I usually shoot weddings alone, without the help of a second photographer. This allows me to have a complete insight of the event, to better understand peoples relationships and to
Wedding Photographer San Francisco, United States. Loic Nicolas Wedding Photography shares a wedding photography technique.
Laura and Oliver are a really fun & beautiful couple, completely at ease in front of the camera especially after an Irish coffee ;). Later in the day I leaned out of his sisters truck while we crossed the Golden Gate bridge. Just an epic engagement session.
The back lighting of the sunset was really strong, so I knew I would not be able to get both the beautiful sky and the details in the couple and the bridge. So I decided to go with a silhouette and coached them into giving me a distinctive profile. Her skirt and high heels and his cowboy boots really helped define the silhouette and make it understandable, an 'easy read'. I gave them a couple of ideas but they just ran with it. At one point I yelled 'Propose!', and he did. Bam!
As in every San Francisco photoshoot, there were a couple of homeless guys I tried to hide in the lower left corner. All the tourists recognized what we were trying to do and graciously gave us a few minutes of complete access.
I used the tree to block the sun to reduce flare; I don’t mind flare in general, but in this case I wanted a sharp, contrasty image.
Shot with a Nikon D800, 70200 VR2 at 70mm. I jacked up the WB all the way up to accentuate the yellows. To meter I just eyeballed it, dialed it in in Manual, took a test shot and then just shot without worrying about it for the rest of that scene.
In post I wanted a little clarity, saturation, dodge & burn, added some grain to eliminate the banding.
The couple loved it! I have shot since doing this the wedding of two of her friends, and his sisters wedding is coming up soon.
The only problem, if I can call it that is every couple now wants it. Which is challenging from a creativity / staying fresh perspective, and from a weather perspective as this spot is often shrouded in fog.