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Florists, planners, rental companies, etc all put so much effort into designing a beautiful reception space for the couple and their family & friends. While, details are not the most important photos to the couple, it’s key to place an importance on capturing great photos for these vendors as well. Set in the desert of Palm Springs, this reception space was absolutely stunning. It was such a fun space to photograph.

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How did you compose your image?

With their being three tables, I wanted to frame the middle table in the center. I placed the tables towards the bottom of the frame so I could include as much of the palm trees as I could to give context to the location.

How and what did you focus on?

I used autofocus and focused on the tables. Before pressing the shutter, I recomposed and framed the tables at the bottom of the frame.

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How did you use the light in your image?

The sun was setting behind the mountain in the background so I knew that if I wanted to get any wide shots with the sun coming into the frame, I needed to do so quickly after the ceremony.

What was the gear & settings you used?

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Camera

Canon 5D Mark II

Lens

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L II

Filter

None

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/4000

Aperture

f/2.5

ISO

400

White Balance

10000K

How did you edit your image & what did you use?

Due to the sun beginning to set behind the mountain in the background, the light was getting a bit blue so I warmed the image up a bit in ACR before bringing it into Photoshop. From there I did my typical hue/saturation, curves & color balance layers. I added a bit more contrast to this image than normal due to the sun washing the image out a bit.

Software Used

Adobe Photoshop / Camera Raw

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What challenges did you face?

The main challenge was managing time and making sure I was able to get over to the reception area to photograph it before the light went away.

How did you solve them?

The reception and ceremony area are at the same hotel but they’re on two different sides of the street so it’s a quick 1-2 minute walk over. The timeline had family photos taking place right after the ceremony which ended shortly before the sun would disappear for the rest of the day. Once the ceremony finished, I shot a few photos of the couple hugging friends and family. I knew they would be busy for at least 3-5 min before they would probably want to start family photos. So I ran over to the reception area and did a quick run-through shooting everything I could with the sun there. I knew that once family photos finished, I would have more time to come back and shoot additional detail shots. So during that initial run of detail shots, I focused more on wide shots with the sun being a part of the photo.

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Time management is extremely crucial during weddings and doing so can ensure you capture everything you need to.

Jordan Voth

Shooting since

2012

Current Home

United States of America

Website

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Hi! I’m Jordan and I’m a wedding & portrait photographer based in Seattle, WA. I photograph most of my work out of state and end up in places like California, Arizona & Utah pretty often. I’m a huge fan of the desert and mountains and love any chance I can get to be somewhere beautiful.

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