After doing Kim and Greg’s engagement photos a couple months ago, I was really excited to do wedding formals with them at the Salt Lake City Temple.
It was way too hot to be dressed nicely (89 degrees and no clouds in sight), but it was a great day to do wedding formals on Temple Square.
Getting good staged photos at the Salt Lake City Temple on the day of the wedding is often hard. There are usually several other weddings going on at the same time, people get backed up waiting for a turn on the steps, and there are always large crowds of people milling around.
We chose a weekday evening when there were almost no weddings going on, so we were able to take our time getting it right.
We started off with some first look photos which are always my favorite. Greg and Kim were especially cute, and I’m pretty sure Greg’s sister (off camera) was definitely crying.
Aren’t they adorable?
One of the photos from this shoot that I’m most proud of is this one:
This photo is actually a composite image using 15 separate photos. I wanted to get them and the entire temple into a single frame, but I couldn’t back up far enough to get it all with my 24mm lens because of an out building just behind me.
So, to capture the entire scene, I zoomed in (to reduce the line distortion that comes with a wide angle focal length) and took rows of photos all the way up. I later used Photoshop to stitch all of them together into a single photo that would look great hanging on a wall.
We also tried to capture some family nostalgia in the shoot as well. Kim’s grandparents had a wedding photo with their hands positioned in a specific way, so we recreated it:
It wasn’t until later while I was editing that I realized this photo has kind of a cool yin yang feel to it with a curved balance between the white and the black. If only I could claim that I did that intentionally. It ended up being one of my favorites from the whole shoot, and I’m glad they suggested it.
We ended up with some really amazing evening light that brough out dramatic colors, reflections, and the temple lights as it got darker. I had a wonderful time doing their wedding formals, and I can’t wait to shoot their wedding in just a few days!