A special wedding shoot

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I will upload pictures tomorrow, it's getting late now but anyway I was battling with bright sunlight in the background while shooting under the shade of a large tree.
Also the 'bride' asked me to be discreet because "Micky can get upset very quickly" and I had to keep my distance. So even though I had the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 on
one body I shot almost exclusively with the 18-140mm lens which was on my second body and mostly at 140mm and f5.6. I set my function button to 'spot metering'
so that I didn't have silhouettes in many of the images and used matrix metering and shadow recovery in NX-D for the other half of the images.
Here is the first gallery.
 
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I'm on a couple of FB groups for care givers and the pictures they post of their loved ones are usually horrible; your shots will be a wonderful memory for the family.
Good for you.
 
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And this morning the story gets told again.
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And this morning the story gets told again.View attachment 1642314
Though I did this for free and my real reward was being a part of it I certainly got a boost in website views.
Then there were the other stories that evolved from it like Caters media who promised me thousands to go exclusive with them - I didn't fully believe their promises but did it because the 'bride' wanted to go exclusive with them as well. They made big promises to her of "percentage of profits from sales" etc. etc. and she ended up getting about $400 from them for her time after all that.
The Guideposts magazine quoted above were really good about it - when they asked if they could use some images I sent them the link and basically told them "help yourselves to the images" . They got back to me and said "We want to pay you for the use, give us a price". I told them "$100" [meaning "for the use of the images"] and they sent me an email a few days later stating that they had used 6 of the images and "please bill us for $600". I was rather taken aback at someone offering payment so freely but the money was in my account by the end of the month. It has been an interesting experience - I'm wondering how the couple are 2 years later now?
 
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This is such an amazing and uplifting story, thank you so much for sharing. I often find ways to give back to my community through my camera and I am so happy to see another story like that here. As we’d say in the navy, Bravo Zulu!
 
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This is such an amazing and uplifting story, thank you so much for sharing. I often find ways to give back to my community through my camera and I am so happy to see another story like that here. As we’d say in the navy, Bravo Zulu!
Thank you :) I find that I get more when I try to give back. 2 years ago I did a pregnancy announcement shoot for a couple as a "tfp" shoot because I wanted the practice. They contacted me 2 weeks ago to ask how much to do another pregnancy shoot. I told them I would do it for fun because they were such a nice couple to work with and we did the shoot last weekend. Today I found a package in my mailbox with a box of chocolates, a thank you card and US$10 worth of gift vouchers :)
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