cyclohexane wrote:These days, I'm primarily working as an assistant, which means lots of acting as a voice-activated light stand, amateur psychologist for the bridal party, pinning flowers, and (most recently), feeding the bride...
I've also taken a more active role in styling since our usual style maven is taking some time off from our operation. Also, our very own Ed nailed us for poor styling two years ago.
I carry two crash bags on almost every job. One is filled with tools and grip equipment, tape, black wrap/cinefoil... anything you need to save your shoot. The other has a portable Jiffy steamer, travel iron, clothing brush, lint rollers, shoe polish. Sometimes these things get more use than my cameras, though if the grip bag gets opened a lot, the shoot has usually quietly gone sideways.
I don't usually shoot much or at all during bridal party photos, family photos, etc. Anything set up usually involves me doing at least some of the setting up, and that tends to exclude me shooting at the same time.
Sometimes, however, I still get some shooting in as a B or C camera; here's a shot from one of last weekend's two weddings. Here, I managed to find time to grab one of my cameras and fire off a shot during bridal portraits and the like.
Her left arm holding the bouquet could use some retouching, and I didn't notice a bit of her right arm growing out of her torso behind there. I feel like I'm a tad tight (did not get the entire bouquet), but I think I was already against the guardrail on the bridge we were standing on.
Lens is a Korean War era 8.5cm f/2.0 Nikkor-P in Leica screwmount. Quick and dirty export from Capture One 8, so just a bit of cropping and contrast adjustment.
Ed Shapiro wrote: By the way- the expressions and spontaneity in your candid shots are great!
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