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Here you'll find various things relating to photo shoots. Behind the scenes pictures, video, and some commentary. 

Megan and Manuel - Backyard Wedding

      At the beginning of September I photographed Megan and Manuel's wedding. It was a small wedding in her parent's backyard which made for a relaxed evening. It was nice that it was getting to be the end of summer so it wasn't too hot. Just about the perfect temperature here in Santa Cruz when the sun sets and people can hang out in the shade, still basking in the residual warmth from earlier in the day. 

      After having done some weddings before this, I kind of had an idea of what to expect. Although each wedding/event is different, I'm getting more comfortable with being there and taking photos. The bride and groom and their family were super nice and easy to work with which made it easy for me to just fade into the background and do my thing. Trust is such an important thing for people to have when working with photographers (or any artist really). Although I didn't know them before, having seen examples of my wedding work, they trusted that I would be able to do my job and mostly let me have free reign over what/where I was shooting. I feel most comfortable when I can just walk around and casually take the photos. I'm not one to call a table's attention and ask for a smile. Not that I want to get into a discussion of value regarding that kind of work but its simply not my style.  

      Also cool about this wedding was that I was able to acquire a few new lenses beforehand which turned out to be awesome. I added the Fuji 56mm f/1.2 and 90mm f/2 to my kit. Including those, I have 35, 50, 85, and 135mm equivalent primes for my Fuji system which covers the majority of any kind of event work I would want to do. Though I could see possibly getting a 24mm equivalent some time to be able to go a bit wider. The Fuji 16mm f/1.4 is supposed to be great. Both the 56mm and 90mm lenses are fantastic. Even from the first test shots I could tell they were clearly better than nearly all of the other lenses I've ever used and they are definitely the sharpest I've used wide open at 1.2 and 2. The Fuji gear continues to impress and I hope to get a new X-T2 some time, it looks like an awesome machine. 

      Below is a selection of photos from their day-