Wedding Photography Tips | Behind the Scenes with Pye Jirsa

Wedding Photography Tips | Behind the Scenes with Pye Jirsa

– What’s up, guys? My name is Pye, and I wanna welcome you to SLR Lounge Unscripted. Unscripted is a series
where we get to take you onto actual shoots to
show you how we light, how we direct, how we
pose, how we problem solve in real-world shooting situations. This episode is brought to you by our good friends at B and H, and we wanna thank them
for sponsoring this video. In this episode, we’ll be
talking through the process of creating the final
images that you see here. Unlike our typical shoots,
the client for this shoot was actually the Langham
Huntington Hotel up in Pasadena. It’s a commercial shoot,
and they commissioned Lin and Jirsa Photography to come out and create a set of wedding images. The images were designed
to fit their style and their existing marketing materials which was on the more
bright and airy side. As we watch the video,
we’re gonna be discussing each scene and set up and
what you can incorporate into your own wedding photography work. – [Photographer] Okay, and… – [Woman] Are you
pulling a (mumbles) here? – [Photographer] Yes. – [Pye] Attention to detail
is huge for your studio. Now during the shoot,
you’ll see us making tons of small modifications
to pose and wardrobe. Attention to detail is
a big deal on any shoot, but even more so on a commercial shoot. So, I’d encourage you to watch the video, and even re-watch it,
noticing all the small things that we’re gonna be
correcting as we go through. There you go. Right there. That’s perfect just like that. Let me see it. Gorgeous. Hold that. Don’t change a thing, okay? Kinda straighten the neck. Right there. Perfect. Let me show you the lighting
set up for this first scene. So, our couple is actually right there on this balcony, right? So, here’s their shoulders. They’re standing side by side, and the balcony is
directly in front of them. And they’re looking out towards the view, and I have her kind of looking back and down towards the right just so we can see some of her profile and see who she is, basically. The camera is placed back here, and we’re using the frame of the doorway to actually frame the shot, and it’s also doing something else. It’s hiding the light
that we have right here. So the light is actually right here. So this is the light,
and it’s a Profoto B2, and we’re firing with a
Magnum and the light direction is actually going towards her. So the light’s actually
angled towards her, and we’re using the spill
to light a bit of him. We’re also allowing the exposure to err on the brighter side, so we’re
not ending up with images that are too stylized. (upbeat music) It’s worth noting that
you’re gonna see quite a few of the compositions are leaving
space in the frame for copy. We’re leaving space
for marketing purposes, to be able to put whatever
text they would like and be able to crop the
images how they would like. One thing I’d encourage you all to do is after getting the shots that
you need for your client, take 30 seconds to get
the shot that you want. This is one of those
shots, kind of something that I noticed and I wanted to capture it. It takes less than a minute,
and it does a couple things. Number one: It’s a lot of work
to go in and do these shoots and it’s just a matter of
moments to grab the shot that you wanna have for yourself. In addition, it shows your
client an artistic vision beyond simply what they might
have commissioned you for. And it can give them
ideas for future shoots. We’re still shooting in the same scene, but let’s talk about this
adjustment that we just made. I’m pushing the camera angle
over towards this side, and with the camera
shooting towards the couple from this direction, we’re
utilizing two things. The sun is actually setting
behind them right now. So we have this nice glow kind of coming through the building itself. In addition, the natural
direction of light coming from the sky is
coming from this side. By shooting this angle, we can encompass the entire dynamic range
into a single exposure, while giving us good shadow direction and this beautiful kind of
golden light in the background. The end result are gonna be images that have beautiful color. They still retain their shadows, and they have the depth and
tone range in the final shots. It’s worth noting that
you’ll see the composition actually shows the
other wing of the hotel. Again, this is a shoot for the hotel, so you wanna feature and
showcase the property as much as possible. Turn the chin toward the city. More, more, more, more, more. And then Jay, look towards her. (upbeat music) Look kind of down and forward
as you’re kind of in step. Beautiful. In this second scene, we have our couple placed right here. The sunlight is actually
coming from behind them. This was earlier in the day, and it’s coming through the
trees creating a really nice and kind of beautiful background. We’re shooting directly against them, and into kind of the rails of the balcony. The light is placed off to the side, and this is the important piece that you guys can incorporate
into your own shoots. What we’re doing here is we actually have a large sun-swatter placed up. And what that sun-swatter’s
doing is essentially creating a larger light source where
we don’t necessarily have a larger light source. And I know you might be
thinking, “well, I don’t have a giant sun-swatter or two
assistants to hold these lights.” That’s totally fine, because you can take a small portable flash,
it can be any flash, and just a standard reflector
and do the exact same thing. You’re gonna put the flash onto a stand, and then you’re gonna
simply have an assistant hold the reflector out in front of him. Then, you’re simply gonna
fire that light in the scrim, trying to fill the entire
light source without letting it spill off to the sides, because we’ll get direct light on things. We just wanna fill and even out the light inside of that scrim, or
inside of that shoot through. This is gonna give us a really
beautiful and soft light that you’re gonna see in the images here. Again it’s worth noting exposure. Remember, we don’t wanna
create overly stylized images that couldn’t be used
for commercial purposes. So, these images are left with
an exposure that’s bright. Our blue tones in the sky,
they’re getting very bright. We can still see hints of blue there, but for the most part, they’re
just very light overall. In addition, we’re probably
flashing with about 50 watt seconds of power, which on a B2 is somewhere around one-quarter power. For a standard flash,
that’d be around full power, for just a regular pocket strobe. With every scene that you shoot, I’d recommend taking additional shots once you have your light
and your scene set up. Remember, we’re shooting
for an entire story. We need to go wide, medium, tight. We need to capture all the
range and details in between. Too often, I see photographers
setting up their light, getting the shot that
they want, and moving on before creating a
story-telling set of images. Whether you’re working
with models or couples, a lot of times it’s
difficult for them to have an expression that matches their pose or what their bodies are doing, specifically when you just
set them in the final pose. So what I’m doing here is I’m
actually having him stand back and I’ll do this with
couples all the time. I direct them into what
I want for the moment and I actually have them act it out. And what you end up with is
expressions that actually match what the bodies and what
the poses are doing. A quick tip for your veil shots is to make sure you have a
natural curvature in the veil. One of the errors and
mistakes I see people making is that they pull the veil too taut and it looks artificially created. It doesn’t look like it was
naturally caught by the wind. So in this case, we’re having
the assistant drop the veil. You can also just kind of create action and put motion in the
veil but the goal here is to have natural curves that
you would expect to see. Want to again thank B and H
for making this video possible, and if y’all liked it help us out by giving the video a thumbs up, subscribing to the channel, and letting us know in the comments below what questions you have or what future content you’d like to see. Also be sure to check out
our channel @SLRLOUNGE. My name is Pye, and I’ll see
you guys in the next video.

