San Antonio Wedding Photographer - Joseph and Julie Wedding at the Gardens at Old Town Helotes

This past weekend I had the privilege to capture Joseph and Julie Silva’s wedding at The Gardens at Old Town Helotes. The Gardens at Old Town Helotes is on the far west side of San Antonio in the small historical town of Helotes, Texas. Joseph and Julie’s family and friends were excited to see their families become one. Matter a fact Joseph and Julie drove down from Florida just to be with their family. They packed their vehicle with wedding decor and hit the road. The Gardens at Old Town Helotes is a beautiful outdoor venue and I had the opportunity to shoot portraits of this lovely couple in day and night lighting. I often shoot with flash during portraits sessions, but this time I had the opportunity to capture several images in natural light, giving those images a warm and inviting feel. Weddings are a time for family and friends to celebrate, and this wedding was one for the ages. Joseph and Julie are a wonderful couple and I know they will have a great life together. Congratulations!

 

Coordinator: Vicki Perkins – Venue Manager

Location: Gardens of Old Helotes - www.gardensatoldtown.com

Hair and Makeup: Mary Stone – www.makeupmovement.com

DJ: Punalu’u Productions – www.punaluuproductions.com

Cater: Catering by Celebrations: www.cateringbycelebration.com

Cake: Oh Yeah Cakes – www.ohyeahcakes.com

 

 

San Antonio Photographer - Shooting Celebrities

This past week I had the opportunity to shoot with my friend Josh Huskin at a corporate event. Corporate events are a lot like weddings. You have great entertainment, food  and everyone is in a good mood.  

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Company: Peddinghaus Corp
Mood: Cheerful
Type: Event
Time: Night
Camera: Canon 1DX Mark II
Lens: 24-70mm 2.8 at F2.8
Shutter 1/125
ISO: 4000
WB: 5600
Lighting: Natural, No Flash Allowed

San Antonio Wedding Photographer - Why its good to have a second photographer

This past New Years Day,  I had the privilege to shoot Jordan and Kelsey Schultz wedding at  beautiful Kendall Plantation. The wedding day was unbelievable with unexpected moments. Which brings me to having a second photographer. As the reception was in full swing, I overheard someone say the groom was going to do a flip. I shared the info with Anthony, my second and we got ready. As you can see I was in the wrong place but luckily Anthony was on point as always. Big props to Anthony Gauna for capturing this image. 

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San Antonio Wedding Photographer - Muggle Magic

You don't have to be a wizard to create fascinating portraits without photoshop. All you need is the following ingredients:

1 Happy couple
1 Camera and wide lens
1 Tripod
2 Camera flashes
1 Awesome assistant
1 Long sparkler

Couple: Dylan & Tricia
Mood: Cheerful
Type: Portrait
Time: Night
Camera: Canon 1DX Mark II
Lens: 24-70mm 2.8 at F13
Shutter 10 Seconds
ISO: 200
WB: 5600
Lighting: One Direct Flash on Camera | One Off Camera

San Antonio Wedding Photographer - Lighting Through Glass

 I often use light to create dramatic and subtle effects. In this portrait I used an off camera flash behind the door to create a beautiful and dramatic effect.

Couple: Dylan & Tricia
Mood: Dramatic
Type: Portrait
Time: Night
Camera: Canon 1DX Mark II
Lens: 24-70mm 2.8 at 3.2
Shutter 1/100
ISO: 5000
WB: 5600
Lighting: Off Camera Flash

San Antonio Wedding Photographer - Emotions Run Deep

I love shooting the toast during a wedding reception. From a funny story to a tear jerker,  you never know what may be said. Here we have the bride and her brother embracing after a heart felt speech.

Couple: Derrick & Taylor
Mood: Emotional
Type: Candid
Time: Night
Camera: Canon 6D
Lens: 24-70mm 2.8 at 2.8
Shutter 1/125
ISO: 1600
WB: 5600
Lighting: On Camera Flash

San Antonio Wedding Photographer - Always Be Ready

As a wedding photographer it is always wise to have your camera ready. I usually shoot with two cameras. One with a standard to wide lens and another camera with a telephoto lens. For this picture the groom was coming to take formal formals and he spontaneously jumped. Lucky for me I was ready with my 35mm lens. 

Couple: Randall & Lauren
Mood: Happy
Type: Candid
Time: Day
Camera: Canon 6D
Lens: 35mm 1.4 at 1.8
Shutter 1/4000
ISO: 200
WB: 5600
Lighting: Natural

San Antonio Wedding Photographer - Is that a Helicopter?

