in the mix: my human light stand.

My husband is amazing. And after last weekend’s wedding, I truly know how lucky I am.

Weddings never go as planned, even when planned down to the minutest of details. So we’re used to going with the flow and rolling with the punches. Such was the case at our last wedding. The wedding party was announced rather suddenly at the reception, and I hadn’t had a chance to set up my off-camera light stand. The bride and groom went immediately into their first dance, and I was heartbroken. The first dance is a big deal to me, and one of my favorite parts of a reception. But I didn’t have the extra light that I needed. The couple was exposed correctly, thanks to my on-camera flash, but the background was dark and bland.

Ed must have seen the disappointment on my face, because my photos suddenly started getting better. I look over at him, and I see that he was sacrificing his own on-camera flash to act as my second off-camera flash. He had set it up to sync with my camera, and was acting as my human light stand.

I may or may not have cried just a little.

Not only is he a fabulous husband, but he is a wonderful second shooter, coming to the aid of the main shooter when she needed it the most. You can see him holding the flash in this photo of the mother-son dance:

So that I could get beautiful photos like this:

(ISO 400, 50mm 1.2 lens, f/2.0, 1/125 sec.)

And this:

(ISO 400, 50mm 1.2 lens, f/2.0, 1/125 sec.)

Thank you, honey. Thank you for being the perfect husband and the most wonderful second shooter. And for knowing when I need you. And for always being there when I do. Cheers!

 

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