Kirsty and Drew : The long and short of March 17

On March 17, Marianne and I had the privilege of photographing Kirsty and Drew’s wedding. The weather forecast was all doom and gloom earlier in the week but we were  happy to see the heavy rains fall a few days early. This meant that  Saturday was a beautiful day for celebrations. Blue sky days aren’t ideal for wedding photography due to harsh lighting but that certainly did not put a dampener on what was a fabulous day. Once again, we were overhwhelmed with the friendliness and geniality shown to us; something which always helps us photograph the day. The ceremony was held at Horseshoe Bay in Port Elliot while the reception shifted to the Blues Restaurant just outside of Middleton.

With this post, I thought I’d show some of the advantages and luxuries of having two photographers on the day. First of all, during bride and groom preparation, there is no rush for us to head to each venue sequentially. Rather, we have enough gear to split up the shoot between us simultaneously. To date, I have carried the 7D with 10-20mm sigma , 16-35mm F2.8 and the 70-200 F2.8 lens. This gives me the capability to go ultra wide, or ultra long if I need to for detail shots. I end up using the 16-35mm on the crop sensor for most of the shoot. Marianne has photographed the bride with the 5dmkII and 24-70mm F2.8 lens. She rarely deviates from this but has the 135mm F2 lens in her bag if required.

Preparation details photographed independently

Once we are at the ceremony, I usually focus on details with the 7D + 70-200mm lens while Marianne stays wide to capture the whole scene and traditional portraits with the same setup as for the bridal preparation. Usually, I arrive at the scene with the groomsmen which gives me some time to try a panorama. To date, I have not found it possible to do a panorama including the bride and groom as there are inevitably people standing in the way beyond our control.

Soldier's Memorial Gardens : Port Elliot

Sand ceremony in context and detail


Rings in context and in detail

After the ceremony was over, we took a short drive to the clifftops around Horseshoe Bay where there were great opportunities for both short (wide) and long lens images. These gave different perspectives of the same scene.

Long lens shot atop the cliffs

Wide angle from atop the jetty

Long lens image taken from 100m back of the same scene above

Wide angle image of the tracks

Long lens image of the same tracks

We always appreciate quality time for location shoots and we felt that we had plenty of time for Kirsty and Drew compared to many other weddings we have photographed. Once the location shoot was over, we headed to the Blues restaurant in Middleton whose food we had the pleasure of tasting thanks to our hosts 🙂

Wide angle shot of the beachouse accommodation

Long lens shot of the same scene above

Wide angle coverage of the bridal waltz

Longer lens coverage of the same scene

Shortly after the bridal waltz, Marianne and I headed back home to Adelaide where once again, Charlotte had proven to be very ‘baby-sittable’. We had a great time photographing the day and are preparing for our next wedding before a four week break, another wedding, then off to New Zealand!! Congratulations again Kirsty and Drew and thanks for your hospitality throughout the day 🙂

That was the long.......

....and the short of March 17

Until next time! (ps. some 5dmkIII shots from the next wedding too 🙂


Posted on March 23, 2012, in Photography, Random Musings, South Australia, Weddings and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. How did you do that last image with the movement??

    • hi Karl – the last one was set at iso 100 for an exposure of 1 second – I zoomed in to take the shot, zoomed out during the exposure but freeze flashed at the start of the exposure to freeze Kirsty and Drew while other bright lights would trail out because of the zoom – hope that makes sense

  2. Kirsty Jeffree

    Thank you so much Dylan and Marianne. You made us feel so relaxed and comfortable when shooting and we all had so much fun. The photos are truly stunning, we have never seen anything so beautiful and they bring tears to our eyes everytime we see them! The photos capture the emotions and feelings throughout the day and they help us re-live our wedding day.We can’t wait to share them with our family and friends who complemented you and all thought you were great and so very professional. You have a gift for wedding photography and I hope you can continue to make many more couples as happy as we are.

    • Kirsty and Drew, it was our greatest pleasure to have shared in your beautiful wedding, and we must thank you for giving us the opportunity to do so. It was relaxed and fun because you both made it so, and we enjoyed every minute of it. We’re so glad that the weather cooperated and that we captured some gorgeous blue skies on the cliffs for you. Thank you for your wonderful comments, it is very much appreciated, and we are happy knowing that we have made you both happy as well. A toast to you both – to Forever After! 🙂

  3. Absolutely beautiful photos. Well done. I know who to recommend to others having a wedding. You captured an amazing day. Thank you.
    Sue Jeffee (mother of the bridegroom).:)

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