Raphael Fraga has been a photographer for 14 years and photography teacher for 7 years. His work is based on marriage and family photography, and he is owner of Fotograma a photo a
Wedding Photographer Sitio San Jorge, Brazil. Flavio Iwai shares a wedding photography technique.
On inspiration, I always get inspired by people as they are, because I believe these people manage to convey the love in my work and affection in each shot because you can feel it in the images, they transmit it. Marriage is that to me, knowing that I will be forever part of a new life. Family is what makes me get out of bed every day, this is why I love shooting weddings. 'I like to shoot people who are happy'
Pictured in the foreground are the grandparents of the bride and groom, from the start of the wedding they were inseparable and I knew there would be a moment that they would have on their own and I wanted to capture it when it happened, this image was that moment. It happened when the bride and groom kissed when the priest said
'For all the couples who love each other, you can now join in and show it with the bride and the groom.'.
I was there facing the grandparents at this time. The greatest difficulty about this shot was waiting and being patient, I trust my team to capture all the wedding details for me, freeing me up for perfect moments such as this one.
I tried to set up the composition to get up every couple kissing in the picture but putting emphasis on the grooms grandparents.
Camera: Nikon D4, lens 50mm 1.4, F/5.6, ISO4000, 1/125.
I cropped in Lightroom, taking out a woman who did not add anything to scene, and adjusting basic contrast, sharpness and converted into BW.
My strongest feeling of accomplishment and happiness came when the groom me said:
'This is the picture that I want to print, it depicts how I want to remember them.'
The couple loved the picture, mainly because all that appear are close to them, so we did 5 90x60cm prints for each couple that appears in the photo.