Wedding Hair Fashion Shoot Photographs
As I specialise in photographing weddings, I sometimes work with other wedding professionals to provide them with images that they use in magazines, competitions, websites, etc. Hector and I have talked about this shoot for a couple of years and it was great that everything came together. He is an award winning hairdresser and works with a lot sof brides across London and the South East. Earlier this week and with permission from a church in Mortlake, we spent a sunny afternoon capturing lots of images. I dont often have a lot of time for bridal portraits on a wedding day so it was great to ave a bit more of a play with flashes and other light sources. I always think that shoots like this bring original ideas into what I create at weddings. These are the editorial images. I also shot a range of images of just the hair which will be used in hairdressing competitions.
Here is a selection of shots. At the bottom is some info for the camera geeks out there. Feel free to leave a comment if you like.
For those of you that are curious about how these were shot:
Canon 5D mark 2 – Canon 50mm 1.2 (mainly at f2) – Canon 24mm 1.4 (only on one or two images) – Canon 24-70 2.8 IS – Pocket Wizards TT1 and TT5 and an Lastolite Ezybox with the main diffuser removed – plus one or two Canon 580ex ii speedlights
We shot all the images between 3 and 7pm with intermittent sunshine and clouds (which was fun!). I metered everything and shot in manual. I love to shoot at f2 but that did go to f2.8 and f4 to ensure the hair stayed in focus. The speedlights were triggered by the TT1 and TT5 systems and I think there were only a couple of misfires all day. I calibrated the white balance using custom white balance and an expodisc to assist in calibration. The flashes were generally at 45 degrees and above the models eye line to give a more flattering transition from light to shade on the face. The last shots in the evening were using two speedlights. The back one was without any modifier and the front had the Ezybox. Editing as always is fairly minimal. I like to get it as right in camera as I can. Shot in RAW, I took the contrast to Jpeg levels or higher (65% plus) added vignettes of varying levels and softened the skin. Most images will have had a maximum of 3 minutes spent on them. The majority of the editing was managed in Lightroom with one or two exceptions where I took the images into Photoshop mainly to remove my light stand in one image and to create the sun flair in another.
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By Sean Gannon
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