Busy weekend! On Saturday we got up early and went to a cafe mere yards from our house (403 yards according to the "Around Me" ipod App.) for a quick breakfast. Then we were off to shoot a wedding in Farmington Hills. They could not have picked a better day. The leaves in Farmington seemed to be in peak color, the sky was blue (rare in Michigan, even more so in October) and it was just a beautiful day.
We shot this couple's engagement pictures just a couple weeks ago. We usually have them edited and back to the couples by the wedding, but because they had rescheduled the shoot so many times we were behind. I finally got the edits finished last week, so I had to show them images on my ipod touch. The grandmas LOVED that, by the way. So funny. Here are a couple that I put in our blog
. (Click to see them larger on flickr.)
This was my first time trying out our new 24-70 2.8
. (Thanks Canon for starting a rebate program 14 days after I ordered it....argh!) Anyway, I love this lens. It's fast, it focuses close enough for me to do the detail shots (that was my BIG complaint with the 16-35), and on a crop body it's got enough reach for smaller weddings without having to pull out a larger zoom. I think this is gonna my my go-to lens. I used the 85mm briefly during the ceremony just to get a really shallow DOF for one shot, but honestly I could have shot the whole day with just this lens. I pulled out the 100mm macro for the rings but the bulk of the day I used the 24-70.
Only downside is that it's much heavier the my other lenses and holding it for 10 hours does get tiring. My hand was sore from about 5pm on. Just something to get used to.
The wedding was a little hectic, the bride's side ran late, so we went from having an hour and a half budgeted for formals to 10 minutes. We just slammed them out, and honestly I am fine with that, because the formals bore the crap out of me, they are stressful, the people in the pictures hate having to do them and the faster we can get them over with and go back to our thing, the better.
We discovered that Andy's boda bag
is the perfect size for stealing candied apples. :) Yay for stealing wedding favors. Speaking of which, we were seated at a table again, rather than having to camp at the DJ table or hide in a coat closet with a vendor meal. So far the only time we've been shuffled to the side was a reception-only event we did. I'm glad our couples are cool about this because we seriously work HARD at weddings and we need a few minutes to just sit and take a break. It's surprising how physically exerting it is to shoot a wedding. I know that sounds stupid, but we pretty much don't sit down all day, we start anywhere from 8am to noon and go until midnight. We each have heavy bags of gear strapped to us, and we are holding cameras that weigh about 7 or 8 lbs with our lenses and flashes on them. Not to mention the running around, going up and down stairs, the squatting up and down and the general contortions we put ourselves into. We are wrecked after shooting all day.
Sunday we took the dog and planned to take a leisurely drive out to the country and take some "fall" pictures. I wanted to go back out to the Wolcott Mill Farm and visit my goat, so we headed that way but when we got there we found out there was some kind of HUGE event, tons of people, completely crazy, and not the scene we were going for. We drove past the Wolcott Park (separate from the farm) and there was this gigantic civil war reenactment going on, with camps set up and horses and everything. It looked really freaking cool and I kinda wanted to stop, but again, it was crazy and we wanted a relaxing day. Plus the dog would have freaked out. So we ended up at stony creek. Abby loved it. We did a 1.8 mile trail that went by some water and was really pretty. I really want to do that kind of think more. I miss the outdoors. Abby and I used to do a lot of walking/biking outside in Florida.
We stopped at a huge Italian market to buy this soup we like that's a pain to find locally. That place is EVIL when you are hungry. Everything smells wonderful. Seventy dollars and 4 packages of soup later, we were on our way home.
Tonight we'll start to transfer pictures to the computer. We pretty much can't look at photos until at least 2 days after the event. We then will realize we hate all of them, passionately, and that we are the worst photographers ever. Then a few days later, we will slightly warm up to them, I will edit them, fall in love with a ton of them, and then be super excited about them. The ones above are a perfect example of that. I am in love with the ones against the blue wall. But a week ago I didn't even want to talk about them.