Q. Harrison help us settle an argument. I say sunglasses are a no-no for outdoor wedding shots and my fiance says they can be cool. Your professional opinion please!
A. In my opinion you're both right. Sunglasses worn by bride or groom during the ceremony itself have unfortunately compromised the beauty of some otherwise gorgeous weddings that I've shot. This is why it's important to have the wedding ceremony under a shaded area. On the other hand sunglasses on the guys in their group shots can definitely add some fun attitude to photos.
Q. We are going to release doves immediately after the wedding ceremony and this is a shot that just can't be missed. How does a photographer capture the release of the doves when they fly away so fast?
A. Photographing doves is not an easy task - professional experience and equipment are essential. The two most important techniques for capturing the shot are a very fast shutter speed (1/8000th of a second) and continuous shutter mode. Remember to compensate for exposure on a sunny day.
Q. Harrison, you talked about dogs in the wedding pictures - how about cats? I want at least one shot in my wedding dress with Froofroo and Pokey. Could you make that happen?
A. Of course! If your cats agree to participate in the shoot then I'm game. Just keep in mind that cats are more self determined than dogs, and getting that great shot might require more patience. Look how Allison was sitting patiently on the bench while my second shooter also waited patiently for this fun shot.
Q: My fiance and I want our dog to be included in some of our outdoor wedding shots, but my brother says it will never work, our dog Skippy moves around too much. Any input here?
A: Yes, if Skippy is part of the family he should be included in the wedding shots! Through my own series of professional dog portraits (including weddings and engagement shoots), I've learned that great family dog photos require three things: a fast shutter, an expensive lens, and a loud squeaky toy.
Q. Some of the shots in my photographer's portfolio are from a "creative" wedding shoot. What does that mean?
A. A creative shoot is when a photographer works with local models to create some experimental or artistic works. This creative shoot by my partner and second shooter, using models from Angie's Models, received lots of attention and praise. My only concern with creative shoots is when they are used to mislead clients into thinking they are from real weddings. I'm glad that your photographer disclosed his creative shoots as just that!