I was honored by being asked to photograph a friend’s wedding. It was very close in time, only 7 days away. I decided to use the digital Nikon D800 for the job, despite the fact that I haven’t used it over a year. So it felt alien to me, and I had to think a lot about the controls.
The setting was the Stockholm Town Hall. Before the actual ceremony took place, I had around 20 minutes to do this shoot (I did a few images outside and som in the stairs up also). The place was crowded and we could not move around any. So I only did one setup. Flash behind an umbrella above the subjects, triggered by Pocket Wizards.
Boy, those lighting conditions was hard to handle. A very dark hall with big windows behind the subjects (not visible in all images) with some lights in beautiful bokeh. I really wanted those bokeh lights visible, but that meant opening up all the way to f/2.8, and then add the flash. The depth-of-field made focusing tricky, even with small differences in depth between mother and child, or father and child.
Due to the large aperture the images are a bit soft. That’s a sacrifice I had to make, and in this case it kind of adds to the romantic feel of the images.
Thanks to the Pocket Wizards, this extremely fast shoot was possible. I really had no time meassuring light the usual way, so I could rely on iTTL and the wizards. Phew.