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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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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What Is the Top Mirrorless Camera? I Shot with 5 Stunning Options

Buying a camera is a little like dating. Every camera has its annoyances — you just have to choose the one whose weird quirks are either endearing or ignorable. As the Reviews Editor at The Phoblographer, I test cameras for a living. Yet, when I decided I was done with my DSLR, I wasn’t quite sure in which direction I wanted to head next. To continue the dating analogy, I hadn’t had the this-is-the-one moment. I hadn’t yet fallen in love. I hadn’t found the top mirrorless camera for me.

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APS-C Vs. Full Frame: Can you Guess Which Photo Came from a Crop Sensor?

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If there’s one single item on a camera’s list of technical specifications that indicates image quality, it’s the image sensor. Yes, the processor plays a role here too, but the sensor is the biggest determining factor in how images from the camera body look. And, more important even than megapixels, is the sensor’s size. But, just how much does size matter? Can you tell when a photograph was taken with a crop sensor and when it was taken with a full-frame sensor? Without looking at metadata, can you pick out APS-C Vs. full-frame just by looking at the resulting images?

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It’s Pretty Great! HoldFast Gear Explorer Quiver Lens Bag Review

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The HoldFast Gear Explorer Quiver bag was created to meet the high demands of weddings, sports, and events photography. The design takes inspiration from an arrow quiver that provides an archer unlimited access to their arrows. Lightweight and versatile, it provides easy access to your equipment. The bag can be worn cross-body, attached to a Money Maker dual camera harness. Alternatively, it’s a functional waist pack with an add-on purchase of a belt. It is also comfortable enough for those long photoshoots and stylish enough to double as an everyday bag.

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Video: Jamie Windsor Shares the Truth on Being Successful on YouTube

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Photographers who create content for YouTube can get a bad rep. Often seen as fame-hungry attention seekers, only concerned about views and popularity, some industry members reject their credibility as skilled photographers. But that can hardly be fair. Surely there’s more depth to a photographer who makes YouTube content? I was eager to find out. So I invited popular YouTuber Jamie Windsor on to The Phoblographer’s official podcast: Inside The Photographers Mind.

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Vintage Camera Review: Contax NX (The Lil’ Contax 645, Sort Of)

The Contax NX is a camera that could arguably be called the lil’ Contax 645.

Though the Contax N is really the lil’ Contax 645, the Contax NX isn’t much different aside from the build quality and a few other things. Photographers will adore this camera if they’re the type to shoot portraits in a studio. Even if you shoot weddings the way photographers did with the Contax 645, the Contax NX will do a great job. But no matter what, just remember that it’s all about the lenses. And this system has some awesome lenses.

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Sturdy Workhorse, or One Trick Pony? Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 Review

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The 24-70mm f2.8 lens is a workhorse, but it’s a bit of a Clydesdale. The zoom mixed with the bright aperture creates a heavy lens that’s difficult to carry around all day. That’s why Sigma (gasp!) shaved four mm off the traditional workhorse wide-to-mid to craft the Sigma 28-70mm f2.8. The Sigma 28-70mm f2.8 DG DN Contemporary is nearly half the weight of the Sony G Master and even Sigma’s own 24-70mm Art series lens. At 16.6 ounces and $900, the E-Mount lens has several advantages before you even take it out of the box.

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Bad Photo Tip: How to Get More Wedding Photography Clients

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Every photographer has issues with getting more clients. But it’s especially hard with wedding photography. Wedding photography clients can be some of the toughest to pick up. The statistics read all weird too. For years, folks have been spending less on weddings. Sometimes they also spend less on photographers, while others spend more because the photographs are important to them. Wedding photography clients can also be tough to work with: so too can their parents. But today, we’re presenting a foolproof way to get more wedding photography clients.

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