Today, I felt like posting something different. I get asked a lot by both brides & fellow photographers what really happens while shooting weddings. So, I decided to be posting Behind The Scenes (BTS) images of what really goes behind making the images that you view here on the blog. Hopefully, God willing I will be posting videos too so that you can get to witness 1st hand what us guys are all about. Weddings are much fun, but a lot of work goes into getting the right & perfect imagery whilst at the same time battling with a strict timeline & keeping time.
So, to premier the BTS Pass series I will feature a wedding we shot this past weekend at The Safari Park Hotel & Casino. It was Nkatha & Eddie’s White wedding…that was so beautiful & exquisite. I requested my beloved Faith to take this BTS images…
Photographers :: Ben Kiruthi & Faith Mwathi
Before I post the images, let me share with you what I have on my replay playlist today…hope it will remind you what’s important in this life
When we 1st get to the portrait session venue we spend about 5 minutes quickly setting up our gear & doing the tests to ensure that we good to go. Here Faith & Garvey help me fix the Octabox which is our key light.
And we were off, Peter (On my left) was managing the other light that gave a rim-light to the subjects. Here we were photographing Nkatha with the individual maids. It is important to always shoot in the shade so that the light can have effect & to also avoid those annoying eye-bags & dark sockets as a result of direct sunlight. (Luckily for us the sky was overcast :))
Next we shot all the girls with the couple…the fuscia & white really blended well :). I chose to shoot from a low angle to get more of the skyline
It is important to also direct & have them do what will make the final imagery look like it was candid, fun & lively…
I also did Nkatha & Eddie’s portraits, we picked a lush green backdrop since we wanted to add life to the portraits, green represents life. The light behind gave me a beautiful back light/halo.
Usually for me this is one of the portraits that they will get to blow-up & mount in their living room
This shot was special to Eddie as he is the one who directed it 🙂 It is also important for the wedding photographer to let the bride & groom have any portraits that are sentimental to them & not make the show entirely about him/her.
Finally, since time was not on our side, we had to do some of the bridal party portraits. I usually group them together in their respective couples as they were arranged during the church procession. I love placing the lights diagonal to the subjects so that not to eliminate all shadow entirely, but to give the images a deep, intimate feel 🙂 You will see once I post these images…
Love it when the bridal party have fun while at it…also as a result of my fashion background I like shooting my weddings like am doing a magazine cover. I realised that today’s bride has a keen sense of fashion & would like their album to look like a high fashion magazine spread 🙂
Finally at about 8pm when the reception was done, I requested Peter to take some portraits for us 🙂 Me & Faith trying to hide all our fatigue & being uber-romantic 🙂
Well, just to mention…Nkatha had a dome set-up for over 1,000 guests!!!! That was huge, & the set-up was so breath-taking, they had over a 100 restaurant table set-up & the large dome was complete with fairy lights & awesome ambient lighting…looked like the Cinderella ball 🙂
And yes, not everyday will you have the President & 1st lady in your guest list 🙂 but do we say :))
Blessed day fam & always remember not to lose your soul trying to gain the world!!