Jack and Stefan live in Japan, but come from Australia and France, both countries that don’t recognize same sex weddings. As a result, they decided to come to Vancouver for a small wedding with friends and family at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel, beside Vancouver’s waterfront neighbourhood. I don’t do a lot of Vancouver weddings, but I really enjoy it when I get down there
They had the wedding in what the Fairmont calls the Architect’s Suite, probably because of the huge architect’s model of the hotel that had been turned into a coffee table in the centre of the suite.
I grabbed this portrait on the patio of the Architect’s Suite. It was really windy, and I was a little worried about having the soft box blow over the side of the balcony. The idea of it going through the roof of someone’s Bentley down in the parking lot was making me pretty nervous. I stabilized the stand by hanging my camera bag on it.
I’m always moved by the reactions from same sex couples when they actually get their wedding licence. Makes you realize that being able to marry who you want is a right most of us take for granted.
We finished up with some shots in the plaza by the torch from the 2010 Olympics. The wedding was on December 21st, the shortest, darkest day of the year, so everything I shot had to be lit with flash. Here I had the flash in a soft box on a stand about 40 feet from me to light Jack and Stefan as they walked past the light. It worked pretty well, but it wasn’t as easy as you’d think.
Every once in a while I like to experiment with different things, especially particular looks that seem to be in fashion at the moment. Here I did up a B&W shot with a severely limited tonal range that I see on a lot of the wedding blogs.
To get some feedback, I posted it up on my Facebook page and asked my friends to comment. Nobody liked it. I’m not sure I’m that hot on the look either.
This was also the first time I got a chance to use the new Debao SU-800 flash controller. If you’re at all familiar with my blog, a really common item you’ll find in my camera bag is the Nikon SU-800. A few weeks ago, it blew up after nearly eight years of faithful service. I found that I couldn’t find a new one for sale at any price, so I picked up the new Chinese knock off. I’m going to write a review on it soon, but I will say that it’s way more powerful than the Nikon version it copies, which really came in handy for this shoot.
Cameras: Nikon D3 x 2
Lenses: Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8
Lighting: Nikon SB-900 and SB-800, with Debao SU-800 controller.