Over the years I have photographed many wedding exits. Some are as simple as bubbles and others are far more over the top, literally. For instance, in the image below the happy couple planned a helicopter getaway. Since the helicopter was in an empty field with no light what so ever, I placed a wireless flash in front of the helicopter about 30 feet away and shot with a telephoto lens to capture her joyful expression. 

Couple: Brandon & Christina
Mood: Joyful
Type: Candid
Time: Night
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: 70-200mm 2.8L  at 2.8
Shutter 1/125
ISO: 4000
WB: 5600
Lighting: Off Camera Flash

San Antonio Wedding Photographer - Mirror Mirror

Sometimes in places that are not considered picturesque you have to make the most of what you got. Here we have an ordinary golf club house locker room. I asked the groom to button up his jacket in front of this mirror making for an extraordinary picture in a not so extraordinary location. 

Couple: Jeff + Carrie
Mood: Casual
Type: Portrait
Time: Day
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: 24-70mm 2.8L II at 3.5
Shutter 1/200
ISO: 800
WB: AUTO
Lighting: Natural

San Antonio Wedding Photographer - Popular Locations

One of the most popular and iconic locations to shoot portraits is in front of the Majestic Theatre on Houston Street. To give this image a feel of motion I decided to shoot across the street on a tripod and had the newlyweds stands still as I slowed the shutter speed to show a bit of blur by the passing taxicab. By doing this, it gives the feel of the action of a busy city street.  Note: Nick and Allie are one of few couples who actually had their ceremony inside the Majestic Theatre. 

Couple: Nick + Allie
Mood: Romantic
Type: Posed
Time: Day
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon 24-70 2.8L at 5.6
Shutter 1/4 + Vari-ND Filter
ISO: 100
WB: 6000
Lighting: Natural

San Antonio Wedding Photographer - Candid or is it?

Coming up with fun concepts that look candid are some of my favorite portraits. For this photo had Lubo and Holly order a milkshake and share it with two straws like something out of a 50's movie. We shot at a local restaurant called the Pig Stand and I was actually in the kitchen, manager approval of course to capture this fun and romantic image.

Couple: Lubo + Holly
Mood: Romantic
Type: Posed
Time: Night
Camera: Canon 6D
Lens: Canon 70-200 2.8L at 2.8
Shutter 1/125
ISO: 3200
WB: 3600
Lighting: Praticals

San Antonio Wedding Photographer - Fashion Shooting

When shooting fashion its good to have a concept. I was shooting a concept photo for a local bridal boutique and I thought what would be cooler then a bride and an airplane. This portrait was a bit complex. I had two off camera flashes. The key was an alienbee with a parabolic umbrella. The other flash was off to the right side of the image with only a reflector. 

Model: Laura Evans
Type: Fashion
Time: Day
Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon 24-70 2.8L at 8.0
Shutter 1/200
ISO: 100
WB: 5600
Lighting: Two Off Camera Flashes

San Antonio Wedding Photographer - Magic Moments

I often shoot wide to capture the environment and expressions during a reception. For this particular moment, Jenny began to sing to her handsome groom Philip. Being unaware what was going to happen, Philip couldn't contain is happiness. He smiled, laughed and cried. As you can see everyone was ready with their phones snapping away. 

Couple: Jenny + Philip
Mood: Spontaneous
Type: Candid
Time: Night
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 24-70mm 2.8L at 2.8
Shutter 1/125
ISO: 1250
WB: 5450
Lighting: On + Off Camera Flash

San Antonio Wedding Photographer - Creative Ideas for an Engagement Portrait

I love to collaborate with my couples and by doing so amazing portraits can be created. Patrick and Marilu had the idea of incorporating fishing into one of their engagement portraits. When hearing this, I got pretty excited and created this image. 

Couple: Patrick + Marilu
Mood: Fun
Type: Portrait
Time: Day
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 35mm 1.4L II at 1.8
Shutter 1/1600
ISO: 50
WB: 6000
Lighting: Natural + Profoto B1 OCF HSS

San Antonio Wedding Photographer - Time for the Reception

Often moments happen when you least expect them and this was the case for this image. After we were done with formals, the groom decided to lift his bride over the his shoulder and carry her into the reception, lucky for me I had my camera ready to capture her ecstatic expression.   

Couple: Mike + Courtney
Mood: Ecstatic
Type: Candid
Time: Day
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 35mm 1.4L II at 1.4
Shutter 1/400
ISO: 640
WB: 5500
Lighting: Natural