Photographing the guys getting ready isn't always as easy as it seems. Jake was photographed getting ready at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley California. Jake is a shy person, not boastful, not one to brag. So when I suggested to him that I photograph him with his shirt off, it came as a bit of a surprise. Because I was confident in my request, I really gave Jake no option and because I was comfortable with my equipment I was able to take pictures quickly and unobtrusively. The confident manner in which I photograph Jake helped build confidence in him with my ability to get images that would make him look good. Knowing how to set the my equipment up ahead of time help in a situation like, getting ready. I typically use a higher ISO and a fast lens. My Canon 85 millimeter 1.2 lens is perfect for this type of situation. It's this combination that I use when I go into a hotel room where the groom is getting ready. In the case of photographing Jake, photographing was easy. There wasn't much I needed to do to help Jake look good. He already looked great. however when photographing a groom that perhaps doesn't have the physique that Jake does lighting becomes extremely important. Window light often gives the kind of lighting that can help a groom look good. Directional yet flattering. So with window light and my camera set and ready to go the day began well and many superior images were captured.
Location: 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, California 94558.