First & foremost thanks for shooting with MFP! Please review this reference guide to help you have the most successful time shooting in line with our cohesive style. Please keep in mind I want you to have fun & GET CREATIVE, while keeping things classic . Therefore, I have a few must haves guidelines I'd like you to consider while shooting.
NEVER DROP YOUR SHUTTER UNDER 125 OR shoot wider than 2.0 aperture.
BLURRY IMAGES ARE NON FIXABLE.
SHOOT CLEAN ANGLES of everything
Avoid warped look in your images by not shooting up or down at something OR using a wider lens to shoot a tight subject. Step back until you are flat facing so it is a clean shot - even if this means zoom or lens swap for a cleaner angle.
NO. 3 WATCH YOUR CORNERS + CROPPING
Crop intentionally & pay attention to your corners ( additionally sun flare) - do not crop to close to feet / heads / or arms/ leave room all around your intended shot .
DAY OF WORK FLOW
LENS GUIDE: 50MM. 24-70MM.
During this part of the day we work separately.
Start with style shots : shoes , cuff links , bow tie or tie . ** additionally :ask if there are any groomsmen gifts for you to photograph during this time. (use 50mm on details)
If you have to photograph groom/groomsmen getting ready in a hotel room/ house always front light them OR take them outside in the shade.
Capture Candid shots of the groomsmen relaxing & preparing. ******Usually it will be up to you to get this going if it doesn't unfold naturally .
For getting ready shots, I EXPECT YOU TO HAVE TO MOVE THINGS AROUND. If you need to move a table, clean up the space, or get rid of anything that clutters your frame, please take the extra minute or two to do so. It makes all the difference in the images.
CLEAN BACKGROUNDS ARE KEY.
SPECIFIC SHOTS NEEDED:
LENS GUIDE: 85MM . 24-70MM . 70-200MM.
YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF CEREMONY DETAILS. ( allow yourself time to leave groomsmen early to head to ceremony site to cover the empty set up - or else you will be expected to cover the complete empty set up after ceremony time)
During the start of the ceremony you will be located at the center front of the isle to capture this shot of each person in the bridal party:
Once getting the bride's isle shot please move to the side of front area & capture the groom looking at the bride, followed by the giving away of the bride.
*you can back up if set up allows or do a lightning speed lens swap for 24-70 /35mm to get the "giving away of the bride" - I will get the center shot
During Ceremony - please try to get photos of the bridal party members , the parents & family. * Usually located first few rows
During vows - shoot tight on faces, I'll take one side you take the other.
During Ring Exchange - Center Isle , tight on faces & tight shots of hands - 85mm.
First Kiss - Tight full body from center - 85mm - get your shot then run to the back of the isle so you can get some of them walking out
I'll be shooting the wide "first kiss" from center showing alter & party.
LENS GUIDE: 50MM. 85MM .17-40MM (ultra wide)
FRONT FACING CENTERPIECE
WIDE - SHOWING PLATE // VERTICAL + HORIZONTAL
TIGHT - ONLY FOCUS ON CENTER PIECE // VERTICAL
EVEN TIGHTER SHOT OF JUST THE FLOWERS
2 WIDE SHOTS OF TABLE
TRY TO FIND DEPTH/ CLEAN LAYERS IN BACKGROUND
FLAT/ CLEAN SHOT OF THE PLACE SETTING
ANGLED SHOT OF THE PLACE SETTING
EVEN TIGHTER SHOT OF JUST THE MENU AS FOCUS
BRIDAL PARTY PORTRAITS
LENS GUIDE: 50MM. 85MM
During bridal party, shoot from the sides! B & G super tight photos from the side always look amazing! Also, if you can remember, please try to get photos of the bridal party members in the group as we do walking shots.
During portraits always shoot ::: Vertical, vertical, vertical.
LENS GUIDE: 50MM. 85MM .24-70MM
*AT START OF RECEPTION PLEASE SET UP VIDEO LIGHT ON DANCE FLOOR
& have flash ready with MAGMOD system if needed
First Dance: Wide including Dance floor + crowd + Full Body shots
Shoot guests reactions for toasts, and dances, especially parents!
Throughout the evening capture candid of guest greetings & also make sure you stop B& G for guest photos as they go around.
SHOOT WITH INTENTION always FOR A SOFT, TIMELESS, & ROMANTIC LOOK
break it down - every scene / every scenario ::::::
set the scene - remember to get venue details
WATCH YOUR LIGHTING
MAKE SURE YOUR SHOTS ARE CLEAN
SHOOT VERTICAL 85% OF THE TIME
sharing YOUR IMAGES
You may use your images as you choose on your website portfolio & in your social media account.
HOWEVER, you must site in the caption of the image ( if posted o social media) :
Shot while 2nd shooting for @michellefloresphotography
In addition, you may not tag the clients, the venue or other vendors when posting.
Also please do not geo-tag yourself at the location.
Thank you for respectfully posting & sharing your work to your portfolio or media stream.