Leesburg Virginia wedding at Merriweather Manor
Things were going just as you might expect them. Christine and her girls were readying in the Bridal Suite at Merriweather Manor while Quinn and the groomsmen played pool in the groom’s room across the hall. When it was time for the ceremony, the sun peaked out on cue as they all walked down the aisle. After a kiss, friends and family celebrated Christine and Quinn’s new union. They were welcomed to cheers into the reception where toasts were made in honor of the couple. After dinner, everyone migrated to the dance floor to witness the first dance. It was all going as you would expect.

Until Christine added a little twist. As she danced with her dad, the music suddenly changed. Sweet soft tones were replaced with loud pumping beats. Instead of swaying together, Christine and her dad broke out into a great choreographed routine to finish up their dance together. It was awesome and a great surprise to everyone watching. It also set the tone for the rest of the party. The dance floor quickly filled up with all their guests and they danced the night away.

It was such a fun celebration to document for Christine and Quinn, so enjoy some of the highlights from their wedding day!

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Officiant: Jeff Maszal
Ceremony: Merriweather Manor
Reception: Merriweather Manor
Caterer: R&R Catering
Bakery: Connie’s Creations
Flowers: Creations in Bloom
Invitation: Vistaprint
DJ: Bialek’s Music
Dress: Bridal Elegance
Hair and Make Up Artist: PR at Partners
Photographer: Kelly Ewell Photography

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Thanks for visiting the blog today! Let me know you were here by leaving a comment below telling me what your favorite image was from Christine and Quinn’s wedding!

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Leesburg Virginia wedding photographer
Today’s “How I Took It” feature talks again about light, but rather than showing some cool trick with a flash I want to show how I use flash to get more realistic images. How using flash can help enhance the mood and ambient lighting. That last part might seem counter intuitive, but let’s look at an example.

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Now this photo may not win me any awards, but it is a good photo and is pretty representative of how I tried to shoot during Cailin and Marc’s reception. First thing you might notice is that there are colorful blue uplights on the walls. They changed color throughout the night and added to the ambiance of the room. You might also notice that the room is pretty dark. It was. I didn’t want my flashes to overpower the color washes or make it look like we were in a room so bright that it could have been in the middle of the afternoon. I knew I had to let in a lot of ambient light and have a longer shutter speed to capture the true feel of the room.

There is a common “rule of thumb” that photographers can’t or shouldn’t shoot hand held at a shutter speed slower than 1/80 or 1/60 of a second. Meaning, that if your shutter speed is longer than this that your photos run the risk of having camera shake or being blurry. While that might be true, that’s only if there is enough ambient light falling on your subjects during those longer shutter speed times. If there’s not enough light reaching your subjects, then you can fill light them with a flash. And the instantaneous light from the flash “freezes” your subject in the image so that there is no camera shake.

In this photo I have four off-camera flashes set up in the far corners of the room. They are set relatively low at 1/32 power but do add enough light to lift the brightness across the room. I also have an on camera flash to use as fill, which is pointed to the right and up at a 45 degree angle. Here are my exposure settings:

f/4.0
I tend to shoot receptions are 4.0 pretty consistently so that I have a little bit more leeway for my focus around moving people while still getting good depth of field.

1/50 shutter speed
Yep, slower than the recommended hand held speed but it works because of the flash freezing the subjects in the photo. I even shot a few at 1/40 and they were still tack sharp.

ISO 1250
Even with a relatively wide aperture and slow shutter speed, I still needed a high ISO to have a proper exposure. Some of my images even went up to ISO 1600 without a problem or any noise. Noise is greatly reduced when you have a proper exposure to start.

So that’s how I took it! Let me know what other things you want to hear or learn about and I’ll try to find some examples to blog about in future posts!

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  • Becca - September 4, 2014 - 10:18 am

    OCF at receptions make all the difference in my opinion. I use a similar setup, but bring up the power a little bit more. Uplighting always makes a difference too! Great job!

  • Caitlin - September 4, 2014 - 10:18 am

    awesome!! such an informative post! :)

  • Renee - September 4, 2014 - 11:13 am

    So helpful!!!

  • wishesbridal - September 4, 2014 - 11:56 pm

    Really romantic!!!!

Reston Virginia wedding at Reston Hyatt
“You can stay a little longer, right? Is that ok? I definitely want you to stay and just get everything!”

It was a request I couldn’t say “no” to. With lights spinning, music pumping, guests dancing, and a beaming bride enjoying her wedding day, of course I could stay. Cailin and Marc’s wedding day was one of the best days of their lives and they didn’t want it to end. They wanted me to stay to capture all the last details and all the last celebrations. Of course I could stay to help them remember all the fun they were having!

Our day started out with some rain showers. Under umbrellas we ran into the church for the ceremony and stayed there for many of their portraits. But then the clouds started to break and the rain started to fade. They were a willing wedding party and wanted to brave the outside for some photos. As long as the bride and groom are up for it, so am I! And I’m so glad that we did to get them the variety and the feel of Reston Town Center where their wedding was being held.

From the moments the guests entered, they were cheering the entrance of the wedding party. Until the last song was played, they were filing the dance floor. Happy, celebrating, and in love – you couldn’t ask for a better day to start off a great marriage!

So enjoy some of the highlights from Cailin and Marc’s wedding day!

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Ceremony: St. Josephs Catholic Church
Reception: Reston Hyatt
Caterer: Reston Hyatt
Bakery: Sweets By E
Flowers: Karen Baltazar (family friend)
DJ: Superlative Events
Dress: Soliloquy
Hair and Make Up Artist: Jordan K Winn and Company
Transportation: Reston Limo
Photographer: Kelly Ewell Photography

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