Texas Hill Country Wedding…Boots Required

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Boots, Bride and Bridemaids 50mm, f/2.8, 1/750s, ISO 200

Last Saturday Pete Talke and I helped shoot a wedding held at a ranch outside of Austin.  The only shots I posed were some of the groomsmen getting ready and the boots on the stairs shown below.  I mainly concentrated on getting candids throughout the night.  I’ve posted a few which I feel sufficiently captured the Texas nature of the event…

The lighting was very tough.  It was late evening so there was direct sunlight from one side as the sun neared the horizon.  If you weren’t careful you ended up with one half of a face being blown out while the shadow side barely had any detail.  Girls with blonde hair were particularly difficult — easy to lose all detail in the hair.  Pete and I both chose to shoot in mostly in manual mode so the camera’s metering didn’t go all squirrelly with the lighting and we squeezed off a few test shots to make sure we weren’t losing any (important) details and adjusted as the light changed.

[Random note: I’m posting this from the HP laptop which my company purchased for me…I’m very sorry for all of you who always have to use monitors which are this bad.  My pictures (and all of yours) look terrible on this thing.]

The wedding was standing room only.  These guys were standing in back and I asked them to stand together to frame the bride and groom.

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Texas Ranch Wedding 150mm, f/5.6, 1/350s, ISO 200

After the bridesmaids were finished with their formal portraits I asked them to pose on the steps. The sun was just setting, providing a perfect, golden light. They were relieved that I was only taking pictures of the boots — no need to smile or keep their eyes open in the sunlight.

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Bridesmaids In Boots 70mm, f/2.8, 1/750s, ISO 200

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5 responses

  1. great series, looks like great fun shooting!

    June 14, 2011 at 9:10 am

  2. Great series Mike, looks like you and Pete had a great shoot, well done!

    June 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

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  4. Love the shots of the cowboy boots – some very nice light in the last shot

    July 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

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