After shooting engagement photos for Faizan and Hien back in March, I was looking forward to enjoying their wedding as simply a guest rather than the official photographer. It’s not that I didn’t want the honor of photographing their wedding, but having shot weddings for the past seven years, I figured it’d be a nice change to just be an ordinary guest. Plus, I was scheduled to get on a plane the next morning, so keeping everything relaxed and chill was definitely on my mind. However, after panicked phone call from Faizan during the week prior to his wedding, I knew it was the right thing to do and help my good friend out when he and Hien were in a major bind. There was no hesitation in my offer to help out, and I immediately overnighted a Nikon D600 from Borrow Lenses to act as my second body.
My cousin Liezl married her long-time boyfriend Dan on this past New Year’s Eve. Since the wedding started at 7 pm at Our Lady of the Lake Church, the lighting challenges would once again prove to be difficult. However, this time around, I was not the hired photographer for this wedding since I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be in town for the New Year. As luck would have it, I was able to attend the wedding and take photos from my seat in the pews. Since I was taking photos for the fun of it, I decided to experiment a bit: I shot with only my Nikon D700 and primarily my Nikkor 85mm ƒ1.8 and Nikkor 50mm ƒ1.4 lenses. I also had my Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8 with me, but it only saw very limited use during the ceremony and during the reception at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle. Each photo during the ceremony was taken at ISO 3200, which really shows off the good high ISO/low noise capabilities of the camera.
You’ll also notice that I decided to experiment a little bit with my post-processing style, using a more muted, desaturated look with higher mid levels, rather than my usual color-saturated style. Please let me know what you think! Onto the photos, and congrats to Liezl and Dan!
Link to all the photos: http://verdugo.smugmug.com/Weddings/Houglum-Alcantara-Wedding/
A few selected favorites:
Years ago, my first magazine cover photo was a rolling shot of a Subaru STI with pink wheels, owned by Stephanie French. Over the years, we’ve become good friends and in some ways, I became her personal photographer. This past December, I had the honor of taking Stephanie’s and Travis’ wedding photos in Bellingham, Washington. This wedding also represented the debut of my new Nikon D700 and Nikkor 24-70mm ƒ2.8 lens, and wow, did they sure shine. With Wence once again assisting, we started out at the Chrysalis Inn and Spa on a driest and most beautiful day in all of December for the wedding preparation and formal photos, then moved over to the Squalicum Boathouse for the wedding ceremony and reception. Lighting and moving space conditions at the boathouse were quite the challenge, but the new D700 and my trusty D300 combo still worked great. Congratulations once again to Stephanie and Travis!
Link to all the photos: http://verdugo.smugmug.com/Weddings/Wiegand-French-Wedding
A few selected favorites (the wedding dress is actually her grandmother’s — 60 years old!):
I’ve known Bryce and Jenya since high school, and just by chance we ended up becoming closer friends long after high school through my cousin Wence. Their wedding ended up being quite informal, with the celebration actually involving a video of the short 5-min wedding itself that had taken place months earlier. After the video, we feasted on a taco bar and played a plethora of board games. Overall, we all had a great fun time and I felt quite honored to be their choice for their photography. Eugene let me borrow his D300 again for my second body, and once again the lack of high ISO noise impressed me yet again. This lack of noise makes me extremely excited to upgrade to a D700 or higher, which hopefully will happen sooner rather than later.
Link to all the photos: http://verdugo.smugmug.com/Weddings/Barrick-Melnik-Wedding/
My good and long time friends, Russell and Suzy finally tied the knot on the 24th in Redmond, WA. It was a relatively small wedding, with both the ceremony itself and the reception taking place at the Clise Mansion in Marymoor Park. I teamed up with my good friend and fellow photographer Tanya Jose, since we’re both friends of Russell and Suzy and this would be our joint wedding gift for them. I started out the day with the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D that I purchased from Josh Mackey, and then let Tanya use it for the rest of the day. I then switched over to my venerable Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8, which remained on the camera throughout the wedding and reception. Special thanks again to Wence Estrada for helping with the lighting.
Tanya and I decided to split up the wedding photo duties, with myself taking all of the main posed photos and wide angle shots, while she kept the 50mm on her camera for the short telephoto and candids. She said she’d be processing her photos as soon as I finished mine, so I’ll be posting up a link to her photos as soon as she has them ready. The D300 worked great as already proven, and shooting at ISO2000 in the very dimly-lit room proved to be perfectly fine. Without further ado, here is a link to the galleries:
And a few of my personal favorites:
Wence and I made the trek out to Yakima to shoot Ryan and Rachel’s wedding. We made the wise decision to drive over on Friday night rather than Saturday morning and thanks to Wence’s driving, we made it from Seattle to our hotel in Yakima in almost exactly 2 hours, which included a break to get fast food in Ellensburg. With a good, solid 8 hours of sleep under our belts, it was business as usual starting with photographing the groom and groomsmen getting ready at the hotel. We then headed over to the bride’s parent’s residence to document getting into the wedding dress, and then took the wedding party photos at the Yakima Arboretum. After a quick 45 minutes there, we made haste to the church, where both the wedding ceremony and reception took place. Everything went smoothly and we were back on the road to Seattle by about 8 pm.
While my old D200 still did a great job with the Alpers-Merani Wedding, the high ISO noise compared to the D300 bugged me a great deal. Luckily, Eugene was nice enough to let me borrow his D300 to be my second body for this wedding, and it proved its worth very well since the church was much darker than I had expected. I used the same wide gamut of lenses at this wedding except for the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 and the Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Micro. The Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 once again proved to be a great low-light lens during the reception, especially since it’s nowhere near as obtrusive-looking as the big “Hatori Hanzo” Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR. Since the 50mm didn’t get much use, I actually did end up selling it in favor of the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 that I bought from Mackey. Anyway, here’s a link to the galleries:
And a few of my personal favorites:
What an epic wedding! This was my first wedding in awhile and I was anxious to see how well the D300/D200 combo would work out. The D300 really shined, but I have to say that the D200 was really starting to show its age, especially with the high ISO noise. Nevertheless, I think the photos still turned out quite well. The Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 was the main workhorse throughout the day and truly proved its worth. If/when I decide to go full frame, I certainly hope that the new Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 can live up to how well the 17-55mm f/2.8 has worked for me all this time. I debated on renting the new Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8, but as it turned out, I only found myself using the ultra-wide during the reception. On the telephoto end of things, I used the 70-200mm f/2.8 for the wedding itself, but I switched it up with the Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 for the wedding party photos and reception. I even found use for my Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Micro at the reception as well, so the only lens I didn’t use at all was the 50mm. Time to sell it? Maybe…
In any case, here’s the link to all the galleries: http://verdugo.smugmug.com/Weddings/Alpers-Merani-Wedding
And a few of my personal favorites:
I wasn’t the hired photographer at my friend Brian’s wedding, but they were still thrilled with the very limited amount of photos that I was able to take. Most of my shots were taken with my telephoto lens from the back of the ceremony so that I wouldn’t get in the way of their hired photographer. The wedding ceremony and reception took place at Tyee Yacht Club on Lake Union in Seattle, WA. The location beautiful and made for a great wedding locale for a small wedding.