I got a message over Facebook from my dear friend Estella asking for my availabilities for an engagement party + photo-shoot.
I kindly asked who the lucky couple was, she told me it was our awesome friends Katrina and Efren. Backstory to this is that Katrina and Estella were the instigators between my wife and I all those 15 years ago! They had introduced us to each other and the rest was history so it was only fitting that I record Katrina’s special night with her family and friends.
The engagement party was at the Opera Bar where we had the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge as the beautiful backdrop.
As the light faded my cameras started to work overtime, opening up the aperture and turning up the ISO to get as much light in as possible.
The results were splendid, my Canon 5D Mk III with the 24-70 f2.8L managed to suck up enough lighting at 4000 ISO and my 580EXII with a -1 stop compensation on TTL had given the shots enough foreground light to evenly shape the image with beautiful ambient textured backgrounds.
My Fuji was the backup/second camera, it was like the little engine that could, keeping up at 4000 ISO. I only used one lens and to be honest, it was the only lens that I’ve needed for a whole year before investing in more lenses in this system. The Fujinon 35mm f1.4 (approximately 50mm equivalent) is a great little pocket rocket, sharp and fast, I virtually shot with this at f1.4 without any hesitation. Capturing the candid moments of Kat and Efren with their family and friends was heart-warming, we topped it off with celebratory cake and a great shot of both the Harbour Bridge and Opera House surrounding the massive party that was Efren and Kat’s engagement party.
As the party started winding down I pulled them away from the crowd for a sneaky photoshoot, I was warned that they were shy but didn’t realise how shy they really were!
I managed to warm them up as the temperature cooled even further, I asked them to be themselves and just have fun. Photography is not just about composition and lighting but also about the subject and if the subject(s) feels uncomfortable and awkward, it WILL photograph. Instead of directing them in difficult poses, I suggested shots with natural poses to them and after a while, the magic started to happen!
I can’t wait to photograph their special day, once again congrats Efren and Katrina!