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Destination Boston: The Trash the Dress Edition

August 13th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Mingle

The ShootStylers hit the streets of Boston joined by talented photographers Allana Taranto from Ars Magna Studio and Jennie Sjursen from Strawberry Road. We were also joined by some of our favorite couples: Rachel & Adam, Jackie & David, Leila & Ryan, and Caralyn & Erik. It was a combination ‘trash the dress’/engagement shoot, so our couples brought clothes they didn’t mind getting dirty. Have you ever  seen  a row of women in the Starbucks restroom line, all waiting to put on wedding dresses? Now we have! We split off into small groups, roaming the city looking for interesting backdrops. Later in the day, we all met up and everyone switched groups. It was a fun way to meet some new people, reconnect with old friends, and take create some images we hope you’ll find interesting.

Boston Wedding Photographer Earl Christie

Boston Wedding Photographer Earl Christie

Boston Wedding Photographer Earl Christie

Allana Taranto

Allana Taranto

Allana Taranto from ArsMagna Studio

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Boston Wedding Photographer Earl Christie

Boston Wedding Photographer Earl Christie

Jennie Sjursen

Jennie Sjursen

Jennie Sjursen

Jennie Sjursen

Jennie Sjursen

Jennie Sjursen

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Peek-a-boo!

August 11th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Mingle

As you can probably tell, us ShootStylers shoot a lot together–both on personal projects as well as our paying gigs. You might wonder if with two photographers at a wedding, do we ever get in each others shot? Well of course not!

Just kidding! If that were the truth, this would be a really short blog post. At a wedding, we try to be aware not only of the other photographer’s location but also of what they are shooting, the lens they are using, and what they are doing for lighting. This way we can take different shots, giving the client more variety in their final proof set. Of course, since we are all used to shooting weddings by ourselves, when we see a great shot we often jump in and grab it, even if it means getting in the other photographer’s way for a moment (well, unless it is at a critical point in the wedding.)

I’m currently editing a wedding that Andree helped me out with, and I’m seeing a number of times this happened. For instance, during the getting ready period, I noticed that the hair stylist wore his instruments like a gunslinger. Cool detail, so I ducked in and shot it.

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I was a few frames into my shot before I realized that Andree was on the other side of the stylist’s table shooting shooting with an ultra wide lens. Whoops, no way I wasn’t going to be in her shot, so I backed off.

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Well, I backed off after shooting a quick frame of Andree! :)

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Always ready with a backup plan, Andree turned and shot an even better shot of the bride getting her hair done in the stylist’s mirror. I love this angle because it shows the bride and an attendant getting ready, and it also highlights the grandeur of the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Rotunda, where the preparations were taking place.

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Not too much later, I did it to her again. Andree had climbed behind the table the makeup artist was using to shoot this cool reflection of the bride having her makeup done. Reflections were a theme that morning.

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I saw a shot I couldn’t resist and climbed up on chair behind them.

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What couldn’t I resist that required getting in Andree’s shot? Well, through the whole process of hair and makeup,  the bride was laughing and smiling, but her clenched hands told a deeper story about her emotional state..

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And of course because I’m a stinker, I shot Andree climbing back under the table.

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During the portraits, the reverse occurred. I was lining up a shot of the couple on the wharf, and Andree stepped into grab a detail of the couple’s hands and flowers.

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No problemo, I just came in closer which was a better shot anyway.

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Andree got her revenge when I was shooting the couple from a low angle in another location.

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I guess there’s just something irresistible about shooting your partner photographer when they’re on the ground.

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Finally there are times when we can’t help but appear in each other’s shots–because events are moving too fast, and we want to be sure to get excellent coverage. Here I was shooting on the dance floor and Andree was on a chair shooting over guest’s heads. You can see her right behind the bride’s arm. This sort of thing doesn’t bother me at all. I’m there documenting the story of their wedding, and at their wedding, there were photographers. If those photographers occasionally appear in the frame, well that’s just part of the story.

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I especially don’t mind the other photographer being across from me because when people are dancing, they often turn their back to me. The bride did just that while singing along to a song, and Andree was able to get a great expression that I never even saw.

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Andree also shot frames where you can see me from this angle. When I get to that point of the edit, if what’s happening on the dance floor is compelling, I’ll leave those shots in the proofs. I wonder if either of us will make the album?

Finally, the wedding had a photo booth set up, and on our way out the door we took our pictures. I promise that we looked a lot better twelve hours earlier when we arrived at the hotel to start shooting. :)

Wedding Photography Team

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