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rlinn3 PRO+
 
rlinn3 March 23, 2014
Great job!
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LornaSmithPhotography March 23, 2014
Thank you - could have killed the videographer though :-)
fotogalmexican
 
fotogalmexican March 26, 2014
love the emtion
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LornaSmithPhotography March 26, 2014
This couple had their wedding so meticulously planned, I think this emotion was one of relief that their ceremony was perfect...as was the rest of the day.
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac July 03, 2014
Awesome capture...Congratulations!
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LornaSmithPhotography July 03, 2014
Thank you :-)
ArtQ
 
ArtQ July 04, 2014
Congrats on your finalist award.
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LornaSmithPhotography July 04, 2014
Thank you :-)
maryamacarologist
 
maryamacarologist July 04, 2014
Romantic
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LornaSmithPhotography July 04, 2014
They are a lovely couple who put together a beautiful day and no doubt a wonderful life together!
dianemac
 
dianemac July 04, 2014
Amazing shot :) I feel there Happiness. This would be my winner.
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LornaSmithPhotography July 04, 2014
Wow thank you :)
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Pablo-Klik September 19, 2014
magnifica foto
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LornaSmithPhotography September 19, 2014
Thank you :-)
SnowbunnyPhotography
 
SnowbunnyPhotography March 19, 2015
Ah haha!! Such happiness! :-) Gorgeous image....I really love your work. Kudos!! :-)
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LornaSmithPhotography March 21, 2015
Thank you! Your lovely comments are a great encouragement :-)
emacdonald
 
emacdonald December 13, 2016
Congratulations...wonderful capture!
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LornaSmithPhotography December 14, 2016
Thank you. I saw your win as well - fabulous photo!
kellumbear
 
kellumbear December 13, 2016
Beautiful! Congrats on the win!
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LornaSmithPhotography December 14, 2016
Thank you. I'm pretty happy :-)

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Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken at a local hall in Thames NZ. It is immediately after the wedding ceremony and the elation culdn't be missed.
Time
The photo was taken around 3.30 in the afternoon - it was a race to get outside before the bridal party so I could capture the moment they were waved along as the new couple.
Lighting
With weddings and candid moments the lighting is beyond your control so it was spot metering for the skin tones and praying that there wouldn't be any blown highlights, or accidental underexposure.
Equipment
As the light was beautifully filtered by cloud there was no need of flash to fill shadows.
Inspiration
There was a lot of pre-planning to get this candid shot! It is important with weddings to get a good understanding of the "plan" and be in the best position to capture the moment. In the case of this photo there was a second shooter who got the shot from above whilst perched on a ladder (hence there is a similar shot taken in context with the building as well as the guests and ribbon wavers)
Editing
Post processing involved the usual lightroom adjustments and then conversion to black and white in Silver Efex.
In my camera bag
When doing weddings I usually carry my D700 and D300s (two D700s would be preferable). Lenses: Nikon 14-24 2.8 for wide angle shots; 70-200 2.8 for lovely portrait and zoom photos, with a 50mm 1.8 thrown in for emergencies or when I am so exhausted I can't lift the other gear anymore!
Feedback
Depending on your own finances I think it's good to get a couple of shooters to get the best shot for weddings. Try and anticipate the scene as much as possible but be prepared to wing it at the time, it is rare for these moments to come together exactly as planned but being prepared is always better than flying completely blind.

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