Photographer Kevin Mullins Talks About His Documentary Style Approach to Weddings

Images in this article and video are by Kevin Mullins. Used with permission.

If you were to check out the work of photographer Kevin Mullins, you’d immediately fall in love with his classic documentary style approach to wedding photography. He tells the Phoblographer that he draws influence from photographers like Jeff Ascough and others. At the Fujifilm Festival in NYC this year, we got a chance to talk with Kevin about this approach.

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Amy O’Boyle: Weddings and Portraiture on Film Cameras

All images by Amy O’Boyle. Used with permission.

Photographer Amy O’Boyle is perhaps one of the more unique photographers to have submitted for a feature in our upcoming Analog zine. Amy is a photographer who shoots weddings and portraits for a living and occasionally does fashion. She uses both medium format and 35mm format to create the photos that she does. But on top of that, she’s a fantastic photographer.

Below is her submission.

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I Used to Say, “I’ll Never Do Weddings.” Then I Shot One.

All images and guest blog post from Nathan Hostetter. Be sure to also check out his instagram.

The phone call was great; the groom and I had a lot in common and he sounded really excited to have me photograph the wedding. I made sure he understood I had never shot a wedding before and that,  based on the budget, I would not be bringing a second shooter. The groom (also named Nathan) told me they weren’t looking for traditional wedding photos. He explained this would be a small wedding, no wedding party, and no expectation of a shot list.

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Think Fujifilm Cameras Can’t Shoot Weddings? Maybe This Will Change Your Mind!

Many traditional DSLR wedding photographers often find themselves questioning the ability of Fujifilm cameras (well, mirrorless cameras in general really when it comes to their ability to handle the ever-changing circumstances of a wedding). Maybe some have been burned by trying to jump from a DSLR to mirrorless in the past, or maybe they have just heard shop talk about how mirrorless cameras just can’t cut it.

Well, ladies and gentlefolk, today we have for you some pretty convincing (in my opinion) proof that a Fujifilm X-Pro2 is not only able to keep up at a wedding, but really excel at it as well. The following video is an entire wedding (shot by Kevin Mullins), some 4,000 images, arranged into a great visual representation of what the Fujifilm system is capable of over the course of a wedding. These images are unedited (you will notice exposure and WB shifts throughout the video). Continue reading…

Laibel & Chana Schwartz on Photographing Jewish Weddings

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All images by Laibel and Chana Schwartz. Used with permission.

Laibel & Chana Schwartz have an incredible story on how they got into photography together. Laibel turned down archeological research to instead be a photographer while Chana worked on interior design. Somehow or another, he convinced her to shoot a wedding with him, and they were instantly hooked.

Today, they’re a special team that works on capturing the most precious moments of Jewish weddings. “The more we get to know our couples, the more reassured we feel that we’re in the right business.” they tell us in an email.

Because of the way that Jewish weddings work, they don’t function as a first shooter/second shooter team but instead with both acting as first shooters. The dynamic is well worth reading about.

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Aaron Spagnolo: Photographing Armenian Weddings in America

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All photos by Aaron Spagnolo. Used with permission. This is part of a collaborative series that we’re doing with the sub-reddit R/WeddingPhotography

“Their weddings are simple and respectful of their people’s traditions, also looking at their history quite possibly the first form of Christian wedding,” says photographer Aaron Spagnolo when talking about Armenian weddings. He’s familiar with their customs and has photographed many of them.

As a kid, Aaron had mild dyslexia and was more geared towards the visual side of storytelling instead of the written side. Because of this, he feels that it comes to him more naturally.

Aaron is a full-time photographer, and he doesn’t only shoot weddings. He’s photographed rock stars like System of a Down’s Serj Tankian and Aerosmith, world leaders and politicians, Emmy winning companies and directors. His work even put him on the staff at M.I.T. as a photographer and designer. But these days, Aaron focuses on telling the stories of people saying “I do.”

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Jocelyn Voo: Photographing Orthodox Jewish Weddings in America

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All images by Jocelyn Voo. Used with permission. This is a post in a special series done with R/WeddingPhotography on ethnic weddings in America.

