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Monday, 20 December 2010

Shot In The Dark......Sunset Waits For Nobody !!

Shot In The Dark . The Setting Sun Waits On Nobody !

Throughout the world and over the years my finding is that the most treasured photos for any bride are always the Formal/Informal Portrait Photographs. While many people are nervous about posing for the camera and seem a little unwilling to undertake in the construction of such images, ultimately these are the images that most commonly end up in frames in the house of the newlyweds and their family.

While Informal and Formal shots taken and post produced in an artistic manor as opposed to a photojopurnalistic style of wedding photography are only a small percentage of the total images provided, over the years they have proven to be a highly important inclusion in every bride and grooms record of their special day.

A key element in the production of such photos is without question, Natural Light !. Where possible I always try to assist the bride in selecting the time of her event and the chronology of her day to ensure that the timeline of the wedding day matches well with available natural light and with the chronology for the wedding photography. Here in Chile, and in some other locations I work as a Destination Wedding Photographer, the light can be destructively strong at certain times of the day thus not making it suited to outdoor portrait work, therefore I usually advise brides and grooms to try to allocate photography time during the final 90 mins of the days sunlight. This can include about 10 mins of dusk lighting which the camera can still perseve as daylight if the photographer knows what they are doing.

The most common timing for the portrait / retrato session with “Los Novios” (Bride & Groom) is during the Cocktail. With this factor in mind it is very important to work back from the sunset time to plan a 90 minute of availability window to take the formal/informal portraits, then step back the amount of time your ceremony takes to arrive at the best time to start. Also allow for factors like “Distance” and “Traffic” to ensure a safety net of time. The setting sun waits for nobody !

In Chile I constantly encounter couples who adore the artistic portraits and have such dreams and aspirations of beautiful romantic images from their wedding and they swoon over the many images online and in magazines and often point them out saying I want this…always….these images are natural lighting. Often the couples seem to loose the importance of making this part of their chronology happen even after our meetings and me constantly trying to enforce this to them. On average in Chile, the 60 mins schedualed for bridal portraits ends up around 20-25 mins. It makes me sad that in such a wonderful location as Chile about 80% of the coules here miss such a huge potential for images.

 With reference to a previous post I made here and to the menu link above “Ten top Tips” I enphasized the importance of planning for sunlight if you require the aforementioned type of weddin gphotography included in your image set. A simple 15 mins late to the ceremony can mean your key wedding photographs are “Shot In The Dark !!”

 If you would like any advice (Clients and non Clients) I am happy to assist you to plan your daylight timing to ensure you do not fail on receiving the wedding photographs you dream of.. feel free to EMAIL ME anytime.
Gardner Hamilton
Tel (0056) 9-992 9508

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Matrimonio Costanza & Jorge ,El Pregon, Casablanca, Chile

Heres a little sneeky peeky....
What a great sunny warm day in the Casablanca Valley at El Pregon for this wonderful wedding. Jorge (The Groom) arrived bright and early complete with jacket, shoes and....ehhhh...better call to find out where your pants are !!!  OOOPS !!

Not completely shocked Costanza gets the pants story first hand....

Time to continue with the Bride Prep where Costanzas sister lends a helping hand

OK guys, pants on and get to the Church...EVERYONE IS WAITING !!


Always an awaiting crowd for the brides of Chile

I love Mauricios vapture at the leaving end...Nice !

After the ceremony it was a quick greeting session then time to skoot back the 3km from the church to El Pregon to begin the cocktail. This little old church is over 70 years old and has some serious scars from the TEREMOTO but these add to its charm and history

After cocktails as the guests start to enter for dinner was a chance to catch the last of the days natural light and make some shots among the landscape of  this great location.

Mauricio catches the happy couple from another angle...the advantage of having Two photographers!

It's Dinner Time !!


Between bouts of the wild fun came moments like this...the way Costanza is looking at Jorge just says it all !!
Also consumed in the moment, Jorge seems almost unaware there are nearly 200 other people in the room

and without fail   the inevitable dance of the Marinos....but guys, youré not suposed to drop him  !!!

All The Single Ladies !!!!!!!

All the single gentlemen !!!!!!!

Nice Mauricio...this one gets my eyes full of tears with its little touch of Scotland !

and to end this quick preview off is a shot of me dragged into the crowd just before the guys attempted to pick me up with my cameras   YIKES  !!...thank goodness that didn't happen.. What a blast this wedding was.. Thanks Costanza and Jorge for a great day and one of the best steaks I have had in Chile !! I can't believe how well this shot turned out considering a guest took it with my 2nd camera after a couple of piscos ****("couple") *****     
 ...good job !!

Gardner Hamilton
Tel (0056) 9-992 9508
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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Carolina and Manuel (Houston, TX) Wedding Vina Matetic, Chile

Guess where we are  ?

Carolina and Manuel have been planning this big day now for quite a while and it has been fun talking with Carolina on Skype over the last few months.  While I am still editing images from this full day event it is time to post a few images for a little sneek peek.

This first image totally sums up these two adorable people who gave us all plenty of laughs throughout the day. Given the chance Manuel will take the comedy option and always puts a huge smile on Carolinas face.


SO...back to the story....Preperation.....Shoes.....Rings......and all things wedding. Just a couple of shots to set the scene

A Dress.....A Vineyard....Say No More

And while I am off playing with details the guests begin to arrive

Nice to see someone is running on time...Nice one Manny!!

Carolina gets a little help with these hard to reach places....

and just a few finnishing touches and shes looking amazing !!

Now everyone is happy, including little 9 Month old Tomas. We shot his baptism just a few weeks ago and he was a star...simpy the most relaxed and photogenic 9 month old boy I have ever met

With the Spanish (Spain) influence in this wedding, some beautiful guitar music set the scene perfectly.
...even the musicians were smiling

The guests with their awesome white parasols start to head off to the ceremony location

Mauricio captures a shot of the twins with the rings before they skoot off to the alter

Here Comes the Bride, La la la laaaaa....

Do yo....? .... I Do...!!! ....Do you....? .....I Do...!!!

Now...THATS A ROCK...!

Its a Done Deal   !!

Now its time to take the happy couple for a wander through the gardnens at Vina Matetic and catch some shots among the wonderful colors

Used a little technique on this photo to bring an extreme clarity

Mauricio made great use of an outdoor mirror here...nicely done !

Great capture Mauricio


I had scouted this shot about 2 months ago when I took trip into Matetic and loved the use of the window frame to abstract this composition a little
Just before heading off to the cocktail I gave the couple a chance to relax and give me a chance to catch some candid photos at the same time, as I was taking position in the bushes a lovely old dog wandered over to see what all the fuss was about. A very cute moment and worth remembering for the couple

This was an awesome wedding with a super nice group of people. and a great choice of location guys. Thanks for everything

and the sun closes on a perfect day

Gardner Hamilton
Tel (0056) 9-992 9508
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