s using the Samyang 85mm, there are some shots that he cannot take.  Oyet also took some pictures using the Pentax K01.

The wedding was done in a resort in Batangas (beautiful place).  It was on a garden near the pool (good thing since there was still light from the afternoon sun compared to a dimly lit church).

Anyway, the pictures of the ceremony and wedding preparations turned out well (well enough that I believe they came out much better than some people I know who’ve hired totally amateur photographers with a consumer DSLR + kit lens to cover their weddings).

First kiss, the light in the background is from a Samsung cellphone being used by the groom’s friend to shoot video (turned out very well).


The bride with their baby daughter (such an angel, didn’t cry the whole time we were there) * The bride and groom on the stairs of one of the villas before the wedding.

The bride and groom.
The wedding ceremony being presided by a Justice of Peace

Family and close friends.

Part 2 to follow, family formals and reception + editing and delivering final results.

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