“Many of the weddings I shoot are ethnic, but I shoot quite frequently in the orthodox Jewish circuit, despite not being Jewish myself,” said photographer Jocelyn Voo in her initial email contact to us. Jocelyn runs Everly Studios–and got her start as a photojournalist and documentary photographer. Naturally, the skills learned there transitioned well into the wedding business for her.

Orthodox Jewish weddings tend to differ from the commonplace Christian weddings here in America–and as a result even many of the photographers are Orthodox Jews themselves since they already know and understand the culture. However, my time at B&H Photo Video Pro Audio taught me that there are many different tiers and each couple makes their own individual decisions on how they practice and their belief system.

I talked with Jocelyn about the rituals and what it’s like photographing these ceremonies.

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Pleasantly Chaotic: Photographing Gypsy Weddings with Arjen Zwart

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Wedding party – Alemdar 2003

All images are copyrighted Arjen Zwart, and are being used with permission.

The music could be heard from several blocks away. It was a comfortable volume at that distance, but as we got closer, I slid two earplugs in that would serve as my saving grace. Children in mismatched clothes ran all over the side street as a tight circle of Roma men and women danced in a circle around the bride and groom. The music was a Gypsy spin on popular tunes, and it barreled out of the speakers with the intensity of a thunderstorm. The earplugs were wisely suggested by Arjen Zwart, a Dutch photographer who invited me to this brilliantly colorful and very loud ceremony of Gypsy matrimony. He had a pair of earplugs, too, that he only removed when a Roma he knew leaned in to talk with him.

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Posing Large Groups at Weddings

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All images by Eric McFarland. Used with permission.

Photographer Eric McFarland is part of a photography duo with his wife, and has had the honor of receiving R/WeddingPhotography’s Best Wedding Photo of 2014. Eric reached out to us, and what we noticed in his portfolio is his ability to pose large groups very well. If you think that portrait posing is tough, try posing lots of people at once. Attention spans are short, people are tired, don’t listen to orders, and it can be a tough life for a wedding photographer.

So how does Eric do it? We talked with him about the professionalism behind each photo when it comes to posing large groups.

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Photographer Pat Brownewell Shoots Weddings With Film

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All images by Pat Brownewell. Used with permission.

Photographer Pat Brownewell usually shoots digitally, but in some cases still shoots with film as an extra bonus for his clients. But we’re not talking about the 35mm variety–oh no, that stuff is child’s play. We’re not even talking medium format. Pat shoots with 4×5 large format film in both color and black and white at weddings.

Why would he do this? Pat tells the Phoblographer that it was partially out of boredom.

We talked to Pat about the expenses and how it made him a better photographer.

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Photographer Sergei Yurin on Using Mirrorless Cameras for Weddings

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All images by Sergei Yurin. Used with permission.

Sergei Yurin is a photographer based in Russia that shoots weddings–and does an absolutely spectacular job. More than anything, he has proven that gear doesn’t totally matter as long as your creative vision is there, but he has recently been making waves in the mirrorless community due to the fact that he dumped his Canon DSLR and lenses for Olympus’s Micro Four Thirds OMD cameras.

And in his eyes, there are so many more advantages besides just the fact that he’s carrying less.

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Knowing Natural Light: Photographing Weddings

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Natural light photographers have become wildly popular in the past several years. Many photographers actually market themselves purely as natural light photographers. There’s a good reason for this: natural light can create some of the most beautiful images that you’ve ever seen. Using natural light whenever possible is a no-brainer to give your images that beautiful, natural, dreamy quality that is synonymous with Weddings. However, there is more to it than just not using lights. People who have mastered natural light photography did more than just not use lights while shooting. You must really learn and understand how light behaves, reacts, and interacts with your subjects.

Click on through to view some tips to start you off down the right path for shooting weddings using natural light.

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Round Up: Canon 1D Mk IV for Weddings

With WPPI coming up soon, you may be considering a new camera soon. Fellow Canon shooters may find that they’re looking for something more than what their 5D Mk II’s and 1Ds Mk III’s can do. As a guy looking for another body himself, I explored how the 1D Mk IV was for weddings. I’ve spent quite a bit of time with the camera before but I always thought that it was really just for photojournalism and sports. It appears that I was wrong. Here’s a round up of people that have tried it out.

