Post & Photo by Jerry Ghionis – Follow Jerry on Twitter The bride and groom for this wedding deliberately got ready in neighbouring rooms in a hotel. They wanted to deliberately tease each other with the fact that they were so close to each other and yet still so far away and couldn’t actually see other. I […]

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NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed:// Download episode here…  or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Host Rich Harrington has two guests on this week’s show First we […]

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Post & Photo by Jerry Ghionis – Follow Jerry on Twitter Camera: Canon EOS 5D Lens: 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Focal Length: 135mm ISO: 800 Aperture: f/3.0 Shutter Speed: 1/100 WB: Cloudy Light Source: Daylight I had the honour of photographing the wedding of a couple who were also professional photographers. The bride has twice won the A.I.P.P. Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year and the groom twice won the A.I.P.P. Australian […]

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Many people say they will NEVER do weddings. When I ask them why, they often can’t articulate a reason. I photographed lots of weddings when I was younger and stronger and could carry all sorts of gear around and stay on my feet for 10 hours shooting. I loved doing it. Think about it. Weddings […]

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When I was shooting weddings, there was always one surefire money shot in each wedding – the veil shot. Photographing a bride through her veil is always fun. Lots of photographers shoot close-ups of the bride through her veil, me included. But a more popular shot is to include the groom in the photo and […]

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Post by Rick Sammon – Follow Rick on Twitter.

Here in an excerpt from my recent book, Digital Wedding Photography Secrets, which was illustrated by my friend Stephanie Smith of 831 Photography (

The book mainly features photographs and tips from top wedding photographers; I acted more like an editor than an author (my usual role in producing a book).

Stephanie’s chapter is entitled, The Woman’s Touch.

Okay Stephanie, take it away!

Be Cool, Calm and Collected

My clients tell me all the time that I have a calming influence on them. When everything is crazy and everyone is stressed, I usually remain cool, calm and collected.

In the midst of commotion, a bride or her attendants will ask, “Is this normal?” I assure everyone that all weddings have chaotic moments and stressful ties. Then I suggest that everyone take a deep breath, relax and just enjoy the moment—because it will be gone before they know it.

How can I remain so calm in the midst of the chaos? Well, I’ve been there before … hundreds of times as a wedding photographer. And more importantly, I have been a bride. I have been in those shoes, and I can relate to the butterflies that brides feel in their stomach. I know the anxiety, the excitement, the stress and the relief that they feel now that their wedding day has finally arrived. So when I tell them to relax and enjoy it, they know it is coming from someone who speaks from experience. Continue reading