Same Sex Couple's First Dance at Sunstone Winery
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Same Sex Couple's First Dance at Sunstone Winery

At this amazing winery wedding reception, you can see the married couple during their first dance.

One of the things that I try to do when I'm photographing a first dance is to incorporate the couple and their guests into a single photograph.

That particular goal was made somewhat difficult because of the distance between the dance floor in the guests and the amount of off-camera lighting that I had available. Ideally, I like to be able to light the guests as well as the couple in order to allow my clients to see what their guests were doing while they were dancing.

In this example, I had to use a combination of off-camera flash, on camera flash, longer-than-normal exposure and camera movement in order to achieve this result. I would call this photograph part luck and part skill, but in the end all that matters is that it was successful in capturing the essence of the moment.