February 27, 2017
Ah, it’s that time again – or really it’s just the beginning, erm…. again? I’m back in the swing of things with my first wedding of the 2017 calendar year. Jon and Susannah’s wedding was wonderful, taking place at the Conservatory at Waterstone in Woodstock, Georgia.
The Conservatory at Waterstone was a gorgeous venue that takes the phrase, “efficient use of space” to a new level. It’s all old brick and wood and the staff there was incredibly friendly and helpful. I really appreciated Michelle, the wedding coordinator, maintaining communications with me the entire day and keeping me up to speed on last minute event shifts (we actually moved things up instead of getting delayed. When does that happen?).
One of the major challenges of shooting this wedding was the fact that Jon and Susannah both taught ballroom dancing. Combine fast spins and movement with a low light reception venue and you get a very challenged 5D Mark III autofocus system. It was a blast watching everyone on the dance floor, though – it seemed like the entire wedding party were advanced dancers. Definitely not your typical group dancing to Fireball, Wobble, and the Cupid Shuffle -what a breath of fresh air!
For the random gear snobs reading this – I made two big purchases lately and they really paid off for my wedding work. I’m excluding my Magmods because I’ve mentioned them in previous posts even though they made a huge difference in this wedding. My major investments were 128 GB CF cards and Godox V860II flashes. The 128 GB CF cards were amazing because I never had to worry about running out of space which meant not having to take my eye off the viewfinder to change out memory cards. Eliminating one more variable or item to watch over meant less stress during the wedding AKA better photos. The Godox V860II flashes were wonderful for a similar reason – rechargeable lithium ion batteries. 99% of speedlights on the market use 4 AA batteries. When you have 3 flashes, two remote triggers, and a spare set of batteries for each unit, it adds up and is a pain to keep track of. Godox decided to do the “Duh!” thing and just make a custom Li-on battery that lasts 3 times as long as the standard AA batteries. Now, I can shoot 2 weddings on one flash charge AND the flashes have battery life indicators, unlike the OEM Canon equivalents. Again, when I’m not worried about flash battery life, I can focus on taking awesome pictures. Booyah.
I’m so thankful for Jon and Susannah letting me shoot their wedding and still participate like a friend. I hope they have an AMAZING time in Charlestown for their honeymoon and don’t die when they move into their new apartment just a few days after! Congrats you two!
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