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Amanda Watson, Perfecting the Group Shot

Amanda is a hybrid photographer who specializes in fine-art weddings. She resides in Oklahoma with her husband and their three children. She considers coffee a morning staple and has a fondness for cooking, naps, and mint chocolate.

From Amanda…

“Shooting groups can be tricky. You want a good balance of that creamy bokeh in the background while still keeping your bridal party in focus, and sometimes when you put everyone in a straight line, the edges get a little out of focus. My favorite way to pose bridal party groupings is in a cluster, like this image here. I put tallest in the back, make most of the girls squat or lean in just a little bit and ask that everyone squeeze close together. I always shoot this at f/2.8 or f/4.0 (at the least). The bigger the group, the higher the f-stop… but keep in mind that the higher the f-stop, the more light you will need. This image was shot on a Contax 645 with Fujifilm 400H rated at 100 iso at f/2.8. As you can see, the background still maintains that good medium format bokeh but every person is in focus which makes for happy clients!”

Contax 645, Fuji 400h, Indie Film Lab
Amanda Watson Photography
Oklahoma + worldwide
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