Suzanne and Fred
With their antique Ford truck
Near Santa Fe, New Mexico
September 24, 200

On the morning after their wedding reception, Suzanne and Fred got dressed up and took us into the countryside outside of Santa Fe. They brought their beautiful red truck, and wanted to play a bit for the camera. We loved it!

We don’t usually have an opportunity to do extended photo shoots with our couples, since most wedding days have tight schedules. It was fun to be able to spend the next day taking pictures without deadlines. Fred owns a graphic design company, so he is a gifted artist who was open to all kinds of creative fun.

Here is the final set of the pictures from their wedding: Sunday.

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Mike in action


I love the two Mike self-portraits in this one.

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they have a great sense of humour. that hitch hike sequence is a scream.

Glad to see you in our country :)))

Re: You are the bomb!

lol! You know, I think you make a good point. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks so much… it was great to have such creative freedom with this wedding!

Hi Cynthia! It’s great to meet you. Definitely break out that camera again and give it a shot!

Hi Claire! It’s great to see you here in LJ-land! I just posted pictures from Lynda and Dan’s wedding… take a peek. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s great to hear from you in the Ukraine!

I hope so! They have exquisite taste in art, so I want them to be really happy with the pictures!

Thanks! I love the way the red just leaps out of the picture at you.

You’re so right! I have a much deeper appreciation and understanding of love, now that Mike is in my life. ๐Ÿ™‚

I do use flash quite a bit, but only when I have to. I used it in several of the photos in this red truck shoot, actually, to counteract the harsh light of the midday sun. I tried to keep it subtle, though. When I use flash indoors, I like to bounce it off a wall or the ceiling behind me.

There really isn’t an answer to your fstop/shutter speed question, other than “it depends.” What’s important is to adjust your camera settings to allow some ambient light in, and then use flash to expose for the people’s faces. The settings will vary according to the available light and your ISO. Don’t be afraid to experiment a bit.

You are the bomb!

Hey Charlotte, great great great. I don’t suppose you get tired of hearing that. I have two words for you… RAISE YOUR PRICES

that’s so great! i love the way you framed the shots- i.e. kissing in the window, the angle from them kissing and the different angles. What a beautiful place!!!

agreed! amazing! your teaming with Mike has been so good for you! I feel so much fun and love in all of your photos and it has to be partly because of Mike in your life!

Hi Charlotte, my name’s Cynthia and I just wanted to let you know I added you to my friends list so that I could continue to follow your photography! I’ve never seen pictures like your’s and Mike’s where I, without fail, find each one beautiful!

I took a photography course in high school and another in college, but it just takes me too darn long to process in my head the settings and everything ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have a SLR that rarely gets used, but looking at your pics often makes me want to break it out again

Great shots, again! That is so cool you had so much time for photos. ๐Ÿ™‚ You got some great ones with the truck.

Fantastic idea and great execution.

They’re using flash in many of the indoor photos and even some outdoors (though I don’t think in this shoot). If you look at her recent entries and then at the posts of indoor/evening ceremonies, you’ll see the shadows that clue you in to how it’s done.

I personally think it’s all about how you use the flash. I got a lightsphere after Charlotte suggested it in a post about their equipment (which has changed since then, but still). I love the result with them in daylight. At night, bouncing the flash off a wall can be great, just don’t shoot it straight up. If I’m close to the subject, my favorite usually has the flash shooting up behind my right ear, which does look a bit funny to watch but the photos look nice.

Check out this wonderful tutorial on making flash look good. I started shooting in manual mode, instead of aperture priority, after going through that tutorial and it has been working out great.

-Adrian

SO cute and SO fun! I got goosebumps looking at them! of course the Santa Fe landscape in the background didn’t help! I so NEED to go there again!

Charlotte,

These are beautiful!
Also, it was really nice meeting you at Lynda and Dan’s wedding this past weekend.

I’m adding you to my F list!

–Claire (a.k.a., ami_tutti)

Those are so fun!! I love your photo’s… always something different and something new!

So BEAUTIFUL! And making me homesick! Great job, as always! I love their truck!! ๐Ÿ™‚

i love it! she’s hitching a ride in her wedding dress! awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hello from Ukraine.
Wow. They are so beautiful and happy :)))
Wish them more and more happyness and love ๐Ÿ™‚

these are so gorgeous. and fun! They must be beyond giddy with the amazing photos of thier wedding weekend.

aaaaaaargh! i envy this couple!!! you had 3 days to take their pictures and they’re ALL great! i love how the red ford just jumps out of the photos! and those shots of the couple with the truck and the empty road behind them are so classic! ๐Ÿ™‚

I love these! And that truck, what a classic ๐Ÿ™‚

These were so fabulous and full of life! I think these are some of the best I’ve seen. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am always amazed after looking at your pictures. Do you ever use a flash? I personally hate what a flash can do to a picture – but I am in a photography class, and none of my indoor shots come out without a flash. Any advice for what fstop or shutter speed I should use?

Charlotte Geary

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I photograph fascinating people, and I teach other people how to do it, too.

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