Q&A: Wedding Reception Lighting

Yesterday’s wedding at the Ojai Valley Inn was to die for.  Thanks for this photo Carla Choy!


Below are answers to last week’s Q&A on Facebook.

1.  Tony O.:  Would you ever give other types of Photography a try? (e.g. Sports, Event, Commercial, Product)

Weddings are obviously my favorite, but I am up for anything that allows me to organically tell a story.

2.  Rachel W.:  What is your wedding reception lighting set up?  What would set up would you recommend for a beginning photographer?

I shoot in dark reception halls with a 580EX flash. Recently I also got a small video light panel from Dracast. I’ll have my assistant or second shooter hold it up for me. The angle depends on what I’m shooting. Sometimes it’s direct, sometimes from the side, and sometimes from the back to create backlight. I love creating backlight for the first dance.

3.  Gringa M.:  I’m wondering how you handle the travel arrangements of a destination wedding… Do you ask the clients to pay your travel + the cost of their package?  Or do you have one fee for international (or national) travel? 

Jana Williams and I had a Google+ chat about this last week!

4.  Tony O.:  What’s your process for changing lenses/cards on the run?

When I’m shooting on the go, I keep spare cards in my fanny pack. I don’t often need to do a quick lens change. I carry two camera bodies on me during weddings – the 24-70mm f/2.8 and the 70-200mm f/2.8. My second shooter gets the super wide shots, so I’m usually good having only those two lenses.

5.  Jana W.:  What is your favorite meal of the day?

Breakfast! Crepes, scrambles, BREAKFAST BURRITOS, steel cut oatmeal, croissants, acai bowls, fruit & veggie juice . . . yum yum yum yum YUM.

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