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Anatomy of a Shot

I had some questions about this shot I took during a recent wedding so I figured that I would talk about the creation process here in another installment of Anatomy of a Shot.

As you may probably know I never use on Camera flash. I just hate the quality of light I get. So whenever I am using flash I always use it off-camera. Using this kind of technique during a wedding can be a bit tricky, and lots of people think that you don’t have time to be creative with light during these events. I tend to disagree. Yes it is a bit more difficult to setup your shots because of time constraints. During a wedding, you are expected to be fast and efficient. But it is doable, you just have to plan more for it.

When we arrived on location with all the party, I immediately started to scout the area to look for great places to shoot. When I came across this small barn I immediately fell in love with the setting. It had great warm colors which would contrast naturally with the costume and the dress, it would give me a superb background, I definitely wanted to come here to shoot: I knew I wanted to get a shot of the bride and groom kissing here.

So the first thing I did was to take them someplace else!

There was logic behind this decision: the barn was by far my favorite location, and I knew I would need to setup some lights and to get my couple to “play” in front of the camera. I needed them to trust me, to feel at ease. So we started shooting someplace else. It would give them time to warm up to the idea of having someone posing them and taking pictures of them.

Rule of thumb: if you spot a place you really want to shoot at, come there in the end!

We did an amazing couple session during half an hour and when it was time to get back, my couple was aware of how I was working, they weren’t intimidated by my camera, my stupid jokes or my light setup anymore. I knew I could now get this one shot I wanted to get.

I suggested we go into the barn for one last set of pictures, and they went in with a big smile. I quickly setup my rig. I wanted to have a cross lightning so I put my main speedlite with a small sofbox on my camera right at 1/8th of power and I put another bare on a stand behind them at 1/32th, I didn’t want this one to be too strong as I still needed to keep a nice mood. I positioned it so I would get a diffusion of light and I was aiming to get some lens flare too.

I took a quick test picture and I was all set.

I said something stupid and then suggested they kiss. They were not big on the PDA so I never asked them to kiss before this instant. They laughed, it felt natural, it was like they were alone. They forgot about me. I positioned myself to hide the lightstand behind the groom’s head and I snapped.

The rest is history.

Pascal Tran Binh Aoshi Studio Photographe Mariage Portrait Lifestyle Paris France International

Pascal Tran Binh Aoshi Studio Wedding Portrait Lifestyle Photographer Paris France International

Maryline & Florent – Wedding

Location: Le Mans

Venue: La Gourdinière

Hair & Make-Up: L’Appart

Maryline & Florent could have known each other since they were kids as they basically spent a lot of time not far from each other in Britanny where Florent grew up.

But they weren’t destined to meet like this, instead they found each other much much later and fell in love… as adults. Since then they took care of each other: Florent made sure that he would always be there for Maryline while she totally supported him when he wanted to start his own business.

They really grew into a fine couple. As they were both serious about their relationship they even planned a giant picnic so that both sides of the family could meet.

Maryline & Florent, I can honestly say that yours has been one of the best wedding I covered so far this year. I had loads of fun with you guys and felt really welcome by your wonderful family.

Pascal Tran Binh Aoshi Studio Photographe Mariage Portrait Lifestyle Paris France International

Pascal Tran Binh Aoshi Studio Wedding Portrait Lifestyle Photographer Paris France International

Elody & Jean – Wedding

Elody and Jean wanted their special day to reflect who they were 100%. They put all their heart, their skills and their time to make it perfect. They are both into Asian zen and board games and role playing games, so they made sure that all these aspects were visible in the details and in the event itself.

I was sincerely touched by this humble but yet generous and fun couple. They really wanted their friends to spend a great evening and they reached their goal without an ounce of doubt.

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Pascal Tran Binh Aoshi Studio Photographe Mariage Portrait Lifestyle Paris France International

Pascal Tran Binh Aoshi Studio Wedding Portrait Lifestyle Photographer Paris France International