Thursday, July 10, 2014

Black and White Wedding Photography at the Del Rio Country Club

Mom helping daughter into wedding gown
Mom helping her daughter into a stunning corset styled
wedding dress.
Another beautiful wedding shot at the Del Rio Country Club in Modesto. If you’re wondering why everything is in black and white, it’s because I was the second shooter for this wedding. About a year ago I started doing all of my second shooting work in black and white. The inspiration came from our own wedding when our photographer’s second shooter delivered all of her shots in black and white. Melody and I LOVED them.

When I’m second shooting I often don’t get to manage situations the way I’d like. I also tend to stay in the background and experiment more with natural light. Because I’m not the main shooter people usually ignore me and this lends itself well to getting the candid shots. All of this lends itself well to black and white photography.

Knowing that I’ll be delivering everything in black and white when all is said and done, I set my camera to shoot in monochrome and switch over in my mind to shoot that way as well. I sometimes do this with my own weddings in situations that I know will call for it because there should be some intent behind black and white photography.

I often get asked by other photographers about my black and whites. “Man, how do you get them like that?” They fiddle with presets, or do batch renderings, and while I could do quite a write up on black and white photography that’s not what this post is about, but the gist of it is you don’t simply flip a switch. You shoot it with black and white in mind, and you convert it in post with the specifics of black and white in mind. I usually look at every lighting situation differently when I tackle the photo in post and make my conversions.

In short, my black and white is unique because I approach each frame as though it were unique.

A word of warning to brides: If you’re looking for your wedding to be shot in black and white, and find a photographer that will give you everything in color and everything in black and white, run for the hills. This photographer isn’t making real black and white images. They’re selecting everything, clicking a button, and exporting a bunch of really muddy, gray toned images. They might have some fantastic examples of black and whites, situations where they got lucky with their preset, but I guarantee you that to do it right, to export and ENTIRE wedding in both color and black and white, you’d have to do double the work and no one does double the work without asking to be paid for it. 
Bride looks to the main photographer for direction
Here our bride is taking directions from the main photographer who is shooting with color in mind, freeing me up to photograph
the angles better suited for black and white photography. 

Black and white shot of bride smiling
A candid moment as the bride laughs at her main photographer's antics. 

black and white shot of bride getting into her gown
Loved the window light streaming in and lighting up our bride while she got into her gown. The hard light really lent itself well
to black and white photos. 

Black and white details of corset style wedding gown
This strapless, corset styled wedding dress was definitely not for the faint of heart, but our bride was simply stunning in it. 

Father's first look of bride in black and white
The first look with dad.
Bride looking out window in black and white
More gorgeous window light lending itself well for some black and white wedding photos.

Ceremony site at Del Rio Country club in Modesto
The Del Rio Country Club in Modesto has an wonderful old oak that they stage their weddings under. 

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