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Recommended Equipment for Shooting Weddings and Portraits

With WPPI coming up soon in Las Vegas, we’re getting ready for some exciting times before it gets warmer and everyone wants their wedding photos done. Even if you’re a portrait/headshot photographer it’s going to be an exciting time as the slow season finally starts drifting away. If you’re interested in upgrading your gear or want to get into the industry, here are some items to take a look at.

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Andrei Mihalache Drops Valuable Knowledge For The Budding Photographer

All images by Andrei Mihalache. Used with permission.

“I think it’s the best way I have of expressing myself, and it’s also one of the things that I feel most comfortable doing,” says Andrei Mihalache when asked why he chose photography. He adds, “taking photos helps me disconnect from daily life with all its ups and downs.” Mihalache sent us a very thoughtful submission. He happily shared his personal journey, his creative process, and useful tips for the budding photographer. There’s a lot to get through in this feature. But all of it will add value to your photographic journey, as Mihalache shares the wisdom he’s obtained during a career that’s lasted over a decade.

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Guy Carpenter Documents the Beautiful Life of Sheep With No Photoshop

All images by Guy Carpenter. Used with permission.

“Of course, the vast majority of my professional life came to a crashing halt in 2020,” relates professional photographer Guy Carpenter to us in an interview. “I spent a few weeks in March and April 2020 at home, reading a lot of books. I barely touched a camera.” Guy’s words resonate with us as it speaks volumes to the general mental state of photographers. Like many other passionate photographers though, Guy also shoots for fun. So when his godmother asked him to come help with their upland sheep farm in Yorkshire Dales, he brought the camera along.

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EXCLUSIVE: Fujifilm PRO 400H Is Now Sadly Discontinued

Fujifilm Pro 400H, we’re told, was selling very well, but a problem occured.

The end of an era is happening today as Fujifilm Pro 400H is saying goodbye to the world. Despite the declining sale of film, Fujifilm Pro 400H isn’t being discontinued because of sales numbers. The company cites in a statement to The Phoblographer that the film cannot be made anymore. This makes the story even sadder.

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Take Your Portrait Photography Up A Notch With These Powerful Lights

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Are you ready to take the next steps in your portrait photography journey by adding a flash or a monolight to your workflow? If so, congratulations! We commend you for wanting to learn a new skill. Many photographers think mastering flash photography is hard, but we’re here to tell you that’s simply not true. Adding external lighting to your workflow is an easy way to add drama and extra dimension to your images. The best part is you don’t have to spend a fortune to get started if you don’t want to. We have rounded up some of our favorite lights that we have reviewed over the years and have put them in one place for you. These lights are great for portrait photography beginners and even for pros.

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Some Tamron Mirrorless Lenses Are on Sale for $199!

Sony shooters can get some crazy deals on Tamron Mirrorless lenses right now.

Tamron has made it their mission to create high quality, affordable lenses for Sony’s E mount cameras. The new 20mm, 24mm, and 35mm f2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 lenses have set a new standard for affordable, weather-sealed fast primes. For a short amount of time, you can pick up each of these Tamron f2.8 prime lenses for as little as $199! That’s right, the 20mm f2.8 ($249), the 24mm f2.8 ($199), and the 35mm f2.8 ($199) are on sale! We have reviewed all three and were incredibly impressed, and we’re sure you will be too. Join us after the break for all the details.

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Will 2021 Be the Year of Super High Megapixel Cameras?

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Do we really need super high megapixel cameras? Truthfully, probably not. But the likes of Samsung and others try to do it with their phones. And it’s partially a selling point! Arguably, we’ve reached peak camera. In terms of tech, it seems like companies are probably running out of ideas. Inevitably, cameras will become luxury passion products. They’re already passion products for many. And some of those folks probably care a ton about megapixels.

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How Adrienne Catanese Does Double Exposures With No Photoshop

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My name is Adrienne Catanese, and I am a female emerging fine art photographer living and working in Long Island, NY. My current work is mostly conceptual still life created in my “studio” (read: tiny kitchen), but I also love shooting on-location portrait sessions, street photography, etc. 
I am primarily a digital photographer; my gear is minimal: one Canon 5D Mark III body, one Canon 24-105 f4 lens (L series, came with the MarkIII), a cheap Amazon tripod, cheap Amazon speedlights, cheap Amazon triggers. I have a Canon T6 Rebel and a nifty-fifty that I carry for back-up when shooting weddings / paid jobs. 

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