First reaction wedding pictures always get me...
What is "The First Look" you ask? Well let me tell you all about this trend that continues to gain popularity in 2015 as part of the wedding photography package.
The first look or the "first reaction" takes place when the groom sees his bride dressed in white for the first time. Typically this took place at the end of the wedding aisle, when the father walked the bride to her new husband and revealed her face by removing the veil.
Nowadays, with everyone pressed for time and couples wanting bridal portraits many times before the actual wedding ceremony, this first look takes place ahead of time. In this case a growing trend is to plan this first look and capture the reaction on film (or digitally in this case ;).
The easy way to go about this is to find a nice location before hand and take the groom there. He must wait standing or sitting with his field of vision turned away from the direction in which the bride will arrive shortly after. Once photographers are in position, the bride is queued to walk up to the groom from behind and tap him on the shoulder. This is his hint to turn around and see the bride in all of her glory for the first time and take a minute to let it all soak in.
Let me tell you why first look/first reaction photo session always gets me. You would think that something so planned would be void of genuine emotion and look, well, planned, but think again! Time after time, I see grooms overwhelmed with emotion and brides driven to tears when it comes time to turn around and see each other for the first time in their wedding gowns/ suits.
Check out our latest First Look Shoot for the beautiful Mahjabeen and her now husband Danijel at the lovely New jersey Wedding Venue: Frogbridge - Windows on The Water.
Well I'm happy you asked!
First of all, every photographer is different. For example some photographers have a preference for Canon or Nikon and choose their wedding photography gear based on this. Also, a good photographers equipment evolves over time to include the newest camera bodies and lenses as they are released by the big brands.
This being said, let me give you a sneak peek into some of Pratik Doshi Photography's go-to set-up for wedding season 2015. In our bags at all times you will find most things on this list:
Nikon D810 36.3 mp FX - Quality- One of Nikon's most innovative sensor creates absolutely rich images.
Nikon D750 24.3 mp FX - Versatility - With its light weight, small body and tilt screen, this body boosts your physical reach.
Nikon D610 24.3mp FX -Reliablity- Having this for nearly 3 years and has never let me down.
Yep - At Pratik Doshi Photography we are big Nikon fans, we just kept upgrading to the next model so we have quite the collection going on :) We have a D300 also that we use in photo booths with a wide angle lense.
Nikkor 50mm 1.4/D - The detail lens. You cannot go wrong with having this on during an event. Though small and deceiving to the eye, this lens really packs a punch. I think we own about 3 of them now.
Nikkor 14-24mm 2.8- The dance floor lens, I love this lens. It creates alien like images that really show movement and emotion. One of Nikons flagship wide angle lenses, this really can add something magical to an event album.
Nikkor 17-55mm 2.8- Our secondary wide to normal lens, We use this mostly for multi shooter events, or when we need the photobooth to have some pop.
Nikon SB910, SB800, SB600, and 2 SB400 Flashes Although personally I'm all about natural light, sometimes you just need the boost, and its not even a question when shooting indoors or at night. The problem with these fellas is they devour AA batteries. We carry a bunch of those on hand as well at all times.
Tamron 70 - 200mm, 2.8/ VC USD . This baby is THE wedding photography camera lens. Consistent and just as reliable as the NIkkor 70-200 2.8 VRII we have tested previously. We keep 2 versions of it handy, one as a main lens, the other older model (Sigma 70-200 2.8 OS HSM) as back-up just in case (fingers crossed) the other one becomes damaged during an event. Its powerful zoom allows you to get in close and personal so that you don't miss a single tear or detail during the wedding ceremony, without having to be in the bride's mothers face - which I am sure is greatly appreciated. Plus the low F stop provides that sharp focus and excellent bokeh (blurred out background that we are all so warm and fuzzy about.)
Sigma 35mm, 1.4DG ART Series. Remember what I said about not getting in people's grill while you shoot? Scratch that. This beauty up close at 1.4 lets you get details up close perfectly. It is perfect for capturing wedding decorations and details on gowns, the rings, and it's actually pretty damn good at capturing everything else as well. This is my go-to lens. It's not too heavy either which my arm and shoulder appreciate after hours of shooting non-stop.
Quantum 1+ Battery Pack This rechargeable battery pack is pretty cool because it allows us to save a bit on AA batteries for the flashes. It will last us an entire event, so I would say it replaces roughly 10 AA batteries in every charge, probably more.
8 Lexor 64GB 1000X SD cards Lexor is just really cool. We like them because if a memory card fails, they recover the images and replace the card for us free of charge. Convenient huh? We think so too. :)
As you know, at Pratik Doshi Photography we specialize in premium quality wedding and engagement still photography in New Jersey, New York and beyond. However, we are also extremely passionate about the fashion world and since we are based right outside of Manhattan we love to get involved in editorial projects from time to time.
We are excited to finally be able to share this project with you!
We shot a total of 5 looks, each with careful styling and location selection, over a 7 hour span. Definitely a productive day at the office! :)
Take a look at some behind the scenes footage captured on my iPhone 6 and catch the final images that appeared in the magazine in my other post HERE.
Write to us with your comments, we would live to hear what you think. Or contact us HERE to talk to us about your own projects!
We are happy to finally be able to share some of our favorite shots from our cover and main spread photo shoot with Bibi Magazine last month. The issue is now available on their website.
We hope you enjoy the images, leave us your thought in the comments section!