30 thoughts on “Wedding Photography Tips | Behind the Scenes with Pye Jirsa

  • February 27, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    First lol

  • February 27, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Do you shoot weddings? What's your biggest challenge on the big day?

  • February 27, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Like – Great tips. • Cheers from The Detroit & Mackinac Railway 🚂

  • February 27, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Excelente, muchas gracias! 🙂

  • February 27, 2019 at 11:37 pm


  • February 28, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Loud music doesn't help! Had to turn down….don't divide our attention, please. Otherwise very useful.

  • February 28, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Inspiration 😚

  • February 28, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Beautiful set! Thanks!

  • February 28, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    What size lens did you use? Which autofocus setting did you use to keep them in focus at f1.4?

  • March 1, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Always presenting quality work and great composition.

  • March 1, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    So I have a 40 inch 4 in 1 reflector and a portable swim arm that can hold it, if I go with just the white and place a basic speedlight flash behind it right in the center, I can get the same effect as you got with the lighting with the last couple?

  • March 3, 2019 at 2:51 am

    Biggest challenge? Always the timeline goes off kilter!! Pye gives great advice as usual though when he speaks of getting more than one shot before moving on to the next.

  • March 3, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Bravo! 👏🏻 Good job! Thanks for this video 👍🙏🏻

  • March 4, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Great job as always Pye

  • March 4, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Great job Pyeman!

  • March 4, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    The sharpie diagrams make me happy lol 🙌🏻 Awesome and helpful video!!

  • March 5, 2019 at 3:21 am

    Thanks for sharing all the work that goes into wedding photos. Super informative!

  • March 5, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Love all the tips!

  • March 5, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Great job presenting Pye!

  • March 5, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Solid tips 🙂

  • March 5, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Love the tip about taking the extra shot, it's usually the one that you'll end up loving most!

  • March 6, 2019 at 7:41 am

    As always, great tips and lovely presentation. Thanks, Pye, for opening and sharing your treasure box with the rest of us!

  • March 9, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Wow! Excited to learn from the best in the business

  • March 15, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Shooting a DSLR like a mirrorless loool. Just get the A9 my dude.

  • March 15, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Great video!

  • March 25, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Need more wedding BTS like this from Lyn n jirsa hehe

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  • June 16, 2019 at 8:28 am

    I subscribed

  • June 27, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Boom baby! Awesome -makes me want to get married all over again!

  • July 27, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    What light stand is he holding?? Thanks


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