Friday, June 24, 2011

What a Wedding!

I just had the honor of photographing a wedding this past weekend.  The wedding took place in Saint John's Episcopal church in Knoxville, Tennessee.  It was a full military wedding complete with sabers!  One of the advantages of having military personnel is they take direction very well.  I could get them to stand where ever I needed them too with no distractions.  They paid attention and it was VERY efficient.  With the location and the bride being beautiful it was hard to make a bad image.  Here are a few of my favorite from the shoot. 
The most difficult part of the photographs was the ambient light inside the church.  I wanted to make sure that the beauty of the place showed in the background.  However, I didn't want that to be the focus.  This is done by taking a meter reading of the ambient light and subtracting about 1 stop of light.  Then when the flash goes off it properly exposes the subjects and shows the background as slightly darker.  The few exceptions to this dealt with the reception.  It was a very dark place so bringing in ambient light wasn't always an option.

In the end, the bride was happy with her photographs which of course is the most important thing!

Thank you Conley and Stephanie for allowing me to document and to be part of your beginning.


  1. What a gorgeous couple. Bet the camera enjoyed them! The ambient light which gave you trouble is barely evident as trouble for you.
    My only critique is that the black and white photo seems a little too dark. Probably because of that ambient light.
    Great work, Jason!

  2. Yes, that one is a bit dark but the couple was provided the bright color version as well. I just converted that one to black and white then darkened the edges. Little special effect. The color version is much clearer. Thanks for posting!!!!