I’ve been a professional photographer now for 33 years. Yeah, it’s a long time. Insert age joke here(I’m still kickin it out week after week). One of the things I’m most proud of in my career is my relationship with the Nikon corporation and my involvement with the Nikon Ambassador program. Recently, I had the honor of being featured by Nikon USA in their latest Nikon Behind the Scenes video series. This particular video deals with what ALL wedding photographers deal with…. shooting in harsh light. We can’t choose the time of day, we often can’t choose our locations. It’s a very common thing for the portrait session to take place at 2 or 3pm in the summertime when the light is extremely unforgiving, and unflattering. I’m often asked by brides and photographers alike “how do you deal with this”.

This video will demonstrate a very simple way to turn “bad” light into “good” light. A HUGE thanks to fellow Nikon Ambassador Corey Rich and his team for the production of the series, and to my buddy, Mike Corrado for his levity and advice. I’d also like to give a shout to our models, Dean Gravinese, Sara LaPrincesa Viteri, and especially Veronica Lane who worked their butts off on these videos. Also, a huge thank you to B├ęke Beau for making the models look great, and for making me look, well, as good as I can look! I hope this video helps some people deal with this common issue!

To future brides viewing this, it’s important to understand what challenges your photographer will face, and then how those challenges will be overcome. There will be 4 more videos dealing with some common issues we face as wedding photographers released in the coming months. I hope they give you an idea of how I’d deal with them.