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D’Anna & Billy’s wedding

September 13, 2009

My cousin’s daughter D’Anna married Billy last Saturday. And I got to photograph it all!

I really enjoyed tagging along with the photographer (Tom Paule and his assistant Pat). Pat was awesome. He took the time to help me, especially with my speedlite. Everything I learned that day was due to him. I’ll share the biggest tip – when shooting indoors with the speedlite (not sure if it’s in all situations, but definitely applied to the church that day), set the ISO to 400, AP to 4-4.5, and SS to 1/30. Once I started doing that, my pictures really turned out amazing (provided my flash fired, but that’s another story). At the reception, he suggested that I increase my SS to 1/15 because it was more dark – but that didn’t help in most situations. I got a lot of OOF pictures when I did that. I think his flash was stronger than mine to freeze the motion.

The whole day was awesome. I mean, it didn’t start out great. The fire alarm went off in our hotel at 5am … caused by lightning hitting the building. It was pouring rain. It rained up until the wedding start time. We were supposed to do outside pictures before going to the church. But it all went fine despite the rain. I took a bunch of pictures in the hotel room … where the lamp behind everyone made editing REALLY DIFFICULT! I’m interested in seeing the photographer’s pictures from that set. Then after the wedding, I rode with the wedding party on the limo bus to a garden in St. Louis. It started sprinkling when we got there, but then cleared up for the pictures. The reception started 3 hours after the wedding, and I never got lunch with all of the photography going on. LOL Totally worth it though!

Okay, that’s more than enough rambling from me. I just had a great time, learned a lot, and am happy with my pictures. The photographer was nice, but there wasn’t much time for me to do anything on my own with the bride. He took most of her time. I did get her to pose for me a few times without him around. 😉

Here’s the link to the set on Flickr – there are some duplicates because of different edits. I edited over 200, I have 99 on Flickr. But the ones below are some of my overall favorites.
the dress

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At the rehearsal dinner


In the hotel room

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The lamp was right behind them … ay yi yi

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The photographer didn’t get this at all, lucky me! It’s the father of the groom and his other son’s wife


Brothers of the bride


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Just love this one

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I don’t know if the photographer got this … this is the groom wiping away his tears during his vows. No flash during the ceremony so I struggled with light.

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Boys will be boys

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Rich thought I should delete this one. He didn’t get it. I was thinking that she’s looking towards her future …

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His last name is Flowers, I was being funny taking a picture of him WITH the flowers. 😉
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A different crop …

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I did a lomo action on this for fun

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Another funky action called “lovely and ethereal”

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Okay, I know that was a lot, but it was really hard to pick even that few to share. If you looked at them all, THANK YOU!

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  1. September 16, 2009 1:20 pm

    Gwen – some of these are so freakin’ awesome! And I hope you know what a tremendous blessing that is that Pat spent so much time talking you through it. Some pros can be so stingy with their “tips”. Thank YOU for sharing it with ME! LOL. I will put that into practice for sure (the speedlite settings).

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